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After Enduring China's Wrath, John Cena Is Sorry

He'd referred to Taiwan as a country in an interview

(Newser) - "Taiwan is the first country to watch Fast and Furious 9," John Cena told a Taiwanese broadcaster this month. In doing so, he unleashed the wrath of China, which has threatened to annex the self-governed island it views as its own territory. Cena sought to rectify that on...

Michelle Rodriguez Threatens to Leave Fast and Furious

She wants filmmakers to 'show some love' to female characters

(Newser) - Michelle Rodriguez is threatening to leave The Fast and the Furious franchise unless its female characters are treated differently, the AP reports. Rodriguez wrote on Instagram on Tuesday that she hopes filmmakers decide "to show some love to the women of the franchise" in its next installment. If not,...

Furious Finds Its $100M Fate
Furious Finds Its $100M Fate

Furious Finds Its $100M Fate

Easily wins the weekend, but falls far short of 'Furious 7'

(Newser) - Fate of the Furious sped its way to a $100.2 million opening weekend, enough for a No. 1 finish that was disappointing only when stacked up against Furious 7's $147.2 million opener, reports Forbes . The eighth installment scored big globally, notes Variety , with $532.5 million, easily...

Fate of the Furious Is Action-Packed Absurdity
Fate of the Furious Is
Action-Packed Absurdity

Fate of the Furious Is Action-Packed Absurdity

It's 'stupid,' yet 'wildly entertaining,' say critics

(Newser) - Once, there was a "family" of car enthusiasts working out of a dirty garage. Now, that family must stop an evil hacker who's enlisted one of their own in a plot for world domination. Oh, how things change. Here's what critics are saying about The Fate of ...

Furious 7 Still Faster Than the Competition
 Furious 7 Still Faster 
 Than the Competition 

Furious 7 Still Faster Than the Competition

But 'Avengers' tidal wave is coming

(Newser) - Furious 7 enjoyed a victory lap over the weekend, becoming only the third film ever to make $1 billion internationally and leading the domestic box office for the fourth straight week. But the movie that's poised to topple the Universal juggernaut, Marvel's The Avengers: Age of Ultron, revved...

Furious 7 Joins Elite Billion-Dollar Club

It's the 20th film to ever do so

(Newser) - The elite club of movies that have grossed at least $1 billion worldwide gained a new member yesterday. Furious 7 became the 20th film to have ever passed the threshold, per BoxOfficeMojo's stats. And as Variety reports, it did so pretty fast and furiously: in a record 17 days....

Paul Walker Gets Worthy Farewell in Furious 7

Flick is a thrill ride, even with the confusing plot

(Newser) - There's a somber feeling attached to the seventh Fast & Furious flick following Paul Walker's death in the middle of filming. With help from his brothers and plenty of CGI, moviemakers managed to not only finish the movie, but honor their fallen comrade in the process. Here's...

Fast & Furious All Started Thanks to Magazine Article

And no, the writer isn't raking in the dough

(Newser) - Fan of the Fast & Furious franchise? You have a 1998 magazine article to thank. As the Washington Post explains, Kenneth Li—then a reporter for the New York Daily News—wrote about the world of street racing in Queens for the paper; he later pitched a more in-depth story...

Vin Diesel Thinks Furious 7 Is Oscar-Worthy

But the Academy is biased against both action flicks and sequels, he says

(Newser) - The latest Fast & Furious film deserves a best picture Oscar but has two strikes against it when it comes to the Academy—it's an action flick and it's a sequel. That's according to Vin Diesel, who told the AP today that "we all know that...

US Marshals in Disguise Help Mexico Marines

Wall Street Journal: American personnel taking part in armed raids in Mexico

(Newser) - The Wall Street Journal has an interesting scoop about how American personnel are helping Mexico's military catch drug suspects—they're disguising themselves as Mexican marines and taking part in armed raids. It's generally members of the US Marshals Service doing so, but FBI and DEA agents sometimes...

Paul Walker's Brothers to Help Finish Last Film

Younger siblings will work on 'Fast and Furious 7'

(Newser) - Paul Walker's last film will be finished with help from the late star's younger brothers, reports Us Weekly . The producers of Fast and Furious 7 announced via Facebook today that Caleb and Cody Walker "are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in...

Mexican Gets 30 Years in 'Fast and Furious' Killing

Manuel Osorio-Arellanes says someone in his group killed Brian Terry

(Newser) - After pleading guilty to first-degree murder, Manuel Osorio-Arellanes of Mexico has been sentenced to 30 years in prison over the death of US border agent Brian Terry . Osorio-Arellanes, 37, said that he was part of a group of five people trying to steal marijuana from drug traffickers on Dec. 14,...

6K Fans Expected at Paul Walker Memorial

Sheriff's Dept. warns people about causing another crash

(Newser) - While the world is mourning Nelson Mandela, a very different public memorial will be held today in Santa Clarita, Calif.—for Fast and Furious star Paul Walker, the LA Times reports. The LA County Sheriff's Department is asking 6,000 expected visitors to obey parking regulations and not...

House GOP Starts Longshot Move to Impeach Holder

Lawmakers cite Fast and Furious, same-sex marriage

(Newser) - Ten angry men and Michele Bachmann have launched a longshot bid to impeach Attorney General Eric Holder. The group of conservative House Republicans plans to formally introduce the articles of impeachment today, calling for Holder's removal for refusing to turn over documents in the Operation Fast and Furious scandal,...

ATF to Whistle-Blower: You Can't Publish a Book

John Dodson wrote account of Operation Fast and Furious

(Newser) - ATF agent John Dodson blew the whistle on Operation Fast and Furious , in which feds accidentally handed Mexican drug cartels 2,000 guns. Now Dodson's bosses say he can't publish a book on the scandal—though he plans to do so anyway, Fox News reports. Dodson gave the...

Family of US Agent Killed in Mexico Sues Feds

Jaime Zapata's family has previously suggested Fast and Furious link

(Newser) - The family of a US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent who was killed in Mexico and another agent that survived the attack are suing the US government, the agents' supervisors, the company that made their armored SUV, and the gun shops that allegedly sold two of the weapons used, the...

Nation's Top Gun Regulator Works ... Part Time

ATF's interim chief splits time as US attorney in Minnesota

(Newser) - The movement to tighten gun laws may be gaining steam , but the Washington Post reports that the federal agency charged with enforcing such laws might not be up to the challenge. Some of the problems with the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms:
  • It hasn't had a director confirmed

Official Targeted in Fast, Furious Probe Resigns

Darrell Issa says it's high time Gary Grindler left

(Newser) - House Republicans appeared to claim a scalp today in their battle over the Fast and Furious case, as Deputy Attorney General Gary Grindler announced his resignation. The administration says Grindler's departure was little more than standard second-term turnover, but Grindler came under harsh criticism in Darrell Issa's investigation,...

Lawyers in Settlement Talks on 'Fast and Furious' Suit

Republicans have sued Eric Holder for documents

(Newser) - Lawyers for the Justice Department and Darrell Issa's House Oversight panel are trying to settle a Fast and Furious lawsuit themselves in new negotiations, reports CNN and Reuters . Issa's GOP-led committee sued Eric Holder in August to try to force him to hand over documents related to the...

Report on Botched Sting Clears Eric Holder

But 2 are out and more than a dozen face discipline over 'Fast and Furious'

(Newser) - The Justice Department's internal watchdog today faulted the agency for misguided strategies, errors in judgment, and management failures during a bungled gun-trafficking probe in Arizona that resulted in hundreds of weapons turning up at crime scenes in the US and Mexico. The report did not criticize Attorney General Eric...

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