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December 8, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
By 10 a.m. Sunday, dozens of fans could be seen walking up Kelly Johnson Parkway in Valencia toward the site where “Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker and his friend, Roger Rodas, were killed on Nov. 30. Thousands of people were expected to participate in a memorial rally and car cruise in honor of Walker. Vehicles Walker drove in several installments of the “Fast and Furious” franchise were lined up on display in a church parking lot near the site. Just up the hill, a thick wall of people stood along the curb to look at the site on Hercules Street where Walker and Rodas were killed.
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April 9, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The MTV Movie Awards is known for its combustible moments and categories honoring such cinematic achievements as “best kiss” and “best gut-wrenching performance.” But when the annual raucousness gets under way Sunday from the Nokia Theatre with Conan O'Brien as host, it will also include a more solemn moment: a tribute to Paul Walker.   The late “Fast & Furious” actor, who died Thanksgiving weekend in a single-car crash, was a fixture at past awards, and the network has decided to honor his memory at this year's event.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 8, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Juan Coscarart is such a big fan of "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker that he spent four years building a replica of the 1994 Toyota Supra that Walker drove in the first film in the popular series. "Anybody who knows anything about cars piles around it," Coscarart said of his vehicle. "The car is a celebrity in itself. " The 31-year-old contractor for Southern California Edison was among hundreds of fans who attended a memorial rally and car cruise Sunday at the site in Valencia where Walker and his friend Roger Rodas were killed in a car crash Nov. 30. "These people have touched so many people in their lives," he said.
ENTERTAINMENT
March 21, 2014 | By Christie D'Zurilla
In Norse mythology, Chris Hemsworth's character Thor is the one who protects humankind. In Chris Hemsworth's real life, he's now got two new little humans to protect: Wife Elsa Pataky has given birth to twins. That there are two new Hemsworth babies is just about all we know, according to E! News, which confirmed the births with the actor's rep. No genders or names have been revealed. Ooh, the secrecy! They announced the pregnancy in November, but didn't reveal twins were on the way until January.
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December 2, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Paul Walker's death on Saturday afternoon in a fiery car crash drew reactions from his famous costars and other celebs, and a makeshift memorial grew at the site of the Santa Clarita wreck. The "Fast and Furious" star, 40, was killed when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT he was a passenger in hit a tree and a concrete lamp post, exploding into flames. The driver, Walker's friend and business partner Roger Rodas, also died. The sound of the crash was audible from the car shop where Walker and others had gathered earlier in the day for a charity event, a witness told L.A. Now . Law enforcement was still investigating how fast the car might have been going and whether drag racing might have played a role; an update was not expected until Monday.
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April 9, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
The MTV Movie Awards is known for its combustible moments and categories honoring such cinematic achievements as “best kiss” and “best gut-wrenching performance.” But when the annual raucousness gets under way Sunday from the Nokia Theatre with Conan O'Brien as host, it will also include a more solemn moment: a tribute to Paul Walker.   The late “Fast & Furious” actor, who died Thanksgiving weekend in a single-car crash, was a fixture at past awards, and the network has decided to honor his memory at this year's event.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
After weeks of questions and production delays, Universal Pictures has decided to move forward with "Fast & Furious 7" with Paul Walker included in the finished film. The late star will feature prominently in the sequel, the studio suggested in an announcement late Sunday. "Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead the returning cast of 'Fast & Furious 7,'" it said in a statement, also announcing that the movie will now hit theaters on April 10, 2015, nine months after the original July date.
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December 3, 2013 | By Christie D'Zurilla
Vin Diesel, the face of "The Fast and the Furious" franchise, visited the scene of his costar Paul Walker's death on Monday night, offering words of comfort to the fans gathered in the dark in Santa Clarita. The deep-voiced Diesel used the public address system on one of the sheriff's cars at the crash scene to address the crowd assembled at the makeshift memorial. "If he could see for himself that all of you have showed up to show my brother love at this hard time, and his family gets to see all of you show the love that you've shown Paul, it's going to stay with me forever," Diesel said.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 2, 2013 | By James Barragan, Samantha Schaefer and Adolfo Flores
Witnesses said Sunday that there was little anyone could do to save "Fast & Furious" actor Paul Walker and another man after their Porsche crashed Saturday afternoon in Santa Clarita. The Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department on Sunday continued to investigate the single-car crash but did not reveal any details on a possible cause. Speed may have been a factor in the crash, which occurred about 3:30 p.m. on Hercules Street, a normally quiet road with a 45-mph speed limit, authorities said.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 1, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
The death of Paul Walker in a car crash Saturday at age 40 marks a tragic end to the life of a man who brought innumerable people pleasure as rogue former cop Brian O'Conner in the street-racing "Fast and Furious" pictures. In tribute, here are five of his more memorable moments from that franchise.  PHOTOS: Paul Walker: 1973-2013 The Chase: ("Fast & Furious"): As Dominic Toretto (Vin Diesel) and O'Conner try to track down a Mexican criminal kingpin, they wind up in border tunnels fleeing a group of the kingpin's officers.
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February 27, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik
Could "Fast & Furious 7" soon be back on the road? A report says that shooting on the Universal Pictures film will resume in April after a hiatus that began in December after the death of star Paul Walker. Universal, director James Wan, writer Chris Morgan and producer Neal Moritz had been convening to work out how to continue the movie's narrative with only about half of Walker's scenes shot. A  story  in the Hollywood Reporter says shooting will begin around April 1 on the Atlanta set of the automotive action movie.
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February 12, 2014 | By Oliver Gettell
The first trailer for one of the Paul Walker's final films, "Brick Mansions," has been released, and it finds the late action star on familiar ground as he pummels bad guys, leaps from tall buildings, bickers with a mismatched partner, drops a few one-liners and, of course, puts the pedal to the metal. "Brick Mansions" is a remake of the 2004 French film "District B13," which popularized the acrobatic street sport known as parkour. In the new movie, Walker plays an undercover cop in dystopian Detroit who teams up with a local hood -  David Belle, reprising his role from "B13" - on a mission to stop a gang with a very large bomb and a very important hostage.
ENTERTAINMENT
February 3, 2014 | By Steven Zeitchik and Jessica Gelt
The death of Philip Seymour Hoffman on Sunday marked the abrupt end to an acclaimed career, but for audiences there will be much more of his performances to savor. The prolific actor had recently shot a wide variety of work that will be seen at numerous intervals between now and at least November 2015, when the fourth and final film in the "Hunger Games" series is set to hit theaters. The actor played chief gamemaker Plutarch Heavensbee in the recent Lionsgate blockbuster "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" as a man with complicated loyalties who stages the titular competition.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 3, 2014 | By Ari Bloomekatz and Kate Mather
Two men who allegedly stole part of the wrecked Porsche in which "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker died pleaded not guilty Friday to charges of felony grand theft, authorities said. James Brooks Witty, 18, and Anthony Edward Janow, 25, allegedly stole a roof panel from a tow truck carrying the destroyed Porsche Carrera GT away from the crash site in Santa Clarita, according to the Los Angeles County district attorney's office. Prosecutors say the pair took the panel after they were already told they could not take any parts from the vehicle.
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January 3, 2014 | By Joseph Serna
“Fast and Furious” actor Paul Walker and his friend were traveling at more than 100 mph when the 2005 Porsche Carrera GT in which they were riding crashed, killing them both, according to a Los Angeles County coroner's report released Friday. The limited-production sports car was in the No. 1 lane on Hercules Street in Santa Clarita on Nov. 30 when Walker's friend, Roger Rodas, lost control of the vehicle, officials said. The autopsy report is the first time authorities have estimated speeds for the Porsche or detailed any of vehicle's movements.  DOCUMENTS: Read the autopsies The vehicle was eastbound when skid marks show it went out of control, spun around, hit the southern sidewalk and smashed the driver's side of the car into a tree and light post, according to the coroner's report.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 27, 2013 | By Randy Lewis
Taylor Swift tops a ranking of young entertainers who used their celebrity in positive ways in 2013, according to the DoSomething.org's annual "Celebs Gone Good" list . In putting Swift atop its ranking for the second year in a row, DoSomething cited her gift of $100,000 to the financially struggling Nashville Symphony on her 24 th birthday on Dec. 13, and her headlining performance of a fundraiser for an organization helping homeless youths....
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December 1, 2013 | By Carla Rivera and Shelby Grad
Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department officials on Sunday sought to sort out the circumstances of a fiery crash in Santa Clarita that left "Fast and Furious" actor Paul Walker and another man dead. Walker was apparently the passenger in a red Porsche that crashed Saturday afternoon, soon after the actor attended a charity event. Sheriff's officials said speed may have been a factor in the crash, which took place on a normally quiet street with a 45 mph speed limit. The Porsche was badly burned and mangled.
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December 4, 2013 | By Samantha Schaefer
Thousands of car enthusiasts and fans of “Fast and Furious” star Paul Walker are expected to gather in remembrance of the actor and his friend Roger Rodas on Sunday at the site where the men died in a fiery crash. Thousands of people have RSVP'd for the meetup, which is scheduled to take place from noon to 5 p.m. on Sunday, at the crash site on Hercules Street in Valencia. The Facebook event , created by SoCal Car Meets, said the memorial is meant for fans and was not organized by them.
ENTERTAINMENT
December 23, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
After weeks of questions and production delays, Universal Pictures has decided to move forward with "Fast & Furious 7" with Paul Walker included in the finished film. The late star will feature prominently in the sequel, the studio suggested in an announcement late Sunday. "Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead the returning cast of 'Fast & Furious 7,'" it said in a statement, also announcing that the movie will now hit theaters on April 10, 2015, nine months after the original July date.
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December 18, 2013 | By Richard Winton
Porsche engineers will visit L.A. next month to help detectives gather data from the Carrera GT in which actor Paul Walker and his business partner were killed. L.A. County Sheriff's Capt. Michael Parker said traffic investigators will meet with engineers from Porsche to analyze the data retrieval system in the car. An investigation of the crash that killed the "Fast and Furious" actor and Roger Rodas on Nov. 30 in Santa Clarita has reached no conclusions, Parker said. "Information that might possibly be obtained from the computer is speed, RPMs, throttle opening, air bag deployment, seatbelt use and other possible information," Parker said Wednesday.
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