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Need For Speed director Scott Waugh became a stuntman in 1982 and retired in 2005. Waugh was the president of Stunts Unlimited for three years, the most prestigious stunt organization in the world. During his tenure, Stunts Unlimited was involved in such box office hits as Spider-Man, Talladega Nights, 24 and Bad Boys II. Under Waugh’s leadership, Stunts Unlimited received three consecutive Emmy Awards for Best Stunt Coordinator. He has been involved in more than 150 film and television productions in various capacities and gained his first-hand filmmaking knowledge from directors Michael Mann, Steven Spielberg and Oliver Stone while on their sets.
His feature film directorial debut, Act of Valor, which Relativity Media released in February 2012, opened #1 at the U.S. box office and went on to gross more than $80 million worldwide. He followed that up with this years high-octane racing action flick Need For Speed, which sees Breaking Bad‘s Aaron Paul star as Tobey Marshall, »
- Phil Wheat
While still a relatively new medium, the world of online original video content continues to evolve everyday. Narrative web series are growing in prominence and popularity, giving actors, writers, and directors new opportunities to tell interesting stories. One company leading this charge is Machinima, which has been behind some of the web’s biggest hits, including the popular Mortal Kombat: Legacy series from Kevin Tancharoen.
Today, Machinima released its latest online series, Chop Shop. The six-episode series, developed in collaboration with Paramount’s micro-budget division Insurge Pictures, follows an ex-car thief named Porter (John Bregar) who is pulled back into a life of crime by his former partners.
Chop Shop’s strong creative team begins with its production company Bandito Brothers, which was responsible for the surprise action hit Act of Valor. Elliott Lester (Blitz) directed the series based on scripts from writers Josh Baizer and Marshall Johnson ...
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- Rob Frappier
”Chop Shop” follows a crew of car thieves as they rise from the mean streets of Los Angeles to become high level international players. We have the first of the six episode series below. New episodes will be released every Friday via Machinama's Prim Channel (YouTube.com/MachinimaPrime)! Porter (John Bregar), a car thief recently released from a five year stint in prison, finds himself struggling to rekindle a relationship with his former girlfriend Sofia (Ana Ayora) and their five-year old son he hardly knows. Porter reconnects with his old partner in crime Caine (Rene Moran), who’s volatile and aggressive nature puts him at odds against Porter’s new life. Torn between family and friendships, Porter faces the most difficult decision of his life and realizes that to change his future he may have to relive his past. Elliott Lester (Blitz) directs the Bandito Brothers (Act Of Valor) and Joshua Weinstock produced series, »
Machinima Prime has hit the streets. The high-quality original programming division of the Machinima network has released Chop Shop, a crime thriller about a group of car thieves. Chop Shop was first announced more than a year ago, when it emerged as an intriguing partnership between Machinima and Paramount Insurge Pictures. Insurge, which focuses on micro-budgeted productions, signed on for the six-episode series. Bandito Brothers, the studio best known for producing the action film Act of Valor, served as Chop Shop's producer, with Machinima releasing the series on its Prime channel. It's worth noting that this deal only extends to the Us; Chop Shop is not available in other countries. Chop Shop follows its heroes as they attempt to work their way up through the criminal underworld. The series features the same dark cinematography as several other Machinima Prime series, but the first episode is noticeably talkier than the channel's typical programs. »
- Sam Gutelle
This summer, own the year’s ultimate thrill ride when Need for Speed races home on Blu-ray Combo Pack, Digital HD, DVD and On-Demand August 5th, 2014, from Buena Vista Home Entertainment. Based on the best-selling video game series, this action-packed movie drives non-stop excitement into your home in various home entertainment models, each tricked out with never-before-seen bonus features you won’t want to miss!
Buckle up with star Aaron Paul (“Breaking Bad”), Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott Mescudi (aka Kid Cudi), Dakota Johnson and Michael Keaton in this high-speed tale about an underground driver (Paul) who sets off on a race for revenge against the wealthy ex-nascar driver (Cooper) who framed him for a crime he didn’t commit. Delivering real speed, real danger and real action, this turbo-charged thriller explodes on screen on Blu-ray and Digital HD with spectacular high definition picture and sound!
Then, experience first-hand what »
- Michelle McCue
Daniel Radcliffe and Marisa Tomei have joined Judd Apatow's Trainwreck, most likely in cameo appearances and while Apatow took to Twitter to deny the claims saying things such as Radcliffe was "just walking his dogs", it's clear they've joined the picture in some capacity. Amy Schumer leads the comedy, which is hitting theaters on July 24, 2015. Getty Nick Robinson (The Kings of Summer) has joined Chloe Grace Moretz in The 5th Wave for director J Blakeson (The Disappearance of Alice Creed) with a script from Susannah Grant (Erin Brokovich). The film is based on Rick Yancey's bestselling novel centered on 16-year-old Cassie (Moretz), who survives four waves of deadly attacks against the Earth's population. On the run to save her younger brother, she meets a mysterious young man (Alex Roe) who may become her final hope. The movie has already established a Twitter account where the news was originally announced. »
- Brad Brevet
The story deals with the U.S. Army's 10th Mountain Division, a group made up of professional athletes, college scholars and officer candidates, and their little-known victory in the mountains of Italy during the Second World War.
Soldiers scaled the treacherous rock walls of Riva Ridge to conquer a German position that was previously considered untouchable. That mission's success enabled the Allied forces to finally break the stalemate in Italy.
Amongst the group's participants were the likes of Nike co-founder Bill Bowerman, Aspen Skiing Corps founder Friedl Pfeifer, and the Sierra Club's David Brower. Kurt Johnstad ("Act of Valor," "300: Rise of an Empire") is in discussions to adapt the script.
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- Garth Franklin
Robert Redford plans to produce a film based on Peter Shelton’s book “Climb to Conquer: The Untold Story of WWII’s 10th Mountain Division Ski Troop.”
Kurt Johnstad (“Act of Valor,” “300: Rise of an Empire”) is in discussions to adapt the story about the U.S. Army division’s little-known victory in the mountains of Italy that had soldiers scale the treacherous rock walls of Riva Ridge and conquer a German position that was previously considered untouchable. It enabled the Allied forces to finally break the stalemate in Italy.
The story of the 10th Mountain Division is especially compelling considering it revolves around the sole group of Army soldiers trained to rock climb and ski and handle extreme mountainous conditions during the late 1930s. Group was made up of professional athletes, college scholars and potential officer candidates, and as the last U.S. division to enter the war in Europe, »
- Marc Graser
Blu-ray, DVD & Digital Release Date: Aug. 5, 2014
Price: DVD $29.99, Blu-ray $39.99
Paul plays Tobey Marshall, a streetdriver who was framed for a crime he didn’t commit by Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), a wealthy ex-nascar driver and Marshall’s former business partner. When he gets out of prison, Marshall seeks revenge by joining a cross country race, and Brewster puts a bounty on Marshall’s head.
Rated PG-13, Need for Speed grossed a respectable $43 million in theaters, because of the love of moviegoers, not critics. The film got only 23% approval from critics, called “slow” by Hollywood Reporter’s Marc Bernardin. Moviegoers liked the driving action more, »
Al Munteanu, head of German distributor SquareOne Entertainment, walked the red carpet on opening night at Cannes with a purpose, though the longtime exec didn’t exactly plan it that way.
“We acquired ‘Grace of Monaco’ exactly two years ago at the script stage,” says the media industry veteran. “At that point, it wasn’t even clear Nicole Kidman was doing the movie. We’ve never had a Cannes opening-night film before, but this year I am bringing my tuxedo.” The next day, Munteanu rolled up his sleeves to help the distrib open the film in Germany, with Universum.
Already, it’s been a busy year for SquareOne, which grossed $3 million in the territory from the release of “Philomena” (with Universum) and has 13 movies on its slate, including French laffer “Eyjafjallajokull” (The Volcano), starring Dany Boon. The company has made a move into co-productions, and recently hired an acqusitions exec. »
- Dave McNary
Though known primarily as a film studio, Relativity has many flourishing departments, including television, fashion, sports management and digital media. The company recently announced the launch of Madvine, its inhouse agency. We spoke to the heads of several divisions about what the diverse firm’s future holds.
Co-chief operating officer and CEO of Relativity Sports
With his background in the music business, including as owner and CEO of Buzztone Music, Happy Walters originally joined Relativity in 2008 as president of Relativity Music Group. Under his watch, the company created and released soundtracks for such hit films as “Dear John” and “Bridesmaids.” A certified NBA and NFL player agent, he was already representing several athletes when he noticed the sports platform Ryan Kavanaugh was building.
Recognizing Relativity created content and had great relationships with brands, Walters suggested a test case: At the time, basketball all-star Amar’e Stoudemire was playing »
- Jenelle Riley
Need for Speed turned out to be a very strange film for us, and while some part of me actually hopes that some people enjoyed it, it’s a bizarre mashing of so many efforts, that none of them end up working out.
Shane and I tied on ratings again, though I’m sure big differences are coming up soon, and that actually speaks volumes, because any decent attempt here should have had one of us giving this at least a passing review.
Aaron Paul and Michael Keaton deliver a few interesting scenes, and there are even some plot points that could have been interesting in a better film, but the overall construction is poor, and Scott Waugh’s directorial effort doesn’t even live up to his other credit, Act of Valor, which wasn’t great either.
Still, much as we didn’t take away anything special, and are »
- Marc Eastman
On ITV, Endeavour's finale episode dipped by 200k to 4.5m (19.3%) at 8pm (459k/2.2%). Catchphrase entertained 3.2m (16.2%) at 6.45pm (199k/0.9%), followed by Off Their Rockers with 3.3m (15.0%) at 7.30pm (318k/1.4%).
BBC One's The Crimson Field dropped a further 600k to 4.8m (20.2%) at 9pm. Countryfile topped the night overall with 6.3m (30.1%) at 7pm, followed by Antiques Roadshow with 5.0m (21.8%) at 8pm. Match of the Day 2 scored 3.2m (21.5%) at 10.35pm.
On Channel 5, martial arts film Forbidden Kingdom thrilled 934k (4.2%) at 7pm (136k/0.6%), followed by Act of Valor »
Just north of La Cienega and Jefferson Boulevards — where passengers disembarking from an elevated L.A. Metro line descend into a seeming no-man’s land of factories, warehouses and nondescript showrooms — Bandito Brothers’ production campus is hidden away on a 1.5-acre parcel.
The driveway that leads to the entrance appears at first glance like an alley where you’d hate your car to stall after dark. But pass the electric gate and it’s like stumbling onto an oasis.
The company’s main building, a 20,000-square-foot structure that resembles an airplane hangar, is so wide-open that stepping inside feels soothing, like a breath of fresh air. When Bandito Brothers first spotted the property, a one-time trailer factory in the ’50s before being taken over by a furniture-importing business, it resembled an abandoned junkyard. But according to company co-founder/CEO Mike “Mouse” McCoy, its potential was fully evident. “My wife (Carmella »
- Steve Chagollan
Las Vegas—No genre embraces the American way of life with such unbridled patriotic fervor as country music, so paying tribute to the U.S. military seemed like a natural fit. But “Acm Presents: An All-Star Salute to the Troops” took what could have been a flag-waving, jingoistic exercise and turned it into a meaningful, often moving salute by not only honoring men and women in all branches of the armed services, but by including them as performers. And some of them threatened to steal the show from the professionals. Taped Monday (April 8), the night after the Acm Awards, and airing May 20 on CBS, the All-Star Salute featured top names such as Luke Bryan, Tim McGraw, Keith Urban, Lady Antebellum, Blake Shelton, Miranda Lambert , Toby Keith, Hunter Hayes, Dierks Bentley, and more. Hosted by “NCIS: Los Angeles” stars Chris O’ Donnell and LL Cool J (who must have a pact »
When Scott Waugh and Mike McCoy's war-set thriller Act of Valor came out in 2012, it wasn't sold on big names or big budget action sequences, but instead the fact that it employed active Navy SEALs to play the lead roles. The film was ultimately dismissed by critics, but it's hard to argue that the strategy didn't work considering the $12 million project wound up pulling in over $80 million worldwide. It's possible that this success ended up having some kind of influence on Clint Eastwood, because The Wrap is now reporting that the veteran filmmaker has enlisted a few to star in his upcoming project American Sniper. Unlike Act of Valor, however, Eastwood's film will at least have some star-power to it. Bradley Cooper became attached to both star in and produce the movie all the way back in 2012. The Academy Award-nominee is set to be joined in the film by »
DreamWorks' Fast-Paced Actioner Turns in Lackluster Debut - A Short Life Expectancy for Scott Waugh Film. "Bad Words" Very Impressive with $20,000 Per-Theater Average. 20th Century Fox has a solid animated winner on its hands in "Peabody & Sherman" as the film which debuted in second place last weekend behind Warners' "300: Rise of An Empire," flipped positions, and managed a solid $21.2 million. That takes the Rob Minkoff film's domestic total past $63.1 million, while overseas the film voiced by Ty Burrell, Max Charles, Allison Janney, Stanley Tucci and Leslie Mann, has accumulated over $69.8 million, making for a worldwide cume of over $133.07 million thus far. In second, "300: Rise of An Empire" showed a change of 58% with $19.1 million earned, which takes the Noam Murro film's Stateside cume to over $78.3 million. International coin is over $87.8 million. That's a worldwide total of over $166.1 million from $110 million. Walt Disney Studios Motion Pictures' distributed "Need for Speed »
On the Road Again: Waugh’s Woeful Film an Offending Lemon
Leaving behind the galvanizing propaganda of his Navy SEALs plugged film debut, Act of Valor, director Scott Waugh turns to the EA video games inspired action effort, Need for Speed, featuring poster art that promises the vacuous action frenzy that those disappointed in the art-house beauty of Drive were so monotonously seeking. Moviegoers intent on getting their chuckles from glossy actions sequences, like elaborate car chases and shit blowing up everywhere, may find some solace in this charade, but even those high octane thrills feel comparatively lackluster (one has to laugh at the homage to Bullitt, which is shown playing at a drive-thru in the lengthy set-up, a classic that features one of the best car chase sequences ever put to film, of which this film can’t compare).
Waugh has a penchant for sacred homosocial spaces, and, »
- Nicholas Bell
Now that you've seen it, what did you think? Engines, motor oil, love. Now playing is DreamWorks' take on the Fast & Furious franchise as the video game adaptation Need for Speed, made by stuntman-turned-director Scott Waugh (of Act of Valor), starring Aaron Paul from "Breaking Bad" and Dominic Cooper from The Devil's Double and Captain America. The cast also includes Imogen Poots, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson and Dakota Johnson. So how did the latest car racing action movie turn out? Is it any good, or just another VFX mess? If you've seen it, leave a comment with your thoughts on Need for Speed. Note: I haven't been able to see the film yet, as I haven't been invited to any screenings before release. In the meantime, to start the engine and open up the discussion anyway, here's an excerpt from my friend Germain's mostly positive review on SlashFilm: "Despite some issues, »
- Alex Billington
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
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