LOS ANGELES (AP) — Neither Vin Diesel nor producer Neal Moritz wanted a sequel to "The Fast and the Furious." The 2001 film about a group of East Los Angeles street racers and the FBI agent (Paul Walker) who infiltrates their ring just wasn't "that kind of film," according to Moritz.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Oscar-nominated actor Jeremy Renner will share joint custody of his 2-year-old daughter with his estranged wife after the pair reached a custody agreement after a day of negotiations on Wednesday.
Hot cars, hot cast and red-hot box office figures -- the juggernaut "Fast & Furious" franchise is revving up for another wild ride. The fast-paced film with a racially diverse cast that has won over audiences both at home and abroad is certain to rake in major cash, but it will also tug at the heartstrings of fans. Star Paul Walker, who has played cop-turned-racer Brian O'Conner in the films, died in a fiery car crash in December 2013 at age 40 -- a tragedy reminiscent of his character's on-screen adventures. "Look for the record for biggest April debut to fall hard this weekend," said Paul Dergarabedian, of the box office tracker Rentrak.
NEW YORK (AP) — Novelist Marlon James and poet Marilyn Chin are among this year's winners of the Anisfield-Wolf (AN'-is-feeld) Book Awards, given for literature that "confronts racism and examines diversity."
Cynthia Lennon, the British first wife of The Beatles' songwriter John Lennon, has died aged 75, the couple's son Julian said Wednesday. "Her son Julian Lennon was at her bedside throughout. Julian Lennon wrote and sang a song of tribute to his mother that was posted on the site with a montage of family snapshots and footage. Cynthia met John Lennon at an art class in the British city of Liverpool when she was 18 and the couple married in 1962.
NEW YORK (AP) — With this week's premiere of a series based on Jimmy Fallon's "Tonight" show feature of lip sync-dueling celebrities, the Spike television network is throwing open the door of its boys' clubhouse to women.
RIO DE JANEIRO (AP) — When Arthur Bispo do Rosario needed art supplies within the psychiatric institution where he lived, he'd barter cigarettes or trade favors with the guards. When that didn't work, he'd sometimes rough up fellow inmates and snatch away their belongings.
BERLIN (AP) — Germany says experts have determined that a Camille Pissarro painting from the art trove hoarded by the late collector Cornelius Gurlitt was looted by the Nazis and will be returned to its rightful owner's descendants.
MIAMI (AP) — Three weeks after Univision host Rodner Figueroa was fired for remarks he made about first lady Michelle Obama, Carlos Calderon and Jomari Goyso were named the new hosts of "Sal y Pimienta."
LOS ANGELES (AP) — CBS Films says Mark Wahlberg is set to produce "Patriots' Day," a feature film about the 2013 Boston Marathon bombing based on Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis' firsthand account.
In their14-year history, the "Fast & Furious" films have become a case study in the power of international box office. In recent years, the unlikely franchise has made global appeal a priority and as a result, grosses have continued to grow. "Furious 7," out worldwide on Friday, could be the biggest installment yet.
LOS ANGELES (AP) — Deeper blacks, brighter whites, even bigger screens and better sound. When the high-speed action sequel "Furious 7" debuts this weekend, audiences at Hollywood's famous TCL Chinese Theatre will see every tire skid and fistfight in Imax's brand-new laser format.
WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama on Wednesday authorized a new U.S. government approach to deterring cyberattacks: financial sanctions against malicious overseas hackers and companies that knowingly benefit from the fruits of cyberespionage.
OUARZAZATE, Morocco (AP) — The people are restive, the priesthood is scheming and a fanatic band of insurgents known as the zealots are plotting assassinations — and now to make matters worse, the body of a condemned cult-leader known as Jesus has disappeared from the tomb, apparently following some ancient prophecy.
UNION, N.J. (AP) — New Jersey's Kean University has cancelled hip-hop artist Common as commencement speaker after police voiced concerns over a song about a woman convicted of killing a police officer who fled to Cuba.
Director Frank Castorf, known as the "bad boy" of German theatre, will stay on at Berlin's Volksbuehne until 2017, to mark 25 years at the prestigious avant-garde company, city officials said. The 63-year-old iconoclast has had his contract at the politically engaged theatre in east Berlin, which had been due to expire in summer 2016, extended by one year, they said. Talks are underway to find a successor, the cultural department of Berlin city authorities said. Castorf was a prominent artist in communist East Germany before taking the reins of the Volksbuehne, or People's Stage theatre, in 1992, three years after the fall of the Berlin Wall.
British cinemas are warning viewers about a new Argentine film which shows a chief steward intentionally crashing a plane -- a scene bearing eery similarities to last week's Germanwings tragedy. "Following the Germanwings flight incident on Tuesday 24th March, please be aware that 'Wild Tales' features a sequence that some customers might find disturbing," the Curzon cinema chain said on its website. The film by Argentine director Damian Szifron is about the fine line between civility and barbarism. Prosecutors have said they suspect co-pilot Andreas Lubitz, who told his bosses he had suffered from severe depression, locked himself into the cockpit and deliberately crashed the plane.
April 5: Singer Allan Clarke of The Hollies is 73. Actor Max Gail ("Sons and Daughters," ''Barney Miller") is 72. Actress Jane Asher is 69. Singer Agnetha Faltskog of Abba is 65. Actor Mitch Pileggi is 63. Guitarist Mike McCready of Pearl Jam is 49. Country singer Troy Gentry of Montgomery Gentry is 48. Singer Paula Cole is 47. Country singer Pat Green is 43. Rapper-producer Pharrell Williams is 42. Rapper Juicy J (Three 6 Mafia) is 40. Mike Eli (Eli Brown Band) is 34. Lily James ("Downton Abbey," ''Cinderella") is 26.
Pop star Justin Bieber attended a mediation session Tuesday in Miami over a lawsuit against him in which a photographer alleges that one of the star's bodyguards assaulted him. Bieber slipped in the back door of the office building where the session was held so as to avoid reporters, according to footage from the local affiliate of CBS. Photographer Jeffrey Binion sued the singer in 2013 for allegedly ordering one of his bodyguards to assault Binion as the paparazzo tried to take shots of the singer in Miami Beach. In the United States he was arrested on charges of driving a sports car recklessly in Miami Beach.
Newly anointed "The Daily Show" host Trevor Noah faced mounting criticism on Tuesday after the emergence of several past social media posts accused of being racist, sexist and anti-Semitic. The 31-year-old South African comedian, largely unknown in the United States, was named by Comedy Central television on Monday as the successor to long-serving "Daily Show" star Jon Stewart. He defended himself Tuesday in a tweet saying he should not be judged over past jokes that he called duds.