The 30-year-old sportsman was on his way to his brother's wedding in Atlanta, Georgia when he lost control of his bike as he tried to avoid a collision with an oncoming car. His vehicle spun out of control and he landed on his back on the road.
The accident snapped his spine and his trainer father George Peterson reveals Williams will never be able to step back into the ring again.
He tells ESPN.com, "They’re saying he won’t walk again or box again. Paul is in denial right now. It’s been that way with him. You tell him he can’t or won’t do something, and he wants to prove you different. So whatever the doctors say, he’s not listening. But they say that (walking and boxing) is not going to happen."
Williams, a two-time World Boxing Organization Welterweight Champion and Light Middleweight Champion, had just signed up for a big fight against Saul 'Canelo' Alvarez in September (12). The bout has been cancelled as a result of his accident.
William Balfour, 31, was convicted of fatally shooting Hudson's mother Darnell Donerson, 57, her brother Jason Hudson, 29, and her seven-year-old nephew Julian King in 2008 by an Illinois jury on Friday (11May12) after two days of deliberation.
As the verdict was read out in court, Oscar winner Hudson broke down in tears and had to be comforted by her fiance, David Otunga. Her sister Julia was also present for the verdict.
Now the pair has released a statement through attorney Anita Alvarez, who reveals the devastated sisters are glad Balfour has been brought to justice.
Alvarez told reporters after the verdict, "I spoke with Jennifer and Julia Hudson after the verdict... they are both very pleased and very appreciative of the co-operation that we have provided for them. They are relieved and we hope that this verdict gives them some sense of justice."
The 30 Rock star proposed to fitness instructor Hilaria Thomas over the weekend (31Mar12-01Apr12) and his representative confirmed the happy news on Monday (02Apr12).
Two writers for the New York Daily News decided to get their own snaps of Thomas wearing her new square-cut Cartier sparkler as she taught a yoga class that day, and the images were published in the paper on Tuesday (03Apr12), the actor's 54th birthday.
But Baldwin was none too happy to hear about the reporters' sneaky shots and he called them out in a Twitter.com rant on Monday, chastising them for their actions.
In a series of posts, he wrote, "Two reporters from the Daily News crashed @hilariathomas ' yoga class today to take photos and post pictures. Their names are ....Simone Weichselbaum...And Enid Alvarez...Shame on the no- talent trash from the Daily News for invading the privacy of 75 people in a yoga class to take a picture of someone."
In a post-Harry Potter Avatar and Lord of the Rings world the descriptors "sci-fi" and "fantasy" conjure up particular imagery and ideas. The Hunger Games abolishes those expectations rooting its alternate universe in a familiar reality filled with human characters tangible environments and terrifying consequences. Computer graphics are a rarity in writer/director Gary Ross' slow-burn thriller wisely setting aside effects and big action to focus on star Jennifer Lawrence's character's emotional struggle as she embarks on the unthinkable: a 24-person death match on display for the entire nation's viewing pleasure. The final product is a gut-wrenching mature young adult fiction adaptation diffused by occasional meandering but with enough unexpected choices to keep audiences on their toes.
Panem a reconfigured post-apocalyptic America is sectioned off into 12 unique districts and ruled under an iron thumb by the oppressive leaders of The Capitol. To keep the districts producing their specific resources and prevent them from rebelling The Capitol created The Hunger Games an annual competition pitting two 18-or-under "tributes" from each district in a battle to the death. During the ritual tribute "Reaping " teenage Katniss (Lawrence) watches as her 12-year-old sister Primrose is chosen for battle—and quickly jumps to her aid becoming the first District 12 citizen to volunteer for the games. Joined by Peeta (Josh Hutcherson) a meek baker's son and the second tribute Effie the resident designer and Haymitch a former Hunger Games winner-turned-alcoholic-turned-mentor Katniss rides off to The Capitol to train and compete in the 74th Annual Hunger Games.
The greatest triumph of The Hunger Games is Ross' rich realization of the book's many worlds: District 12 is painted as a reminiscent Southern mining town haunting and vibrant; The Capitol is a utopian metropolis obsessed with design and flair; and The Hunger Games battleground is a sprawling forest peppered with Truman Show-esque additions that remind you it's all being controlled by overseers. The small-scale production value adds to the character-first approach and even when the story segues to larger arenas like a tickertape parade in The Capitol's grand Avenue of Tributes hall it's all about Katniss.
For fans the script hits every beat a nearly note-for-note interpretation of author Suzanne Collins' original novel—but those unfamiliar shouldn't worry about missing anything. Ross knows his way around a sharp screenplay (he's the writer of Big Pleasantville and Seabiscuit) and he's comfortable dropping us right into the action. His characters are equally as colorful as Panem Harrelson sticking out as the former tribute enlivened by the chance to coach winners. He's funny he's discreet he's shaded—a quality all the cast members share. As a director Ross employs a distinct often-grating perspective. His shaky cam style emphasizes the reality of the story but in fight scenarios—and even simple establishing shots of District 12's goings-on—the details are lost in motion blur.
But the dread of the scenario is enough to make Hunger Games an engrossing blockbuster. The lead-up to the actual competition is an uncomfortable and biting satire of reality television sports and everything that commands an audience in modern society. Katniss' brooding friend Gale tells her before she departs "What if nobody watched?" speculating that carnage might end if people could turn away. Unfortunately they can't—forcing Katniss and Peeta to become "stars" of the Hunger Games. The duo are pushed to gussy themselves up put on a show and play up their romance for better ratings. Lawrence channels her reserved Academy Award-nominated Winter's Bone character to inhabit Katniss' frustration with the system. She's great at hunting but she doesn't want to kill. She's compassionate and considerate but has no interest in bowing down to the system. She's a leader but she knows full well she's playing The Capitol's game. Even with 23 other contestants vying for the top spot—like American Idol with machetes complete with Ryan Seacrest stand-in Caesar Flickerman (the dazzling Stanley Tucci)—Katniss' greatest hurdle is internal. A brave move for a movie aimed at a young audience.
By the time the actual Games roll around (the movie clocks in at two and a half hours) there's a need to amp up the pace that never comes and The Hunger Games loses footing. Katniss' goal is to avoid the action hiding in trees and caves waiting patiently for the other tributes to off themselves—but the tactic isn't all that thrilling for those watching. Luckily Lawrence Hutcherson and the ensemble of young actors still deliver when they cross paths and particular beats pack all the punch an all-out deathwatch should. PG-13 be damned the film doesn't skimp on the bloodshed even when it comes to killing off children. The Hunger Games bites off a lot for the first film of a franchise and does so bravely and boldly. It may not make it to the end alive but it doesn't go down without a fight.
This Friday, Will Ferrell is releasing his first ever Spanish language movie, Casa de Mi Padre, in which he plays Mexican rancher Armando Alvarez. Appropriately, he has taken to the talk show circuit with his first ever Spanish language interview. Last night on Jimmy Kimmel Live!, Jimmy and Will conducted their entire interview in what can only in the most generous terms be called "Spanish."
The interview isn't satisfied with offending the grammatical structure of the language alone. There is also an excess of overacting band members, gratuitous gunfire and dancing chihuahuas, just to drive home that cultural insensitivity that only Ferrell can get away with. Which he does, even when Casa de Mi Padre costar Diego Luna erupts with fury from the studio audience, accusing Will of bringing shame to Mexican people.
Casa de Mi Padre comes to theaters this Friday, Mar. 16,
Cultures collide in uproarious fashion when Will Ferrell heads south of the border for his latest comedy, Casa de mi Padre. Ostensibly conceived as a broad satire of telenovelas, those fabulously over-the-top melodramas that have been a staple of Spanish-language television for decades, Casa de mi Padre counts as a significant departure for Ferrell, who speaks entirely in Spanish (with subtitles, of course) in the role of Armando Alvarez, the earnest but dimwitted son of a Mexican rancher besieged by local drug gangs.
Though Casa de mi Padre finds the funnyman in unfamiliar territory, Ferrell’s fans will nonetheless glimpse a familiar side of him in the film – specifically, his backside. Throughout his blockbuster career, Ferrell has never been afraid to bare all for a big laugh … or a small one … or for seemingly no reason whatsoever. But even an actor as thoroughly accustomed to on-screen nudity as Ferrell could us a little help once in a while. On those occasions, he calls on Rob Murchison, his longtime stunt-butt, to pinch-hit for him.
In an exclusive interview with Hollywood.com, Ferrell discussed stunt-butts, cross-cultural comedy, and his new Spanish nickname, Chicharito (given for his uncanny resemblance to a certain Manchester United striker):
Casa de mi Padre co-stars Gael Garcia Bernal, Genesis Rodriguez, and Diego Luna. It opens in select theaters this Friday, March 16, 2012.
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Levy, the star of hit U.S. TV series Suburgatory, is slated to replace Lily Collins, who was forced to drop out of the project last month (Jan12) due to scheduling issues.
Deadline.com reports Red Riding Hood star Fernandez has already signed on to play the male lead in the horror film, which will be produced by Raimi and Bruce Campbell - the star of his cult original.
Director Fede Alvarez and Diablo Cody teamed up to work on the script for the film.
UPDATE: The lead female role in The Evil Dead that, until recently, was assigned to Lilly Collins, has promptly been recast: Jane Levy, star of the ABC sitcom Suburgatory. Levy will take the role of the particularly troubled Mia, who is a revision of Bruce Campbell's Ash character from the original film in 1981. Levy's and costar Shiloh Fernandez's characters will be among a group who head into a woodland cabin destined to be visited by evil.
EARLIER: The developing The Evil Dead remake has given us mostly negative news lately. The iconic Ash character (Bruce Campbell in the '81 original) will not return. Lilly Collins has left the project. What are we left with? Whose lives will be touched by the Necronomicon? How can we invest in a project if it insists on existing independent of its most promising aspects?
Okay, maybe I'm being a little dramatic. There are still a lot of positive facets left in accordance with the production. Campbell and original director Sam Raimi are attached to produce. Diablo Cody helped work on the script. And in recent news, Shiloh Fernandez is climbing on board.
I'm not too well-versed in the young Fernandez. His biggest role to date was in last year's Red Riding Hood. He has also had recurring stints on The United States of Tara and Jericho. So, in all honesty, I cannot say for sure that Fernandez will aptly bring either the evil or the dead. But I have to imagine that the minds behind the '81 cult classic have to have a pretty good eye for what will constitute a worthy remake.
Fede Alvarez wrote the script and will direct, marking his first feature-length film.
The seemingly cursed remake of Sam Raimi's horror classic The Evil Dead encountered more turmoil today with the news that Lily Collins (Mirror Mirror, Abduction) has apparently dropped out of the project. Variety's Jeff Sneider tweeted the revelation earlier today, citing "scheduling issues" as the cause for her departure. Lily had been slated to play the lead character of Mia, an ex-drug addict who holes up with four friends in a remote cabin, whereupon some evil spirits come knocking. In the original film, the lead was named Ash and played by Bruce Campbell, but a script polish by Diablo Cody did away with all that.
Director Fede Alvarez will need to get started on finding a replacement right quick; the film is due in theaters April 12, 2013.
Casa de Mi Padre is laying claim to the title "the biggest international movie ever." What exactly does this mean? The largest budget? The most pronounced American star? The most guns? The Ron-est Swanson? In all of these aspects, Casa de Mi Padre might very well reign supreme. Will Ferrell plays Armando Alvarez, a Mexican farmhand who, along with his brothers, sets out to save their father's ranch, and Armando's love (Genesis Rodriguez), from a dangerous drug cartel.
The below trailer seems to really embrace the style of a Spanish-language action-drama, what with Ferrell and Rodriguez trading long, dramatic pauses and a good deal of flashy gunfire. But of course, there is still the presence of Ferrellian humor, especially when he and his cohorts patter off awkwardly after a bout of laughter. So, you get the best of both worlds.
Check out the fun trailer below, and catch Casa de Mi Padre in theaters on Mar. 16.