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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

'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

'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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Casting Net: Courtney Eaton joins Gerard Butler, Nicolaj Coster-Waldau in 'Gods of Egypt'; Plus, Imogen Poots, more

• Australian newcomer Courtney Eaton (Mad Max: Fury Road) will star opposite Gerard Butler (Olympus Has Fallen), Nikolaj Coster-Waldau (Game of Thrones), Geoffrey Rush (The Book Thief), and Brenton Thwaites (Maleficent) in Summit’s upcoming fantasy film, Gods of Egypt. The film revolves around a feud between the gods set into motion when ruling god Set (Butler) kills Osiris. When Osiris’ son, Horus (Coster-Waldu) fails to extract his revenge and loses his eye in the scuffle, the task of defeating Set falls on the shoulders of a young (mortal) thief (Thwaites). [The Hollywood Reporter]
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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: Javier Bardem may play another villain in 'Pan,' more

Career villain Javier Bardem has been offered the lead baddie role of the pirate Blackbeard in Peter Pan origin story Pan for Warner Bros. The tale follows an orphan through Neverland, where he becomes the savior of the natives and fights against the pirates. [Deadline]

• Imogen Poots, who stars alongside Aaron Paul in the upcoming Need for Speed, has joined the cast of Beautiful Ruins, an adaptation of Jess Walter‘s bestselling novel about an American actress in Italy for the Cleopatra shoot, a development assistant in present day Los Angeles, and a producer who started on the set of Cleopatra. Todd Field (Little Children) is directing the adaptation. Poots has a number of films in various stages of post production including That Awkward Moment, Knight of Cups, and Squirrels to the Nuts. [Variety]

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Toronto 2013: Andre Benjamin plays Jimi Hendrix in a very novel biopic

I’m a sucker for biopics and always have been, but I understand why they’re often thought of as a second-rate form. In a sense, each one is trying to tell two stories at once: the chronicle of its subject’s artistic or political or whatever other worldly achievement (the thing that made us hungry to see a biopic about him or her in the first place), and, at the same time, the private, tumultuous “human drama” of it all. Given that these two dimensions can’t really be separated, and that you have to cram both of them into two hours, it’s amazing, when you think about it, that the best biopics, from Lenny (1974) to Kinsey (2004) to Malcolm X (1992) to Sweet Dreams (1985) to Milk (2008)  to Ed Wood (1994) to Ray (2004), are as rich and full and authentic as they are. Nevertheless, I think that the hyper scrutiny of the “reality” era, when the lives of celebrities (including dead ones) are more subject to exposure than ever before, has made us all a little suspect of the tidiness, the compressions, the convenient fictionalizations, the cut corners that are an essential element of almost any biopic. The good ones are told with more explicitness and authenticity than they used to be, but as a basic form, the biopic now seems cornier than ever. We can see through it, even as we’re hooked on it. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Sacha Baron Cohen exits Freddie Mercury biopic; Plus Rapunzel gets a new prince in 'Into the Woods,' more

Sacha Baron Cohen will no longer play Queen frontman Freddie Mercury in the long-gestating biopic about the band, reportedly due to creative differences with the surviving members of Queen. Apparently, the band was quite involved in the process, rejecting proposed directors such as David Fincher and his Les Misérables director Tom Hooper, and insisting that the movie be PG. No word yet on other options to play Mercury. [Deadline]

• Tony-nominated actor and former As The World Turns star Billy Magnussen is set to replace Jake Gyllenhaal (who dropped out recently, reportedly to star in Nightcrawler) as Rapunzel’s prince in Rob Marshall’s film adaptation of Into the Woods. Magnussen recently appeared on Boardwalk Empire as Roger and had a memorable turn in Whit Stillman’s Damsels in Distress as Thor. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Viola Davis boarding 'Prisoners.' Plus: Kristen Stewart to 'Focus' on grifting

• Viola Davis has joined Hugh JackmanJake GyllenhaalPaul Dano, and Melissa Leo in Prisoners, a thriller about a father (Jackman) striving to find his kidnapped daughter while a big city detective (Gyllenhaal) stands in his way. Denis Villeneuve (Incendies) is directing from a script by Aaron Guzikowski (Contraband). [TheWrap]

• Kristen Stewart is in negotiations to star in Focus, about an experienced con artist (Ben Affleck) who takes on a rookie (Stewart). Glenn Ficarra and John Requa (Crazy, Stupid, Love) are set to direct from their script. [THR]

• Imogen Poots (Fright Night) will romantically spar with Zac Efron in the comedy Are We Officially Dating?, about three guys who vow to each other to remain single, and then, wouldn’t you know it, they fall in love. First-time feature filmmaker Tom Gormican is directing from his script. [Deadline]

• Bar Paly (The Ruins, next year’s Pain & Gain) has signed onto the thriller Non-Stop, playing a model traveling on a threatened international flight, causing its air marshall (Liam Neeson, who else) to spring into action. Julianne MooreMichelle Dockery (Downton Abbey), Anson Mount (AMC’s Hell on Wheels) and Scoot McNairy (Argo) costar. Jaume Collet-Serra (Unknown) is directing the script by reality TV vets Christopher Roach and John W. Richardson (Big BrotherWipeout). [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Benedict Cumberbatch to play the Beatles’ closeted manager. Plus: Christoph Waltz, Jennifer Garner, Vince Vaughn

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