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After much deliberation, the filmmakers of Fast & Furious 7 announced in January that they would deal with star Paul Walker‘s death by “retiring” his character Brian O’Conner. But that still left a lot of questions about how, exactly, they’d turn Walker’s half-completed performance into a full one. Now a new report offers the unsurprising answer: through the judicious use of CGI and body doubles. Get the details after the jump.

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Brick Mansions trailer

This second Brick Mansions trailer, for the the Banlieue 13 remake that is also one of the late Paul Walker’s final films, relies on a moody cover of ‘Stand by Me’ to give it a little oomph. Not that the trailer really needs it, as the action (also featuring RZA and original B13 star and parkour pioneer David Belle) looks to be pretty hard-hitting and high-flying.

Luc Besson, who produced the original, scripted this remake, which opens in April. Watch the trailer below. Read More »

‘Fast & Furious 7′ to Resume Shooting in April

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With a new script, a new release date, and a new plan for working around Paul Walker‘s passing, Fast & Furious 7 is finally getting ready to resume production.

Universal is gearing up to start filming again in Atlanta, where the high-speed actioner had been shooting before Walker’s death. More details on the shoot after the jump.

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Shortly before his death in November, Paul Walker wrapped shooting on Camille Delamarre‘s Brick Mansions. The film is now headed for an April release, and the first trailer has just landed.

A remake of the French thriller Banlieue 13 (known in the U.S. as District B13), Brick Mansions features Walker as an undercover cop who must team with an ex-con (David Belle) to take on a drug kingpin (RZA) in the most dangerous tenement in a dystopian Detroit. It looks a little like what might happen if Brian O’Connor was dropped into Dredd or The Raid. Watch the video after the jump.

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Brick Mansions, one of the final films to feature the late Paul Walker, was once tentatively scheduled to open this month. But Relativity Media has now pushed the movie to April 25. The movie is a remake of Banlieue 13, released in the US as District 13This also sheds additional light on the recent move of Earth to Echo into July, as Brick Mansions now has the date originally occupied by Earth to EchoRead More »

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When Paul Walker passed away late last year, he was at a very busy point in his career. His Hours was on the verge of opening, he’d already wrapped Brick Mansions, and he was in the middle of shooting Fast & Furious 7. He also had a few more projects lined up beyond that. One, Agent 47, went to Homeland star Rupert Friend yesterday. Now another, The Best of Me, could be taken over by James Marsden.

Michael Hoffman (most recently of the Coens-scripted Gambit) is directing the romance, based on a novel of the same title by Nicholas Sparks. Michelle Monaghan is set to co-star. Hit the jump for more details on the project.

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Producers and execs behind Fast and the Furious 7, along with director James Wan and screenwriter Chris Morgan, had an awful task at the end of last year: figure out how to move forward with the film in the wake of Paul Walker’s death. Much of the film had been shot when Walker’s life was claimed by an auto accident at the end of November, but the actor still had to shoot some of his most significant scenes.

Now there’s word that all involved have settled on a plan: as much of Walker’s footage will be used as possible, but his character will effectively be written out of the series, or “retired,” in a respectful manner. Read More »

‘Fast & Furious 7′ Set for Spring 2015 [Updated]

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Ever since Paul Walker‘s tragic passing, it’s been a given that Universal’s Fast & Furious 7 would be pushed back. The only question was when it’d be pushed back to. Officially, the studio’s avoided saying anything concrete. But now, thanks to star Vin Diesel, we have the answer: Spring 2015. Hit the jump for more details.

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If you consider sequel news to be a gift, we’ve got a whole sleigh full of presents for you. After the jump:

  • No (duh), Justin Bieber won’t replace Paul Walker in Fast & Furious 7
  • Zoe Bell could become one of the ExpendaBelles
  • Ricky Gervais will be back for Night at the Museum 3
  • Phil “You Had One Job” Tippett is returning for Jurassic World
  • Hot Tub Time Machine 2 is coming sometime in 2014
  • Quentin Tarantino is really not interested in doing Kill Bill 3
  • Zoolander 2 is “on hold,” and Dodgeball 2 has a script
  • Someone has been arrested for that Transformers extortion attempt
  • Sullivan Stapleton and Eva Green gets their own 300 posters

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