Briefly: Paul Walker, Maria Bello, Roger Ebert

December 2, 2013
File-This March 21, 2013 file photo shows actor Paul Walker wearing a creation from the Colcci summer collection at Sao Paulo Fashion Week in Sao Paulo, Brazil. A publicist for actor Walker says the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series has died in a car crash north of Los Angeles. He was 40. Ame Van Iden says Walker died Saturday, Nov. 30, 2013. No further details were released. (AP Photo/Andre Penner, File)
Paul Walker (Andre Penner/AP/File)

A quick round-up on the news about Paul Walker, the “Fast and the Furious” movie star who died Saturday in a car accident after attending a charity event. Walker, 40, went for a brief drive in Santa Clarita, Calif., with his friend, Roger Rodas, who reportedly lost control of the car and hit a tree. Tributes continue to pour in for the actor, along with heart-wrenching details, such as the fact that his 15-year-old daughter was near the site of Walker’s death.

A memorial has been set up at the scene of the accident, US Weekly reports. Walker’s “Fast and the Furious” co-star, Tyrese Gibson, was one of the many who paid a visit, and broke down in tears at the crash site when he arrived.

Meanwhile, there’s still no update about what exactly caused the accident — other than that “speed” was a factor. And in case you were wondering about his latest film, “Fast and the Furious 7″ (which Walker was scheduled to resume shooting this week), producers decided to delay production, though it’s currently still scheduled to be released next summer. As the Hollywood Reporter points out, though the deadly car crash leaves a tough challenge for the studio about how to market the film — which is all about the high-speed chases. Walker’s next film, indie project “Hours,” will still be released on schedule next week.

Actress Maria Bello penned a much-talked about New York Times “Modern Love” column this weekend, in which she revealed she’s in a relationship with a woman. Her 12-year-old son’s reaction? “Mom, love is love, whatever you are.” (NYT)

A bronze statue of Roger Ebert (who died this spring at age 70) is on the way in Champaign, Ill., which will show the beloved movie critic giving his famed “thumbs up.” The statue will cost about $122,500. (AP)

More Reliable Source: Prince William; Michaele Salahi and Neal Schon; Jennifer Love Hewitt; Thanksgiving talking points; White House movie screenings; Chris Brown; Timothy Geithner; Cathy McMorris Rodgers; Clint Hill; Chuck Close

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