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Watch Vin Diesel’s Emotional Tribute to Paul Walker

Walker died in a 2013 car crash

Vin Diesel said this week that “I lost my friend” when Paul Walker died in a 2013 car crash.

“When the tragedy happened, I lost my friend,” the actor said of his late Furious 7 co-star during an advance screening in Los Angeles. “I lost my brother.”

“This was a very, very personal and important film for us,” Diesel said. “It was in some ways the hardest movie I ever had to do.”

Walker, 40, was killed in a car crash in November 2013 during a break in filming. His two brothers and stand-ins replaced Walker to complete the movie.

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Comedy Central Cuts Paul Walker Jokes From Bieber Roast

Tim P. Whitby—Getty Images Actor Paul Walker attends the World Premiere of 'Fast & Furious 6' on May 7, 2013 in London.

"Sometimes the line is discovered by crossing it"

Comedy Central will cut jokes about late actor Paul Walker from the upcoming Roast of Justin Bieber.

The network’s roasts are known for being vulgar and over-the-top, but Comedy Central decided that the jokes about Walker, who died in a car crash in 2013, went too far, USA Today reports.

“Roasts often push the limits of good taste and we give the participants full reign to try things knowing we have the edit to shape the show,” Comedy Central said in a statement on Monday. “Sometimes the line is discovered by crossing it. The Paul Walker references will not be in the telecast.”

Comedian Jeffrey Ross directed his Walker jokes at fellow roaster Ludacris, Walker’s friend and Fast & Furious 7 costar.

“Move b—h, get out of the way,” Ross said, quoting one of Ludacris’ songs. “That’s what Paul Walker should have told that tree.”

After the audience booed and groaned, Ross replied, “Too soon? Too fast? Too furious? Give me a break people I’m trying to save this kid’s life.”

Afterward, Bieber himself said he was offended by Ross’ comments, saying that he “didn’t particularly like the Walker jokes.”

Roast of Justin Bieber will air March 30.

[USA Today]

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Despite Dank Reviews, The Other Woman Rules Box Office

The No. 1 position goes to revenge comedy The Other Woman, starring Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton, which raked in $24.7 million on opening weekend and beat Captain America even though it has a low positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes

There’s a new reigning box office champion in town. Revenge comedy The Other Woman knocked down Captain America: The Winter Soldier after the Marvel action flick’s three weeks at the top, as the appeal of co-stars Cameron Diaz, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton managed to rake in $24.7 million in its opening weekend. The Other Woman’s audience was reportedly 75 percent women, faring more than adequately despite receiving a paltry 25 percent positive rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Captain America’s $16 million this week was good enough for second place, while Heaven is for Real placed third at $13 million. Rio 2‘s $13 million and Brick Mansion‘s $9 million round out the top five.

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Paul Walker’s Surprising Replacement in Fast & Furious 7

Though film production was halted after Paul Walker died in a car accident in November, the latest installment of the successful franchise will continue with the help of his family, Caleb and Cody Walker


Filming on Fast & Furious 7 will continue with Paul Walker’s brothers filling in for the late actor.

A statement published on the official Fast & Furious Facebook page revealed that Caleb and Cody Walker have helped the production complete the action scenes that were not shot before Paul Walker died in a car accident in November. Walker, 40, completed most of his filming before his death.

“We came together and all felt the only choice was to continue,” the statement reads. “We believe our fans want that, and we believe Paul would want that too. Paul had already shot his dramatic scenes and most of his action for FAST & FURIOUS 7, and it’s among the strongest work of his career.”

Universal Pictures suspended production on Fast & Furious 7 in December following Walker’s death. According to The Hollywood Reporter, his character will retire in the upcoming film, not be killed off.

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Authorities: Speed to Blame For Paul Walker’s Deadly Crash

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Dan Watson—The Santa Clarita Valley Signal/AP Firefighters work on Nov. 30, 2013 next to the wreckage of a Porsche that crashed into a light pole killing actor Paul Walker and Roger Rodas in Valencia, Ca.

Investigators said an analysis of Paul Walker's 2005 Porsche Carrera GT revealed no mechanical problems that could've led to the death of the actor and his friend, leaving his 95mph speed the main factor in the crash

Investigators have concluded that it was speedy driving and not mechanical failure that killed Fast & Furious star Paul Walker and his friend Roger Rodas last November.

Rodas was driving the actor’s 2005 Porsche Carrera GT at about 90 miles per hour when it spun out of control and crashed into a light pole, the Associated Press reports. The speed limit on the suburban street outside of Los Angeles was 45 mph.

“The vehicle had no mechanical failure and the damage that occurred to the vehicle was from the collision,” according to a person who reviewed the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department and California Highway Patrol’s report. The Associated Press’ source asked to remain anonymous because the report hasn’t been released to the public yet.

Investigators determined the car’s electrical systems, brakes, throttle, fuel system and steering systems had been functioning properly at the time of the crash.


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Paul Walker Body Doubles and CGI Could Be Used to Complete Fast and Furious 7

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Eamonn McCormack — WireImage Paul Walker at the World Premiere of 'Fast & Furious 6' at Empire Leicester Square on May 7, 2013 in London, England.

After the death of the "Fast and Furious" franchise star, the studio is attempting to finish the latest installment

As production resumes on Fast and Furious 7 following last year’s death of Paul Walker, a new report has revealed how filmmakers are planning to finish the movie without their franchise star.

The New York Daily News, citing unnamed sources, reports that CGI, voice effects, and body doubles may be used in scenes where Walker appears. “They have hired four actors with bodies very similar to Paul’s physique and they will be used for movement and as a base,” one source told the newspaper. “Paul’s face and voice will be used on top using CGI.”

Universal Studios declined to comment.

Walker, who has played Brian O’Conner in all but one of the Fast and Furious movies, was killed in a car crash on Nov. 30, while on a Thanksgiving break from filming the franchise’s seventh installment. The film was about half-way complete at the time, and production has been on hold since.

Vin Diesel, who along with Walker starred in almost all of the franchise’s films, will travel with the film’s cast and crew to shoot in Abu Dhabi in early April. Diesel had earlier posted a photo of Walker on Facebook, along with the message reading, “Fast and Furious 7 will be released … April 10th 2015! P.S. He’d want you to know first.”

[New York Daily News]

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Here’s a First Look at Paul Walker’s Last Movie, ‘Brick Mansions’

The film hits theaters in April

When the actor Paul Walker was killed in a brutal car crash last November, the last film he’d completed was the thriller Brick Mansions — the story of a Detroit police officer who goes undercover with a gang that has access to a weapon of mass destruction.

The movie will be released on April 25, which means Walker’s fans are about to get their first glimpse of the actor’s last complete work. (He started work on Fast & Furious 7 before his death, but did not finish it; new scenes will reportedly be added to address his retirement.) Last night on Entertainment Tonight, the first teaser footage for Brick Mansions debuted. If the clip below is any indication, the actor’s Fast and Furious fans will be happy to see him in his action-packed element.

(MORE: Paul Walker Leaves $25 Million to His 15-Year-Old Daughter)

Brick Mansions, from director Camille Delamarre and with a screenplay by Luc Besson and Bibi Naceri, also stars RZA and Robert Maillet. According to The Hollywood Reporter, it’s based on the French film District B13.

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Paul Walker Leaves $25 Million to His 15-Year-Old Daughter

The late Fast and Furious star Paul Walker has left his $25 million estate to his 15-year-old daughter Meadow — but he’s also left behind some complications. Walker’s dad, Paul Walker Sr., was named the will’s executor and is petitioning to have Meadow’s grandmother, Cheryl Walker, named as the girl’s legal guardian, in accordance with Walker’s request.

Walker was known to have a close relationship with his daughter, who moved to California to live with him just months before his death. The late actor had a tattoo of Meadow’s name on his wrist; director Eric Heisserer of Hours, Walker’s final film, noted he chose not to cover up the tattoo during production.

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This Is the Most Retweeted Tweet of 2013

Celebrities dominated the top chart this year.

Death hoaxes may spread like crazy on Twitter, but memorials are what really went viral in 2013.

Every year Twitter showcases one or more Golden Tweets, also known as the year’s most popular tweets, as part of its annual year in review package. Each of this year’s highlighted tweets was shared more than 350,000 times, and two of 2013’s most-retweeted tweets were tributes to young stars passed who passed away.

The most-retweeted tweet of the year was sent by actress Lea Michele, who used Twitter to break her silence after the death of her Glee co-star and boyfriend, Cory Monteith. Michele tweeted this message: “Thank you all for helping me through this time with your enormous love & support. Cory will forever be in my heart,” along with a picture of the couple embracing. The viral remembrance was retweeted 408,266 times at its peak.

The runner up tweet comes from actor Paul Walker’s official account. The message—which ironically links out to his Facebook page—confirmed the death of the beloved Fast and Furious star. There were just over 400,000 retweets of this message at its peak.

On a completely different but not quite as random note, the third most shared missive is by One Direction member Niall Horan, who simply tweeted “Yesss ! I’m 20 ! Wohooo ! No more teens!” This is what happens when you get famous as a teenager. Horan’s army of fans surely propelled this dispatch to the top.

However, none of these notes compare to last year’s winner: Obama’s victory lap, in tweet form. Not only was it 2012’s most retweeted tweet, it remains the most retweeted tweet of all time. OF ALL TIME.

Another memorial missive from Justin Bieber and Green Bay Packers player TJ Lang’s candid commentary on replacement refs rounded out 2012’s list of Golden Tweets. Past honorees include Stephen Colbert in 2010 and Wendy’s in 2011.

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