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Fast & FuriousWith a slate of midnight screenings planned in some cities, we’re less than twenty-four hours from the American debut of “Fast Five.” And as the starting pistol is readied, we’re in the final stretch as we cover the fourth movie in the franchise: “Fast & Furious.”

After two sequels and eight years, “The Fast and the Furious” franchise went from the West Coast to the East Coast – and then onto the Pacific Rim – but it was now time to come back home. This fourth film, simply titled “Fast & Furious,” saw the first full-scale reunion of the original cast since the original in 2001: Vin Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster. Although the previous two films carried on the franchise, this fourth outing was the first real sequel to the story the street gang set up in the first place.


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Dwayne Johnson-- The prequel to "Planet of the Apes" has a release date: June 24, 2011. The Rupert Wyatt-directed prequel takes place in San Francisco where "man's own experiments with genetic engineering lead to the development of intelligence in apes and the onset of a war for supremacy." [THR]

-- Dwayne Johnson is getting fast and furious, as reports peg The Rock as a potential co-star in the next installment in the "Fast & Furious" franchise. But that doesn't mean that Vin Diesel is out — apparently, Diesel and Johnson will find their need for speed on the same screen. [Deadline]

-- "Lost" and "Legion" villain Kevin Durand is sticking with the bad guys in two upcoming projects: "Real Steel," the robot boxing movie starring the previously cast Hugh Jackman, and "I am Number Four," the alien-centric science fiction film starring Sharlto Copley. [Heat Vision] Read More...

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Vin DieselWhen "Fast & Furious" raced off with an unexpectedly huge opening box office of $72.5 million, it seemed pretty much a no-brainer that the finely tuned film franchise would be back for a fifth installment. Chris Morgan, writer of "The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift" and its smash-hit sequel, says that a fifth movie is not only a no-brainer, but it's close to a green light.

"It seems like there will definitely be another one," Morgan told MTV News in an exclusive interview. "I just got out of a lunch with Universal, just pitching the story around. We were figuring out if we do another one, and what it would be. It has to come from the characters, so where are these characters after this film -- what are they doing?" Read More...

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