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Paul Walker’s death two years ago in a car wreck has had repercussions that reverberated through the entertainment world. Furious 7, released after his death, served as a tribute to the film star. And last week, German car maker Porsche attempted to have a wrongful death lawsuit dismissed, on grounds that the accident was solely the […]
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- Matthew Enright
Nearly two years after Paul Walker's tragic death, his daughter, Meadow Walker, is still fighting for justice. In September, the 16-year-old filed a wrongful death lawsuit against Porsche, the company that made the car that Paul and his friend Roger Rodas were driving when they crashed in November 2013. In the lawsuit, Meadow's lawyers claim that her father would still be alive if the company had installed proper safety features in the car. It also claims that Porsche knew that the specific car Paul had been in "had a history of instability and control issues." The company, however, reportedly "failed to install its electronic stability control system," which is "specifically designed to protect against the swerving actions inherent in hyper-sensitive vehicles of this type." Meadow's lawyers are also claiming that a "defective" seat belt design kept Paul trapped in the car, preventing him from escaping the vehicle once it caught on fire. »
- Caitlin Hacker
With the announcement that the Fast and the Furious franchise will be getting a shared universe à la Star Wars and the Marvel films, it's time to start placing bets on which characters will get their own films (Han Lue, obviously) and which characters we are never, ever going to hear from again in our lives (Twinkie). Assuming that spinoffs will include sequels and prequels, let's take a look at the major players in the Fast franchise and see who might get behind the wheel of their own movie someday. Mia Toretto (Jordana Brewster): 1,000:1 Mia literally exists as a plot device. First, she created tension between Dom (Vin Diesel) and Brian (Paul Walker). Then, when they became friends, she was always in danger to give Brian motivation to go through with his missions. She was such an afterthought in Furious 7 that no one will remember she exists »
- Ira Madison III
Porsche is not taking a lawsuit against them for the death of Paul Walker lightly. Attorneys for the car company are stating that The Fast and the Furious actor is responsible for his own death in a car crash that happened over Thanksgiving weekend 2013. They claim that Paul Walker knew full well the risks of driving shotgun in the 2005 Carrera Gt that took his life. And they assert that he conducted himself in a manner that ultimately led to his death nearly two years ago.
Lawyers for Porsche filed documents this past Thursday placing all of the blame on the 40-year-old Paul Walker. The actor had been sitting next to his longtime friend Roger Rodas, who was driving the 2005 Porsche Carrera Gt when it crashed on November 30, 2013. Rodas was traveling at what is considered an unsafe speed, going 90 miles an hour before he slammed into trees and a concrete street light. »
Jeff Shell may be one of the most powerful executives in the movie business, but in cliquish Hollywood, he remains something of an outsider. And, for the studio he heads, that’s proven to be a good thing.
Because Shell spent most of his career in television, climbing up the ranks of conglomerates like Comcast and Fox, the industry reaction in 2013 to his appointment as chairman of Universal Filmed Entertainment Group was, “Jeff who?” “I had zero experience,” says the 50-year-old executive, in his first sit-down interview since taking the job. “I didn’t really know the movie business at all, and I have to say, it is the hardest business I’ve ever worked in.”
Art Streiber for Variety; Grooming: Juanita Lyon at Fr8me Management
- Brent Lang
Universal is having a banner year in terms of box office, but will that translate into awards?
It’s too early for definitive statements, but the success of the Universal slate means people have seen and liked the studio’s films — and, contrary to public opinion, awards voters are human. The studio has two Oscar best-picture possibilities in “Straight Outta Compton” and “Steve Jobs,” and has at least eight other films with awards potential in various categories.
Here’s an overview of U’s films.
In light of Ferguson and other uprisings, “Compton” is one of the timeliest films of the year. With a budget under $30 million and a box office of $200 million and counting, it is also a mega-hit. As a bonus, awards voters are still buzzing about the movie, »
- Tim Gray
Ron Meyer has guided Universal’s film operations for 21 years, through six different parent companies, and was promoted to vice chairman of NBCUniversal in 2013. He talks with Variety about responding to the tragic death of Paul Walker, the threat of piracy and his future at the studio.
How is Comcast as an owner?
They’re completely invested in us. With the other owners, we’ve always been for sale. There were good things they contributed, but because they weren’t willing to make that same kind of commitment, it always impacted long-term thinking.
What’s the biggest issue the movie business faces?
Piracy costs are a major issue. There are a lot of initiatives and a lot of people exploring ways to combat it, but we’re not far enough along. You’ve got to do everything you can to let consumers know that people’s livelihoods are impacted by this. »
- Brent Lang
At some studios, executives — even on the production side — are locked in perpetual “Game of Thrones,” jockeying for influence within the studio.
Universal’s production, post and vfx team, though, prides itself on the camaraderie.
“We have a very close-knit team,” says Jeff Laplante, the studio’s head of physical production. He says his own physical production office, the post-production office headed by executive VP Greig McRitchie and the visual-effects unit led by executive VP Jennifer Bell work especially closely, along with music and production finance. “We all get together at least twice a week to kind of talk about what’s going on, what issues have come up. And we’re all about communicating.” Pictured above is McRitchie, Bell and Laplante.
Visual effects have become so important that Bell, like Laplante, reports directly to studio chairman Donna Langley. McRitchie reports to Laplante.
“We look out for each other,” says Bell. »
- David S. Cohen
2015 was a year to remember for Universal Pictures, both at the box office and, more unusually, on the pop charts. With “Straight Outta Compton” and “Pitch Perfect 2” dominating cinemas while driving music sales all the while, the studio was responsible for the two biggest music-driven films of the year. And that harmony extended throughout the slate, with “Furious 7” and “50 Shades of Grey,” which notched three Top 10 pop hits between them.
Behind all of these projects was Mike Knobloch, Universal’s president of film music and publishing. The exec says the studio’s emphasis on music has been palpable since he came on as one of Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley’s earliest hires when she was named in 2009.
“Culturally, under Donna’s leadership, music has always been high on the food chain,” Knobloch says. “Everything from ‘Mamma Mia’ and ‘Les Miz’ to ‘Straight Outta Compton’ and ‘Pitch Perfect’ and music-driven non-musicals like ‘50 Shades. »
- Andrew Barker
On Today's Show Kim & Kanye Visit Lamar in the Hospital Porsche is Blaming Paul Walker for His Death Charlie Sheen's Doctor Has an O.J. Connection Ronda Rousey Resurfaces Skype Us Tmztvshow Tweet Us Tweet to @Tmzlive Read more »
- TMZ Staff
Variety reports that Universal Pictures is developing spinoffs and prequels based on the characters of the "Fast & Furious" franchise.
"We've been playing with it for a long time. It's a very rich property and we're committed to treating it with a lot of class."
"We're certainly in conversations about how we can expand the franchise now. It's an ensemble cast and there's room to bring characters in and out."
"Straight Outta Compton" director F. Gary Gray recently signed on to helm the latest installment, "Furious 8", which will be the first film in a new trilogy which Universal and Diesel will focus on first. Gray and »
- J.B. Casas
Porshe is hitting back at the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Meadow Walker, the teenage daughter of the late Paul Walker, who is suing the automaker for negligence in its design of the vehicle in which her father was killed. According to the automaker, Paul Walker was intimately familiar with the car and knew the risks it posed -- and therefore could be considered partially responsible for his own death.
TMZ shared Porshe's court filing -- the company's official answer to Meadow Walker's suit -- on Monday, which stated that Paul Walker was "a knowledgeable and sophisticated user of the 2005 Carrera Gt." As such, the site said, Porsche maintains that Walker "should not have allowed or participated in a high-speed ride under the conditions that existed."
"Porsche also takes issue with allegations that the car's design was defective," TMZ wrote of the filing. "The car company says 'the subject 2005 Carrera »
- Katie Roberts
A rep for Meadow Walker tells TMZ, "It is beyond regrettable that Porsche is trying to deflect its own responsibility by blaming the victim -- Paul Walker -- for his own death by getting into the passenger seat of its Carrera Gt. Contrary to Porsche's assertions, the facts are clear: Paul was the passenger in a car that was not designed to protect its occupants, in a crash on a dry, empty straightaway in broad »
- TMZ Staff
In very unsurprising news, Universal has confirmed, via Variety, that it is looking to produce spin-off from its very profitable Fast and Furious franchise. Furious 7 is currently the second highest-grossing movie of the year so far, and Universal are looking to capitalise on its success by making new movies, featuring stories revolving around the various characters seen across the seven films.
“We’ve written out story lines for various characters,” said star Vin Diesel to the trade. “We’ve been playing with it for a long time. It’s a very rich property and we’re committed to treating it with a lot of class.”
Universal Pictures Chairman Donna Langley also added: “We’re certainly in conversations about how we can expand the franchise now,” said Langley. “It’s an ensemble cast and there’s room to bring characters in and out.”
The trade doesn’t mention which characters »
- Paul Heath
Car maker seeks to dismiss wrongful death lawsuit filed by late Fast & Furious star’s daughter following fatal high-speed crash in November 2013
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The German sports car manufacturer Porsche has claimed that the death of Fast & Furious star Paul Walker in a high-speed crash in November 2013 was the actor’s “own comparative fault”.
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- Ben Child
Porsche and its legal team have responded to Meadow Walker's wrongful-death suit from September by denying all allegations and blaming her father, Paul Walker. The company filed its defense in L.A. Superior Court last week, maintaining that the Fast & Furious actor was aware of the car's risks, and that what happened in 2013 was his "own comparative fault." In the initial suit, Meadow and her team had wanted to hold Porsche accountable, claiming the Carrera Gt her dad died in was riddled with safety defects and was unfit for the road. Porsche has conceded the vehicle was "abused and altered after being placed into the stream of commerce," according to the filing, but won't accept blame for the Carrera being "misused and improperly maintained." The car manufacturer added, according to the docs, that "Mr. Walker's voluntary assumption of the risk should bar the plaintiff's recovery or, in the alternative, should »
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
The luxury car manufacturer claims that the November 30, 2013 crash that killed Fast & Furious star Paul Walker was his "own comparative fault." Seeking to have the wrongful death lawsuit that the actor's teenage daughter filed in late September tossed, Porsche said late last week that the 2005 Porsche Carrera Ct Walker and driver Roger Rodas were in had been "abused and altered" as well as "misused and improperly maintained." The company formally contends in their 7-page… »
Porsche has filed a response to Meadow Walker's wrongful death lawsuit. Less than two months after Paul Walker's daughter alleged that the Porsche Carrera Gt lacked safety features that could have prevented the accident, the car company is defending themselves against several accusations. In court documents obtained by E! News, Porsche alleges that Paul "knowingly and voluntarily assumed all risk, perils and danger in respect to the use of the subject 2005 Carrera Gt." The company goes on to state that the "risk and dangers were open and obvious and known to him and that he chose to conduct himself in a manner so as to expose himself to such perils, dangers and risks, thus assuming all »
Porsche has a message for Paul Walker‘s daughter: Her father was responsible for his own actions on the day that he died. Porsche Cars North America has fired back at the wrongful death lawsuit filed by Meadow Walker, saying that the “Furious 7” star knew what he was getting into when he climbed into a Porsche 2005 Carrera Gt for a ride that ultimately led to his death. “ alleges that Mr. Walker knowingly and voluntarily assumed all risk, perils and danger in respect to the use of the subject 2005 Carrera Gt, that the perils, risk and »
- Tim Kenneally
The Fast and Furious franchise is about to go the way of Star Wars and Marvel as Universal plans an expansive shared universe around the property. This will reportedly include a number of sequels and spinoffs. Vin Diesel, producer and star of Fast & Furious 8, first broke this news to Variety. The team behind the blockbuster series is now in the preliminary stages of developing future movies set within the world of Fast and Furious. Fast & Furious 8 already has a set release date of April 14, 2017. This is what Vin Diesel had to say about the prospect of more movies.
"We've written out story lines for various characters. We've been playing with it for a long time. It's a very rich property and we're committed to treating it with a lot of class."
At this time, it isn't known which Fast and Furious characters might be getting their own solo movies. »
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