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Tantamount to the automotive Antichrist, Fast and Furious movies discourage car knowledge faster than huffing exhaust fumes. But hey, there are always cool cars to ogle.
Love it or hate it the Fast & Furious franchise is a moneymaking machine that gets fans and boy racers out the theatres in droves.
“With the success of this last one and the inclusion of so many characters and the broadening of scope, when we were sitting down to figure out what would fit into the real estate of number six, we didn’t have enough space,” Diesel said in an interview with The Hollywood Reporter.
If you enjoy these movies, there’s good news in the works: the seventh installment is being developed alongside the sixth according to star Vin Diesel. It might seem cocksure, or even foolish but for NBC Universal the Fast & Furious movies are like a free ATM. Fast Five dumped a whopping $626 million into their coffers at the box office alone.
According to Diesel, screen writer Chris Morgan is writing the films simultaneously in anticipation of Justin Lin directing both and having all major cast members available for filming. There’s a chance that the movies may be shot simultaneously, taking cues from Peter Jackson’s strategy with the Lord of the Rings movies to concentrate production assets.
The same strategy was discussed during pre-production for Fast Five, though nothing came of it, so maybe this is just more of the same. The sixth release is currently expected to hit theaters in May, 2013. Despite the deepening plot lines and growing host of characters, expect more of the same old high-octane action and roaring car chases the films are known for.
If you thought the fifth installment of the Fast & Furious movie franchise was the end, you were mistaken… twice. While the closing credits for the film left an obvious opening for a sixth movie, now comes word that Universal Pictures is planning a seventh as well, which is to be shot at the same time as the sixth flick, with both taking place in Europe.
In addition, rumors are swirling that action star Jason Statham (a man often seen behind the wheel of an Audi in the Transporter movie series) could be joining the cast for both movies.
Having dealt with American muscle and Japanese imports, is it finally time for the Fast & Furious cast to hit the Nurburgring in a Porsche GT3 or BMW M5? Once can only hope.
Provided you haven’t illegally torrented the movie, those of you in trendy cities such as Austin, Palo Alto or Cambridge can pop on down to your local independent theater and watch the Sundance-winning biopic. Remember, support your local businesses!
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Controversial British actor/comedian Sacha Baron Cohen, best known for playing Ali G, Borat and gay fashionista ‘Bruno,’ is at it again, this time playing the roll of a would be middle-eastern despot in his new film ‘The Dictator.’
The script is said to be loosely based on a book written by the late Saddam Hussein entitled ‘Zabibah and the King,’ in which a beautiful woman, a commoner is raped by her evil husband, essentially a reference to the invasion of Iraq by the United States.
What’s this got to do with cars you might ask? Well, for some reason, The Dictator takes place in New York, where Cohen’s character will challenge four blue Lamborghini’s to a race with, of all things, a camel. (Sounds like an episode of Top Gear).
Not only that, but every dictator worth his madness needs an appropriate form of motorized transport and Cohen will also ride around in a custom built, completely over-the-top Dartz SUV. Dartz is the crazy RussianaAutomaker responsible for building an armored 4 x 4 with whale penis leather interior. For the movie, Dartz will reportedly supply one that’s entirely coated in gold, from the wheels to the seats, which are said to be from Boris Yeltsin’s plane.
Of course, as a Cohen creation, expect “The Dictator” to be nothing less than a rude, vulgar, controversial and in some aspects an extremely funny film. Information gleaned from Paramount Pictures describing it as “the heroic story of a dictator who risked his life to ensure that democracy would never come to the country he so lovingly oppressed.” It opens in May 2012.
The Fast and the Furious has attained cult status amongst car guys for its horrific dialogue, cheese-ball action scenes and technical inaccuracy. The subsequent follow-ups were never met with the same fanfare, but the fifth installment, titled Fast Five might be able to bring back some of the magic, with the return of Vin Diesel as Dominic Toretto.
While the first trailer aired in December, 2010, this one features more action-packed hijinks, boiled-over testosterone and big explosions. Hit the jump to take a look.
For those that grew up in the 1960s, the TV series the Green Hornet, probably rings a bell. The superhero’s whip, a modified 1966 Imperial Crown sedan, dubbed ‘Black Beauty‘ has since become one of the most famous TV cars of all time. An updated version of ‘Black Beauty’ (still based on a mid-1960s Imperial Crown however), has been created for a new feature length remake of the series to be aired in 2011 and starring Seth Rogen.
That car will be on display at the 2010 SEMA show, as part of Royal Purple’s display, along with Courtney Hansen, of Overhaulin’ fame and Spike’s Power Block TV.
At the show, Royal Purple; in addition to its well known synthetic oils, will be showcasing its own antifreeze additive, dubbed Purple Ice. The company claims that it reduces surface tension of radiator fluids for heat transfer. No doubt it keeps Black Beauty running in top form so the Hornet and trusty wheelman Kato can catch the bad guys and keep our streets safe.
[Source: Royal Purple]