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PostHeaderIcon Will Smith Is About to Get Jiggy With Audi’s First Animated Concept, the RSQ e-tron

After the PB18 E-Tron, no one really expected Audi to reveal a new supersport car. Yet, it did – the Audi RSQ e-tron. It’s animated, though. Like, cartoon type of thing “animated.” Designed in conjunction with Fox, the new Audi RSQ e-tron is bound to appear in the next animated movie Spies in Disguise, starring none other than Will Smith. As many of you may recall, this is not the first time for Audi and Will Smith to appear together on the big screen. The actor had that astonishing futuristic autonomous Audi for the movie I, Robot. Obviously, right now, the driving part isn’t really possible.

PostHeaderIcon Fast and Furious 9 Starts Filming on April 20, 2019

A day after Dwayne Johnson announced the start of production of Hobbs and Shaw comes another announcement related to the Fast and Furious movie franchise: Fast and Furious 9 will start production on April 20, 2019. Not much is known about the movie’s plot, but it is tentatively scheduled to hit theaters a year later in the spring of 2020.

PostHeaderIcon Production For Fast & Furious Spinoff, “Hobbes & Shaw,” Officially Starts

After years of being in development — throw in squabbles and meltdowns from other members of the supposed Fast and Furious family — Dwayne Johnson took to Instagram to officially announce the start of production of Hobbs and Shaw. The movie is a spin-off of the Fast and Furious franchise and will star Johnson and Jason Statham, both of whom will reprise their roles, Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, respectively, in the movie.

PostHeaderIcon Production For Fast & Furious Spinoff, “Hobbes & Shaw,” Officially Starts

After years of being in development — throw in squabbles and meltdowns from other members of the supposed Fast and Furious family — Dwayne Johnson took to Instagram to officially announce the start of production of Hobbs and Shaw. The movie is a spin-off of the Fast and Furious franchise and will star Johnson and Jason Statham, both of whom will reprise their roles, Luke Hobbs and Deckard Shaw, respectively, in the movie.

PostHeaderIcon The Aston Martin DB5 “Goldfinger” Replicas Won’t be Street Legal Because the Gadgets are Real!

Aston Martin’s plan to recreate 25 continuation James Bond DB5 models comes with the caveat that future owners can’t drive them on public roads because the gadgets that came in the original Bond DB5 are included on these continuation models. Each car carries a £2.75 million price tag or around $3.5 million based on current exchange rates. Those who can afford to pay for any one of these 25 DB5s will have to make do with having these cars serve as garage jewelry.

PostHeaderIcon Aston Martin Plans To Build James Bond’s DB5 From Goldfinger, Complete With All The Gadgets

Aston Martin and EON Productions are teaming up to recreate arguably one of the most iconic movie cars of all time: James Bond’s DB5 from the movie Goldfinger. The British automaker and the production company in charge of producing Bond movies will recreate the legendary DB5 as part of Aston’s continuation series. Only 25 units of the DB5 will be built, but each one of them will come with all the gizmos and gadgetry that 007 himself had at his disposal in the classic 1964 movie.

PostHeaderIcon Ford Shot Down A Role For The Fiesta In The Pineapple Express

Automakers usually don’t need to be asked to have their cars appear in movies or TV shows, but there was one instance when Ford apparently turned down an opportunity to have the Fiesta appear in a movie that ended up grossing more than $100 million. That revelation came from actor and comedian Seth Rogen who revealed on Twitter that Ford nixed the idea of having the Fiesta play a role in The Pineapple Express, a movie Rogen co-starred in with James Franco.

PostHeaderIcon Iconic K.I.T.T. Remains The Coolest Hollywood Car in the Party

In the world of Hollywood cars, few vehicles bring out the childhood nostalgia in all of us more than the Knight Industries Two Thousand, a car we affectionately — and more popularly — refer to as “KITT.” I bring this up because a version of K.I.T.T. was recently featured in an episode of the Supercar Blondie YouTube channel, and if it isn’t the real thing, it might as well be because it looks exactly like the car a lot of us grew up wanting to drive.

PostHeaderIcon Budget Direct Renders 10 Cult Classic TV Show Cars

While it’s usually the actors that get the attention and the accolades, folks like you and me tend to see the cars as equally important characters in a TV show. It would appear as though Budget Direct agrees, and as such, the insurance company rendered up 10 posters depicting a selection of four-wheeled stars in their full glory.

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PostHeaderIcon Budget Direct Renders 10 Cult Classic TV Show Cars

While it’s usually the actors that get the attention and the accolades, folks like you and me tend to see the cars as equally important characters in a TV show. It would appear as though Budget Direct agrees, and as such, the insurance company rendered up 10 posters depicting a selection of four-wheeled stars in their full glory.

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PostHeaderIcon Blame The Fast and Furious Franchise For The Rising Prices of Japanese Sports Cars

The Fast and the Furious franchise can be blamed for the rising cost of Japanese sports cars in the U.S. The franchise is 17 years old this year, and among its biggest contributions to popular culture is the interest in the Japanese sports cars that appeared in the movie, including the original Toyota Supra, the Mazda RX-7, and the Acura Integra GS-R.

PostHeaderIcon “Bumblebee” Could Be the Transformers Movie We’ve All Been Waiting For

The first trailer of Bumblebee has arrived, and it’s already a massive departure from the testosterone-laden theme of the first five movies in the Transformers franchise. The trailer doesn’t reveal much in the way of the actual storyline of the movie, but it already paints a clear picture that this prequel will be operating more on an emotional level, focusing on the relationship between the fan-favorite Autobot and his first human friend, Charlie Watson, played by Haley Steinfeld.

PostHeaderIcon “Bumblebee” Could Be the Transformers Movie We’ve All Been Waiting For

The first trailer of Bumblebee has arrived, and it’s already a massive departure from the testosterone-laden theme of the first five movies in the Transformers franchise. The trailer doesn’t reveal much in the way of the actual storyline of the movie, but it already paints a clear picture that this prequel will be operating more on an emotional level, focusing on the relationship between the fan-favorite Autobot and his first human friend, Charlie Watson, played by Haley Steinfeld.

PostHeaderIcon Ant-Man and the Wasp Veloster Proves Hyundai Deserves a Place in the Marvel Universe

The Detroit Auto Show played host to a wide number of debuts and concept vehicles. One car, though, stood out, not only because of its appearance but because of its involvement in one of this year’s biggest blockbuster movies. The car is a 2019 Hyundai Veloster. It’s impossible to miss because it showed up in Detroit dressed in a shiny purple exterior with hot rod flame graphics all over it. More importantly, this particular Veloster will play a role in Marvel Studio’s Ant-Man and the Wasp, which hits theaters in July this year.


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“This type of cross-promotional partnership has done wonders for Audi and Acura in the past”

It’s not that uncommon for automakers to find their cars in any of Marvel’s films. This type of cross-promotional partnership has done wonders for Audi and Acura in the past. Now it looks like Hyundai’s getting its turn in the spotlight, and I can’t think of a better car to get that shine than the new Hyundai Veloster.

There are probably better Hyundai models to have this role, but the Veloster is the right model to use because the car’s target consumer base — young people with an affinity for excitement — fits right into the same demographic that Marvel traditionally captures in any of its blockbuster movies. The Marvel Cinematic Universe and its growing catalog of movies and shows have become rich environments for automakers looking to attach their brands to large audiences and some of the worlds’ most popular pop-culture icons. It’s a perfect fit for the Hyundai Veloster.

As far as the Veloster’s involvement is concerned, neither Hyundai nor Marvel have given any indication beyond the former saying that the Veloster will prove its “capabilities in serving as the ultimate escape vehicle.” The description doesn’t say much in the way of specifics, but it does hint that the hot hatch will be used in the movie, perhaps by Scott Lang (Paul Rudd), in some kind of chase sequence.


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“The Veloster is the right model to use because the car’s target consumer base — young people with an affinity for excitement”

Whatever the case is, the Hyundai Veloster’s involvement in one of the biggest movies this year is a huge advertising coup for the Korean automaker. Audi, in particular, has reaped the benefits of having a lot of its models, most notably the R8, enjoy prominent screen time in the MCU. Loren Angelo, director of marketing for Audi America, told Automotive News in 2016 that the German automaker’s presence in the MCU contributed to “30 percent increase in the brand’s awareness and opinion metrics” since the R8 first turned up in 2008’s Iron Man.

Now it’s Hyundai’s turn to leverage that opportunity for the new Veloster.


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PostHeaderIcon Bumblebee Gets Origin Story as Paramount Looks To Jolt Some Life Back to the Transformers Franchise

The Transformers movie franchise is in serious need of a spark after the last three movies bombed their way into obscurity. Paramount Pictures appears to be doing just that by taking a different approach to the next movie. No longer will we see the Autobots fight the Deceptions for what feels like the millionth time. Instead, we’re getting an origin story that takes us back to 1987. The star of the movie? None other than Bumblebee.


“The movie is scheduled to hit theaters in December 2018, so there’s still enough time to learn more about it”

I’ll be the first to admit that I lost interest in the Transformers franchise after Dark of the Moon (third movie). I barely got through Age of Extinction (fourth movie) and didn’t even bother to watch The Last Knight (fifth movie). That’s how bad the franchise has gotten.

That said, I am mildly intrigued about Bumblebee: The Origin Story. First, it’s a different approach to what the franchise has done recently. Second, it focuses on probably the only character that fans still care about. Third, it stars Haley Steinfeld, an actress who I’m actually pretty fond of. Having John Cena in the mix also helps because he’s John Cena.


Best of all, we’re seeing Bumblebee in a completely different light. He’s not going to be dressed up as a Chevrolet Camaro; he’ll be a yellow Volkswagen Beetle. It’s a departure from what we’ve known in the movie franchise, but fans of the cartoons will appreciate it because Bumblebee was a Beetle in the cartoons.

As far as the plot goes, there’s not a lot that we know at this point. It has been reported that Steinfeld will play Charlie, a 17-year old who discovers the yellow Bug and “restores” it. There’s been no mention of Decepticon characters in the movie,
but that’s not too much of an issue at this point. The movie is scheduled to hit theaters in December 2018, so there’s still enough time to learn more about it.

The movie looks promising, that much I’m willing to admit. Let’s see if it ends up being better than expected.

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PostHeaderIcon Nissan Titan AT-M6 Walker

Stars Wars: The Last Jedi is hitting theaters next week, and like in year’s past, Nissan is hitching its wagon on the monolithic movie franchise. We saw the fruits of that partnership last year with the launch of the Nissan Rogue One Edition. This year, Nissan and LucasFilms are upping the ante by launching a whole fleet of Stars Wars-inspired creations, including the vehicle you see here.

This is a Nissan Titan, or at least it was until it was redesigned to look more like one of those giant AT-M6 Walker bots that the First Order deployed against the Resistance in The Force Awakens. The overall look and the details that went into creating the Titan Star Wars is a feast for the senses. We should give credit to Vehicle Effects for making this transformation. The California-based company is famous in Hollywood circles for building some of the best cars to hit the silver screen, including all the vehicles in The Fast and Furious and Marvel Cinematic Universe franchises. In addition to the Titan, Vehicle Effects also created the Nissan Altima Special Forces TIE Fighter, Nissan Maxima Kylo Ren, Nissan Maxima Kylo Ren’s TIE Silencer, Nissan Maxima Captain Phasma, Nissan Rogue Poe Dameron’s X-Wing with BB8, and Nissan Rogue Sport A-Wing.

Continue after the jump to read more about the Nissan Star Wars Edition

What makes the Nissan Titan Star Wars special


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“The finished product looks incredible, particularly in the way some of its features are in sync with the actual parts from the AT-M6”

With respect to the other Star Wars-inspired Nissan vehicles, the Titan AT-M6 is, without question, the most elaborate creation of the fleet. According to Eric Shimp of Vehicle Effects, most of the materials that were used in this build are made from aluminum. There are also 3D-printed parts, most notably the circuit panels that we can see on the sides of the truck.

The finished product looks incredible, particularly in the way some of its features are in sync with the actual parts from the AT-M6. The hood of the truck features the top end of the walker’s head, right down to the red highlights that represent the windows of the walker. The front bumper of the Titan also gets a pair of proper blasters. Both are flanked by smaller protrusions that resemble the array of artillery that the actual AT-M6 has at its disposal. The rest of the pick-up gets wrapped in the same colors as the AT-M6, complete with black definitions that represent the natural wear-and-tear these walkers get when they’re on the battlefield.


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“The rest of the pick-up gets wrapped in the same colors as the AT-M6, complete with black definitions”

The other significant feature of the Titan AT-M6 is sitting at the back, prominently placed for the whole world to see. For those who don’t know, that part there is the body of the AT-M6, and that satellite dish-looking equipment is actually the megacaliber six cannon from which it gets its name.

As elaborate as the exterior is, the Titan’s interior remains largely in stock form. The only modification in this section is the sound equipment that was installed to help recreate the effects of a stomping AT-M6 Walker. Imagine driving in your neighborhood and seeing this in your rear-view mirror. It’s a cool sight, but also not a pleasant one.

No work was done to improve the Titan’s performance capabilities. I don’t see that as an issue though because if you watched The Force Awakens, you’ll know that these AT-M6 Walkers aren’t exactly known for being fleet-footed. The absence of any power upgrades isn’t a reflection of the kind of work that Vehicle Effects put into this build. In fact, the finished vehicle reportedly weighs around 6,500 pounds. That’s 1,500 pounds in added weight to a pickup that already weighs a little over 5,000 pounds, to begin with.


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“The finished vehicle reportedly weighs around 6,500 pounds”

Don’t expect the Nissan Titan AT-M6 to somehow find itself in the classifieds anytime soon. Like the rest of the The Last Jedi-inspired Nissan models, this creation will be making the rounds of other auto shows through the first quarter of 2018. Even if the movie itself runs its course at that time, there’s no doubt that these cars will still be major attractions.

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PostHeaderIcon The Last Two Fast And Furious Movies Will Be Directed By A Franchise Alum

It’s been a while since I last had some good news to write about the Fast and Furious franchise so this feels like a welcome pivot from all the feuds and blow-ups that have been going on inside the franchise. Mercifully, this has nothing to do with the Dwayne Johnson – Tyrese Gibson feud because I don’t want to talk about that anymore. I want to talk about positive developments for the franchise, and this definitely qualifies as one because Vin Diesel has just announced the man who will be taking the director’s chair for Fast 9 and Fast 10. Tip your hats, folks, because none other than Justin Lin will be returning to the franchise.

This is big news for a number of different reasons, though I will say that both James Wan and F. Gary Gray did phenomenal work on Fast 7 and Fast 8 respectively. It’s not an indictment on their work that the franchise ultimately went back with Lin. It’s simply about going back to the director that played the biggest role in shaping the Fast & Furious universe to what it is now. Remember, Lin is responsible for directing four of the eight movies in the franchise, including the three best ones in my mind: Fast & Furious, Fast Five, and Furious 6. His return could bring the franchise back to the treatment that helped turn it into one of the biggest movie franchises in the history of cinema, or at least that’s the plan. More importantly, Lin could be the man that can help mend all the fences that have been broken because of all the nonsensical beefing among some of the movie’s biggest divas. Here’s to hoping then that Lin is up-to-the-task. It’s about time that some of the franchise’s stars fall back in line.

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Justin Lin isn’t the only one returning to the franchise


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“Justin Lin’s return as the director of the ninth and tenth installments in the Fast and Furious franchise was confirmed by Vin Diesel”

Justin Lin’s return as the director of the ninth and tenth installments in the Fast and Furious franchise was confirmed by Vin Diesel on a Facebook Live stream. But, it wasn’t Diesel’s only announcement regarding the future of the franchise. As important as Lin is, a case can be made that Jordana Brewster is as important to the franchise, maybe even more. Imagine my surprise then when Diesel also announced that Brewster will also be returning to the franchise to reprise her role as Mia Toretto.

Brewster last appeared in Fast 7, which ended with her seemingly leaving the franchise with the death of Paul Walker, her on-screen husband. From a storyline perspective, it wouldn’t have made sense for Brewster to appear in Fast 8 without Walker. But, her absence was definitely felt, largely because the franchise seems to have diverted away from putting focus on its female protagonists. Michelle Rodriguez had her moments but not what we’ve come to expect. Natalie Emmanuel was there too, but it’s still unclear to me what she was doing there, especially since her supposed expertise overlapped with that of Ludacris’ character. Brewster is different though because like Rodriguez, her character has been around literally from the very beginning of the franchise. Fans also have a lot of emotional attachment to Mia Toretto because of her ties to Brian O’Connor, Walker’s character. Seeing Brewster back won’t bring Walker back, but it’s probably the closest thing we’re going to get to having a piece of Walker’s character return to the franchise.

I’m loving these announcements for all the reasons that I mentioned. Most importantly though, I love it because it’s about time we have some positive news come out of the Fast & Furious household. The beefs and feuds among the stars make for good fodder for a short amount of time. But it gets annoying after that. So yes, welcome back, Justin Lin and Jordana Brewster. Both of you have been missed, and we’re all excited to see you return to the Fast and Furious family.

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PostHeaderIcon Fast and Furious Just Can’t Stay Away From The Drama

If there was ever a contest to determine the movie franchise that has claimed the mantle for most off-set drama, Fast and Furious is leaving everybody in the dust. Actually, there’s really no contest if you think about it. DC could make a run for it, but it still would fall short of all the happenings in the F&F universe. Remember the feud between Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson that made global headlines last year? Well, that appears to be a thing of the past now because another bald-headed beefcake feud is heating up between Johnson and Tyrese Gibson.

For those who need a refresher, Gibson made news a month ago when he publicly called out Johnson, begging him to hold off on the Luke Hobbs spinoff project, at least until the completion of Fast 9. Apparently, neither Johnson nor Universal threw much chalk on Gibson’s pleading, announcing last week that Fast 9 would be pushed back to a 2020 release – it was initially scheduled for a 2019 release – in order to make room for the aforementioned spin-off that will star Johnson and fellow “Fast” alum Jason Statham. Predictably, Tyrese didn’t take too kindly to the schedule reshuffling, venting his frustrations on Instagram and directing most of it to the Rock. And, as fate would have it, another member of the so-called #FastFamily chimed in, except that he actually defended Johnson from all the vitriol Gibson was spewing. That man? None other than Diesel himself. So, Gibson is pissed at the Rock, who appears to not care, and Diesel is siding with his one-time nemesis. Really, we couldn’t make all of this stuff up even if we wanted to.

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I feel like I’m not painting a clear enough picture on the issues between Tyrese Gibson and Dwayne Johnson without quoting what both have said about the feud. To be fair, the Rock has been relatively quiet about it, but Gibson wasted little time spewing venom as soon as it was announced that Fast 9 would be released in 2020. Among other things, he called Johnson a “clown,” chastised him for accepting the Hobbs movie if he didn’t have to, and blamed him for “breaking up the #FastFamily.”

“Among other things, he called Johnson a “clown,” chastised him for accepting the Hobbs movie if he didn’t have to, and blamed him for “breaking up the #FastFamily.”

Basically, Gibson left very little to the imagination on the message behind his frustrations with Johnson. For his part, Johnson hasn’t directly replied to the strong words lobbied against him, but he did post a video of his own, hinting at the drama and saying that “real men work. Big dogs eat. Little crying puppies stay on the porch.” No need to translate who he was calling a crying puppy.

Here’s the kicker though: Vin Diesel, the guy who Johnson called out last year for being a “candy-ass,” actually defended him. In his own words, this is what Diesel wrote on his Instagram account addressing the issue.

“Vin Diesel, the guy who Johnson called out last year for being a “candy-ass,” actually defended him”

“Brotherhood… and all its complexities … A woman named Jan Kelly responded to a question I had asked on Facebook, ‘who they would like to see me work with?’ She said would love to see me work with Dwayne. I listened to her request, and he became Hobbs … I know there has been a lot of speculation as to why the Fast 9 release date was pushed… but it would be unfair to say it is anyone’s fault.”

“As we plot the course to expand the Fast & Furious universe, one must be mindful to take stock of the roads we took to get here. The pillars of authenticity, family and most importantly, our loyal fan’s perspective has been instrumental in procuring success,” Diesel added. “However, like any vehicle that has run around the globe eight times, the franchise is in need of maintenance. My good friend and the godfather of Universal, Ron Meyer has granted me the time to do just that. We have some very exciting news to share soon… stay tuned.”


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While we’re here, it is somewhat curious that Gibson didn’t trash Statham for “breaking up the family,” when he himself is starring opposite Johnson in the Hobbs spin-off that’s now scheduled for a 2019 release.

That’s as far as we know right now, but you can be sure that there’s going to be more messages written on social media to address this simmering feud. On the one hand, I think it’s hilarious that these men with big muscles and even bigger egos are bickering like little children on social media. On the other hand, I think it’s getting a little too old. All this drama is making the Fast and Furious franchise a little too insufferable. Here’s to hoping all this drama dies down sooner than later.

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PostHeaderIcon The Mercedes-AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept Is All Set For Its Hollywood Debut

Justice League is one of the most highly anticipated movies of the year, and a film of this magnitude is going to attract a lot of heavy, cross-brand promotional partnerships. This kind of collaboration is particularly prevalent in the superhero film genre. We’ve seen Audis in the Iron Man movies, and Avengers: Age of Ultron and Acura in the Thor movies, and The Avengers. The massive audiences generated by these movies is the perfect place for publicity and, with Justice League scheduled to hit theaters on November 17, Mercedes-Benz will be prominently featured in the movie, specifically the Mercedes-AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept.

Yep. The same virtual car that the Silver Arrows presented back in 2013 for the Gran Turismo video game is now a movie star. Ok, that’s not entirely true because it’s not actually top-billing the movie., but it will play a prominent role as Bruce Wayne’s very own daily driver because that’s just how Batman rolls. Joining the Vision Gran Turismo Concept in the movie is the E-Class Cabriolet, which will be driven by no less than Diana Prince herself, who we know more popularly as Wonder Woman. The two Mercedes vehicles will play starring roles in the automaker’s partnership with the DC movie blockbuster, but it also won’t be Merc’s only involvement in the promotion of the movie. A series of commercials centered around Justice League will also be shown in the lead-up to the movie’s hyped up release. We literally have a little over a month before Justice League hits theaters all over the world so keep an eye out on all the Mercedes commercials featuring our favorite superhero in the coming weeks. The first one, called “Hard to Resist,” has already aired, and we can see it in all its glory in the video below.

Justice Leage X Mercedes-Benz: Hard to Resist

A brief refresher on the Mercedes-Vision Gran Turismo Concept


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“The AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept could turn into one of the most famous Hollywood cars of all time, at least depending on how Bruce Wayne uses it.”

It’s been four years since Mercedes-AMG unveiled the Vision Gran Turismo Concept and like fine wine, it’s gotten better with age. Nothing has changed from how it looks, but that’s precisely the point. The AMG Vision Gran Turismo was designed with a timeless look, highlighted by certain elements taken from the 1952 Mercedes 300 SL race car. The concept was also one of the first Mercedes models to feature the dotted front grille that’s become a prominent fixture among the automaker’s current lineup. Beyond its design, the AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept also showcased an AMG-sourced V-8 biturbo engine that pumps out an output of 585 horsepower and 590 pound-feet of torque. The numbers sound pedestrian now given the going-rate in power that most of today’s supercars have, but remember, the concept was designed to weigh just 1,385 kilos or about 3,053 pounds. Do the math, and that converts to one horsepower per 2.4 kilograms. The concept has never reached production status, nor will it ever. It was designed exclusively for the Gran Turismo racing game franchise though it is interesting that it’s ventured into new opportunities outside of the video game world. Who knows, now that it’s starring in Justice League, the AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept could turn into one of the most famous Hollywood cars of all time, at least depending on how Bruce Wayne uses it.

So superhero movies are magnets for automakers?


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“Companies like Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Acura are not the only ones to have dipped their toes in tying their brands up with major movie franchises”

Oh, you better believe it. Companies like Audi, Mercedes-Benz, and Acura are not the only ones to have dipped their toes in tying their brands up with major movie franchises. Chevrolet was a prominent partner in Captain America: The Winter Soldier, and if you want to step outside the world of superhero movies, you can point to a number of other film franchises that have benefitted from collaborations like this one.

The biggest example is the Fast and Furious franchise. Dodge vehicles have been prominently used in all eight movies of the franchise while other makes and models have had their turn in the spotlight. That’s how big the F&F franchise has become. Speaking of which, you can also look at all the cars the Transformers franchise has used in all five of its movies.


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“Joining the Vision Gran Turismo Concept in the movie is the E-Class Cabriolet, which will be driven by no less than Diana Prince herself”

Then there’s the James Bond franchise and Aston Martin’s long-standing ties to it. This example is specifically perfect because the partnership between movie franchise and automaker stretches all the way back to the beginning of the Bond movies. It’s still going strong to this day, as shown by the involvement of the Aston Martin DB11 in the last Bond movie to be released, Spectre.

So does Mercedes-Benz have a future in show business now that one of its most high profile concepts is going to make its film debut in one of the year’s biggest movies? It’s too early to tell, but if the AMG Vision Gran Turismo Concept does well in the movie, it could be in line to get its own feature-length movie. Ok, that’s not happening but, then again, stranger things have happened in Hollywood.

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PostHeaderIcon It Looks Like We’re Going To Have To Wait Longer For Fast And Furious 9

With only two movies left in the massive blockbuster franchise, The Fast and the Furious is nearing its conclusion. That doesn’t mean the anticipation is dissipating because as the returns from Fast 8: The Fate of the Furious has shown – it’s grossed over $1.2 billion – interest in the franchise is still at an all-time high. The next movie on the docket is Fast and Furious 9 and, while it was originally scheduled for release in 2019, it now looks like we’re all going to have to wait until 2020 to see it.

Yep. There’s been a delay in the production of Fast and Furious 9. There have been no explanations given on the reasons behind the delay, but the official Fast and Furious page on Facebook made it official when it posted the new release date – April 20, 2020 – of the ninth movie. The schedule reshuffling can be attributed to a number of reasons, one of which I’ll be talking about in the section below. Regardless of the reasons behind the delay, Variety added that the decision could also impact a number of other movies under the Universal Studios umbrella. That includes Trolls 2, which is now scheduled to be released on February 14, 2020, after previously occupying the April 2020 schedule that now belongs to Fast 9.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Drama, drama, and or more drama


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“The official Fast and Furious page on Facebook made it official when it posted the new release date – April 20, 2020”

Schedule notwithstanding, there are still plenty of questions surrounding the production of Fast and Furious 9. One of these questions is the status of the cast, specifically Michelle Rodriguez. She was quoted a few months back saying that she might not return to the franchise unless the studio – that’d be you, Universal – “decides to show some love to the women of the franchise on the next one.” Rodriguez’s stance isn’t new in the Hollywood scene as more and more prominent actresses have voiced their displeasure over the perceived gender inequality in the industry. That’s one issue the franchise is going to have to iron out.

Another issue is the beef between franchise cornerstones Vin Diesel and Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson. In a lot of ways, the real-life feud between the two Hollywood A-listers dominated the narrative of Fast 8, and there’s been no word yet on whether the two have officially buried the hatchet.


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“Schedule notwithstanding, there are still plenty of questions surrounding the production of Fast and Furious 9”

Speaking of Johnson, little was reported about it, but there was a lot of chatter last month about a rumored spin-off movie starring Johnson’s character, Luke Hobbs, and another brewing beef between the People’s Champ and another one of his franchise familia, Tyrese. No reporting was needed for that one because Tyrese himself posted a now-deleted message on his Instagram account urging and begging Johnson not to proceed with the “#Hobbs Movie” because it would interfere with the launch date of Fast 9.

In his own words, this is what Tyrese wrote the following: “I have never and will never have a problem with this major movie star he’s my brother. I’m simply trying to reach him cause he won’t call me back about this solo #HobbsMovie.
I want you to shoot it just not right now cause the #Fast9 release date has already been announced, and we can’t let our loyal fans #FastFamily or our loyal fast and furious FANS down on any level from pushing the date…….. Didn’t you see how HUGE #Fast8 was? It’s because we announced and KEPT our release date bro.”

Well, it seems that Gibson’s pleas didn’t amount to much because the Fast 9’s release date has been moved a full year. Coincidence? I don’t know, but you know what the saying goes. Where there’s smoke, there’s fire.

Whatever was the reason behind the delay, expect more drama to come out of the franchise ahead of the start of Fast 9’s production. It seems that the only thing the franchise has done better than print money is to have so much drama behind it.

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