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PostHeaderIcon Fast Facts About The Fast And Furious Franchise

When The Fast and the Furious opened in cinemas back in 2001, few people, if any at all, thought that it would turn into a global cinematic juggernaut. And yet here we are, 16 years and eight movies into becoming the most bankable movie franchise this side of super heroes and that galaxy far, far away.

The sheer might of the Fast and Furious franchise was on full display with the release of The Fate of the Furious, the eighth installment in the franchise and the movie that just zoomed its way to a record-breaking, $532-million opening weekend. If you thought you’d never see the day a Fast movie would beat out a Star Wars movie in opening weekend returns, well, it just happened.

Beyond the rarefied air that the franchise has achieved, there are still a lot of things about it that most of its fans are unaware of. Consider this then as a guide to a lot of important facts about the movies franchise that should give its fans a new-found appreciation of the many things, events, and what-could-have-beens that shaped the world of the Fast and Furious universe.

I mean, did you know that Vin Diesel wasn’t even the first choice to play the role of Domenic Toretto?

Well then…

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PostHeaderIcon Warm Up Those Sub-Light Engines, We’re Going For A Ride – Examining The Vehicles From ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi’

Can you feel it? The nerdiness is growing stronger. Every passing day brings us a little closer to the release of ‘Star Wars: The Last Jedi,’ and soon, we’ll all have a juicy heap of fresh pew-pew to indulge in. But before the official release on December 15th, we’re whetting out appetites with the first trailer, which arrives chock-full of laser-filled awesomeness designed to up your midi-chlorian count to remarkable new levels. We’ve examined the two-minute teaser in-depth and picked out all the cool vehicles contained within, because like you, we’re suckers for sci-fi engineering.

In total, we saw seven types of ships and vehicles worth talking about, including old favorites, and a few previously unseen machines we can’t wait to learn more about. Like any good trailer, ‘The Last Jedi’ left us with more questions than answers, but that’s half the fun right?

The speculation is strong with this one, so read on.

Continue reading to learn more about the vehicles from the ‘The Last Jedi’ trailer.


PostHeaderIcon Six Gripes About The Fate And The Furious

Fast and Furious 8, otherwise known as The Fate of the Furious, is on pace to be another money-making blockbuster for Universal Studios. It’s already set to make $600 million worldwide and it’s only been around for less than a week. There’s no question that the movie itself is a commercial success for those behind it, but like most of its predecessors, Fast 8 had its fair share of holes and could-have-beens that would’ve probably made for a more cohesive story and a better viewing experience all around.

We already know that the franchise has little regard for real-life physics, so we’re not even going to mention the audacity of throwing in a submarine in the movie. After all, this is the same franchise that has used tanks, buildings, and without question the longest fake runway in the world as part of its set pieces. As much as we enjoyed Fast 8, certain elements of it left a lot to be desired. Whether it was the lack of cohesion to the overarching Fast and Furious universe or the absence of key players that would’ve made the movie more rounded, we’ve rounded up our gripes about the movie with hopes and expectations of seeing them addressed at some point in the next two movies. We don’t know if they’ll happen, but it goes without saying that not seeing them on Fast 8 amounted to missed opportunities for the movie to be better than it otherwise already is.

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PostHeaderIcon Six Gripes About The Fate And The Furious

Fast and Furious 8, otherwise known as The Fate of the Furious, is on pace to be another money-making blockbuster for Universal Studios. It’s already set to make $600 million worldwide and it’s only been around for less than a week. There’s no question that the movie itself is a commercial success for those behind it, but like most of its predecessors, Fast 8 had its fair share of holes and could-have-beens that would’ve probably made for a more cohesive story and a better viewing experience all around.

We already know that the franchise has little regard for real-life physics, so we’re not even going to mention the audacity of throwing in a submarine in the movie. After all, this is the same franchise that has used tanks, buildings, and without question the longest fake runway in the world as part of its set pieces. As much as we enjoyed Fast 8, certain elements of it left a lot to be desired. Whether it was the lack of cohesion to the overarching Fast and Furious universe or the absence of key players that would’ve made the movie more rounded, we’ve rounded up our gripes about the movie with hopes and expectations of seeing them addressed at some point in the next two movies. We don’t know if they’ll happen, but it goes without saying that not seeing them on Fast 8 amounted to missed opportunities for the movie to be better than it otherwise already is.

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PostHeaderIcon How Should the Fast and Furious Franchise Evolve from Here?

Alright, let’s not beat around the bush. The first Fast and Furious movie wasn’t exactly well thought out. At the time, Vin Diesel was just getting to be known, and the most popular name in the whole film was arguably Ja Rule, who is still probably kicking himself in the nuts for turning down a role in the second film. How many gears did those cars have in the drag racing scenes? It was certainly more than the five or six that they should have had, that’s for sure. And, I still can’t get past that floor pan falling out of Brian’s Eclipse during the first big race. Then we had 2 Fast 2 Furious, which at least tied into Brain’s story, but was followed up by Tokyo Drift. Now, Tokyo Drift was a decent movie with plenty of action and some interesting race scenes, but it was completely void of the main character(s) in the franchise.

Finally, things turned around for the franchise with the fourth installment, bringing the group back together. Eventually, we ended up with movies that showcase a sense of family and never giving up on them – all the way up to the most recent film when Dom ends up turning his back on his family altogether. Foe have become friends, and friends have become foe. The family has wreaked havoc to the tune of an estimated $514 million over the course of eight films. What started out as a B-movie has turned into some pretty intense and highly successful films. With Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel reportedly feuding during the filming of Fate of the Furious, and Brian O’Conner officially out of the mix, where should the franchise go?

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PostHeaderIcon You Won't Believe How Well The Fate of the Furious Performed Over the Weekend

With the untimely demise of Paul Walker, the man who played Brian O’Conner, there was a huge cloud of uncertainty hanging over the newest installment of the Fast and Furious Franchise. For a while, it was rumored that Paul’s brother would step in and O’Conner would continue to be a part of the story, while other rumors indicated that he would be written off as being retired. Needless to say, there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding how successful future installments would be without the buster turned gearhead. But, as it turns out, his memory – in conjunction with the rest of the “family” – was enough to keep the franchise going full speed ahead. So much so, in fact, that The Fate of the Furious saw an estimated $532.5 million in earnings globally over the holiday weekend.

For those of you who have been sleeping for the few years, that was enough to top even “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” but $3.5 million, making “The Fate of the Furious” the biggest global opening in history of the big screen. It also broke the international opening record with earnings topping $432.3 million, that’s $116 million more than “Jurassic World” made when it opened and set the international record back in 2015. Domestically, it made a total of $102.2 million here in the U.S., which puts it second place in the franchise, being beat out only by Furious 7 at $147 million.

And, even though O’Conner was written off as retired, there are several references throughout the movie that kept the character, and the late actor, fresh in our minds and a part of the franchise even in his absence.

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PostHeaderIcon You Won't Believe How Well The Fate of the Furious Performed Over the Weekend

With the untimely demise of Paul Walker, the man who played Brian O’Conner, there was a huge cloud of uncertainty hanging over the newest installment of the Fast and Furious Franchise. For a while, it was rumored that Paul’s brother would step in and O’Conner would continue to be a part of the story, while other rumors indicated that he would be written off as being retired. Needless to say, there was a lot of uncertainty surrounding how successful future installments would be without the buster turned gearhead. But, as it turns out, his memory – in conjunction with the rest of the “family” – was enough to keep the franchise going full speed ahead. So much so, in fact, that The Fate of the Furious saw an estimated $532.5 million in earnings globally over the holiday weekend.

For those of you who have been sleeping for the few years, that was enough to top even “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” but $3.5 million, making “The Fate of the Furious” the biggest global opening in history of the big screen. It also broke the international opening record with earnings topping $432.3 million, that’s $116 million more than “Jurassic World” made when it opened and set the international record back in 2015. Domestically, it made a total of $102.2 million here in the U.S., which puts it second place in the franchise, being beat out only by Furious 7 at $147 million.

And, even though O’Conner was written off as retired, there are several references throughout the movie that kept the character, and the late actor, fresh in our minds and a part of the franchise even in his absence.

Keep reading for the rest of the story


PostHeaderIcon Fast & Furious Is Back To Teasing Its Own Trailers Again: Video

The eighth installment of the Fast & Furious franchise is shaping up to be the biggest movie of the series and you can be sure that the people behind the movie are going to milk the hype for all it’s worth. That’s a big reason why Fast 8’s first official trailer is once again getting its own teaser. That’s how sophisticated movie marketing has become; trailers getting their own teasers have become par for the course for blockbusters as big as Fast 8.

The teaser itself doesn’t show a lot because it’s not a traditional one. It mostly focuses on the movie’s five long-standing stars – Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Tyrese Gibson, Michelle Rodriguez, and Ludacris – each talking about the franchise’s roots, how far it has come, and the central ethos that lies at the heart of the F&F universe: family.

You might think that it’s a PSA of some kind, especially after the highly publicized beef between Diesel and Johnson, the two cornerstones of the franchise. The good news is that the Fast 8 stars also did a good job setting up the table on what we can expect from both the trailer and the movie. Diesel even calls the movie “our most ambitious, most entertaining, fastest, and most furious ride yet.”

History says that we can thank his word for it, but only time will tell if Diesel is tone true. In the meantime, we can all wait for December 11 and catch the first official trailer of Fast 8. Some snippets from the teaser have shown some pretty interesting scenes, including what appears to be a heel turn from Domenic Torreto. Could it be that he turns bad?

Fast 8 hits theaters on April 14 and there’s already growing momentum that this could very well be the biggest one yet.

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PostHeaderIcon Will Fast 8 be Oscar Worthy? Vin Diesel Thinks So

I think we can all agree that the Fast & Furious movie franchise has given us a good amount of thrills in its lifespan. We’ve seen awesome cars, beautiful people, amazing fight scenes, and the whole gang jumping out of a plane in cars, surviving the fall with no scratches to their beautiful faces. But we can also agree that not one of the seven F&F movies have ever been considered Oscar-worthy. That could change with Fast 8 as Vin Diesel has come out and said that the eighth installment of the blockbuster movie franchise may surprise a lot of people, even going so far as to hint of a possible Oscar buzz surrounding it.

According to Entertainment Tonight, Diesel said that he actually thinks that Fast 8 will win an Oscar on the back of what director F. Gary Gray was able to piece together to make the movie. “I think he went into making this movie with a little bit of a chip on his shoulder, going ’Oh, really? Okay,” Diesel was quoted as saying. “Now I’m going to take the biggest saga in the world, and I’m about to throw Oscars at you.”

Diesel is likely referring to the Oscar snub on Gray and his movie, Straight Outta Compton, which missed out on an Oscar despite being one of the most critically acclaimed movies entering the competition. Is Fast 8 going to be Gray’s Oscar redemption? That’s highly unlikely if you base it on the franchise’s history, but stranger things have happened. Remember when Shakespeare in Love beat Saving Private Ryan, arguably the greatest war movie of all time, for Best Picture?

Keep the hope alive, Vin!

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PostHeaderIcon Fast and Furious Director To Helm Upcoming Hot Wheels Movie

Justin Lin may have graduated from directing the Fast and Furious movie franchise, but the sought-after director is apparently not ready to let go of the car racing movie genre. A new report from Variety claims that Lin has been tapped to direct and produce the long-tumored Hot Wheels movie under Legendary Entertainment and Lin’s own production company, Perfect Storm Entertainment.

The choice to hire Lin is an easy one given his pedigree directing four of the eight Fast and Furious movies, beginning with the third movie, Tokyo Drift, right up to Fast and Furious 6. No timetable has been set on when the movie will start production, but don’t expect it to happen anytime soon considering that it has yet to find a writer to pen the the movie’s script.

The good news is, at least for Hot Wheels fans, is that Lin’s hiring marks the first significant step to get the movie off the ground after numerous attempts fizzled out for one reason or another. For those who don’t know, Columbia Pictures acquired the rights to produce a Hot Wheels movie as early as 2003. Nothing came out of it so the project was then passed to Warner Bros. in 2009 and then to Legendary Entertainment in 2011. A handful of writers and directors have also been attached to the movie at one point or another, but there is a sense of optimism within Legendary Entertainment that having Lin on board will finally get the project moving.

If anything, let’s hope that it happens sooner than later. The Fast and Furious franchise is on its last few legs, and when it concludes, we’re going to need something to fill that void. Sorry, Need for Speed.


PostHeaderIcon Lamborghini Centenario Spotted On Set Of New Transformers Movie: Video

Say what you will about the quality of all these Transformers movies, but one thing the franchise has not short-changed us on are the quality of cars that always appear in them. The fifth movie, called The Last Knight, is no different because we’ve already seen a handful of exotics on set, including the super exclusive Lamborghini Centenario. It’s a car so limited that only 20 units will be made by the Italian automaker. But yes, the Centenario will be in Transformers 5 and it’s going to take the form of Autobot Hot Rod in the movie.

Filming for the movie has moved to the busy streets of London and that’s where we see the Centenario out and about with other exotic cars, including an Aston Martin DB11, a custom Chevrolet Camaro, and a McLaren 570S that, believe it or not, has a camera rig attached to its rear. I don’t know exactly why Michael Bay decided to turn the 570S into the world’s fastest and most expensive camera dolly, but there’s really no point wondering what goes on in the head of that man. What’s important is that we’re getting plenty of exotics for Transformers 5. Here’s to hoping that there are more surprises in store for us as production for the movie continues. Any chance we see a Bugatti Chiron or a Koenigsegg One:1?

Oh, lest some people don’t notice, pay attention to the one-minute mark of the video and you’ll notice a well-dressed man who happens to be none other than Ben Collins himself! Is the former Stig turning into a Decepticon now?


PostHeaderIcon Are Some of the Male Actors in Fast 8 Candy Asses? The Rock Thinks So

The filming of Fast 8 is about to come to an end, and apparently, the Rock couldn’t be happier. In a recent Instagram post, he spoke about great Universal and his female co-stars have been during the filming of the latest installment of the franchise, but went on to blast his male co-stars saying:

“My male co-stars, however, are a different story. Some conduct themselves as stand-up men and true professionals, while others don’t.” and, it gets even better, as he went on to say, “The ones that don’t are too chicken shit to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses.”

Those are pretty big words from a pretty big guy, and it really leads you to wonder just what the hell someone did to piss him off so bad. He even claims that it will be evident in some of the scenes that his blood really is boiling, but goes on to say that it will play out great for the move anyway. Of course, working in close contact with a large group of people like the stars of this franchise would be enough to get under anyone’s skin after a while. I’m sure there’s nothing easy about filming a movie and, after a while, I’m sure everyone drives each other crazy with annoying habits.

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PostHeaderIcon Are Some of the Male Actors in Fast 8 Candy Asses? The Rock Thinks So

The filming of Fast 8 is about to come to an end, and apparently, the Rock couldn’t be happier. In a recent Instagram post, he spoke about great Universal and his female co-stars have been during the filming of the latest installment of the franchise, but went on to blast his male co-stars saying:

“My male co-stars, however, are a different story. Some conduct themselves as stand-up men and true professionals, while others don’t.” and, it gets even better, as he went on to say, “The ones that don’t are too chicken shit to do anything about it anyway. Candy asses.”

Those are pretty big words from a pretty big guy, and it really leads you to wonder just what the hell someone did to piss him off so bad. He even claims that it will be evident in some of the scenes that his blood really is boiling, but goes on to say that it will play out great for the move anyway. Of course, working in close contact with a large group of people like the stars of this franchise would be enough to get under anyone’s skin after a while. I’m sure there’s nothing easy about filming a movie and, after a while, I’m sure everyone drives each other crazy with annoying habits.

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PostHeaderIcon How Would You Like To Join The Cast Of Fast 8 On Set In Atlanta?

Fundraising website Omaze and The Paul Walker Foundation have teamed up to create a contest that’s offering one lucky individual the opportunity to join the cast of Fast 8 on the set of their new movie in Atlanta.

The contest works like a raffle in the sense that interested are required to post donations by spending money to purchase on the number of entries they’d like before a name is drawn on Saturday, July 23. The amount of the donation equates to a specific number of entries, beginning with a $10 donation that comes with 100 entries. The donations can run up to $2,500, which not only gives a donor 25,000 entries in the raffle, but also a signed Fast 6 Ford Escort model car. It’s worth pointing out the two similarly valued $2,500 donations are already sold out. Not surprisingly, all of the prizes attached to a specific donation amount are all inspired by the franchise. For example, a $250 donation comes with 2,500 entries and a Fast & Furious T-shirt and a Furious 7 teaser poster. There’s also a $1,000 donation that comes with 10,000 entries and a signed Furious 7 teaser poster.

Whoever ends up winning the raffle will get the full VIP treatment, beginning with an all-expense paid trip to Atlanta, accommodations at a four-star hotel, and a trip to the set of the film where an inside look at the cars that are being used in film are on the schedule and more importantly, a meet and greet with Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, Michelle Rodriguez, Ludacris, Tyrese Gibson, Scott Eastwood, and the rest of the movie’s cast.

Ultimately, the whole promotion is aimed at raising awareness for the Paul Walker Foundation, a charity founded by Meadow Walker after the death of his father and franchise cornerstone, Paul Walker.

So if you’re going to spend money to enter, not only are you putting yourself in a position to go behind-the-scenes on the filming of Fast 8, you’re also going to help The Paul Walker Foundation promote ocean and marine-related causes.

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PostHeaderIcon Fast 8 Shows Off "Ice Cars" For Iceland Location

Since it was announced that Fast 8 would have segments of the movie filmed in Iceland, a lot of people have wondered if the production team would have a specific set of cars for Dominic Toretto and his motley crew. It took a few months, but now we have an answer. The menu of cars that will apparently be used includes a highly modified Dodge ‘Ice’ Charger that looks to have had better days judging by the production photos and a suspension-juiced Rally Fighter that appears to have been set up to tackle the icy conditions.

Suffice to say, the roster of cars is as varied as anything we’ve seen from the Fast & Furious franchise. Obviously, Toretto (Vin Diesel) will be behind the wheel of the Ice Charger, as is with Letty (Michelle Rodriguez) in the Rally Fighter. Other than those two cars, the vehicle lineup also includes a pair of military vehicles – the Ice Ram and the Ripsaw – and an out-of-its element Lamborghini Murcielago that will be driven by the team’s automotive Liberace, Roman Pierce (Tyrese Gibson).

It certainly not surprising that one of the military vehicles will be driven by Hobbs (Dwayne Johnson) given his penchant for going for the biggest and most badass ride he can get his hands on. And as far as Tej (Ludacris) is concerned, he’s going to control the Ripsaw, a developmental unmanned light tank. Considering that, don’t be surprised if Tej, being the tech guy of the group, finds a way to control the Ripshaw from a safe distance.

The lineup of cars is definitely eclectic, though that sounds like a conservative observation. Then again, it’s not like the franchise hasn’t set a precedent for going a tad overboard with the cars that have been used in the past seven movies. After all, this is the same franchise that thought it was physically believable to launch a Lykan Hypersport from one building to another…and another.

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PostHeaderIcon Channing Tatum To Star In Steven Soderbergh-Directed NASCAR Movie

We’re not exactly seeing the return of Cole Trickle or Ricky Bobby in the big screen, but this one could turn into something better than Days of Thunder and Talladega Nights. NASCAR has announced that it’s collaborating with Academy Award-winning Steven Soderbergh on a feature film called Logan Lucky.

The movie will reportedly be headlined by Channing Tatum and will also star Daniel Craig, Katherine Heigl, Riley Keough, Seth McFarlane, and Kylo Ren himself, Adam Driver. While this film will be Tatum’s first movie project with NASCAR, the 36-year old actor has been involved with the sport, most notably his stint as a grand marshall with 22 Jump Street co-star Jonah Hill during the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Pocono 400 in 2014.

The specifics of the plot have yet to be revealed, but it is going to be a heist movie that will take place at the Charlotte Motor Speedway. Soderbergh will sit on the director’s chair for the movie, making it the first film he’ll be directing since his “retirement” from film making in 2013. Before that, the critically-acclaimed director was responsible for a number of notable films, including Erin Brockovich and Traffic, for which he won the Academy Award for Best Director in 2001. Soderbergh also has experience in the heist film genre, having directed the Ocean’s Trilogy in the mid 2000’s.

For its part, NASCAR is going to be heavily involved in the project. NASCAR VP of entertainment marketing and content development Zane Stoddard commented on the film project, calling it a “big-heated, fun story that showcases NASCAR and the Charlotte Motor Speedway as the world-class sports entertainment property and venue that they are.” Stoddard will also serve as an executive producer in the movie. Pre-production for the film is expected to begin at the NASCAR Sprint Cup Series Coca-Cola 600 this weekend with an eye towards a Fall 2017 release.

Note: Image Channing Tatum Instagram.

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PostHeaderIcon Fast And Furious 8 Heads To Cuba: Video

The history of U.S. cinema has depicted Cuba in one form or another in the past. Movies like Bad Boys II, A Few Good Men, and Harold & Kumar Escape from Guantanamo Bay have all used Cuba as major points in their respective stories, and yet, none of them actually ever set foot in the communist nation during filming. Then again, none of those franchises can claim to be a big as the Fast & Furious franchise. The status and reputation the franchise has earned has given producers of the F&F movies the green light to film in some of the world’s biggest cities and most exotic locations. That blueprint will once again be in place now that it’s been announced that certain scenes for Fast & Furious 8 will be filmed on location in Cuba.

The announcement of sorts was made by no less than lead actor/producer Vin Diesel. According to Diesel, Fast 8 is the first global Hollywood movie to be allowed to film in Cuba. That distinction may ring hollow to some people, but to those who know the historical animosity between the United States and Cuba, it’s a huge deal that’s bordering on history-making in a number of aspects.

If anything, Fast 8 could open the doors for more Hollywood studios to look at Cuba as a possible location for its future films. Take away the history and focus on the country itself and you’re looking at one of the most picturesque and colorful places in the world. No more is that evident than well-preserved Spanish colonial architecture that remains to this day in Havana, the country’s world famous capital.

No mention was made on how long the cast and crew of Fast 8 filmed in Cuba, but we do know that the scenes in that location will prominently feature Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez. Maybe it’s the long-overdue honeymoon of Dom Toretto and Letty Ortiz. Maybe it’s for something else. Whatever the case may be, it’s nice to see that we can finally get to see the real Cuba and all of its quirks and beauties, including the massive amount of American classic cars that are still prevalent in the country.

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PostHeaderIcon Several Audi Models Will Be Featured In "Captain America: Civil War"

Audi and Marvel have been collaborating together for a while now, and it looks like to two have continued working together for Marvels next move – Captain America: Civil War. This means that we’ll see a number of Audi vehicles in the film, plus an advertising campaign that should spark interest in the movie and the Audi brand as a whole.

Loren Angelo, Audi’s Director of Marketing in America, said, “Even as the mighty Avengers break into Civil War, their affinity for best-in-class, high performance and state of the art technology in their vehicles ties them together. Audi is excited to be a mainstay for the Marvel franchise and to support their cast of Super Heroes with a fleet of superior Audi vehicles.”

Anthony Russo, a Co-director of the newest Marvel movie, said, “We’re always trying to ride the line in these movies between something that is set in our real, present day world, but at the same time feels special and forward thinking – just a little out of reach. So to be able to work with a company like Audi and have access to their current models and their most advanced designs, it helps us strike that right balance between real world and the future.”

The alliance has already released a digital video teaser known as “The Chase” that previews a pivotal scene from the movie and the all-new Audi SQ7. A 30-second commercial will begin airing globally this month as well. In the movie, we’ll see Agent 13 sport the Audi A4, Zemo drives the A7 Sportback, Captain America drive the Audi SQ7 and Iron Man driving the Audi R8 V10 Plus Coupe. So, not only will we get to enjoy the next installment from Marvel with our favorite superheroes, but we’ll also get to see some of Audi’s best cars in the mix too.

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PostHeaderIcon Charlize Theron Will Be Villain In The Upcoming Fast 8

Fast 8, the next installment in the long-running Fast and Furious series, is set to begin production this coming summer. Up until now, we knew Vin Diesel, Tyrese, Michelle Rodriguez, and The Rock were returning for the next movie, but the question of who the villain was going to be has been up in the air. The way the story line goes, both the Shaw Brothers from the previous movies are still alive – one being hospitalized in a coma and the other buried in an underground prison – so it was possible that one of them could have returned. But, things just took an interesting turn, as Charlize Theron has officially joined the cast as the next villain that will make life hell for one of our favorite movie families.

Details about Theron’s role in the movie are rather scant as of the time of this writing, but we do know she’ll be a villain of some sort. According to Variety, Theron was approached early on before the script was finished but chose not to commit until she saw a finalized draft. Even once the draft was finished, she apparently still had to make a tough decision, as she was also set to star in “The Grey Man.” Her role in that movie was originally written to be played by a man, so the script was is being rewritten, but delays in producing a new script opened Theron’s schedule up and made it possible for her to star in Fast 8.

Theron has played in a number of movies like Monster and Mad Max: Fury Road, and will be seen next in The Huntsman: Winters War, so if you’re not familiar with her work, now would be a good time to get acquainted. As far as Fast 8 goes, there is no telling what the plot of the movie is going to be, or if characters like Han or Taj will be part of the team this time around. But with Vin Diesel and Neil Moritz producing, and F. Gary Gray directing, it should turn out to be another big hit.

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PostHeaderIcon Iceland Confirmed As One Of The Filming Locations For Fast 8

The Fast & Furious film franchise is mainly known for its fast cars, beautiful women, and constant reminders on the importance of family. It’s also known for being one of the most outgoing franchises as far as film locations are concerned. It’s been to Tokyo, Rio de Janeiro, Abu Dhabi, London, Spain, and Mexico. That doesn’t even count the places it’s been to in the U.S., including Los Angeles and Miami, and the place it will reportedly go to for the 8th installment, New York City. But as we’ve seen in the previous films, the world of Fast & Furious isn’t just contained in one locale and it appears that Fast 8 won’t be any different.

There’s already been rumors that there will be scenes shot in Cuba, but according to Icelandic newspaper Visir, another exotic has been confirmed as a filming location for the movie. The place? Akranes, a small town in Iceland. Yes. Iceland.

Town mayor Regína Ásvaldsdóttir confirmed the report, saying that the film crew is expected to arrive in April. There are no details on who among the cast members will be in the shoot, but the scenes that will be shot in Akranes, specifically by the harbor and in the so-called Cement Fields, are expected to play prominent parts in the movie’s plot. Visir also added that the film crew are already planning on shooting a scene that would involve the largest explosion ever in the Nordic country.

Fast 8 will be directed by Straight Outta Compton director F. Gary Gray. Vin Diesel, Dwayne Johnson, and the rest of the cast are all expected to return. There are also rumors that Eva Mendes will a comeback after last appearing in 2 Fast 2 Furious and that Lucas Black will play a more prominent role in the movie. Oh, and Charlize Theron could be the main baddie in the movie. Take that for what it’s worth.

The movie will hit theaters on April 14, 2017.

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