Steven Bernstein’s drama Decoding Annie Parker recently made its debut at the Palm Beach International Film Festival, and now the film’s first trailer and clip are available online. The film stars Samantha Morton as the title character, a woman stricken with breast cancer who works with oncologist Dr. Mary-Claire King (Helen Hunt) in order to explore the theory of a genetic inheritance of cancer. While the trailer gives a good suggestion of the surprisingly light-hearted tone of this true-to-life cancer-themed picture, the first clip (courtesy of Aaron Paul) is just downright strange out of context from the rest of the film, but enjoyable nonetheless.
Decoding Annie Parker also stars Rashida Jones, Alice Eve, Maggie Grace, Corey Stoll, and Ben McKenzie, and opens in limited release on May 2nd. Take a look at our interviews with Paul and Grace about the picture here. Hit the jump to watch the Decoding Annie Parker trailer and the film’s first clip.
Last night I managed to pull myself away from Titanfall long enough to check out Veronica Mars which, surprisingly enough, is playing in a theater within an hour of me. As a fan of the series, the movie hit every note I could have asked for but also confirmed my suspicion that Mars is best suited for the type of long-form storytelling that television permits. Creator/director Rob Thomas does an admirable job of bringing us up to speed on the lives of our favorite Neptune characters against the backdrop of a ten year high school reunion. That said, 107 minutes doesn’t leave much time for breathing in between the introduction, mystery set-up, and resolution. I often felt rushed through the process, longing for 20-22 episodes for Veronica to crack the case as opposed to 75 minutes or so. This small gripe aside, Veronica Mars is a movie made for the fans (and, in no small financial part, by the fans) and I can’t imagine anyone who loved the series walking away from it disappointed by anything other than the fact that it had to end too soon.
We’ll talk a little more about VM in this week’s Top 5 which also includes a considerable amount of Captain America: The Winter Soldier content, our SXSW 2014 coverage, interviews for and Matt’s review of Need for Speed, and President Barack Obama‘s hilarious appearance on Between Two Ferns with Zach Galifianakis. Keep doing what you’re doing for a brief recap and link to each of the above.
Need for Speed helped me understand why I like the later Fast and Furious movies and not the first few. While I don’t necessarily have anything against car chases in movies, their purpose matters. If it’s a cop chasing a criminal, then reckless driving is in service of a greater good. If it’s a good guy trying to get away from bad guys, we’ll understand not obeying the speed limit and traffic signals. But street racing is selfish, and its callous nature of putting innocent people at risk for the gleeful joy of fame and glory is somewhat despicable depending on the tone. If your characters are going to be oblivious and self-indulgent, then the movie should follow suit. Unfortunately, Scott Waugh takes his material far too seriously, and even though lead actors Aaron Paul and Imogen Poots give the film some life without winking at the camera, Need for Speed is too blind to check the periphery and too slow to have a good time.
Opening this weekend is director Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed. For those unfamiliar with the film, it chronicles a cross-country race against time as a blue-collar mechanic (Aaron Paul) who was framed for manslaughter by a wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver (Dominic Cooper) sets out for revenge in a high-stakes underground racing tournament. Need for Speed also stars Imogen Poots, Michael Keaton, Dakota Johnson and Kid Cudi. For more on the film, here’s all our previous coverage.
At the Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Aaron Paul. He talked about the abundance of car porn in the film, filming the practical stunts, what city he’d love to return to (they filmed around the United States), what it was like working with Ridley Scott and Christian Bale on Exodus, what Exodus is about, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
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 Aaron Paul. He talked about getting ready for the driving, what it’s like driving the Mustang, how the film is grounded in reality, his character’s revenge plans, whether he played the video game, the ending of Breaking Bad, and a lot more. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Better late than never, I guess. Cutting it a bit close, DreamWorks Pictures has announced that it will be holding free advanced screenings of director Scott Waugh’s (Act of Valor) racing revenge actioner Need for Speed this Wednesday, February 19th (aka tomorrow) in 100 cities across the country. You must RSVP to the screening by visiting this website, but be aware that seating is limited so these tickets will likely be claimed fast. For those unfamiliar, the pic is an adaptation of the video game of the same name and chronicles a cross-country race against time as a blue-collar mechanic (Aaron Paul) who was framed for manslaughter by a wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver (Dominic Cooper) sets out for revenge in a high-stakes underground racing tournament.
In addition to the screening, guests will be treated to a live introduction by Waugh, Paul, and co-star Scott Mescudi via satellite. Read the full press release after the jump for more details. Need for Speed opens in theaters on March 14th.
Today, we’ve got new posters for How to Train Your Dragon 2, Need for Speed, and Pompeii. The Dragon poster features siblings Ruffnut (Kristen Wiig), Tuffnut (T.J. Miller), and their two-headed dragon on a poster that clearly doesn’t have enough room for all of them. Then there’s Need for Speed, which is seriously abusing the blue-orange poster cliché. Finally, there’s the Pompeii poster where Kit Harington has apparently discovered something even more horrifying than the exploding volcano behind him. Also, I don’t know if this is a foreign poster or not. Everything is in English except “Pompeii” is spelled with a “J”. Go figure.
Hit the jump to check out the posters. How to Train Your Dragon 2 opens in 3D on June 13th. Need for Speed opens March 14th. Pompeii opens in 3D on February 21st.
As a preview for the upcoming DreamWorks action flick Need for Speed, opening in theaters on March 14th, Collider was invited, along with a handful of other online outlets, out to the Bandito Brothers headquarters to check out about 20 minutes of the film and then chat with some of the folks involved. Based on the video game series, the story chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey that begins as a mission for revenge, but ultimately proves to be one of redemption. From director Scott Waugh, the film stars Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, Dakota Johnson and Michael Keaton.
The thing that instantly became clear from the footage we saw was that not only are the stunts incredibly mind-blowing and awesome – with car races, car flips, cars crashing and bursting into flames, and even a car driving off a cliff and being pulled away by a helicopter – but they were also all practically done, in camera and for real. During this interview, actor Aaron Paul talked about why this project appealed to him, how he went to a driving school to train for the stunts, studying Steve McQueen for this role, working with Kid Cudi and Michael Keaton, being an action hero, how terrifying it was to do the stunts practically, which stunt he refused to do, and that he’s signed on for three films. Check out what he had to say after the jump, and be aware that there are some spoilers.
The first trailer for director Pascal Chaumeil’s (Heartbreaker) adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel A Long Way Down has landed online. The story revolves around a group of strangers who coincidentally meet on the top of a London skyscraper on New Year’s Eve where they individually had gone to commit suicide. The four strangers make a pact to stay alive until Valentine’s Day, and the film follows this group of unlikely friends “as they try to pull back from the brink.” The pic looks to be a solid comedic drama ensemble piece with impressive turns from Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots as the four strangers. Hornby’s novels have previously made for the swell adaptations High Fidelity and About a Boy, so hopefully A Long Way Down can follow in their footsteps.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer and to check out the first poster. The film also stars Rosamund Pike, Sam Neill, and Tuppence Middleton. A Long Way Down opens in the U.K. on March 21st and is currently awaiting a U.S. release date.
A feature film adaptation of The Dark Tower has been in development for a long, long time. A number of directors have tried to crack the Stephen King source material, including J.J. Abrams, but most recently Ron Howard has been barreling forward with an ambitious adaptation that would involve three feature films and a television element. Howard initially developed the project at Universal before the studio passed over budget concerns, then Warner Bros. considered picking it up, only to subsequently back out. When last we heard, Howard said he was still developing the project but he and producer Brian Grazer had agreed to no longer comment on the film’s progress or timetable.
This brings us to Sundance, naturally. Aaron Paul has long been a fan-favorite to play the character of Eddie Dean in The Dark Tower, and while promoting his new film Hellion at the Sundance Film Festival, Paul revealed that he has indeed met with Howard to discuss the role. Read on after the jump.
Despite all of its wandering, loosely tied together stories and uneven pacing, there’s an odd sweetness to Kat Candler’s Hellion. Rather than broken characters focused solely on self-help and improving their own station, it’s an attempt to salvage a family even though that family may be too damaged to repair. Characters who do bad things but are good deep down is undoubtedly saccharine, but it works thanks to Candler’s sincere direction and earnest performances from lead actors Aaron Paul and Josh Wiggins. Hellion may be all over the place, but it’s charming enough to make us follow.
A Need for Speed movie is nothing without slick driving moves, so it stands to reason that its star Aaron Paul would probably need to learn some. I never thought of actors needing this kind of stunt training since most driving shots are done at a distance, and interiors can be handled with green screen. But Need for Speed will at least have some stunt shots with Paul behind the wheel, and a new featurette showcases his training. Paul looks like he’s having a fun time with it, and I’m curious to see how much of his stunt driving will be used in the finished film.
Hit the jump to check out the featurette. The film also stars Dakota Johnson, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Kid Cudi, and Michael Keaton. Need for Speed opens March 14th.
The 2014 Sundance Film Festival In Competition lineup has been unveiled, and along with it some first-look images and synopses have been released. After the jump, find the images and synopses for the following films that will screen as part of the U.S. Competition category:
- Hellion – Written and directed by Kat Candler; starring Aaron Paul, Juliette Lewis, Josh Wiggins, Deke Garner, Jonny Mars, and Walt Roberts.
- Infinitely Polar Bear – Written and directed by Maya Forbes; starring Mark Ruffalo, Zoe Saldana, Imogene Wolodarsky, and Ashley Aufderheide.
- Jamie Marks Is Dead – Written and directed by Carter Smith; starring Cameron Monaghan, Noah Silver, Morgan Saylor, Judy Greer, Madisen Beaty, and Liv Tyler.
- Kumiko, the Treasure Hunter – Directed by David Zellner; starring Rinko Kikuchi.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2014 Sundance Film Festival runs January 16 – 26th.
Here’s today’s latest casting news:
- Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) will join Amanda Seyfried and Russell Crowe in Gabriele Muccino’s Fathers and Daughters.
- Emily Blunt (Looper) is set to star in the psychological thriller, Sister, based on Rosamund Lupton’s bestselling novel of the same name.
- Natalie Zea (Under the Dome) will star in Duane Edwards indie drama, Supreme Ruler, starring Ron Livingston, Vincent D’Onofrio, Marcia Gay Harden and Brian Geraghty.
Hit the jump for more on each project.
DreamWorks has released a new full-length trailer and some high-resolution images for the upcoming Need for Speed movie. Directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor), the film chronicles a cross-country race against time as a blue-collar mechanic (Aaron Paul) who was framed for manslaughter by a wealthy, arrogant ex-NASCAR driver (Dominic Cooper) sets out for revenge in a high-stakes underground racing tournament. This new trailer plays up the revenge angle while also highlighting some genuinely thrilling race sequences, but I’m interested to see how much humor is layered throughout the film. One of the keys to the success of the Fast & Furious franchise is that it’s fun and has increasingly embraced its outlandishness. Waugh seems to be taking a more dramatic approach to racing in Need for Speed, but as we’ve seen on Breaking Bad, Paul certainly has comedic chops; hopefully some of that has the chance to shine through.
Hit the jump to check out the new trailer and images, and click here to read our recent interview with Paul, Waugh, and the film’s producers on the practical stunts. The film also stars Imogen Poots, Kid Cudi, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson, Dakota Johnson, and Michael Keaton. Need for Speed opens in theaters on March 14, 2014.