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Hot on the heels of directing Straight Outta Compton, F. Gary Gray is putting the fate of “The Fast & Furious” franchise in his hands. So was there any pressure? The veteran director told us there was definitely a little pressure taking on Fast 8, and also revealed what he wanted to do differently.

“There’s always pressure, I put pressure on myself to do ‘Compton’,” he explained. “This is a multi-million dollar franchise with a global audience and they expect certain things. I have a very specific approach to film making and I wanted to put my spin on it.”

Thankfully Gary had already worked with mostly everyone in the film on previous projects like Charlize Theron & Jason Statham (Italian Job) and Vin Diesel (A Man Apart).

“Over time, they’ve grown as artists and I like to think I’ve grown as an artist and now we are sharing that and you get the benefit of the that in The Fate of the Furious,” he said. “I think this time you will see next level performances and a different level of humor than you’ve seen before. ”

Oh, and then there’s Dominic Torretto going rogue!

“Chris Morgan, who is the writer, really came up with something different,” said Gray. “Between Vin and Chris, I think they did a good job at saying it’s time to put this franchise in another zone. If you are going to tell the story, don’t just tell it; let’s make it really, really compelling … I think it was a strong choice.”

The Fate of the Furious hits theaters April 14th.

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Cocktails & Coins! Inside Aisha Tyler’s Wild Life After Divorce & Departure From ‘The Talk’

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Aisha Tyler went through a few MAJOR life changes over the past two years and now, the actress is back on top living life to the fullest.

In 2016, Tyler’s college love and husband of 20 years, Jeff Tietjens, filed for divorce from the actress. As if that weren’t an emotional challenge to overcome, Tyler was then ordered to pay Tietjens $31,250 a month in spousal support for the next four years, plus a lump sum of $500k.

Following the emotional split, Tyler’s career then took a big turn when she walked away from CBS’s The Talk. Just eight months ago, the actress left the show to pursue other passions. “I also have three other series (Criminal Minds, hosting Whose Line Is It Anyway? and voicing a character on Archer),” the actress said during the big announcement. “People always go, ‘How do you do all that?’ And I don’t always have an answer.”

While it might sound like Tyler’s woes and 360 of a life might seem completely damaging, it all turned for the better. “The unknown can be very compelling and can be interesting. Instead of thinking about it as change, think about it as dynamism,” she told HipHollywood during the screening of Dwyane Wade’s, Shot in the Dark. 

She explained, “You can’t stay the same, your life can’t stay the same. Staying the same is staying in place and staying in place is dying slowly. For me, I always reminded myself I’m not always going to feel this way, it’s not always going to be this tuff.”

“You cannot get through this experience on this planet without a little bit of pain and you need to know that and see that it’s temporary,” Aisha said. “My life is so interesting now and it wouldn’t have been without going through the stuff that I’ve been through. It’s been good for me; all this change.”

The actress is not only the star of some major network shows, but she also is about to launch her new cocktail line, Courage and Stone. “It’s been a really really exciting process,” she told us. “It really came out of my love of cocktails, my love of going to great bars and then going home and being like ‘I don’t know how to do all this.'”

Tyler then admitted that she was a whiskey girl at heart and that when she left the Talk “Julie Chen put me in a whiskey of the month club. She she’s doubled my collection in the last couple of months.”

Set to releae late spring early summer 2018.

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