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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.

Continue after the jump to read the full story

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.

References


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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.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.

Welcome to the world of Fast and Furious


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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.

References


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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.

References


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Read our full review on the Mercedes-Benz Vision Gran Turismo Concept.

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Read our full review on the 2018 Mercedes-Benz E-Class Cabriolet.

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.

References


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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.

References


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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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PostHeaderIcon Click Mechanic Renders 7 Automakers As Star Wars Podracers

Arguably the coolest scene from 1999’s Star Wars: Episode 1 – The Phantom Menace was when young Anakin Skywalker took to the sand and battled for his freedom in a homemade podracer. Sure, the final lightsaber battle was pretty friggin’ awesome as well (Darth Maul! Double-bladed saber! Epic music!), but when it comes to high-speed CGI glory, the podracer scene is hard to beat. In fact, the folks over at Click Mechanic liked it so much, they rendered seven unique podracers as though they were built by real-world manufacturers.

The manufacturers in question all produce some kind of speedy four-wheeled machine worthy of podracer-ization, and include Ferrari, Lamborghini, Aston Martin, Ford, Subaru, BMW, and Dodge. Like their real-life equivalents, each rendering gets easily recognizable liveries, and in some cases, a few sponsorship decals as well, all of which was inspired by actual race cars (you know, from planet Earth). Which one of these wild contraptions would you bring to the Boonta Eve Classic? Let us know in the comments section!

Continue reading to learn more about real-life automakers rendered as podracers.

Ferrari


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The Prancing Horse already has a penchant for turning out some pretty crazy-looking, spaceship-esque designs, so Ferrari is a natural fit for something like this. The first thing to grab us is the rosso corsa paint color, which seems to complement the flaming engines rather well. The cockpit looks like it draws from Formula 1 (top-mounted intake) and the FXX K (rear winglets), while both UPS and Shell branding were added to the profile.

Lamborghini


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Speaking of spaceships, Lambo has traditionally met Ferrari blow for blow when it comes to creating designs destined for bedroom posters. The latest example of this is the Huracan, a V-10-powered monster that looks right at home as a podracer. Point and squirt for the win.

Aston Martin


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Aston Martin clinched an incredible victory at the 24 Hours of Le Mans this year, securing a first place-win in the GTE Pro class on the final lap of the iconic race. Indeed, the British Racing Green Aston looks most at home when talking a race track, but seeing it here on the sands of Tatooine ain’t bad either. Up front is the easily recognizable Aston Martin grille, while yellow accents offset the green paint.

Ford GT40


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If that front hood vent doesn’t tip you off, the baby blue and orange Gulf livery surely will. When it comes to American-built race cars, the Ford GT40 is arguably one of the most famous, having taken the fight to the Europeans at the 24 Hours of Le Mans back in the 60’s. Which naturally leads us to ask – which would take the win on Tatooine, the Ford, or the Ferrari?

Subaru WRX STI WRC


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Dirt. Sand. Rocks. Jumps. These are the things you find in professional rally racing, a sport where Subaru has earned a huge collection of wins and championship titles. Indeed, the rally racing environment seems like the perfect primer for podracing, so we aren’t surprised to see the Six Star’s blue and gold livery making an appearance here.

BMW M1 Procar


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Back in the late ‘70s, Bimmer teamed up with Lamborghini to create a rear/mid-engine production race car, and although Lambo eventually dropped out of the agreement, BMW followed through. The result was the M1, a sexy speed wedge that eventually formed the base for the one-make Procar Championship. Providing a competitive format for well-known race drivers from a diverse range of backgrounds (sports cars, touring cars, Formula 1) to go head-to-head, the M1 Procar livery is recognized worldwide. Now, it’s going intergalactic with this podracer, which even gets a squared-off BMW kidney grille in the nose.

Dodge Charger


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The first generation of the Dodge Charger hit production back in the day for the 1966 model year, followed by a second generation in 1968. Although initially unsuccessful in NASCAR stock racing, the follow-up Charger Daytona arrived in 1969 to break new ground in the sport. In fact, the Daytona was the first car to ever break the 200-mph barrier in NASCAR. We’re not sure about the top speed in this podracer, but with that enormous blower sticking out of the hood, we’re pretty sure it won’t be slow.

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Ferrari FXX K


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Lamborghini Huracan


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Aston Martin DB9


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Subaru WRX STI


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BMW M1


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PostHeaderIcon Nissan Returns As A Promotional Partner Of Star Wars

In case you haven’t heard, or you’re just spending far too much time running away from wampas in Hoth to care, Nissan and Star Wars have been partners-in-crime for some time now. The two companies came together last year to promote Star Wars: A Rogue One Story, so it comes as no shock that the Japanese automaker is back as a promotional partner to the mega movie franchise ahead of its highly anticipated movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Nissan is one of six major brands tabbed by Lucasfilm to be part of an extensive global promotional campaign supporting The Last Jedi. The other five companies include Christian Louboutin, General Mills, Royal Philips, Verizon, and VIZIO. It’s a diverse group that includes a high-end fashion designer (Louboutin), a consumer food giant (General Mills), and a telecommunications network (Verizon). Nissan fits in there somehow, largely because the company has been a promotional partner for the giant movie franchise, most recently last year ahead of the release of Rogue One. For those who’ve forgotten, Nissan actually piggy-backed its Rogue SUV off of the movie’s title, resulting in the creation of the Nissan Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition that was unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. It wasn’t much of a special edition, at least not to our expectations, but it did come heavy on cosmetic Star Wars references. Only time will tell if Nissan can improve upon its ho-hum Rogue One offering with something a lot more interesting. Don’t expect a special edition GT-R, though. Godzilla isn’t mainstream enough to warrant consideration. On the other hand, the updated Nissan 370Z was just released a month ago…

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PostHeaderIcon Nissan Returns As A Promotional Partner Of Star Wars

In case you haven’t heard, or you’re just spending far too much time running away from wampas in Hoth to care, Nissan and Star Wars have been partners-in-crime for some time now. The two companies came together last year to promote Star Wars: A Rogue One Story, so it comes as no shock that the Japanese automaker is back as a promotional partner to the mega movie franchise ahead of its highly anticipated movie, Star Wars: The Last Jedi.

Nissan is one of six major brands tabbed by Lucasfilm to be part of an extensive global promotional campaign supporting The Last Jedi. The other five companies include Christian Louboutin, General Mills, Royal Philips, Verizon, and VIZIO. It’s a diverse group that includes a high-end fashion designer (Louboutin), a consumer food giant (General Mills), and a telecommunications network (Verizon). Nissan fits in there somehow, largely because the company has been a promotional partner for the giant movie franchise, most recently last year ahead of the release of Rogue One. For those who’ve forgotten, Nissan actually piggy-backed its Rogue SUV off of the movie’s title, resulting in the creation of the Nissan Rogue One Star Wars Limited Edition that was unveiled at the 2016 Los Angeles Auto Show. It wasn’t much of a special edition, at least not to our expectations, but it did come heavy on cosmetic Star Wars references. Only time will tell if Nissan can improve upon its ho-hum Rogue One offering with something a lot more interesting. Don’t expect a special edition GT-R, though. Godzilla isn’t mainstream enough to warrant consideration. On the other hand, the updated Nissan 370Z was just released a month ago…

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PostHeaderIcon What Happens when you Cross Fast & Furious with Gone in 60 Seconds? Overdrive: Video

Let’s be real for a minute. We all love action-packed movies focused around cars. We love watching things go boom, and when there’s a good story involved, it’s even better. Sure, the Fast and Furious franchise may be starting to get a little overplayed, especially now that Paul Walker is no longer with us, yet people still flock to theaters to see the next installment of the long-running series as soon as they possibly can. The last movie broke records, despite the fact that some say it’s time to lay “the family” to rest. But, the franchise didn’t die along with Paul Walker, and neither did our desire for action-packed car movies. Hence the reason we’re looking at a trailer for an all-new car movie called Overdrive, which would have one assume it’s a Fast & Furious spin-off – especially considering it was written by the same guy responsible for 2 Fast 2 Furious – but it’s really not. It does have the robbing of trucks, and some pretty sweet action scenes, too. There’s not legitimately illegal drag racing, though, but I mean that kind of went out the window after the first couple of F&F movies anyway, right?

Back to the topic at hand, Overdrive looks to be an action-packed thriller that stars Scott Eastwood, a man who starred in the latest Fast & Furious movie, and some pretty daring truck robberies that would make Dominic Toretto proud. But, there’s a little more of a twist, as this isn’t F&F. Nope, these guys are stealing cars and now you know what it’s like when you cross Gone in 60 Seconds with Fast & Furious. There are pretty girls, some sweet cars, and what appears to be a very interesting story line. The movie has already made its debut in the U.K. and will soon spread across the rest of Europe and Asia before showing up in U.S. theaters on October 6th. Some of you are naughty, though, and I know you’re already searching for a pirated version. Well, that’s on you, but don’t tell them I gave you the idea. Check out the official trailer for Overdrive below, then let us know what you think in the comments section.

PostHeaderIcon “Fast And Furious Live” Brings The Action To Arenas Everywhere

As if eight full-length movies, a series of video games, and a handful of short movies aren’t enough to satisfy our craving for anything Fast and Furious, we’ll now be treated to a series of live shows featuring Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto talking about, well, Fast and Furious. Yes, Fast and Furious Live is apparently a real thing now, and I don’t know exactly how I feel about it.

No less than Diesel himself confirmed the news in a Facebook post that straddled the line between revealing and confusing throughout its entirety. Diesel even donned his Dominic Toretto garb to briefly talk about the live show, something he said that hasn’t been done before, at least in the planned scale that he and his team are preparing for. That said, Diesel doesn’t seem to know the full schedule of the live show just yet, only revealing that he thinks the first show will be held at the 02 Arena in London before trekking the world for the succeeding installments. There’s a website – fastandfuriouslive.com – that’s also been created to find updates, but at the moment, there’s little else but Facebook and Instagram posts, as well generic teasers in it. Still, this Fast and Furious Live show appears to be something that’s happening soon, possibly at an arena near you.

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PostHeaderIcon Amazing Car for Sale: 1971 Dodge Challenger from Quinton Tarantino’s “Death Proof”

Classic cars are absolutely amazing – they are a genuine piece of history, and each one has their own unique story. But, when you find a classic car that’s also a movie car, it’s a completely different ballgame. The history is there, but the storyline is usually crazy, and the value of the car itself can get up there as well. Most movie cars end up destroyed these days, but every now and then, one comes to the surface – and usually with a hefty price tag in tow. Think about the 1970 Dodge Charger R/T from the original Fast and Furious movie. It went on sale back in 2010 for some $130,000. (art97828) This time around, it’s a 1971 Dodge Challenger that’s for sale, and it’s the very car used in Quinton Tarantino’s Death Proof.

As you
would expect from a movie car, it is “used,” but don’t fret, a lot of the body damage is actually painted on. It has just 38,965 miles on the clock and is motivated by a 383 Magnum V-8. That’s a 6.3-liter that’s good for 335 horsepower and 425 pound-feet of torque – not much by today’s standards, but it was pretty exceptional for its time. It’s one of only two surviving Challengers from the movie, and despite the way it looks, it’s actually in really good shape with no structural rust and a little wear and tear from use in the movie. It was sold by the production company 10 years ago, and still features the camera mounts underneath, the racing seatbelt mount points, the fake plastic radio, and a support in the trunk that allowed one of the rear wheels to be locked. It also has the typical Hollywood chopped seats to make it easier to see the actors that were in the rear during in-car scenes. Keep reading to learn a little more about it and see more pictures.

PostHeaderIcon The Cars in Blade Runner 2049 Range From Weird To Awesome

If you’re like those people who have a soft spot in their hearts for the neo-noir classic Blade Runner, then you’re probably counting down the days to October 7, 2017, when the long-awaited sequel – seriously, it’s been 35 years! – of the cult movie hits cinemas. It’s called Blade Runner 2049, and as you might expect, it takes place in the year 2049. I’m pretty sure that producers had to adjust the date for the movie considering the setting for the original Blade Runner movie took place in 2019. That’d be 18 months from now.

In any event, I’m not here to talk about the movie itself but the vehicles that are in the movie, or at least those that we spotted in the trailers. Since this is a movie set in the future, there’s plenty of high-tech flying vehicles in it, not to mention some spiffy-looking rides that still feature some of today’s styling cues. Who knew that scissor doors would still be in vogue 32 years from now, right? Better yet, it does look like the Lamborghini Aventador has aged well, hasn’t it? It’s apparently become so iconic that the cars of 2049 still use it as inspiration for their designs. There’s plenty more where that came from, too, since the latest Blade Runner 2049 trailer doesn’t seem to run out of “Jetsonian” rides.

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PostHeaderIcon Father’s Day Special: Gift Ideas For A Gearhead Dad

Father’s Day is Sunday, June 18th, and you’re drawing a blank on what to get him. But don’t stress – we’ve got you covered with nine gift ideas for the motor-minded dad in your life. We’ve got a little bit of everything in here, from the useful, to the fun, to the entertaining, with all sorts of price ranges and budgets covered. We’ve even got a few suggestions for anyone looking to go above and beyond for their dad this year. So ditch the tie and “#1 Dad” coffee mug, and go with one of these suggestions instead.

And don’t worry – you don’t have to know the engine code for your Pop’s ride or how a carburetor works to make the right selection here. Even auto novices will be able to pick the right choice from this list. So, without further ado, here we go… and oh yeah – Happy Father’s Day!

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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.

Continue after the jump to read the full story.


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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