Trailer: Fast and Furious Presents Hobbs & Shaw

Dwayne Johnson made some waves when he announced a spinoff to the Fast and Furious franchise that would focus on his one time villian/now hero, Luke Hobbs. I’ve felt it should move in a different direction, particularly with Paul Walker’s passing. The series could have ended at Fast Five, but we needed that little bit of closure to connect the fates of Han (Sung Kang) and Gisele (Gal Gadot). Then again, without those sequels, we wouldn’t have Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham).

Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is looking good so far, thanks to director David Leitch, who was responsible for both Deadpool 2 and Atomic Blonde. These, along with what he’s done with the John Wick films alongside director Chad Stahelski, make him a good fit for this new storyline. The film also showcases Mission Impossible Fallout’s Vanessa Kirby Idris Elba (fresh off a new season of Luther) as their villain.

Fast and Furious Presents: Hobbs & Shaw is set for a release this summer.


Music Video of the Day: America The Beautiful, performed by Ray Charles (1972, dir by ????)

Happy National Freedom Day!

Now, you may think that I’m making up a holiday but I’m not.  National Freedom Day has been observed annually on February 1st ever since 1949.  That’s because February 1st is also the anniversary of the day, in 1865, that Abraham Lincoln signed the joint Senate and House resolution calling for a 13th amendment, one that would abolish slavery.  Lincoln did not live to see that amendment ratified on December 6th and officially adopted to the Constitution on December 18th of the same year.

So, in honor of National Freedom Day, here’s Ray Charles singing America The Beautiful on a 1972 episode of the Dick Cavett Show.  Enjoy!