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September 8, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
It took an intergalactic saga to do it, but the surprise run of “Lee Daniels' The Butler” atop the box office charts was stopped this week by the sci-fi sequel “Riddick.” Starring Vin Diesel returning to the role that first brought him wider fame, “Riddick” brought in an estimated $18.7 million. “The Butler” had spent the previous three weeks as the box-office winner, and this week came in second place, bringing in an additional $8.9 million for a new total of nearly $92 million.
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April 15, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
Ice Cube wants the world to know he's not a sore loser. After coming under fire for complaining that he and "Ride Along" costar Kevin Hart were "robbed" at the MTV Movie Awards, losing best onscreen duo to the late Paul Walker and his "Fast & Furious 6" costar Vin Diesel, the rapper-actor backed off his comments in a series of tweets. "I wasn't really mad we didn't win," Cube wrote on Twitter . "So I would never diss the actors who won. Not even Paul Walker. Seriously people!"
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September 5, 2013 | By Amy Kaufman, This post has been updated, as indicated below
Vin Diesel helped steer "Fast & Furious 6" toward the top of the box-office chart this summer, but can his new film, "Riddick," get the fall season started on the right track? "Riddick," the third entry in writer-director David Twohy's sci-fi series, is the only film hitting theaters on what is traditionally the slowest moviegoing weekend of the year. Without any new competition in the marketplace, pre-release audience surveys indicate that Diesel's film will likely launch with a healthy $23 million.
NEWS
April 9, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The MTV Movie Awards is known for its combustible moments and categories honoring such cinematic achievements as “best kiss” and “best gut-wrenching performance.” But when the annual raucousness gets under way Sunday from the Nokia Theatre with Conan O'Brien as host, it will also include a more solemn moment: a tribute to Paul Walker.   The late “Fast & Furious” actor, who died Thanksgiving weekend in a single-car crash, was a fixture at past awards, and the network has decided to honor his memory at this year's event.
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June 28, 2005 | Susan King, Times Staff Writer
After last year's disastrous "Chronicles of Riddick," movie tough guy Vin Diesel scored a box office hit with the Disney family comedy "The Pacifier" ($30). In this fish-out-of-water comedy, Navy SEAL Diesel must guard a late scientist's family. Of course, Diesel knows nothing about children, and the four charges are unruly and obnoxious.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Hailey Branson-Potts
Actor Paul Walker's "Fast and Furious" costars and others involved in the movie franchise spoke Monday about the fiery crash that killed him and a friend over the weekend. Among the cast mates who made pilgramages to Walker's burgeoning makeshift memorial in Santa Clarita was Vin Diesel, who addressed the crowd using the public address system of a sheriff's department patrol car. "If my brother were here today. And if he saw all the love you were bringing here. If he could see for himself that [you have]
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Vin Diesel, the face of "The Fast and the Furious" franchise, visited the scene of his costar Paul Walker's death on Monday night, offering words of comfort to the fans gathered in the dark in Santa Clarita. The deep-voiced Diesel used the public address system on one of the sheriff's cars at the crash scene to address the crowd assembled at the makeshift memorial. "If he could see for himself that all of you have showed up to show my brother love at this hard time, and his family gets to see all of you show the love that you've shown Paul, it's going to stay with me forever," Diesel said.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Vin Diesel is a Katy Perry and Beyoncé fan. There's the video evidence to prove it. And -- pardon the pun -- it's "Riddick"-ulous. The "Fast & Furious 6" star posted a nearly seven-and-a-half minute video on his Facebook page Tuesday in what we can only surmise is a treat for fans. A treat in which the singer grooves and sings along to Perry's "Dark Horse" and Beyoncé's "Drunk in Love. " He gave it the simple caption, "You know I love music... " The barrel-chested actor welcomes his legion of followers to his alone time with his computer, bopping along to the pop hits in a white undershirt and camouflage shorts, you know, showing off his impressive guns and likely causing a few hard-core fans to go weak in the knees.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 5, 2013 | By Michael Phillips
From the dusty annals of a science-fiction franchise belonging to another age - that of "Pitch Black" (2000) and "The Chronicles of Riddick" (2004) and several video-game variations - comes a modestly scaled summer picture continuing a legend that time and many moviegoers forgot. And it's fun! "Riddick" is extremely violent, cleverly managed fun - full of eviscerating aliens, Vin Diesel making those little swimmie-goggles look sharp and Katee Sackhoff of "Battlestar Galactica" swaggering around as a sexually ambiguous bounty hunter stuck with a bunch of guys on a crummy planet.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Vin Diesel's sci-fi vehicle “Riddick” is bringing crowds, albeit modest ones, into U.S. theaters on what is traditionally one of the slowest movie-going weekends of the year. The film took in an estimated $7.3 million on Friday and as the only major new release of the week will easily top the weekend box office. “Riddick,” the third entry in writer-director David Twohy's sci-fi series, was predicted to tally as much as $23 million this weekend. Yet the film's distributor, Universal Pictures, did not believe the movie will open with more than $20 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
January 28, 2014 | By Nardine Saad
Vin Diesel is a Katy Perry and Beyoncé fan. There's the video evidence to prove it. And -- pardon the pun -- it's "Riddick"-ulous. The "Fast & Furious 6" star posted a nearly seven-and-a-half minute video on his Facebook page Tuesday in what we can only surmise is a treat for fans. A treat in which the singer grooves and sings along to Perry's "Dark Horse" and Beyoncé's "Drunk in Love. " He gave it the simple caption, "You know I love music... " The barrel-chested actor welcomes his legion of followers to his alone time with his computer, bopping along to the pop hits in a white undershirt and camouflage shorts, you know, showing off his impressive guns and likely causing a few hard-core fans to go weak in the knees.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Hailey Branson-Potts
Actor Paul Walker's "Fast and Furious" costars and others involved in the movie franchise spoke Monday about the fiery crash that killed him and a friend over the weekend. Among the cast mates who made pilgramages to Walker's burgeoning makeshift memorial in Santa Clarita was Vin Diesel, who addressed the crowd using the public address system of a sheriff's department patrol car. "If my brother were here today. And if he saw all the love you were bringing here. If he could see for himself that [you have]
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 3, 2013 | By Richard Winton and Hailey Branson-Potts
Actor Vin Diesel on Monday night came to the site where "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker and another man were killed in a crash to offer a memorial for his co-star in the film series. Diesel was the latest in a series of costars and fans to make the pilgrimage to Santa Clarita to examine the crash site. Diesel addressed the crowd using a loudspeaker from a Sheriff's Department car, calling Walker "an angel up in heaven. " "If my brother were here today. And if he saw all the love you were bringing here.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 3, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Vin Diesel, the face of "The Fast and the Furious" franchise, visited the scene of his costar Paul Walker's death on Monday night, offering words of comfort to the fans gathered in the dark in Santa Clarita. The deep-voiced Diesel used the public address system on one of the sheriff's cars at the crash scene to address the crowd assembled at the makeshift memorial. "If he could see for himself that all of you have showed up to show my brother love at this hard time, and his family gets to see all of you show the love that you've shown Paul, it's going to stay with me forever," Diesel said.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
It took an intergalactic saga to do it, but the surprise run of “Lee Daniels' The Butler” atop the box office charts was stopped this week by the sci-fi sequel “Riddick.” Starring Vin Diesel returning to the role that first brought him wider fame, “Riddick” brought in an estimated $18.7 million. “The Butler” had spent the previous three weeks as the box-office winner, and this week came in second place, bringing in an additional $8.9 million for a new total of nearly $92 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 8, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
Certainly one of the most interesting recent stories for box-office watchers has been the success of the Spanish-language film “Instructions Not Included.” After opening to a surprising $10.4 million on 347 screens last weekend, this weekend the film expanded to 717 screens to bring in just over $8 million for a new total of $20.3 million. “Instructions Not Included” is a comedy of a playboy who unexpectedly becomes a single father, starring, directed and co-written by Eugenio Derbez.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
"Riddick" -- the third sci-fi film to star Vin Diesel as the interplanetary antihero of the same name -- arrives nine years after its predecessor, "The Chronicles of Riddick," and 13 years after the original, "Pitch Black. " Unfortunately for Diesel and series writer-director David Twohy, "Riddick" hasn't exactly returned to a hero's welcome. For every film critic who finds it a fun, gory slice of genre entertainment, there's another who finds it stale and one-dimensional. In the Los Angeles Times, for example, Michael Phillips calls "Riddick" "extremely violent, cleverly managed fun. " He explains, "This is not one of those Johnny-come-lately sequels preoccupied with getting a new audience up to speed on where the story was. It's about living in the moment, in the now, and killing in the now. " Diesel, Phillips says, "has discovered what it means to be a certain kind of movie star, working hard but not too, serving material that, here, does what it's supposed to do. " PHOTOS: Fall movie sneaks 2013 On the other hand, USA Today's Claudia Puig warns , "Move along, there's nothing to see and no one to root for in this murky franchise reboot.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2013 | By Chris Lee, Los Angeles Times
On-screen, Vin Diesel's default setting can be described as coiled rage and brutal efficiency. In the films that put him on Hollywood's star map, the buff and bald actor hefts big guns: from artillery to his own softball-sized biceps. He punches the accelerator on the fastest hot rods and pummels enemies into submission without hesitation or fear. So it's surprising to discover that in 2011, just weeks before cameras rolled on "Riddick" - this weekend's sequel to 2000's "Pitch Black" and 2004's "The Chronicles of Riddick" - Diesel found himself facing existential dread.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 7, 2013 | By Todd Martens
Vin Diesel's sci-fi vehicle “Riddick” is bringing crowds, albeit modest ones, into U.S. theaters on what is traditionally one of the slowest movie-going weekends of the year. The film took in an estimated $7.3 million on Friday and as the only major new release of the week will easily top the weekend box office. “Riddick,” the third entry in writer-director David Twohy's sci-fi series, was predicted to tally as much as $23 million this weekend. Yet the film's distributor, Universal Pictures, did not believe the movie will open with more than $20 million.
ENTERTAINMENT
September 6, 2013 | By Oliver Gettell
"Riddick" -- the third sci-fi film to star Vin Diesel as the interplanetary antihero of the same name -- arrives nine years after its predecessor, "The Chronicles of Riddick," and 13 years after the original, "Pitch Black. " Unfortunately for Diesel and series writer-director David Twohy, "Riddick" hasn't exactly returned to a hero's welcome. For every film critic who finds it a fun, gory slice of genre entertainment, there's another who finds it stale and one-dimensional. In the Los Angeles Times, for example, Michael Phillips calls "Riddick" "extremely violent, cleverly managed fun. " He explains, "This is not one of those Johnny-come-lately sequels preoccupied with getting a new audience up to speed on where the story was. It's about living in the moment, in the now, and killing in the now. " Diesel, Phillips says, "has discovered what it means to be a certain kind of movie star, working hard but not too, serving material that, here, does what it's supposed to do. " PHOTOS: Fall movie sneaks 2013 On the other hand, USA Today's Claudia Puig warns , "Move along, there's nothing to see and no one to root for in this murky franchise reboot.
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