How He Ended Up in Death Car
12/1/2013 4:00 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker may not have ever gotten into the car that took him to his death if it hadn't been acting up moments before the crash ... TMZ has learned.
Paul showed up Saturday for a fundraiser at Always Evolving -- Roger Rodas' high end auto shop that specializes in exotic cars. Paul had a stake in the shop.
Sources connected to Roger tell TMZ when Paul arrived ... Roger was watching one of his employees try in vain to back the Carrera GT into the shop, but it kept stalling. Roger decided to take matters into his own hands ... told the worker to get out and took the wheel himself.
As Roger began to back into the garage ... Paul came up and said he hadn't driven in the Porsche yet -- so he jumped in the passenger seat and they took a 20 minute drive.
The fatal accident happened on the way back from that drive -- just 500 yards from the shop.
Paul's best friend from childhood, Nute, grabbed a fire extinguisher and was among the first to arrive on scene. We're told Nute frantically tried to extinguish the flames ... even though it appeared to him both men were already dead.
When the fire dept arrived they tried to pull Nute away, but he was overwrought and punched a firefighter. We're told Sheriff's deputies put Nute -- and several other of Paul and Roger's friends -- in custody, but let them go when they realized the circumstances.
'Fast and Furious' Star Tyrese
Breaks Down at Paul Walker Crash Site
12/1/2013 2:10 PM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Tyrese Gibson was overcome with grief Sunday afternoon when he showed up to the crash site where his "Fast and Furious" co-star Paul Walker died less than 24 hours before.
Tyrese paid tribute to Walker during a quick stop at the Santa Clarita crash spot moments ago ... the same place fans are leaving tons of flowers and various tokens in honor of Walker.
Gibson is clearly falling apart while visiting the death site ... and everyone around him is completely silent while he mourns.
3:00 PM PST -- Tyrese took a piece of the crash wreckage home with him and posted a pic of it online afterward.
Reps Shut Down Fake Daughter Site
12/1/2013 11:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker's daughter does NOT have a public social media page ... and his reps have already shut down one site run by an impostor.
Multiple news outlets posted stories Sunday morning saying Paul's 15-year-old Meadow Walker -- pictured above with her dad back in June -- paid tribute the actor on her Facebook page after the crash ... only problem, it's run by a fake.
We're told Paul's people instantly sprung into action when they discovered the BS page ... and contacted Facebook to have it removed ... which they did.
'Fast and Furious 7'
Critical Paul Walker Scenes
Were Days From Filming
12/1/2013 11:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
The new "Fast and Furious" movie was scheduled to shoot key scenes with Paul Walker this week -- and on the heels of his death, several members of the cast and crew say they won't be returning to the set anytime soon ... TMZ has learned.
Sources close to the production tell us most of the actors and crew were supposed to fly to Atlanta this weekend to resume filming on Tuesday ... but they're all expecting a halt in production.
Universal -- the studio behind the movie -- hasn't announced when, or if, they'll start shooting again ... but we're told some of the main stars are too distraught to work anyway.
According to our sources ... most of this week's scenes centered around Paul, so even if Universal were to go forward ... it would need major rewrites.
Ultimately, the biggest hurdle to completing 'FF7' could be the emotions of the actors. As one source put it, "No one wants to even think about the movie. Period."
We contacted Universal for comment ... no word back yet.
... Autopsy Delayed
12/1/2013 9:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker's body was burned so badly the coroner needs his dental records to identify the body ... TMZ has learned.
A rep for the L.A. County Coroner tells us ... the bodies of Paul and his friend/business partner Roger Rodas are currently unidentifiable and their autopsies will be delayed until later this week.
We're told the coroner is waiting on both sets of dental records before proceeding.
Rodas -- who was driving the Porsche yesterday -- was friends with Walker for nearly a decade ... and Roger has been credited with helping Paul start his race shop.
The two also joined forces to create the "Reach Out World Wide" Foundation to help disaster relief in other countries -- and as we first reported ... the group was behind yesterday's fundraiser for typhoon relief in Santa Clarita.
Paul's rep says Roger and Paul were leaving the event when they wrecked.
Rodas was 38 years old.
Goes After 'GTAV'
12/1/2013 8:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Lindsay Lohan has called in her lawyers to take action against 'Grand Theft Auto V' ... claiming video game honchos jacked her image without her permission ... TMZ has learned.
Sources tell us, Lohan's lawyers are currently crafting a lawsuit -- demanding Rockstar Games pay some serious money for using Lindsay's image in the game.
So the question ... did 'GTAV' really use Lindsay. Here's the evidence:
-- The video game cover shows a woman holding a cellphone who looks Lindsay-ish. There's been debate over whether it looks more like Kate Upton or Shelby Welinder.
-- Part of the game features a mission where a Lindsay Lohan look-alike asks the player to take her home and escape the paparazzi.
-- Another part of the game shows another Lindsay-like character at a hotel resembling the Chateau Marmont hotel in West Hollywood -- a place Lindsay not only frequents but once lived at -- and the mission is to photograph her having sex on camera.
lawyers to pound sand.
So we gotta ask:
Final Moments Before Fatal Ride [Photo]
12/1/2013 8:30 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Moments before Paul Walker took what turned out to be a fatal ride -- he posed proudly next to the exotic car that exploded on impact in the deadly accident.
Paul was photographed with the red 2005 Porsche Carrera GT that belonged to his friend Roger Rodas. They were attending a fundraiser in Santa Clarita, CA.
We're told the photos and video were taken about 30 minutes before the accident.
As TMZ first reported ... Paul had put together the charitable event -- through his Reach Out Worldwide organization -- to support typhoon relief efforts in the Philippines.
Paul was the passenger in the Porsche when Rodas lost control and slammed into a tree. The car exploded, and the Sheriff's Department says speed was a factor.
Anchors Real Newscast
As Ron Burgundy (Don't Act Like You're Not Impressed)
12/1/2013 8:00 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
"Anchorman 2" didn't need ridiculous promotional idea #4,762 -- but thank God they did it otherwise we wouldn't have seen Will Ferrell/Ron Burgundy attempt to anchor a real life newscast in North Dakota.
Ron co-anchored the evening news on KXMB in Bismarck, ND on Saturday with Amber Schatz ... and it is freakin' hysterical.
Not sure what's funnier -- Ferrell attempting to pull off annoying anchor banter with an actual anchor ... or Amber, the sports guy, and the weather guy attempting to hold back their laughter.
Make sure you watch Ron and the Emmy award winning KX news team sign off ... it's world class awkwardness -- and definitely could've used an ovary punch.
Candlelight Vigil at Crash Site
12/1/2013 7:45 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Paul Walker fans paid tribute to the 40-year old actor last night by holding a candlelight vigil on the site where he died.
The fans showed up in Santa Clarita Saturday evening ... leaving flowers and lighting candles in Paul's memory.
The vigil was held very shortly after law enforcement cleared the scene -- removing the bodies of Paul and the driver Roger Rodas ... as well as the charred wreckage of Roger's Porsche Carrera GT.
The cause of the accident is under investigation, but witnesses tell us Roger was speeding at the time. Sheriff's deputies confirm speed definitely played a part.
Kelly Rutherford Custody Battle
I Need A Script ...
To Talk To My Ex
12/1/2013 12:40 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Kelly Rutherford's custody battle with her ex-husband is so hateful … they're now under a court order to speak politely to each other, and get this -- in certain situations they're legally required to follow a SCRIPT!
The custody orders -- obtained by TMZ -- spell out precisely what Rutherford and her ex, Daniel Giersch, can and can't say … and how to behave around their 2 young children.
The docs order them to "exchange polite and friendly greetings." And Giersch, who's German, has to speak in English whenever they meet for the hand off. -- so he can't trash her in a foreign language without her knowledge.
If a kid doesn't want to leave one parent ... there's a drill for that, too ... the adults must follow a script that's actually included in the court order:
"Have a great time with [other parent]. I'll talk to you tomorrow," and will say to the other parent, "[Name], please come and help me."
The script thing may sound crazy, but hey, Kelly IS an actress.
In other news...
Julianne Hough got a major makeover! She's rocking blonde extensions & bangs now.
Love it or weave leave it?
'Housewives' Star Apollo Nida
I Never Sexted Kenya Moore
I Was Making a Business Deal!!!
12/1/2013 12:25 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
“Real Housewives of Atlanta” star Phaedra Parks' husband -- Apollo Nida -- definitely didn't text Kenya Moore for sex last year ... 'cause he tells TMZ, he just wanted to talk business.
"Sextgate" started on last seasons' 'RHOA' reunion show ... when Kenya implied Apollo was sending her inappropriate text messages after they apparently ran into each other in L.A.
But Moore and Apollo have both denied any wrongdoing since then ... and now Nida claims he only struck up the convo to propose that the two collaborate on a workout tape.
The tandem workout DVD never got off the ground ... 'cause Phaedra put the kibosh on the joint venture before Nida ever had a chance to make his proposal.
Nothing to see here folks ... just a couple of mature adults discussing business.
Save America's Libraries
So the Homeless Can Masturbate Somewhere
12/1/2013 12:15 AM PST BY TMZ STAFF
Libraries might be outdated with their ridiculous books made of paper ... but they still make great masturbation stations for the homeless ... this according to rapper Fabolous.
Fab was boarding a flight at LAX this week ... so we obviously had to ask his opinion on America's struggling libraries ... and the rapper made a solid argument for their place in the digital age.
Sure, real books are useless now ... but if we tear down the libraries, Fab says "where else are the homeless gonna get to j**k off at, man?"