Empire Strikes Back live read

Jason Reitman‘s live-read series has been a hot ticket at LACMA for a few years. The director chooses a new cast to read a well-known, sometimes classic script live on stage as a one-time performance. (We’ve covered many of these events in the past.) This year, among other films, Reitman has chosen one script with a particular appeal: The Empire Strikes Back. Most of the scripts chosen for live reads are oriented very much around character and dialogue; the event is just a bunch of people sitting on stage, after all. But the Empire Strikes Back live read will be one of the few to feature a script that is effects-heavy — meaning the audience will have to imagine a lot of what’s going on as the actors read the pages.

But the cast of characters is still tremendous, and some of the actors have now been revealed. They include Aaron Paul as Luke Skywalker, and J.K. Simmons as Darth Vader. Read More »

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Walter White may have had a rough year, but Breaking Bad had a great one. The AMC drama practically swept the 2014 Emmy Awards tonight with five wins, including Best Drama Series. The only series to pick up more statuettes this year was Sherlock: His Last Vow — and that’s only if you count the four Creative Arts Emmys it won earlier this month on top of the three it picked up during the telecast.

On the comedy side, Emmy voters continued to be high on Modern Family, which won Best Comedy Series for the fifth year in a row. Indeed, the most noticeable pattern to emerge in 2014, better or for worse, was Emmy’s preference for repeat winners over new ones. All four victors in the major acting categories had won before. Meanwhile, newbies like Orange Is the New Black and Silicon Valley were shut out. Even True Detective managed just one win during the ceremony, for director Cary Joji Fukunaga. Oh well. At least Fargo went home with Best Miniseries.

Hit the jump for the full list of winners.

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Breaking Bad scavenger hunt

Aaron Paul is well-known for his pleasant interactions with fans, and now he’s offering Breaking Bad fans a chance to get their hands on mementos from the show. Paul has announced a Breaking Bad scavenger hunt in LA, taking place this coming Monday, August 25, as part of a celebration of Breaking Bad’s final run at the Emmys. Details on the Breaking Bad scavenger hunt are below. Read More »

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Sorry, Breaking Bad fans: Aaron Paul says he won’t appear in Better Call Saul after all. Also after the jump:

  • The next Beverly Hills Cop will head to Michigan
  • Mission: Impossible 5 might film in the Houses of Parliament
  • Benjamin Bratt hops on for Ride Along 2
  • Pitch Perfect 2 adds Birgitte Hjort Sørensen
  • A top GM designer has a cameo in Transformers 4
  • Mark Wahlberg promises Ted is as lovably awful as ever
  • Stanley Tucci is glad Mockingjay was split in two
  • David Duchovny wants more X-Files movies
  • Watch another Dawn of the Planet of the Apes clip

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BoJack Horseman trailer

Here’s the trailer for the first Netflix original animated series, BoJack Horseman. The show features Will Arnett as the voice of the title character, a horse and former sitcom star who is now washed up and dealing with the downside of fame. OK, mild fame. BoJack is drinking himself into a pit to escape his problems, and trying to deal with human friend Todd (Aaron Paul), feline agent and Princess Caroline (Amy Sedaris), and his human girlfriend (or perhaps ex-girlfriend) voiced by Alison Brie.

The show debuts on August 22; watch the BoJack Horseman trailer here now. Read More »

‘Hellion’ Trailer: Aaron Paul Is a Bad Dad

hellion trailer

During his time on Breaking Bad, Aaron Paul seems to have mastered the art of playing sympathetic screw-ups. He plays yet another one in the upcoming Hellion, which debuted at Sundance earlier this year.

Written and directed by Kat Candler, the bleak drama centers around single dad Hollis (Paul) and the two sons he’s barely raising — teenage Jacob (Josh Wiggins) and the younger Wes (Deke Garner). When Wes gets taken away by Child Protective Services, Hollis and Jacob must take responsibility to bring him back. Watch the Hellion trailer after the jump.

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Decoding Annie Parker trailer

Aaron Paul‘s first big post-Breaking Bad outing had him playing a race car driver with a score to settle. His second has him playing the supportive husband to a woman suffering from breast cancer. Yet there’s something kind of Jesse Pinkman-ish about both of them; Paul seems to have cornered the market on lovable screwups.

Directed by Steven Bernstein, Decoding Annie Parker tells the true story of two women — scientist Mary-Claire King (Helen Hunt) and cancer patient Annie Parker (Samantha Morton) — who came together to find the breast cancer gene. Which sounds like stuffy, serious stuff, but the Decoding Annie Parker trailer retains a good sense of humor. Watch it after the jump.

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Aaron Paul - Need for Speed movie review

Movies based on video games usually suck. They frequently graft dense, stupid stories to the tropes of a given game. In doing so, the soul of the game is lost, and you don’t care about the story, either. Need for Speed, on the other hand, finds a near perfect balance. There’s a story, but it contains just the bare minimum amount of logic and drama to make two hours of near non-stop racing believable.

Aaron Paul‘s lead character, Tobey Marshall, is given a motivation, enemies, and the push of a ticking clock. He pretty much sits behind a wheel for the whole movie, but it’s exciting. From the opening moments, Need for Speed puts the pedal to the metal and never lets up. Read More »

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