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Paul Walker death: Fast & Furious 7 facing production delay

1 December 2013 1:16 PM, PST

Production on Fast & Furious 7 has been delayed in the wake of Paul Walker's death.

The actor - who played Brian O'Connor in the film series - passed away following a car crash in Santa Clarita, California, yesterday (November 30).

> Paul Walker 1973-2013: Obituary of the 'Fast and Furious' star

Walker appeared in all but one of the Fast and Furious movies, and was working on Fast & Furious 7 at the time of his death.

The cast of the series had been due to return to work in Atlanta today (December 1) following a break for Thanksgiving.

According to The Wrap, director James Wan and Universal executives held a conference call to discuss the future of the project, including possible rewrites and how to proceed in a manner that would be respectful to Walker's death.

Tomorrow's (December 2) filming has reportedly been cancelled and production is unlikely to resume until the »


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Paul Walker 1973-2013: 5 memorable movie roles

1 December 2013 11:45 AM, PST

Us actor Paul Walker tragically passed away yesterday (November 30), aged 40, after he was involved in a fatal car collision.

With a career spanning almost 30 years, the actor achieved success in modelling, TV and film and was known worldwide for his role as Brian O'Conner in the Fast & Furious franchise.

Digital Spy pays tribute to the late star, as we name five of Walker's most memorable movie roles.

The Fast and The Furious

Walker's best known role was undoubtedly that of police officer Brian O'Conner in the Fast & Furious franchise. The actor was propelled to worldwide prominence when he appeared as the undercover agent in 2001's The Fast and The Furious - which grossed over $200 million on a $38 million budget - before reprising the role in all but one of the five sequels.

At the time of his death, Walker was working on the seventh instalment of the series, Fast & Furious »


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Paul Walker 1973-2013: Obituary of the 'Fast and Furious' star

1 December 2013 3:21 AM, PST

Us actor Paul Walker, star of The Fast and the Furious movie franchise, has passed away at the age of 40.

Walker was born in Glendale, California on September 12, 1973 to sewer contractor Paul William Walker III and fashion model Cheryl and was brought up in a working class Mormon household.

The eldest of five children, Walker began a modelling career at the young age of 2, appearing in a commercial for Pampers. Encouraged by his mother, he auditioned for television acting roles and went on to make guest appearances in Highway to Heaven and Touched by an Angel. In 1992, Walker bagged a recurring role as teenager Brandon Collins in Us soap The Young and the Restless.

Walker's talents were transferred to the big screen in 1998, when he made his feature film debut as Phil Deedle in Disney comedy Meet the Deedles. Following the movie's success, Walker secured supporting roles in teen films including Varsity Blues, »


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'Frozen': Idina Menzel, Jonathan Groff reveal favourite Disney movies

1 December 2013 2:30 AM, PST

It's a good time to be Walt Disney Studios. Between acclaimed making-of-Mary Poppins drama Saving Mr Banks and the imminent release of "new Disney classic" Frozen, the studio's 90th birthday was the precursor of a remarkable hot streak.

When Digital Spy sat down with the cast of Frozen, which includes Kristen Bell, Idina Menzel and Jonathan Groff, we took the opportunity to ask them a devilishly tough question: What's their favourite Disney movie of all time?

Based loosely on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen, musical animated film Frozen follows young princess Elsa (Menzel), who is exiled from her kingdom after her dangerous ability to create snow and ice is revealed.

Elsa's plucky younger sister Anna (Bell), relishing her newfound freedom, journeys out into the wilderness to find her sister and bring her home.

Along her way, Anna enlists the help of mountaineer Kristoff (Groff), his reindeer Sven, »


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The Hobbit, Anchorman 2, American Hustle: 5 must-watch December movies

1 December 2013 1:00 AM, PST

This month sees a high-profile new release from Disney, a period drama starring Daniel Radcliffe and an eagerly-awaited comedy sequel that brings back a certain mustachioed San Diego news anchor.

Digital Spy rounds up the five movies you need to see this December below...

Frozen

Release date: December 6

Why you should see it: Disney rediscovered some of its old magic with recent offerings Tangled and Wreck-It Ralph, but the House of Mouse well and truly hits it out the park with their take on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen. We've already seen Frozen (and given it an emphatic thumbs up), so start preparing yourself for a brand new all-singing, all-dancing Disney classic.

Kill Your Darlings

Release date: December 6

Why you should see it: Beat generation writers Allen Ginsberg, Jack Kerouac and William S Burroughs find themselves pulled into the murder of David Kammerer in this period drama from director John Krokidas. »


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Kristen Bell on 'Frozen' character: 'I wanted her to be scrappy'

30 November 2013 9:10 PM, PST

Kristen Bell has discussed the inspiration for her Frozen character Anna.

Bell lends her voice to the Disney film - which is based on Hans Christian Andersen's The Snow Queen - as a royal who finds herself on a quest to bring her exiled sister (Idina Menzel) home.

Speaking to Parade, the actress said that she wanted to bring a "modern" sensibility to Anna.

"I came with loads of ideas to make her more relatable to a modern girl," Bell explained.

The star went on to say: "She's scrappy and awkward. I didn't want her to have good posture."

The voice cast for Frozen also includes Jonathan Groff, Josh Gad, Jack Whitehall and Ciarán Hinds.

Frozen is now playing in Us cinemas and opens in the UK on December 6.

Watch a trailer below:

Gallery: Disney's 'Frozen »


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Paul Walker dies, aged 40: Stars pay tribute to Fast & Furious actor

30 November 2013 8:30 PM, PST

Stars have been paying tribute to Paul Walker, who has died suddenly at the age of 40.

The Fast & Furious actor was killed in a car accident in southern California on Saturday (November 30). He was at an event for his charity Reach Out Worldwide.

Tributes to Paul from across the entertainment industry follow below.

Universal Pictures: "All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the Fast and Furious films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul's family."

Vin Diesel: "Brother I will miss you very much. I am absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. Rest in Peace."

All my strength, love & faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength. »


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Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker dies in car crash, aged 40

30 November 2013 7:27 PM, PST

Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker has died, aged 40.

The actor passed away following a car crash in Santa Clarita, California, his publicist confirmed.

> Paul Walker dies, aged 40: Stars pay tribute to Fast & Furious actor

It's with a heavy heart that we must confirm Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident...More: http://t.co/9hDuJMH99M - #TeamPW

Paul Walker (@RealPaulWalker) December 1, 2013

Walker was the passenger in a Porsche when the driver, former racer Roger Rodas, lost control and hit a lamp post. The vehicle then burst into flames.

Both Walker and Rodas were pronounced dead at the scene following the collision, which happened around a fundraiser for the star's charity organisation Reach Out Worldwide. The event was held at car customisation store Always Evolving, which they co-owned.

A statement on Walker's Facebook page read: "He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives. »


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'Fast and the Furious' star Paul Walker dies, aged 40

30 November 2013 7:27 PM, PST

Fast and the Furious star Paul Walker has died, aged 40.

The actor passed away following a car crash in Santa Clarita, California, his publicist confirmed.

It's with a heavy heart that we must confirm Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident...More: http://t.co/9hDuJMH99M - #TeamPW

Paul Walker (@RealPaulWalker) December 1, 2013

Walker was the passenger in a Porsche when the driver lost control and hit a telegraph pole or tree. The vehicle then burst into flames.

Both Walker and the driver were killed in the collision, which happened on the way back from a fundraiser for his charity organisation Reach Out Worldwide. The Los Angeles Sheriff's Office pronounced both dead at the scene.

A statement on Walker's Facebook page read: "He was a passenger in a friend's car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate your patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. »


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'Inside Llewyn Davis': Justin Timberlake, Oscar Isaac sing in new clip

30 November 2013 2:22 PM, PST

A new clip from Inside Llewyn Davis has been released.

In the new video, Llewyn Davis (Oscar Isaac) is shown singing 'Please Mr Kennedy' with his friend (Justin Timberlake) and another musician (Adam Driver) in a recording studio.

Inside Llewyn Davis follows a struggling young singer as he navigates the Greenwich Village folk scene in 1961.

The film was directed and written by Ethan Coen and Joel Coen, and also stars Carey Mulligan, John Goodman and Garrett Hedlund.

A concert celebrating folk music from Inside Llewyn Davis was held in New York back in September.

Showtime is slated to air highlights from the concert in the documentary special Another Day, Another Time: Celebrating the Music of Inside Llewyn Davis on December 13.

Inside Llewyn Davis is out in Us cinemas on December 6 in limited release, and opens on January 24 in the UK.

Watch a trailer for the movie below: »


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Cate Blanchett: 'I don't know if I ever really wanted to be an actor'

30 November 2013 12:29 PM, PST

Cate Blanchett has revealed that she was unsure if she wanted to become an actor.

Blanchett won an Oscar for her portrayal of Katharine Hepburn in Martin Scorsese's 2004 film The Aviator.

"I don't know if I ever really wanted to be an actor. I'm an active person - the thought of waiting for the phone to ring wasn't something that sat happily with me," she told The Guardian.

"But I kept doing it, trying not to do it, and then doing it. There's such a blessed unrest that you feel all the time, but maybe that's what keeps you going."

The actress also admitted that she can be "a real pessimist", adding "You know that when you win an Oscar and you walk off-stage and your first thought is: 'Oh God, I've peaked.'"

Blanchett can be seen in Woody Allen's movie Blue Jasmine and George Clooney's The Monuments Men. »


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Tom Hanks: 'I'm glad Disney didn't sugar-coat Saving Mr Banks role'

30 November 2013 10:31 AM, PST

Tom Hanks has said that he is pleased with the way Disney handled his role in Saving Mr Banks.

The actor told Sky News that he would not have played Walt Disney if the company had decided to 'sugar-coat' its founder.

Hanks said: "I think it's smart of them, it would have been easy for Disney to turn it into the 'Uncle Walt' version of it all - but I think if you're going to go back you've got to give it a little bit of teeth."

The Oscar winner explained that he enjoys taking on projects based on true stories for the "challenge of saying we are going to tell this story that actually happened and we're going to compress it to fit into a two-hour movie".

He added: "Even though we're going to change things, we will still maintain some brand of authenticity to the story. I like »


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Spike Lee on 'Oldboy': 'Josh Brolin asked Park Chan-wook's blessing'

30 November 2013 9:29 AM, PST

Spike Lee has revealed that Josh Brolin asked for Park Chan-wook's blessing to remake Oldboy

South Korean director Chan-wook originally made Oldboy in 2003, based on Garon Tsuchiya's Japanese manga series of the same name.

Lee has directed a reinterpretation of the cult film starring Josh Brolin, Elizabeth Olsen and Sharlto Copley.

He told Vulture that the makers of the new version have paid homage to the octopus scene in the original film.

"We have several homages to it, but we didn't want to do everything," Lee explained. "Josh went to meet with Park Chan-wook and ask for his blessing, and one of the things Park said was, 'Make your own film. Don't do everything I did.'''

Lee was recently criticised on Twitter after he dismissed claims that there were copyright issues regarding his Oldboy movie poster.

Lee's Oldboy will arrive to Us cinemas on November 27 and in the UK on December 6. »


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Stanley Tucci: 'I'd like to direct a film next'

30 November 2013 8:53 AM, PST

Stanley Tucci has revealed that he would like to direct another movie.

The Hunger Games actor previously directed Blind Date in 2007.

He revealed his plans for the future to Pa, saying: "I haven't directed a movie for a few years so I'm ready to do that again.

"I have a couple of movies - one for HBO that I might do with Meryl Streep and one that I might do next year. I shouldn't say anything until we work it all out."

Tucci also spoke about his role in Michael Bay's fourth Transformers film, Age of Extinction.

"This was a hard year - for the last five months, I was doing this big Transformers movie so I was away a lot. But I just finished so now I can take a little break," he said.

"I like to stay around the house and potter around with the kids and cook. »


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Emma Thompson: 'Pl Travers is so irritating'

30 November 2013 8:09 AM, PST

Emma Thompson has discussed her role in latest film Saving Mr Banks.

Thompson plays Mary Poppins author Pl Travers in the movie, about Walt Disney's quest to turn her book into a film.

The role required the actress to listen to audio tapes of Travers in meetings with Disney (played by Tom Hanks) and his team.

She told MSN: "It's really hard work listening to those tapes, because Pl is so awful and so irritating.

"Just listening to them makes you want to throw something heavy at her. But there are lots of little clues about what was really going on, as well."

Thompson added that she could understand why the author did not want to hand over the rights to her book.

She said: "I'm a screenwriter so my characters are designed to move from the page to the screen, and I always find that rather thrilling. But I'm »


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'The Boxtrolls' behind-the-scenes teaser trailer - watch

30 November 2013 7:59 AM, PST

A new behind-the-scenes trailer for The Boxtrolls has been released.

The video features clips from the upcoming film, and offers a preview of the stop-motion movie making process.

Based on Alan Snow's Here Be Monsters!, The Boxtrolls follows the adventures of an orphaned boy named Eggs (Isaac Hempstead-Wright) - raised by underground cave-dwelling trash collectors - who must save his friends from an evil exterminator.

Voice actors include Ben Kingsley, Simon Pegg, Toni Collette, Elle Fanning, Nick Frost and Jared Harris.

The Boxtrolls is produced by the studio Laika, which previously created Coraline and ParaNorman.

The Boxtrolls makes its debut on September 12, 2014 in the UK and September 26, 2014 in the North America. »


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Joanna Lumley: 'There will be an Absolutely Fabulous film'

30 November 2013 7:02 AM, PST

Joanna Lumley believes that there will be an Absolutely Fabulous film in the future.

Appearing on The Jonathan Ross Show, the actress was asked if writer Jennifer Saunders had an idea for a movie.

Lumley replied: "Yes. She has the idea. I think with a little bit of, not too painful, pressure, a little bit of vice-like grip and a Chinese burn on the arm, up behind her back, she always needs a little bit of urging.

"I think it'll happen. Jennifer tends to work to deadlines, so we've got to create a deadline and then get her there."

Asked for plot teasers, Lumley replied:"No, I can't. I can't, it would be so wrong. And then she'd go back into this camel state she sometimes lives in.

"I don't mean literally, what I mean is she goes into this sphinx area where she just won't speak again. So I »


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Re-Viewed: Disney's timeless escapist fantasy 'Mary Poppins'

30 November 2013 2:00 AM, PST

Bankers are dicks. This is a truth more or less universally acknowledged, and while there's been ample real-world evidence, the real reason we all know this to be the case is because Mary Poppins taught us in childhood. Robert Stevenson's beloved wish fulfillment classic isn't actually about the magical nanny of the title – played with sharp vim by Julie Andrews – nor even about the neglected children whose lives she whips into shape.

It's all about David Tomlinson's emotionally shut-down Mr Banks, an oblivious cold fish who gradually learns how to love his family under the shrewd influence of Poppins. And what's the turning point in his redemptive journey? He stops being a banker. We're just saying.

"You should have seen the look on his face. He doesn't like us at all," says little Michael (Matthew Garber), lip wobbling, after a dressing down from Banks. Watching him proved wrong »


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Gary Neville on his guitar Noel Gallagher graffitied "McFc": 'I put it on my wall'

30 November 2013 12:19 AM, PST

Manchester United legend Gary Neville has revealed to Digital Spy that he put on show a guitar he once had graffitied by Man City fan Noel Gallagher.

The former footballer reveals in new documentary The Class of '92 that he sent his instrument to the ex-Oasis guitarist in the hopes of getting it signed, only for Gallagher to return it with a sarcastic message and "McFc" written all over it.

> Paul Scholes, Gary Neville talk 'Class of 92': 'We knew our group were different'

Asked if he still has the guitar, Neville told us: "Yes, at home. I had it up on my wall at one point, in an apartment in Manchester. But then I took it down - I've not got anything on my walls now in terms of memorabilia.

"I was a big Oasis fan, started learning the guitar for a few years and just sent it him one day. »


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Spike Lee: 'Inside Man 2 has been shelved'

29 November 2013 5:27 PM, PST

Spike Lee has said that the rumoured Inside Man sequel has been shelved.

Inside Man starred Denzel Washington, Clive Owen and Jodie Foster in a story of an elaborate New York City bank heist.

There have been reports that a script for a follow-up film has been commissioned, but Lee set the record straight in a recent chat with Vulture.

"I don't care [what it says] on IMDb. As far as I know, it's on the shelf," Lee clarified.

He added: "That's a question you have to ask the studios, the powers that be: Why hasn't that film had a sequel? They still make sequels."

Lee is currently promoting the English-language version of the South Korean thriller Oldboy, but has said that he would not allow one of his own films to be remade.

"Over my dead body! Here's the thing: [Oldboy director] Park [Chan-wook] was okay with it. I'm not," he declared.

The filmmaker is »


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