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.

Imogen Poots Talks NEED FOR SPEED, an Abundance of Car Porn in the Film, Practical Stunts, Peter Bogdanovich’s SQUIRREL TO THE NUTS, 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 Imogen Poots.  She talked about the abundance of car porn in the film, filming the practical stunts, what city she’d love to go back to (they filmed around the United States), Peter Bogdanovich’s Squirrel to the Nuts, what it was like working for Terrence Malick, and more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Watch Andre Benjamin Star as Jimi Hendrix in the First Clip from ALL IS BY MY SIDE

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Word on the Jimi Hendrix biopic All Is by My Side has been relatively quiet lately, but after John Ridley won an Oscar for his 12 Years a Slave screenplay, it’s no wonder that Ridley’s new project is getting a push.  The biopic, written and directed by Ridley, stars Andre Benjamin/Andre 3000 in the role of the legendary rocker.  The film’s first clip is now available, and it features Benjamin alongside co-star Imogen Poots, who plays groupie Linda Keith.

Also starring Hayley Atwell, Ashley Charles, and Ruth Negga, All Is by My Side opens August 8th in the U.K.; the film does not yet have a U.S. release date.  Hit the jump to watch the clip.

Imogen Poots Talks Filming on Location, the Stunts, Driving Preparation, 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 PaulDominic CooperImogen PootsMichael KeatonDakota 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 Imogen Poots.  She talked about getting ready for the driving, her character, the stunts, filming on location, why she wanted to wear a headband in the film, if anything surprised her on set, which car she’d like to take home, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for what she had to say.

Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, Imogen Poots and Tom Gormican Talk THAT AKWARD MOMENT, Planking, The So, Relationship Deal Breakers, and More

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It isn’t enough to just make a movie that dissects romance from the guy’s perspective. When you make a relationship movie, moviegoers are going to want your real life advice, too.  Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan and Miles Teller star in That Awkward Moment as Jason, Mikey and Daniel. When Mikey gets hit with a divorce, Jason and Daniel decide to lift his spirits by professing their dedication to the single life. They make a pact to stay unattached and head out ready to indulge in quick flings together. However, that turns out to be easier said than done because Mikey’s still hung up on his ex, Daniel starts to fall for his wing woman, Chelsea (Mackenzie Davis), and Jason meets Ellie (Imogen Poots), someone who actually makes him want more out of relationship for the first time in his life. Hit the jump for more.

With That Awkward Moment nearing its January 31st wide release, Efron, Jordan, Teller, Poots and writer-director Tom Gormican sat down for a press conference in New York City where there were questions about inspiration, casting and filming techniques, but loads more digging for information about what the group values in their real life relationships.

Imogen Poots Talks THAT AWKWARD MOMENT, Her “3-Way Bulk of Man,” Josh Boone’s PRETENDERS, Worm Man and More

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So … according to the movie That Awkward Moment, there’s this point in a relationship called “The So” during which someone turns to you and says, “So …” and follows it up by asking a relationship defining question like, “Where is this going” or “What are we doing?” That absolutely can be an uncomfortable scenario, but for ladies who really know how to pick them, like Imogen Poot’s Ellie, the awkwardness doesn’t stop there.  In That Awkward Moment, Zac Efron, Miles Teller and Michael B. Jordan play a trio of friends who make a pact to indulge in the single life together to help take Mikey’s mind off his divorce. However, shortly after making that pact, Jason spots Ellie. He may initially peg her as yet another brief fling, but soon realizes he can’t tear himself away. No one has ever had this effect on him and he’s determined to learn more – even if it means making quite a few awkward mistakes in the process.

In honor of That Awkward Moment’s January 31st release, Poots hit the New York City press circuit and sat down with Collider to reveal which of her co-stars held doors for her, the one who’s most like his character and who can turn on the charm via improvisation. Read about all of that as well as Poots’ least favorite pickup line, the key to Gramercy Park, her excitement to work with Josh Boone on his upcoming feature, Pretenders, and loads more in the interview below.

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

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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 MiddletonA Long Way Down opens in the U.K. on March 21st and is currently awaiting a U.S. release date.

4 Character Featurettes for THAT AWKWARD MOMENT Starring Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, Miles Teller, and Imogen Poots

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FilmDistrict has released four character videos for That Awkward Moment.  The movie stars Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller as three best friends who vow to maintain their single status for as long as possible when one of them is devastated by a recent breakup.  The plan gets derailed when they each fall in love and have to secretly work around their pledge to bachelorhood.  The videos feature Efron, Jordan, Teller, and Imogen Poots (who plays the girlfriend of Efron’s character) talking about their respective characters along with some footage of featuring that character.  Like the trailers, this looks fairly charming and it could make for a nice rom-com.

Hit the jump to check out the videos.  The film also stars Mackenzie Davis and Jessica LucasThat Awkward Moment opens January 31st.

16 New Images from THAT AWKWARD MOMENT Starring Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller

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Focus Features has released a new collection of images from director Tom Gormican’s upcoming R-rated comedy That Awkward Moment.  The film stars Zac EfronMichael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller as three best friends who vow to maintain their single status for as long as possible when one of them is devastated by a recent breakup.  The plan gets derailed when they each fall in love and have to secretly work around their pledge to bachelorhood.  The film’s red-band trailer promises a pretty funny take on the “break-up movie” from a male point-of-view, and the pic’s charming lead cast certainly bodes well.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film also stars Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, and Jessica LucasThat Awkward Moment opens January 31st.

Zac Efron Holds a Kitten in Character Posters for THAT AWKWARD MOMENT

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In an effort to break the internet, Focus Features has released a series of character posters for the upcoming R-rated comedy That Awkward Moment that feature Zac Efron holding an adorable kitten.  The film stars Efron, Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller as three best friends who vow to maintain their single status for as long as possible when one of them is devastated by a recent breakup.  The plan gets derailed when they each fall in love and have to secretly work around their pledge to bachelorhood.  These posters are a fun play on the breakup trope, as we see how the trio (plus Imogen Poots) copes in the aftermath of ending a serious relationship.  The film’s red-band trailer promises a fun twist on the romantic comedy genre, and these posters continue a successful marketing campaign.

Hit the jump to check out the character posters.  The film also stars Mackenzie Davis and Jessica LucasThat Awkward Moment opens January 31, 2014.

New Full-Length Trailer and Images for NEED FOR SPEED Starring Aaron Paul

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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 PootsKid CudiRamon RodriguezRami MalekHarrison GilbertsonDakota Johnson, and Michael KeatonNeed for Speed opens in theaters on March 14, 2014.

Green-Band Trailer for THAT AWKWARD MOMENT Starring Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller

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FilmDistrict has released the green-band trailer for the romantic comedy, That Awkward Moment.  The film stars Zac EfronMichael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller as three best friends who vow to maintain their single status for as long as possible when one of them is devastated by a recent breakup.  The plan gets derailed when they each fall in love and have to secretly work around their pledge to bachelorhood.  This new trailer is basically the red-band trailer but with all the raunchy moments removed. So if you haven’t seen the red-band trailer yet, but still want to get an idea of the movie without spoiling some of the funnier jokes, this trailer is for you.

Hit the jump to check out the trailer.  The film also stars Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, and Jessica LucasThat Awkward Moment opens on January 31, 2014.

First Red-Band Trailer for THAT AWKWARD MOMENT Starring Zac Efron, Michael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller

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Focus Features has released the first red-band trailer for director Tom Gormican’s R-rated comedy That Awkward Moment.  The film stars Zac EfronMichael B. Jordan, and Miles Teller as three best friends who vow to maintain their single status for as long as possible when one of them is devastated by a recent breakup.  The plan gets derailed when they each fall in love and have to secretly work around their pledge to bachelorhood.  Despite the lame title, the pic actually looks to be a really funny take on the romantic comedy genre from a male perspective.  The main trio have excellent chemistry (Teller unsurprisingly steals this red-band trailer), and I’m looking forward to checking out the full film.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Imogen Poots, Mackenzie Davis, and Jessica LucasThat Awkward Moment opens on January 31, 2014.

First Trailer and New Images for NEED FOR SPEED Starring Aaron Paul, Dominic Cooper, and Imogen Poots [UPDATED]

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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.]

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