Watch: Bryan Cranston and Aaron Paul Reunite as Pawn Shop Owners with Julia Louis-Dreyfus in Emmy Promo

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The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards are now less than a week away, and after last year’s somewhat confounding series of winners, anticipation is high to see how the final season of Breaking Bad stacks up against True Detective and if Veep can continue taking away heat from Modern Family.  In anticipation of the broadcast, the Television Academy has put together a fun 6-minute promo with three of the best in the business: Bryan Cranston, Aaron Paul, and Julia Louis-Dreyfus.  Cranston and Paul play a pair of sleazy pawn shop owners in the reality show parody, while Louis-Dreyfus attempts to sell off one of her Emmys.  Unsurprisingly, the video is really funny and is a nice showcase of Cranston and Paul’s comedic chemistry, and it takes a rather unexpected turn towards the end.

Hit the jump to watch the “Barely Legal Pawn” video, and check back this weekend when Allison and I attempt to predict this year’s crop of winners.  The 2014 Primetime Emmy Awards will be broadcast on NBC Monday, August 25th at 8pm ET.

EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Trailer: Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton Square Off in Ridley Scott’s Biblical Epic

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20th Century Fox has released the first Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer for director Ridley Scott’s upcoming Biblical epic.  The film stars Christian Bale as Moses, focusing on the figure’s struggle to free his enslaved people from their ancient Egyptian rulers as Joel Edgerton fills the role of Ramses.  The trailer is, well, curious.  The eyeliner is very heavy, and it almost feels like there was no effort whatsoever put into making Bale and Edgerton look like they fit into the time period (or, you know, anything resembling Egyptians).  That said, the visuals are striking and Scott certainly appears to be going all-out with the whole “Biblical epic” moniker.  I have a feeling this movie might be pretty weird.

Hit the jump to watch the first Exodus: Gods and Kings trailer.  The film also stars Ben KingsleyAaron PaulJohn Turturro, and Sigourney Weaver.  Exodus: Gods and Kings opens December 5, 2014.

New EXODUS: GODS AND KINGS Images Feature Christian Bale Getting Old Testament as Moses

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20th Century Fox has unveiled some new Exodus: Gods and Kings images ahead of the film’s trailer debut, which will come with next week’s Dawn of the Planet of the Apes.  Directed by Ridley Scott, the epic retells the Moses story, with Christian Bale taking on the lead role and Joel Edgerton playing the Pharaoh Ramses.  From these debut images, its clear that Bale’s Moses won’t be pulling any punches.  With Ben Kingsley, Aaron Paul, Sigourney Weaver, and John Turturro also a part of the cast, the film certainly has a solid supporting lineup, and the last time Ridley Scott took on a period epic, the result was the excellent Kingdom of Heaven (well, the Director’s Cut at least).  I’ll admit the image of Weaver as Ramses’ mother is, uh, striking, but the prospect of the actress reteaming with her Alien and 1492 director is nonetheless exciting.

Hit the jump to take a look at the Exodus: Gods and Kings images, and look for the first trailer here on Collider soon.  The film opens in theaters on December 5th, just in time for the awards/holiday season.

First Trailer for Indie Drama HELLION Starring Aaron Paul

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IFC Films has released the first Hellion trailer for writer/director Kat Candler’s upcoming drama.  The film stars Aaron Paul as a single father struggling to raise two boys in a small Texas town, as his troubled son Jacob takes up motocross as a hobby. Paul doesn’t speak much in the trailer, but the pic looks to be a moody, atmospheric family drama.  Matt caught the film at Sundance and while he noted in his review that it was a bit unfocused, he praised Candler’s direction and the performances from Paul and newcomer Josh Wiggins.

Hit the jump to watch the Hellion trailer.  The film also stars Juliette Lewis and opens in theaters on June 13th.

Kristen Wiig Joins Zach Galifianakis Comedy; Aaron Paul and Helen Mirren Join EYE; Dave Franco Leads INTERN’S HANDBOOK, and More

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We’ve got a number of casting stories to attend to.  Briefly:

  • Kristen Wiig has joined Zach Galifianakis and Owen Wilson in an untitled Relativity comedy from Napoleon Dynamite director Jared Hess.
  • Aaron Paul and Helen Mirren are joining Colin Firth in the military drone drama Eye in the Sky.
  • Sony is developing an adaptation of The Intern’s Handbook as a star vehicle for Dave Franco.
  • Nicholas Hoult (X-Men: Days of Future Past) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) will play Bonnie and Clyde in Go Down Together.

Hit the jump for more on the casting.

Exclusive Clip from DECODING ANNIE PARKER Starring Samantha Morton, Helen Hunt, and Aaron Paul

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Today, we’re pleased to premiere an exclusive clip from the upcoming drama, Decoding Annie Parker.   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.  None of that is present in this clip, which instead focuses on the relationship between Annie Parker and a slow-witted poolboy played by Aaron Paul.

Hit the jump to check out the Decoding Annie Parker movie clip.  The film is now playing in limited release, and also stars Rashida Jones, Alice Eve, Maggie Grace, Corey Stoll, and Ben McKenzie.

New Trailer for A LONG WAY DOWN Starring Aaron Paul, Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, and Imogen Poots

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Magnolia Pictures has released a new A Long Way Down trailer for director Pascal Chaumeil’s adaptation of the Nick Hornby novel of the same name.  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.”  While Hornby’s a great writer and the ensemble cast of Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collete, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots is promising, the film received pretty poor reviews upon its UK release.  This trailer is actually pretty charming, so maybe the film will turn out to be pleasantly surprising.

Hit the jump to watch the A Long Way Down trailer.  The film also stars Rosamund Pike and Sam NeilA Long Way Down will be available VOD on June 5th and opens in US theaters on July 11th.

First DECODING ANNIE PARKER Trailer Featuring Samantha Morton and Helen Hunt, Plus the First Clip in Which Aaron Paul Shows off His Dance Skills

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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.

TOP 5: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER, VERONICA MARS, SXSW 2014 Coverage, NEED FOR SPEED, President Obama Visits BETWEEN TWO FERNS

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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 Review

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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.

Aaron Paul Talks NEED FOR SPEED, Practical Stunts, Car Porn, Ridley Scott’s EXODUS, and More

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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 PootsMichael KeatonDakota 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.

Aaron Paul Talks Driving Preparation, Video Games, the Ending of BREAKING BAD, and More on the Set of NEED FOR SPEED

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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.

NEED FOR SPEED Advanced Screenings to Be Held in 100 Cities on February 19th

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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.

New Posters for HOW TO TRAIN YOUR DRAGON 2, NEED FOR SPEED, and POMPEII

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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.

Aaron Paul Talks NEED FOR SPEED, the Stunts, Studying Steve McQueen, Playing the Action Hero, Sequels, and More

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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.

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