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Paul Walker laid to rest after Los Angeles funeral

Paul Walker was laid to rest on Saturday after a private funeral service in Los Angeles.

According to E! online, the Fast & Furious star was cremated, and his ashes were interred at the Forest Lawn Memorial Park Cemetery during a non-denominational service. His father, mother, two brothers, and other family members and friends were in attendance. Another private gathering will be held for family and friends at an as-yet undisclosed location.

On Dec. 8, thousands of fans visited  the site where the 40-year-old Walker died in a car crash in the Los Angeles suburb of Santa Clarita. Mourners left flowers and candies and revved their engines to pay tribute to the actor.

'Lady in the Lake' star Audrey Totter dies at 95

Film noir star Audrey Totter, who appeared in such classics as Lady in the Lake, The Set-Up, and High Wall, died on Thursday in Los Angeles at age 95. Her daughter, Mea Lane, told the Los Angeles Times that Totter had a stroke and suffered from congestive heart failure.

Though Totter had a small part in The Postman Always Rings Twice, the 1946 adaptation of James M. Cain’s pulp novel, her breakthrough came with 1947’s Lady in the Lake, where she was cast as a publishing executive who hires private detective Philip Marlowe (Robert Montgomery) to find her boss’ wife. Other roles found her playing a gold-digger (1947’s The Unsuspected), a psychiatrist (1947’s High Wall), and the wife of a has-been boxer (1949’s The Set Up).

Her last acting credit came from a 1987 episode of Murder, She Wrote.

'The Sound of Music' actress Eleanor Parker dies at 91

Eleanor Parker, who was nominated for Academy Awards three times for her portrayals of strong-willed women and played a scheming baroness in The Sound of Music, has died at 91.

Family friend Richard Gale said Parker died Monday morning due to complications from pneumonia. “She passed away peacefully, surrounded by her children at a medical facility near her home in Palm Springs,” Gale added.

Parker was nominated for Oscars in 1950, 1951, and 1955, but then saw her career begin to wane in the early 1960s. Her last memorable role came in 1965’s The Sound of Music, in which she played the scheming baroness who loses Christopher Plummer to Julie Andrews.

“Eleanor Parker was and is one of the most beautiful ladies I have ever known,” Plummer said in a statement. “Both as a person and as a beauty. I hardly believe the sad news for I was sure she was enchanted and would live forever.”
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Autopsy: Paul Walker died from impact, fire in crash

Fast & Furious star Paul Walker was killed by impact and fire in a crash that occurred while he was a passenger in a Porsche driven by his friend, according to an autopsy released Wednesday

Walker died Saturday when the high-performance car smashed into a light pole and tree, then exploded in flames.

The 2005 Porsche Carrera GT was driven by Roger Rodas, who was killed by the impact alone, according to the autopsy released by the Los Angeles County coroner’s office.

Results of toxicology testing will take another six to eight weeks.
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French director Georges Lautner dies at 87

Director Georges Lautner, whose films from the 1960s, 1970s and 1980s are part of the French canon and still adored, has died.

He was 87. The cause of death was not announced.

Of the dozens of films he made, Les Tontons Flingeurs, which appeared as Monsieur Gangster for Anglophone audiences, was perhaps the most beloved.
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Jake Gyllenhaal hospitalized after punching a mirror on set

Jake Gyllenhaal was sent to the emergency room with an injured hand Wednesday morning after punching a mirror on set, People reports. While filming an intense scene on Nightcrawler‘s Los Angeles set, the 32-year-old actor wounded his hand so badly that he had to be taken to a nearby hospital, a source told the magazine.

“The scene was emotionally charged and his character was talking into a mirror and he got so into it, he banged his hands against the mirror and it broke and cut him,” the source said. “It was all the scene and not because he was mad about anything else.”

Gyllenhaal returned to set Thursday.

'Artist' star Jean Dujardin splits from wife

Actor Jean Dujardin has split from his wife, actress Alexandra Lamy, People reports.

Dujardin, who won the 2012 Best Actor Oscar for his starring turn in The Artist, has appeared in French films with Lamy in the past. In 1999, they met on the set of the French TV series Un Gars, Une Fille. Dujardin, 41, and Lamy, 42, were married for four years.

According to the Daily Mail, Dujardin told journalists at an award ceremony: “It has been eight months that tabloids have been trying to make me out as depressed, an alcoholic, a womanizer. This is no more, or less, than the story of a couple who are separating, like any other couple.”

George Clooney, Benedict Cumberbatch, and Idris Elba honored at BAFTA Britannia Awards

George Clooney and Benedict Cumberbatch were honored last night at the BAFTA Britannia Awards in Los Angeles, according to the New York Times. Clooney received the Stanley Kubrick Britannia Award for Excellence in Film while Cumberbatch won the award for British Artist of the Year. Other winners included Idris Elba and Sacha Baron Cohen, who pranked the audience with a skit in which he seemed to push an old woman off the stage.

Winners of the Britannia awards are chosen by members of the Los Angeles arm of the British Academy of Film and Television Arts.

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Blockbuster goes bust, will end retail and DVD-by-mail service

It’s the end of an era: Dish announced today that its subsidiary, Blockbuster L.L.C., will end both its retail and its mail DVD distribution operations by early January 2014.

“This is not an easy decision, yet consumer demand is clearly moving to digital distribution of video entertainment,” DISH’s president and chief executive officer Joseph P. Clayton said in a statement. “Despite our closing of the physical distribution elements of the business, we continue to see value in the Blockbuster brand, and we expect to leverage that brand as we continue to expand our digital offerings.”

According to a release, Blockbuster By Mail service will cease in mid-December 2013, and will continue serving existing customers until that time. The company will close its remaining domestic retail stores — some 300 locations altogether — as well as its distribution centers by early next year.

Dish says that it will retain the brand’s licensing rights and key assets, including Blockbuster’s “significant video library.” Both Dish’s Blockbuster @Home service, which offers a package of over 15 movie channels, and Blockbuster On Demand streaming video will also continue to exist. As the mission statement on Blockbuster’s new website puts it: “You’ve known us for years, but who are we now? Well, we’re different. We’ve grown. We’ve changed. Still, one thing has remained the same: We love movies. And now we’re taking that love to the next level.”

'Killer's Kiss' actress Irene Kane dies

Irene Kane, star of Stanley Kubrick’s Killer’s Kiss, died Thursday, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The actress, who reportedly died of pancreatic cancer, also worked as a journalist for CBS, CNN, and The New York Times under the pen name Chris Chase, and co-authored Hollywood autobiographies and a memoir: How to Be a Movie Star, or A Terrible Beauty Is Born. Aside from 1955’s Killer’s Kiss, Kane also acted in Bob Fosse’s All That Jazz (1979) and the TV series Naked City (1958-63).

In a 1999 Q&A with Entertainment Weekly, Kubrick spoke of the poor critical reception for Killer’s Kiss, only his second feature. “Killer’s Kiss had some exciting action sequences in it, but the story was written in a week in order to take advantage of a possibility of getting some money,” the director said.

Kane’s niece, who confirmed her death to THR, didn’t want to reveal the late actress’ age.

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