Though a few days have passed since the untimely death of Fast & Furious star Paul Walker, there are still plenty of fans grieving along with the actor's close friends and family. Universal just officially announced production halt on Fast & Furious 7 following rumblings that the studio might start the sequel over from scratch, with several theories of how they would handle the leading actor's passing. But that's all business stuff. Now the studio wanted to pay tribute to their fallen franchise star with this touching video featuring clips of Walker from the entirety of the high speed action franchise. It's just a shame that he's really gone.
It is with a great sadness that we must report the tragic death of actor Paul Walker. Reps have confirmed that Walker died in a car crash in California on Saturday, November 30th, 2013, at age 40. Star of the Fast & Furious franchise, reports are saying that Walker was taking his friends out for rides in Santa Clarita in a new 2005 Porsche GT when the driver he was with lost control and hit a tree. The car then burst into flames and both occupants were killed. While many at first thought this was just another internet hoax, various PR friends have confirmed with Walker's rep directly that his death is not a hoax. It is very real, unfortunately.
Though audiences may not be as familiar with the names of character actors as they are with the A-list stars who are bombarded by paparazzi and appear in the tabloids and gossip websites non-stop, that doesn't make them any less important in the world of cinema. Sadly, Hollywood has lost another great character actor this week as THR reports Ed Lauter, who most recently appeared as Berenice Bejo's butler in The Artist, and recurred on Showtime's series "Shameless," has passed away at age 74. Earlier this summer, Lauter learned he had contracted mesothelioma, and he finally lost that battle with the terminal cancer.
Every actor has a discovery story. Sometimes it's crazy, and sometimes it's just about being at the right place at the right time. In the case of Kumar Pallana, the Indian actor who had small but memorable roles in Wes Anderson films like The Royal Tenenbaums, Bottle Rocket, The Darjeeling Limited and Rushmore, he was at a coffee show owned by his son when the quirky filmmaker took notice. Though he didn't become a box office sensation, his participation in Anderson's films got him noticed. But today, we say goodbye to Pallana, as The AV Club has learned that he sadly passed away yesterday at age 94. Read on.
With Paramount Pictures poised to release their new action thriller prequel Jack Ryan: Shadow One this Christmas (as long as The Wolf of Wall Street doesn't push it away), the author behind the recurring spy character has sadly passed away. The New York Times reports that author Tom Clancy, best known for creating the series of books featuring Jack Ryan, has passed away at age 66. Ivan Held, the president of Clancy's publisher, G.P. Putnam's Sons, revealed the news, but did not disclose a cause of death. Clancy's books served as the source material for grounded thrillers like The Hunt for Red October, Patriot Games, Clear and Present Danger and The Sum of All Fears. But his big screen legacy isn't over.
An adaptation of the novel The Swtich is on the way with John Hawkes, Yasmin Bey (formerly Mos Def), Will Forte, Isla Fisher and Tim Robbins starring, but author Elmore Leonard won't be around to see one more of his books hit the big screen. The New York Times reports that the author behind such novels as Get Shorty, Out of Sight, The Big Bounce, Jackie Brown and 3:10 to Yuma, all of which became major motion pictures, has passed away at his home in Michigan at the age of 87. But despite his books serving as inspiration for so many films, Leonard was never really a big fan of the adaptations themselves. Read on.
Though there are plenty of A-list actors out there leading some of today's biggest films, there are plenty of memorable performances coming from character actors like Snatch and Get Shorty star Dennis Farina. And sadly, this supporting talent has left us as the Associated Press reports Farina has passed away at 69, though the cause of death has not been revealed. Before becoming an accomplished actor, Farina worked as a city detective in Chicago, so it only seemed appropriate that he would get his big break in his late 30s as a police officer on the TV series "Crime Story." Though his acting career really began in 1981. More below.
Following last week's tragic news that James Gandolfini had passed away suddenly after suffering a heart attack in Italy, another influential talent in cinema is gone. THR reports author Richard Matheson, known for writing the source material behind films like I Am Legend, The Incredible Shrinking Man and What Dreams May Come has passed away at age 87. Though the cause of death was not disclosed, Mateson died in his home in California. The author excelled in short stories, selling his first to The Magazine of Fantasy and Science Fiction in 1950. But that was just the start of an influential sci-fi career.
Thanks to HBO, it's hard to think about mobsters without thinking of Tony Soprano. It's been six years since the Emmy-winning series"The Sopranos" ended its six season run on the cable network with a much talked about cut to black. Sadly, now the film's leading man has also faded away as THR reports James Gandolfini has passed away at age 51. Gandolfini was overseas to attend the 59th Taormina Film Festival in Sicily, Italy and waiting to participate in a special event with Italian director Gabriele Muccino, and reports say the actor died suddenly after a massive heart attack. This is truly a shocking and terrible loss.
Legendary filmmakers like Steven Spielberg, James Cameron, Peter Jackson and George Lucas are household names, but they might have never become the filmmaker's they are today without Ray Harryhausen. The special effects legend was responsible for groundbreaking, mind-blowing effects from films of decades past like Mighty Joe Young, Jason and the Argonauts and the original Clash of the Titans, and the aforementioned directors have all sited Harryhausen as one of their major influences in cinema. Sadly, Harryhausen's family issued a statement announcing the effects genius has died at age 92.
Just yesterday, legendary film critic Roger Ebert announced that he was going to be taking a break from work again after a recurrence of cancer surfaced. At the time, the critic called the break a "leave of presence" to slow down his work. He explained, "It means I am not going away." But today, shocking news came from The Chicago Sun-Times, where Ebert's movie reviews and musings have had a home for decades, that the film critic had passed away at age 70. The obituary online from the newspaper begins, "Roger Ebert loved movies. Except for those he hated."In a way, that's all we really need to know, but Ebert was much more than a film critic. He was a film fan, an intensely passionate cinephile, and a man of substance. Read on.
After 23 years of life following her husband's death in 1990, Jane Nebel Henson, the wife of Muppets creator Jim Henson and a frequent collaborator of his work, has passed away at 78. The Hensons met at the University of Maryland in a puppetry class in 1954 before taking a small job at a TV station in Washington DC where they created Sam and Friends, a five-minute show that would become a national sensation after appearing on The Tonight Show Starring Steve Allen. The two would eventually become married in 1959 and begin a legacy of entertainment for people of all ages when they started creating The Muppets.
Sad news to start this Good Friday comes from across the pond as Reuters reports Harry Potter franchise star Richard Griffiths has passed away at 65 from complications following heart surgery. The British actor, who played Harry Potter's nasty Uncle Vernon in the multi-billion dollar series, has been acting for nearly 30 years, taking pivotal roles in both TV and film. His early career started on UK series like "The Sweeney" and "Minder" and would later return to the small screen for "Pie in the Sky" and "A King of Living." However, it's Griffiths presence as a character actor on the big screen that audiences remember.
After bringing the God of Thunder to life on the page for Thor and Thor: The Dark World, screenwriter Don Payne is sadly no longer with us. Thor co-stars Kat Dennings and Jaimie Alexander were the first to alert us to the sand news and Deadline has confirmed Payne's death, though no details about how he passed have been revealed. Payne was also behind the scripts for My Super Ex-Girlfriend and Fantastic Four: Rise of the Silver Surfer, but more importantly, he was an engaging writer who took the time to understand and discuss criticism for some of his work, always with an open mind and humility.