Movie star Dwayne Johnson is still close to his ex-wife and her family - Dany Garcia remains the Fast Five star's manager, her brother Hiram is his producing partner, and her new husband, Dave Rienzi, is his conditioning coach.
A portion of the proceeds of DVD sales of Fast & Furious 6 will be donated to tragic star Paul Walker's Reach Out WorldWide charity. The movie star was getting ready to promote the release next week (10Dec13) when he was killed in a car accident on Saturday (30Nov13) in California.
He had just wrapped up a Reach Out WorldWide charity event in Santa Clarita when the crash took place.
The non-profit supports professionals with first responder skills who leap into action when natural disasters strike.
Walker founded the charity after the Haiti earthquake in 2010.
Announcing the cash injection on Tuesday (03Dec13), Universal Pictures chairman Donna Langley says, "With the passing of Paul, the world has lost a man who spent a great deal of his life in service to others. We share in the deep grief of his family, friends and the countless fans who love him.
"We keep Paul’s memory alive and honor his legacy through continued support of Reach Out WorldWide, the non-profit he founded to give hope to those who must rebuild after they have experienced natural disasters."
Meanwhile, Walker's Fast & Furious 6 co-star Dwayne Johnson has poured out his heart about his friend's death in a new EW.com interview.
The former wrestler reveals he and Walker bonded over their connections as fathers to daughters on the set.
He says, "He was motivated by work that allowed him to take care of his family, number one, and that also allowed him the power and the leverage to help people in need and in crisis.
"When I first met Paul, I think in our late 20s, we were young kids in the business. Then, years later, when I did Fast Five, we had an opportunity to spend a lot of time together and become reacquainted. At that time, we had both been in the business... for over a decade, and the most important thing that we had in common was the importance of family time and being a great father to our daughters. We bonded over that."
Walker leaves behind his 15-year-old daughter and Johnson has a 12 year old, called Simone, with ex-wife Dany Garcia.
The actor adds, "It was always the number one topic we would talk about. We would talk about silly guy things, his fast cars and my pickup trucks, or we would talk about the beautiful energy of Hawaii - but it always ultimately came back to family, and very specifically, the beautiful and important bond between a father and his daughter, and how we both realised that over the years."
Wrestler-turned-action man Dwayne 'The Rock' Johnson will premiere his new U.S. reality TV series in January (12). The Fast Five star and his ex-wife, producer Dany Garcia, teamed up with executives at Electus Entertainment to create The Hero, which will feature ordinary people participating in high-stakes adventures across three continents.
There's an allure to imperfection. With his latest drama Lawless director John Hillcoat taps directly into the side of human nature that draws us to it. Hillcoat finds it in Prohibition history a time when the regulations of alcohol consumption were subverted by most of the population; He finds it in the rural landscapes of Virginia: dingy raw and mesmerizing. And most importantly he finds it in his main character Jack Bondurant (Shia LaBeouf) the scrappy third brother of a moonshining family who is desperate to prove his worth. Jack forcefully injects himself into the family business only to discover there's an underbelly to the underbelly. Lawless is a beautiful film that's violent as hell striking in a way only unfiltered Americana could be.
Acting as the driver for his two outlaw brothers Forrest (Tom Hardy) and Howard (Jason Clarke) isn't enough for Jack. He's enticed by the power of the gangster figure and entranced by what moonshine money can buy. So like any fledgling entrepreneur Jack takes matters into his own hands. Recruiting crippled family friend/distillery mastermind Cricket (Dane DeHaan) the young whippersnapper sets out to brew his own batch sell it to top dog Floyd Banner and make the family rich. The plan works — but it puts the Bondurant boys in over their heads with a new threat: the corrupt law enforcers of Chicago.
Unlike many stories of crime life Lawless isn't about escalation. The movie drifts back and forth leisurely popping in moments like the beats of a great TV episode. One second the Bondurants could be talking shop with their female shopkeep Maggie Beauford (Jessica Chastain). The next Forrest is beating the bloody pulp out of a cop blackmailing their operation. The plot isn't thick; Hillcoat and screenwriter Nick Cave preferring to bask in the landscapes the quiet moments the haunting terror that comes with a life on the other side of the tracks. A feature film doesn't offer enough time for Lawless to build — it recalls cinema-level TV currently playing on outlets like HBO and AMC that have truly spoiled us — but what the duo accomplish is engrossing.
Accompanying the glowing visuals and Cave's knockout workout on the music side (a toe-tapping mix of spirituals bluegrass and the writer/musician's spine-tingling violin) are muted performances from some of Hollywood's rising stars. Despite LaBeouf's off-screen antics he lights up Lawless and nails the in-deep whippersnapper. His playful relationship with a local religious girl (Mia Wasikowska) solidifies him as a leading man but like everything in the movie you want more. Tom Hardy is one of the few performers who can "uurrr" and "mmmnerm" his way through a scene and come out on top. His greatest sparring partner isn't a hulking thug but Chastain who brings out the heart of the impenetrable beast. The real gem of Lawless is Guy Pearce as the Bondurant trio's biggest threat. Shaved eyebrows pristine city clothes and a temper like a rabid wolverine Pearce's Charlie Rakes is the most frightening villain of 2012. He viciously chews up every moment he's on screen. That's even before he starts drawing blood.
Lawless is the perfect movie for the late August haze — not quite the Oscary prestige picture or the summertime shoot-'em-up. It's drama that has its moonshine and swigs it too. Just don't drink too much.
The Fast Five star and his producer pal Dany Garcia are teaming up with executives at Electus Entertainment to create The Hero, which will send ordinary people on a high-stakes adventures across three continents as a test of their inner strength.
The professional fighter will serve as a mentor and support coach for the contestants on the show.
Electus founder Ben Silverman tells trade publication Variety, "While Dwayne's physical stature is unmatched, it is his uncompromising moral character and humanity that proves what an inspirational hero he is."
And Johnson fans will have a chance to get involved.
The actor adds, "The Hero will bridge the digital and physical world on the small screen in an unmatched fashion, enabling fans to determine the fate of the show's contestants entirely through social media and onscreen decision making."
The former couple split in 2007 after 10 years of marriage, but the two don't harbour any bad feelings - Garcia remains in control of the Fast Five star's finances and business deals.
She tells People magazine, "He has a strong sense of family. We have that extra layer of trust that can only come from family. We are just a different family, and we keep adding people."
In fact Johnson and Garcia have made it a habit to spend Thanksgiving together for the sake of their 11-year-old daughter Simone but each year they bring their respective partners.
And professional wrestler Johnson is absolutely smitten with his new girlfriend 27-year-old singer Lauren Hashian.
He adds, "To fall in love again? That's a hard thing to do twice in the position I'm in. I'm one lucky son of a b**ch."
DreamWorks is revving up a dramatic feature adaptation of Marshall Curry's documentary Racing Dreams, Variety reports. The duo of Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci are producing. The studio will attach a writer in the coming weeks.
The Curry film won best documentary at last year's Tribeca Film Festival. It follows three young racers as they compete in the World Karting Association's National Pavement Series.
Steven Puri and Bobby Cohen are exec producing alongside Dany Garcia and Dwayne Johnson. Jack Turner, Bristol Baughan and Curry will also exec produce.
Kurtzman/Orci have a number of projects set up at DreamWorks including Jon Favreau's Cowboys and Aliens along with Atlantis Rising and Deep Sea Cowboys.