The Ohio Bobcats won the Enterprise Rent-A-Car “Best Under-the-Radar NCAA Football Atmosphere” competition and had have a nationally televised feature filmed on campus Tuesday, Nov. 19. The production crew was all over Athens, checking out the hot spots and chatting with students before heading to Peden Stadium to see the Bobcats take on Kent State.
This video was featured on CBS today highlighting Ohio University as the best “under the radar” atmosphere in football!
Powering up a record-setting Thanksgiving weekend at the movies, Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" brought in a whopping chart-topping estimated $110.2 million from Wednesday to Sunday, bringing the film's Stateside total to $296.5 million. Globally, "Catching Fire" has amassed $573 million.
Meanwhile, providing icing on the ... er ... pie was Disney's 3D animated musical "Frozen," which technically bowed last weekend at a single-screen engagement but expanded nationwide Wednesday, grossing a projected $93 million through Sunday.
My heart is hurting so bad
no one can make me believe this is real
All my strength, love & faith to the Walker family during this heartbreaking time. We find our strength.. in his light. Love you brother.—
Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) December 01, 2013
He was 40.
“All of us at Universal are heartbroken,” the studio said in a statement issued Saturday night. “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.”
Walker’s official Twitter and Facebook pages also confirmed his death, which was first reported by TMZ.
Walker was scheduled to star in “Brick Mansions” for Relativity. The studio released a statement late Saturday that read: “We are shocked and deeply saddened to learn of the sudden death of Paul Walker. Paul was an incredibly talented artist, devoted philanthropist and friend. Our hearts go out to his family and our thoughts and prayers are with them.”
Walker appeared as LAPD detective and later FBI officer Brian O’Conner in all but one of the successful “Fast and the Furious” movies. His other credits include “Varsity Blues,” “Flags of Our Fathers” and “Takers.”
Walker was a highly sought-after leading man in action and indie dramas. Among his upcoming features awaiting release are Relativity Media’s “Brick Mansions” and “Vehicle 19.” “Hours,” a drama set in the aftermath of Hurricane Katrina, is due out Dec. 13 from Lionsgate’s Pantelion Films.
A native of Glendale, Calif., Walker got his start as a youth in commercials and TV series ranging from “Charles in Charge” to “Who’s the Boss” to “The Young and the Restless.” He was a protege of famed talent agent Ed Limato, and began to make his mark in features in the late 1990s with roles in 1998′s “Pleasantville” and 1999′s “Varsity Blues” before breaking out with the first “Fast and the Furious” pic in 2001.
Among Walker’s other notable pics were 2006′s “Running Scared” and “Flags of Our Fathers.”
Most recently, Walker was in production on the seventh installment of the “Fast and Furious” franchise — an eerie reality given the nature of his death. The street racing franchise is Universal’s most valuable active pic franchise. Walker’s death will undoubtedly leave a significant void in the pic now in production and subsequent installments.
Among his survivors are a teenage daughter, Meadow.
RIP Paul Walker.
A really good actor who is gone too soon. My condolences to his family and friends.
Seizing the fourth-highest domestic opening of all time, Lionsgate's "The Hunger Games: Catching Fire" scored a whammo estimated $161.1 million in three-days, with $307.7 million worldwide from 65 territories, making it the 12th-largest worldwide debut ever.
"Catching Fire" now has the largest domestic opening in November, as well as the biggest for Lionsgate. The sequel eclipsed its predecessor's bow handily; that film made $146 million during opening weekend in March 2012.
Christmas came early for Universal and the filmmakers behind "The Best Man Holiday," including writer-director Malcolm D. Lee, whose holiday-themed sequel scored an estimated $30.6 million at the domestic box office. But the merry "Holiday" still was no match for Disney-Marvel's "Thor: The Dark World," which earned a chart-topping projected $38.5 million in its second Stateside frame.
"The Dark World," which so far has amassed a whopping $147 million domestically, reached $479.8 million globally, eclipsing already the original "Thor," which came just shy of tallying $450 million worldwide in 2011.
Disney has released the first trailer for “Maleficent”—the untold story of Disney’s most iconic villain from the 1959 classic “Sleeping Beauty.”
The movie stars Angelina Jolie as the pointy-headed villain and in the trailer; you see and hear the wicked character for the first time.
The live-action film retells the story of “Sleeping Beauty” from the perspective of the iconic female villain and reveals the events that hardened Maleficent’s heart and drove her to curse the baby, Aurora.
The film also stars Sharlto Copley, Elle Fanning, Sam Riley, Imelda Staunton, Juno Temple and Lesley Manville.
“Maleficent” opens in theaters on May 30, 2014.