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Review: ‘Need For Speed’ Starring Aaron Paul, Imogen Poots & Dominic Cooper

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • March 12, 2014 10:05 AM
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Engineered for maximum velocity, super-torqued hairpin turns and high-octane thrills (obviously), thanks to the likes of the “Fast & Furious,” you should know exactly what to expect from the upcoming junior series, “Need For Speed” aka “Hot Wheels: The Movie.” But if the ‘F&F’ series is often absurdly entertaining with riotous cinematic maximalism in the pole position, “Need For Speed” is comparatively humorless, arguably dumber and doesn’t boast the same visual horsepower.

Watch: 'Need For Speed' Revs Up Super Bowl Spot, Extended Look & 5 Featurettes For The Film

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 2, 2014 7:08 PM
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Need For Speed
Aaron Paul is going from breaking bad to breaking speed limits (sorry), and trying on his franchise wings with "Need For Speed," which is using a Super Bowl ad slot to get you in the racing mood.

Review: 'Summer In February' A Picturesque & Dreary Love Triangle Romance

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 14, 2014 7:06 PM
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Summer In February
There is no doubt that setting can inform character, with the surroundings and mood of a time and place, coming to bear on those living and interacting with those elements. But there needs to be some dimension to the characters on the page first, as no amount of costume design, set decoration or beautifully composed landscape shots can mask thin writing. And it's a lesson that veteran TV and movie director Christopher Menaul seemed to have forgotten when making "Summer In February," a handsomely dull romantic drama penned by author Jonathan Smith (based on his own book), in which characters totter around the beautiful English countryside wringing their hands over their lot, but without doing much about it.

Watch: Dominic Cooper Is The Real James Bond In New Trailer For Biopic Of 007 Creator Ian 'Fleming'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 26, 2013 10:20 AM
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Fleming
As you patiently wait for "Bond 24," which is now slated for a fall 2015 release, you still need your fill of gadgets and well dressed men bedding beautiful women while saving the world. And "Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond" may be the fix you're looking for. The mini-series biopic hits the air next month and a new trailer is here to show off what essentially looks like a Bond movie.

Watch: Samuel L. Jackson & Dominic Cooper Have 'Reasonable Doubt' In Trailer For Legal Thriller

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 6, 2013 11:20 AM
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From the director of "Antitrust" and co-writer of "Flightplan"! Excited yet?! Those are the best endorsements the marketing people could muster for "Reasonable Doubt," a new legal thriller that has managed to get both Samuel L. Jackson and Dominic Cooper into the cinematic jury box.

Ben Foster, Dominic Cooper, Toby Kebbell & Rob Kazinsky Take Up 'Warcraft' For Duncan Jones

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • December 4, 2013 7:48 PM
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It was only a matter of time before Duncan Jones entered the blockbuster world. His debut "Moon" managed a huge amount with a fairly slim budget, he stepped up to a bigger canvas effectively with "Source Code," and he's been linked with big projects like "The Wolverine," "Man Of Steel" and "Catching Fire" over the last few years. But the helmer, a keen videogamer, was finally lured to the megabudget world by "Warcraft," Legendary's adaptation of the popular series of fantasy video games.

Watch: Jesse Pinkman Can't Forgive In New Trailer For 'Need For Speed'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 18, 2013 12:38 PM
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Yes, we know Aaron Paul has a name but let's face it, we still can't forget "Breaking Bad" and neither can most folks considering how much the "alternate ending" to the series was passed around over the weekend. So, for our purposes at the moment, "Need For Speed" stars Jesse Pinkman and once again he's going to be yelling at stuff, have a pretty girl at this side all while trying to outfox a wily criminal.

Dominic Cooper Rumored For Freddie Mercury Biopic, Queen Feared Sacha Baron Cohen Would Be "A Joke"

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • October 3, 2013 10:15 AM
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The long-gestating Freddie Mercury biopic hit a snag this past summer when its lead, Sacha Baron Cohen, dropped out over disagreements with the surviving members of Queen over the direction of the film. Cohen pushed for R-rated and serious take on the frontman while Mercury’s family and bandmates apparently pushed for a PG and more family-friendly angle. Also, it seems that they were worried no one would take Cohen seriously. “We felt Sacha probably wasn’t right in the end. We didn’t want it to be a joke. We want people to be moved,” Queen drummer Roger Taylor told Mojo. Mercury’s estate is still pushing forward with their plans for the biopic, however, and two actors are being rumored to be in the running for music icon.

Watch: Jesse Pinkman Gets Behind The Wheel In First Trailer For 'Need For Speed'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 25, 2013 12:16 PM
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While we weep for Jesse Pinkman, held captive by Breaking Todd and forced to keep cooking meth, the actor himself, Aaron Paul, is now making a move to the big leagues. He's toplining his first major movie and potential franchise to boot, with "Need For Speed." And we love you man, but we wish this looked better...

Watch: Dominic Cooper Is A Playboy, Gambler & Spy In Teaser Trailer For Biopic Of 007 Creator Ian 'Fleming'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 1, 2013 11:22 AM
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Fleming Dominic Cooper
While James Bond fans around the world patiently wait for the followup to "Skyfall," and for Sam Mendes to make up his mind already, a brief reprieve will arrive with "Fleming," a new Brit TV mini-series biopic on the famed creator of the international lothario and spy. And a new teaser trailer is here to give you a little sampling.

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