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I've been a big fan of the Need for Speed video game franchise since it was introduced to the world back in 1994. It's actually my favorite racing video game franchise. I've played all of the other racing games, but there was something always a bit more thrilling about Need for Speed. I think it's because of the whole demolition aspect of it (a.k.a. crashing the hell out of cars). I was really excited when I heard that a movie was going to be made based on these games. I had no idea what direction they would take with the story, as there are so many different elements to the game that the filmmakers could spin the movie into whatever they wanted. Everything that I saw in the trailers and featurettes were awesome, and it looked like it was going to be a fun entertaining movie… Guess what? It was! »
- Joey Paur
Need for Speed straddles the line between a fun, full-throttled ode to reckless car classics and a relentlessly cheesy redemption tale that has all the nuance and intelligence of the video game it is adapted from. It also marks the first leading big-screen turn for Aaron Paul – unless you count his terrific work in the little-seen Smashed. The Breaking Bad actor is magnetic as the beleaguered, blue-collar protagonist who likes to zoom through city avenues in his Gran Torino. Paul is more than fine in the driver’s seat, but an unfortunately limp and ludicrous screenplay ensures that Need for Speed is a bumpy road that not even the smoothest actor or director could make through without lending their careers a scratch.
Paul plays Tobey Marshall, the lone descendent in a family with a big racing legacy, although he does not quite have the prowess to race in the big leagues. »
- Jordan Adler
So another video game adaption. We all know what to expect by now: something not very good. Especially from a game that is basically a racing simulator, with nothing much in the way of story tying together each stage. Lets add the not unwarranted comparisons to the Fast & Furious franchise on top of that, and things aren't looking good for Need for Speed. But then, the movie had to go and do something that surprised this reviewer: it's quite good. Sure, it has it's problems, but it is a hell of a lot of fun, having more in common with car chase movies like Bullitt and Smokey and the Bandit, aping their style more than the flashiness and pounding sound track of Fast & Furious, and making you feel like the ties to the video game are more for name recognition than anything else. Fresh off his star making turn in Breaking Bad, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Former "Breaking Bad" star Aaron Paul may be moving on to films with his upcoming "Need for Speed," but he hasn't forgotten the show that made him a star -- even if he doesn't actually know how to cook meth these days.
"I read the script, I thought it was brilliant but ... High school chemistry teacher finds out he was dying of cancer so he decides to start cooking and selling crystal meth. I didn't think it was going to ..." Paul shook his head at this point. "That's why everyone passed on it."
Fortunately for the world, Paul did not pass and instead took the role of Jesse Pinkman. He eventually won two Emmys playing the right-hand man to Bryan Cranston's Walter White. »
Once upon a time, when actors like Robin Williams, George Clooney, Jennifer Aniston, and Steve Carell left TV behind to embark on a movie career, it seemed like the most natural next step: They’d become so famous that the measly, lesser TV screen could no longer hold them. Movie stardom had long been considered the holy grail for a TV star to aspire to, and actors on the rise would agitate to get out of their small-screen contracts — or schedule their blossoming big-screen gigs around those infernal commitments — in order to make that second act happen.These days, though, that career path no longer seems like such an imperative. Long after his Emmy-winning stint on Breaking Bad has ended, Aaron Paul finally has his first studio lead in this weekend’s Need for Speed, which is about as far away from the caliber of his classic AMC show as »
- Kyle Buchanan
The list of Hollywood franchises based on videogames pretty much begins and ends with Screen Gems’ “Resident Evil” series. But if Electronic Arts has its way, its Aaron Paul-starrer “Need for Speed,” which throttles into theaters March 14, not only will help DreamWorks launch its first such series but change the way games are translated to the bigscreen.
Having watched adaptations like “Prince of Persia” and “Tomb Raider” fail to live up to their vidgame successes, and projects like “Halo,” “Spy Hunter” and “BioShock” fall by the wayside, EA, the second-largest games publisher behind Activision Blizzard, decided to take more control of the development process.
“We wanted to go (to a studio) with a serious movie proposition,” not just a general offer to license the film rights to a game series, says Patrick O’Brien, EA’s VP of entertainment, who oversees the company’s film projects. “Need for Speed »
- Marc Graser
The rock ‘n’ roll pilot currently being developed by Martin Scorsese and Mick Jagger for HBO just moved a step closer to its early summer shooting slot, with the addition of Olivia Wilde to the cast list.
The House actress will join Bobby Cannavale (Boardwalk Empire, Nurse Jackie) in the as-yet-untitled project, in which he plays protagonist Richie Finestra. A record executive, Finestra works to revive his label by trying to find the next big thing amongst all the sex and drugs ubiquitous in 1970s New York. Wilde will play Devon Finestra, a former actress and current wife to Richie, who reassesses the direction of her life when the strain of her husband’s business decisions begin to wreak havoc within their family.
The credentials of this pilot are intimidating, with Scorsese set to direct the pilot as well as produce it along with Jagger. If that wasn’t impressive enough, »
- Sarah Myles
Aaron Paul attended the Cinema Society screening of his DreamWorks racecar thriller “Need for Speed” on Tuesday night at the Tribeca Grand Hotel, followed by a rooftop party at the James Hotel (where his “Breaking Bad” co-star Bryan Cranston stopped by for a nightcap). Paul spoke to Variety for 93 seconds on the red carpet.
How fast were you driving in the movie?
The fastest I got was 125, maybe 130, miles per hour.
Was it scary?
No, I’m driving super cars so it doesn’t feel like you’re driving that fast. They’d never put me in harm’s way. I went through some intense training — I signed on to do this film about 3.5 months before I started shooting, so I was just on the racetrack as often as I could be.
Did you play video games for simulation?
No, do you?
I played Mario Kart as a child.
I love Mario Kart. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Aaron Paul gave Vulture this tidbit of information last night, when we asked him to explain that Instagram pic of him and Drake just hangin' out. "I was in Paris and we were staying at the same hotel and I was looking for my car and it wasn't there," he told us at a screening of his new movie Need for Speed hosted by the Cinema Society. "And then Drake came walking around the corner and we see each other and he just opens his arms and is like 'No way!' Then he gives me this huge hug and he starts telling me how Rihanna got him into Breaking Bad." We repeat: Rihanna taught Drake about Breaking Bad.Drake then invited Aaron to check out his own show that night, but Aaron couldn't go because he had "press stuff and other obligations." Also, in case you're still wondering, the »
- Darla Murray
Actress Olivia Wilde has signed on as one of the main roles in the music-focused drama series that Mick Jagger and Martin Scorsese have been working on for HBO in recent years. Although the as-yet-untitled show has not gotten the green light from the network, according to Deadline, the producers are gearing up to work on its hour-long pilot, written by Terence Winter (The Wolf of Wall Street, The Sopranos, Boardwalk Empire) and Breaking Bad producer George Mastras, this summer with Scorsese in the director's chair. Wilde, who was recently in Her, »
Chris Lohr (or his YouTube pseudonym “placeboing”) has released the long awaited sequel to his highly addictive autotune remix of seasons one and two of Breaking Bad. His latest earworm draws on memorable soundbites from the show’s final three seasons, and the result is even more infectious than its predecessor.
This goes without saying, but there are spoilers here.
In case you missed it, here is the Breaking Bad seasons one and two mashup:
The post Breaking Bad The Musical appeared first on HeyUGuys. »
- Will Roberts
Scott Waugh’s fast-paced actioner Need For Speed races into cinemas later this week with the film marking the first lead role of Breaking Bad‘s brilliant Aaron Paul. The video-game adaptation has an impressive supporting cast as rising British actors Imogen Poots and Dominic Cooper also co-star alongside veteran Michael Keaton. To celebrate, Thn has put together the most breathtaking classic car chases that have graced our cinematic screens over the years, without the need for visual effects trickery. Check out the list that screeches in with…
Nicolas Winding Refn’s operatic love story-turned-ruthless revenger was one of the finest films of 2011 and why the Academy Awards refused to acknowledge it is something that boggles the mind. Ryan Gosling leads the 1980s-inspired thriller as an almost silent movie stuntman who moonlights as a getaway driver on the neon-infused streets of Los Angeles. We could have chosen the balletic »
- Craig Hunter
Stuntman turned director Scott Waugh admits that he had never seen an episode of Breaking Bad – nor had he ever heard of Aaron Paul, before casting the actor as the lead role in his action thriller Need for Speed, though gleefully claims he has become quite the fan of the hit TV series ever since. Waugh, whose previous credit is Act of Valour, picked Paul for the part of Tobey Marshall in the car racing picture for reasons besides Breaking Bad – though admitted it took the help of a certain Steven Spielberg to ensure his dream become a reality.
“I’d never seen Breaking Bad. They brought his name up to play the bad guy when I was looking at actors, and I was like, who’s Aaron Paul? They looked at me like I was some foreign alien. ‘You don’t watch Breaking Bad?’ I was like, ‘I don’t watch television’”, said Waugh. »
- Stefan Pape
Floyd Mayweather allegedly orchestrated a savage attack on two of his employees he suspected of stealing his jewelry ... TMZ has learned.Sources familiar with the situation tell TMZ Sports ... the two men had been hired to work on Floyd's Vegas homes ... but when jewelry went missing, Floyd pointed the finger at them. We're told the men claim they were contacted several weeks ago and instructed to meet Floyd at an off-site location. When the men arrived, »
- TMZ Staff
Some might say that beggars can’t be choosers. And, even if Aaron Paul has experienced tremendous success via “Breaking Bad,” he’s still pretty new to the silver screen. Interestingly enough, The Hollywood Reporter reports that Paul was pretty choosy when he was handed the script for his upcoming action film, “Need for Speed.” “I didn’t even want to read the script,” said Paul, “I saw the script and I was like, ‘Oh, no, another video-game movie’…So, it took everything in me to turn the first page. And once I turned the first page, I kept turning. I was so surprised that it had a great human story behind it and [ Read More ]
"...an epic rebirth to Toho's iconic 'Godzilla'...
"...this spectacular adventure pits the world's most famous monster against malevolent creatures...
"...who, bolstered by humanity's scientific arrogance, threaten our very existence..."
"...Legendary, and its partner Warner Bros. will return the character to its epic roots with a gritty, realistic actioner..."
The "Godzilla" screenplay is by David Callaham, David S. Goyer, and Max Borenstein for producers Thomas Tull, Jon Jashni, Roy Lee, Dan Lin and Brian Rogers. Alex Garcia and Patricia Whitcher serve as executive producers with Doug Davison, Yoshimitsu Banno and Kenji Okuhira.
Toho has kept »
- Michael Stevens
Star vehicles are not a one-size-fits-all proposition. Certain lines of dialogue, characterizations, even camera angles that might be fitting for one actor will be thoroughly ridiculous for another. The many, many problems of “Need for Speed” can't be blamed on the miscasting of Aaron Paul in the lead role — and, in fact, there's not an actor out there who could have saved the thing — but Paul's presence in the film certainly isn't helping. A memorable and eccentric presence on “Breaking Bad,” Paul feels awkward and uncomfortable here: his round, baby face doesn't loan itself to the intensity that director »
- Alonso Duralde
After a seven-year absence, private investigator Veronica Mars has returned, and she’s come to the big screen with the help of a record-breaking Kickstarter campaign. In the film, Veronica (Kristen Bell) has come back to her seedy hometown of Neptune to help her old flame Logan (Jason Dohring), who has become the prime suspect in the homicide of his celebrity girlfriend. The film also stars Enrico Colantoni, Chris Lowell, Percy Daggs III, Francis Capra, Ryan Hansen, Tina Majorino, Martin Starr, and Krysten Ritter. At the film's press junket last week, I got the chance to sit down and talk with Ritter, who reprises her role as Gia Goodman. During our conversation, we talked about her reaction to the film's Kickstarter, returning to the character, the "high-school reunion" vibe on-set, and more. We also talked about her top 5 films of 2013, Breaking Bad, her thoughts on the cancellation of Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 »
- Matt Goldberg
Aaron Paul's post-"Breaking Bad" career is going to be interesting. Being on a show that is a breakout phenomenon like that can be a double-edged sword. Sure, his visibility went through the roof, and all of a sudden, he became incredibly well-known, and not just as Jesse. People unearthed old game show appearances and a video of him chatting with tourists outside his house went viral. He became closely identified with the emphatic use of the word "Bitch!", and ended up endorsing a whiskey as himself. So now what? We talked about how he's adjusted to the end of the show, and we also discussed his first major post-"Breaking Bad" role, the new car stunt extravaganza "Need For Speed" and why he chose this film. On the page, it makes sense for why they would want him. If Paul has a signature move as an actor, it »
- Drew McWeeny
It's a classic Western tale but with a prime-time TV twist - the cattle thieves could have appeared in an episode of Breaking Bad, and the cowboy is a reality star. Oklahoma rancher and The Amazing Race contestant Jet McCoy says about 100 cows have been taken from his property. Authorities have two suspects in custody who have admitted to being methamphetamine users and allegedly stole the livestock to sell and fund their habit, People confirms. It's the latest incident in an ongoing battle, ABC News reports, with ranchers and law enforcement on one side and cattle robbers fueled by drug addiction on the other. »
- Sheila Cosgrove Baylis
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