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Paul Walker tribute: Universal and the ‘Fast and Furious’ cast and crew pay homage to the recently deceased actor (photo: Paul Walker in ‘Fast & Furious 6′) The Tribute to Paul Walker put out by Universal Pictures’ "Fast & Furious" YouTube account, will likely please fans of the movie franchise — clearly the video’s target audience. Walker died at the age of 40 on November 30, 2013, in a car crash in the town of Santa Clarita, located in the northern outskirts of Los Angeles County. Walker’s friend and business partner, 38-year-old former Porsche racing-car driver Roger Rodas, who was at the wheel, was also killed in the accident. Check out the Paul Walker Tribute below. Now, of course, the Paul Walker Tribute also happens to be a The Fast and the Furious tribute, as no other Paul Walker movie is shown in the two-minute clip. Walker, playing former cop Brian O’Conner, was »
- Anna Robinson
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 5 Dec 2013 - 06:54
Our voyage through history's underappreciated films arrives at the year 2001, and a vintage year for lesser-seen gems...
Stanley Kubrick and Arthur C Clarke may have seen 2001 as the year we'd head off to meet alien intelligences in the depths of space, but in reality, its cinematic landscape was dominated by fantasy rather than extra-terrestrials. Rowling and Tolkien dominated the box office, with Harry Potter And The Philosopher's Stone and The Fellowship Of The Ring earning almost $1bn each, while Monsters, Inc and Shrek thrilled old and young audiences alike.
At the other end of the spectrum of success, 2001 was such a vintage year for movies that we had to whittle our usual selection of 25 films down from an initial selection of more than 40. This is why the decision was made - with heavy heart - to exclude some of our favourite films, »
Yesterday, we reported the tragic news that beloved actor Paul Walker passed away at the age of 40, after a horrific car crash in Valencia, California. While Hollywood morns the loss of this talented man, his work will be remembered and loved for ages. Although he was best known for his work in The Fast and the Furious franchise, he shined in a number of other films before, during and after that popular series. Here are our eight favorite roles that Paul Walker gave to the world.
Before becoming fast and furious as Brian O'Conner, Paul Walker shined as high school hero Skip Martin in this 1998 Gary Ross classic. The story centers on two siblings (Tobey Maguire and Reese Witherspoon) who are mysteriously transported inside a classic television series that is set in an idyllic small town, where everything is sunny side up. This role showed Paul Walker's true potential as a leading man, »
Paul Walker’s costars can’t say enough great things about the actor, who passed away tragically on Nov. 30 in a fiery car crash in Santa Clarita, Cali. Paul, 40, touched many hearts during his career.
Whether acting with him in one film or in an entire franchise, Paul Walker‘s costars are completely heartbroken by his death. The actor was leaving his charity event with a friend when the driver lost control of the Porsche Gt, crashing into a tree, killing both Paul and the driver. Below, read the heartfelt messages from his costars.
Costars React To Paul Walker’s Death
Less than 24 hours after Paul tragically died, co-star Tyrese Gibson visited the crash site, where he immediately broke down in tears. The actor could not contain himself as he left a few flowers for his fallen co-star and then walked away stoically.
Vin Diesel meanwhile, is “inconsolable,” a friend told HollywoodLife. »
- Emily Longeretta
This age of social media has made the reaction to Paul Walker's death almost strangely instantaneous. The 40-year-old actor was killed in a car accident Saturday afternoon. That night shocked reactions were heard from friends and former co-stars such as Vin Diesel, Ludacris, Tyrese and Joshua Jackson among others. Some are now finally able to speak about the "Fast and Furious" franchise star and noted humanitarian. Jordana Brewster, who played Walker's onscreen love interest in four "Fast" movies, had a touching reaction Sunday morning. Paul was pure light. I cannot believe he is gone. — Jordana Brewster (@JordanaBrewster) December 1, 2013 Lin, who »
- Gregory Ellwood
The first time audiences really set their eyes on Paul Walker was in the 1998 dramedy “Pleasantville,” about two siblings (Reese Witherspoon and Tobey Maguire) transported inside a 1950s sitcom. The world they encounter is a cookie-cutter, black-and-white suburb straight out of “The Donna Reed Show,” and Walker played the handsome high school love interest for Witherspoon. With his hair slicked back and Ken doll dimples, Walker, 24 at the time, brought to mind a young Tab Hunter. His character was meant to be a squeaky-clean boy next door, but he didn’t stay that way. On a drive-in movie theater date, Witherspoon lunges at him and he experiences a sexual awakening.
Walker, who died on Saturday at 40 in a car crash in Valencia, Calif., was the dreamboat of choice for a generation of girls (and some boys) raised on “Saved by the Bell” and the WB Network. It’s no coincidence »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Paul Walker, who died in a car crash on Saturday afternoon in Valencia, Calif., was best known for his roles in The Fast and the Furious films, but there were so many in Hollywood who knew him as more than the franchise's Brian O'Conner. Friends and colleagues flooded Twitter with tributes to the father of one, who got his start as a child actor in commercials and went on to make appearances in shows like Charles in Charge, Who's the Boss and The Young and the Restless. "My heart is hurting so bad no one can make me believe this is real, »
- K.C. Blumm
The festive Thanksgiving energy was palpable this week as our favorite stars geared up to celebrate the holiday. Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson soaked up the sun on an escapade to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico, while Jessica Simpson made a family trip out of a promotional stop for her fashion line in her home state of Texas. Meanwhile, pop princess Taylor Swift performed with real royalty, joining Prince William on stage at a benefit in London, and Angelina Jolie stepped out with her children for a wholesome break from her latest project. Check out all that and more in this week's best shots! View Slideshow › »
- Nick Maslow
Diane Kruger may be known for her high-fashion style, but in some cases...less is more. Joshua Jackson's longtime love was a vision in a skimpy black bandeau top and green bikini bottoms as the two lounged poolside yesterday while vacationing in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The German-born star of The Bridge, which has been renewed for a second season by FX, protected her fair complexion from the sun with sunglasses and her guy's fedora (or they have matching hats, because each was photographed wearing it) as they sipped glasses of white wine and enjoyed their time off. And—good for them—a bottle of sunscreen was visible on the table next to their lounge chairs. Jackson was no »
Hot holiday getaway! Diane Kruger and boyfriend Joshua Jackson escaped to Cabo San Lucas, Mexico this year to celebrate Thanksgiving. The couple of seven years were photographed relaxing poolside and showing off their hot bodies on Tuesday, Nov. 26. Kruger flaunted her slim physique in a strapless black bikini top and bright green bikini bottoms. The 37-year-old actress, who was born and raised in Germany, sipped on a glass of wine while chatting with Jackson, who went for a dip in the pool. The 35-year-old Fringe alum [...] »
Diane Kruger and Joshua Jackson got a head start on their holiday travels today, when they popped up poolside in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. The couple enjoyed cold drinks as they lounged under umbrellas and dipped in the pool. Josh and Diane got away to Mexico over the Thanksgiving holiday last year and visited the sunny locale following New Year's 2011 as well. It looks like Cabo has quickly become one of their go-to destinations, along with La and Paris, where they split most of their time. For more snaps of Diane and Josh's getaway, keep reading. »
- Lauren Turner
Read our appreciation of Steven Soderbergh’s Ocean’s Eleven here.
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“How old do you think I am?”
Ocean’s Twelve has a reputation that will always precede it; some have called it an anti-sequel, and publications like Entertainment Weekly have dubbed it one of the worst sequels of all time. Though both reactions are, perhaps, understandable, neither is remotely accurate. Ocean’s Twelve is an inherently self-aware sequel, possibly the most self-aware follow-up in modern history. What Steven Soderbergh, screenwriter George Nolfi (whose original script, Honor Among Thieves, was completely unrelated to Ocean’s Eleven and was sold initially before that remake had been released), and the slightly larger-than-before ensemble cast did was make a sequel to a critically and commercially lauded caper film that was wholly cognizant of the fact that it was a sequel to a critically and commercially lauded caper film. Ocean’s Twelve toys with audience expectations, »
- Josh Spiegel
Feature Rob Kemp 15 Nov 2013 - 07:00
Most would agree, Jj Abrams has had a successful career which has gone from strength to strength. Undoubtedly, Star Wars now offers an opportunity for him to reach a creative zenith, but represents also his largest risk. His stylistic choices may not be to everyone’s tastes and he himself admits that there are elements over which he has an obsession (lens flares & secrecy) but these are still a matter of personal taste (I’m ambivalent over the former, and truly appreciate the latter). All that aside, outside his burgeoning film directing career, as an executive producer Abrams has been responsible for an incredible amount of television in a very small space of time. »
Movie stars, as we know them, are not so much dead in 2013 as much as they’re no longer making movies. Celebrity has stretched far beyond film or television; people become famous now without having accomplished much of anything, just for being at the right place at the right time, or tweeting out the right scandalous photo to set afire the comments sections at TMZ or Perez Hilton. Though movies cost more than they used to—both to make and to partake—they are less frequently headlined by a man or woman whose very presence ensures bankability. A handful of movie stars remain, yet even someone like Robert Downey, Jr. can only guarantee a movie will make back its profit and then some when he’s donned his Iron Man suit.
The closest Western society has to movie stars these days don’t make movies that gross hundreds of millions »
- Josh Spiegel
Given the number of characters in the Star Trek franchise, it can come as no surprise that a vast number of actors have been considered for roles at one point or another. Because of certain castings, entire characters have been re-written to fit their new actors. In fact, I’m pretty sure that with the exception of Enterprise, the producers have had an actor in mind for the Captain of each Star Trek series and subsequently went with someone else. A couple of these are documented in this list, but for example, Alexander Siddig (then going by the name of Siddig El-Fadil) was actually the first choice actor to play Commander Benjamin Sisko on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine. It was only when they decided he was too young that they offered him the part of Doctor Julian Bashir and started looking for a new leading man.
Some of these »
- Brian Chapman
I hope this is as good as it sounds on paper.
It would be a big deal if George Romero would be involved in The Walking Dead so, naturally, the show has tried to get him involved for an episode or two. So far, he’s refused because he’s been disappointed in the drama explaining, “… it’s just a soap opera with a zombie occasionally. I always used the zombie as a character for satire or a political criticism.”
Remember The Skulls, the »
- Lyle Masaki
After producing numerous Presidents, Supreme Court justices, prominent Cabinet members, and various magnates and moguls, Yale’s secretive Skull And Bones society has at last been tapped to join the elite of ABC’s “powerful woman” dramas. The network is developing a new series titled The Order (likely because The Skulls was already taken by that Joshua Jackson movie), about a female student’s initiation into the shrouded-in-mystery-and-constant-attention organization, and that same woman 10 years later, now an FBI agent tasked with investigating it. The show, based on Alexandra Robbins’ non-fiction exposé The Secrets Of The Tomb, will alternate between »
You know, the Yale secret society that all Bushes belonged to. (Maybe you remember it from the 2000 Joshua Jackson film The Skulls?) Anyway, ABC is developing The Order, a drama based on Alexandra Robbins's The Secrets of the Tomb: Skull and Bones, the Ivy League and the Hidden Paths of Power — except the series will be about a woman (that's allowed now) initiate who grows up to be an FBI officer and has to investigate her own society. They'll show the college stuff, too; they're not dumb. »
- Amanda Dobbins
Hollywood fundraisers can sometimes spark moments of cognitive dissonance, but despite some elaborate nightclub trappings — including a burlesque dancer on a swing and some Vegas-style bottle-service booths — Oct. 24’s Blue Jean Ball in support of Autism Speaks nonetheless managed to get its message across.
Held at Hollywood’s Boulevard 3, the event saw Michael Chiklis work up a heavy sweat auctioning off items for the org, videos and speeches underlined the foundation’s four pillars of activism and the alarming spread of the disorder, which now affects one out of every 88 children, and honoree Chuck Saftler (COO of FX Networks) spoke movingly of his teenage son Jackson’s struggle with autism spectrum.
While Dave Grohl, Rick Springfield, the White Buffalo and Ryan Bingham offered acoustic sets – “you all seem awfully busy,” Bingham noted to the audience whose accumulated conversations often drowned out his music – some serious funds were raised from a »
- Andrew Barker
"I see myself raising kids there (in Paris). I would love that, having little French babies in Bonpoint," femalefirst.co.uk quoted the 37-year-old as saying.
The model, who has been dating Jackson since 2006, recently started wearing a band on her ring finger on her left hand. This has been interpreted as a symbol of her commitment to Jackson.
- Arun Pandit
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