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Ice Cube clarifies his critical comments about MTV's posthumous award to Paul Walker

Ice Cube clarifies his critical comments about MTV's posthumous award to Paul Walker

LOS ANGELES, April 15 (UPI) -- Ice Cube has addressed the critical comments he made about MTV's posthumous award to Paul Walker at the 2014 MTV Movie Awards.
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Vin Diesel honors Paul Walker at MTV Movie Awards [VIDEO]

Vin Diesel honors Paul Walker at MTV Movie Awards [VIDEO]

LOS ANGELES, April 14 (UPI) -- Vin Diesel and Paul Walker won the golden popcorn trophy for best onscreen duo.
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Jennifer Lawrence, 'Hunger Games' big winners at MTV Movie Awards

Jennifer Lawrence, 'Hunger Games' big winners at MTV Movie Awards

LOS ANGELES, April 14 (UPI) -- "Hunger Games: Catching Fire" named movie of the year, while two stars take home acting awards.
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Chris Pratt stars in new clip from 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Chris Pratt stars in new clip from 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

LOS ANGELES, April 8 (UPI) -- "Parks and Rec" actor Chris Pratt stars in a new clip from his upcoming movie, "Guardians of the Galaxy."
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Paul Walker's $25 million estate will go to his daughter

Paul Walker's $25 million estate will go to his daughter

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 5 (UPI) -- The late actor reportedly left his entire estate to his 15-year-old daughter, Meadow.
Kate Stanton
Vin Diesel shares video o himself dancing to Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse'

Vin Diesel shares video o himself dancing to Katy Perry's 'Dark Horse'

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- Vin Diesel celebrated the success of his movie by dancing around to a Katy Perry song and recorded the session for all of his fans to watch.
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'Riddick' tops DVD and Blu-ray sales chart

'Riddick' tops DVD and Blu-ray sales chart

LOS ANGELES, Jan. 27 (UPI) -- Vin Diesel's latest action picture "Riddick" is the top-selling DVD and Blu-ray in the United States, Rentrak reported Monday.
Paul Walker's death has led to 'catastrophic' 'Fast & Furious 7' script rewrites, says Kurt Russell

Paul Walker's death has led to 'catastrophic' 'Fast & Furious 7' script rewrites, says Kurt Russell

Jan. 23 (UPI) -- The "Fast & Furious" star discussed the film's production troubles at the Sundance Film Festival.
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'Fast and Furious 7': Vin Diesel confirms 2015 release date

'Fast and Furious 7': Vin Diesel confirms 2015 release date

Dec. 25 (UPI) -- 'Fast and Furious 7' was originally due in theaters this summer.
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'Fast & Furious 6' tops the U.S. movie-on-demand chart

'Fast & Furious 6' tops the U.S. movie-on-demand chart

PORTLAND, Ore., Dec. 24 (UPI) -- "Fast & Furious 6," starring Vin Diesel and the late Paul Walker, is the No. 1 movie-on-demand in the United States, Rentrak announced.
'Fast & Furious 7' will open in April 2015

'Fast & Furious 7' will open in April 2015

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 23 (UPI) -- The seventh installment in Hollywood's "Fast & Furious" film franchise is to be released April 10, 2015, star Vin Diesel announced on Facebook.

Marvel says Vin Diesel will be Groot in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 22 (UPI) -- Marvel Studios says actor Vin Diesel has been cast as Groot, a sort of giant tree, in the upcoming film "Guardians of the Galaxy."
'The Rock' is top-grossing star of 2013 with films earning $1.3B

'The Rock' is top-grossing star of 2013 with films earning $1.3B

LOS ANGELES, Dec. 17 (UPI) -- Hollywood film star Dwayne "The Rock" Johnson is the top-grossing actor of 2013, with movies that have earned a total of $1.3 billion, Forbes magazine reported.
Vin Diesel describes tearful visit with Paul Walker's mom

Vin Diesel describes tearful visit with Paul Walker's mom

Dec. 8 (UPI) -- The "Fast & Furious" star says he visited Paul Walker's family immediately after his fatal crash.
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Vin Diesel thanks fans at Paul Walker crash scene

Vin Diesel thanks fans at Paul Walker crash scene

SANTA CLARITA, Calif., Dec. 3 (UPI) -- Film star Vin Diesel joined fans on the California street where his longtime friend and frequent collaborator Paul Walker was killed in a weekend car crash.
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Vin Diesel (born Mark Sinclair Vincent; July 18, 1967) is an American actor, writer, director and producer. He became known in the early 2000s, appearing in several successful Hollywood films, including The Fast and the Furious and xXx. He founded the production companies One Race Films, Tigon Studios and Racetrack Records.

Vin Diesel was born in New York City, the son of Delora, a psychiatrist and astrologer. Diesel has Italian and black ancestry. He has described himself as "definitely a person of color" and stated that he is "of ambiguous ethnicity – Italian and a lot of other stuff". Diesel has never met his biological father, and was raised by his African-American stepfather, Irving, an acting instructor and theatre manager. He made his stage debut at age seven when he appeared in the children's play Dinosaur Door, written by Barbara Garson. The play was produced at Theater for the New City in New York's Greenwich Village. His involvement in the play came about when he, his brother and some friends had broken into Theater for the New City's space on Jane Street with the intent to vandalize it. They were confronted by the Theater's Artistic Director, Crystal Field, who instead of calling the police, handed them scripts and offered them parts in the upcoming show. He remained involved with the theatre throughout adolescence, going on to attend the city's Hunter College, where his creative writing studies led him to begin screenwriting. Diesel became an active film-maker in the early 1990s, first earning notice for the short film Multi-Facial, which was selected for screening at the 1995 Cannes Festival. Diesel has identified himself as a "multi-faceted" actor as a result of early difficulties finding roles due to his mixed heritage.

In an interview on Late Night with Conan O'Brien, he said that he changed his name to "Vin Diesel" while working as a bouncer at the New York City nightclub Tunnel, because in that business one's real name is not usually given out. The name "Vin" is simply a shortened version of "Vincent". He received the nickname "Diesel" from his friends who said he ran off desel fuel, referring to his non-stop energy.

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