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‘F9’ REVIEW: Revving Up for the Next Chapter of the Fast Saga

There is no time to blink. F9: The Fast Saga is a high-speed train of action that takes the audience through a double-upside down loop, around rings of fire, and then morphs into a private jet, its heavy artillery in the action movie genre.

 Although the high-velocity film took some softer turns, as Dominic Torretto (Vin Diesel) shows his warm fatherly side and Roman Pierce (Tyrese Gibson) looks into theories on why the Fast&Furious family always goes through near-death endeavors unscathed, the movie will have one drifting into another atmosphere of thrill and adventure.

The original cast is reunited, and members introduced along the way collided in F9, intricately placed through the movie to reveal an otherworldly journey. The OG crewmembers Tej Parker (Ludacris) and Roman Pierce (Tyrese Gibson) interact with Twinkie (Bowwow) and Sean Boswell (Lucas Black), setting up the scene to reach new heights for F9. Tokyo drifter Han Lue (Sung Kang) will return to a tear-jerking welcome by the crew.

The portrayals of women of F9 are powerful and exciting. Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) and Mia Torretto (Jordana Brewster) play the strong Torretto matriarchs that show up for their family. Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), the technological genius and brain behind operations, returns from The Fate of The Furious. The villain, Cipher (Charlize Theron), is the main antagonist, and, although she may be a ruthless cyber-terrorist, her character (almost) always outsmarts the men.

Fast & Furious is a well-executed action movie. There is no way one can watch this once and get all the action that just unraveled. The choreography behind the scenes is seamless. It looks organic as if all humans can jump off buildings and tumble down hills in military-grade tanks (not recommended) with ease. F9 certainly sells the dream that this is all feasible.

Bulletproof vests aside, F9 has always been about family and culture. In April, Diesel told the press that late Paul Walker was still spiritually present in the making of Fast 9. So much so, Diesel said, that Walker helped influence the casting of Jon Cena as Dom’s little brother, Jakob. All the characters were bound together by a cross necklace, indicating that the movie is deeply tied to culture and unity.

When the thrill-infused saga comes out in theatres on June 25, the best advice is to put the pedal to the metal and watch the history of the best action movie unfold, buckle up and enjoy the ride.

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Review by Betti Halsell

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Remakes Of These Whitney Houston Movies Are Currently In The Works

Whitney Houston’s legacy continues to inspire millions around the globe many years after her sudden passing. The work of the legendary singer/songwriter did not just make a tremendous impact on the music industry; Houston also significantly contributed to some award-winning films that we still cherish and love today. So much so that creators strive to bring some of that greatness back to our screens. From The Bodyguard to The Preacher’s Wife, these are Whitney Houston’s iconic movies that are getting the remake treatment.

THE BODYGUARD

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Warner Bros. has enlisted playwright Matthew López (The Inheritance) to write the script for the remake of the iconic Whitney Houston film The Bodyguard.

As reported by Variety, the reimagining of the drama will be inspired by the 1992 classic, which starred Houston and Kevin Costner. The original film grossed over $400 million at the worldwide box office. In addition, it has the bestselling movie soundtrack that features several award-winning songs.

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ABC Has a Waiting to Exhale TV Reboot in the Works - E! Online

ABC har ordered a TV reboot of the iconic 1995 film with Lee Daniels (Empire) producing. According to Deadline, it will be inspired by the original movie and introduce a new group of four friends – the daughters of the original characters. The TV adaptation will be written by Atticka Locke (When They See Us) and Tembi Locke (Never Have I Ever). Anthony Hemingway (Genius: Aretha) will direct.

The original film’s cast featured Houston as Savannah, Angela Bassett as Bernadine, Lela Rochone as Robin, and Loretta Devine as Robin. Directed by Forest Whitaker, the film was a box office hit.

THE PREACHER’S WIFE

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A present-day reimagining of The Preacher’s Wife is in the works with Anthony Hemingway (GeniusAmerican Crime Story) directing. Angela Basset and Courtney B. Vance (who starred in the original movie) will develop the remake under their production company.

Penny Marshall’s 1996 classic starring Denzel Washington, Whitney Houston, and Vance, was itself a remake of The Bishop’s Wife, which premiered in 1947 and is based on the novel of the same name by Robert Nathan.

I WANNA DANCE WITH SOMEBODY

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Although this title is not quite a movie reboot, I Wanna Dance With Somebody is another biopic centered around Houston’s career and music.

Directed by Kasi Lemmons (Harriet), the musical feature will star Naomi Ackie (Star Wars: The Rise Of Skywalker) as Whitney Houston and Ashton Sanders (Moonlight) as Bobby Brown.

The biopic will release the film in theaters on December 23, 2022.

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Watch: Penny is All Grown Up in ‘The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder’ Trailer

Disney+ has released the first trailer for its highly anticipated animated series reboot. The streaming platform is bringing back The Proud Family  20 years later, with the original cast reprising their roles.

The show will continue to tell the story of Penny Proud and her family – parents Oscar and Trudy, twin siblings, and grandma Suga Mama.

Returning voices include Kyla Pratt as Penny Proud, Tommy Davidson as Oscar Proud, Paula Jai Parker as Trudy Proud, JoMarie Payton as Suga Mama, Cedric the Entertainer as Uncle Bobby, Carlos Mencia as Felix Boulevardez, Maria Canals-Barrera as Sunset Boulevardez, Alvaro Gutierrez as Papi, Karen Malina White as Dijonay Jones, Soleil Moon Frye as Zoey Howzer, and Alisa Reyes as LaCienega Boulevardez.

Joining the cast are Keke Palmer as young activist Maya Leibowitz-Jenkins and Asante Blackk as Penny’s boyfriend Kareem.

The returning series will also feature guest voice-overs from stars such as Lizzo, Lil Nas X, Tiffany Haddish, and Cedric the Entertainer among others.

The Proud Family: Louder and Prouder premieres Feb. 23 on Disney+. Check out the trailer below.

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Mary J Blige’s Most Memorable roles: From Guest Appearances to an Oscar Nomination

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Mary J Blige has been a music icon for many years now. With 13 studio albums and many awards, she has made her name known across the globe. Today, however, her portfolio includes not only music-related accolades. The R&B queen is making significant strides in the television and film industry. One of the biggest of them was her 2018 Oscar nomination for supporting actress for her role in Netflix’s Mudbound. And this is just the beginning!

Here are Blige’s most memorable television and movie roles thus far.

I Can Do All Bad By Myself (2009)

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Tyler Perry gave Blige her first feature film role. She played an inspiring singing bartender at the nightclub. Before this, the singer/songwriter only had cameos on television. I Can Do All Bad By Myself also starred Taraji P. Henson.

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