Paul Walker Dead

September 12, 1973 - November 30, 2013,  he was 40 when he was killed
September 12, 1973 – November 30, 2013, he was 40 when he was killed

September 12, 1973 – November 30 2013

Paul Walker leaves behind Rebecca McBrain his girl friend and soon to be wife and his beloved daughter who lived with her mother in Hawaii for 13 years and then moved to California to live with Walker in 2011.  And his dogs. Walker has a brown belt in Brazilian Jiu-Jitsu under Ricardo “Franjinha” Miller at Paragon Jiu-Jitsu.

Walker was the son of Cheryl (née Crabtree), a fashion model, and Paul William Walker III, a sewer contractor, was born in Glendale, California. He was of Irish, English and German descent. His paternal grandfather was professional boxer “Irish Billy Walker”. The oldest of five siblings, Walker was raised primarily in the Sunland community of Los Angeles and attended high school in the San Fernando Valley, graduating from Sun Valley’s Village Christian School in 1991. He was raised as a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints. After high school, Walker attended several community colleges, majoring in marine biology.

Walker acting began when he was a toddler and he starred in a television commercial for Pamper. He began modeling at the age of two and began working on television shows in 1985, with roles in shows such as Highway to Heaven, Who’s the Boss?, The Young and the Restless, and Touched by an Angel. That same year, he starred in a commercial for Showbiz Pizza. Walker’s film career began in 1986, with the horror/comedy film Monster in the Closet. He and his sister Ashlie were contestants on a 1988 episode of the game show I’m Telling!; they finished in second place. In 1993 he played Brandon Collins on the CBS soap opera The Young and the Restless. He and his co-star Heather Tom, who played Victoria Newman, were nominated for Outstanding Lead Actor and Actress in a soap opera at the Youth in Film Awards. In 1998, Walker made his feature film debut in the comedy Meet the Deedles, which finally gained him fame. This subsequently led to supporting roles in the movies Pleasantville (1998), Varsity Blues (1999), She’s All That (1999), and The Skulls (2000).

In 2001, Walker’s breakthrough role arrived when he starred opposite actor Vin Diesel in the successful action film The Fast and the Furious. The film established Walker as a notable film star and leading man and led to his reprisal of the role in the 2003 sequel 2 Fast 2 Furious. He continued his career with leading roles in films such as Joy Ride (2001), Into the Blue (2005), and Timeline (2003); he had a supporting role in Clint Eastwood’s adaptation of Flags of Our Fathers (2006).

Walker starred in the independent film The Lazarus Project, which was released on DVD on October 21, 2008. He subsequently returned to The Fast and the Furious franchise, reprising his role in Fast & Furious, which was released on April 3, 2009. Walker then appeared in the crime drama Takers, which began filming in early September 2008 and was released in August 2010.

He reprised his role in the fifth installment of The Fast and the Furious series, Fast Five (2011), and again in Fast & Furious 6 (2013). Upcoming films in which Walker starred or appeared in due for release are Hours set for release in December 2013, and Brick Mansions, set for release in May 2014. At the time of his death, Walker had been filming Fast and Furious 7, which was slated for release in July 2014. His death has forced the shooting of the film to be delayed while producers try to rework the film. He was also slated to play Agent 47 in the Hitman film adaptation.

Daytime Emmy Awards 2013

Daytime Emmy awards was presented over the weekend  on Father’s day.  Whoever produced the show could do a little bit better. They should have kept in plain and simply way, like an ordinary award show. Look how the Oscar was presented, The Tony awards and the Primetime Emmy awards.

I hope the producers would not messed up the Primetime Emmy awards coming in the fall.

Probably it was the location, they held the Daytime Emmy awards in the Beverly Hills Hilton where numerous of actors of died there over a period of decades ago and the present.  It was the ghosts and the hauntings that haunt the place and that messed up the Daytime Emmy awards, plus the hotel has a lot of history.

The highlights of the Daytime Emmy awards:

Days of Our Lives won for Best Drama series beating out last year’s winner, ABC’s General Hospital, as well as CBS’ top-rated The Young and the Restless and The Bold and the Beautiful and ABC’s One Life to Live.  Days of Our Lives won best daytime drama series in 1975.

Overall, B&B went home with the most awards, winning four, while Days, Y&R and GH tied with two apiece.

Since some of the soaps have gone to the internet how would they get nominated for Emmys?

George Lucas got his first Daytime Emmy for ‘The Clone Wars’ on the Cartoon Network, he was the executive producer of the show.  He was nominated twice for Primetime Emmys for Ewok-themed children’s series. Lucas also said it was only the second award he’s ever won, following on the heels of an NAACP Image Award for the movie Red Tails. I have seen Red Tails and it is magnificent produced.  It had the Stars Wars quality, but this movie ‘Red tails’ is good.

An embarrassing moment for The Talk cast who were about to announced the winner for best talk show/informative.  Aisha Tyler realized she had the wrong envelope, exclaiming, “Oh this is interesting, this winner is not in this category.” She noticed her show The Talk was not nominated. She was given the right envelope and Dr. Oz won for Best Informative show.  Dr. Oz is my doctor.

Another awkward award moment goes to Ricki Lake , who was named best talk show host for her show, but it was canceled, she wasn’t there to accepted.  Anderson Cooper got canceled too.  There are too many talk shows on TV who can watch all these shows, they should have their own network called “TV Talk network” (TTN).

The Ellen DeGeneres Show won its seventh Daytime Emmy for best talk show in entertainment.  I Love her show.

CBS Sunday Morning beat out NBC’s Today and ABC’s Good Morning America for best morning program honors. I used to watch this show when I was small on Sunday mornings. Best human interest stories ever. Charles Kuralt used to host the show and now it Charles Osgood. Very good show.

Julie Marie Berman, from ‘General Hospital’  was called as a winner for best supporting actress in a drama series. She played Lulu Spencer on GH until leaving the show earlier this year. Does this means she will get her job back as Lulu Spencer?   How would they write her back in the show?

Kristen Alderson, General Hospital, won best younger actress in a drama series and became emotional and overwhelmed onstage in her excitement. She thanked everyone from her fellow cast members and crew to “Jeannie, my tutor who got me through high school. I don’t know how she did it.” I need to be a tutor for the stars. Call me.

Another awkward award moment was Y&R star Jess Walton and Corbin Bernsen introduced the “In Memoriam” segment with a tribute to his mom, longtime Y&R star Jeanne Cooper. Until Corbin Bernsen used the S and F word live on TV.  No one was near the censor button?

Good Morning America’s Sam Champion joined HLN’s A.J. Hammer and Robin Meade to host the annual awards show. They should have done a song and dance number.  Sam Champion was doing the weather report on the screen.  Robin Meade was good, she could have let loose. She sang beautiful.  Stick to broad cast new reporting.

And the winner is…

Outstanding Drama Series:

Days of Our Lives

Outstanding Game Show:

The Price is Right

Outstanding Talk Show-Entertainment:

The Ellen DeGeneres Show

Outstanding Talk Show-Informative:

The Dr. Oz Show

Outstanding Morning Program:

CBS Sunday Morning

Outstanding Culinary Program:

TIE — The Best Thing I Ever Made and Trisha’s Southern Kitchen

Outstanding Lead Actor in a Drama Series:

Doug Davidson, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Lead Actress in a Drama Series:

Heather Tom, The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Drama Series:

TIE — Scott Clifton, The Bold and the Beautiful and Billy Miller, The Young and the Restless

Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series:

Julie Marie Berman, General Hospital

Outstanding Younger Actor in a Drama Series:

Chandler Massey, Days of Our Lives

Outstanding Younger Actress in a Drama Series:

Kristen Alderson, General Hospital

Outstanding Game Show Host:

Ben Bailey, Cash Cab

Outstanding Drama Series Writing Team:

The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Talk Show Host:

Ricki Lake, The Ricki Lake Show

Lifetime Achievement:

Monty Hall, Let’s Make a Deal

Outstanding Culinary Host:

Lidia Bastianich, Lidia’s Italy

Outstanding Drama Series Directing Team:

The Bold and the Beautiful

Outstanding Special Class Animated Program:

Star Wars: The Clone Wars

Lifetime Achievement:

Bob Stewart

Outstanding Original Song:

“Good Afternoon” for Good Afternoon America

Little Darth Vader Max Page to undergo open-heart surgery

Do you remember the boy who used the force as Darth Vader  to start the family Volkswagen  commercial ad? Max Page has been facing big challenges all his life. He was born with a congenital heart defect and on Wednesday (June 13) will undergo his eighth heart surgery in seven years. The goal of the surgery is to repair a hole in his heart and replace his pulmonary valve.

Dr. Michael Silka of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles tells “Today” that the artery that carries the blood between the heart and the lungs is almost the size of an infant’s artery – he likens it to trying to pump gas through a straw.

“Doctors have told us Max has not known how good he can feel … so this is going to enable him to become even more active, which is hard to believe,”Buck Page, Max’s father, tells Ann Curry in an interview.

Victoria Newman -- Amelia Heinle  on the set of Young and the Restless on CBS
Victoria Newman — Amelia Heinle on the set of Young and the Restless on CBS

Jennifer Page, Max’s mom, also has shared via press release what Max has said about the surgery: “Mom, I don’t have a choice. I have to go through it. I don’t like it and it’s still scary, but I have to, so I think I might as well go through it with a good attitude.”

Max’s parents also tell “Today” that he is taking a pair of Darth Vader headphones with him to the surgery and when they asked him why, he said, “Because when I’m Darth, I feel strong.”

Feel the force Max and may the force be with you.