The Hunger Games: Catching Fire blazed its way to glory at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards on Sunday (13Apr14), taking home a trio of top prizes. Co-stars Jennifer Lawrence and Josh Hutcherson fought off competition to land the Best Female and Best Male Performance honours, while the film itself claimed the night's most coveted title for Movie of the Year.
Accepting the Movie of the Year award with co-star Sam Claflin, Hutcherson paid tribute to late actor Philip Seymour Hoffman, who played Plutarch Heavensbee in the film franchise. He said, "I know that if Philip were here, he would really think this was really cool and to have him in our movies was one of the coolest things in the world, he's one of the actors I've looked up to my entire life, and we think about him every day on set, so wherever he is, this definitely goes out to him as well."
Meanwhile, Oscar winner Jared Leto scored gold again for his role as transgender HIV sufferer Rayon in Dallas Buyers Club, taking home the Best On-Screen Transformation trophy, Zac Efron was feted with the Best Shirtless Performance and comedy We're the Millers won Best Kiss for Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter, who also took home the Breakthrough Performance prize. Channing Tatum received the Trailblazer Award and Mark Wahlberg was presented with the Generation Award.
Jordana Brewster was on hand to remember her tragic Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker, who died in an horrific car crash in November (13). She said, "He was humble. He thought about others. He never asked for credit or glory. He was just a really good guy." She then introduced a video montage of Walker's best performances.
Musical appearances at the Los Angeles ceremony, which was hosted by comedian Conan O'Brien, came from the likes of Ellie Goulding, Twenty One Pilots and rapper Eminem and Rihanna, who teamed up to perform their smash hit The Monster live on TV for the first time.
The main list of winners is as follows: Movie of the Year: The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Best Female Performance: Jennifer Lawrence - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Best Male Performance: Josh Hutcherson - The Hunger Games: Catching Fire Breakthrough Performance: Will Poulter - We're the Millers Best Kiss: Emma Roberts, Jennifer Aniston and Will Poulter - We're the Millers Best Fight: Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lilly vs Orcs in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug Best Comedic Performance: Jonah Hill, The Wolf of Wall Street Best Shirtless Performance: Zac Efron - That Awkward Moment Best Villain: Mila Kunis - Oz The Great and Powerful Best On-Screen Transformation: Jared Leto - Dallas Buyers Club Best Musical Moment: Backstreet Boys, Jay Baruchel, Seth Rogen and Craig Robinson performing Everybody in This is the End Best Cameo Performance: Rihanna - This is the End Favorite Character: Shailene Woodley as Beatrice 'Tris' Prior in Divergent Trailblazer Award: Channing Tatum WTF Moment: Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street Best Scared-As-S**t Performance: Brad Pitt – World War Z Best On-Screen Duo: Vin Diesel and Paul Walker – Fast & Furious 6 Best Hero: Henry Cavill as Clark Kent –Man of Steel Generation Award: Mark Wahlberg.
Paul Walker is set to be honoured at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards this weekend (12-13Apr14) with a special salute from his Fast & Furious franchise co-star Jordana Brewster. The tragic actor, who died in a car crash in November (13), will be remembered in a tribute segment, according to the Los Angeles Times.
MTV president Stephen Friedman says, "Paul Walker was a role model for the MTV audience since the very beginning of his too-short career.
"Our audience grew up with him, from Varsity Blues to the Furious franchise. He was a movie star but one that they could relate to. Paul's humanity and kindness clearly showed through every role.
"We're honoured to be able to spend a moment in this year's Movie Awards to celebrate him."
MTV Movie Awards executive producer Garrett English tells The Associated Press, "Well, I think we are just really happy and honoured that they were willing to allow us to celebrate him in some way on the show. And his family and friends were willing to have that happen.
"He's been such a big part of the channel, what the channel's audience has been about. He's been such a big part of our show in the past that it felt really right to us, and we're just really happy and honoured that they were willing to allow us to do something for him on the show."
The awards ceremony will take place in Los Angeles on Sunday (13Apr14).
Captain America: The Winter Soldier is filled — and I mean jam-packed — with genre-bending, action-heavy, sportily tense and relentlessly sinuous, sky-high-concept and maniacally bonkers stuff. Polygonal mayhem that aims, and impressively so, to top the Marvel lot in ideas, deconstructing every thriller staple from government corruption to talking computers to odd couple agents gone rogue. But oddly enough, the moment in the Cap sequel that I find most arresting several weeks after seeing the film is our peaceful reunion with Steve Rogers, trotting merrily around the Washington Monument as the sun rises on our nation's capital.
The scene is shot from far overhead, a low pulse/high spirits Chris Evans reduced to a shapeless blur as he repeatedly (but politely!) laps fellow jogger and veteran Sam Wilson (Anthony Mackie)... and yet it might be the closest we feel to Cap throughout the movie.
The Winter Soldier has a lot to worry about in the delivery of its content. Managing a plot as ambitious and multifaceted as its own, with themes as grand as the scope of the American mentality — as represented by Steve Rogers, raised in the good old days of gee-golly-jingoism — it doesn't always have the faculties to devote to humanizing its central troupe. Cap isn't left hollow, but his battles with the dark cloud of contemporary skepticism play more like an intriguing Socratic discussion than an emotional arc. Scarlett Johansson's Black Widow, a character who ran circles around her Avengers co-players in flavor, feels a bit shortchanged in that department here (in her closest thing to a starring role yet, no less).
Mackie's Falcon, a regular joe who is roped into the calamity thanks largely to his willingness to chat with a fellow runner — a rare skill, honestly — is less of a problem. He doesn't have much to do, but he does it all well enough. Dynamic though he may be, Mackie keeps things bridled as Cap's ad-hoc sidekick, playing up the along-for-the-ride shtick rather than going full (or even half) superhero. We might want more from him, knowing just how fun he can be, but it's a sating dose. The real hunger is for more in the way of Black Widow, Cap, and — perhaps most of all — the titular villain.
Still, these palpable holes pierce through a film that gets plenty right. As elegantly as Joe Johnston did the Spielberg thing back in 2011, Joe and Anthony Russo take on the ballots of post-innocence. They aren't afraid to get wild and weird, taking The Winter Soldier through valleys that feel unprecedented in superhero cinema. We're grateful for the invention here — for Robert Redford's buttoned-up Tom Clancy villain, for the directors' aggressive tunneling through a wide underworld of subterranean corruption, and especially for one scene in an army bunker that amounts to the most charmingly bats**t crazy reveal in any Marvel movie yet. We might be most grateful, though, for a new take on Nick Fury; here, the franchise gives Samuel L. Jackson his best material by a mile.
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But in the absence of definitive work done in our heroing couple, a pair rich in fibers but relegated to broad strokes and easy quips in this turn, most of it amounts to a fairly good spy thriller, not an ace-in-the-whole neo-superhero masterpiece... which, justly or otherwise, is what we've come to expect and demand from these things.
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A second man accused of stealing the roof from the sportscar Paul Walker took his last ride in has been released on bail after surrendering to police on Tuesday (10Dec13). Los Angeles authorities charged both Anthony Janow, 25, and Jameson Witty, 18, with one felony count of grand theft of personal property on Monday (09Dec13), amid allegations they stole parts of the wreckage of the Porsche Carrera GT that the Fast & Furious star and his pal, driver Roger Rodas, were in when they crashed on 30 November (13).
They also face misdemeanour counts of destroying evidence.
Witty was arrested last week (ends06Dec13) and released from custody, while Janow handed himself in to authorities at the San Fernando court house for booking on Tuesday. He has since been released on $60,000 (£40,000) bail.
Both men face up to four and a half years behind bars if convicted.
Meanwhile, Walker's family is reportedly set to hold a private funeral for the star at Hollywood's Forest Lawn Memorial Park after his remains were released by coroners this week (begs09Dec13).
Sources claim the tragic actor's Fast & Furious franchise co-stars, including Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez and Jordana Brewster, will be among those invited to attend the small family memorial.
Wrestler-turned-actor Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson has urged fans to cherish their loved ones as he struggles to come to terms with the loss of his Fast Five co-star Paul Walker. The actor was killed in a car accident in California last Saturday (30Nov13) and movie tough guy Johnson poured his heart out about his friend's death in an interview on EW.com earlier this week (begs02Dec13), revealing they bonded over their connections as fathers to daughters on set.
He has now taken to his Instagram.com page to remind fans of the importance of showing friends and family that they are appreciated.
Alongside a photo of himself and Walker, Johnson writes, "Losing a loved one jolts our hearts to the core. It also has a very special way of helping us move forward to live & love as greatly as possible. Hug our loved ones a little tighter. Pray a little stronger. Work a little harder. Smile a little bigger. Life goes on and memories are forever cherished..."
Walker's fellow Fast and Furious franchise stars Vin Diesel, Michelle Rodriguez, Jordana Brewster, Tyrese Gibson and Ludacris have also paid tribute to the late actor in the days since the tragedy.
Meanwhile, photos showing Walker serving as his brother Caleb's best man at a family wedding in October (13) have been obtained Us Weekly magazine. The touching shots, which include one of the siblings posing with their arms around each other, were taken at the Dove Canyon Country Club in Rancho Santa Margarita, California, where Caleb exchanged vows with his girlfriend Stephanie just six weeks before his brother's death.
Production on Fast & Furious 7 has been shut down indefinitely by movie executives following the death of franchise star Paul Walker. Walker perished in a fiery car crash in Valencia, California on Saturday (30Nov13) - a day before he and his castmates were scheduled to resume filming in Atlanta, Georgia.
Universal Studios bosses immediately shut down the production to allow cast and crew to mourn Walker's death and now it seems filming won't start up again for "a period of time" and the executives, producers, writers and stars of the movie decide how to move forward with the project without their leading man.
A statement from a Universal spokesperson reads, "Right now, all of us at Universal are dedicated to providing support to Paul's immediate family and our extended Fast & Furious family of cast, crew and filmmakers. At this time we feel it is our responsibility to shut down production on Fast & Furious 7 for a period of time so we can assess all options available to move forward with the franchise.
"We are committed to keeping Fast & Furious fans informed, and we will provide further information to them when we have it. Until then, we know they join us in mourning the passing of our dear friend Paul Walker."
The film, which also stars Vin Diesel, Jordana Brewster and Michelle Rodriguez, was originally due to hit theatres on 11 July (14).
Jordana Brewster and Tyrese Gibson have added their tributes to Fast & Furious co-star Paul Walker after learning of his death in a car crash on Saturday (30Nov13). The actor was a passenger in a Porsche sportscar which crashed into a lightpost and tree in Valencia, California and burst into flames.
Many of Walker's co-stars took to Twitter.com to mark the passing of the 40 year old within hours of the tragedy with Vin Diesel and Ludacris among the first celebrities to pay tribute.
Brewster, who played the actor's love interest in the Fast & Furious films, added her thoughts via Twitter on Sunday (01Dec13), writing, "Paul was pure light. I cannot believe he is gone."
And fellow co-star Tyrese took to his Instagram page and posted a photograph on himself and Walker on the set of the latest Fast & Furious film.
He added, "My heart is hurting so bad no one can make me believe this is real Father God I pray that you send clarity over this cause I just don't understand My heart hurts it's broken no one can convince me that this is real... Prayer warriors please pray real hard for his only child, his daughter and family... My God... I can't believe I'm writing this."
He later wrote, "At least I got to say I love you... But this I just don't understand."
Gibson has since paid his respects at the makeshift curbside memorial at the site of the fatal car crash. Fans of the late actor have been leaving flowers and cards at the intersection where Walker lost his life.
In one of his final interviews, Walker told WENN that both Gibson and Brewster were very special to him.
He said, "Tyrese is just like a big kid. I think I'm Peter Pan but he's Peter Pan on crack!"
And the actor stated, "I legitimately love Jordana. We met when we were little kids hanging out on the first one (Fast & the Furious) when she was 17 years old."
Don't be fooled by Paul Walker and Vin Diesel's movie friendship in the Fast & Furious films - it's all just for show. Walker reveals he and his co-star are not pals and they often annoy one another.
He tells WENN, "Vin and I are so east coast-meets-west coast, and we have different approaches to life. We found a respect for one another but we were such opposite ends of the spectrum. The reason why it's worked is because we are so different.
"I don't know if we necessarily found a stride together because there are certain days I still want to crack him in the head! But he looks at me and there are days he wants to crack me in the head too. Then there are times he'll look at me and say, 'Man, I wish I could be more like you,' and I'm like, 'F**ker, I wish I could be more like you!'"
But Walker does get along with his other castmates in the film franchise, adding, "Tyrese (Gibson) is just like a big kid. I think I'm Peter Pan but he's Peter Pan on crack! And Chris (Bridges)... He's one of the coolest people I ever knew. He comes from a really solid family. He's an old soul and wise beyond his years.
"As for the girls, I legitimately love Jordana (Brewster). We met when we were little kids hanging out on the first one (Fast & the Furious) when she was 17 years old. Michelle (Rodriguez) and I, we've been through it all. Michelle's like the most original person on the planet. She's so straight up, uncensored all the time. Be ready. I love her for that."
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Where does Jesse Pinkman go after he's Breaking Bad days are over? He becomes a gifted street racer, of course. In the first trailer for Need For Speed, Aaron Paul races his heart out as Tobey Marshall, a small-time mechanic who is wrongfully imprisoned by his business partner Dino Brewster, (Dominic Cooper), seeking revenge by participating in a New York-to-L.A. cross-country race.
The trailer zooms by in a symphony of crunching metal and orange sparks with operatic music swelling in the background. It's all very pretty and thrilling, but perhaps a bit too heavy on the drama. This is a movie about cars going really fast and crashing into each other (and it's based on a video game). There's no reason to overdo the gravitas. There's even a silly voiceover with Aaron Paul spouting lines like:
"I do not fear, for you are with me.""All those who defied me shall be ashamed and disgraced.""Those who wage war on me will perish."
These lines sound less like a scorned street racer in an action movie and more like a certain methamphetamine kingpin. Lines like "Those who wage war on me will perish" sound like the kinds of things Walter White would scream before running over a couple of drug dealers, or yelling about how much you should stay out of his territory. If you close your eyes and listen, you can almost see Walter White careening down a twisty mountain highway in his olive green Aztec, throwing baggies of blue meth at the other racers Mario Kart style.
We'd like to think that this new Need For Speed film takes place after Breaking Bad in some alternate reality where Jesse Pinkman gets his identity changed, and becomes a street racer who learned all of his insults from his high school chemistry teacher. But what we're really in for is probably just a melodramatic car crash movie.
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Saved By The Bell, Knight Rider and Punky Brewster are among the TV series set for a return to pop culture in the form of comic books. The shows, as well as Miami Vice and Airwolf, aired on U.S. network NBC during the 1980s and 1990s, and now TV executives have teamed up with chiefs at Missouri publishing house Lion Forge Comics for a new project to revive the five programmes.
Digital forms of the comics will be available for e-book purchase later this year (13), reconnecting fans with some of America's most-loved characters, including Miami Vice detectives James 'Sonny' Crockett and Ricardo Tubbs, Saved by the Bell's Zack Morris, who was portrayed by Mark-Paul Gosselaar, and Soleil Moon Frye's Penelope 'Punky' Brewster.
Comic book executive David Steward says, "From hugely popular characters such as Crockett and Tubbs, Zack Morris and Punky Brewster to highly stylised music and clothing choices, these TV franchises have had a significant impact on pop culture. We here at Lion Forge are looking forward to extending that influence by creating visually appealing and entertaining experiences on mobile devices for a whole new generation of fans."