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The Fast and Furious franchise is so big at this point that someone else was bound to want in on that action. Car racing movies are nothing new, of course, but what about bundling the general action of the Fast/Furious movies with a recognizable video game property? And so Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad) stars in Need for Speed, directed by Scott Waugh (Act of Valor). The film, which also features Dominic Cooper, Ramon Rodriguez, Rami Malek, Imogen Poots, Dakota Johnson and Scott Mescudi, is shooting now. With Need for Speed video game publisher EA presenting a game lineup today in advance of E3, it’s time for a featurette that shows off the production, complete with a bit of footage of Paul at the wheel.  Read More »

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Just when you thought you’d seen every single angle someone could take on the Robin Hood story, Hollywood has come up with another. The latest is a revenge thriller centered on Robin’s friends, a la Ocean’s Eleven or The Dirty Dozen. It’s called Merry Men, and DreamWorks just spent seven figures to acquire it. Brad Ingelsby (Out of the Furnace) will write, Neal Moritz (Fast Five) will produce and Scott Waugh (Act of Valor) will direct.  Read More »

Michael Keaton Has a ‘Need for Speed’

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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Need for Speed, the adaptation of the popular EA gaming franchise, is already racings toward its 2014 release date. Directed by Scott Waugh and written by George Gatins, the film recently grabbed itself a lead in Breaking Bad actor Aaron Paul. Next up, Imogen Poots (Fright Night) was cast and now Dominic Cooper, best known for his role in Captain America: The First Avenger, has joined the team. Along with Cooper’s casting comes details of how all those pieces fit together. Read about it after the jump. Read More »

One of the great legacy’s of Breaking Bad will eventually be that it helped supercharge the careers of its two lead actors. Bryan Cranston has become a mainstay of Hollywood blockbusters, appearing in films like Total Recall, Argo, John Carter, and Rock of Ages. His partner, Aaron Paul, has yet to go that route, instead focusing on smaller films like Smashed. But with the series nearing its end, Paul is about to kick things into high gear. Literally.

He’s just been cast as the lead in Need for Speed, director Scott Waugh‘s adaptation of the EA Sports video game series. Read more after the jump. Read More »

Briefly: We don’t have a lot of info on this one yet, but DreamWorks is ready to compete with Universal’s mega-earning Fast and Furious franchise. The studio is moving forward with an adaptation of the EA game series Need For Speed, and has Scott Waugh in talks to direct. Waugh’s most recent work on screens was the Navy SEAL movie Act of Valor. The interesting thing here is that Waugh has also been reported as set to direct another racing movie called High Speed. That was going to be through his own production company, with a story about “the best high-speed police pursuit drivers in the country, assembled as a unit to stop and elusive, high-end underground racing circuit hellbent on running deadly point-to-point races through major American Cities.”

So has Dreamworks bought into that film and combined it with the studio’s own effort to make a Need for Speed movie? A valid question, given the potential similarity between the properties, but Variety says Waugh will work with the script by George Gatins that DreamWorks bought a month ago. The screenwriter’s brother John Gatins (Real Steel and Flight screenwriter) will produce.

Waugh and his Act of Valor co-director Mike McCoy are also set to make Unknown Soldier (formerly Black Sands), starring Arnold Schwarzenegger.

Mike ‘Mouse’ McCoy and Scott Waugh (left and right, respectively, above) co-directed last weekend’s Navy SEALs hit Act of Valor, and the success of the film is paying off for both men and their production company Bandito Brothers. Waugh is already set to make a racing movie called High Speed and now McCoy is signed to make a movie called God’s Gulch, about what happens after the collapse of our technological infrastructure. Read More »

‘Act of Valor’ Video Movie Review

Act of Valor is two movies. The first is your basic, exciting, yet simple war movie. It features some minor character development and emotion wrapped around a lot of shoot ‘em up action, explosions and death. High-octane kind of stuff. Acting not required.

Then there’s the second movie. And that movie is created by the fact that Act of Valor mostly stars real life, active Navy SEALS. That means everything you see was hypothetically put through a no bullshit filter. The missions are based on true events, the on-screen techniques drip with realism, and if the acting or dialogue isn’t quite up to par, it’s okay because these guys are true American heroes. Including these men gives the film a gravitas that all but negates any issues the movie itself has.

Act of Valor is a deeply flawed, but interesting and entertaining film. Instead of reading the rest of my thoughts, you can watch a video of me talking about it on the Totally Rad Show. Read More »

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