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THR Icon: Helen Mirren on Battling Sexism, Advice for Young Actresses and Why She “Begged” Vin Diesel for a Role in ‘F9’

It took the better part of two months to schedule an interview with Helen Mirren, the inaugural film star in the THR Icon series. Blame her punishing work schedule — the 76-year-old Oscar winner is coming off back-to-back-to-back productions, ranging from the British dramedy The Duke to F9: The Fast Saga (her third turn in […]

European Moviegoing Up 28 Percent in 2021

Preliminary box office figures released Tuesday show a strong uptick in cinema admissions across Europe last year, though ticket sales are still well below pre-pandemic figures. The European Audiovisual Observatory estimates 383.2 million movie tickets were sold across the European Union and the U.K. in 2021. That’s 83.8 million more than over the same period […]

European Box Office Up 42 Percent in 2021, But Still 57 Percent Below Pre-Pandemic Figures

European film fans have begun, slowly, to return to cinemas. Figures released Monday by European exhibitors’ UNIC association show box office revenue last year hit €3.7 billion ($4.24 billion), up 42 percent over 2020, with more than 590 million tickets sold across the region. The result, however, still lags behind the box office performance before […]

‘Fast & Furious 10’ Pushes Back Release 6 Weeks to Summer 2023

The 10th installment in the Fast & Furious franchise is pedaling into summer 2023. Fast & Furious 10 — the movie’s working title for now — is pushing back its release in theaters by six weeks, from April 7, 2023, the beginning of Easter weekend, to May 19, 2023, Universal said Tuesday. Justin Lin is […]

Imax Narrows Losses Despite Slow Global Theatrical Recovery

Giant-screen exhibitor Imax reported a sharp rebound in revenues and a smaller second-quarter loss amid the reopening of its global theater network. On Tuesday, Imax reported a loss of $9.2 million attributable to shareholders, which compares to a year-earlier loss of $26.1 million when the company’s theaters were nearly all shut down at the height […]

‘F9’ Ending Scene Was Surprisingly Complicated to Film

[This story contains spoilers for F9.] F9 pushes the limit of the Fast and Furious franchise, featuring magnet-fueled car chases and even sending part of the Fast family to space. Yet a much simpler scene required some creative filmmaking, too. In the final moments of F9, the entire family comes together for a barbeque. Just […]

‘F9’ Box Office Leads July 4th Parade With $30M, ‘Boss Baby 2’ and ‘Forever Purge’ Follow

There was something for everyone at the July Fourth box office. Universal’s F9: The Fast Saga kept the pedal to the metal in its second outing with a projected $22.9 million 4,203 theaters for the three-day weekend and $30.1 million for the four-day holiday, according to updated estimates. To boot, the action pic crossed $100 […]

The Japanese Titles for the ‘Fast & Furious’ Movies Are Wonderful

The Japanese release titles of the Fast & Furious films are rather wonderful. With the latest entry, F9, blowing up domestic box office, enjoy these alternate titles (which have been circulating to appreciative amazement on Reddit and were confirmed late Friday by Universal Pictures) for all nine movies in the franchise: The Fast and the […]

Cannes: Canceled 2020 Festival Titles Get 2021 Beach Premieres

They may have missed out on the red carpet, but Tom Medina, the new drama from Algerian director Tony Gatlif (Exiles) and Patrick Imbert’s animated feature The Summit of the Gods – both of which were picked for the canceled 2020 Cannes Film Festival – will still get their Croisette debut. The festival has selected […]

French, U.K. Revival Driving Hope for a European Box Office Rebound

European cinemas are seeing hope for a post-pandemic box office rebound as moviegoers in France and the U.K. — Europe’s top two theater markets — come back in droves. The British box office roared back to life this past weekend with the release of F9, the latest in Universal’s high-octane auto action franchise, which grossed […]

Box Office: “Patience Was a Virtue” for Studios That Held Films

Timing is everything. Take F9, which roared to a $70 million domestic debut over the June 25-27 weekend, the biggest opening of the pandemic era. The performance of the Fast and Furious installment recharged the box office battery and helped provide a collective sense of confidence for Hollywood’s bruised film studios as they prepare to […]

‘F9’ Star Sung Kang on That Post-Credit Scene and Why “Justice for Han” Hasn’t Been Served Yet

[This story contains spoilers for F9.] They say lightning doesn’t strike twice, but F9 star Sung Kang begs to differ. After Kang’s fan-favorite character Han was killed off in 2006’s The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift, the Fast creatives — including Kang’s friend and collaborator Justin Lin — decided to retcon the franchise’s timeline […]