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The Fate of the Furious trailer shows Dom as the villain [w/video]

We hope we got it wrong. Dominic Toretto or “Dom” has turned into a bad guy judging from the latest trailer of Fast and the Furious. Furious fans know that Vin Diesel’s role has always been the good guy. But as his fate has it, he’s apparently turned his back on his family in the movie. That certainly doesn’t look good.

Interestingly, the 8th instalment from the blockbuster film franchise has been named “The Fate of the Furious”. So there must be a lot of twists happening here and there as there is also a submarine. Since “family” has been mentioned more than once, we can expect the story to pick up from there.

From the looks of it, there’s obviously an element of “betrayal”. The poster says it all. It even comes with a statement saying “Family no more” with Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel turning away from each other. Dom’s “family” as we all know are also his friends/crew in the movie.

Read the entire article The Fate of the Furious trailer shows Dom as the villain [w/video]

Lightning McQueen suffers big crash in new Cars 3 trailer

The last time we saw Lightning McQueen in the second installment of CG-animated film Cars, he was racing with Francesco and Mater at the Radiator Springs Grand Prix. That was years ago, and at that time, he was at the peak of his game with no one seemingly able to best him in the circuit, having won the Piston Cups several times already.

Now, McQueen is back, and wrecked! Yes, Pixar has just released a short trailer – and the first official teaser -- for the third installment of Cars. It shows McQueen back in the United States and competing in the speedway. While he still has some strong showing – at one point he was leading the pack – the trailer reveals that his days of Piston Cup dominance could be over. At another point, a seemingly aggressive new challenger is making his way through the throngs of racers (could be Jackson Storm, a rookie who has trounced McQueen).

According to Pixar, a new generation of car racers has made their way onto the circuit and is simply making McQueen more irrelevant. At the end of the trailer, McQueen suffers another blown-out tire – or possibly mechanical issues – and ends up crashing in the mid of the speedway.

Read the entire article Lightning McQueen suffers big crash in new Cars 3 trailer

Futuristic Lexus Skyjet to appear in Luc Besson’s Valerian Sci-fi action film

Lexus travels into space in probably the much-awaited sci-fi movie this 2017. The film, “Valerian and the City of A Thousand Planets” is Luc Besson’s adaptation of a French comic book series. The European motion picture is set in a highly unusual intergalactic world known as the Alpha city. Thus, a high-tech space vehicle is an inevitable choice. Luc Besson’s sci-fi tale will be featuring Clive Owen, Ethan Hawke and Rihanna while Cara Delevingne and Dane DeHann will be playing the major role as space agents.

Interestingly, the single-seat space craft designed by Europacorp and Lexus bears a close resemblance to Lexus’ upcoming model. The SkyJet’s triangular headlamps and spindle nose grille are obviously inspired by the new LC500 Coupe. We couldn’t help but wonder if Lexus will be building real space ships in the next 700 years. The SkyJet as we know is only a fictional flying machine since it is envisioned for the 28th century. Though we won’t be there when it happens, at least we can get a hold of Lexus’ latest LC500 Coupe.

Designing the SkyJet has required Besson and his team to consult Takeaki Kato, Lexus’ Chief Engineer for advise. Europacorp is a film and television studio where Luc Besson (the director) is also the founder. Besson fondly shared his thoughts about their partnership with Lexus. He admired the brand for centering its technology and innovation towards the future. Their teamwork has nevertheless brought the most futuristic design for a spacecraft that would fit the story’s 28th century setting. The modern design cues very much represent the “Valerian era”, which is projected 700 years ahead of our time.

Read the entire article Futuristic Lexus Skyjet to appear in Luc Besson’s Valerian Sci-fi action film

Aston Martin DB5 tops ‘Favorite Bond Car’ survey in the UK

The James Bond series is probably the longest running spy series that started way back in 1963 with the first movie Dr. No. There have been more than twenty instalments released since the first movie, each one possessing the same spy-induced excitement as the rest of the movies.

The thrill and excitement in every series attract the audience but it cannot be denied that the different types of vehicles driven by Agent 007 draws in the crowds too. The James Bond series is probably one of the movies that are popularly watched especially because of the variety of vehicles featured.

Even when most of the luxury cars featured in the movies would probably meet an unfortunate end (like fall off a cliff or explode in one of 007’s race against time adventures), people like the thrill of seeing an Aston Martin or a Ford Mustang sprint in full speed on a race against one of 007’s rivals.

Read the entire article Aston Martin DB5 tops ‘Favorite Bond Car’ survey in the UK

Almost a decade ago, Director Michael Bay first set off the journey into the world of robots through the Transformers franchise. Since 2007, there have been four instalments of the said film, drawing fans and critics alike.

Admit it or not, we have been drawn to some of its characters and it didn’t matter if they were Autobots or Decepticons because they all looked cool. Most of them were pretty damn cool. Why wouldn’t they be, right? It’s not everyday that we’d run into a red Ferrari 458 Italia that would transform into a bad guy busting machine or an AM General Humvee that’s actually an Autobot medic. Yeah, those things don’t happen everyday so that’s why there are some people who are hooked on this movie. But the character that has captured the hearts of many is the gentle but vicious Bumblebee.

Who wouldn’t recognize this yellow Autobot, right? Aside from his charismatic demeanor (and the fact that he’s one of Optimus Prime’s most trusted comrades), Bumblebee has always been easy to spot because of his color – yellow. Well if it isn’t obvious enough, the character sports a yellow paint scheme that is inspired by a certain genus of bees which makes his character all the more prominent in the movie. His alternative vehicle mode has been in the form of either a Pontiac Firebird or the most well-known of them all, a Chevrolet Camaro.

Read the entire article 'Transformers: The Last Knight Sneak Peek': All-New Bumblebee Camaro

With comic book franchises and video games moving up to the big screen, it’s not a surprise that Activision Blizzard has decided to join the fray. The company, which is behind several successful franchises that include World of Warcraft, Starcraft, and the Call of Duty series, is set to develop film adaptations of its most successful titles through its very own Skylanders Academy.

The Academy’s first tasks? Develop a TV adaptation of Skylanders! The project is already ongoing, with Justin Long, Ashley Tisdale, Jonathan Banks and Norm Macdonald already on board to provide their vocal talents for the TV series.

The upcoming Skylanders’ TV show is executively produced by Eric Rogers. If you didn’t know, Rogers used to be a writer for Futurama. That’s not the only project to come from Skylanders Academy however.

Read the entire article Activision Blizzard plans 'Call of Duty' movie, 'Skylanders' TV series

The dialogue has always been part of the allure of any James Bond movie. More often than not, however, the dialogue involves sexual innuendo since seduction and charisma are part of the portfolio of skill sets that 007 cultivates.

It’s rare to find a James Bond movie that attempts to reach out directly to the audience and the real world. Yet, Spectre, the latest in the 007 films, executes a fine fourth-wall breaking scene when M, now played by Ralph Fiennes, tells the agents in the Double-0 program that they could be phased out in favor of wire-tapping, drones and other technological advancements.

007 himself will not agree that spies are ready to be obsolete, because nothing beats being there, face-to-face with the villain and being at the right place to remove the threat. It is this kind of personal conflict that defines Spectre and it is the source of tension between the characters.

Read the entire article Spectre pays homage to James Bond film, introduces fresh new take on long-running franchise

Driven by Formula One driver Felipe Massa (Williams Martini Racing), the Jaguar C-X75 supercar has arrived in Mexico City, Mexico, to celebrate the premiere of the 24th James Bond movie -- SPECTRE -- in the Americas as well as its participation in the Formula One Gran Premio de Mexico.

SPECTRE premiered in the city on November 2, 2015. The Jaguar C-X75 was involved in one of the unforgettable high-speed chases in the movie. It was driven by the antagonist Hinx, who is played by actor Dave Bautista.

This supercar is considered as the most advanced Jaguar to date. It was created by Jaguar Land Rover Special Vehicle Operations (SVO) in partnership with development partner Williams Advanced Engineering.

Read the entire article Felipe Massa drives the Jaguar C-X75 supercar seen in James Bond Spectre movie

Besides the impressive Aston Martin DB10, the new James Bond movie, SPECTRE, will also show some impressive vehicles from both Jaguar and Land Rover. According to the official press release, the new movie will include vehicles such as the Jaguar C-X75, Range Rover Sport SVR and Defender Big Foot, all of them provided by Jaguar Land Rover Special Operations.

The Jaguar C-X75 supercar will be featured in an impressive car chase sequence filmed through Rome alongside the Aston martin DB10, while the scenes including the Range Rover Sport SVR and Defender Big Foot will be filmed in Austria.

Land Rover said that the Defender Big Foot features huge 37-inch diameter off-road tires in order to tackle extreme terrain, as well as a bespoke suspension and enhanced body protection.

Read the entire article Jaguar C-X75, Range Rover Sport SVR and Defender Big Foot to appear in new James Bond movie, SPECTRE

The latest installment of the 007 series -- Spectre -- will once again feature an Aston Martin model. James Bond will be driving the new DB10, which Aston and EON Productions unveiled at the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios. Especially developed and built-in house for the film, the new DB10 is part of Aston’s celebration of 50 years with the 007 franchise.

Marek Reichman, Aston’s chief creative officer, collaborated with director Sam Mendes “to create the ultimate car for the world’s most famous spy.” Spectre will be shown on the big screen starting Nov. 6, 2015. Aston will produce just 10 units of the DB10 – all for the film at its Gaydon headquarters in Gaydon.

The DB10’s lines provide a glimpse of the next models that will be produced by the premium carmaker. On the other hand, German news outlet Wirtschafts Woche reported that nine cars built for the Spectre -- including five Range Rover Sport SUVs – were stolen from Dusseldorf, Germany, before they will be transported to the Alps for filming. Wirtschafts reported that the incident prompted for production of new cars for the shoot.

Read the entire article Aston Martin DB10 is newest James Bond car in Spectre film

If you read E.L. James’ “Fifty Shades of Grey” you definitely know that the main character, Christian Grey, loves Audi vehicles. This means that the partnership between Audi and Universal Pictures will not surprise you as it would be one of the best chance for the German manufacturer to show off his top models in a movie that promises to show new records when it comes to the number of people who will see it.

The models included in the movie will include the Audi R8 V10 Spyder, the Audi S8, Audi S7 Sportback, the Audi Q7 TDI and the new Audi A3.

If you still don’t know, we will tell you that the R8 V10 Spyder is powered by a 5.2-liter V10 engine that can push it from 0 to 60 mph in 3.4 seconds, while offering a top speed of up to 195 mph, while the Audi S8 uses a 4.0-liter TFSI V8 that is able to push it from 0 to 60 mph in 3.9 seconds.

Read the entire article Audi partners with Universal Pictures to feature its cars in Fifty Shades of Grey movie [w/video]

Universal Studios has just released the first ‘Furious 7’ trailer and as expected, the new movie will be wilder and above the other titles from the series. As you may know already, in the previous ‘Fast and Furious’ movie Han (Sung Kang) died and the team tries to revenge his death.

Meanwhile, Ian Shawn (Jason Statham) wants to revenge the death of his brother Own (Luke Evans). As a result, ‘Furious 7’ promises to be the best movie from the ‘Fast and Furious’ series with plenty of 3D effects and customized vehicles.

Earlier this year, Paul Walker died in a terrible accident but as you will see in the trailer, the remaining scenes for Brian O’Conner character were made using computer generated images.

Read the entire article Universal Studios releases first Furious 7 trailer [w/video]

General Motors is banking on the on the latest installment of the Transformers to help jump-start sales of six new Chevrolet models in China. "Transformers: Age of Extinction" – the fourth in the series --opened in theaters in China and the United States on June 27, 2014, and features GM vehicles like the Chevrolet Camaro sports car and Trax small SUV.

The movie – called TF4 by many of its fans -- provides GM a wide-ranging yet effective marketing tool when it rolls out six Chevrolets models in China this year. Tim Mahoney, the global chief marketing officer for the Chevrolet brand, remarked that TF4 will be a springboard for launching new products.

In 2013, Chevrolet posted a nine-percent surge in sales to 652,077 in a China market that grew 16 percent. GM's relationship with Transformers dates back in 2007, when the first of the series hit theaters around the world.

Read the entire article GM expects latest Transformers movie to boost Chevrolet sales in China

The Chevrolet Camaro is reprising its role as the famous Autobot Bumblebee in the latest iteration of the Transformers: Age of Extinction, otherwise known as TF4 among fans. The Camaro makes its first appearance in the movie – hitting the silver screen on June 27 -- as a highly modified 1967 Camaro SS.

The Camaro will later appear as a yellow-and-black-striped 2014 Camaro Concept, which was designed especially for the movie at General Motors’ North Hollywood Design Center. Making a special guesting in the widely anticipated film is Ed Welburn, GM’s vice president of global design.

He acts as the director of the Central Intelligence Agency. Welburn said in a statement that being a part of the Transformers franchise is “an incredible way” to showcase the design work that GM is capable.

Read the entire article A close look at the evolution of Camaro Bumblebee in the Transformers movies

Chevrolet has strike an agreement with Disney's Marvel Studios giving its Corvette, Tahoe, Silverado and Impala models virtual co-starring roles in "Captain America: The Winter Soldier" that opened nationwide this weekend. Its directors, Joe and Anthony Russo, even directed a new commercial for the Chevrolet Traverse showing children reenacting parts of the trailer.

The Chevrolet-Captain America product placement deal is considered as one of the biggest for GM since its 2007 agreement in with the first installment of the "Transformers" franchise. GM benefitted a lot from the heavy exposure of its vehicles in the first "Transformers" film, as they literally are the stars of the Michael Bay move.

In the first “Transformers,” GM’s vehicles played the role of transforming heroic robots. For instance, the Chevrolet Camaro played as Bumblebee; the Solstice as Jazz; a Hummer H2 as Ratchet; a GMC Topkick truck as Ironhide. Even after GM was bailed out by the federal government, it vehicles continued to star in subsequent films.

Read the entire article Chevrolet vehicles get heavy exposure in Captain America: The Winter Soldier

Summit Entertainment’s film adaptation of the award-winning, best-selling novel “Ender’s Game” will be the movie that will show the latest Audi concept, the fleet shuttle Quattro. The Audi Design Team developed an entirely virtual car for the new movie that will have its premiere in German cinemas on October 24.

Featuring a visionary design, the Audi fleet shuttle Quattro blends easily into the world of the science fiction feature film and combines futuristic design with groundbreaking technology. “The Audi in the movie represents progress and it appears in key scenes that have a lasting impact on the life of the protagonist,” explained Florian Zitzlsperger, responsible for Brand Partnerships at AUDI AG.

“As a result, our Audi becomes part of this fictional world.” “Designing the Audi fleet shuttle quattro was similar to customizing a tailor-made suit. We adapted it to the requirements of the world in ‘Ender’s Game’ and at the same time had to take care to preserve our brand values,” said Frank Rimili, chief designer for the film project. “We were ultimately able to perfectly project our design philosophy into the fictional world of the movie.” Linda McDonough, a producer of “Ender’s Game,” added, “The Audi brand is already very forward thinking which made their inclusion in our film an organic fit.” [source: Audi]

Read the entire article Audi fleet shuttle Quattro sedan will appear in ‘Ender’s Game’ movie

As you may know already, the Ford Mustang celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2014 and in order to mark this event the well-known American muscle car will also be the star in the new Need for Speed movie, produced by DrewmWorks. Inspired by the long-running series of driving video games developed by Electronic Arts, the Mustang will play the role of the hero car driven by the film’s star Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”).

The one-of-the-kind Mustang was created with the help of designers at Ford and features a more aggressive look thanks to a new custom body kit that includes wider fenders, a lowered suspension as well as a new set of 22-inch wheels. Moreover, the fog lamps are new and feature high-tech LED halo lamps around the air intakes.

“We’re thrilled to have Ford play such an important part in a film adapted from one of the most popular video games of all time,” said Keith Koeppen, Ford marketing communications manager. “Mustang has an incredible history appearing in movies and ‘Need for Speed’ will be a great way to continue its hero car legacy.”

Read the entire article Ford Mustang gets the hero car role in the Need For Speed movie

Chevrolet is collaborating with DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. over the latter’s newest feature film – Turbo, which will premier in the United States on July 17, 2013. The collaboration between Chevrolet and DreamWorks includes engaging fans in the US and select international markets and enhancing the film’s racing environment.

The companies’ wide-ranging campaign includes television, print, and online advertising. The campaign will also entail social media push and dealership activations in key markets. As part of the partnership, Chevrolet has built a special real-life replica of a custom Camaro featured in the film.

Chevrolet design consulted with DreamWorks on the animated versions of the Camaro, and of the Chevrolet-powered Indy cars that appeared in Turbo. The film – which features a slow snail named Turbo who dreams of being fast -- marks the first time DreamWorks has collaborated with brands in this manner.

Read the entire article Chevrolet is collaborating with DreamWorks on Turbo animated film

Chrysler Group is hoping that the latest installment of the Fast & Furious film would drive further demand for its Dodge Dart vehicle. Although the Dart doesn’t play any role in Fast & Furious 6, Dodge is hoping that a Fast & Furious-like advertisement and other marketing ties with the action-thriller will lead to people becoming more aware of the compact car.

Since its launch in June 2012, the Dart was not as saleable as it was expected to be, although Dodge was able made a good comeback in April 2013 by posting 8,099 units in sales. The slow start of the Dodge was partly attributed to the fact that early production vehicles were only available in manual transmissions.

According to Dave Sullivan, an analyst at AutoPacific Inc., Dodge was losing around 95 percent of potential Dart sales since it couldn't offer an automatic gearbox for the compact car. The Dodge Dart, which is Chrysler's first compact car since its dropped Neon in 2005, has received generally positive reviews, although some reviewers hit its performance.

Read the entire article Dodge hopes Fast & Furious 6 tie-up leads to higher Dart sales

The anticipation for the comeback of Alfa Romeo in the U.S. builds up more with the delays. Apparently, Alfa Romeo has spent a lot of its time on being featured in several Hollywood movies. In fact, the Giulietta will be seen in the “Fast & Furious 6” movie at one of its signature stunts. The movie opens on May 24 in the U.S. In the “Fast Five” movie, two Dodge Chargers dragged a vault through the streets.

But the stunt for the sixth movie is even more ridiculous. The Giulietta will be disembarking from a cargo plane during takeoff. Notably, these Giuliettas won’t have much alike with the hot hatch models on sale in Europe since they will receive many revisions on their exterior and interior for the movie. A variety of engines will be available for the Euro-spec Giulietta.

These include a 1.4-liter turbocharged Multiair engine and 2.0-liter turbodiesel mated to a six-speed manual transmission. Alfa fans are excited for the launch of the 4C in the U.S. that marks the brand’s comeback. However, it’s not yet known when the Giulietta will make it to the U.S.

Read the entire article Alfa Romeo Giulietta debuts in Fast & Furious 6 movie
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