“It’s a tie between number six and five. I’m leaning toward five. Unbelievable destruction. Fifteen to twenty cars a day. Nonstop.” That’s Dennis McCarthy recalling which movie in the Fast & Furious franchise he’s had to supply the most number of cars for. Dennis is a “picture car coordinator.” Within that innocuous title is perhaps one of the most envious jobs in the car business: Dennis builds vehicles for movies, TV, and commercials. You know, a couple little movies you might have heard of: Batman Begins, The Green Hornet, Man of Steel, Herbie Fully Loaded. Also for the hottest franchise starring cars, Fast & Furious. Not bad for a hot rod builder. Born a gearhead, he began reading car mags at six years old, then opened a hot rod shop called McCarthy Automotive in Burbank, California. But hot rods were never actually the most profitable part of his business. He was also servicing trucks and working on equipment for nearby NBC … [Read more...] about Dennis McCarthy: The Man Behind the Cars of Fast & Furious
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In a definite show of one-upmanship, the Abu Dhabi police force has recently added the limited-run Lykan Hypersport into its fleet of cop cars. The latest acquisition intensifies the ‘war’ going on between the Abu Dhabi and the Dubai police force, which of course has been making the news with its exotic and impressive police fleet vehicles, including a 700 hp and 960 Nm Brabus B63S-700 Widestar as well as the Lamborghini Aventador. Now, Abu Dhabi’s boys in blue (or blue-grey, if you will) has come up trumps with this one, considering that the Hypersport used by the force is one of of only seven units available. The Lykan Hypersport from Lebanese company W Motors, which comes with a US$3.4 million (RM12.5 million) price tag – is powered by a 3.7 litre twin turbo flat-six that was developed by RUF. The mill punches out 759 hp and a neck-breaking 1,000 Nm of twist, which is transferred to the wheels by a six-speed sequential gearbox. It gets up from 0 to 100 km/h … [Read more...] about Lykan Hypersport added to Abu Dhabi’s police fleet
Paul Walker's tragic death in a car accident in late November, one of many persistent questions being posed has centered on how Fast and Furious 7 intends to address the loss of its main character. Walker had reportedly completed most of his dramatic scenes for the upcoming film, but still had more action sequences to finish at the time of his passing.According to CNN, F&F7 filmmakers have invited his brothers, Caleb and Cody, onto the set to fill gaps in action scenes where Walker's character, Brian O'Connor, should appear. The producers plan to use four body doubles for Walker. In post-production, they will have Walker's face and voice overlaid onto them. Fast and Furious 7 was originally scheduled for release this summer, but after production was suspended, it was pushed back until April 10, 2015. The script has reportedly been rewritten to give Brian O'Connor a proper sendoff and shooting recently restarted in Abu Dhabi. … [Read more...] about Paul Walker’s brothers to help finish Fast and Furious 7
tragic death of Paul Walker in a car accident this past weekend has thrown into doubt the future of the wildly popular and profitable Fast and Furious film franchise, a series the late actor and car enthusiast played an enormous role in. Of the six films, Walker took the lead in five, playing Brian O'Connor, a former Los Angeles Police Department detective and FBI agent. Walker was in the middle of filming Fast and Furious 7 when he was killed.The series, which has taken in $2.3 billion worldwide, according to a report by Variety, had been aiming to release its seventh installment on July 11, 2014. And while Universal, the studio responsible for the franchise, has not released a statement officially delaying the film, it remains unclear if the film's producers will still be able to deliver the movie on time with the death of their lead actor.According to a report from The Hollywood Reporter, the film was on hiatus for Thanksgiving when Walker was killed, but was originally … [Read more...] about Is Fast and Furious future in doubt with Paul Walker’s death?
Fast and Furious movie is coming to the Big Apple. It's best we don't ask why.The news comes from the Instagram account of star Vin Diesel. The actor, who has played Dominic Toretto in every film but 2 Fast 2 Furious (he had an uncredited cameo in Tokyo Drift, let's not forget), sent out the image over the weekend showing the film's traditional logo over the New York skyline. The Empire State Building sits at the right side of the image.There's more than a hint about the next film's main location. Diesel continues to claim that the series' ninth installment will land in April of 2017, although this latest bit of news isn't nearly as specific. In April of 2015, Diesel trumpeted a theatrical debut of April 14, 2017, while speaking to attendees at Universal Pictures' CinemaCon. It seems strange to omit the full date in favor of the month when we've known what's up for nearly a year now.It's also interesting to see that Diesel's Instagram simply refers to the movie as Fast 8, which marks … [Read more...] about Vin Diesel hints at Big Apple for Fast and Furious 8
News broke last month that CGI and body doubles would be used to finish the late Paul Walker’s scenes in Fast & Furious 7, and now we know who the stand-ins will be: Walker’s own brothers, Caleb and Cody.“We have resumed shooting and now welcome Paul’s brothers, Caleb and Cody, into our FAST family,” the film’s producers said on Facebook. “Caleb and Cody are helping us complete some remaining action for their brother and fill in small gaps left in production. Having them on set has made us all feel that Paul is with us too.”Fast & Furious 7 to Use CGI, Body Doubles to Complete Paul Walker’s RolePaul Walker, 1973–2013: A Retrospective in Filmic SheetmetalPaul Walker Crash Investigation Concludes, Blame Assigned to “Unsafe” SpeedAn Instagram video posted by costar Ludacris at a shoot in Abu Dhabi showed Cody sporting the same facial hair and hairstyle as Paul did when playing the Brian O’Connor … [Read more...] about Paul Walker’s Brothers to Stand In for Late Actor in Fast & Furious 7