NEED FOR SPEED Blu-ray Review

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There’s something thrilling about watching practical stunts in the digital era, which may be why Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed — despite numerous flaws — is just good enough to recommend.  Aaron Paul stars alongside Imogen Poots in this tale of a cross country journey in which Paul’s character wants revenge against the man (Dominic Cooper) who framed him for an involuntary manslaughter.  My Need for Speed Blu-ray review follows after the jump.

New to Blu-ray: DIVERGENT, OCULUS, NEED FOR SPEED, and More

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This week’s new Blu-ray releases include a trio of films that opened earlier in the year, an 80s-set indie, and more.  Briefly:

Weekend Box Office: CAPTAIN AMERICA: THE WINTER SOLDIER Claims New Record with $96.2 Million

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The fact that we all saw it coming doesn’t make it any less impressive.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier has set a new opening weekend record for April with its estimated debut of $96.2 million.  That tops the opening of Thor: The Dark World, last November, and beats Captain America: The First Avenger by 48%.  For proof of how dominant Captain America was this weekend, just take a look at the difference between first and second place: poor, poor Noah.

 Title Weekend Total
1.  Captain America: The Winter Soldier $96,200,000 $96.2
2.  Noah $17,000,000 $72.3
3.  Divergent $13,000,000 $114
4.  God’s Not Dead $7,726,000 $32.5
5.  The Grand Budapest Hotel $6,300,000 $33.3
6.  Muppets Most Wanted $6,285,000 $42.1
7.  Mr. Peabody and Sherman $5,300,000 $102.2
8.  Sabotage $1,908,000 $8.7
9.  Need for Speed $1,836,000 $40.8
10.  Non-Stop $1,827,000 $88.1

Full story after the jump.

Scott Mescudi, Ramon Rodriguez and Rami Malek Talk NEED FOR SPEED, Practical Stunts, GANG RELATED, SHORT TERM 12 and the ENTOURAGE MOVIE

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Now playing in theaters is director Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed.  For those unfamiliar with the film, it’s based on the hugely popular video game series and 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 JohnsonScott Mescudi, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek 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 Mescudi, Rodriguez and Malek.  They talked about getting to work with the amazing cars, filming the practical stunts, what city they’d love to return to (they filmed all around the United States), and previous and future projects like Short Term 12, Fox’s Gang Related, and the Entourage movie.  Hit the jump to watch.

Weekend Box Office: Family-Friendly MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN Takes the Checkered Flag, 300 Sequel Falls to Second, While NEED FOR SPEED Stalls in Third

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A trio of new debuts were no match for Mr. Peabody & Sherman, the family-friendly adventure feature from DreamWorks Animation.  The animated duo took the top spot from 300: Rise of an Empire, making it one of only two films to actually move up in the top ten rankings.  The other film?  Wes Anderson’s The Grand Budapest Hotel, which debuted huge last week in only a few theaters, and moved up to eighth during its first weekend of wide release.

The weekend was a disappointing one both critically and financially for Scott Waugh’s street-racing adaptation, Need for Speed.  Perhaps the action-driven Non-Stop, which landed in fourth place, proved too much box office competition on an otherwise unexciting weekend of non-new releases.  Fandom-driven films Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club and the Kickstarted Veronica Mars movie turned in fifth and tenth debut spots respectively.

Title Weekend Total
1. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $21,200,000 $63.2
2. 300: Rise of an Empire $19,105,000 $78.3
3. Need for Speed $17,808,000 $17.8
4. Non-Stop $10,615,000 $68.8
5. Tyler Perry’s The Single Moms Club $8,300,000 $8.3
6. The LEGO Movie $7,705,000 $236.9
7. Son of God $5,400,000 $50.9
8. The Grand Budapest Hotel $3,640,000 $4.8
9. Frozen $2,117,000 $396.4
10. Veronica Mars $2,021,000 $2.0

Hit the jump for more.

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.

Friday Box Office: NEED FOR SPEED Slows into Top Spot with Soft Opening; MR. PEABODY & SHERMAN Holds Strong with Eye on the Prize

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DreamWorks Pictures’ Need for Speed took the trophy for the Friday box office, but it’s not exactly a Daytona 500 performance.  The 3D racing film had been projected to win the weekend box office with a total take of $25 million to $30 million, but its Friday number is a soft $6.6 million, on track for a weekend take of $21 million or less.  The streak of subpar video game adaptations continues with director Scott Waugh’s racing pic, which has suffered brutal reviews (it’s both dumb and boring) and failed to muster up enthusiasm from general audiences.  Hot on Need for Speed’s tail is a film in its second week of release, DreamWorks Animation’s Mr. Peabody & Sherman.  While the film was bested by 300: Rise of an Empire last weekend, it brought in $5.4 million this Friday and should enjoy a nice family boost today, topping off at around $22 million for a photo-finish with Need for Speed.  The 300 sequel came in second on Friday with $5.8 million and should gross a solid $18 or $19 million this weekend, while Veronica Mars opened to just over $1 million for the number 9 spot.

Title Friday Total
1. Need for Speed $6,642,000 $6,642,000
2. 300: Rise of an Empire $5,800,000 $65,006,000
3. Mr. Peabody & Sherman $5,450,000 $47,430,000
4. Tyler Perry’s The Single Mom’s Club $3,200,000 $3,200,000
5. Non-Stop $3,200,000 $61,390,000

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.

Dominic Cooper Talks NEED FOR SPEED, Fulfilling His Childhood Dream of Doing a Racing Movie, the Stunts, WARCRAFT, FLEMING, and More

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Based on the hugely popular video game series, Need for Speed chronicles a near-impossible cross-country journey that begins as a mission for revenge, but ultimately proves to be one of redemption.  When Tobey Marshall (Aaron Paul) is framed for the death of a friend, his focus on vengeance leads him to want to tear down his enemies, at any cost.  From director Scott Waugh, who pulled off some incredible practical car stunts and race scenes, the film also stars Dominic Cooper, Imogen Poots, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, Dakota Johnson and Michael Keaton.

During this exclusive interview with Collider, actor Dominic Cooper (who plays the wealthy and pompous Dino Brewster) talked about what made him want to sign on for the film, the excitement of living out a childhood dream by getting to drive fast cars, how he could never personally own a car as expensive as the ones in the film, and the stunts that were scariest for him.  He also talked about the crazy but fun experience he had on the mini-series Fleming, playing both the leading man and the villain, at this stage of his career, what drew him to director  Duncan Jones Warcraft, and how accurate and responsible they’re being with the world from the game.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

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.

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.

New Posters from TRANSFORMERS: AGE OF EXTINCTION, NEED FOR SPEED, and GODZILLA

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Check out the latest and greatest posters for the following films:

  • Transformers: Age of Extinction – An international poster featuring star Li Bingbing.  Also starring Mark Wahlberg, Nicola PeltzJack ReynorKelsey GrammerStanley TucciT.J. MillerTitus WelliverHan Geng, and Sophia Myles, Michael Bay’s Transformers: Age of Extinction opens June 27th.
  • Need for Speed – Eight character posters featuring Aaron Paul, Dakota Johnson, Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Scott Mescudi, Rami Malek, Harrison Gilbertson, and Ramon Rodriguez.  Also starring Michael Keaton, Scott Waugh’s Need for Speed opens March 14th.
  • Godzilla – This limited edition poster will be given away at the film’s SXSW 2014 screening.  Starring Aaron Taylor-JohnsonBryan CranstonElizabeth OlsenJuliette BinocheSally HawkinsKen Watanabe, and David Strathairn, Gareth Edwards’ Godzilla opens in 2D, 3D, and IMAX 3D on May 16th.

Hit the jump to take a look.

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.

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.

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