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‘Furious 7′ is killin’ it at the box office

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I’ll admit it – I haven’t actually seen any of the Fast & Furious movies. Well, I’ve kinda seen part of one of them (no idea which one), but it was on in the background and I was distracted with something else, so I couldn’t tell you what happened other than Vin Diesel speeding down a dirt road trying to get someone who I think, if I remember right, was Jordana Brewster or Michelle Rodriguez off the back of a speeding train. Somehow, I feel like that one scene probably accurately sums up the entire series, but I’m probably wrong. People LOVE this shit – to the point that Furious 7, the latest installment in the franchise, brought in a whopping $143.6 million in North America alone during its opening weekend, as Variety reports.

That establishes a new high-water mark for the month of April, blowing past the $95 million debut of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and standing as the highest-grossing kickoff for any film in the “Fast and Furious” franchise. It also ranks ninth among the top 10 openings in history.

It’s also the highest opening since The Hunger Games: Catching Fire back in 2013, which is pretty impressive. Chances are people turned up to see this largely because it was Paul Walker‘s final on-screen appearance, so the whole thing was a bit of a memorial for him.

So shoot straight with me – have any of you seen Furious 7 and does it live up to the hype? Are you a fan of the series at large?

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Vin Diesel singing Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’ is everything

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If there’s one thing we know about Vin Diesel, it’s that he loves a bit of karaoke. He’s actually not a bad singer – albeit a hilarious one, since you’d never expect to see him singing half the shit he does. His latest foray into the music world is a cover of Sam Smith’s ‘Stay With Me’ that will seriously kick your Friday off right.

During an interview with UK radio station Capital FM, Vin was handed a laptop and given a backing track, and off he went. What a good sport… and perhaps someone who should avoid falsettos! HA.

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Vin Diesel Is A Pretty Big Rihanna Fan, Apparently

Valentine’s Day is a pretty romantic holiday, and no man knows romance like Vin Diesel (or something). So how does he celebrate? He covers Rihanna’s ‘Stay’ and puts it on YouTube, apparently. The clip went viral last week, leading people to wonder… well, simply, why? Here’s why: It was a gift for his girlfriend Paloma Jimenez in lieu of a traditional Valentine’s Day card. That and he really likes Rihanna.

From People:

With the help of his daughter, Diesel obtained a mic and an amp while Jimenez was on a flight and “the rest is history,” he tells PEOPLE.

And the response his romantic video has been getting has been even better.

“People say ‘I didn’t know you were a Rihanna fan?’ ” he says. “How could you not be a fan of her voice, her gift.”

But while the actor says he’s been putting out fun singing videos “for years” – and sang in Strays and The Pacifier – he adds that “no one ever took it this [seriously].”

Bless his heart. I’m a Rihanna fan – not that I’d ever talk about her “gift”, per se, but whatever. After this, I’m definitely a Vin fan, as well.