Entertainment News: 'Fast & Furious' Star Killed; "A Christmas Story" at 30

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The theatrical family from "A Christmas Story". The film celebrates its 30th anniversary of its release in 1983.

SANTA CLARITA, Calif. (AP) -- Paul Walker, the star of the "Fast & Furious" movie series, has died in a car crash north of Los Angeles. He was 40.
His publicist says Walker died Saturday afternoon.
A statement on the actor's Facebook page says he was a passenger in a friend's car, and that Walker was in the area to attend a charity event for his organization Reach Out Worldwide.
The statement says "We ... are stunned and saddened beyond belief by this news."
The Los Angeles County Sheriff's department says deputies found a car engulfed in flames when they responded to a report of a collision in the community of Valencia. Two people who were found in the car were pronounced dead at the scene.
The Santa Clarita Signal reports a red Porsche crashed into a light pole and tree and burst into flames.
Walker was working on "Fast & Furious 7" at the time of his death. He also starred in the suspense drama, "Hours," which is set for release this month.

CLEVELAND (AP) -- It's been 30 years since the film "A Christmas Story" opened to mixed reviews, but it has emerged as a holiday favorite along with mistletoe and spiked eggnog.
Cleveland, where parts of the movie were filmed, is celebrating the 30th anniversary with iconic leg lamp decorations and stage and musical versions of "A Christmas Story."
The main character Ralphie was transfixed by the brightly decorated windows and dreamed of getting an air rifle as a Christmas gift, despite warnings that he might shoot his eye out.
The plot follows his determined gift-begging, encounters with bullies and his family's daily hopes and dreams.
The Cleveland house where Ralphie's film family lived highlighted the anniversary this past Friday and Saturday with appearances by original cast members and a backyard BB gun range.

SEWELL, N.J. (AP) -- A New Jersey canine that was crowned the world's ugliest dog in 2007 and later became the topic of a children's book preaching acceptance has died. Elwood was 8.
His owner, Karen Quigley, says the Chinese crested and Chihuahua mix died unexpectedly Thanksgiving morning. The Sewell resident says Elwood had been dealing with some heath issues in recent months but appeared to be doing well.
Elwood was dark colored and hairless -- save for a puff of white fur resembling a Mohawk on his head. He was often referred to by fans as Yoda, or E.T., for his resemblance to those famous science-fiction characters.
Elwood won his crown at the annual ugly dog contest at the Sonoma-Marin County Fair in California a year after he had finished second.

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