Fans will be able to watch Paul Walker's final performance earlier than expected after film bosses brought forward the release of Fast & Furious 7. The seventh installment in the action franchise was thrown into jeopardy last year (13) after the lead actor died in a car crash during a break from filming.
Production resumed in April (14), with Walker's two brothers brought in to help craft scenes he was due to appear in before his tragic death, and the movie was slated for release on 10 April (15).
Bosses at Universal Pictures announced on Wednesday (02Jul14) that the film will now hit cinemas a week earlier, on 3 April (15).
Filming wrapped last week (29Jun14) and star Dwayne Johnson paid tribute to the cast and crew for pulling together in difficult times.
He wrote on Instagram.com, "My last day of Fast & Furious... I'm truly touched by the farewell love my film crew has shown me. It's been an honour to work with such an incredibly hard working and brilliant crew. (A crew who's had to practice great restraint daily on this production). They may not be household names, but they'll ALWAYS be stars in my book. With great love and respect to all of you... see ya down the yellow brick road. Another place. Another time."
Two tour buses transporting rockers Foreigner and Styx's crew have gone up in flames in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. The two crew vehicles, which were not occupied at the time of the incident, caught fire on Wednesday afternoon (02Jul14) while parked in a car lot.
The cause of the fire is currently under investigation by local authorities, reports TMZ.com. No injuries have been reported.
The two bands are set to hit the stage together in Camden, New Jersey on Thursday (03Jul14).
Begin Again director John Carney risked arrest while shooting his new movie in New York's busy Times Square because he left it too late to request a filming permit. The Once filmmaker hit the streets with his stars Adam Levine and Keira Knightley without the proper clearance.
He tells WENN, "I had written the story in Ireland and wrote, 'They go to Times Square and walk around'. I said this can happen as long as we don't tell anybody or try to close down Times Square."
As well as trying to avoid the police, Carney and his crew also had to work quickly to escape fans as they recognised Levine and Knightley.
The director says, "If I extended any shot by two frames there would be somebody going, 'There's Keira Knightley!'
"I'm still surprised we got away with shooting in New York. There were times when we were asking the paparazzi for a take without the shutters (sound of the camera)."
Heather Locklear, Nina Dobrev and Sam Underwood have joined Hollywood crew members to film a public service announcement (PSA) in honour of the camera assistant killed on the set of Midnight Rider. Sarah Jones, 27, was hit by a train while setting up shots on the set of the Allman Brothers biopic in Georgia in February (14), and her death prompted an outpouring of grief in the movie industry.
A number of stars have now filmed a new PSA, titled We Are, Sarah Jones, to honour her memory and call for increased safety measures on film and TV sets.
In the clip, Locklear is seen holding up a sign which reads "Team Sarah" while The Vampire Diaries' Dobrev holds a placard emblazoned with the slogan "#Safety For Sarah".
Others to take part in the project include The Following star Underwood and Plunkett & Macleane director Jake Scott, as well numerous other production workers, from make-up artists to craft services workers.
At the beginning of the year, it seemed like you couldn't go a single day without hearing about whichever insane thing Shia LaBeouf had gotten up to in the name of "art." After coming under fire for plagiarizing his short film, the former Even Stevens star embarked on a whirlwind press tour of oddity, until both LaBeouf and the general public grew tired of his antics, so he took a break from being outrageous for a living and we all stopped paying attention to him... until Thursday night, when he was escorted out of a performance of Cabaret in handcuffs at intermission. According to BroadwayWorld, LaBeouf was disruptive and distracting during the entire first act of the Broadway show, which frustrated both the cast and the audience. He was also rumored to have been smoking inside the theater, which is designed to look like run down nightclub in Germany. When security asked him to leave at intermission, LaBeouf refused, and the police were called to escort him out of Studio 54 in handcuffs.
The news confirmed by cast member Danny Burstein, who posted about the incident on his Facebook page, and composer Benj Pasek, who tweeted about it. And because one bizarre altercation wasn't enough for LaBeouf, footage surfaced early Friday morning of the actor chasing a man through Times Square, hours before the show began. Guess now we know why he was in such a terrible mood at the theater. Since this is truly just the latest in a long line of weird, dumb, completely crazy and attention-getting stunt that LaBeouf has pulled over the course of his career, we decided to see where it would fall in the great tableau of his insanity.
23. Feb 2008: Given a ticket for unlawful smoking in Burbank; issued an arrest warrant for not showing up in court a month later, but the warrant was rescinded when his lawyer showed up a day later.
22. December 2013: Revealed to have plagiarized two of his comic books.
21. August 2011: Brags in Details magazine about hooking up with Isabel Lucas and Megan Fox while they were both in relationships
2o. Jan 2014: Skywrites #stopcreating after he feels attacked by Daniel Clowes and the media for plagiarizing
19. Jan 2014: Hit with a cease-and-desist letter from Daniel Clowes and his lawyers after tweeting about his “new project” and copying the description of one of Clowes’ novels word for word.
18. Nov 2012: Starts a bar fight in London after someone steals his hat.
17. Feb 2013: Drops out of the Broadway production of Orphans, citing “creative differences” with Alec Baldwin; Baldwin maintains he was fired due to difficult behavior.
16. June 2012: Appears nude in music video for Sigur Ros’ "Fjögur Píanó."
15. Nov 2007: Arrested for misdemeanor trespassing after refusing to leave a Walgreens when a security guard asked him to.
14. Feb 2013: Publishes an apology email he wrote Alec Baldwin on Twitter which he plagiarized from a 2009 Esquire essay.
13. Dec 2013: Revealed to have plagiarized significant parts of his short film, HowardContour.com from the graphic novelist Daniel Clowes; tweets an apology that itself was plagiarized.
12. Dec 2013: Begins overtly plagiarizing all of his tweets from other celebrities.
11. Jan 2013: Takes acid in preparation for his role in Charlie Countryman, films his trip and sends the video to co-star Evan Rachel Wood for critique.
10. Jan 2014: Skywrites an apology to Daniel Clowes… nowhere near where the novelist would be able to see it.
9. Jan 2014: Retires from all public life on Twitter; continues to tweet.
8. Feb 2014: Arrives at Berlin Film Festival press conference in ratty, dirty street clothes, recites Eric Cantona’s infamous “seagulls” speech, then abruptly leaves.
7. Feb 2014: Attends the Nymphomaniac premiere with a paper bag over his head that reads “I AM NOT FAMOUS ANYMORE.”
6. June 2014: Is escorted out of a Broadway performance of Cabaret in handcuffs after “acting disorderly, yelling and being loud” during the first act and reportedly smoking in the theater.
5. June 2014: Caught on video chasing a man through Times Square. Some onlookers claimed he wanted the man’s McDonald’s French fries, while TMZ claims that the man was actually holding a tan cap, rather than a fast food bag.
4. Feb 2005: Arrested and charged with assault after threatening his neighbor by driving into his car; allegedly showed up on neighbor’s doorstep later that night brandishing a kitchen knife.
3. Oct 2013: Attempts to film two girls vomiting on a sidewalk in London, gets punched in the face and kicked in the junk.
2. Jan 2013: Dropped acid on the set of Charlie Countryman in front of the cast and crew to get into character, despite the fact that the character actually takes ecstasy. Gets naked, runs around, hallucinates an owl and traumatizes Rupert Grint.
1. Feb 2014: Holds an art exhibition – titled #IAMSORRY – in which people select a random object and sit in a room with him, while he endures whatever they do to him; he always cries at the end, even though everyone thinks they’re the only person he cried for. The exhibition is criticized for ripping off performance artists Marina Abromovic and for being insane. Only Jaden Smith gets it.
Rocker Gregg Allman and the producers of his biopic Midnight Rider have been hit by another lawsuit connected to the fatal train accident that took place on the set in February (14). Make-up artist Antonyia Verna has become the latest crew member to file suit over injuries she sustained as she ran from an oncoming train while shooting on railroad tracks in Wayne County, Georgia.
The parents of camera assistant Sarah Jones, who was killed, were the first to file suit against the filmmakers. They were joined by hairstylist Joyce Gilliard.
Verna, who was injured as she ran from the train, is also suing Allman, Unclaimed Freight Productions, Open Road Films and others.
There have been reports of six other injuries.
According to her lawsuit, obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Midnight Rider producers failed to get permission to film on the trestle bridge and concealed that fact from the rest of the cast and crew. She claims the defendants failed to take "minimum safety precautions" and failed to "comply with applicable industry standards".
Verna alleges she suffered "serious physical injuries, medical and other necessary expenses, post-traumatic stress, mental anguish, lost income, and mental and physical pain and suffering."
She is demanding compensatory and punitive damages. She is joined in the action by her spouse Richard Brewer, who also wants monetary damages for his own suffering.
Filming was shut down following the incident and director Randall Miller has yet to resume the project.
Allman and his fellow defendants have yet to comment on the new lawsuit, but the veteran rocker's attorney recently insisted his client had nothing to do with selecting shooting locations or "the actual physical production of the film".
Allman tried to sue Miller and his production company in early May (14) in an effort to win back the film rights to his life story after insisting the movie project should no longer go ahead. The rocker subsequently dropped the lawsuit after reaching an undisclosed agreement with Miller.
British pop rockers Lawson came close to losing two bandmembers and a roadie when the door of their tour bus unexpectedly opened while they were speeding down a motorway. Frontman Andy Brown and guitarist Joel Pleat were standing near the coach door with a member of the band's tour crew when the opening mechanism was accidentally pressed, leaving them in danger of being sucked out of the gap and onto the road.
Speaking to the In:Demand radio show at Britain's Isle of Wight Festival, Brown says, "There was a near death experience... The guy who was doing our monitors at the time leant against the (bus) door... This must be a fault with the bus, as we were going sixty or seventy miles an hour down the motorway, he accidentally hit the open door button and the door behind him started to open as he started to fall. I don't know how he did it, he just corrected it and was like, 'No!'"
Pleat adds, "You know like that bit in Alien (sci-fi movie Alien Resurrection)? When Sigourney Weaver smashed the window and the alien gets suck out? The alien was me, it was trying to pull me out the door, I didn't like it, I was afraid. It was a bad day."
Brown concludes, "He was holding onto a pole; I was the one stood by the door. It was a terrifying thing."
Singer Morrissey has cancelled a concert in Atlanta, Georgia on Wednesday night (04Jun14) after falling sick with a virus. The former The Smiths star and several members of his road crew have been taken ill, according to the show's promoters.
It is the fourth time in less than two years that the rocker has pulled out of a planned gig in the city.
Morrissey hit the road in May (14) for a tour of the U.S. after cancelling 60 concerts last year (13) and scrapping his American tour following a string of health woes.
All tickets for the Atlanta gig will be refunded. The singer is due back onstage in Atlantic City, New Jersey on Friday (06Jun14).
Queen stars Brian May and Roger Taylor took to the stage at the end of the final performance of the band's West End musical We Will Rock You to bring the curtain down in style. The show at the Dominion Theatre closed on Saturday night (31May14) after 12 years, and the last ever performance featured a special appearance by the bandmates during the curtain call.
May and Taylor performed Queen's iconic hit Bohemian Rhapsody for the stunned audience, and gave an emotional speech to mark the show's closure.
May told the crowd, "We want to thank every one of the hundreds of theatre artists, musicians and crew with whom we've had the privilege of working. And of course, the audiences who have rewarded them with more than 4,500 standing ovations."
HBO's new comedy Silicon Valley has been enjoying a great freshman year: a second season pickup, a plum spot after megawatt hit Game of Thrones, and generally warm critical response. However, as the show approaches its first season finale it's becoming clear there's a bug with the tech world comedy: the show has a real woman problem.
When the show premiered, one of the only criticisms leveled against it was the not-so-surprising lack of female characters on the show. To date, there is still only one recurring female character, the straight-laced and professionally competent Monica, assistant to venture capitalist Peter Gregory. Monica has gotten scant development in her time on screen, mostly popping up to play mother hen to the Pied Piper guys or taking on the role of put-upon assistant to Gregory. While her competent energy is much appreciated on a show involving so many screwups and socially awkward bro-grammers, she's not exactly blazing a new path for female characters on male dominated comedies. Aren't the female characters in most "dude" comedies kind of always the straight (wo)men?
Throughout the first season's seven episodes, other women have also appeared on the show. This is unfortunately not the great news you might think. Before the gang caravaned down to TechCrunch Disrupt the only women who popped up on the show were a stripper and a scantily clad girlfriend, whose entire storyline revolved around which of the housemates she would sleep with.
The TechCrunch Disrupt storyline only served to highlight just how poorly women are portrayed on the comedy. At the conference the ratio of women to men improved slightly, but their characterization did not. We met a girl who claimed Richard was "obsessed" with her, a girl who used her feminine wiles in exchange for code, and the wife of a judge Erlich has sex with, multiple times. The only woman, besides Monica, who speaks and is not entangled in a romantic subplot is a panel judge, not exactly a fully-dimensional character. In the world of Silicon Valley, women are around to be eye candy or romantic partners, and not much more.
Preparing for the conference, Monica tells the man-children in her care that while normally the tech world is about two percent women, at Disrupt it will jump to a staggering 15 percent. In point of fact, rough figures put the number of women coders at somewhere close to 12 percent; still low but not exactly the nonentities they've been on the series so far.
And that figure only takes into account women who code; it doesn't consider all the women in other roles within the tech world, meaning we should be seeing more than one woman with a regular speaking role on the show. Women might not dominate the tech field, but they're certainly not the unicorns Silicon Valley has made them out to be.
To be fair, the real Silicon Valley is also extremely male. And the show has given nods to some of the most egregiously sexist nonsense that has gone down in the real tech world. Take Bighead's app "Nip Alert," which lets you know when the nipples of a nearby woman are erect. Even a stripper dropping into the episode pegged the app, correctly, as horribly sexist. You'd think that's something only the twisted and hilarious mind of Mike Judge could conceive, but the app actually has its roots in reality. At TechCrunch Disrupt 2013, controversy erupted when a similarly sexist app called "Titstare" was unveiled. As bad as things seem to be on the HBO comedy, they might actually be worse in real life.
Silicon Valley, the television show, has an opportunity to do what Silicon Valley, the location, has not: include women in the conversation. The show is smart and funny and painfully aware of the world it is satirizing. But despite what the writers seem to think, the world of Silicon Valley isn't a world without women. Thankfully the show has been renewed for a second season, and if Pied Piper takes off (despite its thus far horrendous conference announcement) there will be opportunities to bring new women characters (and coders) into the mix. Just like the socially awkward men that populate Silicon Valley, there's plenty of humor to be mined from the women who call the Valley their home. If only the show would make room for their stories, and their voices, to be heard.
What do you think? Do you think Silicon Valley needs more women in the cast? Sound off in the comments!