opinion Mike Thompson Detroit Free Press Published 5:34 PM EDT Oct 22, 2018 Follow Mike Thompson on Facebook and Twitter More from Mike Thompson: More on this issue: ►More: Proposal 2 would end politicians' hold on redistricting | Opinion►More: Jennifer Lawrence campaigns for Michigan's Proposal 2►More: Gerrymandering: Election Day is hunting season in Michigan | Thompson … [Read more...] about Michigan anti-gerrymandering ballot proposal in 60 seconds
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If you separate each element of 2001’s Gone In 60 Seconds, they are all bad. But together, they are a symphony of hilarious scenes roughly compiled to space out the explosions and fist fights with random car trivia, making it somewhat relatable and easy to hate watch. (Welcome back to Jalopnik Movie Club, where we take a look at cars in movies and movies about cars, and you write in with all of your hot takes. This week, we’re reviewing Gone In 60 Seconds, a movie about fist fights, explosions and fetishized Mustangs.) There is so much going on in Gone In 60 Seconds I do not know where to begin. The movie itself opens with a musical graphics sequence that is over three minutes long. It’s obvious this movie comes from a pre-streaming-service period of time—where someone would back out of the movie or skip ahead today, Gone In 60 Seconds had the advantage of having you locked in a theater after paying full admission price. This is probably the most car-movie … [Read more...] about Gone In 60 Seconds Is An Insane Automotive Fever Dream
The Ford Mustang that portrayed "Eleanor" in the Gone in 60 Seconds remake (that's the one with Nic Cage) just sold for $1,000,000 at the Mecum Indianapolis auction. Eleanor is just as much a star of the movie as Cage was, and it was considered the object of desire that drove the whole film. Though a number of Mustangs actually portrayed Eleanor throughout filming, the one that sold today was actually the "hero car," used in close-ups, promotional materials, and posters. It was so popular that it rejuvenated the whole resto-modding scene, spawning a number of clones (such as the one pictured above). The modifications to Eleanor are extensive, which as fitting as it was being sold by the original shop that produced it. From Mecum: The builders were able to mock up Eleanor's body pieces on a Mustang using clay and wood. Molds were then made to produce a new fiberglass front end filled with high-powered PIAA driving lights, new fender flares, side skirts and scoops, hood and trunk lid. … [Read more...] about The Mustang From Gone In 60 Seconds Just Sold For $1 Million
Vin Diesel is a very busy man. A movie like Furious 7, his latest 12-cylinder action vehicle, takes the actor around the world in only a few weeks time. During the mega-press tour, Diesel can either be found entertaining crowds or revving up to entertain crowds. There's no rest during blockbuster season. "Ride or die," as Dominic Toretto might say. Advertisement - Continue Reading Below Aware that the star's time is precious, but wanting insight into the real man behind the Fast franchise, Esquire made an economical pitch: one minute with Vin Diesel. 60 seconds, as many questions as we can cram in, answers straight from the gut. The actor agreed. Armed with a list of culturally pressing this-or-that questions, Esquire connected with Diesel over the phone and kicked it into high gear.Logical place to start: The Beatles or The Rolling Stones?Love 'em both.Musical group of choice?Jackson 5.Jackson Five or Michael Jackson's solo discography?Jackson 5.What's your go-to karaoke song?Louis … [Read more...] about Very Fast & Furious: The 60-second Vin Diesel Q&A
The Fusion Motor Company in Chatsworth California, manufactures “Eleanor” Mustangs that mimic the one from Gone in 60 Seconds. It’s safe to say these cars have become one of the most popular movie cars in the world, so much so that “Eleanor” is one of a handful of cars given movie character status. Though it is nothing new to own this piece of tinsel town, Fusion’s appointment as exclusive manufacturer takes these cars to the next level. HistoryYoel Wazana, president of Fusion, was inspired to start building these cars because he was a proud owner of an early Eleanor tribute car. He saw where improvements could be made, but his disappointment with the car ultimately lead to him selling it. “I loved the way it looked, but it had many issues,” said Yoel. “I like the Eleanor concept but wasn’t happy with the execution.”Yoel was later introduced to Denise Halicki through a mutual friend. If the name sounds familiar, she … [Read more...] about Order Your Own Eleanor, Before They’re Gone In 60 Seconds!