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.
The sudden death of actor Paul Walker came as a massive shock to all of us. Popularly known as Brian O’Connor, his contribution to the Fast & Furious series will always be cherished in the hearts of his friends, family and fans alike.
Walker played the character of an undercover cop turned road racer in the movie and starred alongside Vin Diesel (Dominic Toretto). The first installment of the movie featured some of the greatest tuner cars of the 1990s and one such car that caught everyone’s attention was the MK IV Toyota Supra.
One of the most famous scenes in the movie was the drag race between the Supra (driven by Paul Walker) and Vin Diesel in his 1970 Dodge Charger R/T , which nearly ended in a dead heat, but not before some intense high-speed action involving a freight train at a railroad crossing and some serious air time.
We take a look at the orange Toyota Supra that rose to fame thanks to its role in the The Fast and the Furious.
Click past the jump to read more about the MK IV Toyota Supra Turbo
With the untimely and horrific death of a shining star of automotive film, Paul Walker, we are also faced with the reality that the loss of the star could spell the end of the Fast & Furious series. With Fast & Furious 7 already in the works, we were uncertain what would happen with the movie, which is scheduled for release on July 11, 2014, when the news of Walker’s death came out.
According to several reports, Fast & Furious 7 will not be scrapped, but it may be delayed, due to Walkers death. According to the report, Universal executives said that there may be some "rewrites and delays," but as of now, the film is still set to continue with production. A separate report, from TMZ, stated that key scenes with Walker were set for shooting just a few days from now, so this means the rewrites will likely be very heavy.
What weighs on our minds now, besides the tragic loss of this all-around good human being, is what will happen with the Fast & Furious franchise as a whole. Does the studio continue on without Walker’s character (Brian O’Conner)? Do they replace Walker as one of the leads? Do they simply end the series with the seventh installment?
We are willing to put our dollar on the series ending with Fast & Furious 7, as we expect the delays that the a studio rep spoke of — in anonymity, of course — to be a rewrite of the ending to wrap up the entire series.
We’re sure that that studio executives will address the situation, but that will likely not come until after the film’s release.
We’ll keep an eye out for any more details regarding the franchise.
Click past the jump to see the trailers for all six Fast & Furious movies.
Today we come to you with a heavy heart with the announcement that Paul Walker, one of the stars of the Fast and Furious series, has died in a car crash. Earlier on Saturday, there were rumors that he had perished in a car accident, but the horrible news was confirmed Saturday at 10:14 p.m. on his official Twitter page.
According to the report and witness statements, Walker was a passenger in a red Porsche Carrera GT , which was driven by a friend of his. The car was apparently speeding, per the Los Angeles Sherrif’s Department’s report, and it slammed into a light pole.
By the time EMTs and other emergency personnel arrived on the scene, the Porsche was engulfed in flames. Walker and his friend, whose name was not released, were pronounced dead at the scene.
Paul is survived by a 15-year-old daughter and leaves millions of Fast and Furious fans with a heavy heart. Numerous Fast and Furious cast member expressed their emotions through various social media sites, including Vin Diesel, Chris "Ludacris" Bridges and Tyrese Gibson. He was just 40 years old...
Update 12/1/2013 10:20 a.m.: Reports are suggesting that the driver of the Porsche was Roger Roda, who was a close personal friend of Walker’s and a professional racecar driver who had participated in the Pirelli World Challenge. The crash occurred following a charity event that the two attended.
There’s a lot of hype building around the upcoming release of the Need for Speed movie and for good reason, the racing game franchise has become one of the most iconic in the history of video games and a move towards the big screen is usually a sign of a healthy financial standing.
The first trailer was released a few months ago and while it did little to spark our interest in the movie, we did see that the whole thing is filled with lots and lots of supercars . That and Aaron Paul, our dude from Breaking Bad, will play the starring role in it.
Following up on that teaser trailer, the full length trailer for Need for Speed has finally been released, giving us a better indication on what we can expect when the movie is released in March 2014. It might be hard for Need for Speed to compete with the Fast & Furious franchise, but if the movie plays it smartly and develops an identity of its own, it probably won’t need to.
The many fans of the video game franchise will make sure of that.
Click past the jump to watch an on-the-set preview for Need for Speed: The Movie
A few months ago, Audi announced the Virtual Vision — a concept car specially designed for the upcoming "The Ender’s Game" movie. Today, Audi unveiled a new video explaining how the concept came to life and its development process.
Of course, there is no chance for the Virtual Vision Concept to have a life off of the silver screen, but it is nice to see it as a design exercise. It was built using Audi’s quattro technology and it will appear in "key scenes that have a lasting impact on the life of the protagonist."
As a reminder, the "Ender’s Game" movie was inspired by the best-selling, award-winning novel written by American author Orson Scott Card. The movie tells the story of Ender Wiggin, a brilliant young mind recruited and trained to lead his fellow soldiers into a battle that will determine the future of Earth. It will arrive on theaters on November 1st, 2013.
Check out the video to see how the future of transportation will look like in 2088.
If you haven’t seen Rush just yet, you still have time get a chance to. In the mean time, you can start daydreaming about another flick that includes an icon in the automotive industry: Carroll Shelby .
Apparently the new movie, titled "Go Like Hell," has in pre-production since 2011, and it will tell the story of the battle between Ford and Ferrari at the 24 Hours of Le Mans during the 1960s.
The new movie will be based on the 2009 book "Go Like Hell: Ford, Ferrari and their Battle For Speed and Glory at Le Mans" by A.J. Baime. He is an editor for Playboy Magazine, and managed to write the book based on some extensive interviews with Lloyd Ruby, Mario Andretti and Carol Shelby.
The initial details on the movie suggest that Tom Cruise will play the role of Carroll Shelby in the upcoming movie. Michael Mann and Brad Pitt were also associated with the role, but Cruise was chosen because of his role in another auto-racing movie — "Days Of Thunder" — back in 1990.
We have no other details on the movie, but if the movie gets the final "OK" from the studio, we expect it to arrive sometime in 2015.
Click past the jump to watch Cruise in action in Days Of Thunder.
Transformers 4 is deep in filming major action sequences all over the world this year, with director Michael Bay’s latest tweets from Hong Kong proof enough to love or hate this guy.
As an effects and brand integration expert, Mr. Bay’s Transformers films have a huge fan base all over the world. Since 2007, these movies are directly attributed to more than $400 billion in total attributed revenue from ticket sales at the movie theaters, but also for all the products Mr. Bay integrates into his films.
Product placement is so irritating some times. More so than even Mr. Bay himself, at times, which is a big achievement.
When the brand integration is forced, it ruins the plot’s authentic feel. Seeing a Nokia or Sony smartphone in any music video since 2000 is a good example of bad product placement.
Good product placement means writing the brands into the plot of the movie from before day one.
Chevrolet has been a generous partner for the Transformers films, both footing the bill for a new fleet of Autobots for each film and also marketing the movies pretty aggressively with its own dollars.
The reason for this is simple: full-length action films have a global and multilingual reach far beyond any 30-second television commercial.
Oh, and could our new car be the Star of the film? The 2007 Transformers film debuted the Camaro before it was on sale, and since then has shown interesting concepts for what ultimately became the 2014 Corvette Stingray.
These movie cars take the ’pulse’ of GM’s styling departments by letting them create without production feasibility or engineering limits. They are, in short, the best concept cars Chevrolet makes.
So feast your eyes on the nearly 20 high-resolution pictures snapped by Ron Alder Photography in Hong Kong this week.
Click past the jump for real-life images of the Camaro BumbleBee concept that is featured in Transformers 4, arriving in theaters in June 2014.
By now, the Fast and Furious franchise has become one of the biggest in Hollywood in recent years.
So, what better way for the movie to give back to its legions of fans by allowing one of them to be part of the next Fast and Furious movie .
You may think that this is all lip service, but believe it or not, it’s actually going to happen. One lucky person will be picked to appear in the movie in a "walk-on-role," presumably sharing some kind of scene with one of the stars of the movie.
The rules to enter the competition is pretty straightforward. All you have to do follow @FastandFuriousMovie on Instagram, upload a video and tell those who handle the movie’s IG account why you should be the next member of the Fast Family. Remember to hashtag your video with #UltimateFastFan to conclude your entry into the competition.
We gotta say, it’s an ingenious marketing ploy by the franchise to get even more fans excited about the seventh movie.
Entrants need to be legal residents of the U.S. who are 18 years of age or older to be eligible for the competition so if you have the qualifications, don’t waste time and post your entries as soon as possible. Competition starts at 12:00 midnight Pacific Time on October 7 and ends at 6:00 pm PT on November 30.
Click past the jump to look back on Fast and Furious 6 courtesy of the movie’s final trailer
Muscle car mechanic and street racer Tobey (Aaron Paul) was framed for a crime he did not commit, so he gets out of prison determined to settle the score with the man responsible for his false conviction.
The official "Rush" movie is set to hit theaters in select cities on September 20th — the full release comes on September 27th — and it will tell the story of two great Formula One drivers: Niki Lauda and James Hunt. While we are pretty sure you have seen all the official trailer videos, there is one you have surely missed: this sweet Lego recreation.
The idea belongs to Edward Hunter, and he sure did a bang-up job at mimicking the trailer in an all-block work. He created mini figures for nearly every character in the trailer, including the stars Niki Lauda and James Hunt, of course.
While he says he is not a big fan of the upcoming Rush movie, the fact that he worked on the Lego trailer made him appreciate the work behind the movie a little bit more. Maybe in the end he will end up being a huge Rush fan.
Check out the video above to see how Lauda and Hunt look in the Lego world.