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Ice Cube Backpedals On Paul Walker MTV Movie Award Comments; Watch Vin Diesel's Unaired Acceptance Speech

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 15, 2014 12:41 PM
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Dude, it’s the MTV Movie Awards, what is there to get upset about? It’s about 1,000 rungs below the Oscars, so nothing to freak about if you don't win. But in case you missed it, this is what Ice Cube had to say about his comedy “Ride Along” not winning the Best Duo Award at Sunday’s prestigious MTV Movie Awards.

Review: Hurricane Katrina-Set Thriller 'Hours,' Featuring One Of Paul Walker's Last Starring Roles

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 12, 2013 6:16 PM
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The recent, tragic death of "Fast and Furious" franchise anchor Paul Walker has given us all time to take stock of the actor's dramatic strengths and weaknesses. He was, after all, a handsome fellow whose life was over way too fast and furiously, and he was capable of great range when he wanted to flex certain muscles that weren't just in his chest (you can read our rundown of his five best performances here). It's a shame, then, that "Hours," a nifty little independent thriller that Walker starred in, is coming out after his death. It is easily one of the most assured, nuanced performances the star had given; it is also one of his last.

Remembering Paul Walker: 5 Of His Best Performances

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • December 2, 2013 2:06 PM
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Over the weekend actor Paul Walker, best known for his role in Universal's ongoing "Fast and Furious" franchise, died tragically in a car accident in California. The actor was in the midst of filming the seventh film in the series, with every intention of continuing. As Bilge Ebiri pointed out over at Vulture, the series was originally designed as a vehicle for Walker, based on the actor's experience working with original director Rob Cohen on the marginal collegiate thriller "The Skulls." Even after his death it's easy to be glib about his skills as an actor, but Walker turned in a handful of memorable performances both within and outside of the 'Fast' franchise.

Denzel Washington Turned Down Small Role In 'Fast & Furious 7'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • August 1, 2013 11:10 AM
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During a longwinded, occasionally entertaining rant about how studios can't seem to formulate new intellectual properties, Deadline's Mike Fleming, Jr. let some biggish news slip: Denzel Washington, who can be seen in this weekend's oddly satisfying shoot 'em up "2 Guns," turned down a "small role" in the next "Fast and Furious" movie (currently titled "Fast & Furious 7"), to be directed by James Wan ("The Conjuring," "Insidious: Chapter 2"). No details on who Denzel would have played or why he turned down the role, but Fleming is still hopeful that a major star can fill the void before Wan starts shooting. Considering Universal has already set a July 6th, 2014 date for "Fast & Furious 7," they'd better hurry up and find someone.

Review: 'Pawn Shop Chronicles' Starring Paul Walker, Elijah Wood, Brendan Fraser, Thomas Jane, Matt Dillon, Lukas Haas & More

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • July 10, 2013 7:05 PM
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There’s an alternate reality somewhere, wherein “Pawn Shop Chronicles” is not released in theaters on July 12th, but instead is projected on the wall of a small, narrow hallway in Comic-Con, never to be heard from again. Somehow, a cast of capable, popular actors show up in what seems like the very last vestiges of early aughts direct-to-DVD Tarantino bite-offs, a movie not so much directed as punched into existence by director Wayne Kramer. Once considered a promising filmmaking voice (his “The Cooler” netted Alec Baldwin an Academy Award nomination once upon a time), Kramer is now reduced to essaying a flippant grotesquerie that carries the names of nineteen producers and executive producers, the primary one appears to be Fred Durst.

Paul Walker Sought To Take Lead Role In 'District B-13' Remake 'Brick Mansions'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 27, 2011 1:40 AM
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David Belle Will Reprise His Role From The Original FilmWhile Paul Walker has had an incredible career despite possessing the charisma of a park bench, he really wasn't going anywhere until the 'Fast and Furious' franchise picked him back up for the fourth installment in the series. Were it not for the fourth film's mammoth box office take (soon eclipsed by the monstrous performance of the fifth film), Walker was well on his way to fronting a sea of direct-to-DVD efforts, and not performing death-defying car stunts for action fans worldwide. Being the co-lead for a movie that makes $626 million worldwide does seem to open doors that previously seemed closed, as "Fast Five" proves.

Ben Foster, Paul Dano, Aaron Paul & Milo Ventimiglia In The Mix To Play John McClane's Son In Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 13, 2011 11:50 AM
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Well, that didn't take long. Just one day after "A Good Day To Die Hard" got a new title and release date, the shortlist process has begun for the actor who helps Old Man McClane defeat some Russians as his son. And as it usually goes with this sort of thing, it's a grab bag bunch of folks.

Paul Walker Set To Star In Post-Hurricane Katrina Film 'Hours'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • October 6, 2011 1:49 AM
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The acting career of "Fast and the Furious" star Paul Walker has been an interesting one, and by interesting we mean it's puzzling as to why this guy has constantly been positioned as one of Hollywood's "It" guys for over a decade. Despite attempts at legitimacy with films like the faux-gritty crime drama "Running Scared," Walker is still best known for the superfluous 'Furious' films and running away from perverted truck drivers in 2001's "Joy Ride."

Weekend Box Office: 'Fast Five' Starts Off Summer With $83 Million Weekend

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • May 1, 2011 5:21 AM
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Hooray for Hollywood, or something. The 2011 box office finally snapped out of its doldrums with more reheated crap, “Fast Five” opening to a spectacular-for-Universal $83 million. The car blockbuster’s weekend surpasses “The Lost World: Jurassic Park” as the biggest opening weekend in Universal history, and with spectacular overseas results, the film is poised to do upwards of $400-$500 million globally, topping the $353 worldwide take of “Fast And Furious,” the last film in the series.

Paul Walker Is Going To Get Fast And Furious With 'Vehicle 19'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 27, 2011 9:49 AM
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Paul Walker is a bit of a conundrum. While he's one of the stars of the long-running "Fast & Furious" franchise, and while he's had some modest successes on his own -- "Takers," "Running Scared," uh "Eight Below" -- he's not quite a proven leading man on his own either. However, it seems the actor knows which side his bread is buttered on and his next film is another wheelman effort.

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