By Cindy Elavsky
Q: Like the rest of the world, I was so shocked to hear that Paul Walker had died in a car crash. I saw his last movie, “Hours,” the other day, and he was so good in it. I know he was working on the next “Fast and Furious” movie when he died. Any chance they’ll still release it? — Jimmy T., Oceanside, Calif.
A: Production on “Fast and Furious 7” was shut down after Paul’s death, with 60 percent of the movie having been shot. It wasn’t clear what they would do. Would they cancel the movie? Use CGI for some of his remaining scenes? Cut him out all together?
Then just before Christmas, Universal released this official statement about “FF7,” along with a release date: “Continuing the global exploits in the franchise built on speed, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker lead the returning cast of ’Fast and Furious 7,’ which will be released by Universal Pictures on April 10, 2015.” So, Paul will be in the movie, and you can bet millions of people can’t wait to see him in his final role.
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Q: Can you tell me if or when “The Americans” will return for another season? — Ginnie F., via email
A: FX recently announced that the spy drama — which centers on the Cold War era of the 1980s — starring Keri Russell and Matthew Rhys will return for 13 episodes come February. (As of this writing, I don’t have an exact date.)
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Q: A few months back, you mentioned that a “Veronica Mars” movie is in the making. Can you tell me when it’ll be released? I can’t wait! — Stacy W., via email
A: “Veronica Mars” hits theaters March 14, and it stars Kristen Bell, Krysten Ritter, Gaby Hoffman, Justin Long, James Franco, Ken Marino, and many more. There’s even a cameo by Kristen’s real-life husband, Dax Shepard. In more “Veronica” news, if your cable provider offers the Pivot channel, beginning Jan. 13, you can see reruns Monday through Friday from 10 p.m. to midnight of “Buffy the Vampire Slayer” followed by “Veronica Mars.”
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Q: I haven’t seen Kevin Costner in anything in a while. Can you tell me what I can see him in next? — Gina R., Allentown, Pa.
A: In what critics are calling the “Field of Dreams” for football fans, Kevin’s latest project is called “Draft Day,” which comes to theaters April 11. Kevin stars as Sonny Weaver Jr., the general manager for the Cleveland Browns. Sonny’s career is on the line as he has to bring the Browns out of a serious slump by picking the best players at the NFL draft. The film also stars Jennifer Garner, Tom Welling, Frank Langella, Denis Leary, Sam Elliott, Rosanna Arquette and Ellen Burstyn.
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