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 »
In the BBC mini-series Fleming: The Man Who Would Be Bond, Dominic Cooper plays 007 creator Ian Fleming in a biographical story that follows the author through his career in British Naval Intelligence. This isn’t quite Bond 24, though there’s definitely an attempt to make Fleming’s life look as much as possible like the screen life of his famous creation. Was Fleming really a suave player, prepared for everything? By all accounts he definitely created Bond in his own image, but this mini-series seems to be pushing that angle above all others.
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In next year’s Need for Speed, Dominic Cooper is easy to peg as the bad guy. But in Reasonable Doubt, he plays a guy involved in a weirder car-based crime. He seems to be involved in a pretty straight-forward hit-and-run death, which is bad. But it puts him in contact with a mysterious dude played by Samuel L. Jackson, and that turns out to be really bad.
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Legendary and Universal Pictures have announced the cast of the big screen adaptation of Warcraft. Find out the details after the jump.
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Breaking Bad might end this week, but you have not seen the last of Aaron Paul. Not by a long shot. He’s starring in next year’s Need for Speed, based on the popular video game series, and the first trailer is now out. Check it out below. Read More »
Fleming, a televised mini-series biography of James Bond creator Ian Fleming, is the product of a cooperation between Ecosse Films, BBC AMERICA and Sky Atlantic. The four-part series stars Dominic Cooper as the author and Navy intelligence man, and based on this first teaser there will be some attempt to directly link Fleming’s life to the basic film image of his most famous creation. Check out a bit of footage below. Read More »
Which scenes were deleted from Man of Steel? Did Dominic Cooper understand his part in Captain America: The Winter Soldier? How happy was Clark Gregg to see his Avengers toy? Are the box office projections for Man of Steel this weekend good? Is there another superhero Joss Whedon wishes he could work with? What was Henry Cavill doing that made him almost miss the Man of Steel casting call? Want to see the Honest Trailer for Superman IV: The Quest for Peace? Read about all this and more in today’s Superhero Bits. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, May 14th, 2013 by Angie Han
While Dwayne Johnson‘s plans to play DC’s Lobo were dashed earlier this year, he could still find his way to another superhero movie if Marvel Studios’ Kevin Feige has his way.
I think yeah, I mean his name has come up in the past. I’m a gigantic fan of his, I think he’s an incredible – I might have met him once a long time ago, but I haven’t really met him. I don’t really know him – but I think he’s an unbelievable personality and an unbelievable sort of force of nature. He’s awesome in Pain & Gain, he was great in G.I. Joe, he’s really kind of an amazing human being. His Twitter’s always cool and he promotes the hell out of everything he does. I would love him to be part of the Marvel universe somewhere, someday.
Johnson would be a fun addition to the MCU, though Feige doesn’t say exactly how the actor might fit in. Johnson has previously expressed his interest in playing Luke Cage, though as far as we know there’s no Luke Cage project in the works right now. (Well, S.H.I.E.L.D. rumors notwithstanding.) Who would you like to see him play? [Collider]
After the jump, Dominic Cooper is returning for the Captain America sequel, and Mark Ruffalo talks The Avengers 2 and Iron Man 3.
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Posted on Wednesday, February 6th, 2013 by Angie Han
As Dom Toretto and Brian O’Conner rev their engines for Universal’s Fast & Furious 6, DreamWorks is preparing a high-speed franchise of its own. Last spring, the studio nabbed the rights to the EA Sports racing video game Need for Speed and set Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) to direct. Casting got off to a strong start last fall as Aaron Paul and Dominic Cooper joined the cast, picking up Imogen Poots and Kid Cudi along the way. Now it’s bringing on some more grown-up talent, in the form of Michael Keaton. More details after the jump.
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Posted on Thursday, January 17th, 2013 by Angie Han
The $1 billion worldwide box office take for Skyfall is proof positive that affection for James Bond is alive and well. It only makes sense, then, that there are now plans in place to highlight the man who invented him. Dominic Cooper has signed on to play Bond author Ian Fleming in a four-episode British miniseries tentatively titled Fleming. He’s joined by Annabelle Wallis, who’ll play rumored Bond Girl inspiration Muriel Wright.
While some authors are more adventurous on the page than in real life, Fleming was by most accounts the basis for his famed creation. Many of Bond’s daring escapades were inspired by Fleming’s own experiences in intelligence. And also like Bond, Fleming was notorious for boozing and womanizing. Read more after the jump.
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