Universal officially announced last week that Paul Walker’s brothers Caleb and Cody would be joining the production of next year’s Fast & Furious 7, helping the production complete their brother’s role in the franchise. Walker’s longtime co-star Vin Diesel just posted an image of himself alongside Walker’s brothers, confirming the family resemblance. (One of the Walker Bros. is even wearing a perfect Brian O’Conner slightly-too-large gray T-shirt.) READ FULL STORY
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Fast & Furious 7 took a long production break in the wake of star Paul Walker’s death. Rumors circulated about possible directions the film could take in completing the story arc of Brian O’Conner, since the actor had not completed work on the movie. Now the film has restarted, and on the franchise’s official Facebook page, Universal has posted a message casting some light on how they plan to finish the film. READ FULL STORY
The MTV Movie Awards will honor Paul Walker this Sunday with a tribute to the late star.
Fast and Furious co-star Jordana Brewster will introduce the video tribute, which will include clips of the actor’s work. Paul Walker has been posthumously nominated for MTV’s Best On-Screen Duo award with Vin Diesel for their work in Fast and Furious 6.
The awards, hosted by Conan O’Brien, air this Sunday at 9 p.m. ET on MTV.
Before his untimely death in November, actor Paul Walker had already completed work on Brick Mansions, the latest romp from the Luc Besson Euro-Action Factory. A trailer for Brick Mansions has just arrived. There is no other way to say this: It looks crazy. Walker plays a cop sent into a walled-off mega-slum filled with parkour-fighting criminals led by underworld uber-boss RZA. Walker has to save the mayor and jump off of a lot of buildings and fight everyone, everyone, everyone. It’s basically Escape from the Raid Furious — and it’s actually an English-language remake of the 2004 French film District B13. (Brick Mansions actually co-stars District B13 lead David Belle.)
Also, not sure I mentioned this yet, but the RZA is in this movie. Anyhow, watch and marvel: READ FULL STORY
Kurt Russell has played his share of tough guys and gear-heads — in movies like Death Proof and the recent festival indie The Art of the Steal — so he was always a logical target for the ever-expanding Fast and Furious franchise. Last September, Vin Diesel broke the news that Russell was on board for Fast and Furious 7, and Paul Walker later told MTV News that Russell would play a “father-figure” type to his character, Brian O’Conner, and Diesel’s Dom Toretto.
Of course, Walker’s tragic and untimely death, from a high-speed car accident, was a giant blow to those who knew him, including Russell. “That was a terrific guy,” says Russell. “I just met him on the [movie] and I was just very struck by how similar our lives are and how we looked at life. All the things he did outside of acting that he really enjoyed were similar to the things that I like to do. He was a hell of a good guy.”
Universal suspended production and is currently reconsidering ways to complete the movie for its April 2015 release date. “I’m waiting to hear what we’re going to do and how that’s going to go forward,” says Russell, who soon heads to the Sundance Film Festival, where his extended family has several projects being showcased. “At the time, we were talking about [my character] possibly going into a future episode as a sort of father-figure to Vin and Paul’s character — or possibly die in Fast and Furious 7. The character was created to go either way, and it will be interesting to see what they do now, if there’s any change in that. I don’t know if there will be. But obviously, they’re working hard on doing what they have to do to try to make that thing work. I think they’re going to gear up again in February or March, so we’ll see.”
Fast & Furious 7 has secured a new release date: April 10, 2015. Franchise star Vin Diesel posted the news on his Facebook page Sunday night, accompanied by a photo of himself with the late Paul Walker.
Diesel explained the photo on his page: “The last scene we filmed together…There was a unique sense of completion, of pride we shared… in the film we were now completing… the magic captured… and, in just how far we’ve come…Fast and Furious 7 will be released…April 10th 2015!”
He added: “P.s. He’d want you to know first…”
Paul Walker’s family will hold a private funeral service, The Los Angeles Times reports, now that the actor’s body has been released by the coroner’s office.
Walker died on Nov. 30 from a car accident along with friend/driver Roger Rodas after their Porsche crashed into a light pole and tree, and burst into flames. The autopsy confirmed that Walker suffered from “traumatic and thermal injuries” from the crash. A memorial at the crash site was held on Sunday.
A second man charged with stealing a piece of the car in which Fast & Furious actor Paul Walker died has surrendered.
Authorities say 25-year-old Anthony Janow surrendered Tuesday at the San Fernando courthouse. He was booked and released on $60,000 bail.
His attorney’s name wasn’t released. READ FULL STORY
The sounds of high-performance car engines filled the air Sunday as thousands of fans, friends and car enthusiasts headed to the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita to pay tribute to Paul Walker at the site where the Fast & Furious actor died in a car crash.
The memorial, planned through social media, was scheduled to begin at noon, but mourners began arriving hours beforehand to leave flowers, candles, stuffed animals and other tributes. READ FULL STORY
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