December 16, 2013 |
WASHINGTON - The firearms dealer caught up in the Justice Department's Fast and Furious scandal has won an early release from prison after a federal judge ruled that prosecutors overcharged him in alleging he sold high-powered weapons to smugglers working for a violent drug cartel in Mexico. Ian Garland, who ran a gun shop near El Paso, Texas, was released Friday after a court hearing in Las Cruces, N.M., showed that he was given a longer sentence because the court was misinformed that some of the weapons he sold were fully automatic machine guns, rather than rifles and pistols.
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December 14, 2013 |
“Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker was laid to rest Saturday in a private funeral service at Forest Lawn Memorial Park in the Hollywood Hills attended by family and close friends, according to news reports. Those attending the service included his father, Paul Walker Sr., his mother, Cheryl Walker, and his brothers, Caleb and Cody, according to eonline.com . Walker's body was released to his family this week after the L.A. County coroner completed an autopsy. Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were killed Nov. 30 when a 600-horsepower 2005 Porsche Carrera GT driven by Rodas, 38, crashed into a concrete light pole and a tree on Hercules Street near Kelly Johnson Parkway in Santa Clarita.
December 13, 2013 |
"Hours," one of Paul Walker's last films and arriving in theaters just two weeks after his death in a fiery crash, comes as a modest memorial to the 40-year-old's career. But it is not the stirring emotional performance many hoped for, nor will it redefine the actor, best known for playing opposite Vin Diesel in "The Fast and Furious" franchise. This drama, about an ordinary guy trying to keep his infant daughter alive in Hurricane Katrina's aftermath, is sincere but struggles as much as its hero.
December 10, 2013 |
It seemed like the right place to meet: the Polo Lounge, home of the power lunch for Hollywood's elite. But when Paul Walker and first-time director Eric Heisserer showed up at the Beverly Hills Hotel haunt in 2011, they quickly felt out of place among the sea of suited studio executives picking at elaborate bread baskets. "Both of us were a little awkward," recalled Heisserer. "We ordered beer. " Perhaps the setting should have felt more natural to Walker - after all, he'd made millions from starring in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise and had certainly been to his fair share of stuffy meetings after a decade in the business.
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December 3, 2013 |
A child shot near his heart in Mid-City was upgraded from critical to serious condition Tuesday, Los Angeles police said. The 7-year-old boy, who police initially reported as being older, was shot as he was sitting in a car about 11 p.m. Monday in the 1900 block of South Corning Street. According to police, an unknown number of men in a white vehicle drove up, unleashed a barrage of gunfire at the rear of the car and sped off. The boy was hit at least once and his mother was grazed in the leg, CBS-TV Channel 2 reported.
December 3, 2013 |
"Fast and Furious 7" on Monday began what could be an extended hiatus in the aftermath of the death of actor Paul Walker. The Universal Pictures film was set to resume shooting in Atlanta after a holiday break - with Walker slated to appear in key scenes throughout the week - but the cameras stayed down. It is unknown when shooting will resume as filmmakers consider how to adjust the storyline. PHOTOS: Paul Walker, 1973 - 2013 Director James Wan, lead producer Neal Moritz and Universal executives have been convening to figure out how to recalibrate the movie without Walker, who shot only some of his scenes as ex-cop Brian O'Conner before he was killed in a car accident Saturday in Valencia. "Fast" veteran Chris Morgan wrote the script, which centers on rival racing crews; it is not yet clear whether he will be brought back to rework the movie's plot.