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Stars: Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Dakota Johnson, Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton, Rami Malek, Sir Maejor, Nick Chinlund, Carmela Zumbado | Written by George Gatins | Directed by Scott Waugh
I approached Need for Speed with all the enthusiasm you might expect of a recent Breaking Bad convert who, having binged his way through the whole series, is desperate for another fix. Given his character’s denouement in the show, it’s perhaps rather fitting that Aaron Paul’s new project is a film about people driving very fast cars.
Paul plays Tobey, a mechanic who also enjoys illegal street racing (but then who doesn’t?). After one such illegal street race with a rival – Dominic Cooper’s slimy Dino – goes bad, Tobey is wrongly sent to the big house. Well, he was driving an illegal car at illegal speeds, putting himself and others in danger, but he »
- Jack Kirby
This could have been the one. After years of being served up with terrible video game adaptations, Need for Speed looked like it could've bucked the trend. EA's high-speed racing franchise is largely story-free, so the Scott Waugh-directed film wasn't bound by endless developer-enforced caveats. All it needed was the title and fast cars - making a good movie wasn't out of the question.
Sadly, the wait for a great game-to-film translation continues because Need for Speed the motion picture squanders its strong cast (led by Breaking Bad's Aaron Paul) and narrative potential thanks to a duff script that rebounds from one listless action sequence to another.
This is classic Big Dumb Action Movie territory, the kind of film that feels like it's been »
Need for Speed — Dreamworks’ stunt-heavy paean to fast cars and fiercely loyal bros (and a few ladies who love them), loosely based on the popular street-racing video game franchise and hitting theaters on March 14 — came very close to not being Aaron Paul’s post-Breaking Bad vehicle.
“I was hesitant to even read a script called Need for Speed. I had my own preconceived notions about it, but when I started looking at the pages, all of those went away,” Paul explained to Entertainment Weekly exclusively just after arriving to the Thursday premiere of the film at the Tcl Chinese »
- Carrie Bell
He may not have taken home an Oscar on Sunday night, but hopefully his performance in "12 Years A Slave" made it clear that any time Chiwetel Ejiofor is on the screen, he's a must-watch presence. And coming this spring is another movie that will give folks a chance to check out his range. Co-starring Thandie Newton, Dominic Cooper and "Attack The Block" star John Boyega, "Half Of A Yellow Sun" is based on the bestselling (and Orange Prize for Fiction-winning) novel by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie, and follows the lives and loves of four people against the backdrop of the 1967-1970 Nigerian-Biafran war. Biyi Bandele adapted the screenplay and directed, and while the film hit Tiff, London and AFI festivals last fall, the buzz around it has been rather limited. "Half Of A Yellow Sun" opens in the U.K. on April 11th. No U.S. date yet. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
DreamWorks Pictures’ Need For Speed marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. Tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing, the story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey for our heroes — one that begins as a mission for revenge, but proves to be one of redemption. Based on the most successful racing video game franchise ever with over 150 million units sold, “Need for Speed” captures the freedom and excitement of the game in a real-world setting, while bringing to life the passion for the road that has made our love of cars so timeless.
The film opens in theaters on Friday, March 14.
Check out our photos from the Hollywood Red Carpet premiere Here.
Wamg is giving away free passes to the advance »
- Movie Geeks
They play arch enemies on the big screen, but in real life, Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper are buddies with a knack for hamming it up on the red carpet. The actors hung out at the La premiere of their action-packed movie Need For Speed on Thursday, laughing and wrapping their arms around each other. Aaron and Dominic weren't the only dashing duo on hand, though - Aaron arrived with his wife, Lauren Parsekian. The newlyweds made an unforgettable entrance in a 1969 Ford Gran Turino, paying homage to the popular video game of the same name and on which the movie is based. It's all part of Aaron's big campaign to promote the project, his first major film release since his romantic wedding with Lauren and epic farewell to Breaking Bad. Keep reading to see Aaron's latest snaps, and tune into Popsugar Now on Tvgn to catch all the red »
- Nick Maslow
The couple drove up the red carpet in the classic blue car before greeting fans and posing for photographers at the Tcl Chinese Theatre in Los Angeles.
Model and charity campaigner Parsekian dazzled in a sheer black floor-length dress while Breaking Bad's Paul looked dapper in a three piece suit.
Need for Speed, based on EA's popular racing video game series, sees mechanic Tobey (Paul) in a cross-country race against time, seeking revenge on a rival (Dominic Cooper) who framed him for manslaughter.
Co-stars at the screening included Cooper, Keaton and British actress Poots, looking ethereal in a Grecian-style pale blue Nina Ricci gown. »
Tonight, the stars of DreamWorks Pictures Need For Speed lit up the red carpet at the Tcl Chinese Theater in Hollywood, CA for the films big-screen debut… and they arrived in style. Director Scott Waugh and stars Aaron Paul, Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek, and Ramon Rodriguez all arrived in cars from the film while eager fans cheered them on. Wamg was on the red carpet, and has a firsthand look at who was there to celebrate the films release. Check it out below.
All photographs are the property of Melissa Howland and We Are Movie Geeks. In other words, don’t steal them!
More photos below!
DreamWorks Pictures’ “Need for Speed” marks an exciting return to the great car culture films of the 1960s and ’70s, when the authenticity of the world brought a new level of intensity to the action on-screen. Tapping into what makes the American myth of the open road so appealing, »
- Melissa Howland
The Cap is coming. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures' very-eagerly-anticipated follow-up to "Captain America: The First Avenger" gets ready for its box office domination come April 4th, 2014. Of course, you should also check out the new poster featuring Sebastian stan as "The Winter Soldier" here. Pic from Anthony Russo and Joe Russo features an excellent cast including Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayley Atwell, Cobie Smulders, Emily VanCamp, Toby Jones, Robert Redford, Dominic Cooper, Frank Grillo and Callan Mulvey. After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes embroiled in a web of intrigue that threatens to put the world at risk. Joining forces with the Black Widow, Captain America »
A great new character poster is up finally featuring "The Winter Soldier" himself played by Sebastian Stan in the Joe and Anthony Russo film which opens in theaters via Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures on April 4th, 2014. Also on board are Scarlett Johansson, Anthony Mackie, Samuel L. Jackson, Hayley Atwell, Cobie Smulders, Emily VanCamp, Toby Jones, Robert Redford, Dominic Cooper, Frank Grillo and Callan Mulvey. After the cataclysmic events in New York with The Avengers, Marvel’s “Captain America: The Winter Soldier” finds Steve Rogers, aka Captain America, living quietly in Washington, D.C. and trying to adjust to the modern world. But when a S.H.I.E.L.D. colleague comes under attack, Steve becomes »
Set for release on March 12th, Need For Speed is based on the video game series of the same name and follows street racer Tobey Marshall who, fresh from prison after being framed for a crime he didn’t commit, is hell bent on settling the score. With revenge at the forefront of his mind, he gears up for the ultimate cross-country race heaving with adrenaline-charged muscle machines and high-octane super cars. When his powerful rival Dino Brewster places a massive bounty on his head, the wheels are set in motion and the race is finally on.
In these interviews for Nerdly, film correspondent Phoebe Winter asks Dominic Cooper (who plays Dino Brewster) what appealed to him about playing the role of the bad guy; and star Aaron Paul (who plays the films lead, Tobey Marshall) what initially drew him to the project.
- Phil Wheat
London — “Boardwalk Empire” and “American Hustle” thesp Jack Huston is to star as English monarch Charles II in Ecosse Films’ 17th-century period drama “The Great Fire of London,” which has been greenlit by U.K. free-to-air channel ITV.
The four-parter, which will unfold over four consecutive days, centers on Thomas Farriner, played by Andrew Buchan (“Broadchurch”), whose bakery in London’s Pudding Lane was at the heart of the catastrophic fire in 1666.
Oliver Jackson-Cohen (“Dracula,” “Mr Selfridge”) plays Charles’ brother, James Duke of York, while Daniel Mays (“Mrs Biggs,” “Treasure Island,” “Public Enemies”) appears as diarist Samuel Pepys, a close confidante of the King. Perdita Weeks (“The Invisible Woman”) will play Pepys’ wife Elizabeth.
- Leo Barraclough
Last year, when director Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed was filming in Detroit, I got to visit the set along with a few other reporters. While I was excited for the film based solely on the cast (Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton, Dakota Johnson and Kid Cudi), I walked away excited for something else: the practical effects. While on set, I watched as real cars raced around the city and they were definitely breaking every speed limit. From what I was told from the cast and crew, this is how the whole movie was made; using real cars racing at high speeds with cameras recoding every move. It should be a hell of a ride when the film opens March 14th. During a break in filming, I was able to participate in a group interview with Imogen Poots. She talked about getting ready for the driving, »
- Steve 'Frosty' Weintraub
The first casting announcements for Chris Columbus’ next project Pixels have been announced today with actors Josh Gad and Kevin James in early talks to star. The story is centred on 4 champion arcade gamers tasked with saving the world when aliens attack using 80′s video games as their weapons; easily the best movie synopsis we’ve read in a while.
Not too much is known about Pixels just yet, other than it is aiming for a 2016 release and the screenplay is being penned by Timothy Dowling (Role Models) and Tim Herlihy (Grown Ups 2) and is based on a short by Patrick Jean. There’s rumours circulating that Adam Sandler may also play one of the gamers but officially his involvement is currently on the production side only.
Gad, as adorable snowman Olaf, might just have been our favourite thing about Disney’s gargantuan hit Frozen where he got to »
- Victoria Bull
Paul will guest host the March 3 episode, with the thesp also likely to appear on the live “Raw” pre-show and “Backstage Pass” segments on the WWE Network.
Event takes place at Chicago’s Allstate Arena.
Paul isn’t the first celeb to stop by WWE’s flagship show. Hugh Jackman, Pee Wee Herman, Bob Barker, Will Ferrell, Mark Wahlberg, Justin Long, Charlie Day, Jason Sudeikis and the Muppets have appeared on the show to promote their projects. In fact, the Muppets are likely to return ringside with Disney releasing “Muppets Most Wanted” at the end of March.
Betty White hosted the Feb. »
- Marc Graser
Robin Thicke and Paula Patton announced yesterday that they were splitting after more than 20 years together, and nearly nine years of marriage. In a joint statement, the couple said, "We will always love each other and be best friends; however, we have mutually decided to separate at this time." The sad news comes on the heels of one of the busiest times in both Thicke and Patton's careers. Thicke is currently on the Blurred Lines North America Tour, which is scheduled to last until the end of March. Meanwhile, the 38-year-old actress is hard at work on her latest film project, Warcraft, in Vancouver. The stunner stars alongside Ben Foster and Dominic Cooper in the »
“Need for Speed” is on its way, and on the (w)heels of a Super Bowl spot and a slew of featurettes and clips comes... more featurettes and clips, setting up the premise (uh, driving expensive cars really fast, while a guy in a helicopter tells you where to go) and talking up the film's roots in the massive “Need for Speed” videogame franchise. There's plenty from stars Aaron Paul (who used to be in some TV show that nobody really remembers anymore) and Dominic Cooper, sporting some truly extraordinary hair, and there are also plenty of shots of cars driving really fast (from Detroit to Nebraska, apparently?). What else could you possibly want? Okay, how about Michael Keaton hamming it up as a racing expert or rising star Imogen Poots letting her hair down in this otherwise testosterone fuelled flick? Anyway, watch below. "Need For Speed" drives in the fast on March 14th. »
- Ben Brock
Scott Mescudi, known to most of the world as rapper, singer-songwriter, producer Kid Cudi, has added yet another new role to his fledgling acting resume, joining the cast the film adaptation of the hit HBO series Entourage. Cudi has signed up to play Ari Gold’s (Jeremy Piven's) new assistant, as his previous long-suffering assistant, moved up. Cudi will next be seen alongside Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek and Harrison Gilbertson, in Dreamworks' adaptation of the video game Need For Speed, directed by Scott Waugh. The story follows a man (played by Aaron Paul) »
- Tambay A. Obenson
What’s new, what’s hot, and what you may have missed, now available to stream.
streaming now, before dvd
Dirty Wars: an infuriating and depressing look at how American foreign policy and warfare have been transformed in highly undemocratic ways, and a reminder of what real journalism looks like [my review] [at Netflix]
new to stream
other great documentaries
Catfish: true-life tragi-dramedy; an exhilarating documentary in its intimacy, its boundary-pushing, its emotional rawness [my review] [at Netflix] Chasing Ice: must-see documentary presenting stark, irrefutable visual evidence of the rapid retreat of Northern Hemisphere glaciers [my review] [at Netflix] Dreams of a Life: powerful documentary about a woman who died alone, her body undiscovered for three years [at Netflix] The House I Live In: cool-headed examination of America’s relationship to illegal drugs ever, »
- MaryAnn Johanson
Set to play teacher Danny Pink, Anderson will have a recurring role in the upcoming eighth series of the show, which will also mark Peter Capaldi's debut as the new Doctor.
To celebrate Doctor Who's new arrival, we at Digital Spy thought that we would bring you all there is to know about the Whovian man of the moment.
Anderson played the copper from 2007 to 2009, and despite his relatively brief time on the soap his character managed to cause quite a stir with storylines including affairs with Donna Dingle, drink-driving and being charged and imprisoned for a murder that he did not commit.
During his time on Emmerdale farm, Anderson also made a handful of »
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