Paul Walker Was Killed in a Car Crash on Saturday
Actor PAUL WALKER was killed in a HORRIFIC car crash on Saturday afternoon. He was just 40 years old.
Paul was most famous for starring in the "Fast and the Furious" movies. He played Brian O'Conner in all the movies except the THIRD one, "Tokyo Drift". Here's what you need to know:
Paul was in Valencia, California . . . just north of Los Angeles . . . to attend an event his charity organization was putting on for typhoon victims in the Philippines.
The event was co-sponsored by a high-performance car shop called Always Evolving, which is owned by a former race car driver named Roger Rodas. Roger was a close friend of Paul's, and Paul was an investor in his shop.
At around 3:00 P.M., Paul and Roger decided to go for a joy ride in Roger's 2005 Porsche Carrera GT . . . in an industrial park near the shop.
But Roger lost control, they crashed into a light pole, and the car immediately EXPLODED. Roger and Paul were both killed instantly.
The Los Angeles County sheriff's department says speed was a factor. A 45 mile per hour speed limit sign was attached to the light post they hit.
Paul. was in the middle of shooting the seventh installment in the "Fast and the Furious" franchise at the time of his death. There's no official word on the movie's status . . . but the "Hollywood Reporter" says the plan for now is to delay production, but NOT to scrap it altogether.
Paul Walker's Death: The Celebrity Tributes
As you'd expect, many of PAUL WALKER'S former co-stars have commented on his tragic death this weekend. Here are some highlights:
Paul's co-stars from the "Fast and the Furious" franchise:
Vin Diesel: "Paul was a good man. RIP my friend . . . sorry to the Walker family. Brother, I will miss you very much. I'm absolutely speechless. Heaven has gained a new Angel. RIP."
Jordana Brewster: "Paul was pure light. I cannot believe he is gone."
Ludacris, who RHYMED his tribute: "Your humble spirit was felt from the start, wherever you blessed your presence you always left a mark, we were like brothers and our birthdays are only one day apart, now you will forever hold a place in all of our hearts."
Dwayne Johnson: "All my strength, love and faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength in his light. Love you brother."
Tyrese Gibson: "My heart is hurting so bad no one can make me believe this is real. God, I pray that you send clarity over this, 'cause I just don't understand. My heart hurts, it's broken. No one can convince me that this is real.
"Prayer warriors, please pray real hard for his only child, his daughter and family . . . My God . . . My God . . . I can't believe I'm writing this."
(Tyrese showed up at a vigil at the crash site, and broke down in tears. He also took a piece of the wreckage home, and posted a photo of it online. TMZ has the photo and video of him at the crash site.)
His co-stars from "She's All That":
Rachael Leigh Cook: "Paul was a truly good person in a town of questionable characters . . . a real life tragedy if there ever was one."
Sarah Michelle Gellar: "May Paul be in peace. To his family, you are in our thoughts and prayers."
Gabrielle Union: "There are no words. Someone please say this is just another absurd Internet hoax." (Initially a website claimed this was a hoax. But sadly, THAT was the hoax.)
His co-star from "Varsity Blues":
James Van Der Beek: "Thoughts and prayers tonight are with Paul Walker's friends and family, especially his little girl. So sad. Very heavy heart tonight. I just remember him as being so effortlessly golden. He had that way about him, that 'thing.'"
His co-star from "The Skulls":
Joshua Jackson: "Damn. Hard to imagine someone so full of life taken so soon. My thoughts go out to your family. RIP Pauly Walker."
"Catching Fire" and "Frozen" Both Broke Thanksgiving Box Office Records
A ton of people went to the movies over Thanksgiving weekend, because "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" AND "Frozen" both broke records.
"Catching Fire" brought in another $74.5 million from Friday to Sunday, the highest total for a three-day Thanksgiving weekend EVER.
And if you count Wednesday and Thursday, it made an additional $35.6 million, bringing its five-day Thanksgiving weekend haul to just over $110 million. Yes, that's also a record.
(In the 10 days since it was released, "Catching Fire" has made $297 million in North America. And when you add in the $277 million it's made in foreign markets, it pushes its worldwide haul to $573 MILLION.)
"Frozen" had a big weekend too, earning $66.7 million from Friday through Sunday, and $93 million from Wednesday through Sunday. That's the best DEBUT ever for a movie over Thanksgiving weekend, and puts it just behind "Catching Fire" on the all-time Thanksgiving list.
Here are this week's Top 5 movies:
1. "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire", $74.5 million. Up to $297 million in its 2nd week.
2. (NEW) "Frozen", $66.7 million. Up to $93.4 million since Wednesday, plus a one-week preview at the El Capitan Theatre in Hollywood.
3. "Thor: The Dark World", $11.1 million. Up to $187 million in its 4th week.
4. "The Best Man Holiday", $8.5 million. Up to $63.4 million in its 3rd week.
5. (NEW) "Homefront", $7 million. Up to $9.8 million since Wednesday.
Joe Jonas Lost His Virginity at 20 . . . And Smoked Pot With Miley Cyrus and Demi Lovato
In a new piece he wrote for Vulture.com, JOE JONAS admits he lost his virginity at the age of 20.
He says, quote, "We decided to take the [purity] rings off a few years ago. I lost my virginity when I was 20. I did other stuff before then, but I was sexually active at 20. I'm glad I waited for the right person." Joe is 24 now, so that was about four years ago.
Joe doesn't say who that "right person" was, but he also talks about dating ASHLEY GREENE when he was 20, and he calls it, quote, "my first serious relationship." She played Alice Cullen in the "Twilight" movies.
Joe also reveals that the first time he smoked pot was with DEMI LOVATO and MILEY CYRUS, when he was 17 or 18. He says, quote, "They kept saying, 'Try it! Try it!' so I gave it a shot, and it was all right.
"I don't even smoke weed that often anymore . . . Now I appreciate wine or a vodka-soda at the end of the day every once in a while."
If Joe was really 17 or 18, then this happened 6 or 7 years ago. Miley and Demi are both 21, which means they would have been 14 or 15.
The Best Songs of the Year . . . According to E! News
E! News has slapped together a list of The Best Songs of 2013. It's unclear how they settled on these songs, but it doesn't seem like they put much thought into it, since it's basically just a rundown of the year's biggest hits.
Here's the list, which doesn't appear to be in any sort of order:
"Blurred Lines", Robin Thicke featuring T.I. and Pharrell
"Roar", Katy Perry
"Wrecking Ball", Miley Cyrus
"Hold On (We're Going Home)", Drake
"Suit & Tie", Justin Timberlake featuring Jay Z
"Holy Grail", Jay Z featuring Justin Timberlake
"Demons", Imagine Dragons
"Applause", Lady Gaga
"Monster", Eminem featuring Lady Gaga
"Counting Stars", OneRepublic
"Get Lucky", Daft Punk featuring Pharrell
"Stay", Rihanna featuring Mikky Ekko
Michael J. Fox Says Matthew Broderick Almost Destroyed His Career
It's hard to imagine a time when MICHAEL J. FOX was struggling to make it in Hollywood. But he actually almost packed it in and went back to his native Canada . . . and it was all because of MATTHEW BRODERICK.
He says, quote, "In 1982, I was desperate to have a job in LA. I owed money, and my phone was cut off. I was selling sections of my sectional sofa. I was ready to go back to Canada and pick up nails on my brother’s construction site."
That was when "Family Ties" came up. Unfortunately, the producers WANTED Broderick, so Michael wasn't holding out much hope.
He says, quote, "He'd usually go in first for auditions, and you'd hear hands shaking. I was always losing jobs to Matthew Broderick."
He would have lost this one to Broderick too, but he didn't want to commit to a TV series . . . so Fox finally got his breakthrough role.