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Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul has admitted that he approaches roles more selectively and cautiously, ever since the success the aforementioned TV series rose to such prominence and popularity. As a result, he goes on to explain what it was that attracted him to Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed, as we caught up with the actor in London ahead of the film’s March 12 release.
Sitting alongside his co-star, and on-screen arch nemesis, Dominic Cooper, the pair discussed how their approach to taking on roles have changed across the courses of their career, in accordance with their standing in the industry. “At the beginning when you start in the business you want to just work, back in the day I would just do whatever came my way,” Paul said. “But now, I’m at a point where I try to do stuff that I truly, in my heart, believe in. »
- Stefan Pape
In Need For Speed, the charming Imogen Poots stars opposite Aaron Paul as a couple on the ride of their life so to speak. This talented actress shares a terrific chemistry with Mr. Paul and together they make the ride a lot more fun. As well, Ms. Poots has graced us with her presents in films such as That Awkward Moment, Filth, A Late Quartet and can next be seen in A Long Way Down – also with Aaron Paul. When I sat down with the actress we discussed what it was about this »
The mystery novel set in London and Sweden reached number two in the UK bestseller charts during its opening month and also proved a bestseller in Australia, Germany and Israel.
It is the latest book from Tom Rob Smith, whose Child 44 trilogy has sold more than 4 million copies worldwide, the first of which has been made as a film directed by Daniel Espinosa and starring Tom Hardy and Noomi Rapace, and is due for release this year. He also created the five-part BBC backed mini-series, London Spy, which will air in 2015.
Madden, head of film at Shine, said: “I’ve been »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Michael Rosser)
Director: Scott Waugh.
Running Time: 130 minutes.
Synopsis: Fresh from prison, a street racer who was framed by a wealthy business associate joins a cross-country race with revenge in mind. His ex-partner, learning of the plan, places a massive bounty on his head as the race begins.
There have been many film adaptations of video games over the years. Let’s list a few: Super Mario Brothers, Double Dragon, Street Fighter, Mortal Kombat, Tomb Raider, Resident Evil, Prince Of Persia and Max Payne. All shoddy, shockingly bad films. In fact, it’s quite difficult to think of a decent video game based movie. It’s difficult because there isn’t one, and a Need For Speed movie comes at a time when there is no need for any more video game adaptations. »
- Paul Heath
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
You wonder how long Anderson can keep accumulating star actors and creating ever more elaborate microcosms but, judging by this, he's a long way from running out of steam. It's a witty caper-within-a-reminiscence-within-a-flashback set in interwar Europe, through which Fiennes's debonair concierge must flee, protege lobby boy in tow, after an heiress's murder. It's breathlessly paced and breathtakingly designed, but with a solid core – like a fancy cake with an iron file concealed inside.
300: Rise Of An Empire (15)
With the bar for violent historical silliness raised by Game Of Thrones, this sequel pitches recklessly into another orgy of fetishised classical warfare with comic-book effects. »
- Steve Rose
We Are What We Are (18)
The story of an archaic backwoods family with very good reasons for their insularity, this spends such a long time laying out its twisted domestic set-up, it's almost as if it's in denial about being a horror movie (remade from a Mexican original). It's a wise decision. If you don't know the family's Big Secret already, it would be a shame to spoil it; let's just say it pulls the story into real shock and gore territory.
The Book Thief (12A)
- Steve Rose
BAFTA-winning screenwriter and playwright Jack Thorne (Skins, This Is England) has been set to work on the script for the film adaptation of Neil Gaiman’s beloved Sandman comic book, with David S. Goyer and Joseph Gordon-Levitt confirmed to be involved as well.
Having been in the works at Warner Bros. in various forms since the late 1990s, the story of Sandman follows Dream (aka Morpheus), who is a part of a group called The Endless – the most powerful beings in the universe. Each of The Endless are embodiments of natural functions and alongside Dream, the group comprises of Destiny, Destruction, Death, Desire, Despair and Delirium. Presiding over the world of dreams, our protagonist is often cruel in his actions. However, after an imprisonment of 70 years, he is soon faced with the challenge of righting his past wrongs.
The award-winning comic book series ran from January 1989 to March 1996, consisting of 75 issues, »
- Sarah Myles
News Simon Brew 27 Feb 2014 - 07:02
Thorne, whose extensive credits also include his writing on the This Is England TV shows, and features such as How I Live Now and A Long Way Down, will adapt Sandman for Warner Bros. Joseph Gordon-Levitt is confirmed as producer on the film, and is still expected to star. He might direct too.
Thorne will be working from David S Goyer's treatment for the film, and Goyer too remains involved as producer. More on Sandman as we hear it.
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The 75-issue comic follows Dream (aka. Morpheus), the Lord of the dream world who is held captive for seven decades by an occult ritual. Having escaped, his kingdom has fallen into disrepair in his absence and he sets about changing his old ways - hard for a being who has been around for billions of years.
The series features various elements of mythology, horror, historical events and absurdist humor. Characters include Dream's siblings such as his gothic punk rocker looking sister Death, his talking animal assistants, and the immortal The Corinthian who has two mouths for eyes.
Joseph Gordon-Levitt is attached to produce the project but may come onboard to star and direct as well.
Source: Empire »
- Garth Franklin
A few months ago, Joseph Gordon-Levitt signed on to produce an adaptation of Neil Gaiman's Sandman alongside Warner Bros.' go-to comic-book-guy, David Goyer (Batman Begins, Man of Steel). For those unfamiliar with Gaiman's comic, it centers on Morpheus (a.k.a. Dream), the Lord of Dreams but also expands to follow his six siblings Death, Desire, Destruction, Delirium (formerly Delight), Despair, and Destiny. It's a wonderful comic book, and it's not easy to translate beyond its tame first arc ("Preludes and Nocturnes"), which has Dream escaping from a prison and trying to reclaim his objects of power. This story will probably be the basis for the film, and Deadline reports that Jack Thorne will write the screenplay based on a pitch from Goyer. Thorne wrote the script for How I Live Now (a film I didn't particularly care for) and the adaptation of Nick Hornby's novel A Long Way Down. »
- Matt Goldberg
We first reported on this project in December, when Joseph Gordon-Levitt was finalizing a deal to star, produce and direct this adaptation. The actor clarified last month that he is currently only attached to produce, although the hope is that he will come aboard to star and direct as well.
The story centers on Morpheus, who represents Dreams in a family known as The Endless, who personify several different aspects of life, such as Death, Desire, Despair, Delirium, Destruction and Destiny. After being held captive by a wizard for the past 70 years, Morpheus escapes, going on a quest for revenge, while trying to rebuild his empire and adapt to the current society. The comic book series spanned 75 issues between 1989 and 1996.
Neil Gaiman is serving as executive producer, »
March 7, 2014
300: Rise of an Empire
Director: Noam Munro
Running time: 102 mins
Director: Wes Anderson
Running time: 99 mins
Director: Robert Luketic
Running time: 106 mins
Director: John Butler
Running time: 94 mins
March 14, 2014
Director: Scott Waugh
Running time: 130 mins
Director: Jonathan Glazer
Running time: 108 mins
Director: Rob Thomas
Running time: 110 mins
Director: Terry Gilliam
Running time: 107 mins
March 21, 2014
Director: Steve Pink
Starring: Kevin Hart, »
Scott Foundas: Well, Peter, another film festival draws to a close. It seems we were only just at Sundance, and now Berlin is but a memory. Time goes by so quickly…why, it’s almost like being one of the characters in Richard Linklater’s widely admired “Boyhood,” who age a dozen years in the course of two-and-a-half-hours of screen time. On the other hand, in Berlin’s Greek competition film, “Stratos,” a relatively short amount of time passes for the characters, but the movie itself creeps along so slowly that watching it calls to mind the title of a far better Greek film by the late master Theo Angelopoulos: “Eternity and a Day.”
Meanwhile, over in the parallel festival section known as the Forum, the international press finally got its long-overdue chance to see Korean director Bong Joon-ho’s terrific “Snowpiercer,” which opened in Korea last summer »
- Scott Foundas and Peter Debruge
Valentine’s Day is always a mixed proposition: a celebration for those in love or doom’s day for the lonely singletons desperate for companionship. At least, that’s what most romance films want us to believe — not to mention the lists. All sorts of lists: the top 10 romance films, the top 50 romance films or the best romance films of all time inevitably pollute the internet on Cupid’s day. This year, however, an alternative message has landed with "A Long Way Down," director Pascal Chaumeil’s adaptation of Nick Hornby's acclaimed novel, which premiered this week at the Berlin International Film Festival. Combining morose and joyful ingredients in an unlikely package, "A Long Way Down" follows a conscience-stricken ex-television presenter (Pierce Brosnan), a struggling single mother (Toni Collette), a angst-riddled teen (Imogen Poots) and a downbeat musician (Aaron Paul) who form a suicide pact: After they all run »
- Tara Karajica
The trio join Norton on February 28.
The Graham Norton Show airs on Fridays at 10.35pm on BBC One. »
Oh dear. [D]. Sort of tempted to leave the review at that, to be honest, but what would the internet do with all of that white space? So here is a bunch more words about it, and no matter how haphazardly they’re arranged we can take some comfort in the fact that it’s with seemingly more care than went into a certain screenplay. Because the problems with “A Long Way Down,” from director Pascal Chaumeil (of 2010’s French-language “Heartbreaker”) which premiered at the Berlin Film Festival this week, go deep — like archaeologically deep. Based on Nick Hornby’s bestseller, which we have to believe, is infinitely better than the film version if we’re to retain any faith in the book-buying public, the story of four suicidal strangers coming round to choosing life would need incredible insight and sensitivity to convince at all, let alone to work as a comedy. »
- Jessica Kiang
The 2005 New York Times review of Nick Hornby’s novel “A Long Way Down” described a scene in which Martin, a morning TV show presenter whose career has been derailed due to a sexual escapade with a 15-year-old girl, is stopped from jumping off a tall London building by Maureen, a suicidal single-mother caring for a severely handicapped son. The Times quotes their brief conversation, Maureen first: “ ‘I’ll wait until...Well, I’ll wait.’ “ ‘So you’re just going to stand there and watch?’ “ ‘No. Of course not. You’ll be wanting to do it on your own, I’d imagine.’ “ ‘You’d imagine »
- Tom Christie
Emma Thompson and Pierce Brosnan lead the cast as a divorced couple who scheme to recover the retirement money stolen from them, bringing in the heist part of the equation. And with its release date on our shores on the horizon, eOne have released the first trailer.
Academy Award-winner Emma Thompson plays Kate, whose biting banter with ex-husband Richard (Brosnan) suggests that the embers of their former ardour haven’t been fully extinguished. Unfortunately, the same can’t be said for their retirement nest egg, which is well and truly wiped out when Richard’s investment firm is defrauded and the employee pension fund is siphoned away. Learning that the unscrupulous French financier behind the scheme has just purchased a $10 million diamond for his bride-to-be, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Nothing says comedy like “A Long Way Down’s” contrived meet-cute among four strangers who’ve all climbed to the top of the same tall building to commit suicide on New Year’s Eve. Pierce Brosnan’s character ruined his life by indulging an underage fling, Toni Collette’s feels “helpless,” Imogen Poots’ probably just wants attention, and Aaron Paul’s seems upset that “Breaking Bad” is over. Luckily, these desperados have each other, which evidently worked for Nick Hornby as a novel, though in movie form, it’s worse than tacky, trivializing depression for a handful of easy laughs and pop-psychology platitudes. Euro auds might buy it, but the pic will hit the pavement hard abroad, no doubt swan-diving into VOD.
Like a cross between a warm-and-fuzzy support-group hug and one of those infernal Garry Marshall-directed holiday ensemblers, this ingratiating adaptation of Hornby’s fourth novel has been »
- Peter Debruge
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