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'Need for Speed': Kid Cudi reveals 'Breaking Bad' bromance, secret obsession

Rapper Kid Cudi prides himself on delivering the unexpected. There’s his fourth studio album, Satellite Flight: The Journey to Mother Moon, which he recently released without any formal announcement in a Beyonce-like moment. Then there’s the Grammy winner’s burgeoning acting career, which is kicking off in high gear with the racing video game-turned thriller Need for Speed.

It turns out the Ohio native — a.k.a. Scott Mescudi — is more than just a colorful sidekick to lead actor Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) in the action-packed film (out in theaters March 14). In fact, as his character Benny, Mescudi is a comedian, helicopter pilot, and even a bit of an on-screen style savant. He spoke with EW about his offbeat lifelong obsession, how he bonded with his Bad co-star, and whether the musician has a real-life affinity for off-the-wall humor. READ FULL STORY

'The Raid 2': Check out the insane trailer -- VIDEO


When your writer had the chance earlier this year to chat with directors Gareth Evans and Timo Tjahjanto about their utterly bonkers contribution to the V/H/S/2 horror anthology, I also made sure to ask the former about The Raid 2: Berandal, Evans’ then-shooting sequel to his 2011 instant action classic The Raid: Redemption. Evans’ reply? “It’s been crazy.”

To be honest, given that The Raid effectively took the rulebook of action movie crazydom, blasted it with a shotgun, set it on fire, and then threw it from the top of a skyscraper, that wasn’t a particularly enlightening response. But now we can all enjoy a more generous taste of the lunacy to come, thanks to a teaser trailer for R2:B, which you can check out in all its hyper-violent glory below.

Aaron Paul has a need for revenge in 'Need for Speed' trailer -- VIDEO


“All those who defied me shall be ashamed and disgraced. Those who wage war against me shall perish.”

Watch out, Heisenberg — there’s a new danger in town. Breaking Bad actor and Emmy winner Aaron Paul proclaims his pursuit of vengeance  against those who have wronged him in the trailer for the upcoming action drama Need for Speed. Directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor), the film is inspired by the EA video game series of the same name. The movie centers on street racer and mechanic Tobey Marshall (Paul), who is hell-bent on revenge after serving time for a crime he didn’t commit. Need for Speed also stars Imogen Poots, Dominic Cooper, Scott “Kid Cudi” Mescudi, Rami Malek, and Michael Keaton.

Check out the dramatic trailer here:

'300: Rise of an Empire' trailer: Slo-mo and clashing swords galore -- VIDEO

The first trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire has hit the web, and it’s full of what you’d expect from a prequel/sequel/side-quel to the 2006 swords-and-sandals flick 300. There’s lots of CGI, lots of blood, and lots — and I mean lots — of slo-mo.

Slo-mo sweat dropping off Persians’ faces. Slo-mo sharpening of swords. Slo-mo running through mud. Slo-mo yelling. Slo-mo shooting of arrows. Slo-mo slashing of axes. Slo-mo horses leaping through fire.

Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'White House Down' extended trailer: 'Can you not hit me in the head with a rocket?' -- VIDEO

Remember when we all thought White House Down was just about monuments blowing up? As the new, four-minute trailer makes clear, Roland Emmerich’s new film is also about Channing Tatum, as wannabe Secret Service agent John Cale, saving his daughter; and it is also about Channing Tatum working with the president (Jamie Foxx, in glasses and sneakers) to save America. It is also funny, kind of. I think Maggie Gyllenhaal plays C.J. Cregg.

Watch the trailer below:

Kevin Costner movie 'Three Days to Kill' gets release date

Here’s your alternative programming for Valentine’s Day next year. While romantic comedy remake About Last Night and romantic drama remake Endless Love will draw in the date night crowd (and – let’s face it – all the single ladies), Kevin Costner movie Three Days to Kill will be your dose of thriller action. Relativity announced Tuesday that the film will be released on Feb. 14, 2014. READ FULL STORY

'White House Down' trailer: Channing Tatum will save us all

No one kills a peaceful, normal day like Roland Emmerich.

In Emmerich’s White House Down (the other White House under attack movie of the season) John Cale (Channing Tatum) just wants the opportunity to protect the President (Jamie Foxx). After he’s denied that job, he takes his daughter to the White House for a tour on the same day it comes under attack, and he gets the chance to prove himself. Good thing he wore his John McClane outfit.

From screenwriter James Vanderbilt (Zodiac) it’s a somewhat irresistible formula, combining the contained chaos of Die Hard and raising the stakes by putting the leader of the country in danger. We’re especially excited to see Zero Dark Thirty star Jason Clarke lead the group of mercenaries trying to overtake the White House. Maggie Gyllenhaal and James Woods also co-star as Secret Service Agents.

Check out the first trailer for the summer blockbuster below and let us know what you think.


EXCLUSIVE: 'The Bourne Legacy' coming to DVD & Blu-ray on...

There was never just one Bourne DVD.

Universal will announce today that The Bourne Legacy is coming to DVD, Blu-ray Combo Pack, On Demand, and digital download December 11, 2012. The thriller follows agent Aaron Cross (Jeremy Renner) as he fights to survive an epic, twisty game of cat-and-mouse — following in the footsteps of his predecessor, Jason Bourne. Edward Norton and Rachel Weisz also star. Special features include a variety of making-of featurettes, a set of deleted scenes, and commentary from director/co-writer Tony Gilroy.

Prepare yourself for the mission ahead with this exclusive behind-the-scenes clip, in which Weisz reveals that she had never ridden a motorcycle before hopping behind Renner to film a memorable high-speed scene: “The good thing about it was, I was just absolutely terrified,” the Oscar winner recalls. “And so was my character — so I didn’t have to act.”


'Armageddon' director Michael Bay remembers Michael Clarke Duncan

Though Oscar nominee Michael Clarke Duncan had many friends in Hollywood, he and explosion-loving director Michael Bay had a special relationship. Bay gave Duncan his first major movie role in 1998, casting the former bodyguard as a driller in Armageddon. Duncan would go on to star in films and TV series like Sin City, The Finder, and, most notably, The Green Mile. The actor passed away yesterday.

Action auteur Bay penned a moving ode to his fallen friend on his website yesterday — proving, once more, that the guy really does know how to tug at our heartstrings. Bay begins by remembering how he and his team discovered Duncan:

We found him in a gym. He cried at the first audition because he was so proud to audition for a “Michael and Jerry movie,” he just wanted to make his mom proud. We gave him the role in the room.

His first day on Armageddon he sucked. I remember looking to Ben Affleck and thinking we might need to fire him. But I told him “Mike, I hired you for you, I want the sweet, Mr Clarke Duncan I met in that room.” I said, “the audience is going to fall in love with you.”

He looked and smiled with deep voice and said “Ok.”


Jean-Claude Van Damme on his new film 'Dragon Eyes,' his 'Expendables 2' villain, and kickboxing over 50


Jean-Claude Van Damme may be 51 years old, but he can still kick you through a wall. The kickboxing Belgian has been fighting through scores of baddies ever since he first roundhoused his way into our hearts in 1988’s Bloodsport. His latest film, Dragon Eyes, sees him taking the backseat as a mentor to martial arts star Cung Le, but with a role as the villain in Sylvester Stallone’s upcoming Silver Pictures Reunion Tour sequel The Expendables 2, there will be plenty of Van Damage in the near future. We spoke with the Muscles From Brussels about kicking ass, taking names, and collecting puppies.

In Dragon Eyes, you play a Yoda-esque mentor character. Did you enjoy the chance to play the teacher?

Playing a mentor reminded me of when I was giving karate classes to children, which I started at the age of 17. So I understood training people, because I’ve done that before, and before I came to America I owned a gym.  I was kind of a training mentor by profession before I came to the States, so it was exciting to me to remember those moments, but it was also the excitement of meeting Cung Le because he’s a fighter who’s using his legs a lot, so I was attracted to his style of fighting.

Both of you have experience in the world of competitive martial arts. Did you exchange stories while filming?

My time of martial arts was traditional. Today, in 2012, it’s different. People have special vitamins, they drink special water, they pump in oxygen, they have a different training program — it’s like taking care of a Formula 1 instead of a Model T. But, nevertheless, when two warriors, ex-fighters, talk together, it’s the same spirit, so the spirit was there.

How much do you train when you’re actually making a movie?

When I go on location, we have a schedule. And when you have a schedule, you know when you’re not working, so I train very well on location. But I also train three or four times a week at home, but today I train differently than before. I train, for me, very smartly. I don’t train heavy, I do a lot of isometrics. I actually have an idea. I don’t know if it’s good, but I want to do it. It’s half-hour lessons to teach people how to train themselves at home and also I can talk about my experience of life.

The JCVD Workout Routine?

And a part of the money will go to charities. I love animals. I’m crazy about dogs, I want to save lots of dogs. That’s my hobby.

Do you have a lot of them?

Oh, yeah. I have nine here, and four in the U.S. at my second residence. I’ve even got a handicapped dog who has a wheelchair made in Holland.

Based on that fact alone, I’m now thinking it was a bit of a stretch for you to play a nasty villain like the one in The Expendables 2.

No, no, I’m good as a villain! I don’t play many of them, but I play good villains. Plus, it’s a big movie and it’s good for me to go from DVD back to the big screen.

So is this going to start you off on a string of villainous roles?

Well, in my next movie I play a villain. But it’s a very strange villain. I have a good director—Peter Hyams, we did Timecop together. Just to give you an idea, I play a villain who’s a vegan, so imagine if you have a leather belt around your waist, he’s the type of villain who would say, “Why do you have that piece of skin around your hip, please?” So he’s really for the animals, he loves animals. He can kill somebody and you’re falling down to the floor, and suddenly he becomes interested in a flower on the floor. He’s a very interesting villain.

And plus you can relate, because you both love dogs.

Yes, like me! It’s going to be called Enemies Closer. And it will be from the people who did Dragon Eyes. I’ll go from teacher to villain, and I’ll look different. For the Dragon Eyes role I needed a professor look, so I put some gray color in my hair. [Pause] No, I’m joking! I didn’t put the color in my hair. I was just joking. The color in my hair is my natural hair color: gray.

I promise I won’t tell anyone.

No, go ahead! It looks good  when you see someone kicking at the age of 51 with no double. It’s kinda cool for people to know that past 50 we can keep flexible.

Do you ever start to feel your age when making a film?

Of course. When you’re fighting, your body produces less oxygen in your red cells. So for example, if I was fighting today against a fighter, I’d need to win fast, before the third round for sure. And if you take a blow, you will recoup less than a 25-year-old guy, so fighting at the age of 50, it’s a very big, big, big, big challenge.

Well, I still definitely don’t ever want to fight you.

What I’m doing, it’s the element of surprise. I do one kick and it connects and does lots of damage, but for a young fighter, he’ll see me coming and put up a fight. But you’re right, against a simple civilian who doesn’t know anything…

That’s me!

So then you’d be someone who would benefit from my JCVD Workout Routine!

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