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Gal Gadot to star as Wonder Woman in 'Batman Vs. Superman'

After decades of waiting in the wings while the boys had all the fun — a frustrating exile best epitomized by a failed television pilot — Wonder Woman is finally set to return in the biggest way imaginable. Gal Gadot, the Israeli model and actress who appeared as Gisele Harrabo in the Fast and Furious franchise, will star as the iconic Amazon in Batman Vs. Superman.

“Wonder Woman is arguably one of the most powerful female characters of all time and a fan favorite in the DC Universe,” said director Zack Snyder, in a statement. “Not only is Gal an amazing actress, but she also has that magical quality that makes her perfect for the role. We look forward to audiences discovering Gal in the first feature film incarnation of this beloved character.”

Gadot, 28, competed in the 2004 Miss Universe pageant as Miss Israel before becoming a professional model/actress. What better qualifies her to play a superhero, though, might be the two years she spent in the Israeli army.

Paul Walker: Dwayne Johnson, Scott Caan, more friends and colleagues remember 'Fast & Furious' star

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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Vin Diesel pays tribute to the late Paul Walker

Vin Diesel has broken his silence following the tragic death of his Fast and Furious co-star Paul Walker with a short tribute posted on his Facebook page today.

“Pablo, I wish you could see the world right now… and the profound impact, your full life has had on it, on Us… on me…” the actor wrote, referring to Walker by a nickname, before also calling him by his Fast character’s name. “I will always love you Brian, as the brother you were… on and off screen.”

He accompanied the statement with a photo of him and Walker and a quote from Thomas Campbell that read, “To live in the hearts we leave behind, is not to die.”

Walker, best known for portraying Brian O’Conner in the Fast and Furious franchise, died in a car accident on Saturday afternoon in Valencia, California.

Over the weekend, several of Walker’s former co-stars also expressed their condolences via social media, and on Monday, Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, who has appeared in the recent Fast films, told EW, “With Fast Five, even though I had known the majority of the actors over the years, they were essentially a tight-knit family and a very strong unit…Paul was very welcoming, and a very calming presence on set.”

Paul Walker: Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson remembers his friend and costar

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

Jordana Brewster on 'Fast' co-star Paul Walker: 'Paul was an enormous presence in my life'

Jordana Brewster, who played Mia Torreto, Paul Walker’s love interest in the Fast and Furious franchise, released a statement on her co-star’s untimely death, highlighting his charitable interests, and calling his loss “heartbreaking.”

Brewster’s full statement below:
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Tyrese visits Paul Walker crash site, remembers his friend on Instagram

Hollywood is still reeling from the recent loss of Fast and Furious franchise star Paul Walker, who died in a car crash Saturday. (Walker was sitting in the passenger seat; his friend Roger Rodas, the CEO of custom car shop Always Evolving, was driving the vehicle and also perished in the crash.)

Chief among the mourners: Tyrese Gibson, another Fast and Furious star who initially responded to the news of Walker’s death with stunned disbelief. (“My heart is hurting so bad no one can make me believe this is real Father God I pray that you send clarity over this cause I just don’t understand,” he wrote on Instagram Saturday. “My heart hurts it’s broken no one can convince me that this is real…”) A clearly heartbroken Gibson took a trip to the accident’s crash site Sunday, where photographers captured him weeping and laying down a flower for his fallen friend.

Apparently, Gibson also took a piece of crash wreckage with him:

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Reports: Future of 'Fast 7' in question following Paul Walker's death

The untimely death of actor Paul Walker this weekend raises numerous questions about the future of the massively popular franchise that made him a star. Production on the seventh installment of Universal’s Fast & Furious films will likely be delayed, and it’s unclear what adjustments will need to be made in the story or how many of Walker’s scenes were left to shoot.

The Hollywood Reporter and Variety reported this weekend that Universal execs met with director James Wan to discuss any necessary rewrites and how to continue production on the film following Walker’s tragic death. The cast was scheduled to continue shooting early this week in Atlanta, but THR reports the crew will likely not be back to work on the film at least until mid-week.

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Jason Statham on crying in his new movie, 'Redemption' (and probably not crying in 'Fast 7')

Jason Statham knows he’s taking a bit of a risk with Redemption, the directorial debut of Eastern Promises and Dirty Pretty Things screenwriter Steven Knight in theaters and available On Demand June 28.

He stars as an ex-Special Forces soldier, Joey Jones, who drowns his guilt over a traumatic tour in Afghanistan with alcohol as a homeless veteran in London. When the young woman he shares a box with goes missing, Joey finds a reason to rehabilitate himself — to find her killer and avenge her death.There is some ass-kicking along the way as Joey’s skills are exploited by his new employer, but there’s also man tears. Lots of them, in fact, in the scene when Joey finally reveals why he’s hit the bottle. “You don’t know if people want to see you that way,” Statham says, with a laugh. “‘You’re not supposed to cry, you’re supposed to beat people up.’ Well, you can have all of that: You can have me beatin’ people up, and you can have me showing a sensitive side. [Joey's] not a weak man. He’s been hurt. Most guys, tough or not, hide emotions. I know a lot of tough guys, they’re just as weak as the next man, but they don’t show it. It’s just how much are you prepared to show? I think we’re all in tune with pain and how vulnerable we are when certain things get to us, and it’s just are you prepared to give that up? I’m not gonna be doing it in every movie,” he adds, laughing again. “It worked for that one.”

Spoiler alert: Odds are he won’t be crying in Fast & Furious 7, though Statham won’t say anything about the film other than he will be in it (presumably as the brother of Luke Evans’ now-dead Owen Shaw). “I’m sworn to secrecy. You know what they’re like. Universal will kill me if I say anything. They really will,” he insists. “People think I’m gonna play the bad guy. People think I’m gonna be the villain. People don’t really know what’s comin’, and I think there’s something exciting about that. People are just dying to know what extent and what involvement I’m going to have in the movie. I think all good things come to those who wait.” READ FULL STORY

Final 'Fast & Furious 6' trailer: Planes, tanks, and automobiles -- VIDEO

Fasten your seat belts Fast & Furious fans, because if you thought outracing trains, crashing 18-wheelers or stealing vaults full of money was as big as Dom and his crew would go, you were sorely mistaken. It turns out that there isn’t anything that Dom won’t do for love, and that includes getting his crew back together and teaming up with Mr. Dwayne Johnson to partake in some good old fashioned vehicular warfare. From there, it’s all explosions, fist fights, more explosions and at least one instance of Dom catapulting himself through the air in an attempt to save his lady love (Dom + Letty 4eva). Also, there’s a tank. And they crash a plane. All things considered, fans can expect one thing from this film: IT. GETS. BIGGER.

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CinemaCon: Fast & Furious 7 set for 2014 release

The Fast and the Furious franchise is still picking up speed: Vin Diesel says the Universal Pictures series will return July 11, 2014, with a seventh film.

The gravel-voiced action star made the announcement on stage at CinemaCon — a Las Vegas convention of movie exhibitors — while flanked by costars, among them Michelle Rodriguez, Paul Walker, and Tyrese Gibson, who took turns expressing their gratitude to be part of a film series that has defied even their own expectations with its box office horsepower.

The sixth film arrives May 24 and, according to Universal Pictures, the the fan interest being tracked by social media and marketing research shows the brand is getting bigger as racks up more mileage. Insidious director James Wan is slated to direct, taking over from Justin Lin.
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