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On Saturday November 30, actor Paul Walker and his friend, race car driver Roger Rodas, were killed in a fiery car crash in Santa Clarita, CA. The friends were coming from a charity event raising money for people suffering the aftermath of Typhoon Haiyan in the Phillipines, sponsored by Walker's own charity, Reach Out Worldwide. Only 40 years old, Walker's death came as a shock and many celebrities took to Twitter to give their condolensces and share their disbelief.
RIP Paul Walker,loved working with you on "Into the Blue". I Will miss you.
— Tyson Beckford (@TysonCBeckford) December 1, 2013
Paul was a good dude. Conscientious & not caught up in Hollywood. He knew there was more to life & lived like it. Nice to know you brotha.
— Ryan Phillippe (@RyanPhillippe) December 1, 2013
This is awful. Awful. #RIPPaulWalker pls pray for his family, friends & fans. We've lost a great, laid back, sweet, cool man & father
— Gabrielle Union (@itsgabrielleu) December 1, 2013
#RIP Paul Walker .... One of the nicest, most down to earth guys in the business. Glad I had the honor of know & work with such person
— Trevor Donovan (@TrevDon) December 1, 2013
All my strength, love & faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength.. in his light. Love you brother.
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 1, 2013
I'm Heart broken Paul Walker, he was a mate of mine, very sad. My heart goes out to his daughter.
— Idris Elba (@idriselba) December 1, 2013
.@RealPaulWalker awful news. Paul was a lovely guy. Handsome as all hell and funny and cool to boot. Terrible news. My condolences.
— Dominic Monaghan (@DomsWildThings) December 1, 2013
Rachael Leigh Cook
Paul was a truly good person in a town of questionable characters. ..A real life tragedy if there ever was one.
— Rachael Leigh Cook (@RachaelLCook) December 1, 2013
I'm a devastated right now. My prayers & condolences go out to Paul Walkers family & friends. He was a amazing talent & will truly b missed
— Kevin Hart (@KevinHart4real) December 1, 2013
Age is but a number. In Hollywood, it's something you ignore altogether. Teen movies are equal opportunities employers: not even 30 year-olds are discriminated against in that search for the perfect juvie casting.
33 might seem old to don a kilt and bucket hat and hit the lockers for a high school TV series, but that's how many years Stacey Dash had clocked up by the time she hung up her Clueless franchise knee-socks. Alan Ruck made Ferris Bueller's Day Off, thanks to his off-the-charts levels of brooding adolescent angst. However, at the ripe old age of 29, he was more middle management, than middle school. It would have been pretty wrong for an under-18 to take on the steamy sex scenes of Wild Things, so they brought in a 27 year-old Denise Richards to take one - or several - for the team. Suspend your disbelief, ignore the crow's feet, try not to giggle as a karate 'Kid' with laughter lines defends his under-18 title.
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Now that The CW has canceled 90210 after five seasons, a question hangs over the heads of the actors who comprise the drama's hot, young ensemble: What next?
With their show's series finale airing Monday, May 13, the talented 90210 cast members have plenty of options ahead of them — especially since the decision to axe the show came in the thick of pilot season. The biggest (and best) idea at this point would be to capitalize on their CW fame and hop onto another show on the same network, either joining a recurring series or a new pilot. The CW loves to keep its actors in the family and recycle them across its different series (for which we are eternally grateful: If not for Cult, how else would we see the amazing Matt Davis every week after Alaric left us with tear-streaked faces following his Vampire Diaries death?). With that in mind, we've brainstormed some dream roles for each of the displaced 90210 kids. Here's what we came up with:
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AnnaLynne McCord has both the looks and attitude perfect to play a young, successful Manhattan woman in the '80s on The Carrie Diaries. Perhaps Carrie Bradshaw will need another mentor now that her first one is her boss at Interview magazine. Shenae Grimes has the sweet country girl act down pat (Annie was a nice girl from Kansas transplanted into Beverly Hills at the start of 90210), so maybe she can head to Bluebell, Alabama and befriend Hart of Dixie's Zoey Hart — the doctor's going to need a pal after her recent heartbreak thanks to Wade's infidelity. Matt Lanter's got the build and bravado to go up against Arrow's Oliver Queen in an action-packed fight, one that we are more than glad to witness. Especially if it's shirtless. But would he be a friend or foe to our favorite archer?
Jessica Stroup bears a certain family resemblance to Dillon Casey's Sean Pierce on Nikita, so she'd be perfect as one of the sisters he had to leave behind after he faked his death last week. Jessica Lowndes has the perfect dark looks to portray a vampire (either good or evil) on The Vampire Diaries — or the potential spin off series, The Originals. Michael Steger would be great in Greg Berlanti and Julie Plec's pilot The Tomorrow People, about young people who represent the next stage in human evolution. Tristan Wilds could check out Sera Gamble's pilot Company Town, a drama revolving around a scandal at a Naval base in Virginia.
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There are also other networks, though that's sometimes easy to forget between all the shirtlessness — why would you click anywhere else? Trevor Donovan has already signed on to guest star for three episodes on ABC Family's Melissa and Joey (in fact, his stint was announced mere hours after 90210's cancellation... now that's speedy, even by Hollywood's standards). Joining a show on a different network would give the actors a chance to build their fan base outside of The CW's target demo.
Of course, there's always the option to leave acting behind and fade away into obscurity... but something tells us these beautiful people will choose to stay on our TV screens one way or another. And that's right where we want them! What do you think the 90210 alums should do next?
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9021-Oh!: Looks like Jennifer Love Hewitt is getting a handsome new vistor when Lifetime’s The Client List returns next year. 90210’s Trevor Donovan is temporarily leaving his posh Beverly Hills show and headed over to The Rub—the secret prostitution massage parlor where Hewitt’s character, Riley Parks, works. Donovan will guest star in an upcoming episode as an NFL quarterback who has an odd dessert-driven fetish. Yum. [Zap2it]
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The basic premise of most crime revenge dramas is how much of our humanity we're willing to trade to get back what the other people — the ostensible baddies — have taken from us. Oliver Stone returns to this familiar stomping ground with Savages a splashy adaptation of Don Winslow's novel about a unique love affair a major marijuana-dealing business and an increasingly violent pissing match between two SoCal growers and the Baja Cartel.
Stone's frenetic visual style is in full swing but even this Oscar-winning auteur can't quite raise the film from mediocrity. It's hard to care whether or not Ben (Aaron Johnson) and Chon (Taylor Kitsch) rescue their gorgeous mutual girlfriend O (Blake Lively) from the cartel if O isn't engaging enough to persuade us she's worth the bloodshed. O (short for Ophelia — an allusion to her earthshaking climaxes) is not a well-written character to begin with but she's even less engaging as played by Lively. Johnson is unconvincing as the bleeding heart Ben and the details his character is given — extra earrings a shoddy-looking tattoo on his neck even white boy dreads at one point — undercut his believability even more. Kitsch is given a few prominent scars and a mean squint but he doesn't quite bring the weird slightly empty vibe of Chon to life.
On the villain side Benicio Del Toro chews every inch of scenery from Laguna Beach to Tijuana as Lado. He's rocking an intense moustache that he strokes when he's lying or being a creep (which is most of the time) a vaguely mullet-like wig and a fondness for torture. Salma Hayek takes no prisoners as the head of the cartel nicknamed Elena la Reina who is both a frustrated mom whose college-age daughter is blowing her off (aw!) and a brutally tough woman in a man's world. John Travolta definitely enjoys a bit of Pulp Fiction ridiculousness as Dennis a DEA official who's in Ben and Chon's pocket. It's hard to tell just how funny Savages is aiming to be. Lado Elena and Dennis are cartoonish but Ben Chon and O are earnest — which is to say a little bit boring.
The double- and triple-crossing is practically moot as is the wacky technology that Ben and Chon employ; it's like The Social Network meets surfers. The real meat of the movie is the flash and violence but it's not the kind of thing that stays with you like Stone's Natural Born Killers. Savages doesn't have the same lingering aftertaste. It's not that a movie needs to have some sort of message with its pointed commentary on the media's bloodlust but the gist of Savages — that we're all savages at heart or that we can easily become a savage given the right circumstances — is not that interesting or unique.
Oddly enough Savages pulls a few punches when it comes to its source material (hard to believe when the movie kicks off with a glimpse of an abattoir-like enclosure and close-ups of men begging for their lives just as a chainsaw revs in the background). Winslow's book is a quick enjoyable read with an interesting on-page style that's hard to replicate verbally. It has a sort of ADD-addled feel that the movie tries to but doesn't quite capture. While it's not always fair to compare an adaptation to the book it's based on Winslow is both the author and one of the screenplay writers so some of the choices made behind the scenes don't quite add up. Cut are significant and menacing back story for Lado and all of the zestiness out of O. Why add in certain plot points and take out others unless it was to give one of its big name stars more screen time? The most interesting part of the story the love story is treated like a wink wink homoerotic thing than an actual relationship between three people who adore each other which is how it's portrayed in the book. It's hard not to be a little disappointed especially given Stone's no-f**ks-given attitude. (Or as O would say baditude.)
That said it is a somewhat entertaining diversion and a nice tour of lifestyles of the rich and criminal. Lively is all tangled tan limbs and luxurious hippie clothes and the homes they frequent whether on Laguna Beach or a desert compound are meticulously decorated with exquisite expensive taste. Santa Muerte imagery also figures heavily in the background of many scenes. The scenery is gorgeous — even the marijuana looks amazing. It's good for adults to have another R-rated choice in what's usually a season dominated by blockbusters but in years to come you'll more likely to reach for your old True Romance DVD than Savages.
Actor Trevor Donovan announced his departure from the show on Tuesday (07Jun11) but Grimes wasn't informed - paving the way for an embarrassing interview with a New York Post reporter the following day (08Jun11).
When questioned by a journalist about her reaction to Donovan's leave, a source says, "Her face dropped. It was clear she was not aware of the news.
"She started making calls on the red carpet, holding back tears. She was heard saying on the phone that it was 'unprofessional for cast members not to be formally notified when a change of this magnitude occurs.'"
Sad news, fans of 90210's Teddy: Trevor Donovan will not be returning next season. The formerly-closeted character played a big role this season, highlighting the difficulty of coming out in high school on the CW drama, but all is not lost. Teddy won't be gone completely. Donovan is done as a series regular, but from time to time, he'll make guest appearances on the teen soap -- approximately five times, to be specific.
It's tough to hear, I know, but it makes sense for the show, really. They just went through graduation, and like any high school commencement, some of your favorite folks go on to other futures in other locations. You miss them, look forward to their visits, but ultimately learn to live without them on a daily basis. You've all done this and survived, so just think of in those terms.
Of course, now the question is, with the Beverly Hills kids moving onto college, what sort of new characters might we have in store for our viewing pleasure?
"They shot an episode in my home town and I got to hang around on set and ski in the background! It was awesome and now, years later, I'm on the show." 90210 star Trevor Donovan landed a brief appearance on the show's predecessor, Beverly Hills, 90210, in the 1990s.