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'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

Casting Net: 'Lone Survivor's' Ben Foster heads to 'Warcraft'; Plus, Kevin Hart cast as LeBron James' brother, more

• Ben Foster (3:10 to Yuma) and Dominic Cooper (Captain America: The First Avenger) have signed on to star in Warcraft for Legendary Pictures, based on the bestselling video game World of Warcraft. Source Code and Moon helmer Duncan Jones is set to direct. Foster can be seen next with Mark Wahlberg in the Navy SEALs pic Lone Survivor (out Jan. 10, 2014) and Cooper’s next release finds him playing the bad guy to Aaron Paul’s street racer in Need for Speed (out March 14, 2014). [The Wrap]

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'Downton Abbey's' Dan Stevens goes back to pre-war England in 'Summer in February'

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If you’re missing Cousin Matthew or Downton Abbey in general, you’re in luck: Dan Stevens is going back to pre-war England for the romance Summer in February. Tribeca Films plans to release the film on VOD on Jan. 7, just two days after a Matthew-less Downton premieres in the states.

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'Need for Speed' trailer: Aaron Paul on stunts and pushing his own limits -- VIDEO

Need for Speed might be based on a video game, but director Scott Waugh wasn’t interested in digital representations for his feature film. Nearly everything you see on-screen is real, whether it’s a car jumping a medium or flying off a bridge. What else would you expect from a veteran stuntman turned director?

The wild card was getting an actor to sign up for that.

When Waugh first approached Aaron Paul to star in his first post-Breaking Bad film, he didn’t mince words: “I told him, If you really want to do this movie, I need to teach you how to drive. And I’m not talking straight. I’m talking 150 miles an hour drifting,” Waugh told EW in October.

Driving school came next, and Paul was a quick study.”My first true day on the film was out at the race track. By the end of the first day I was doing 360s. Then the next couple of days were learning how to trick around corners or doing reverse 180s,” Paul said.

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Casting Net: Vince Vaughn to reunite with 'Old School' co-star Will Ferrell; Plus Laurence Fishburne, John Noble, and more

It’s a Frat Pack reunion: Vince Vaughn is set to join Old School co-star Will Ferrell in the Paramount comedy Daddy’s Home. Ferrell is expected to star in the movie, which he’s producing with frequent collaborator Adam McKay (Anchorman, The Other Guys). Etan Cohen (yes, Etan, not Oscar-winning dark comedy filmmaker Ethan Cohen) will make his feature directorial debut with the project. Cohen’s screenwriting credits include Tropic Thunder and Men in Black 3. Ferrell will play a mild-mannered radio exec whose life gets turned upside down when his wife’s freeloading ex-husband (Vaughn) re-enters the picture and he must vie for his step-children’s affections. [Variety] READ FULL STORY

'Summer in February' trailer: Dan Stevens right at home in another period romance -- VIDEO

No, Summer in February isn’t a lighthearted beach party movie set on the Australian coast — it’s a romantic drama set in England before the first world war, a time and place that star Dan Stevens knows all too well.

The story, adapted by Jonathan Smith from his eponymous novel, centers on the real-life love triangle between young Alfred Munnings (Dominic Cooper) — an equine painter who would eventually find fame and knighthood — his friend Captain Gilbert Evans (Stevens), and his fellow artist Florence Carter-Wood (Emily Browning). Even though the film technically has nothing to do with Downton Abbey, the two seem to have plenty of similarities — expect lots of smoldering, longing looks, gorgeous costumes, and a tragic ending that may as well have been scripted by Julian Fellowes himself. (Are we absolutely certain he didn’t time travel here from 1914?)

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Casting Net: Tim Robbins to star in, direct 'Man Under' with Michelle Pfeiffer. Plus: Benedict Cumberbatch, Gemma Arterton, Kristen Wiig

Tim Robbins will star in and direct the dramedy Man Under, with Michelle Pfeiffer and Chloe Moretz on board to play members of a family who deal with the repercussions of a photograph of them getting displayed at the Museum of Modern Art in New York City. Though he recently directed a couple episodes of HBO’s Treme, this will be Robbins’ first time helming a feature film since 1999’s Cradle Will RockAnn Cherkis penned the script. [Variety]

• Gemma Arterton (Clash of the Titans) has joined, and Benedict Cumberbatch (i.e. Benny Batch) is in talks to join, Absolutely Anything, a fantastical comedy about a teacher who discovers he can do magic. The film is something of a Monty Python reunion, with Terry Jones (Monty Python and the Holy GrailLife of Brian) directing and John CleeseTerry Gilliam, and Michael Palin on board to provide voiceovers, along with Jones and Robin Williams. Jones co-wrote the film with Gavin Scott (Small Soldiers). [TheWrap]

SNL buddies Kristen Wiig and Bill Hader are set to headline the comedy The Skeleton Twins, about twin siblings who reevaluate their lives, and their relationship with each other, after they both have a near-death experience on the same day. Luke Wilson costars as Wiig’s doofus husband. Director Craig Johnson (True Adolescents) penned the script with Mark Heyman (Black Swan). [Variety]

• Clive Owen and Juliette Binoche will star in Words and Pictures, a romance about teachers at a prep school in New England. Fred Schepisi (Fierce CreaturesI.Q.Six Degrees of Separation) will direct from the script by first-timer Gerald DiPego. [Deadline]

• Dominic Cooper (Captain AmericaThe Devil’s Double) is in talks to costar with Aaron Paul in Need for Speed, an adaptation of the videogame franchise about the world of underground car racing. Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) is set to direct from the screenplay by George Gatins and John Gatins (Flight). [Variety]

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Casting Net: Viola Davis boarding ‘Prisoners.’ Plus: Kristen Stewart to ‘Focus’ on grifting
Casting Net: Jude Law joins Werner Herzog’s ‘Queen of the Desert.’ Plus: Kim Basinger, Nick Nolte, Soairse Ronan, Jason Bateman
Casting Net: Colin Firth and Michael Fassbender to explore ‘Genius.’ Plus: Amanda Seyfried, Patrick Dempsey, Stellan Skarsgard

Casting Net: Samuel L. Jackson and Dominic Cooper face 'Reasonable Doubt.' Plus: Adam Brody, Trey Songs, Demian Bichir

• Adam BrodyTrey Songs, and Taye Diggs have joined the romantic comedy Baggage Claim, about a flight attendant (Paula Patton) desperately seeking a fiancé in time for her little sister’s engagement party. Brody will play a fellow flight attendant, along with costar Octavia SpencerSongs and Diggs will play potential suitors. Derek Luke, Djimon Hounsou, and Jill Scott also costar. Director David E. Talbert (First Sunday) penned the adaptation of his own 2003 novel of the same name. [Variety, THR]

• Recent Oscar nominee Demian Bichir (A Better Life) and Emilia Clarke (Game of Thrones) will join Jude Law in Dom Hemingway, about a ex-con safecracker (Law) who wants to be rewarded for refusing to be a snitch. Bichir will play the crime lord he visits in France. Richard Shepard (The Matador) is writing and directing. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: ‘The Avengers’ star Clark Gregg assembling killer cast for ‘Trust Me.’ Plus: Gael Garcia Bernal to play AIDS patient
Casting Net: Seth Green to rock out in ‘The Identical.’ Plus: Aubrey Plaza, Anthony Mackie, Kevin Costner
Casting Net: Elijah Wood to be ‘The Late Bloomer.’ Plus: Miles Teller, Richard Madden

Casting Net: Chris Pine to engage in 'Mantivities.' Plus: Amy Adams, Pierce Brosnan, Dominic Cooper

Amy Adams is in talks to star in Dark Places, an adaptation of Gillian Flynn‘s best-seller about a woman who is confronted by a group of amateur crime investigators about the murder of her family when she was seven years old. (Flynn is a former Entertainment Weekly writer and TV critic.) Director Gilles Paquet-Brenner (Sarah’s Key) also penned the adaptation. [Variety]

Pierce Brosnan will produce and star with Dominic Cooper in November Man, based on the spy thriller There Are No Spies by Michael Finch. Roger Donaldson (The Bank Job, Thirteen Days) will direct. [TheWrap]

• Director Alexander Payne is keen on casting Bruce Dern and Will Forte as an irascible father and his son in Nebraska, his presumptive follow-up to The Descendants. No deals are in place. [Deadline]

Isabelle Fuhrman (The Hunger Games, Orphan) will headline Suspiria, a remake of the 1977 Daria Argento horror film about a girl who learns her European school is a coven of witches. Director David Gordan Green co-wrote the script with Chris Gebert, who’d worked as a sound mixer on several of Green’s films. [Variety]

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Casting Net: Channing Tatum eyeing thriller ‘White House Down.’ Plus: Taylor Lautner, Alan Rickman, Jessica Biel
Casting Net: Robert DeNiro jetting off to ‘Last Vegas.’ Plus: Jennifer Aniston, Dennis Quaid, Chloe Moretz
Casting Net: Cameron Diaz nears ‘The Counselor.’ Plus: Matthew McConaughey, Paul Rudd, Amy Poehler, Chris Hemsworth

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