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.
To start creating buzz for the upcoming DreamWorks action flick Need for Speed, opening in theaters on March 14, 2014, 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 actor Aaron Paul, director Scott Waugh, producer/writer John Gatins and producer Mark Sourian. 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.
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 the interviews, Paul, Waugh, Gatins and Sourian talked about how they pulled off such awe-inspiring work. Check out what they had to say after the jump.
Though Breaking Bad the series is now over, it appears that the Bad universe will live on for some time. AMC sought to extend the life of its incredibly popular drama series by ordering a prequel spinoff focusing on Bob Odenkirk’s Saul Goodman character, and now Breaking Bad creator Vince Gilligan is working with Better Call Saul showrunner (and creator of the Goodman character) Peter Gould to shape the vision of the series. Initially envisioned as a half-hour comedy, Gilligan now says he and Gould have decided to expand the show to an hourlong format that will be shot in Albuquerque and maintain the visual palette of Breaking Bad. Moreover, Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul are expected to pop up on Better Call Saul in a cameo capacity, reprising their lead Breaking Bad characters.
Hit the jump for much more, including what Gilligan’s upcoming projects might entail.
The journey of Walter White has now officially come to an end. AMC aired the series finale of the brilliant drama series Breaking Bad last night, and while the response to the episode was mostly positive (read Allison’s recap here), us BB fans are still mourning the end of the show. We’ll have a chance to revisit the entire series once again when the bonus feature-loaded complete series Blu-ray set goes on sale November 26th, and in celebration of the series finale’s airing, Sony TV has released a snippet from one of the more exciting extras: a two-hour documentary on the series.
Cameras were rolling as Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul sat down to read the script for the series finale, “Felina,” and a portion of that video has now been released online. Additionally, AMC has released a few behind-the-scenes looks at the making of “Felina,” including a thoughtful conversation with creator Vince Gilligan about the episode. Hit the jump to watch all of the goodies.
Perhaps the combination of my new found love of fantasy football and my fondness of sports documentaries in general make me a less than unbiased voice, but I can’t recommend writer/director Rory Karpf‘s documentary The Book of Manning enough. The made for TV doc premiered on ESPN this past week and it blew me away from a perspective that had nothing to do with sports or athletic achievement and everything to do with its noteworthy focus on parenting, family, and legacy. This may not seem like a huge achievement on paper, but when your film’s protagonists are some of the most highly decorated football players in the history of the sport, it’s a testament to the patriarch, Archie Manning, that the biggest takeaway I have from The Book of Manning isn’t how many records he set at Ole Miss or how many of those records his son Eli broke decades later, it’s that our families and kids are the most important responsibilities we can have and the way that we treat both is ultimately what defines us as people.
Now that I’ve hit you over the head with an “After School Special” message right out of the gate, this week’s Top 5 features Rush interviews with Ron Howard, Chris Hemsworth and more, our resident scientist Dave Trumbore fact-checking the science behind Breaking Bad, Fox landing a new television series based on Batman’s Commissioner Gordon, Don Jon interviews with Joseph Gordon-Levitt and more, and a new Cinemath installment focusing on adjusting for box office inflation and the inherent dangers of comparing Gone with the Wind to The Avengers. As is often the case, a brief recap and link to each of the above can be found after the jump.
It’s likely that people remember more chemistry from an episode of AMC’s Breaking Bad than from their time in high school and college, but is the on-screen science sound? For those who aren’t caught up with the exploits of Walter White (Bryan Cranston), the show tracks his transformation from chemistry genius to high school science teacher to cancer patient to meth kingpin. Not only does Walt’s scientific background aid him in his drug-making ventures, it also gets him out of scrapes. Where other crime lords in the making might simply fight or shoot their way out of trouble, Walt uses not just chemistry, but also physics and biochemistry to dispose of bodies, erase damning evidence, and to make sure that leverage is always on his side. But does TV studio science check out in real life? Hit the jump to find out.
DreamWorks has released the first trailer for director Scott Waugh’s (Act of Valor) video game adaptation Need for Speed. 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. Judging by the trailer, Need for Speed is almost the opposite of what I expected. I assumed it would simply try to rival the Fast & Furious movies, and instead it looks far more dramatic. There’s no rule that an adaptation of a video game can’t be serious, and the car stuff looks good. Consider me interested.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer. 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. [Update: DreamWorks has released two new images from the film, which are now included after the jump.]
Rounding up some casting:
- Aaron Paul and Juliette Lewis will star in Hellion, an indie drama about a fractured family living in a small Texas town.
- Guy Ritchie cast Luca Calvani as the villain in his adaptation of the 1960s spy series The Man from U.N.C.L.E. alongside Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer, and Alicia Vikander.
- Albert Brooks joins James Franco, Rachel McAdams, Jeff Bridges, Benicio Del Toro, and Paul Giamatti in the star-studded voice cast for The Little Prince.
Details after the break.
We’ve cobbled together a collection of new images from the following films:
- Need for Speed – Scott Waugh’s film adaptation of the street racing video game franchise starring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, Dakota Johnson, Kid Cudi, Imogen Poots and Michael Keaton opens March 14, 2014.
- Horrible Bosses 2 – The Sean Anders-directed sequel (which star Jason Bateman recently talked about in an interview with Steve) is about to kick into production with stars Charlie Day and Jason Sudeikis.
- In the Heart of the Sea – Ron Howard’s film about the whaling ship Essex that inspired Herman Melville’s famous whale tale stars Chris Hemsworth, Cillian Murphy, Ben Whishaw, Brendan Gleeson and Benjamin Walker.
Hit the jump to check out the images.
I don’t know how it’s all going to end, but I do know that I’ll be buying AMC’s Breaking Bad on Blu-ray when the complete series is released on November 26th. I almost never buy series on home video, but Vince Gilligan has created perhaps the most compelling character in the history of television, with Bryan Cranston in a once-in-a-lifetime role that’s not to be missed. Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Blu-ray arrives in this collectible barrel, which houses all five seasons of the show’s 62 episodes on 16 discs and over 55 hours of special features, including an all-new two-hour documentary that goes behind the scenes of filming the series’ final eight episodes. The standalone final season of AMC’s Breaking Bad will also be available on November 26th. Hit the jump for more details and images of the Breaking Bad: The Complete Series Blu-ray barrel set or pre-order it on Amazon here.
An Alien reunion is in the works. Ripley herself Sigourney Weaver has been tapped to join the cast of director Ridley Scott’s Moses epic Exodus, along with John Turturro (O Brother, Where Art Thou?) and Breaking Bad star Aaron Paul. Scott is putting together an impressive cast for the pic, with Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton already set to play Moses and Ramses, respectively. Variety reports that Weaver will play Tuya, the mother of Ramses, while Turturro has been tapped to play Ramses’ father Seti and Paul is in talks to portray a Hebrew slave alongside Bale’s Moses. Additionally, Deadline reports that Ben Kingsley is in talks to join the cast as a Hebrew scholar.
Steven Zaillian (The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo) penned the script for Exodus, and Scott is looking to start production in September in England, Spain, and Morocco. This will mark the first time that Scott and Weaver have worked together in quite a while, though Exodus will see Weaver playing a considerably different role than that of her Alien heroine.
This August, TV’s best drama will begin to come to a close. The final eight episodes of Breaking Bad are coming, and we can only hope that creator Vince Gilligan sticks the landing because he certainly has the cast to make it happen. While there are plenty of great supporting characters, the show has always rested on Walt (Bryan Cranston) and Jesse (Aaron Paul), and it’s a great credit to Paul that he can hold his own against his more experienced co-star. Gilligan originally intended to kill Jesse off in the first season, but the show probably wouldn’t be half as good without him. He’s the remaining voice of conscience among the criminals—the person who is affected by almost every single death, and wants to see himself as the bad guy even though deep down there’s goodness in him.
So what does Paul think about the way the show will end? Obviously, he didn’t go into any detail, but he did comment on his reaction to the series’ conclusion. Hit the jump for what he had to say. Breaking Bad will return for its final episodes on August 11th.
The team-up between DreamWorks Pictures and video game developer EA is bringing a live-action adaptation of street racing franchise Need for Speed to the screen. Now we have the first idea of what that will look like. A new behind-the-scenes featurette shows off some top-of-the-line racecars caught up in a high-octane race from the cops, along with commentary from director Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) and shots of star Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) in the driver’s seat.
Also starring Dominic Cooper, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Imogen Poots, Dakota Johnson and Scott Mescudi, Need for Speed opens March 14, 2014. Hit the jump to watch the featurette.