Fast & Furious stars Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson are struggling to keep a smile on their faces as they promote their new film without their late colleague Paul Walker. The actor was killed in a car accident in November, 2013, just weeks before wrapping filming for the seventh installment of the blockbuster franchise.
Promotion for Furious 7 has already begun ahead of its 3 April (15) release date, but Rodriguez and Gibson have mixed emotions as they travel the world without Walker by their side.
Gibson tells Access Hollywood, "It's the most uncomfortable press junket any of us have ever done, because obviously... it's my first time ever being a part of a movie where someone I know and love is on the poster and they're not there. It’s almost like, just release the movie and we'll stay at home, because to be smiling on red carpets or doing interviews is hard."
Rodriguez adds, "Pretending everything is just fine and dandy... it's not real, you know?"
On Friday (27Feb15), the pair feted Walker's younger brother Cody Walker, at the 2015 Noble Awards in Beverly Hills, where he received an award for quitting his job as a paramedic in Oregon and moving to Los Angeles after his brother's death to continue Paul's work with the humanitarian relief organisation he founded, Reach Out Worldwide.
Cody choked back tears as he accepted the prize from Gibson and Rodriguez, as well as his older brother Caleb Walker.
He tells Access Hollywood, "What this means for us is that so many other people loved Paul and loved the work that he was doing. And we just feel the love by being here and being a part of this and being honoured by this. It just makes it super special."
The two siblings joined the Fast & Furious cast to act as stand-ins for their late brother to help complete filming on Furious 7, and Caleb acknowledged he is glad to be doing the difficult press tour with Cody, saying, "There have been mixed emotions during filming and press has been so intense, but you feel it's nothing but positive energy.
"It's been challenging, but being able to spend more time with Cody has meant more now than ever."
It's easy to get swept up with major Hollywood stars this time of year, gazing at the red carpet and thinking of these celebs as superhuman megastars, but even the biggest names around got their starts in less glamorous ways. Before their Oscars and Emmys, these stars had Pop Tarts and Lisa Frank.
1. Ben Affleck
Dig those smooth moves and that hip phone! The two-time Oscar winner starred in this Burger King commercial before becoming the megastar we know today from films like Good Will Hunting and Gone Girl. His next role may be playing Batman, but now we'll always think of him as this bad boy who breaks the rules.
2. Brad Pitt
It may be crazy to see a superstar like Brad Pitt shelling for potato chips, but if you think about it, not much has really changed for the Oscar-winning Fight Club star since this Pringles commercial: he still looks good enough to make our mouths water.
3. Jennifer Lawrence
Since starring in this commercial for MTV's Super Sweet 16, Hunger Games star Jennifer Lawrence has taught those boys how to properly carry her around on her throne, where this Oscar-winning actress belongs.
4. Stanley Tucci
We've always loved The Devil Wears Prada's Stanley Tucci, but seeing him young and hunky in this Levi's commercial made us love him even more.
5. Steve Carell
Steve Carell may have received his first Oscar nomination for his dramatic role in Foxcatcher, but this commercial shows that he's at his best when he's being funny and lovable.
6. Leonardo DiCaprio
We're like 97% sure we'd take our pants off immediately if Leo came up to us now and told us to "keep it poppin" or to "save some for Daddy." The 5-time Academy Award nominee is underrated even when it comes to his commercials.
7. Haley Joel Osment
We're just gonna throw this out there: The Sixth Sense could have been a much better movie if they'd stuck to the original line, "I see snack dragons." Just saying. Also, not even a Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtle would eat a pizza that looks that gross, Kraft.
8. Naomi Watts
Young Naomi Watts, the two-time Academy Award nominee you know from films like Birdman and Mulholland Drive, was once a teenager with a thick Australian accent. Like most of us, the near-perfect actress worried about her skin, her figure, and "that one" problem we don't talk about.
9. Bruce Willis and Sharon Stone
"You sound like a commercial." "You buyin' it?" This is the greatest moment of either of their careers. Just kidding, Sharon Stone has gone on to many other performances that are just as good, if not better.
10. Mila Kunis
So, we guess we can thank Mila Kunis for helping make Lisa Frank such a thing in the 90s. It's hard to believe that the star was only two years away from her breakout role on That '70s Show.
11. Elijah Wood:
We've always had a lot of love for Elijah Wood's facial expressions. From Lord of the Rings to Wilfred, his face is sometimes the only thing that makes his performances entertaining. This commercial might just be his shining moment.
12. Kristen Stewart
We love how sassy Kristen Stewart is in this Porsche commercial -- that head nod and "duh" look on her face, as if she would lie about missing her bus, Dad. But secretly, she's all *Live Fast, Die Hard, Bad Girls, Do It Well* #YOLO. Performance of her career, honestly.
13. Meg Ryan
We would personally rather watch a never-ending loop of Meg Ryan's face appearing over the Burger King logo than watch Sleepless in Seattle.
14. Joseph Gordon-Levitt
How many times have we fantasized about the chance to be at Joseph Gordon Levitt's house with him making us breakfast in the morning? Countless. But we never imagined it could be as adorable and delicious as this 1991 Pop Tarts commercial makes it seem.
15. Tobey Maguire
Yo, Spider-Man is having an uncomfortable amount of fun in the bathroom.
16. Corey Feldman
This adorable McDonalds commercial from 1975 may have been heartwarming back then, but 40 years later, it just reminds us how much The Goonies star hasn't aged since he was 4.
17. Demi Moore
We're not sure if the Ghost star was trying to sell Diet Coke by convincing us we might fall in love, or if she was trying to warn us of the dangers and health problems that could arise from drinking it, but we still like it.
18. Keanu Reeves:
Eating cereal has seriously never looked more fun than it does in this commercial. We would love to eat Kelloggs Corn Flakes with Keanu, Matrix style.
19. Stephen Colbert
This ad seems like a news report, and we can totally see a lot of similarities between this FirsTier Bank commercial and The Colbert Report.
20. Matt LeBlanc
Okay, the best things might come to those who wait, but does the Friends star now have to run back up to the roof, or is he just gonna waste that whole bottle of ketchup just to look cool eating one hot dog? Joey. Doesn't. Waste. Food.
21. Courteney Cox
Fun fact: the Friends star was the first person to ever say "period" (referring to menstruation, not punctuation) on TV. She then broke down more boundaries by starring in terribly-named-but-not-actually-terrible TV shows, like Cougar Town.
22. Elisabeth Moss
Are we the only ones watching this commercial as if we're watching Pegy pitch an ad campaign on Mad Men? We can't be.
23. Sarah Michelle Gellar
This 4-year-old Sarah Michelle Gellar just slayed Burger King's competition faster than you could say "Buffy." Un-be-liev-able!
24. Bryan Cranston
Fans were amazed with how Bryan Cranston transformed from the lovable Hal on Malcolm in the Middle into the meth kingpin Heisenberg on Breaking Bad, but the truly incredible transformation of his career happened way earlier. The way he instantly goes from being a skunk to a human is absolutely astonishing.
25. Aaron Paul
This commercial seems like it could actually just be Breaking Bad's Jesse Pinkman waiting to eat his breakfast before heading off to Chemistry with Mr. White, doesn't it? Aaron Paul's gotta have his Pops, bitch!
26. Megan Mullally and John Goodman
We love Karen Walker enough to be able to recognize that incredible voice anywhere, even if it's some place strange, like a McDonalds commercial. While Karen would certainly never actually sell Egg McMuffins, we're pretty sure that Roseanne star John Goodman totally would.
27. Seth Green
We don't mean to diminish the abilities of our favorite werewolf from Buffy the Vampire Slayer or our favorite dimwitted cartoon son from Family Guy, but this is definitely Seth Green's brightest moment. That hair, the accent. He totally nails the 90s goon role with lines like, "Consequently, we can hit on 'em," and "Definitely - NOT!"
28. Tony Hale
Tony Hale won our hearts playing Buster on Arrested Development (and an Emmy playing Gary on Veep), and this commercial proves that he's made a career out of his hilarious concern regarding women's toiletries. We wonder if Gary's Leviathan on Veep has Herbal Essences.
29. Charlie Day
This quirky commercial for Cascade dishwasher detergent looks like Charlie Day just stepped out of an episode of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia. Graduating and heading straight into retirement also seems like a total Charlie Kelly scheme, doesn't it?
30. Jane Lynch
Okay, the only thing we love more than Frosted Flakes and Tony the Tiger is this commercial with Glee star Jane Lynch camping out everyday trying to sneak a peak at the elusive mascot himself.
Fans of tragic actor Paul Walker gathered at the site of his death crash on Sunday (30Nov14) to pay their respects to the Fast & Furious star on the anniversary of his passing. Walker lost his life when a Porsche he was a passenger in crashed into a pole in Valencia, California a year ago.
Hundreds of fans ignored heavy rain to gather at the site and leave flowers and photos of their hero.
Walker's Fast & Furious co-stars Michelle Rodriguez and Tyrese Gibson and members of his family were among those to offer up tributes through social media and news outlets on Sunday, including Vin Diesel, who posted a touching photo of his daughter, Hania Riley, sitting on Walker's lap on the set of one of the hit films.
Diesel wrote, "He was a part of so much in my life... long personal talks with my mother or babysitting the Alpha Angel (Diesel's daughter)... he took a certain pride in being uncle Pablo... after all, we were filming a scene in FF4 (Fast & Furious) the day she was born, and he being the only one I told, encouraged me to go in and cut the umbilicle cord.
"He was an important part of my transition into fatherhood... that healthy family member, with the most positive outlook on life...
"A year ago today... a year of mourning... and his absence still leaves me speechless. We miss you Pablo..."
Tyrese Gibson and Michelle Rodriguez have joined Paul Walker's friends, fans and family members in remembering the actor on the first anniversary of his death. Walker lost his life in a car crash on 29 November, 2013, and his Fast & Furious co-stars have taken to social media to pay tribute to their fallen pal.
In a tweet on Sunday (30Nov14), Rodriguez wrote, "I love you Paul. Your living in the hearts of all who love you for sure. Sending mad love out to Heaven."
And Gibson, who was one of the stars who visited the site of the accident in the days after Walker's death and mourned with fans, took to Instagram.com and added, "A celebration of Paul William Walker will be echoed around the world... In this life one would hope to be this 'effective' 1 year ago today God called an angel home early... I miss my brother I miss my friend and I miss OUR STAR!!!!! Physically gone but forever alive in our minds, hearts and spirit."
He added, "What was once tears of pain and shock are now tears of JOY celebrating all that you stood for... Everyone worldwide please take 5 mins (minutes) out of your day to send live (sic), prayers and energy to Paul's family his daughter Meadow and immediate circle today will be a tough day for us... To this day his arm is still around my neck with love and protection... Rest in heaven..."
Meanwhile, Walker's brother Cody and the late actor's father also offered up tributes.
Cody told the New York Daily News, "I am so lucky to have had him as a big brother."
And the siblings' father, also called Paul Walker, told U.S. news show Entertainment Tonight, "I'm missing him more now, the last month. It's not getting any better for me. It's a sad time. We're a very close, loving family, and Paul is a piece that's missing now, that we're always going to miss."
Fast & Furious star Michelle Rodriguez is planning to take a year away from Hollywood to properly mourn the loss of friend and co-star Paul Walker and overcome other recent heartaches. The Latino actress, who is currently vacationing with friends in Italy, opened up about her upcoming hiatus while chatting to reporters on the red carpet at the recent 2015 Pirelli Calendar launch party.
Rodriguez said, "This year has been too much and I need some time out. I’ve been working hard and now I want time off. That’s what I do. Work hard, play hard. I don’t think that’s much to ask or want.
"I don’t have anything in the pipeline at the moment. I’m free. I had so much heartbreak last year that I am taking a year off to do something different, like write."
The actress is reportedly recovering from break-ups with Zac Efron and Cara Delevingne.
Actor James Marsden insists it was an "honor" to take Paul Walker's role in new film The Best Of Me following his death last year (13).
The Fast and the Furious star had been cast to play the lead role of Dawson in the film adaptation of author Nicholas Sparks' best-selling romance novel of the same name. He died in a car accident last November (13), and a month later Marsden was offered the role, which he admits was a humbling task to take on. He tells Us Weekly, "All I can say about that is he is just one of those tremendous actors that was even that much more special of a human being. "There was a wonderful energy about him and he was a terrific actor. You always want to be good stepping into a role like this but it felt a little bit more of an honor to play this role because of him."
The project reunites Marsden with Sparks a decade after they collaborated on hit 2004 film The Notebook.
"Ride or Die through thick and thin 15 yrs (sic) later surreal to think we made it through such a tough painful production. But this ones for you P (Paul) I hope we make you proud love you." Fast & Furious actress Michelle Rodriguez pays tribute to late co-star Paul Walker on the last day of production for Fast & Furious 7.
Superstar couple Beyonce and Jay Z are set for a big night at the 2014 BET Awards with four nominations apiece. The Crazy in Love hitmakers will compete against each other in the Best Collaboration category, in which Beyonce's song Drunk in Love, which features her husband, will battle Jay Z and Justin Timberlake's Holy Grail. Drake and Majid Jordan's Hold On (We're Going Home), Robin Thicke, T.I. and Pharrell Williams' Blurred Lines, YG's My Hitta collaboration with Jeezy and Rich Homie Quan and I Luv This by August Alsina and Trinidad Jame$ are also up for the prize.
Meanwhile, rivals Jay Z and Drake will go toe to toe in the Best Male Hip Hop Artist category, alongside Future, J. Cole and Kendrick Lamar, while Beyonce will battle Janelle Monae, Jhene Aiko, K. Michelle, Rihanna and Tamar Braxton for the Best Female R&B/Pop Artist title. Jay Z and Beyonce will also vie for the coveted Video of the Year award with the videos for Drunk in Love and Partition, respectively. Pharrell Williams' Happy, Chris Brown's Fine China and Drake's Worst Behavior are also nominated.
In the movie categories, Angela Bassett, Gabrielle Union, Kerry Washington, Lupita Nyong'o and Oprah Winfrey will fight for the Best Actress prize, and Chiwetel Ejiofor, Forest Whitaker, Idris Elba, Kevin Hart and Michael B. Jordan are up for the Best Actor trophy. The Best Movie nominees are: 12 Years a Slave, The Best Man Holiday, Fruitvale Station, Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain and Lee Daniels' The Butler.
The 2014 BET Awards will be handed out at the Nokia Theatre in Los Angeles on 29 June (14).
The full list of nominees are:
Best Female R&B/Pop Artist: Beyonce, Janelle Monae, Jhene Aiko, K. Michelle, Rihanna, Tamar Braxton
Best Male R&B/Pop Artist: August Alsina, Chris Brown, John Legend, Justin Timberlake, Pharrell Williams
Best Group A$AP Mob Daft Punk Macklemore & Ryan Lewis TGT Young Money
Best Collaboration August Alsina featuring Trinidad Jame$ - I Luv This Beyonce featuring Jay Z - Drunk in Love Drake featuring Majid Jordan - Hold On (We're Going Home) Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake - Holy Grail Robin Thicke featuring T.I. & Pharell Williams - Blurred Lines YG featuring Jeezy & Rich Homie Quan - My Hitta
Best Male Hip Hop Artist Drake Future J. Cole Jay Z Kendrick Lamar
Best Female Hip Hop Artist Angel Haze Charli Baltimore Eve Iggy Azalea Nicki Minaj Video of the Year Beyonce - Partition Beyonce featuring Jay Z - Drunk in Love Chris Brown - Fine China Drake - Worst Behavior Pharrell Williams - Happy
Video Director of the Year Benny Boom Chris Brown Colin Tiley Director X Hype Williams
Best New Artist Ariana Grande August Alsina Mack Wilds Rich Homie Quan ScHoolboy Q
Best Gospel Artist Donnie McClurkin Erica Campbell Hezekiah Walker Tamela Mann Tye Tribbett
Best Actress Angela Bassett Gabrielle Union Kerry Washington Lupita Nyong'o Oprah Winfrey
Best Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor Forest Whitaker Idris Elba Kevin Hart Michael B. Jordan
YoungStars Award Gabrielle Douglas Jacob Latimore Jaden Smith KeKe Palmer Zendaya
Best Movie 12 Years a Slave The Best Man Holiday Fruitvale Station Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain Lee Daniels' The Butler
Subway Sportswoman of the Year Brittney Griner Lolo Jones Serena Williams Skylar Diggins Venus Williams
Subway Sportsman of the Year Blake Griffin Carmelo Anthony Floyd Mayweather Jr. Kevin Durant LeBron James
Centric Award Aloe Blacc - The Man Jennifer Hudson featuring T.I. - I Can't Describe (The Way I Feel)" Jhene Aiko - The Worst LiV Warfield - Why Do You Lie? Wale featuring Sam Dew - LoveHate Thing
Best International Act: Africa Davido (Nigeria) Diamond Platnumz (Tanzania) Mafikizolo (South Africa) Sarkodie (Ghana) Tiwa Savage (Nigeria) Toofan (Togo)
Best International Act: UK Dizzee Rascal Ghetts Krept & Konan Laura Mvula Rita Ora Tinie Tempah
Angelina Jolie stunned attendees at Las Vegas' CinemaCon event on Tuesday (25Mar14) by making an unexpected appearance to premiere footage from her upcoming drama Unbroken. The Salt star has been working on her second directorial project, a biopic about the life of Olympian and World War II hero Louis Zamperini, and she shared the first clips from the movie with cinema owners at the annual film conference.
Speaking to the audience at the Caesars Palace resort, she said, "Lou Zamperini is the toughest man I have ever met. He's a fighter and true hero. He is also a man of faith, full of love and humility. He sounds perfect. But he wasn't always. Smoking, stealing and drinking by the time he was nine, he was convinced he was worth nothing and full of darkness."
Jolie revealed that she had been deeply moved by Zamperini's story of survival, documented in Laura Hillenbrand's book Unbroken, and was determined to share his journey through life with the world.
She added, "I wanted to make this film because its message is one that we all need now more than ever - the journey of a man finding his way through the darkness and into the light. It's about an imperfect person... someone who helps to remind us all what each of us is capable of."
Jolie was the only talent present during the Universal Pictures presentation of upcoming releases, which included a preview from the Fast & Furious 7 movie.
The fast-paced film sequel featured footage of late actor Paul Walker opposite co-stars Vin Diesel and Michelle Rodriguez. Many of Walker's scenes are being shot using look-a-likes following the star's car crash death in November (13).
Production on Fast & Furious 7 is reportedly set to resume in April (14). Filming on the big-budget movie was put on hold in November (13), when franchise star Paul Walker was killed in a fiery car crash in California.
Prior to the tragedy, the cast was scheduled to return to Georgia to finish the film and on 1 April (14) they will head to the state for six to eight weeks to complete the movie, according to The Hollywood Reporter.
At the time of his death, Walker was more than halfway through filming his scenes as Brian O'Conner and studio bosses at Universal are said to have decided to retire his character so the franchise can continue.
Fast & Furious 7, which also stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Dwayne Johnson, is set to hit U.S. theatres in April, 2015.