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Jeff Ferrell’s haunted theater film, Ghostlight, was one that I really liked (review) and latched onto. Having been a fan of Jeff’s previous film, I found myself wondering what kind of movie he would tackle next, and it seems that the time for that question to be answered is now, as Ferrell sent Icons of Fright a brand new poster for his upcoming Serial Killer horror film Ladykiller. Giving up ghosts for real terror, Ladykiller revolves around a serial killer, making his mark while killing people on a long road trip murder spree, until he comes across a woman who makes him second guess his spree. I’m a big fan of the serial killer sub-genre of horror, and Ferrell has an eye for detail and imagination, so I for one, am anxious to see what comes of the film, »
- Jerry Smith
In celebration of the August 5th home entertainment release for Need For Speed, an exclusive screening event was held for Petersen Automotive Museum Members on the evening of Thursday, July 31 and Wamg was there.
The event showcased an advanced screening of the bonus feature “Capturing Speed: Making An Authentic Car Movie,” hosted a filmmaker/talent Q&A with Director Scott Waugh & childhood family friend and industry stunt coordinator extraordinaire Lance Gilbert, and then screened the entire film. The hero car from the film will be on display at the museum through October.
In Capturing Speed: Making An Authentic Car Movie, viewers are invited to go behind the wheel for an up-close look at what it takes to capture high-octane car stunts on camera.
The filmmakers discuss the challenges and benefits of this “old school” in-camera approach, which requires the actors to learn how to handle a car at »
- Movie Geeks
While Need For Speed was initially conceived as an adaptation of the long-running popular video game series, when director Scott Waugh took control of it he also changed the project into something else: an ode to the classic car movies of the 1960s and '70s. The film is filled will all kinds of roaring muscle and sports cars, and are featured doing absolutely insane stunts that were all done practically and with minimal aid from CGI. The stars and stuntpeople behind the production performed some really amazing feats for the camera, but of all of them which one was the hardest to pull off? That was one of the many questions on my mind while talking with Waugh (right) and Stunt Coordinator Lance Gilbert (left) at a recent press event for Need For Speed held in Los Angeles. Sitting down with them on a set that featured some of »
Disney and DreamWorks’ high-octane video game adaptation Need For Speed hits theaters this weekend and its major selling point – outside of the video game brand recognition and sexy supercars – is what it offers in terms of action. Where the Fast & Furious franchise, and most action-heavy blockbusters increasingly rely on special effects and CGI work to realize exciting set pieces, Need For Speed offers something different.
On our visit to the set of Need For Speed we saw examples of what the film’s stunt drivers, stunt coordinator Lance Gilbert and director Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) in action. Gilbert and Waugh come from stunt-heavy backgrounds and families, making them worthy candidates of bringing the experience of playing Need For Speed games to the big screen, in real and believe way.
Don Kaye had the chance to catch up with the pair at the Need For ...
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- Rob Keyes
Inspired by the eponymous car-racing video-game franchise, “Need for Speed” is a visceral and evocative return to the great car-culture movies of the ‘60s and ‘70s. The testosterone-fueled film directed by Scott Waugh is an exciting story of honor, friendship and loyalty and the journey of one man looking for revenge and ultimately redemption. Opening […]
- Sheila Roberts
This weekend, "Need for Speed" barrels recklessly into theaters nationwide.
The adaptation of the popular video game series stars Aaron Paul as a man who was framed for murder and locked away. Once he gets out he plots his revenge, which of course involves taking part in a dangerous, cross-country road rally (as most post-prison revenge plots do).
The movie was directed by Scott Waugh, a former stuntman turned filmmaker who turned the low budget Navy Seal movie "Act of Valor" into a sleeper hit, and who was personally chosen for this gig by some guy named Steven Spielberg (never heard of him). Joining him on this four-wheeled free-for-all is stunt supervisor Lance Gilbert, who has been a part of so many amazing action movies (including one of the "Fast and Furious" joints) that his resume might be even more jaw-dropping than the things he's able to achieve on screen. »
- Drew Taylor
On March 14th, DreamWorks will bring Need For Speed to theatres. Based on the popular EA video game franchise of the same name, the film stars Aaron Paul as Tobey Marshall, a hard working auto mechanic who finds himself framed for a crime that he did not commit. After serving his time in prison, he sets out on to get revenge on the man who took away several years of his life.
Of course, fast cars, riveting races, gravity-defying stunts and excellent performances populate the film, making it an enjoyable thrill ride that should be able to bring in respectable box office numbers. After all, this is Aaron Paul’s first major lead role in a movie and his first on-screen appearance since Breaking Bad ended. His involvement alone will be enough to draw people into the theatre.
Last weekend, a press junket was held for Need for Speed in »
- Jami Philbrick
To say that “Need for Speed” is one of the better movies derived from a videogame source may not sound like much of an endorsement given the competition (“Street Fighter,” “Tekken,” “Super Mario Bros.”), but it’s an apt description of this mash note to the American muscle car in which high-flying stuntwork routinely trumps plot, plausibility or particularly memorable characters. The “Fast and Furious” franchise has nothing much to worry about, but as long as the engines are humming and the gears are grinding — which is most of the time — “Need” is modest, diverting fun that should have at least a couple of good box office laps in it before “Divergent” and “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” muscle it off the track.
- Scott Foundas
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