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Jason Reitman re-staging 'The Empire Strikes Back' with Aaron Paul and J.K. Simmons -- EXCLUSIVE

Instead of “Yo, bitch …” now it’s “Yoda, bitch.” (Sorry, couldn’t resist.)

Breaking Bad’s Aaron Paul will take on the role of Luke Skywalker in director Jason Reitman’s one-night-only live-read of The Empire Strikes Back this Thursday, while fearsome Whiplash star J.K. Simmons will let the hate flow through him as Darth Vader.

It’s part of an ongoing series of live performances of movie scripts Reitman stages each month, bringing in new actors to create a kind of cover version of beloved films. He has previously staged live-reads of The Princess Bride, Ghostbusters, American Beauty, and The Apartment, among others.

Today, Reitman revealed just a handful of new cast members, but there will be more to come before Thursday’s performance. Here’s how he put together his team… READ FULL STORY

Aaron Paul joins '9th Life of Louis Drax' cast

Aaron Paul’s career has shown no signs of slowing downyou could say he has a Need for Speedwith several film roles lined up through the rest of 2014 and into 2015. And on Tuesday, Miramax announced another project in the works for the “Breaking Bad” actor.

Paul has been cast in the upcoming The 9th Life of Louis Drax, joining Jamie Dornan. Paul will play the title character’s father, Peter, who is at the center of a criminal investigation following his son’s near-fatal accident on his ninth birthday.

Louis Drax himself has not been cast, but Dornan will play Dr. Allan Pascal, who tries to uncover the mysteries surrounding the accident in what becomes a supernatural thriller.

Drax is set to release in 2015 and will be helmed by Horns director Alexandre Aja. The film is based on Liz Jensen’s novel of the same name.

'A Long Way Down': Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots, Pierce Brosnan, and Toni Colette decide not to jump -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

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Imagine this: It’s New Year’s Eve and you’re feeling down. So down that you’ve actually decided to end your life. You get to the top of the high rise, you’re ready to jump, and… there are a bunch of other suicidal folks up there trying to do the same thing. What do you?

In A Long Way Down, strangers J.J. (Aaron Paul), Jess (Imogen Poots), Martin (Pierce Brosnan), and Maureen (Toni Collette) decide to just delay “the end” for six weeks. Their pact causes a media frenzy and the oddball group are turned into unlikely celebrities.

Take a look at a clip of some of their interviews after the jump. READ FULL STORY

'Decoding Annie Parker' trailer: Putting faith in the future -- VIDEO

Could breast cancer be genetic? That’s the question at the center of Steven Bernstein’s Decoding Annie Parker.

Loosely based on a true story, the film follows Annie Parker, played by Samantha Morton, as she discovers that, much like her mother and her sister, she also has breast cancer. Helen Hunt, who plays a researcher, then teams up with Annie and a group of scientists to try and find a genetic link to the disease.

Putting aside the medical stuff, Aaron Paul also plays a Canadian pool man — so there’s that. And let’s not forget the film’s other familiar faces: Alice Eve, Rashida Jones, Corey Stoll, and Ben McKenzie.

Watch the trailer below:
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Critical Mass: Do movie critics feel the 'Need for Speed'?

It’s okay to sniff at Need for Speed at first glance. After all, Aaron Paul did. The Breaking Bad star admitted that making a racing movie based on a popular video game didn’t sound like a shrewd career move at first. But then he read the script: “I could relate to this character,” he told EW in January. “I kind of had a personal connection with Tobey Marshall, the guy I play. And it’s very character driven. It’s very story driven. It has a lot of grit and lot of heart. Just so much emotion, and that’s why I jumped aboard.”

Are you going to doubt Jesse Pinkman?

Okay, here’s the plot: Tobey is an upstate New York gear-head who’s framed for the vehicular death of his best friend and spends two years in prison. When he’s released, he speeds cross-country with a pretty girl (Imogen Poots) in a suped-up Mustang to enter a million-dollar underground street race in order to exact revenge against the villainous racer (Dominic Cooper) who set him up. You would not be wrong to expect some high-speed excitement and highway carnage.

EW’s Keith Staskiewicz didn’t exactly buy into it, writing, “Beneath all that chrome plating, this vehicle is a well-used car. Need for Speed is just another pileup in Hollywood’s long accident report of taking games from the couch to the theater seat.”

Click below to see what other top critics think before getting behind the wheel to see Need for Speed. READ FULL STORY

'Need for Speed' premiere, On the Scene: Aaron Paul, more reveal their worst set of wheels

Need for Speed — Dreamworks’ stunt-heavy paean to fast cars and fiercely loyal bros (and a few ladies who love them), loosely based on the popular street-racing video game franchise and hitting theaters on March 14 — came very close to not being Aaron Paul’s post-Breaking Bad vehicle.

“I was hesitant to even read a script called Need for Speed. I had my own preconceived notions about it, but when I started looking at the pages, all of those went away,” Paul explained to Entertainment Weekly exclusively just after arriving to the Thursday premiere of the film at the TCL Chinese Theater in an overheating muscle car. “I was so shocked and surprised that this film had such a good human story behind it and I could relate to these guys.”

It also didn’t hurt that Paul, Dominic Cooper, Imogen Potts, and the rest of the N.F.S. pit crew got to take a road trip in some very sweet rides, including Bugattis, Lamborghinis, GTA Spanos, Koenigseggs, and a brand-new 2015 Ford Mustang GT. “I loved that it gave me the opportunity to drive around this beautiful country of ours. We shot in seven different states, so it was like a mini-vacation taken in some very cool cars.”

Considering this is probably not even close to how most of our readers usually roll, EW was more interested in asking the cast, the director, and a few famous screening guests about the not-so-fast-or-furious cars of their past. Below, they recall, often surprisingly fondly, their worst beaters, clunkers, and lemons. READ FULL STORY

SXSW: Aaron Paul has a 'Hellion' on his hands -- EXCLUSIVE VIDEO

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For about 20 seconds, Hellion seems like it might be a quiet, introspective portrait of two young boys in Southeast Texas — lyricism in the vein of David Gordon Green’s George Washington or Terrence Malick’s, well, everything. Malick’s longtime producer Sarah Green and modern auteur Jeff Nichols even produced it.

Then the motorcycle engines start revving and the atonal dawn sounds turn to screaming guitars. Hellion is something else. Hellion is heavy metal lyrical.

In Kat Candler’s film, which premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and will also be featured at SXSW, Aaron Paul plays Hollis, a grief-stricken widower and mostly absentee father to two young boys. The eldest, Jacob (the beguiling Josh Wiggins) is a troublemaker and the younger seems to be on the same path. Nothing is easy for this family, and things just continue to go downhill for them when the state steps in.

EW has an exclusive clip of Hellion’s explosive opening. Not even Jesse Pinkman was this angry.

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'Need for Speed': Michael Keaton gets psyched for the 'race before the race' -- EXCLUSIVE CLIP

“This is gettin’ good,” Michael Keaton’s ominously named Need for Speed character Monarch says to Aaron Paul’s Tobey Marshall in his signature manic gruff.

Monarch, it seems, has just gotten on board with the romance of Tobey’s quest. He’s speeding across the country (from New York to California in 48 hours, to be precise) with Imogen Poots’ Julia to compete in another race where he hopes to get revenge against the wealthy ex-NASCAR driver Dino Brewster (Dominic Cooper), a lifelong rival who landed him in jail, hurt someone close to him, and stole his ex-girlfriend. Unfortunately it’s not as simple as cutting down on pit stops. Tobey is dodging parole and a bounty that Dino put on his head.

Still, Keaton’s Monarch is about as excited as we are to see him back in a scene-chewing supporting role. Check out the exclusive clip after the jump. READ FULL STORY

'Need for Speed' Super Bowl ad: Aaron Paul wants to know if you've got anything faster -- VIDEO

When Aaron Paul started preparing for Need for Speed, director Scott Waugh gave him one name to focus on: Steve McQueen.

The movie might take its name from a popular video game, but Waugh never saw it as a cynical cash grab — instead, he saw an “adaptation” as an opportunity to create an homage to classic ’60s and ’70s car flicks. Also, as Paul pointed out late last year in Los Angeles, they couldn’t have stuck to the video game even if they wanted to. “There’s no narrative there,” he said. “It was a blank canvas. All we needed to stick to was super fast cars.”

So, they started with McQueen.
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'A Long Way Down' trailer: First look at Pierce Brosnan, Aaron Paul and more in Nick Hornby adaptation -- VIDEO

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Pierce Brosnan, Toni Collette, Aaron Paul, and Imogen Poots play four suicidal people who meet on top of a London skyscraper on New Year’s Eve in the black comedy A Long Way Down, adapted from Nick Hornby’s novel of the same name.

After the chance encounter, the four – a disgraced chat show host, a single mother, a failed musician, and a troubled teenager respectively – foil each other’s attempts to commit suicide and form a surrogate family after making a pact not to kill themselves until Valentine’s Day.

Pascal Chaumeil directs with an adapted screenplay by Jack Thorne. Check out the first trailer below:


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