Everything We Know About Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw

Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson star in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019).
Jason Statham and Dwayne Johnson star in Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw (2019).
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Federal agent Luke Hobbs (Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson) and former British Special Forces assassin-turned-mercenary Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham)—two men who are opposites in every way—are forced to form an unlikely partnership and team up against Brixton Lore (Idris Elba) a genetically-enhanced terrorist who threatens the fate of humanity.

Directed by: David Leitch
Written by: Chris Morgan
Starring: Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson, Jason Statham, Vanessa Kirby, Eiza González, Idris Elba, and Helen Mirren

Movie Facts

  • Neither Hobbs nor Shaw will appear in Justin Lin's Fast & Furious 9, which is currently filming and set for a 2020 release. Dwayne Johnson, who has appeared in every Fast & Furious movie since 2012's Fast Five, said that neither he nor Jason Statham will appear in the franchises's next installment—though there’s still hope that they could appear in Fast 10, is scheduled to premiere in 2021.
  • The Fast & Furious franchise didn't start out with that title: originally, 2001's The Fast and the Furious was known as Redline. The rights to The Fast and the Furious belonged to director Roger Corman, who released a film with that title in 1955. In order to use the title for their new franchise, Universal ended up giving Corman rights to rolls of Universal stock footage in exchange for the rights to his movie title.
  • The Fast & Furious franchise began with "Racer X," a VIBE magazine article written by Kenneth Li about the New York racing scene. Director Robert Cohen was inspired by the article as well as a Los Angeles car race he had watched and pitched the idea Universal Studios. He was then able to convince Universal to make this film and they bought the rights to the film from Li.
  • The MPAA took issue with one particularly gory scene in Hobbs and Shaw, which saw Johnson's character bite a villain's eyeball out, then spit it on the ground.
  • Fast and the Furious is currently the 7th highest-grossing movie franchise in Hollywood history.
  • It’s pretty rare when a spinoff turns into its own franchise ... or is it? "It's not an origin story, but we're starting a franchise," Hobbs and Shaw director David Leitch said in an interview. "So we want it to be a little bit more grounded, a little bit more character-centric.

Universal Pictures will release Fast & Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw in theaters on August 2, 2019.

Rewind Time With This Blockbuster-Themed Party Game

Recapture that '90s vibe with this Blockbuster-themed movie trivia game.
Recapture that '90s vibe with this Blockbuster-themed movie trivia game.
Big Potato Games/Hot Topic

With only one Blockbuster location left in the world, the good old days of wandering video rental store aisles and getting chewed out for late fees are definitely a thing of the past—but like so many relics from the '90s, the pull of nostalgia has ensured that Blockbuster (or at least the brand) won't disappear for good. Now the video store is back in the form of a party game from Big Potato Games that is designed to test the movie knowledge of you and up to 11 friends.

Marketing itself as “a movie game for anyone who has ever seen a movie,” the Blockbuster party game consists of two parts. In part one, players from each team compete head-to-head to name as many movies as they can that fit under specific categories (e.g., movies with Tom Cruise, famous trilogies, movies with planes). In the second half, two teams face off against each other to test their skills at a game of movie-related charades. The catch? Players can only describe movies in one of three randomly chosen ways: acting out scenes, rattling off a famous quote, or describing the films with one word.

The real selling point of the whole package is that Big Potato fit all the game cards and buzzer into a box that is virtually identical to the old-school Blockbuster VHS rental cases, right down to its distinct color scheme and shape. All it's missing is the membership card. 

The Blockbuster board game costs $24 at Hot Topic. That’s a fair price for getting the chance to rewind time.

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Friends Cast Confirms Reunion Special is Coming to HBO Max

David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston in Friends.
David Schwimmer and Jennifer Aniston in Friends.
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Could we be any more excited? After months of reports that the cast of Friends might be coming together for a reunion of sorts, it looks like it's officially a done deal.

According to Variety, all of the six original actors—Jennifer Aniston, Courteney Cox, Lisa Kudrow, Matt LeBlanc, Matthew Perry, and David Schwimmer—have signed on for an unscripted special from HBO Max. While previous reports claimed each star would likely earn between $3 and $4 million for their appearances, it's now believed their paychecks will be "at least" $2.5 million apiece.

And to make everything even more real, the beloved actors behind the iconic series are personally confirming the news. All six stars took to Instagram quickly after the news dropped to share their excitement. "It's happening," they captioned the posts.

In a statement, HBO Max's chief content officer Kevin Reilly had this to say of the news:

"Guess you could call this the one where they all got back together—we are reuniting with David, Jennifer, Courteney, Matt, Lisa, and Matthew for an HBO Max special that will be programmed alongside the entire Friends library. I became aware of Friends when it was in the very early stages of development and then had the opportunity to work on the series many years later and have delighted in seeing it catch on with viewers generation after generation. It taps into an era when friends—and audiences—gathered together in real time, and we think this reunion special will capture that spirit, uniting original and new fans."

The Friends reunion does not have a release date yet, but HBO Max is debuting this May.

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