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Hobbs & Shaw's Vanessa Kirby and Jason Statham's age difference has the internet laughing. This one glaring mistake in the 'Fast & Furious' spinoff just can't be ignored. When it comes to the Fast & Furious movies, some suspension of disbelief is necessary. This is a franchise that started with humble beginnings of a street racing crew stealing truckloads of DVD players and somehow spiraled into flying cars through the air, saving the world, bioengineered super soldiers (and maybe even going to space?!). Runways are over 26 miles long. Fights never actually end with a winner or loser for vanity's sake. Fans forgive a lot for the fast-paced, exponentially increasing stakes and NOS-infused, adrenaline-racing action. But there's one glaring mistake in Hobbs & Shaw that has the internet laughing. In the first Fast & Furious spinoff film, Dwayne Johnson and Jason Statham return to reprise their roles as enemies-turned-begrudging allies Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, respectively. We meet both sides of their extended families, with Hobbs returning to his estranged Samoan family after decades away and Shaw bringing his incredibly competent, sometimes not-so-legal family together (minus his brother, but we'll get to that in a minute). Vanessa Kirby is the most badass, fierce, and welcome addition to the Fast family as Shaw's sister Hattie, but despite how much she steals every scene she's in, there's just one issue that can't be ignored. Let's lay out the facts. Hattie and Shaw are siblings. Kirby is 31 years old while Statham is 52. The age difference between them is 21 years. It's not that crazy to hear about siblings who are 21 years apart. It's definitely possible (and in a lot of cases, real!). And factor in that their missing sibling, Owen Shaw, is played by Luke Evans, who is 40, helping balance out that difference as the solid middle child. Plus, Helen Mirren, who plays the Shaw matriarch Magdalene "Queenie," is 74 which logically makes sense for children that age. Queenie would have been 22 when she had her oldest child, 34 for her middle, and 43 for her last (and that's the most math we've had to do in a long time). It checks out. (However, you know what doesn't check out? The Shaw family not even mentioning Owen's name during all their happy family reunion time. What is he, chopped liver?!) But the problem presented in Hobbs & Shaw comes in the form of flashbacks that show Shaw and Hattie carrying out cons and schemes together when they were young kids. Uh, correct us if we're wrong here but there's no way that anyone with a 21-year age gap would ever be kids at the same time. The closest they'd come to playing together is a 23-year-old Shaw taking his 2-year-old sister Hattie out in the neighborhood for a stroll. And yet Hobbs & Shaw wants you to believe the happiest time in both of their lives was when they were both around 10 at the same time, maybe only a few years difference between them, pulling elaborate pranks together on the other kids in the neighborhood? Mhmm. We may not be mathematicians but something is definitely off in those calculations! And the internet has definitely noticed. We guess of every Fast & Furious film is now taking creative liberties with science and math (Like the fact that a mere mortal like Hobbs can wrangle a helicopter with his bare hands!), then it looks like Hobbs & Shaw is fitting right in. (Entertainment Weekly)

James Franco's 'Zeroville' Added to San Sebastian Festival Competition. Six other new European and Latin American films were also added to the festival's official selection. The San Sebastian International Film Festival (Sept. 20-28) unveiled seven new films for its official competition section of the upcoming 67th edition. James Franco, who previously won the festival's Golden Shell prize for 2017's The Disaster Artist, will premiere Zeroville, based on the novel by Steve Erickson. The 60s-set film stars Franco, Seth Rogan, Megan Fox and Joey King in the tale of an awkward architecture student who finds a new life in Hollywood that will ultimately end in tragedy. Six additional new competitors in the official section were also announced Friday, joining the three previously announced Spanish titles: Alejandro Amenabar's While at War, Aitor Arregi, Jon Garano and Jose Mari Goenaga's La Trinchera Infinita and Belen Funes' debut feature, A Thief's Daughter. France's Guillaume Nicloux, a Cannes regular and the director behind The Kidnapping of Michel Houellebecq, brings a new film starring the same author. In Thalasso, Houellebecq stars as himself, still in contact with his kidnappers, across legend Gerard Depardieu as two men who meet at a therapy center and struggle to manage the center's strict health regime. Among the new titles are Canadian director Louise Archambault's And the Birds Rained Down, based on the novel of the same name, about a group of people whose lives are changed by a deadly forest fire. The story is billed as a multigenerational story of life, love and intertwined destinies. It stars Andree Lachapelle, Gilbert Sicotte and Remy Girard. Chile's Jose Luis Torres Leiva brings a film from the Europe-Latin America Co-Production Forum of 2016. Death Will Come and Shall Have Your Eyes is a love story between two women, played by Amparo Noguera and the director's frequent muse Julieta Figueroa, facing the terminal illness of one of them. The Audition, from German actor and director Ina Weisse, stars Nina Hoss (Homeland) as a violin teacher obsessed with a student, a young boy who commands more of her attention than her own 10-year-old son. From Kazakhstan, director Adilkhan Yerzhanov brings A Dark, Dark Man, about a police inspector and journalist investigating the death of a child in a Kazakh village. Two of Yerzhanov's recent films, 2018's The Gentle Indifference of the World and 2014's The Owners, both premiered in Cannes. Mexican director David Zonana makes his feature debut with competition title Workforce, which stars a mix of professional and non-professional actors as a group of constructions workers who face mistreatment following the accidental death of one-man during construction of a luxury home in Mexico City. Also previously reported, Netflix original feature Seventeen from Spanish director Daniel Sanchez Arevalo, will screen in the official selection out of competition. Penelope Cruz, previously announced as a lifetime achievement Donostia Prize recipient, graces this year's official poster for the festival. (Hollywood Reporter)

'Once Upon A Time in Hollywood' Sound Team On the "Innate Joy" of Making Movies With Quentin Tarantino. Production sound mixer Mark Ulano and supervising sound editor Wylie Stateman are featured in a new episode of The Hollywood Reporter's 'Behind the Screen' podcast. Two key members of Quentin Tarantino's team on Once Upon A Time in Hollywood, production sound mixer Mark Ulano and supervising sound editor Wylie Stateman, are featured in a new episode of The Hollywood Reporter's Behind the Screen podcast series. "There is this innate joy of begin at the maximum level of potential in the thing you love to do your whole life, together with a group of people who are in the same place," Ulano said of making movies with Tarantino and his team. in the podcast, Ulano and Stateman describe their collaboration with the director and detail their work on Once Upon a Time. Ulano met Tarantino roughly 25 years ago, and worked on all of Tarantino-directed movies since 1997's Jackie Brown. He's also an Oscar winner for Titanic and earned a second nomination for Tarantino's Inglourious Basterds. Supervising sound editor Wylie Stateman similarly has a longtime working relationship with the director, which started with Kill Bill Vol 1 and 2. He also an 8-time Oscar nominee for films including Inglourious Basterds and Django Unchained. Hosted by THR tech editor Carolyn Giardina, Behind the Screen features conversations with the artists behind motion pictures and episodic series, including directors, cinematographers, editors and sound professionals. (Hollywood Reporter)


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