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‘Furious 7′ is killin’ it at the box office

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I’ll admit it – I haven’t actually seen any of the Fast & Furious movies. Well, I’ve kinda seen part of one of them (no idea which one), but it was on in the background and I was distracted with something else, so I couldn’t tell you what happened other than Vin Diesel speeding down a dirt road trying to get someone who I think, if I remember right, was Jordana Brewster or Michelle Rodriguez off the back of a speeding train. Somehow, I feel like that one scene probably accurately sums up the entire series, but I’m probably wrong. People LOVE this shit – to the point that Furious 7, the latest installment in the franchise, brought in a whopping $143.6 million in North America alone during its opening weekend, as Variety reports.

That establishes a new high-water mark for the month of April, blowing past the $95 million debut of “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” and standing as the highest-grossing kickoff for any film in the “Fast and Furious” franchise. It also ranks ninth among the top 10 openings in history.

It’s also the highest opening since The Hunger Games: Catching Fire back in 2013, which is pretty impressive. Chances are people turned up to see this largely because it was Paul Walker‘s final on-screen appearance, so the whole thing was a bit of a memorial for him.

So shoot straight with me – have any of you seen Furious 7 and does it live up to the hype? Are you a fan of the series at large?

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Paul Walker’s crash was speed-related, not mechanical

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When Paul Walker tragically passed away in a car crash last November, there was some talk as to the cause of the crash. While some suggested the car was going way too fast, others suggested it might have been a mechanical failure with the vehicle itself. Well, turns out, they were definitely driving too fast.

The Associated Press quotes a source from the L.A. County Sheriff’s Dept. — the agency that conducted the mechanics analysis — who says the crash was NOT the result of mechanical failure.  Speed was the trigger for the fatal accident.

Investigators also noted the tires were 9 years old. Shortly after Paul died … law enforcement sources told us they were the original tires on the car and they had hardened … which means it lost traction on the road.

That’s terrible, but also, CARS ARE DANGEROUS, people. Sure, there’s no sense in shaming Paul now that he’s died, but hopefully others can learn from his tragedy and NOT speed around for fun. It can cost you your life and/or kill other people. You’d think that’d be common sense, but clearly not…

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Paul Walker asked his mom to care for his daughter the day he died

paul walkerPaul Walker tragically passed away last November after a car crash, leaving behind a teenage daughter, Meadow. It was recently revealed that Paul’s mother Cheryl was seeking full custody of her, and now it seems clear why: apparently Paul asked Cheryl to look after Meadow full-time just hours before he died.

From TMZ:

Sources close to the Walker family tell us … Paul approached his mother, Cheryl, on November 30th and asked her to retire from her nursing job to take care of Meadow full-time.

Turns out Walker had been overwhelmed with his work schedule and couldn’t juggle that with his parental responsibilities.  So in August — 3 months before he died — Meadow moved in with Cheryl, who was working full time.

Paul hired a series of nannies to care for Meadow when Cheryl was on the job, but none of them worked out.

So finally … on the morning of his death, Paul called Cheryl and said he had given up on the nanny search and wanted her to be a full-time, stay-at-home grandma.  Cheryl agreed, and Paul then called other family members to inform them of his decision.

Huh. Apparently Meadow’s mother has a serious drinking problem, so her caring for Meadow is out of the question. I’m sure there’ll be no objections to this arrangement, but here’s hoping it goes smoothly, because I think everyone in that family has been through quite enough trauma.

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So, RZA Wrote a Paul Walker Tribute Song…

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Paul Walker tragically passed away last weekend after the Porsche he was riding in burst into flames, killing himself and the other passenger. While plenty of celebrities have voiced their condolences following his death, perhaps none is more slightly confusing than that of Wu Tang member RZA, who actually wrote a song called ‘Destiny Bends’ which he posted on Soundcloud yesterday.

Of course, after looking into it, Paul and RZA apparently struck up a friendship while on the set of the upcoming movie Brick Mansions, which makes slightly more sense. Here’s what RZA had to say about Paul:

“I want to dedicate this song to my friend, Paul Walker. Up in the studio last night, writing for myself, I decided to write a song for you. Peace, brother.”

“I only knew him personally for less than a year, but we knew each other through our work and art. We saw in each other a kindred spirit of men coming from unlikely circumstances, and rising to be the light and beacon of our family and loved ones. Men who learned the joy and pains of love in life and success, while coming to realize that nothing is more important than family, friendship, and the brotherhood of humanity.”

That’s actually really sweet.

‘Fast and Furious’ Actor Paul Walker Dies In Car Crash

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Oh man, this is really sad. Paul Walker, who you probably know from the Fast & Furious franchise, has died at age 40 in a car crash. :( He was in Santa Clarita, California for a charity event for his Reach Out Worldwide organization when he went out for a spin in his friend’s 2005 Porsche Carrera GT when the car crashed and burst into flames, killing both Walker and the driver. Damn.

From CNN:

Speed was a factor in the crash, the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Office said.

The wreck took place about 3:30 p.m. (6:30 p.m. ET), about 300 yards from the office park where the event was held. The speed limit there is 45 mph.

Up and down the road near the crash site were burned rubber and doughnut marks as though someone smoked their tires in figure 8 patterns.

“I don’t know if the marks in the road are related to the crash,” said Los Angeles County sheriff’s Sgt. Brian Allen.

Deputies arrived at the scene to find a vehicle on fire, he said

Once fire crews put the flames out, they found two occupants, both of whom were pronounced dead at the scene.

Saturday evening, all that remained was the burnt mangled metal of the red car and a light pole that had been knocked down.

The county coroner said that, given the condition of the bodies, it will take some time to definitively identify them.

Jesus, talk about some cruel irony.  I was actually just watching Eight Below (shut up, it’s good and I cried like a baby) last week, and honestly that’s the first notice I ever took of Paul Walker as I’ve never seen the Fast & Furious films, so this was weird as hell to me personally, as well. It’s really a shame, though, either way.

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The 25 Hottest Actors of 2013

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Never mind that it’s only August. Zimbio polled their readers and came up with the hottest 25 actors of 2013. Here’s who they are. Where do you stand? Do you agree or disagree? Number one was surprising to me, in the, “let pause and think, ‘…really?’” way. And can you guess who made the top 10 that also made the top 10 in the Ugliest Men list?

25. Alexander Skarsgard
24. Zac Efron
23. Chris Evans
22. Paul Walker
21. James Franco
20. Ben Affleck
19. Robert Downey Jr.
18. Leonardo DiCaprio
17. Jake Gyllenhaal
16. Liam Hemsworth
15. Ian Somerhalder
14. Orlando Bloom
13. George Clooney
12. Henry Cavill
11. Gerard Butler
10. Channing Tatum
9. Brad Pitt
8. Chris Hemsworth
7. Josh Duhamel
6. Johnny Depp
5. Bradley Cooper
4. Hugh Jackman
3. Ryan Reynolds
2. Ryan Gosling
1. Chris Pine

This Really Makes Me Feel for Sarah Michelle Gellar


You see, while SMG’s latest cinematic release was doomed to the depths of ‘straight-to-DVD’ hell, Fast and the Furious 4 got its very own red carpet premiere.

Granted, I’m pretty sure the Gellar flick was some random rip off of yet another Japanese horror movie, but even then I have a very hard time believing it wasn’t more worthy of the big screen than a film with the tagline “New Model. Original Parts.’ Luckily for Sarah she’s slated to return to TV soon with a much talked about HBO pilot in the works.

More pics of  Paul ‘I-like-’em-young-enough-to-still-smell-like-baby-powder’ Walker and the rest of the FF4 cast smiling for a paycheck below.