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Michelle Rodriguez to Reprise Fast and the Furious, Machete Roles

Michelle RodriguezMichelle Rodriguez looks set to reprise her role in the sixth Fast and the Furious movie.

The 33-year-old actress is in line to take on the part of Letty Ortiz for the third time in the film franchise since she first played the character - the love interest of Dominic Toretto, who is portrayed by Vin Diesel - in 2001, Variety reports.

Vin, Paul Walker and Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson have all been confirmed to star in the follow up to 2011 movie Fast Five, and Rihanna has also been linked with the forthcoming production, which Justin Lin is set to return to direct.

Michelle also looks set to reprise her role as Luz/She in Machete Kills, the sequel to 2010 action motion picture Machete, which starred Robert DeNiro, Jessica Alba and Lindsay Lohan. Danny Trejo is due to return to take up the titular role of Machete Cortez, a blade-wielding Mexican Federale, and Mel Gibson is expected to play arms dealer Luther Voz, who aims to wreak havoc around the world by launching a missile. Production for the movie - which is directed by Robert Rodriguez and is also thought to see Jessica return - will start later this month in Texas.


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Watch the New Full-Length Avatar Trailer


How would you like to see your Avatar? If you’d choose a trailer with very little talk and a focus on the fantasy, please refer to the teaser version released in August. If you’d prefer yours laced with more drama, humans and expository info, than this version might be up your alley.

Although IMAX tickets for the James Cameron film went on sale two months ago, the movie has been overshadowed lately by talk of vampires, Michael Jackson and paranormal activity. This latest clip could get us talking about Pandora and humanoid creatures called the Na’vi again.

- starring Sam Worthington, Sigourney Weaver, Zoe Saldana Michelle Rodriguez and Giovanni Ribisi - opens December 18.

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Casting Corner: Gina Carano, Christina Hendricks and More

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Here’s a quick look at some of the casting announcements made recently:

Gina Carano: The mixed martial arts competitor has just scored herself a Steven Soderbergh film. Gina (also known as American Gladiators’ “Crush”) will star in Knockout, an thriller about a girl from the wrong side of the tracks. Carano’s character will get to use her fighting skills for a purpose while traveling around the world. Production will be in January.

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First Look: Teaser Trailer for Jim Cameron’s Avatar


“This is great.” Those are the only three words spoken in this clip for the upcoming release of Avatar. And based on the scenes in this brief trailer, it probably will be.

‘s 3D sci-fi actioner - his first dramatic feature since Titanic - transports us to “Pandora,” where humans are encroaching on land occupied by the Na’vi, a humanoid race. Sam Worthington (Terminator Salvation) plays a paralyzed marine who enters the lush rainforest with help from the Avatar program.

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This Week on DVD and Blu-ray: June 28, 2009

Fast & Furious DVDHere are some of the options available this Tuesday:

  • 2 Fast 2 Furious: Blu-ray
  • 12 Monkeys: Blu-ray
  • Bad Lieutenant: DVD
  • Bart Got a Room: DVD
  • Dragonball: Evolution: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Fast & Furious: DVD, Blu-ray
  • Repulsion: DVD, Blu-ray
  • A River Runs Through It: Blu-ray
  • The Fast and the Furious: Blu-ray
  • The Inglorious Bastards (1977): Blu-ray
  • This is Spinal Tap: Blu-ray

Click here to see the TV-on-DVD options for this week.

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Box Office Breakdown: Audiences Drawn to Obsessed

Obsessed

It was a battle between two stars at the box office this weekend.

After back-to-back roles in music-related dramas, Beyonce Knowles proved she could deliver without having to sing a note. , a thriller produced for approximately $20 million, pulled in nearly $29 million for a 1st place finish. The film, also featuring two NBC stars (The Office’s Idris Elba and Heroes’ Ali Larter), more than doubled last week’s champ, 17 Again.

Meanwhile, an Academy Award winner and an Iron Man joined forces for a surprising fourth place finish. , costarring Jamie Foxx and Robert Downey Jr., didn’t even cross the $10 million mark. Although it was once considered as a pre-Oscars release, the film’s debut grossed less than last week’s nominee-filled entry, State of Play.

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Box Office Breakdown: 17 is the Lucky Number

17 Again

may be cute, but he’s no Hannah Montana.

This weekend the Disney veteran got a chance to prove his worth in his first starring role. And though he managed to hit #1, Efron pulled in approximately $8.6 million less than Miley Cyrus did last week. The premiere of 17 Again also opened to $18.3 million less than High School Musical 3 did last October. (Then again, those two family-friendly films were a bit more accessible with their G-ratings.)

Russell Crowe, in the meantime, had far much more to groan about. The Oscar winner found his new movie, , sandwiched in between the two tween idols. The thriller, costarring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams, earned nearly $10 million less than the age-reversal comedy for a second place finish.

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Box Office Breakdown: Another Win for Miley Cyrus

Hannah Montana: The Movie

Miley Cyrus got a big treat in her goodie basket this weekend.

Just over a year after breaking a record for Super Bowl weekend releases, the tween idol has made waves again. The 16-year-old’s new film is now the 2nd best Easter opener ever. Hannah Montana: The Movie slowed down last week’s hot property, Fast & Furious, to win the holiday frame. Cyrus’ 2-D offering pulled in $32.3 million and earned the best first-day ever for a live-action G-rated feature.

The only other wide releases last weekend were Observe and Report and Dragonball: Evolution. Although Paul Blart debuted to a surprising $40 million, Seth Rogen’s mall comedy earned only $11 million and a fourth place-finish. (Observe did do slightly better than Zack and Miri‘s $10.1 million premiere.) Dragonball, in the meantime, barely went noticed with its $4.7 million take. That was just enough for a Top Ten appearance.

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Box Office Breakdown: Vin Diesel Revs His Way Back to #1

Fast and Furious

Vin Diesel’s come a long way in just a short amount of time.

Back in September, the action star’s last film, Babylon A.D, debuted to a disappointing $11.5 million and a 2nd place finish. Seven months later, he’s nearly septupled that amount.

Fast & Furious, the fourth installment of the racing series, pulled in a whopping $70.9 million over the last three days. That gross easily broke the 2009 record set by Monsters vs. Aliens just one week ago. The movie reunited the original’s four stars (Diesel, Paul Walker, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster) and bested the debut of 2003’s 2 Fast and 2 Furious by over $20 million.

Friday’s only other wide screen release, , opened in 6th place with $5.7 million in ticket sales.

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In Theaters This Weekend: April 3, 2009

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Here are some possible suggestions for your upcoming weekend:

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