Hollywood stars and producers have taken to Twitter.com in an outpouring of grief following the death of actor Paul Walker, who was killed in a horrific car crash in California on Saturday (30Nov13). The Fast & Furious star died when the Porsche he was a passenger in smashed into a tree and exploded. The 40 year old and the car's driver both perished.
In the subsequent hours after news broke of his death, dozens of Walker's celebrity pals and ex co-stars reached out to his family to offer their condolences and memories of the likeable actor.
Vin Diesel, who worked with Walker on five Fast & Furious films, writes, "Brother, I will miss you very much. Heaven has gained a new angel. Rest in peace. My brother and I.....we aimed for the stars together....and achieved more than we ever hoped we could with f&f (Fast & Furious)."
Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson, who starred alongside Walker in 2011's Fast Five, writes, "All my strength, love & faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength... in his light. Love you brother."
Rapper Ludacris, who stars in the sixth and upcoming seventh installments of the hit franchise, adds, "Your humble spirit was felt from the start, wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark, we were like brothers & our birthdays are only 1 day apart, now You will forever hold a place in all of our hearts paulwalker legacy will live on forever. R.I.P."
Fast & Furious 7 director James Wan writes, "I am so beyond heartbroken right now. I can't process anything."
Bosses at the franchise's studio, Universal, add, "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."
Jessica Alba, who starred opposite Walker in 2005's Into the Blue, writes, "RIPPaulWalker - he was a lovely person - so sweet and grounded. My heart goes out to his family", while his The Skulls co-star Joshua Jackson adds, "Damn. Hard to imagine someone so full of life taken so soon. My thoughts go out to your family. RIP Pauly Walker"
The cast of 1999 teen hit She's All That also remembered the heartthrob fondly. The movie's star Rachael Leigh Cook says, "Paul was a truly good person in a town of questionable characters... A real life tragedy if there ever was one.", and Gabrielle Union writes, "This is awful. Awful. RIPPaulWalker pls (please) pray for his family, friends & fans. We've lost a great, laid back, sweet, cool man & father."
His death comes just days after Walker gave a moving interview with WENN, in which he spoke about how he was enjoying life as a dad to his teenage daughter Meadow since she had moved in with him last year (12).
He said, "She started living with me last year just when I was leaving to go to work on Fast (& Furious 6). It's really kind of tearing on me trying to maintain the balance. She just turned 15 and it's a critical time. I'm big with analogies so I look at it like this big rocket ship and she's on this launching pad.
"I want to get the trajectory right. It's just me and my daughter and I'm gonna be her dad for the rest of our lives so I want it to be cool. I sure as hell don't want to be looking back and go, 'F**k, what if, and I should've been home more'. She's super supportive and is like, 'No, go; this is what you do'. I'm like, 'We've got three years and you're gonna be out of the house. How much longer before you show up with Johnny?'
"We're really honest with each other which is cool. She tells me what her needs are and tries to be a little tougher than I want her to be sometimes. I want her to be more revealing like, 'You're not home enough...' I want her to say those things."
Anyone who caught Fringe's final season premiere last Friday already knows that this will be the toughest year yet for the newly outlawed Fringe team. They're stuck in a dystopian 2036, where mysterious bald "Observers" have established a dictatorial rule over humanity, and their biggest asset — Walter's (John Noble) brain — has been effectively blown to smithereens. But the drama isn't strictly contained to physical threats — Peter (Joshua Jackson) and Olivia (Anna Torv) have to deal with the fact that they lost their daughter, Etta (Georgina Haig) back in 2015, which led to the emotional destruction of their marriage. Now Etta is back as a 20-something, and is fighting alongside her confused, preserved-in-amber parents who look more like her college buddies than her mom and dad. It's weird.
There are now only twelve episodes left, meaning it's time for us to start saying goodbye to the characters we've known and loved for the past five years. Of course that means it's time for the actors to say goodbye too, and producer Joel Wyman gave the cast an unusual gift this season, by telling each of them them what their final arc would be. Hollywood.com visited the Vancouver Fringe set with Warner Brothers last week, and we asked Noble, Jackson, Torv, and Jasika Nicole for their thoughts on the final journey.
Torv has always seen the buttoned-up Olivia as an emotionally hardened warrior, and though she's excited about the prospect of seeing Olivia finally relax with her family, she says she wouldn't mind if her journey ended in death. "I don't mind [dying on the show]", she said. "I've never minded that kind of thing, that ultimate sacrifice... I don't know if that's where they'll go. I think some people just carry a little bit more on their shoulders. They just are naturally a little bit more isolated, and essentially loners. I feel that Olivia really is [a loner], despite how much she wants not to be. But maybe that's her ultimate journey — to truly not be the loner that I think she has been."
Torv's on-screen husband agrees. "Olivia -- she’s got some issues," Jackson laughed. "She’s not a happy woman. If Peter’s journey has been learning how to play well with others and be a part of a family, I think Olivia’s journey has been to come to a place of acceptance of herself... to come to a place where she could accept this bizarro-world family and trust them — which is not her strong suit — and then allow that trust to grow into love, even through all the trials and tribulations that she and Peter went through."
Clearly this will take a lot of work, but according to Noble, the rapid pace of Fringe's final season will find some characters going through major changes over the course of 42 minutes. "Because of the nature of the way that this year is constructed, every episode changes the game," Noble said. "We're not going off into the team going into a monster of the week, and coming out the other end, having a cup of tea. [Episode] four, from the story point of view, is huge. But I can't think of one that isn't at this stage. You're seeing characters going through changes during the course of episodes. They're all pretty huge."
Well, color us excited! Noble's Walter has always had the heaviest mental load to carry, since he's the one that jumped into the alternate universe to steal a little boy that wasn't his — opening up a giant can of worms that has led to, among other things, the near destruction of two universes. So for Noble, his final journey is simply one of self-forgiveness. "Walter's [journey] is a massive morality tale, really," Noble said. "He basically broke the laws of God and nature to do what he did."
Unfortunately for Walter, the dystopian backdrop of the final season (as well as the assault on his brain) won't make finding peace with himself particularly easy. "The new world is awfully cruel to him," he said. "Just awfully cruel. It's terrible. But yeah, he'll get past [his misdeeds]. That's what I'm looking for now, is acceptance of that. To accept what he is. Because until he does, he can't live on... That's what Walter's journey absolutely is."
There is a silver lining for Walter — because despite the absolute crappiness of his surroundings, he has one major asset to help him on his quest for self-acceptance: Peter. "I think the end of Peter’s journey, for this story, is going to be to make sure that Walter’s okay," Jackson said. "That’s really the end of Peter’s story. Walter doesn’t function if Peter’s not there. He just can’t go anymore without Peter. So the final accomplishment that Peter has to have is to make sure that this father, this Walter character, is whole — by however we get there by the end of the show."
Heavy stuff! The Fringe team certainly has a lot of world-saving and self-accepting to do before the show's series finale, but for one particularly emotionally stable character, the final odyssey is a bit less daunting: Nicole just wants Walter to learn Astrid's freaking name. Thankfully, the actress has a plan: "Maybe if Astrid gets high with Walter, he will pay her the honor of getting her name correct."
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Does American Idol's dark horse gallop on? After shocking America by surviving several shocking straight weeks of eliminations (Rest In Peace Idol Tour Rehearsals, Colton and Skylar!), Hollie Cavanagh pleaded with the voting public during California Night Wednesday to allow her to continue her California dreamin'. Alas, it was too little too late — Hollie couldn't make America love her, and was sent straight out of CBS Television City.
But as much as we can harp on the contestant for outlasting more deserving singers, we do have to give her Randy-esque mad props not only for having the survival instincts of a Twinkie in nuclear war, but also for going out on a high note. A very, very literal high note. Sure, we could call Hollie the Tatiana Del Toro of Season 11, being the master of only one song, but the girl schools Miley Cyrus like a math test. Not the highest compliment, of course, but it does make it a little clearer why Hollie fit into the Season 11 equation so seamlessly.
Of course, it could be worse for Hollie: The singer’s post-elimination trauma can’t come anywhere close to our post-Jennifer Lopez trauma. As much as I’m impressed with the judge’s ability to clone her own boyfriend into an army of washboard robots fueled by dancing and what looks like futuristic ‘90s mini-backpacks, you’d think she’d grow tired of the ab-tacular attention. It’s like when you start bopping your head to one John Mayer song, and suddenly, four albums later, you find yourself with a collection of CDs and tribute Xanga that only embarrasses loved ones around you. (Just me?) Even poor Idol must have been contractually obligated to keep the cameras rolling long enough for Jennifer to tell the audience, “He’s so cute.” Ugh. Jennifer. We get it. You’re famous, beautiful, successful, and dating someone much, much younger than you. But keep in mind his name is Casper, and there’s simply no beating 1995 Devon Sawa.
Thanks god David Cook played the delightful cheese plate to Jennifer’s rich, over-the-top main course. Perhaps I simply can’t let go of the glory days of Season 7, but there simply is no sadder song title from Cook than “The Last Song I’ll Write For You.” Please, don’t let this be true, Cook! Do I have to gather a merry band of cougars for you to stick around? I hear they’re on TBS now. And in my mother’s living room.
But from our living rooms next week, we’ll get to watch our final three — Phillip, Joshua, and Jessica — head to their respective homes for hometown visit week, the sobbingly-est of all Idol weeks. Of course, Joshua got the waterworks started early during Thursday night’s elimination, bawling when best bud Hollie was sent packing. A sweet moment for sure, and one that makes me feel slightly guilty for knocking the singer for the judges’ favoritism. Or perhaps I’m just feeling less enraged knowing that Idol has one honest voice, Jimmy Iovine — otherwise known as the only non-contestant with ears. Once again, the mentor judged our final four much more accurately than our actual judges, ribbing Joshua for choosing a corny “pomp and circumstance” song like “You Raise Me Up,” recognizing the subtle genius of Phillip’s “Volcano,” threatening Jessica with Tommy Mottola, and transforming into an 8th grade mean girl by delivering Hollie the best back-handed compliment of the season. (“She peaked … in the wrong direction!”)
So, sadly for Hollie, she will go lightly away tonight. But she also never stood a chance against Phillip — now that the contestant has mentioned “chicken and cheese nachos,” I am incapable for separating him from deliciousness. And incapable of not being jealous of all the free Mexican food he’ll be treated to come next week.
But have we been treated to the proper Top 3, friends? Does Phillip’s absence during the Ford Music Video shoots continue to be jarring, or has Idol just decided it’s better for everyone to spare him the embarrassment of lip-synching while dressing up as a bee? Are the other contestants shoving his poor health in his face while singing “Feeling So Good”? Does Idol feed Phillip magnetic poetry to place awkward words together during his soundbites? Do we care that, as Steven sagely said, Phillip has found himself and still doesn’t care? Did the choreography during the “California Dreamin’” group number prove we have a long season of SYTYCD ahead of us? (Oh NappyTabs, you could do better than that.) Are you, like me, relieved that I finally got to use my long-awaited headline? And can we expect an army of shirtless men with buzz cuts to eventually pull a coup d’état over our government? They’re growing!
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I was hardly cheer(io)y leading up to tonight's British Music night. American Idol, why give our contestants yet another opportunity to butcher Adele like she was part of Lady Gaga's wardrobe? Why not let Amy Winehouse rest in peace at least one year before asking her to roll over? (And why hand over a genre that so clearly favors our resident brit Hollie Cavanagh?) But blimey! Our Top 5 actually managed to resist any ill-advised urge they might have had. That's not to say they made surprising choices: The Bee Gees should have been banned from Idol after Clay Aiken's red leather jacket-clad "Grease" (no matter how much Joshua did them justice), and Blake Lewis already scored (yes, you heard me right) with his "Time of the Season" in season 6. But how did our Top 5 fare? And was their second song, from the 1960s, groovy? See below for my rankings of the evening, and check back later for my full recap!
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Bobby Garfield (David Morse) returns to his small hometown to attend the funeral of his childhood friend and remembers the fateful summer in 1960 when his whole world changed. The story flashes back to when 11-year-old Bobby (Anton Yelchin) and his best friends Carol (Mika Boorem) and Sully-John (Will Rothhaar) capture the pure joy of youthfulness. When a mysterious stranger named Ted Brautigan (Anthony Hopkins) moves upstairs and starts to pay attention to Bobby the boy suddenly realizes what's truly missing from his life--the love of a parent. Bobby's mother Liz (Hope Davis) is embittered by the death of Bobby's father and shows little compassion for her son's growing needs. Ted fills a void with the boy opening his eyes to the world around him and helps Bobby come to terms with his real feelings for Carol--and his mother. But Ted also has some deep dark secrets of his own and Bobby tries hard to stop danger from reaching the old man.
The performances make the film especially in the genuine camaraderie of the kids. Yelchin Boorem and Rothhaar never deliver a false move with an easiness that makes us believe we are simply watching three 11-year-old children grow up together. Yelchin in particular is able to get right to the heart of this young boy who misses his father and clings to the only adult who will listen. And his scenes with Boorem simply break your heart. (Davis) does an admirable job playing a part none too sympathetic. She manages to show a woman whose been beaten down but who does truly love her son in her own way. Morse too is one of those character actors you can plug in any movie and get a performance worth noting. In Hearts you want to see more of him. Of course the film shines brightest when Hopkins is on the screen. It may not be an Oscar-caliber performance but the actor is unparalleled in bringing a character to life--showing the subtleties of an old man looking for some peace in his life.
If you are expecting the Stephen King novel you may be disappointed. Screenwriter William Goldman and director Scott Hicks (Shine) deftly extracted the King formula of telling a story through a child's eye and explaining how the relationships formed as a child shaped the adult later. Hicks did an amazing job with his young actors especially Yelchin and Boorem. But where the novel continued into a supernatural theme explaining Brautigan's fear of being captured by "low men in yellow coats" (a reference to King's The Dark Tower series) the movie downplayed the mystical elements instead giving real explanations for Brautigan's man-on-the-run. That was the one problem with Hearts--we needed more danger. Introducing men from another dimension may not have been the way to go but had there been more tension the film would have resonated more especially when Bobby risked his own safety to save Ted.