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Quote of the Day: Vin Diesel on Voicing Groot

Vin Diesel and Groot, of 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

"It was the month after the accident happened with my brother Paul Walker and it was the first time I had worked since. Although it was challenging, just to get back to work was therapeutic — especially as Groot. There was an innocence about the character that was just refreshing — and it may have been more challenging under other circumstances, but at that time, it was very therapeutic."

- Vin Diesel shares how voicing the role of Groot in Guardians of the Galaxy helped him get over the death of his friend and Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker.

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Katy Perry to Audition for Vin Diesel Movie?

Katy Perry and Vin Diesel

Katy Perry is set to audition for a role in Vin Diesel's new movie.

The "Roar" hitmaker could be turning her hand at acting after talking to the Hollywood actor-and-producer about a role in the xXx action franchise. Vin, 46, recently hinted he is considering the songstress - who has previously had a voice role in The Smurfs movies - for the female lead role and it now appears Katy could indeed be in line for the part.

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‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ Trailer Promises Lots of Laughs

If you like your Benicio Del Toro white-haired, your Zoe Saldana deadly, and/or your Karen Gillan bald (and also deadly!), then Guardians of the Galaxy may be the move for you.

Disney gave us the first look of Guardians of the Galaxy on New Year's Day, and now they've released the first official full-length trailer for their latest Marvel adaptation, which offers up audiences a closer look at the cast of ecclectic characters.

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PHOTO: First Look at ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’

Guardians of the Galaxy

While Parks and Rec fans noticed Chris Pratt's dramatic weight loss and temporary exit from the series to film Guardians of the Galaxy, little else has truly been known about the Disney/Marvel project - until now.

The studio released the first official promotional photo of the comic book adaptation (above) on the last day of 2013, as well as an official synopsis:

"An action-packed, epic space adventure, Marvel’s Guardians of the Galaxy expands the Marvel Cinematic Universe into the cosmos, where brash adventurer Peter Quill (Pratt) finds himself the object of an unrelenting bounty hunt after stealing a mysterious orb coveted by Ronan (Lee Pace), a powerful villain with ambitions that threaten the entire universe. To evade the ever-persistent Ronan, Quill is forced into an uneasy truce with a quartet of disparate misfits–Rocket, a gun-toting raccoon (voiced by Bradley Cooper), Groot, a tree-like humanoid (voiced by Vin Diesel), the deadly and enigmatic Gamora (Zoe Saldana) and the revenge-driven Drax the Destroyer (Dave Bautista). But when Peter discovers the true power of the orb and the menace it poses to the cosmos, he must do his best to rally his ragtag rivals for a last, desperate stand -  with the galaxy’s fate in the balance."

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Dwayne Johnson Is 2013’s Top-Grossing Actor

Dwayne JohnsonDwayne "The Rock" Johnson has been named 2013's top-grossing actor.

The four movies the 42-year-old star appeared in this year - Fast & Furious 6, G. I. Joe: Retaliation, Pain & Gain, and Snitch - banked a collective $1.3 billion at the global box office, putting him just ahead of second-placed Robert Downey Jr., who only released one movie in 2013, the highest-grossing production Iron Man 3, which took $1.2 billion.
Despicable Me 2 star Steve Carrell ranked third, with his work - including The Way Way Back and The Incredible Burt Wonderstone - bringing in $964 million, while WWE Superstar Dwayne's Fast & Furious 6 co-star, Riddick actor Vin Diesel placed fourth with $887 million.

Gravity and The Heat's successes with audiences helped propel Sandra Bullock to number five in the list - compiled by Forbes - with her movies grossing a total of $862 million this year. In sixth place was another Fast & Furious 6 actor, the late Paul Walker, who passed away last month after a car accident, bringing in $789 million, all of which came from the latest installment of the action franchise.

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Cinecast: Clips from Jarmusch’s Latest, Bradley Cooper in Curlers

Bradley Cooper+ While most actors probably would have donned a wig in his place, Bradley Cooper is dedicated to his craft. Here are some photos to prove that the curls he sports in David O. Russell's upcoming frilm American Hustle are the real deal!

+ Just as you were thinking that Tom Hiddleston was all brooded-out after playing Loki for three films, the folks behind Jim Jarmusch's upcoming Only Lovers Left Alive put out two clips of the vampire flick that prove you wrong.

+ Mad Men star is moving on up to the big screen, getting behind the camera to direct Philip Seymour Hoffman, John Turturro, Richard Jenkins, and Christina Hendricks in God's Pocket, which he adapted from Pete Dexter's novel of the same name.

+ With Fast and Furious 6 and the return of his Pitch Black character in Riddick, this year is unofficially the year of Vin Diesel and his sequels. While you're still holding out hope that xXx: The Return of Xander Cage will be finally greenlit, you can check out the trailer for Riddick here.
 

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Vin Diesel: Rita Ora Kicked Butt in ‘Fast and Furious 6’

Rita Ora in 'Fast and Furious 6'

Vin Diesel says Rita Ora "kicked butt" in Fast and Furious 6. The "Radioactive" hitmaker has a small cameo appearance in the upcoming Hollywood blockbuster - which was partly filmed in the singer's hometown of London - and producer-and-star Vin was convinced she was the perfect fit for the high octane movie after meeting her on a night out.

Speaking to BANG Showbiz at the movie's world premiere at the Empire Cinema in London's Leicester Square on Tuesday night, he explained: "I was out one night and was introduced to her. We were looking for someone to kick off the most quintessential race in the movie. We wanted somebody who represented today's London and have that presence to kick off a race of that style and she was just perfect and she was game to do it. We were lucky to get her and we were lucky that she came in and kicked butt."

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Vin Diesel Plans Fourth and Fifth Riddick Films

Vin Diesel as RiddickVin Diesel has entered negotiations to star in a fourth and fifth movies in the Chronicles of Riddick series.

The Fast and the Furious actor confirmed he has already held talks with Universal Pictures about reprising his role as anti-hero Richard B. Riddick in the sci-fi film franchise, and he is "excited" about the prospect of the series being extended.

"I think they are liking what they are seeing... haha, cause they asked when both Underverse and Furya would be ready to make and release... haha... now that's a ways in the future but it is exciting. (sic)" he wrote in a post on his Facebook page.

The 44-year-old actor recently wrapped on the third film in the franchise, The Chronicles of Riddick: Dead Man Stalking, and he revealed the movie is set to be released early next year despite previous plans for the movie to come out at the end of 2012.

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Rihanna Lands Fast and Furious Role

RihannaRihanna has landed a role in the sixth The Fast and the Furious film.

The singer - who recently saw her first movie part in Battleship, based on the popular boardgame - will play the villain in the film, which will star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson and Vin Diesel.

"Rihanna impressed with her acting debut in Battleship. Writers think she will be perfect for the role. Her character has plenty of bite and doesn't take any prisoners - just like her in real life. It's a step up the ladder for her and could lead to bigger action roles," a source told The Sun.

The film will be set in London, meaning the "You Da One" hitmaker could be spending time in the British capital as soon as next month. Some scenes will also be shot in Essex while London is unavailable due to the 2012 Olympic Games.


VIDEO: See Vin Diesel in New Fast and Furious Film

 


Vin Diesel and Paul Walker will reunite for the fifth movie in The Fast and The Furious franchise, ensuring that this series will be dragged out for at least a couple more years.

Fast Five will be released on April 29. Check out the newly released theatrical trailer above.

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