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  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.

Anybody who has ever played Gran Turismo owes a lot of debt of gratitude to creator Kazunori Yamauchi, the architect behind the game’s birth and breath-taking fifteen-year evolution. Now you have a chance to do so by watching the full-length video of the Gran Turismo documentary “Kaz: Pushing the Virtual Divide”.

Last year, Gran Turismo announced the documentary as an inside look at the evolution of Gran Turismo from the eyes of the man who made it all possible. It traces Yamauchi’s incredible desire to create a car racing game that will put all others before it to shame. 15 years later, we’re still saying the same thing about Gran Turismo and its incredible advancements in video game technology .

Thanks to the support of Sony, Yamauchi was able to realize his objective and in so doing, the man was able to change the landscape of the gaming and automotive industries now and in the future.

The documentary is almost 90 minutes long so prepare to spend a lot of time to watch it. So prepare the popcorn and find yourself a comfortable couch to sit on. Rest assured, it’s worth every minute if you’re a fan of the Gran Turismo franchise.

Hyundai is taking a big-screen blockbuster approach in its next advertisement for the all-new 2015 Genesis sedan. The short, nine-minute film takes an unusual approach to vehicle advertising in making the story more about the people within the storyline, while the Genesis plays a less major role.

The luxury sedan still gets its moments in the spotlight in several scenes, including the use of its proximity key and automatic truck release, along with some intense driving scenes.

The short film is directed and produced by a new generation of filmmakers, the 20-something millennials who embrace new technologies and ways of doing the impossible through computer animation. Though the graphics get a little cheesy at times, the overall film showcases the Genesis pretty well. It’s reminiscent of what BMW did more than a decade ago with its short series of films showcasing several of its vehicles.

Hyundai’s theatrical plot circles around a man and his sick wife and a mysterious doctor who is running some unorthodox testing. As it turns out, the husband must use his 2015 Hyundai Genesis to save the girl and defeat the evildoers without being taken out first.

Turns out the Genesis makes a pretty good get-away car.

Click past the jump to watch the short film and a behind-the-scenes look at "The Genesis" short film

The 1970’s were a great time for car movies . Bullit, The Italian Job, and Vanishing Point all arrived on the scene, and flaunted the power and appeal of great cars. And then there was Mad Max. Mel Gibson starred in a trio of movies filled with fast cars , angry bad guys and lots explosions. It was glorious. In the second film, there was a major focus on off-road mayhem and custom contraptions of motorized carnage. Now, a full 30 years after the last Mad Max film, the franchise is coming back, and it looks better than ever.

This is the first official trailer for "Mad Max: Fury Road"

No, Mel Gibson has not returned, instead we have Tom Hardy taking over the role of Max. If you recognize that name, he was the man who played Bane in the Dark Knight Rises. The trailer is full of everything we have come to expect from Mad Max films including lots of modified cars, plenty of sadistic maniacs, and more than a few guns and fireballs. It looks just epic.

If you had any doubt that a new Mad Max film was a great idea, hit that play button and prepare to be proved completely wrong.

The new film hits theaters in May 2015.

What if The Empire invaded a planet with an extensive road system and needed a fitting mode of transportation for Darth Vader? Perhaps a Sith Lord would commission engineering droids to build something like this, the Darth Vader Car. Here on Earth, the creative minds at Hot Wheels have designed and built a fully working, large-scale model of their Darth Vader Car.

The idea started back in November of 2013 when the design team came up with the idea for Darth Vader toy car. After the small-scale version was finished, they went big. Built in only two months, the car is completely drivable.

The Darth Car is based on a Corvette C5 platform. Its new menacing bodywork is constructed mostly from fiberglass and carbon fiber, making the car nearly 50 percent lighter than the original C5. Under its lengthy hood still lies a Corvette engine, though this one has been upgraded to an LS3, 6.2-liter V-8 — the engine used in the 2008 and newer C6 Corvettes. Of course, it’s been massaged to make well beyond its stock output numbers. PCW Brands, the car’s builder, says it makes 526 horsepower and hits 150 mph. A six-speed manual transmission delivers The Force to the rear, custom-made wheels and tires.

Loads of special-effects gear is added to bring the Vader Car to life. Darth Vader respirator noises emanate from the grille while light saber sounds play as red lights glow along the rocker panels. Even the cockpit roof opens up like Darth Vader’s helmet. Oh, and there’s also a drift brake lever for, you know, agile maneuvers while in pursuit of Rebel forces.

The Darth Vader car currently on display at the 2014 Comic-Con International convention taking place in San Diego, California.

Click past the jump for video and pictures on the Darth Vader Car By Hot Wheels.

Source: Car & Driver

Did all of you know that Fast and Furious 7 was supposed to be released this weekend? At least that was the initial plan until Paul Walker’s unexpected death last November, throwing a monkey wrench into the production of the movie . There was talk of it being cancelled altogether, but ultimately, filming continued, albeit after massive delays. Well, the filming of the movie just concluded and we now have the official release date: April 3, 2015.

We’re all relieved to finally have confirmation that Fast and Furious 7 will hit cinemas next year. But that relief will forever be mixed with sadness knowing that Paul Walker didn’t live long enough to finish the movie. We all miss the man, even if none of us have never come close to sniffing an interaction with him.

His brothers, Cody and Caleb Walker , joined the movie to finish some of Paul’s scenes. That’s going to take a little bit of the sting out but we’d be lying to you if we think that their contributions to the movie would have been the same had Paul been around to finish the movie himself.

The good news is that the movie now has a scheduled release date. It’s hollow news relative to what has happened, but it’s still a good place to start moving on.

Click past the jump to read more about Fast & Furious 7.

Source: Deadline

BMW and MINI owners who love capturing video of their ultimate driving machines in action now have reason to rejoice. BMW and GoPro have announced the integration of the GoPro’s live wireless video to feed into the car’s infotainment system. In other words, you can watch your GoPro’s live video from your dashboard — in real time.

There are a few caveats though. The BMW or MINI must be a 2012 model or newer, the car also must have the BMW Apps or MINI Connected option, the owner must have an iPhone 4 or newer with the GoPro App installed and running, and the GoPro camera has to be a Wi-Fi-equipped model, such as the HERO3+ or newer. Meet those criteria and you’ll have a front-row seat to watch the rubber burn off your rear tires as you commence to drop the clutch.

The system works by relaying the GoPro’s video signal to your connected iPhone. That signal is then transmitted to the car’s infotainment system through the iPhone USB cable or BMW Accessory snap-in adaptor. The system will also display the camera’s critical information like battery life, Wi-Fi signal strength, and elapsed time. Moreover, the camera’s record and sleep functions can be controlled from the infotainment screen as well.

Unfortunately, the lawyers have seemingly won the battle for safety in this case as the nearly-live video — BMW says a slight lag will be present — cuts out when the car begins to move.

Click past the jump to read more about BMW’s new GoPro Application.

Most of the summer movie schedule has come and gone and that leaves us with fewer blockbusters to look forward to. Fortunately, Transformers: Age of Extinction hasn’t been released yet. That’s enough reason for us to get our robot geeks on in time for its showing later this month.

Ahead of the movie’s June 27 opening, three new teasers of the movie were released, each as incredible as the other. The teasers, dubbed "Help", "Forge", and "Destroyer", gives us three unique looks at the action that takes place when our favorite Autobots join forces to save the world from all those intergalactic baddies.

The videos also gives us a few shots of some of the cars used in the movie. The most notable is that green Chevrolet Corvette Stingray and if you look just behind it, you’ll also see a Bugatti Veyron Super Sport .

It’s just the right amount of automotive awesomeness that we can all look forward to when Optimus Prime and company returns to the big screen.

Two more video after the jump.

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction is set to his cinemas on June 27th and slowly but surely, we’re getting treated to one awesome movie trailer after another. The latest trailer just hit the web and it’s already giving us the chills seeing our favorite band of Autobots take on those evil Decepticons in front of our (3D) eyes.

What’s noticeably different about this fourth Transformers movie is that we’re not going to see the cast from the first three films. Instead, Mark Wahlberg takes the reins from Shia LaBeouf as the lead role where he plays a father who somehow stumbles into a "Transformer."

For the first time, Dinobots have been added to the cast of the movie and as this latest trailer shows, a Lamborghini Aventador is also in it as "Lockdown," a "rogue bounty hunter" deemed as having no allegiances between the two sides.

Oh, and Grimlock and Optimus Prime on the same side? Yeah, baby!

Transformers 4: Age of Extinction hits theaters on June 27. Mark you calenders!

While we often have praise for automakers who create interesting marketing videos, Hyundai’s latest one had us totally up in knots. Produced presumably by its German arm, Hyundai has produced a ten-minute promotional video of the European-spec i10 by slamming together scene reprisals from 70 different movies.

If you’re looking for any sense of this video , you’re probably not going to get any because the video is about as confusing, strange, and downright bizarre as any promo video we’ve seen in recent memory.

We’re going to stop short of calling it pointless because the mere fact that I’m writing this and you’re reading it means that Hyundai accomplished its goal of getting people to talk about this video. So props to Hyundai for that, but that still doesn’t take away from the fact that even after multiple viewings, the entire point of the video, other than to show the i10 in various scenes, still escapes us.

Maybe we have to watch it while our senses are impaired? Who knows, maybe a few glasses of something special will make for a totally different level of appreciation for this video.

With only two months left until the upcoming "Transformers: Age of Extinction" movie hits theaters, Chevrolet has confirmed the full lineup of Bowtie-badged vehicles that will be featured in the new installment.

The main star of the new film will obviously be Bumblebee , a futuristic concept based on the fifth-generation Camaro. The Pearl Yellow car will return to the silver screen as the movie’s leading attraction for the fourth time since its debut in 2007.

Besides the Bumblebee, Chevy has prepped four more vehicles for the new Transformers film, ranging from the Corvette Stingray , which will convert to Autobot Crosshairs, to the Trax crossover , and even a heavily modified 1967 Camaro SS . Also included is a Sonic dressed as a rally car will appear in some of the action-packed scenes.

In addition to prepping the aforementioned vehicles and providing them to the production crew, General Motors also allowed Paramount to film at its Warren Technical Center, Milford Proving Ground and even its Lansing Grand River Assembly Plant.

The highly anticipated "Transformers: Age of Extinction" movie is set to arrive in theaters on June 27th, 2014.

Click past the jump to find out why it matters.


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