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Paul Walker RIP

20131201-114235.jpgPaul Walker has died in a car accident in California at the age of 40. The actor is probably best known for his role in the Fast and the furious franchise.

According to a statement on the actors Facebook page, he was the passenger in a car on his way to a charity event when the accident happened. Both he and the driver, his friend Rodger Rodas, were killed in the accident.

“It is with a truly heavy heart that we must confirm that Paul Walker passed away today in a tragic car accident while attending a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide. He was a passenger in a friend’s car, in which both lost their lives. We appreciate you patience as we too are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news. Thank you for keeping his family and friends in your prayers during this very difficult time. We will do our best to keep you apprised on where to send condolences” a statement from the actors official Facebook page.

Representatives from Universal studio also released a statement ” All of us at Universal are heartbroken. Paul was truly one of the most beloved and respected members of our studio family for 14 years, and this loss is devastating to us, to everyone involved with the FAST AND FURIOUS films, and to countless fans. We send our deepest and most sincere condolences to Paul’s family.”

It has been confirmed by a spokesperson for the Santa Clarita Valley Station, the they responded to a collision on Saturday afternoon and found that the vehicle was in flames. The fire department put out the flames and located two people trapped inside, both were later pronounced dead. It appears to be a single car collision with a fixed object that was near the road.

Walker is survived by his daughter Meadow.

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Final Destination 5 trailer review

A trailer for the upcoming movie Final Destination 5 has been released and it looks as though producers have taking fan criticism onboard.

Many people have been complaining that the Final Destination series has gotten stale, seriously how many times can you make the same movie.  The first too were great, because they had a link to each other, the third one introduced the photos which was a fun way to get the audience guessing, but the fourth just ditched the cleverness and went for 3D instead.  The result was an overly bright example of how bad some actors are.

The trailer for Final Destination 5 shows that the franchise is going back to its roots.  It’s darker and the deaths are less comical and more cringe worthy.  The opening deaths are always one of my favourite parts.  However, the writers try to make each opening better than the last and number three’s rollercoaster was hard to beat, four failed, but I think five might have succeeded.

Number five’s premonition takes place on a wire bridge.  It doesn’t sound like much, but it looks great.  There’s so much going on and so many characters to choose from, I’m already wondering who survives.  Those that do survive will have a good chance of clinging on to their survivor status, because this movie will see the return of Bludworth (played by actor Tony Todd) who was last seen in Final Destination 2 and last heard in Final Destination 3.  I was worried that he would appear for a few seconds, but from the trailer I can see he gives a whole speech to the survivors.  I’m excited to see how they find him considering that all the survivors from the movies that featured him are dead.

Another good point about the trailer is that, and I could be wrong here, but it looks like the actors can act.  I know I’m as shocked as you are.  I never had a problem with the actors in the original trilogy, I hate to keep picking on it, but it was only four that I thought had really bad actors.  Other people think the bad acting goes back furthered, but I think we can all hope that it ended with number four.  We won’t really know until we see more though, but enjoy the trailer and let me know what you think by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to subscribe.


Transformers 3: Dark of the Moon

Was the moon landing faked?  Who cares, all I know is that a spaceship from Cybertron was discovered on the moon way back on the first moon trip to the moon and the US government have kept this a secret, even from the Autobots.  Thank you Obama.

Just a few days ago, a new trailer for the third Transformers movie, Transformers: Dark of the Moon, was released.  It gives a lot more detail than past trailers and I have to say, despite earlier hesitation, I didn’t hate it.  It looks like it’s going to be an action packed adventure from start to finish, which is surprising considering how bad number two did.

By know you probably know that Megan Fox is not longer part of the franchise, unfortunately Shia LaBeouf still is.  Was Fox’s absents felt in the trailer?  Nope they replaced her with some blonde girl.  The blonde girl, also known as Rosie Huntington-Whitley, plays Carly, a character that is actually from the 1984 Transformers animated series.  Finally one of the shows human characters has made it into the movies.  The actress playing her has no prior acting experience though so it could go either way.

The plot explores the final battle between Autobots and Deceptacons.  Each group is trying to get their hands on the ship that the humans found on the moon many years before.  The secrets that the ship holds may well decide the winner of the war.  I have mixed feelings about the plot.  It just feels like they always have to go back and discover secrets.  Didn’t the Transformers ever actually live on Cybertron?  Shouldn’t they know some of this stuff already?

A real tragedy occurred while they were filming.  An extra suffered from permanent brain damage when a stunt, that she wasn’t even part of, went wrong.  A cable broke and came through the front of the car she was in, hitting her in the head and cracking her skull.  She is paralyzed on one half of her body and her left eye had to be stitched closed.  Paramount promised to pay for the medical expensive and her family is suing for seven counts of negligence.  The extra’s name is Gabriela Cedillo and she is 24 years old.  I legitimately hope that she wins the lawsuit.

Another accident happened on the set, this one involving a police officer who clearly was out sick the day they announced that some streets would be closed for filming.  The car that plays Bumblebee was crossing an intersection when a police car came from a different direction.  Unable to stop in time Bumblebee crashed into the side of the cop car.  The officer was not supposed to be there, but at least no one was injured.

What do you think?  Is this film cursed?  Are you glad to see a human from the animated series appear in the film?  Do you miss Megan Fox?  Will this series be able to recover after the disappointing, perhaps racist, second film?  Let me know by voting and leaving a comment below.  Also don’t forget to vote.


Super 8

It’s not a secret that J.J. Abrams has a unique advertising style, considering the first Cloverfield trailer didn’t even give the film’s title.  This time Abrams has refused to give any details of the plot of his latest film, Super 8.  However the trailer does give enough information for people to form conclusions, hopefully wrong ones.

The trailer shows a train, which is transporting material from area 51, being derailed when it collides with a car.  Then the side of one of the train cars is burst off by something.  It does not explain why the creature inside needed the train to be stationary before it could escape.  However we do learn that the film is set in 1979, which is the same year Saddam Hussein became president of Iraq (just a random fact, probably won’t come up in the film, but might you never know with Abrams).

When the trailer was first released, rumours began to spread that this movie was a sequel (or prequel) to, 2008, Cloverfield.  Abrams has since come forward to say that this is not true.  The film will pay homage to Steven Spielberg and the science fiction films that he made in the 70s and 80s.

No big name actors have been cast in the film, which is always a good thing in my eyes.  The film stars Elle Fanning, younger sister of Dakota Fanning, Amanda Michalka, AJ from former band Aly & AJ, and Kyle Chandler.  The relationship between the characters has not been revealed; in fact we haven’t even been given their names yet.

The secrecy surrounding the film really adds to the, normally painful, waiting process.  The movie is scheduled to hit cinemas on the 10th of June 2011.  By then we may know a little more about the plot, then again we may not.  If you’re a Super Bowl fan, you’ll be happy to know that a new 30 second trailer will be airing during one of the commercial breaks.  Getting this trailer to air during the Super Bowl cost Paramount $3 million, so they better make the most of that time.

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Last Minute Christmas Shopping

I can’t see the future until it becomes the present, but here’s what I know about the first of January.  It will be a Saturday, the start of a new year, it will start just after midnight on the 31st of December and I’ll be starting Christmas shopping for next year.  It may be an unrealistic goal, but I pray that I stick to it.

I spent today searching for a present for my almost sixteen month old nephew.  I must have gone into every shop in the centre at least twice.  After hours of looking I eventually found something, but the more interesting story is what happened while I searched.  Before I start I’d just like to specify that it is not quite as exciting as that intro made it sound.  It’s close, but not quite there.  If you have now lost interest this would be a good place to stop reading, if not please keep your arms and legs inside of the vehicle at all times, because this journey starts in a car.

The traffic moved slowly along the roads, each driver being cautious of the snow.  Eventually we made it to the centre, I was drop off.  I had never entered the centre from this side before, made everything look interesting.  The familiar shops quickly destroyed this feeling of wonderment.

I paced from shop to shop, getting more and more desperate as I went.  The tone deaf choir sang songs that barely qualified as Christmas songs.  It was strange watching them; I just couldn’t understand how they couldn’t see the looks of pain on the passerby’s faces.  They must have known, deep down they must have known how bad they sounded.

Eventually I decided on a present, but first I would have to make it back to that shop alive; a task which I thought would be easier than it was.  The shop was on the other side of the car park.  At first I was fine, like every other time I’d crossed it that day, but then a car stopped driving, as I was crossing behind him, and he began to reverse.  After the initial bump, I managed to make it out of the way alive, but then the driver decided to yell at me.  Naturally I argued back, neither of us could hear the other through the window, but I was so angry I didn’t care.

I then went and got the present.  It’s wooden, so I felt like going back and smashing in that guy’s windows, but I didn’t.  Partly because I didn’t want to end up locked up over Christmas, and partly because I wasn’t a hundred percent sure which car was his.

The stress of last minute Christmas shopping, as well as the stupid drivers that are obviously mentally damaged, has convinced me to start my Christmas shopping on the first of January.  So next year everyone gets outdated Christmas presents.