— Good Morning America (@GMA) April 14, 2017At least we know Leia will have a major role in Episode VIII, aka “The Last Jedi,” which opens December 15.Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook. “We regrouped, we stared over in January,” Kennedy explained, and figured out a way forward without General Leia Organa.Watch more from her here:EXCLUSIVE: Lucasfilm President Kathy Kennedy says Carrie Fisher will NOT be in @StarWars Episode 9 as General Leia. After Todd Fisher spoke out to say Fisher’s Leia would continue into “Star Wars: Episode IX,” Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy told ABC News that’s not actually true.”Sadly, Carrie will not be in [Episode] 9,” Kennedy said. “But we will see a lot of Carrie in 8, which is great.” Kennedy said Todd Fisher “was probably confused.” She said they finished everything for Episode VIII over the summer, and “Carrie is absolutely phenomenal in the movie.” By the time Carrie Fisher died in December, they had done a lot of planning for Episode IX, but hadn’t written the script yet. Posted April 14, 2017 by Gina CarboneMaybe someone at Lucasfilm needs to have a conversation with Carrie Fisher’s brother?

That might’ve been cool.) What would the next big storyline have been, if Negan was already gone so soon, and there was no All Out War? It’s hardly ever the case. Robert Kirkman, who writes the ongoing comic book series and executive produces the AMC show, revealed that he originally planned to kill off the latest Big Bad after just nine issues of the comic book.Negan makes his first appearance in TWD Issue 100, when he holds his big lineup and kills Glenn. but the times where writing gets dangerous and new and you have to figure out in the moment how to make it…. Posted April 14, 2017 by Gina CarboneRick Grimes (Andrew Lincoln) almost had a free ticket to Easy Street, with Negan (Jeffrey Dean Morgan) long gone by the time “The Walking Dead” Season 8 rolls around.Negan was introduced in “The Walking Dead” Season 6 finale, and declared war in “The Walking Dead” Season 7 finale. In the Letter Hacks section of the recent TWD Issue 166, Kirkman revealed that he had planned to kill Negan in Issue 108. Maybe he’ll address this alternate universe in a future Letter Hacks issue.”The Walking Dead” Season 8 premieres in October.Want more stuff like this? I plan a lot on Walking Dead, I always know where I’m going… Like us on Facebook. it just makes things better. But I liked the character so much I just kept coming up with more for him to do.”I know fans seem to want to know things are planned out from the beginning because that makes things seem more well-written. Maybe Dwight would’ve killed him, or someone else. (Sherry? nine issues only. I’m certainly not just making the story u as I go along… Negan was originally going to die in issue 108, so he’d have been in the book for… But that was not the original plan. Kirkman doesn’t say. but having the freedom to change your mind and alter stories you have planned, honestly… He’ll definitely be around in Season 8, and may continue on from there. Would Kirkman have skipped right on to The Whisperers? Instead, Negan kept going, and Issue 108 just introduces King Ezekiel and reveals Dwight’s plan to double-cross Negan.Here’s more from Kirkman’s Lettter Hacks response to a fan asking about the initial idea for Negan (via Comicbook.com):”Dwight double-crossing Negan during All Out War sort of grew organically as I wrote, and was not planned from the beginning. well, that’s when writing is the most fun and rewarding, and I feel, more often than not, it makes the stories better.” How would Negan have died, back in the original Issue 108? Vince Gilligan has done writers a huge service by constantly talking about how Breaking Bad was a series of them setting up crazy future sequences, and then figuring out how to get to those moments.

Because if we’d done it, first of all it’s eight months later by the time it airs, and it starts to feel like a stale, old, hacky reference.But also, it doesn’t exist anymore. But as I’ve thought so much more about Trump in the last year, there’s nobody more Trumpy than Selina. In some ways, she has been Trumpy for six seasons. on HBO.[via Quartz, THR]Want more stuff like this? Ruined. It never did and it never will. Everyone keeps asking, ‘Well, how has Trump changed things?’ Trump, in a weird way, is sort of doing us. The only thing we did have to change — it sounds like a bad joke, but it’s true — was a ‘golden shower’ joke in one of the episodes where someone is yelling at Jonah [Timothy Simons] about a golden shower. So much of the show is her barging into things headfirst, saying the wrong thing, screwing up, getting caught, lying about it. Obviously, we’ll take advantage of it. We’re not doing him.”Read his full guest column. “Veep” Season 6 premieres Sunday, April 16 at 10:30 p.m. When Trump’s administration is “out-Veeping ‘Veep,'” how can the real “Veep” stay relevant?New showrunner David Mandel wrote a guest column for The Hollywood Reporter, explaining how he adjusted “Veep” Season 6 (which starts this Sunday on HBO) for the Trump era. Posted April 14, 2017 by Gina Carbone”Veep” is now in the same boat as “South Park” — political reality has become even more absurd than their political satire. Who knew we would literally have to change a Veep golden showers joke because of the real president of the United States of America? I think it was Jonah that we were making fun of—because, eventually, in the quest to embarrass Jonah, you will get to a golden showers joke—and it had to come out. If that’s not Trump, I don’t know what is. We hadn’t filmed it yet, and we realized, ‘Oh, we need to change that’ [because of the Trump-Russia dossier]. As he wrote:”I know it’s hard for people to digest this, but Selina (Julia Louis-Dreyfus) losing and then doing a season about her being an ex-president has nothing to do with Hillary Clinton or Donald Trump. The purity of golden showers has been lost. It’s ruined. So much of Veep is often just sitting around thinking: ‘What’s the dumbest thing that could happen?’ They’re doing stuff that we couldn’t invent if we tried. He’s ruined the golden shower.Golden showers. Never again can you think of just an honest, good-old-fashioned golden shower without thinking of Trump. And I’ll give you a perfect example, which is—it sounds silly, you can’t even imagine you’re talking about something real—but at some point in the season, I had to turn to our writers and go, “We have to take the golden showers joke out because of what’s going on in the news today.”So we hadn’t shot it yet, but there was a joke in the script. He explained that they did take out a “golden showers” joke at Jonah Ryan’s expense, after dossier allegations came out about Trump allegedly urinating on prostitutes in a Russian hotel.Here’s part of Mandel’s guest column:”If we’re doing Mike McLintock [Matt Walsh] press conferences, and Sean Spicer is doing his, what are we really bringing to the table? In some ways, they’re funnier; in some ways, they’re stupider. It doesn’t get any weirder than that.”Mandel shared a similar story to the podcast Pod Save America (via Quartz):Host Jon Favreau: The big question that sort of hangs over Season 6 is, “What do you do with a show about the absurdities of Washington when Trump is president?” The Trump White House has sort of out-Veep’d Veep, right?David Mandel: Absolutely, in a lot of ways. But none of these things were put in place because of that.We’d talked a bit about Jonah being the Trump-like character last year; Jonah was only running for Congress, but there was the hair-trigger temper, a certain incompetence, an anger at the world and yet a cockiness. Mandel explained in his THR column that 97 percent of Season 6 had actually been figured out the previous June, when they still assumed Hillary Clinton would win the presidency. Like us on Facebook.

This is all according to insiders. Like us on Facebook. “They had early screenings where Johnson and Statham popped so much on-screen together that they were looking at doing a spinoff,” one source told TheWrap. The studio execs and filmmakers saw the scene and “loved it,” this insider said, but decided not to use it in the theatrical version because “the sequence would make for a better opportunity somewhere else.”So, whatever happened, it sounds like this particular scene should live on in the home release, when the movie arrives on digital and disc. However, producer/star Vin Diesel reportedly intervened to have the scene killed.TheWrap named names at that point, saying producer Neal Moritz had the scene filmed without Vin Diesel’s knowledge. Vin Diesel’s role is still unclear, but considering his rumored feud with Johnson — made public through Johnson’s Instagram rant, toward the end of filming, about “candy asses” on set — it might be another piece of the puzzle explaining why the two alpha dudes clashed on set.”The Fate of the Furious” opens today, April 14.Want more stuff like this? But when executive producer Samantha Vincent, Diesel’s sister, learned about the scene, she told her brother, who was irate. Posted April 14, 2017 by Gina CarboneIf you watch “The Fate of the Furious” and wish there was more of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s Hobbs with Jason Statham’s Deckard Shaw, well, there almost was.An extra sequence was filmed, insiders told TheWrap, with a plan to have it run at the very end of the film as a “tag” to the story. Sounds great so far. They claim Diesel called NBC Universal to complain, and the studio had theatrical prints recalled and cut the scene.That said, another insider claims the Statham/Johnson sequence was filmed as bonus content for the digital/DVD/Blu-ray home release.

Posted April 14, 2017 by Nick Romano”Star Wars: The Last Jedi” is no longer a (complete) mystery.If you think back to 2014, 2015, with “The Force Awakens,” Disney and Lucasfilm were more forthcoming with footage, casting, and story details early on. According to Johnson, this has “thrown the galaxy into chaos” and the sinister regime will be pouncing on this by “making some big moves at the start of the film.”9. “We were up and down the West Coast of Ireland,” Johnson recalled of all the enthusiastic fans they met. The Trailer Made Us Feel All Kinds of Ways
“Just breathe. Though The Resistance was able to destroy Starkiller Base, The First Order was still able to destroy much of the Republic. Finn’s RecoveryWhen last we saw Finn, he suffered an injury during the climatic fight against Kylo Ren (Adam Driver). They didn’t lay out the entire plot of the movie, but they released first-look images and tidbits here and there by virtue of the fact that “Episode VII” marked the first of a new trilogy set in the galaxy far, far away. More Finn and Poe BromanceOscar Isaac (Poe Dameron) couldn’t make it out for Celebration, but Boyega promised their characters’ relationship will grow in the next movie. Wait.)6. Abrams shot the final moments of “The Force Awakens” with Rey (Daisy Ridley) and Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). (Can’t. More “Amazingly Fierce and Independent Women”Lucasfilm President Kathleen Kennedy praised “Last Jedi” director Rian Johnson for being “on his way to standing alongside many of the great filmmakers that I have had the opportunity to work with.” (Ahem, Spielberg.)When asked what Johnson brings to the franchise, she hailed his “uniqueness” and his writing abilities. #SWCOpic.twitter.com/fqnf1bQtPu
— Star Wars (@starwars) April 14, 201712. “He writes amazingly fierce and independent women,” she promised. What do you see?” Luke’s voiceover says as the trailer begins.The preview opens with an exasperated Rey stumbling out of a cave on the island where she found the Jedi-in-hiding. Luke’s Role — Is He a Good Guy or Bad Guy?When Mark Hamill arrived on stage, he didn’t discuss much about Luke’s presence in “The Last Jedi” and even downplayed it to some extent. “Rey has a certain expectation as to what she might be getting from Luke and what that might entail.” Her last tease was, “[It’s] difficult to meet your heroes because it might not be what you expect.”5. Here’s what we learned.1. Rose Will Be Your New Favorite CharacterKelly Marie Tran will portray a new character called Rose, “who has the biggest new part in the movie,” Johnson said as the actress came out on stage.She explained that Rose is a maintenance worker for the Resistance, but what Johnson wanted was someone to emulate Luke’s journey in becoming “this unlikely hero.” He explained Rose is “not a soldier, not looking to be a hero, and [she] gets pulled into a very big way into an adventure in this movie.”10. Expect Some Great New Locations
Production returned to Skellig Island, where J.J. Now, we’re in the thick of it after “Rogue One,” announcements for the Han Solo prequel, and even more films in the works.With eight months to go before the Mouse House unleashes the next chapter in the Skywalker Saga, Friday’s panel at Star Wars Celebration Orlando offered the very first details, images, and footage. Make from that what you will.#TheLastJedi poster has been revealed. He also teased a question later in the panel: “Is he gonna be a part of The Resistance or is he gonna keep running away from The First Order?” The movie will reportedly focus on Finn finding his place in a post-“TFA” world.7. Now reach out. Rey Will Train With Luke”I actually can tell you some things,” Ridley said after the jovial roar of the crowd finally died down. The movie also will feature what, according to the trailer, looks like white sand salt flats.3. “He’s also got a great sense of humor.”2. BB-8 Is the Buster Keaton of Star WarsJohnson said the best advice he got was, “You can’t have enough BB-8 — and we followed that advice [in ‘The Last Jedi’].” According to the filmmaker, the lovable android is “Buster Keaton of this movie.” He added, “I’m excited for you to see what he does in this movie.” The filmmaker also alluded to BB-8 getting a lot more comedy and action this time around. One might presume this cave operates similarly to the one from “Empire,” where Luke experienced visions in the woods of Dagobah.From there, we see quick shots of: Rey levitating the debris around her with The Force; General Leia with her back facing us while aboard a sleek new ship; what appears to be Kylo Ren’s now-destroyed mask in a puddle of steaming glass; Rey training with her lightsaber at the edge of a cliff with Luke; new ships (with one clunker) racing towards what looks to be AT-ATs or AT-ACTs in the distance; Finn recovering, Poe and BB-8 running as their base erupts into chaos; the Millennium Falcon under attack; and Luke and R2-D2 watching what may be the burning of a Jedi temple first glimpsed in a trailer for “Force Awakens.”Watch it all again (and again) below.”Star Wars: The Last Jedi” hits theaters December 15. Carrie Fisher’s Performance Will Not Disappoint “Carrie is remarkable in the movie,” Kennedy said of the late Carrie Fisher, whose death in December 2016 has cast a solemn shadow over Celebration.”The performance she ends up giving, you guys are gonna find that [to be] an amazing tribute to her talent.” Johnson added that he “connected with [Fisher] first and foremost as a writer.” He’d go to her house and read the script with Fisher on her bed, with their chats becoming “stream of consciousness, jam poetry, ad lib sessions.”4. “There’s always a new adventure for us to go on.”8. “In ‘The Last Jedi,’ we go deeper into Rey’s story,” she said. So, Kennedy chimed in to say, “He is so significantly important to this next film.”11. This Teaser Poster Kicks AssAs part of a series of new images released on a slideshow throughout the panel was the first “Last Jedi” teaser poster, which features Rey imitating Luke Skywalker’s lightsaber pose from the original one-sheet for “A New Hope.” This time, however, instead of Darth Vader’s floating head, there’s Luke’s face on one side of the saber bean and Kylo Ren’s on the other. That’s no longer the case. “Poe’s my boy,” he said. So when we meet him again, he’ll be in recovery.”He will be back in ‘The Last Jedi’ and he’s not playing this time,” John Boyega promised. Kennedy also name-dropped the Dingle Islands. Plot Details (Ish)
Be prepared for things to get intense real fast.

However, it still ranks fourth among cable shows in the key 18-49 demographic.We’re very excited to continue the journey of Fear The Walking Dead, and truly look forward to working with the talented team of Andrew Chambliss, Ian Goldberg, and Scott Gimple,” AMC president of original programming and development Joel Stillerman said in a statement.Want more stuff like this? Gimple will also come on board as an executive producer.”Fear the Walking Dead” hasn’t been as big of a ratings blockbuster as the original, with October’s Season 2 finale drawing just 3 million viewers. The drama will get new showrunners after the departure of Dave Erickson — Andrew Chambliss (“Once Upon a Time”) and Ian Goldberg (“Dead of Summer”) will take the helm in Season 4. Posted April 14, 2017 by Kelly WooNever fear, “Fear the Walking Dead” will be back.AMC has renewed the zombie spinoff of “The Walking Dead” for a fourth season. Like us on Facebook. “The Walking Dead” showrunner Scott M.

But when Killian thanks her for the rescue, it soon becomes clear that Tiger Lily has an agenda of her own.”Once Upon a Time” airs Sundays at 8 p.m. Posted April 14, 2017 by Kelly WooCaptain Hook could really use a friend this week on “Once Upon a Time” — but when a familiar face shows up, is the person friend or foe?Last we saw Hook (Colin O’Donoghue), he was stranded in Neverland and being chased by the Lost Boys, who are seeking vengeance for his actions against Pan. on ABC.Want more stuff like this? Like us on Facebook. “Didn’t ever expect to see you back on this rock,” she says. In this sneak peek from TV Line, things are looking dire for the good captain, who cheekily offers buried treasure and rum in exchange for peace. The Lost Boys aren’t having it, though — but just when they’re about to attack, they’re knocked out with darts shot by Tiger Lily (Sara Tomko).

But producer Sony Pictures Television is planning on shopping the series to other networks and streaming services.The cancellation is a surprise, since “Outsiders” was WGN America’s most successful series, drawing an average of 2 million viewers and growing its audience. But a rather vague statement by the network indicated it is looking to move in a new direction with its future programming.”In our next phase, we intend to expand our original and unique content to continue growing our relevance and appeal to the widest possible audience,” Tribune Media president and CEO Peter Kern said in a statement to The Hollywood Reporter. Like us on Facebook. Want more stuff like this? This move is designed to deliver even more value to our advertising and distribution partners.””Outsiders” is the third series to be canceled by WGN America, after “Salem” and “Manhattan.” That leaves acclaimed slave drama “Underground” as the network’s only remaining original. Posted April 14, 2017 by Kelly Woo”Outsiders” has been canceled after two seasons by WGN America — despite it being the cable network’s highest-rated scripted original.The drama, which focuses on a family living in Appalachian hill country, airs its second season finale on April 25. “To achieve this, we will be reallocating our resources to a more diverse programming strategy and to new structures, enabling us to expand both the quantity and breadth of content aired by WGN America.

Posted April 14, 2017 by Kelly WooThe first teaser trailer for “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” debuted at Star Wars Celebration today, and it offers a tantalizing glimpse at the eighth episode in the iconic franchise.The trailer opens with Rey (Daisy Ridley) on the island where we last saw her confronting Luke Skywalker (Mark Hamill). And there are some thrilling space battles.And at the end, a clearly wizened Luke growls, “I only know one truth. It’s time for the Jedi to end.”That’s a surprise since many fans expected Luke to serve as a mentor to Rey in training in the ways of the Force, much like Yoda did for him. Like us on Facebook. But he seems to be advocating for the extinction of Jedi!”Star Wars: The Last Jedi” opens in theaters December 17.Want more stuff like this? Then, it shows more intriguing flashes: the back of Leia (the late Carrie Fisher) as she gazes at a galaxy map, a smashed helmet, Finn (John Boyega) in some kind of medical pod, and Poe Dameron (Oscar Isaac) running through a hallway with BB-8 at his side.

The show then hired LaKendra Tookes, Leslie Jones, and Sasheer Zamata. “I almost freakin’ lost my job,” he says. I’m not a yes n****.” He said, though that he’s “got no beef” with “SNL” head honcho Lorne Michaels and that the two are “good.”He told the radio hosts, “You go where you’re appreciated.” His new comedy series, “White Famous,” was just picked up by Showtime.Watch the interview below. Whatever they want you to do, they expect you to do,” he added. “I’m a little fiery too… Posted April 14, 2017 by Sharon KnolleJay Pharoah is speaking out about being dropped from “Saturday Night Live” and how they show never really knew what to do with him. Multiple F-bombs, so grab your headphones if you’re watching it at work.[Via Deadline] He says it was Jones who encouraged him to do the Kevin Hart vs Katt Williams ‘Weekend Update’ skit.He said he refused to do some of the skits he was asked to do, including wearing a dress: “They put people into boxes. The comedian told “Hot 97’s Ebro In The Morning that “multiple people on the cast” told him “you’re so talented, you’re so able, they don’t use you and it’s unfair and it’s making us feel bad.'”The comedian, who played President Obama, Jay-Z and Will Smith, among other celebs, said he was tired of — as the host of the radio show said — only being there to do impressions of black celebrities.He didn’t get to do his most famous impression of Obama for “the last year and a half,” he said, saying the show “gave up” on the character, even though Obama was still in office.Pharoah also says he was nearly fired in 2013 when he spoke out about how the show didn’t have any black female comedians.

And any sequel would have to bring back Arsenio Hall, Akeem’s BFF Semmi. Like Murphy, Hall also played multiple roles in the original.Those movie was Oscar-nominated for best makeup by Rick Baker, who helped transform Murphy into several characters, including an old Jewish man. And she still fits into that costume. Huzzah!The project also has a producer, Kevin Misher (“Carrie,” “The Rundown”) attached.We assume Murphy is still interested in reprising his role of Prince Akeem, but nothing official has been announced. Posted April 14, 2017 by Sharon KnolleEddie Murphy got fans excited recently when he tweeted about a “Coming to America” sequel and it appears it might actually be happening.THR reports that the original writers of the 1988 comedy, Barry Blaustein and David Sheffield, have been hired by Paramount to script the long-awaited follow up. And that iconic outfit worn by Princess Imani (Vanessa Bell Calloway) helped the film land a Best Costume Oscar nod for Deborah Nadoolman Landis (who is married to the original’s director, John Landis.)Calloway told TMZ last month that she is totally down for a sequel.

Get your tickets here. And women doing things we’re used to seeing men do, maybe it’s — and I wouldn’t say it is commonplace now — but you see a little bit more of it. How complicated was that to pull off? Gary Gray: Well, it’s the premise. I’m so focused on this one right now. We’ll see.”Fate of the Furious” is in theaters now. When you’re driving 100-plus miles an hour with a Lamborghini — on melting ice — and there’s 40 military vehicles chasing them, you want to make sure it doesn’t collapse. We had a little movie magic in there. Nervous? Obama was really helpful in softening the relations. No way they really did something so dangerous.” But you were really out there. Were you in one of those meetings? But I would hate to just focus on things that I contributed, because Chris Morgan did a great job as a writer and Vin Diesel… So I think that, yeah, it would probably have a different traction and a different response. I think I have way more respect for the creative process when I was younger. You learn and, hopefully, you apply what you learn to whatever you do next. Yes. You’ve never seen Vin sit in this emotional pocket before with this character. production to film in Cuba in more than 50 years. When you’re younger, you’re second-guessing yourself and your insecurities play a big role in how you operate. You have the safety of the stuntmen, you have the safety of the actors, and you have the safety of the crew — all of which is happening at the same time. When you have cars flipping and exploding and things like that, I wish I could take all the credit for that. We’ll see. There hasn’t been a script written yet for it. I think you see a lot of these elements in most of my movies, it’s just really extreme now. [Laughs] Exactly. I think that, in a strange way, it gets simpler. And so there is probably a little more drama than you’re used to in a “Fast and Furious” movie. Absolutely. That’s a really good question. Uh, you know you have those moments weekly in a process like that. I had fun making my own contributions, but — and I know it sounds like a cliche — it was a team effort.Charlize Theron plays the series’ first female villain …Absolutely. You, hopefully not just as a filmmaker, you mature. How do you put your own stamp on it?F. Even some of the dramatic moments, where you see a performance from Vin Diesel that you’ve never seen before, these are all things that I’d like to think come from some of my experiences from my previous movies.How much pressure is there to keep coming up with bigger and badder stunts? It was number two for me, my second one. You accumulate all these tools and hopefully you get a chance to use them.I’m a big fan of “Set if Off…”
I was just having lunch with Queen Latifah and Jada Pinkett Smith yesterday.If it came out today, do you think it would get more attention than it got in 1996? She’s a kickass villain and, I think, the best villain so far. Yeah, a lot of times you’re doing things that have never been done before, especially with vehicles that — if you make the wrong turn or the wrong maneuver — could be extremely dangerous.You were the first U.S. You go to these movies because you love these characters, you’ve grown up with these characters, but you want massive action and original action. And the best villain, female or otherwise!Bringing her in, that’s a pretty big get.That’s the biggest get. I think it’s a combination of everything that I’ve done up to this point. You run through a lot of ideas and you throw a lot of ideas up against the wall and you see what sticks.What was the best idea you had that ended up in the final film?I think one of the best ideas is a really, really small one — and that’s the haka (Maori) dance that the kids do with The Rock. Even Tyrese, with his humor, is fun and different. I’m really proud of that picture. You just learn to trust your instincts. And then just ideas to elevate the action sequences. What genre elements were you looking to bring into this entry? I’m more aware of creatives and how they create.So you mean giving more space for the actors to act? But we did shoot in New York.How has moviemaking changed for you since you first started?You just learn from movie to movie. Gary Gray on board for “The Fate of the Furious,” fans can expect amped-up drama and more humor in the franchise’s eighth installment.From Dwayne Johnson to Jason Statham, everyone in the established cast brought their A-game to work alongside two new members of the ensemble: Oscar-winners Charlize Theron and Helen Mirren.Gray recently sat down with Moviefone to talk about why the series’ first female villain might be its best yet, how he shot some of the series’ more insane action sequences, and how the White House helped get this movie made.Moviefone: This is a huge franchise with established characters. [Laughs] It’s something that I wish I was smart enough to figure out, but the team that it took just to shoot some of the simplest shots, it required an army of very, very smart people to pull this off.Was there every a moment where you thought, “Oh, it’s going south”? This is something I did with The Rock before in one of my previous movies. New Yorkers are like, how are you going to get a car go 100 mph through Times Square?So all the New York scenes were really on location? So just the weight of all of the equipment and all of these vehicles, when the sun’s bearing down on the ice and it’s melting by the second.Were you a nervous wreck that day? Everything that was happening on the state level was affecting what we did on the ground.I’m dreaming up shots and things like that, and there are people in the White House who had to understand what we were doing on both sides in order for it to be approved. It wasn’t like “My Dinner With Andre.” We flew in hundreds of people from a country that’s had strained relations [with Cuba], to say the least. You would normally see some musclebound guy with a bald head going head-to-head with the other bald guys in the movie, but it’s different and I think that’s part of the strength of this particular movie.Do you think Charlize will be back? The snow started to melt and it just kind of collapsed — thanks for laughing — and then you start to think, “How much time do you have?” There’s a kind of hourglass effect that happens where it’s just a ticking clock of how much you can shoot, how long it’s gonna take, and you want to get as much as you can. I was too, and I think we pushed the envelope for sure.So you had story meetings where someone says, “No, no, it’s been done. She was amazing in that movie and I think it sparked a lot of careers. When you go into it, you want to top the last one and the one before that. She delivered on a whole ‘nother level in this movie. We had ambassadors and things like that involved. The premise is really different: Dom [Vin Diesel] goes against the family. I was talking to Latifah yesterday about that. So evil and so complex and so cool. So your process is different. The performances here are next-level for the “Fast and the Furious” franchise. We’ve gotta read that script and find out.When you see the chase scenes on the ice, you think, “That has to be green screen. Absolutely. everybody really contributed. My second-unit director, Spiro Razatos, was out there really kicking ass. I want the audience to not even think about those things, but the simplest things required an army of negotiators from the White House [to shoot in Cuba] — all the way down to shoot something as simple as a car chase in Manhattan. You see elements of “The Italian Job.” You see elements of “Friday.” There’s humor, there’s comedy, there’s drama. It was a lot of fun. It’s a challenge that any director new to a franchise would have to consider — we didn’t reinvent the wheel, but ultimately, the sum of all of these choices makes it a Gary Gray movie.At this point, the franchise seems to take on a different genre for each movie. So the tone in balancing those two things, which is slightly different for the franchise, that’s part of what I bring to it. It wasn’t very, very common back then, especially with minorities. What a movie to take there. And I love it.Will you be back for another “Furious” movie? We’ve never seen a villain like this in the franchise. I’m very used to drama, and then my own brand of humor. And a slightly different visual approach. Me, personally, I think she deserved an Oscar nomination for that performance. In this, I mean, you’ve got a chase with a Russian sub!I think all of us were really conscious of the fact that the fans want something spectacular. Oh, I’m still a nervous wreck. We did it with the kids and we had a great laugh. And it took an army of engineers to make sure it was safe. In Iceland, we lost a tractor. I tried a slightly different approach with “Straight Outta Compton” and we were really successful with that. Our writer, Chris Morgan — and the producer and studio — everyone is hyper-aware of that. We need to go bigger”? Posted April 14, 2017 by Sharon KnolleWith “Straight Outta Compton” director F. We were really out there.