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'Underworld' reboot in the works at Lakeshore Entertainment

'Underworld' reboot in the works at Lakeshore Entertainment

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 28 (UPI) --An "Underworld" reboot is in the works at Lakeshore Entertainment, and "Priest" writer Cory Goodman will pen the script.
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Elijah Wood, Vin Diesel to star in 'The Last Witch Hunter'

Elijah Wood, Vin Diesel to star in 'The Last Witch Hunter'

LOS ANGELES, Aug. 6 (UPI) --Elijah Wood will star alongside Vin Diesel, Rose Leslie and Michael Caine in supernatural action film "The Last Witch Hunter."
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Vin Diesel covers Sam Smith hit 'Stay with Me'

Vin Diesel covers Sam Smith hit 'Stay with Me'

LONDON, July 31 (UPI) --Vin Diesel performed an oddly moving rendition of Sam Smith hit "Stay with Me" during an interview with Capital FM this week.
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Zoe Saldana's dog turned green on the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' set

Zoe Saldana's dog turned green on the 'Guardians of the Galaxy' set

LOS ANGELES, July 22 (UPI) --Zoe Saldana says her full-body makeup for Gamora in "Guardians of the Galaxy" took time to soak off and turned her dog Mugsy green.
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'Fast & Furious 7' finishes production, issues heartfelt thank-you to fans

'Fast & Furious 7' finishes production, issues heartfelt thank-you to fans

LOS ANGELES, July 11 (UPI) --"Fast & Furious 7" thanked fans for their support after the movie finished production Thursday, nearly eight months after the death of star Paul Walker.
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Vin Diesel expresses discomfort over finishing 'Fast & Furious 7' without Paul Walker

Vin Diesel expresses discomfort over finishing 'Fast & Furious 7' without Paul Walker

LOS ANGELES, June 19 (UPI) --Vin Diesel opened up earlier this week to address the "awkward and uncomfortable process" of finishing "Fast & Furious 7" without Paul Walker.
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Josh Brolin to star as Thanos in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

Josh Brolin to star as Thanos in 'Guardians of the Galaxy'

LOS ANGELES, May 30 (UPI) --Josh Brolin reportedly portrays Marvel villain Thanos in "Guardians of the Galaxy."
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'Guardians of the Galaxy' debuts new trailer

'Guardians of the Galaxy' debuts new trailer

LOS ANGELES, May 19 (UPI) --'Guardians of the Galaxy' highlights the five Guardians in a new, full-length trailer.
Annie Martin
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.
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Vin Diesel arrives for the 10th Anniversary of the New York International Latino Film Festival premiere of "Fast & The Furious"/"Los Bandoleros" at the School of Visual Arts Theater in New York on July 29, 2009. (UPI Photo/Laura Cavanaugh)
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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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