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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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What ‘Geostorm’s’ Gerard Butler & Abbie Cornish Wish They Could Control Via Satellite



One of the many taglines for the new drama, Geostorm, is simply: “Some things weren’t meant to be controlled.”

The film follows a team comprised of world leaders that have one goal in mind: to save the world from natural disasters with the creation of Dutch Boy, a series of satellite grids that control weather and natural disasters around the world.

And while the movie is flooded with action and stellar performances, the film ironically rivals recent natural disasters and crises around the world, and welcomes a bigger conversation. “That’s the genus behind the movie,” the film’s star, Gerard Butler, told HipHollywood. “But nobody knew how acutely it was going to be happening when the movie came out.”

He added, “It’s fun, it’s epic, it’s exciting, but at its core, it’s like, listen, ‘We gotta be careful. We gotta be really careful.”

Co-star Jim Sturgess added. “There is this sort of backbone, a message about climate change, and you kind of hope that audience members leave with that somewhere in the consciousness.”

With the idea, however, that a large unit could control the world’s natural weather patterns, imagine if the same could apply for people’s personal lives.

So when HipHollywood sat down with the cast of the film, we asked: If you could have a grid of satellites over your personal life, what would it control?

For Abbie Cornish, she “wouldn’t mind a satellite that could bring all the local organic seasonal fruits and vegetables to my house ” or “a satellite to drop down fresh flowers.” Jim Sturgess suggested he would love help with “being late for things.”

But it was Butler who suggested “integration.”

He explained, “As opposed to having different satellites and saying, ‘Here’s one for my personal life, here’s one for my relationships, here’s one for my career; I’d rather just have one big satellite, combine them all together, and just shine a whole bunch of positive inspirational light on me as a whole.”

Geostorm hits theaters on Friday, October 20.

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