Paul Walker’s sudden death Saturday shocked his legions of fans, including those closest to him. Entertainment Weekly spoke with several of them who remember a man who loved his job but was primarily devoted to his family. Below, some of the most poignant remarks from his friends and colleagues:
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Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson shared the screen with Paul Walker on 2011′s Fast Five and 2013′s Fast & Furious 6. In honor of Walker, who passed away Nov. 30, Johnson called EW to reflect on his friend and costar.
Entertainment Weekly: It seems like Paul didn’t relish the media spotlight, so we don’t actually know all that much about him off-screen. What would you like people to know?
Dwayne Johnson: That was one of the interesting things about Paul: his reservations about being in the spotlight and being a star, whatever the definition of that may be. READ FULL STORY
Casting Net: Robert Pattinson heads to the 'Lost City of Z'; Plus Taylor Kitsch turns sadistic, more
• Robert Pattinson is reportedly set to star in the long-gestating adaptation of David Grann’s The Lost City of Z about the British explorer Percy Fawcett, who will be played by Benedict Cumberbatch (Star Trek Into Darkness). The report did not specify who exactly Pattinson would be playing in director James Gray’s (We Own the Night) adaptation. Brad Pitt, who was originally set to star as the explorer, is now just attached in a producing capacity. Pattinson can be seen next in The Rover and David Cronenberg’s Maps to the Stars, and is currently gearing up to work with Werner Herzog to play T.E. Lawrence in Queen of the Desert. [The Wrap]
Sparta Hercules! Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson tweeted this morning from the set of his upcoming film Hercules: The Thracian Wars, posting a photo of Hercules’ helmet. This follows a set photo Johnson tweeted on Sunday, praising production designer Jean-Vincent Puzos, whose previous work includes Amour, 10,000 B.C., and Lord of War.
The Brett Ratner-directed film is an adaptation of Radical Comics’ eponymous limited series by Steve Moore and Admira Wijaya. The film follows the Greek demigod, who, after enduring through his legendary twelve labors, has become a mercenary. His life as a sword-for-hire is tested when the King of Thrace and his daughter seek Hercules’ aid in defeating a tyrannical warlord. Also starring Ian McShane, Joseph Fiennes, Ingrid Bolsø Berdal, Rufus Sewell, and John Hurt, as the King of Thrace, the film is set in a grittier reality without the influence of the supernatural.
Check out the sneak tweet of the Greek demigod’s headgear below:
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The G.I. Joe franchise is getting the trilogy treatment, Variety reported Monday. Paramount, however, had no official comment on any plans for a third film.
G.I. Joe: Retaliation — the second installment in the successful franchise — came out of the gates strong this past weekend, earning an estimated $41.2 million domestically, and $80.3 million in foreign box office thanks in part to the 3D up charge. In its first weekend alone, the film is almost halfway to the first movie’s $302 million worldwide earnings, so it’s easy to see why the studio might be eager to immediately green light a third film. READ FULL STORY
Michael Bay’s Pain & Gain is about more than really large biceps. It’s about what happens when those biceps devise a plan to kidnap a rich man and take all of his assets. Starring Mark Wahlberg, Dwayne Johnson, and Anthony Mackie as the half-smart goons with a get-rich-quick scheme, the film’s red-band trailer gives R-rated insight into a world of poolside parties and the mayhem that erupts when things go awry. Wahlberg brings new meaning to, “Say hello to your mother for me,” the Rock toes the line for the job, and Mackie makes nice with Rebel Wilson in leopard-print lingerie. Plus, Ken Jeong has a very important lesson to share: “Don’t be a don’ter. Do be a doer.”
Check out the full red-band trailer below! READ FULL STORY
The biggest hit of 2013, Universal’s $35 million comedy Identity Thief, returned to the top spot at the box office in its third weekend. The Melissa McCarthy/Jason Bateman vehicle dipped 41 percent to $14.1 million, lifting its total to a robust $93.7 million. By this time next week, Identity Thief will have swiped over $100 million domestically, which bodes very well for Melissa McCarthy’s upcoming Sandra Bullock collaboration The Heat, due out June 28.
Were Identity Thief not holding so well, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s latest action thriller Snitch could have won the weekend. As things stand, though, it will have to settle for second place with a not-half-bad $13 million. Snitch‘s debut can’t hold a candle to Johnson’s recent efforts in ensemble sequels like Fast Five ($86.2 million opening) and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island ($27.3 million opening), but it opened much better than his last effort as a leading action star, Faster, which started with $8.5 million in 2010.
Distributor Summit, who acquired the film from Exclusive Media and Participant, did not disclose a budget for the film when reached, though IMDb estimates it cost $35 million to produce. Snitch earned a middling “B” CinemaScore grade from audiences, which were 53 percent male and 57 percent above the age of 30.
Box office update: 'Snitch' barely beats 'Identity Thief' with $4.1M on Friday; 'Die Hard' falls hard
Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson’s latest action thriller Snitch topped the box office on Friday, but its lead certainly isn’t as solid as a rock.
Snitch scored $4.1 million on opening day, which may lead to a relatively decent $11.5 million frame — though, one that continues the trend of underwhelming returns for male-driven action films in 2013. While Snitch‘s debut will pale in comparison to the successful openings of Johnson’s recent ensemble films Fast Five ($86.2 million) and Journey 2: The Mysterious Island ($27.3 million), it will be better than his last effort as a leading action star, Faster, which opened with $8.5 million in 2010.
Trailing Snitch by about $40,000 on Friday was Universal’s hit comedy Identity Thief, which took in another $4.1 million on Friday and will climb to No. 1 by Sunday. The $35 million film, now in its third weekend, should take in about $14 million thanks to strong Saturday and Sunday performances, bringing its total to $94 million.
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