Bumblebee returns as a VW Beetle in new Transformers movie trailer

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Prequel wants to restore franchise before Hasbro-toy-universe reboot.

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Overdrive is a car heist film of multi-million dollar proportions

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It's like Gone in 60 Seconds meets The Fast and the Furious.

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Meet the man behind the cars of Fast and Furious 7

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Fast & Furious 7 video

After seeing the recently released trailer, we're sure many are looking forward to the mindless automotive excitement that Fast & Furious 7 promises. The film looks to be going to even crazier extremes in this seventh installation of the franchise, with cars parachuting out of planes, a bus bristling with guns and Jason Statham beating people up. However, the movie doesn't hit theaters until April 3, 2015. That's a bit of a wait, but thankfully a video from Mighty Car Mods is giving us a taste of what to expect by going behind the scenes with the man in charge of building vehicles for the series.

The true highlight of this video happens with we're taken along on a visit to the movie's car coordinator, Dennis McCarthy, where we learn the secrets behind these custom vehicles. For example, McCarthy specs many of the models in the film with a standardized, 500-horsepower drivetrain. Not only does it provide plenty of power, but the uniform solution probably makes them easier to repair on set, too.

Check out the video for a sneak peek at some of the cool cars being featured in next-year's installment of the action franchise, and get the inside scoop on some behind-the-scenes production stories about how the work gets done.

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Meet the man behind the cars of Fast and Furious 7

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Fast & Furious 7 video

After seeing the recently released trailer, we're sure many are looking forward to the mindless automotive excitement that Fast & Furious 7 promises. The film looks to be going to even crazier extremes in this seventh installation of the franchise, with cars parachuting out of planes, a bus bristling with guns and Jason Statham beating people up. However, the movie doesn't hit theaters until April 3, 2015. That's a bit of a wait, but thankfully a video from Mighty Car Mods is giving us a taste of what to expect by going behind the scenes with the man in charge of building vehicles for the series.

The true highlight of this video happens with we're taken along on a visit to the movie's car coordinator, Dennis McCarthy, where we learn the secrets behind these custom vehicles. For example, McCarthy specs many of the models in the film with a standardized, 500-horsepower drivetrain. Not only does it provide plenty of power, but the uniform solution probably makes them easier to repair on set, too.

Check out the video for a sneak peek at some of the cool cars being featured in next-year's installment of the action franchise, and get the inside scoop on some behind-the-scenes production stories about how the work gets done.

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Harley-Davidson ‘Captain America’ bike from Easy Rider nets $1.35M at auction

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Easy Rider Captain America Motorcycle

The famous, custom Harley-Davidson motorcycle nicknamed Captain America from the '60s classic Easy Rider sold for $1.35 million at auction on October 18, or just over $1.6 million after applicable fees. That was a new record price ever paid for a cycle, according to Hemmings, and It handily beat auction house Profiles in History's original estimate of as much as $1.2 million. However, a revelation about a possible problem with the bike's authenticity came to light just before the sale that could have been fit for a movie itself.

Part of Captain America's allure was that there was supposedly just one left. A total of four motorcycles were reportedly made for the movie - two each for Peter Fonda and Dennis Hopper's characters. One of those was crashed in the film's finale, and the three others were allegedly stolen prior to the premiere. Future Grizzly Adams star Dan Haggerty worked on the set as a mechanic and was given the wrecked cycle at the end of production. He restored it and sold Captain America years later. Memorabilia collector Michael Eisenberg was the last owner and put the bike up for this action.

A recent report from The Los Angeles Times found a possible issue with that story because Haggerty sold a different Captain America in 1996, and he claimed that motorcycle was the genuine article. To be clear, this wasn't the bike that just sold for $1.35 million. When asked, Haggerty told the newspaper that the original authentication was a "mistake", and the latest sale was for the real one.

The LA Times also spoke with Fonda to try to unravel things. He had previously authenticated the just-auctioned Captain America but now regrets it. At the time, he didn't know about the earlier sale. Fonda's not sure which one is real.

Unfortunately, really figuring things out might not be so easy. Like Eisenberg told The LA Times, "Dan Haggerty is the only guy who knows."

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Cameron’s iconic house from Ferris Bueller’s Day Off is for sale. Again.

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Cameron Frye's garage from Ferris Bueller's Day Off - real estate listing

We can't fathom why somebody didn't swoop up this famous house in Highland Park, Illinois, when it was first offered for sale in 2009, and again in 2011 - especially considering its role in the hit 1986 film Ferris Bueller's Day Off. But if shoppers were holding off due to the price, it's time for them to take another look: since 2009, the home on 370 Beech St. has dropped from $2.3 million to $1.65 million, and now, to $1.5 million.

The Chicago-area home, which was Ferris Bueller's friend Cameron Frye's house in the movie, has four bedrooms, glass walls, and was built by notable architect A. James Speyer in 1953. The detached garage, an add-on built in the 1970s where the owner stored his classic cars, is also where Cameron sent his dad's 1961 Ferrari 250 GT California Spyder plummeting to its death into the ravine behind it. (Don't worry, the car was actually a replica made with MG underpinnings - not one of the 55 examples ever made).

Now, with that price reduction, perhaps the future owner will have a bit of money left over to rehab the kitchen stage a reenactment of the famous scene - with a Ferrari replica, of course.

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1930 Studebaker promo film is trippy

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The conductor and orchestra - and the chap who's tap-dancing on the rear fender - are life sized. The Studebaker they're having a ball in and on, however, is ginormous; it's a massive wooden prop for a promo film from 1930 called Wild Flowers, and a wonderfully cheesy reminder of the lives our grandparents and great grandparents considered everyday.

Our favorite alternate title for this bit is "The swellest dream about the biggest car you ever saw," and it's got quite the backstory. It was directed by prolific filmmaker Alf Goulding, shot at the Studebaker Proving Ground near the Studebaker sign that was made of 50,000 trees, starred Jean Goldkette and his Studebaker Champion Orchestra (in their pit-lane whites, as always) that began life as a radio show, played in RKO theaters nationwide and was called "One of the cleverest" promos of its type at the time. We can only wonder what they'd think of how cars are advertised in movies today...

A copy of the short was given to the Library of Congress about ten years ago, but you can relive this month in 1930 in the video below. The shakiness clears up at the 1:20 mark, but the audio is straight from 83 years ago.

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Cʼétait un Rendezvous coming to Blu-ray [w/video]

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Claude LeLouch's C'etait un Rendezvous - video screencap

French director Claude LeLouch made a film called C'etait un Rendezvous that featured a car being driven through the streets of Paris at dawn, by someone who would not stop for any reason - not lights, not cars, nothing. And the whole thing was done in one take. When it was shown in 1976 the public outrage caused it to be banned. Those are the facts. The rest, 36 years later - since LeLouch wouldn't ever reveal who drove or what he (or she) was driving - is still myth, legend and Wikipedia supposition.

The mythology is still so potent that a search on YouTube will bring up the movie itself, the making of, and a ton of videos about the movie or made in homage to it, like this one by Lamborghini. Fitting that it is no longer relegated to the small screen with a Blu-ray release courtesy of the UK's Spirit Level Film.

The launch of the home version is accompanied by a contest that will see someone getting a Ferrari for a weekend and a driving club membership. If you watch it, you'll find the film itself is almost just as entertaining, and Hunger TV has a longer piece on its background. There's a trailer for it just below along with a press release announcing the Blu-ray edition.

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New Tom Cruise Jack Reacher trailer features Chevelle SS

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Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher in busted-up Chevrolet Chevelle SS

Lee Child’s novels about the fictional former military MP Jack Reacher are ready to hit the odeon, and they’ll be coming with Tom Cruise as the title character. We should know by now better than to compare movies to their source books, and this looks like another reason not to: the literary Reacher is six-foot, five-inch, 210-250 pounds, the 50-year-old Cruise… isn’t. Reacher likes silence, Cruise likes the pithy line; Reacher isn’t a good runner, Cruise will undoubtedly showcase his sprinting skills.

One difference that might work out for us, though, is that whereas Jack Reacher doesn’t have a driver’s license and isn’t a very good driver in the books – he hitchhikes or takes a bus to the action, mostly – Cruise’s take drives a sweetly red Chevrolet Chevelle SS, and judging by this just-released trailer, he does so through anything and anyone. Scroll down to watch Cruise and the prominently featured Chevy muscle car.

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