The feud that apparently started between Vin Diesel and Dwayne Johnson isn't over yet!
The reported on-set tensions between Furious 8 stars Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and Vin Diesel seem to be continuing throughout the movie’s press tour, with new reports suggesting that the studio is having to keep them apart.
When Diesel was promoting the new film at CinemaCon this week, Johnson’s absence was noted upon, particularly as he was also at the convention on Tuesday promoting his other new movies, Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle and Baywatch.
“They're keeping them separated as much as possible,” an insider told The Hollywood Reporter on Thursday (March 30th), intimating that the feud that started last year was still ongoing.
At the peak of his career, Vin Diesel has revived three muscle-bound franchises that he had walked away from at one time: Riddick, Fast & Furious and now xXx with Return of Xander Cage.
So how does he maintain the physical demands of these beefy roles at age 49? "I work out less and enjoy it more these days," he says. "It's a time in my week where I don't have to juggle things. I can just exercise and be present. When I play Dominic in Fast, I want to look strong but authentic, not buff. But to play Xander in xXx, I work with MMA fighters. And I did a lot of yoga when I played Riddick. There aren't a ton of constants, maybe just cardio work and a lot of core."
Vin Diesel leads the cast in XXX: The Return Of Xander Cage
It's been 15 years since he last played Xander, and Diesel feels that the time is right for his return. "I think there's a need to revisit this hero archetype," he says. "He is in some ways the reluctant hero, in some ways the antihero, but his individuality shines."
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It's been 15 years since Vin Diesel walked away from his XXX role, killing off the character before the 2005 sequel. Both films were pretty terrible, mindless action connected by the thinnest imaginable plots. And this franchise relaunch is just as random, with a nonsensical thriller storyline that exists merely to string together a sequence of explosive stunt trickery. Thankfully, this time the cast and crew make it clear that they know how preposterous this is.
No, Xander (Diesel) isn't dead. He's whizzing around the jungles of the Dominican Republic, wooing sweaty, scantily clad babes and keeping the locals cheering at his exploits. Then CIA black ops director Marke (Toni Collette) appears to draft him back into the XXX programme, because she needs to recapture a gadget terrorists are using to drop satellites from orbit onto carefully chosen targets. OK, sure. X assembles a team of his old pals (actually newcomers, played by Kris Wu, Ruby Rose and Rory McCann), plus a hot computer geek (Nina Dobrev), and chases down the team of equally extreme baddies (Donnie Yen, Deepika Padukone, Tony Jaa and Michael Bisping). And as they head to London, the Philippines and Detroit, everyone realises that there's something else going on here.
There probably isn't a law of physics that isn't broken in this movie. These characters fly, are shot, fall from great heights and are blown to smithereens, but emerge unscathed, apart from their excessive tattoos (Xander has somehow redesigned his logo neck art for the reboot). Refreshingly, everyone keeps their tongues firmly planted in their cheeks, winking at the camera at each ridiculous moment. Such as the chase in which motorcycles magically transform into water-bikes. Or when Xander does a spot of Alpine skiing through a rainforest. Or the frankly jaw-dropping weightless fight scene in a power-diving airplane.
Continue reading: XXx: Return Of Xander Cage Review
The film is the third instalment in the action-packed ‘xXx’ franchise.
Vin Diesel is back as Xander Cage, in the first xXx movie in 12 years, XXX: Return of Xander Cage.
But joining Diesel this time around are a multicultural cast of actors, carefully chosen from all around the world, to give the film a truly international feel.
Vin Diesel assembled a multicultural cast for XXX: Return of Xander Cage
The star reveals how different she was to her female friends.
Ruby Rose is well-known as a gender-fluid icon, even admitting to wanting to be a boy when she was younger. But what you may not know is that, more specifically, she wanted to be Vin Diesel after watching him in 2002 film 'xXx'. Now she's got the next best thing.
Ruby Rose idolised Vin Diesel when she was younger
The 'Orange Is The New Black' star confessed who she idolised to be as she promoted her latest film 'XXX: Return of Xander Cage' - the third film in the series in which she plays the lead character's close friend Adele Wolff.
Continue reading: Ruby Rose Wanted To Be Vin Diesel When She Was Growing Up
Xander Cage has led quite a life, he's been an extreme sports celebrity with his own TV show, worked as an undercover spy for the National Security Agency and saved the world from a deadly toxin being released. Xander wasn't exactly the most obvious person to become a spy as his celebrity status made him know around the world but his arrogance and known run-ins with the cops are will publicised.
He was recruited by NSA Agent Augustus Gibbons who saw potential in the daredevil. To test his skills, Gibbon's dropped Cage into a number of life threatening situations including an armed robbery and an escape from a cocaine plantation run by violent cartel bosses. Having successfully completed his tests, Xander found himself face to face with a Russia mobster who was planning to release toxic matter which is capable of killing millions. His mission was a success and he also found love with a Russian FSB agent called Yelena. Realising that the life of a spy isn't all it's cut out to be, the pair retire to Bora Bora.
Years later a crooked agent called Cobb is thought to have assassinated Cage leading to Gibbon's to find a new XXX agent - a title that only seems temporary for its holders.
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Vin Diesel talks about his new fantasy movie The Last Witch Hunter and being a long term Dungeons & Dragons nerd.
At the peak of his powers with the Fast & Furious and Guardians of the Galaxy franchises, Vin Diesel is not only still working to revive both Riddick and xXx, but he has just launched a new bid for an ongoing movie hero in The Last Witch Hunter. And this role is based on something very near and dear to his heart: the role-playing game Dungeons & Dragons.
Vin Diesel stars as Kaulder in The Last Witch Hunter
A long-time D&D enthusiast, Diesel based the film's witch hunter Kaulder on his gaming alter-ego Melkor ("Obviously I stole the name from Tolkien"). And he's thrilled that he has finally been able to make a movie in this genre. "The studio was very excited about making The Last Witch Hunter, and yet because they were coming into my realm, fantasy, my standards were so high," he says. "I've been waiting 10, 15 years to make a fantasy movie. Even longer! Trying to find something in the fantasy space that would be exciting, something that I could do that would speak to that Dungeons & Dragons nerd that I enjoyed being for so much of my life."
Continue reading: The Last Witch Hunter Is Personal For Vin Diesel
God help the boys of Hania Riley's generation.
Carry on with the 'dad bod' gibes and Vin Diesel won't hesitate to set his 7-year-old daughter Hania on you! Not scared? Well, she's currently being trained by Miss Sixteen-Second-Knockout UFC champion Ronda Rousey, so.. You better be.
No-one's going to mess with Vin Diesel's daughter with Auntie Ronda around
Yep, the 28-year-old MMA Bantamweight heroine is now the personal trainer of 'Fast & Furious' star Vin Diesel's eldest child Hania Riley and the actor insists it's all down to him wanting her to be able to defend herself against men and their unwanted advances when she gets older.
Vin Diesel makes a bid for yet another franchise with a supernatural action romp that's both deeply ridiculous and enjoyably entertaining. The premise is basically Underworld with witches, and Diesel uses his meathead charm to coast through his role as an immortal warrior. Thankfully, the crazed production design and some solid costars do most of the acting for him. And director Breck Eisner keeps the pace snappy enough to hold the audience's interest, even if we're laughing at it rather than with it.
Diesel plays Kaulder, who in the 13th century killed a nefarious witch queen (Julie Engelbrecht) and was cursed with immortality. Now 800 years later, he's living the high life in Manhattan and leading the Axe and Cross to contain the world's witch population. His assistant is the 36th Dolan (Michael Caine), who has just named the 37th (Elijah Wood) when they're attacked by the mysterious Belial (Olaf Darri Olafsson). He's determined to resurrect the queen and return humanity to the dark ages. So Kaulder sets out to stop him, teaming up with helpful witch Chloe (Rose Leslie), who has some special abilities that aid them as things get increasingly crazed.
Continue reading: The Last Witch Hunter Review
Last week, the 48 year old star was subjected to a torrent of comments about his weight after a topless picture taken in Miami.
Vin Diesel has spoken about the “dark side of fame” in a new interview that comes just over a week after he responded to social media users who were criticising him for his physical appearance.
The current star of The Last Witch Hunter, which had its European premiere on Monday night, spoke to BBC Radio 1’s Newsbeat about the invasive nature of social media and paparazzi attention, and how that it causes some celebrities to become more reclusive than they would want to be.
When he was asked about online comments and the rise of body-shaming in general, the 48 year old actor replied: “It's a lot of negative stuff. I think that it is ultimately wrong, I think people should be less judgemental and more just loving.”
Continue reading: Vin Diesel Says Online Abuse Is The "Dark Side Of Fame"
Diesel confirmed that there were plans for three more movies, but that a director and a script were not yet in the bag for 'Furious 8'.
Good news for Fast & Furious fans today, as the franchise’s star, producer and co-creator Vin Diesel has confirmed that there will be another three movies before the series ends.
Writing on his Facebook page on Sunday (September 27th), Diesel said that Universal Studios had given the green light to a final trilogy of movies to be made to bring the franchise to a close. Given that that first instalment came way back in 2001, and that the eighth movie has a tentative release date of spring 2017, it’s entirely possible that the Fast & Furious movies will have spanned two decades by the time it’s through.
Vin Diesel has confirmed that there will be another trilogy of 'Fast & Furious' movies
Hogarth Hughes is an intelligent young boy with a love of exploring. One day, his adventurous nature leads him to discover a colossal iron giant living in the forest having fallen from space. The robot appears to have the understanding of a child and thus finds himself vulnerable to the dangers of the earth and oblivious to his fate should the government find out about him. When Hogarth realises this and that the iron giant just wants to be his friend, he does everything within his power to keep him safe, even if that means lying to the government agents and army officials who come sniffing around for information. Hogarth is just 9-years-old, but he finds himself having to explain the way the world works to this confused creature, including mortality, sacrifice and the rules of right and wrong.
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Kaulder is an immortal witch hunter, the last of his kind having been cursed with eternal life by his foe the Queen Witch centuries earlier. There was once a time where witches ran afoul of the entire Earth, bringing with them a destructive plague to exterminate humanity. After Kaulder's explosive victory, however, the world was a little safer. Now living in New York - miserable and lonely, while his deceased wife and child are worlds away in the afterlife - Kaulder discovers that it's not over yet. The Queen Witch has returned with a vengeance, but this time it's going to take more than a witch killer to take her out. In order to slay her, you've got to be like her, and so Kaulder must unite with a beautiful young sorceress with the ability to destroy her - even if it's against his better judgement.
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It really pays to be 'Iron Man' for Robert Downey Jr.
The Avengers and Iron Man star Robert Downey Jr. has topped Forbes list of the world's highest paid actors for the third year in a row, taking home a massive $80million last year. The star’s ranking was said to have be greatly helped by the Chinese box office, where Downey’s latest offering The Avengers: Age of Ultron grossed $240 million.
Robert Downey Jr has been named the world’s highest paid actor by Forbes magazine.
In the number two spot was Hong Kong born action star Jackie Chan, who raked in an impressive $50 million thanks to the release of Dragon Blade. Following Chan at number three was another somewhat surprising entrant, Vin Diesel, whose role in mega-hit Furious 7 saw him take home $47 million.
Continue reading: Robert Downey Jr Tops Forbes Highest Paid Actors List Again
Meadow Walker posted a moving photo on Instagram on Sunday.
Paul Walker’s daughter has paid tribute to her late father on Father’s Day by posting an old family photograph on social media.
Meadow Walker, now 16, picked out a beautiful picture from the family album of the Fast and Furious actor kissing her on the cheek when she was a baby, while the two of them are sharing a cuddle.
The 'Dukes of Hazzard' legend was previously linked with the tragic Paul Walker on a separate project years ago, and revealed that he would be interested in playing a part in the popular franchise.
John Schneider, the former star of TV’s ‘Dukes of Hazzard’, has expressed a desire to be a part of the Fast & Furious franchise. Having previously been linked with a car racing film project with the late actor Paul Walker, he has said he would be “very interested” in joining the Furious cast.
The franchise’s ever-present star Vin Diesel confirmed the existence of plans for an eighth movie last week, with a release pencilled in for April 2017. Schneider, who played Bo Duke in the popular TV series, admitted a role for him “would make sense because ‘Dukes…’ really paved the way for films like Fast & Furious. I'd be very interested in joining the cast.”
John Schneider of 'Dukes of Hazzard'
Continue reading: 'Dukes Of Hazzard' Star John Schneider For 'Furious 8' Role?
Having become a tremendous smash-hit, the 'Fast & Furious' franchise has no plans of stopping. But where will it go without Paul Walker?
As the seventh 'Fast & Furious' movie continues to dominate the global box office, rumours are swirling about where the franchise will go from here. Originally conceived as the first in a trilogy, 'Furious 7' was rewritten as a send-off for the late actor Paul Walker and ends on a definitive final note. So where to from here?
"We think there's at least three more," says Donna Langley, head of the film's studio, Universal. "Paul is, and always will be, an integral part of the story. But there are many other great characters, and it's also an opportunity to introduce new characters."
Continue reading: 'Furious 7' Sparks The Rumour Mill
‘The Longest Ride’ provide no match for the seventh ‘Fast and the Furious’ instalment.
Furious 7 is still sitting on top of the US box office, after taking $60.6 million in its second weekend. The action packed sequel opened last weekend to a record-breaking $147.2 million and has fallen just 59% in week two.
Furious 7 looks set to become the biggest of the Fast and the Furious series
The film is now well on the road to become the highest-grossing film in the history of the Fast and Furious franchise. The seventh instalment stars Vin Diesel and Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson and also deals with the death of star Paul Walker, who was killed in a car accident in 2013 before the film was completed.
Vin Diesel has poured his love for Paul Walker into Furious 7
Vin Diesel wants you to know that he hasn’t stopped missing co-star and friend Paul Walker. This time, the Furious 7 actor talked to the Italian news outlet Fanpage. The conversation was pretty light, with Vin joking about his limited singing ability, but things got a little emotional when he sang See You Again from the Furious 7 soundtrack.
At the end of the franchise, Diesel struggled to pull through.
So naturally, after that, the conversation turned to the topic of filming after Walker’s death in November of 2013.
Continue reading: Vin Diesel Sings, Talks Overcoming Grief In New Interview
Despite being the seventh addition in the franchise, 'Furious 7' opened to the highest box-office for the first week in the franchise.
In less than a week, the seventh film in the 'Fast & Furious' franchise has passed $500 million at the global box office, and doesn't look likely to slow down until the end of the month, when 'Avengers: Age of Ultron' arrives. 'Furious 7' is poised to not only maintain its dominance on box office charts, but the movie is certain to become 2015's biggest hit next weekend when it passes the global total earned by 'Fifty Shades of Grey' ($566 million). And it hasn't opened yet in major markets like China, Russia or Japan.
Dwayne Johnson in 'Furious 7'
In North America, 'Furious 7' had the fourth best opening of all time, after two 'Harry Potter films' and 'The Avengers'. In the UK, 'Furious 7' opened bigger than any 2014 release, and has already outgrossed the lifetime UK totals of all previous films in the franchise.
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Vin Diesel and Tyrese Gibson - Vin Diesel filming last scenes for "Fast and the Furious 7" in Malib Ca. with co star Tyrese Gibson who was seen fooling around on set with the actor. Ludacris, Michelle Rodriguez and good friend Jordana Brewster was also in attendance for the scene. Paul Walker's 2 brothers Cody and Caleb still helping to finish the last scenes of the movie. - Malibu, California, United States - Tuesday 20th May 2014
Delora Vincent, Irving Vincent, Paloma Jiménez, Hania Riley, Vin Diesel and and son - Vin Diesel Honored On The Hollywood Walk Of Fame - Culver City, California, United States - Monday 26th August 2013
Vin Diesel Wednesday 14th July 2010 on the set of 'Fast Five' Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico
Vin Diesel Wednesday 29th July 2009 The 10th New York International Latino Film Festival (NYILFF) - 'Los Bandoleros' premiere at the School of Visual Arts Theatre - Arrivals New York City, USA
Vin Diesel Thursday 19th March 2009 UK premiere of 'Fast & Furious' held at the Vue West - Arrivals London, England
Vin Diesel Thursday 7th June 2007 Ten June owners Eugene Remm and Mark Birnbaum celebrate their birthdays at Ten June - Arrivals New York City, USA
Date of birth
18th July, 1967
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