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All the Best Parts of the Wild New 'F9' Trailer

The 'F9' trailer has it all: Vin Diesel explodes some stuff, Han returns, Helen Mirren spins a muscle car, the boys maybe head to space, etc., etc., etc.

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As far as we’re concerned, summer 2021 doesn’t start until F9 comes out (currently scheduled, after many delays, for June 25), and barring any more worldwide incidents, we’re getting closer every day to the movie’s release. The first official trailer, which came out a lifetime ago in January 2020, gave us a fan favorite character’s surprise return (cool) and a car swinging around a cliff attached to a disintegrating bridge (VERY cool), but the second trailer, released today, has so much more going on.

In this movie, Dom and Letty get the family together to save the world from Dom’s evil brother (John Cena in the villain role his entire wrestling career prepared him for) who has teamed up with terrifying hacker Cipher (Charlize Theron), the escaped villain from The Fate of the Furious. In other words, it’s going to be the best movie of all time, and we’ve compiled the very best moments from the new trailer to prove it.

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The Tokyo Drift boys popping open some cold ones

It wouldn’t be a Fast & Furious movie without a barbecue for the whole familia (featuring Coronas, naturally), and because F9 is getting the band back together-the WHOLE band-they’ve invited some familiar faces along for the ride. In the trailer, there’s a very quick shot of Bow Wow, Jason Tobin, and Lucas Black clinking bottles, back together again for the first time since The Fast and the Furious: Tokyo Drift. No, YOU’RE getting misty-eyed.

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Paul Walker’s cameo

Speaking of misty-eyed, this franchise never forgets where it came from, and always finds a way to fittingly remember Paul Walker, who had been with the series since the very beginning playing Dom’s brother-in-arms Brian O’Conner until his death in the middle of filming Furious 7.

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Han’s badass return

Universal finally gave the #JusticeforHan movement its due, bringing back a fan favorite character who was unceremoniously and unfairly killed off in the middle of the series. Expert drifter Han (Sung Kang) is back, reintroduced to the series by casually sniping a bunch of bad guys from a rooftop. We cheered.

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Ramsey can’t drive

Megan Ramsey (Nathalie Emmanuel), a very capable hacker, has been with the franchise since Furious 7, but never in the driver’s seat. Now we know why: She never learned how! It’s honestly a very funny gag to have a member of the Fast Fam who can’t drive at all.

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Helen Mirren spinning a purple muscle car

Yes, Helen Mirren is in these movies!! If you recall, she plays Magdalene Shaw, the no-nonsense mother of villain Owen (Luke Evans) and villain-turned-hero Deckard Shaw (Jason Statham). As it turns out, she’s handy behind a wheel, too. Is there anything Helen Mirren can’t do??

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Magnets???

At last, Dom and his buddies have added giant magnets to their arsenal of tricks, and are using them to throw cars through buildings and toss people out of trucks and stuff. I mean, what else are you gonna use magnets for??

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Dom stopping missiles with a car-tank-train thing

If you’ve always wanted to watch Vin Diesel drive an enormous armoured train towards a bunch of missiles and use the train to explode the missiles and leap out of the cab right as it explodes while saying, “Not today,” we have some great news for you.

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Ludacris and Tyrese Gibson in astronaut suits

The Fast series has been toying with the idea of sending Dom’s crew to space for a few years now, and every time someone asks about it they hedge. Are they finally going to do it? Is this why they attached a rocket engine to a car and dropped it out of a plane with Tej and Roman inside wearing what appear to be airtight pressure suits? Are they just toying with our hopes and dreams again or does someone in these movies have a secret space station and the Fast movies are about to get their Moonraker moment? What’s going on here?

Emma Stefansky is a staff entertainment writer at Thrillist. Follow her on Twitter @stefabsky.

Entertainment

Where to Celebrate Lunar New Year 2023 in Australia

And what it means to be in the year of the Rabbit.

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Starting with the new moon on Sunday, January 22, this Lunar New Year ushers in the year of the Rabbit. We’ve put together a guide on celebrating the Lunar New Year in Australia.

What is special about the year of the Rabbit?

As you might know, each year has an animal sign in the Chinese Zodiac, which is based on the moon and has a 12-year cycle. This year, we celebrate the year of the rabbit, known to be the luckiest out of all twelve animals. It symbolises mercy, elegance, and beauty.

What celebrations are taking place and how can I get involved?

There are plenty of festivals happening all around the country which you can get involved with. Here they are per state.

New South Wales

Darling Harbour Fireworks
When: Every year, Sydney puts on a fireworks show, and this year, you can catch it on January 28 and February 4 at 9 pm in Darling Harbour.

Dragon Boat Races
When: Witness three days of dragon boat races and entertainment on Cockle Bay to usher in the Lunar New Year. The races will commence on January 27 and finish on January 29.

Lion Dances
When: Catch a traditional Lion Dance moving to the beat of a vigorous drum bringing good luck and fortune for the Lunar New Year. The dance performances will happen across Darling Harbour on Saturday, January 21, Sunday, January 22, and Sunday, February 4 and 5, around 6 pm and 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at Cirrus Dining
When: Barangaroo’s waterfront seafood restaurant, Cirrus, is celebrating the Year of the Rabbit with a special feast menu. Cirrus’ LNY menu is $128pp with optional wine pairing and is available from Saturday, January 21, to Sunday, February 5.

Auntie Philter
When: Hello Auntie’s owner and executive chef, Cuong Nguyen will be dishing out some of the most classic Vietnamese street foods with his mum, Linda. All of Philter’s favourites will be on offer, as well as Raspberry Pash Beer Slushies and other cocktails being served at the Philter Brewing rooftop bar on Sunday, January 22 and Sunday, January 29.

Victoria

Lunar New Year Festival
When: Ring in the Lunar New Year with food, music, arts, and more on Sunday, January 22, from 10 am to 9 pm.

Lunar New Year at the National Gallery of Victoria
When: Celebrate the year of the rabbit at the National Gallery of Victoria’s festival of art, food, and art-making activities for everyone from 10 am-5 pm.

Queensland

BriAsia Festival
When: From February 1-19, Brisbane will come alive with performances, including lion dances and martial arts displays. There will be street food, workshops, comedy and more.

South Australia

Chinatown Adelaide Street Party
When: Adelaide is set to hose a fun-filled day celebrating the Chinese New Year on Saturday, January 28, from 12 pm to 9 pm.

Western Australia

Crown Perth
When: Across January and February, Crown Perth hosts free live entertainment, including colourful lion dances, roving mascots, and drumming performances. The restaurants will also throw banquets and menus dedicated to the Lunar New Year.

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