When we're not writing about cars or driving them, we like to kick back with some popcorn and watch movies starring our favorite four-wheeled machines. In this section, get a jump on upcoming movies featuring one of our greatest loves: cars.
A little over a year ago, Vanguard Pictures released a stop-motion film, called Nitro Warriors, that really made an impression on all of us. It was cool, fun and offered three minutes worth of good times.
This year, the crew is back with a sequel to Nitro Warriors. Part 2 is actually called "NItro Warriors 2: Afterburner, and similar to the first episode, it involves a lot of Hot Wheels cars, some fancy cinematography, and plenty of action made even more impressive by the stop-motion nature of the film.
Nitro Warriors 2: Afterburner is also a little longer than the first one, with car races and flying cars being thrown into the mix as well. But the best part, at least as far as we’re concerned, is the ending. We wont’ spoil any details but just so you know, there are things that happen in the film that you probably won’t get to see in real life.
Click past the jump to watch the first episode of Vanguard Pictures’ Nitro Warriors
We have heard all kinds of rumors about the fourth installment of the Transformers movie franchise, and director Michael Bay has decided to reveal the official poster for the movie along with its title: "Age of Extinction."
This name confirms the previous rumors that suggested that "Transformers: Age of Extinction" would bring into focus the Dinobots — robots that transform into dinosaurs. This confirmation was also made by producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura who said "I cannot disclose the specifics, but you can be sure that the arrival of the Dinobots will give the audience a lot to be excited about. The world’s coolest, most exciting cars will appear in the film, including Chinese vehicles, so whether you are a car enthusiast or not, it will be a feast for the eyes."
The new "Transformers: Age of Extinction" will feature stars like Mark Wahlberg, who replaces Shia LaBeouf as the movie’s lead, Stanley Tucci, Kelsey Grammer, Nicola Peltz, Sophia Myles and T.J. Miller.
Click past the jump to watch trailer video for previous Transformers movies.
The promotional buzz surrounding "Rush" is gaining more and more steam with the movie set to be released in theaters in a little over a month’s time.
The Ron Howard-directed movie tells of the intense rivalry between real-life F1 rivals Niki Lauda and James Hunt. But while a lot of people will remember Lauda as the three-time F1 world champion, it’s important to note that Hunt was far from a slouch - he won the 1976 F1 crown - and was a worthy adversary to the Austrian racer.
On that note, the producers couldn’t have cast a better man to play James Hunt than Chris Hemsworth. He’s got the look and the charisma of the former F1 champion and the flair for being one of the most recognized actors in the world today.
This latest promotional video, which is similar to the third trailer released a few weeks ago, is all about James Hunt and the role he played in arguably one of the fiercest Formula One battles in history. Remember James Hunt, people.
He’s earned that respect from us.
Click past the jump to watch the third trailer of Rush
The Audi R8 was the star in the recent "Iron Man 3" movie and now the company is preparing a new, futuristic car for the upcoming "Ender’s Game" movie. Called "Virtual Vision" the concept was designed by Audi Design Team in collaboration with with director Gavin Hood and the production team and combines futuristic design with groundbreaking technology - a must for the movie it will be featured in.
Audi will build the Virtual Vision using its quattro technology and it will appear in "key scenes that have a lasting impact on the life of the protagonist." The remainder of the car’s construction is relatively unknown, but we’re pretty sure this model will go no further than its 15 minutes of fame on the silver screen.
The "Ender’s Game" movie was inspired by the best-selling, award-winning novel written by American author Orson Scott Card. The movie will star celebrities like Asa Butterfield, Hailee Steinfeld, Ben Kingsley, Viola Davis, Abigail Breslin and Harrison Ford.
Click past the jump to read about Audi’s last movie star: the R8 in "Iron Man 3."
As if we haven’t had enough car racing movies coming out in the next few months, we were greeted with new reports indicating that Sony is looking into the possibility of bringing the world of Gran Turismo into cinemas.
According to The Wrap, Sony is determined to jump start its own movie racing franchise similar to Dreamworks, Universal, and Legendary. While the notion of a Gran Turismo movie is just sitting in the pipeline for now, don’t be surprised if it gains some momentum in the near future.
As for the people that will be working on the Gran Turismo movie, it’s rumored that Mike de Luca and Dana Brunetti take the helm after recent stints producing the award-winning movies "Social Network" and the hotly anticipated "Fifty Shades of Grey" adaption. Sony execs Elizabeth Cantillon, DeVon Franklin and Hanna Minghella are also lined up as supervisors for the movie, ensuring that if it does come to fruition, the Gran Turismo movie should be one that we all ought to be looking out for.
Click past the jump to watch the evolution of Gran Turismo 6
Like we said a little over a month ago, don’t look at "Rush" as this season’s
only epic racing movie.
The upcoming movie, "Snake and Mongoose" , which tells the story of Don "The Snake" Prudhomme and Tom "The Mongoose" McEwen, is set to give "Rush" a run for its box office money.
Whether it’s on the strip or in the board room, Snake and Mongoose gave drag racing the kind of mainstream cache that nobody had ever done before. So the next time you watch a funny car race on SPEED TV, you can tip your hat to Prudhomme and McEwen for making all of it possible.
The movie is scheduled to make its theatrical debut on September 6th. In the meantime, you can enjoy the new two-and-a-half minute that producers have just released.
You can also click past the jump to watch the 60-second trailer that was shown a little more than a month ago.
There are always two sides to any rivalry and it was no different in the case of Formula One drivers Niki Lauda and James Hunt.
The two are now the subject of Ron Howard’s latest cinematic masterpiece "Rush," which is set to hit theaters on September 20th. History will forever attach the names Niki Lauda and James Hunt to "world champions" but equally fitting when talking about these two drivers is the fact that they had one of the sport’s fiercest rivalries.
Howard touches on that in "Rush" and this newest trailer gives us a good look at one of the protagonists in the movie: James Hunt. Played by Chris Hemsworth, Hunt is portrayed as the free-wheeling playboy who epitomized living in the fast line, the perfect foil to the ultra competitive Lauda, who was driven to be the best on track.
This is the farthest thing from "Driven," folks. "Rush" is shaping up to be a must-watch movie for fans of both drivers and fans of Formula One in general.
Click past the jump to watch the featurette of Rush
The Audi R8 has found itself in yet another blockbuster movie. At this point, we should just give it an Oscar and call it a day, right?
The R8 has been in so many movies over the past couple of years we’re surprised we couldn’t find an IMDB page for it. But in all seriousness, the German sports car is a real action star and recently, it was revealed that Audi has once again collaborated with Marvel Studios to include a fleet of its cars, including the R8 Spyder , in another superhero movie.
This time, the R8 is trading in Iron Man for Wolverine, a not too surprising turn of events given the car’s proclivity for living life on the fast lane. But the R8 Spyder isn’t the only Audi that made an appearance in The Wolverine. Joining it - and making their respective cinematic debuts - are the Audi A8 L and the Ducati Diavel, which is now owned by Audi, by the way.
As far as the respective scenes where the R8 Spyder is in front of the cameras, well, that’s something that we’ll save for the actual movie. The Wolverine opens in the U.S. later this month on July 26th. Be sure to check it out because you never know, the R8 Spyder just might have its own mutant powers by movie’s end.
Click past the jump to read about the standard - and non-mutant - Audi R8 Spyder
The Fast and Furious franchise has turned into one of the biggest goldmines in Hollywood. The massive haul Fast 6 generated at the box office more than a month ago when it fetched a worldwide gross of $704.2 million was clear evidence of its dominance in the world of films.
It’s no surprise that the franchise is moving fast and furious - no pun intended - on developing the seventh movie, which has been listed for a release date of July 11, 2014.
So with a little less than a year to produce, develop and shoot the whole thing, the clock’s already ticking on Fast 7. To help speed up the production process, producers have taken a new route on choosing some of the destinations for the seventh movie. We already know Tokyo is going to play a huge part in it, but where else will it go?
Well, our voices are being sought. Producers want to know where we want the movie to go to next and we can vote on it at the official Fast and Furious Facebook page.
The franchise began its globe-trotting shoots in Fast and Furious: Tokyo Drift where they obviously went to Tokyo. From there, Fast 4 was set in Mexico, Fast 5 was in Brazil, and Fast 6 sped through numerous European destinations, including Turkey, London, and Spain .
So the question begs: where do you want to see Fast and Furious 7 go?
Jump to the comments section and let us know what you think!
Click past the jump to relive Fast 6 courtesy of its official trailer
Though we’re pretty confident that the "Need for Speed" movie will hit theaters on schedule next March, in the event that it doesn’t, we can all take comfort in knowing that director Scott Waugh is taking the video game treatment to the cinema screens pretty seriously.
We already saw a "making-of" trailer of the movie a month ago, and now, more behind-the-scenes footage is propping up for our enjoyment.
This particular scene was apparently filmed in the streets of Detroit with the one-off Shelby GT500 Need For Speed Edition taking to the streets to put in some serious drift work ala those "Need for Speed" video games.
We already know that the Shelby GT500 also plays the role of the movie’s "hero car," which means that we expect it to last for the duration of the movie. The same can’t be said for some of the supercars that were used and abused in the "making-of" trailer.
As for this footage, it doesn’t last long, taking up only half-a-minute of your time. Yet in that short time frame, we’re treated to a pretty sick shot of the GT500 doing its business right in its hometown.
Needless to say, we can’t wait to see this movie come out.
Click past the jump to read about the Shelby GT500 Need for Speed Edition