Monday, May 02, 2005

XXX2: Ice Cube Better Than Vin Diesel 

XXX2: XXX2: Ice Cube Better Than Vin Diesel: "Rapper-turned-actor ICE CUBE is confident action movie fans will prefer the XXX sequel he stars in to its blockbuster predecessor - because his character's much tougher than VIN DIESEL's.

The FRIDAY star didn't hesitate to sign up for XXX: STATE OF THE UNION after watching the trailer for the original film - and concluding he was more appropriate for the lead role than Diesel.
He says, 'DARIUS STONE would kick Vin Diesel's character (XANDER CAGE)'s a**. And here's why. Vin Diesel's character is an X GAMES boy. Darius is from the street. We play a little dirtier."

Wednesday, April 27, 2005

Pacifier DVD, starring Vin Diesel, Due in June 

DVD: Pacifier Due in June: "Walt Disney Home Entertainment has announced Kindergar-, er, The Pacifier, starring Vin Diesel, Lauren Graham and Faith Ford will hit store shelves on June 28 for a suggested price of $29.99.

The DVD will feature an anamorphic widescreen transfer and Dolby Digital 5.1 audio, plus extras like a commentary from director Adam Shankman, two featurettes called On Set With Brad Garrett: Unpacified and On Set With Mr. Diesel: Action Hero and Nice Guy, deleted scenes and bloopers."

Wednesday, April 06, 2005

Vin Diesel: A Colorless Actor for a Colorblind America? 

Africultures, cultures africaines: "In the 20th century, a person like Vin Diesel would never have become one of the highest paid and most famous Hollywood actors, not as a Black man because he was too light, not as a White man because he wasn't White, and not as a mulatto, however tragic, since they were not played by biracial actors but by white men and women. The presence of Vin Diesel as a major star is an indication that America's concept of race and skin color has changed. Having a "drop of black blood" doesn't so much mean that you are Black anymore, but rather that you are cool. Vin Diesel has managed to embrace his multiracial and multicultural audience without antagonizing anyone. Yet from film to film, rather than truly living up to their multiracial identity, Vin Diesel's characters have become raceless, of no specific color: living proofs of America's post-civil rights movement, soon-to-be post affirmative-action, fantasized ideal of color-blindness."

Friday, April 01, 2005

Vin wants our Nic 

The Mercury: Vin wants our Nic [01apr05]: "HOLLYWOOD action star Vin Diesel hasn't giving up on coaxing Nicole Kidman into starring with him in a remake of the musical, Guys and Dolls.

Diesel thinks the project is a winner, despite it being a departure from his usual action roles in XXX, The Fast and the Furious and Pitch Black.

'I still want to do that musical,' Diesel said in Los Angeles.

'The trick would be, do you do Guys and Dolls? Or do you do a modern version?'

The former Manhattan nightclub bouncer doesn't want to be typecast as Hollywood's boofhead action man."

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

Diesel's talent fails to pacify average film 

Diesel's talent fails to pacify average film - The Observer - Scene: "Hollywood seems to be getting stale. At least that's the conclusion some will gather from watching 'The Pacifier,' action star Vin Diesel's attempt at a Disney comedy. Cute, family-oriented and utterly predictable, 'The Pacifier' is good for some, but most would find themselves bored while watching it.
Diesel plays Shane Wolfe, a disgraced Navy S.E.A.L. agent who is assigned the unfortunate task of protecting the Plummer family while trying to find a hidden experiment. The family is under attack from the enemies of the deceased father, and only Diesel stands in the way. That is, if the family will let him.
The family under watch features children of all ages, from adolescents to infants. The audience is treated to all the obvious humor associated with the 'unwilling babysitter' genre of films. Diesel is forced to deal with the problems of a teenager one second, and the next finds himself changing an infant's diaper. Of course, the children do not welcome Diesel with open arms. They make life difficult for him at the beginning, but as the film progresses they warm up to him - nothing new here."

Monday, March 14, 2005

Vin Diesel Wants To Have More Chronicles Of Riddick 

Vin Diesel Wants To Have More Chronicles Of Riddick! - Insomniac Mania
"MTV report that Vin Diesel is interested in making a couple of sequels to "The Chronicles of Riddick". Diesel had the following to say about the possible projects:

"Riddick? Well, you know that I've always had 'C2' planned. I'm silently - and I shouldn't even say this - I'm silently working on 'C2' with some of the outlines that were created when I first thought of doing the three films. The way that it's designed-and I hope that I'm not giving too much away-is that in Chronicles of Riddick 2, we go into the Underverse, and then C3, if you will, is that final return home to Furia."

When questioned about the tone of the first possible sequel, Diesel revealed that he expected it to be R rated for the following reason:

"By virtue of the fact that it takes place in the Underverse, which is obviously going to be a lot more gruesome than New Mecca.""

Friday, March 11, 2005

Diesel Gets Animated 

: "Continuing down the family film road, Vin Diesel, whose The Pacifier debuted at number one last week, is now making a CGI film based on the indie cartoon Rockfish. Diesel is not new to animation, however, having previously voiced The Iron Giant.

Diesel's One Race Films production company is teaming with Blur Studio, which made the Rockfish short. One Race is now hoping to spend less than $30 million on the project and is currently seeking independent financing.

Although the feature will be animated, the intended audience is male and a little more mature than the basic Saturday matinee crowd. Diesel will voice a lead character in the sci-fi actioner and will also produce, with One Race partner George Zakk and Blur creative director Tim Miller, who wrote and directed the short and will also direct the feature-length version."

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