Aaron Paul has a need. A need for a paycheck.
After making a show as revelatory as Breaking Bad, sometimes you need to take on something a couple of steps down on the prestige scale. Something that embraces film's basest pleasures, like a movie about cars driving really fast. Paul hits the throttle hard in the newest trailer for Need for Speed.
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The trailer gets us up to speed on the troubles of Tobey Marshall, a racer who is wrongly imprisoned for his friend's death and vows to get revenge against his rival the only way he know how: by driving really, really fast. Rapper Kid-Cudi and Dominic Cooper are along for the ride, but the standout is Michael Keaton, who spouts grandiose lines about motor oil and vehicular vengeance like some sort of grease monkey poet laureate.
So far, the film looks like Fast & Furious-lite. It's willing to flirt with the absurdidy of that other "cars go really fast" franchise, but not willing to fully commit to the depths of that series' craziness... craziness that sometimes feels just a hair away from a Speed Racer cartoon. In any case, this film should give you a small dose of adrenaline before Fast & The Furious series turns the corner to give you the full shot next summer.
Where we left off: Saul sent Javadi back to Iran, Javadi revealed that the “real” Langley bomber is still in the U.S., and the entire Brody family took a break from the show.
"The Red Wheelbarrow"In this episode, the team sets up a plan to draw the Langley bomber out of hiding, Quinn shoots Carrie to stop her from blowing their cover, and Saul takes a trip down south to say hello to Brody. Yup, things just got real.
After a lack of anything remotely interesting happening during the first half of this season, This episode makes up for the lack of everything interesting happening through the first half of the season by treating us to pure, unadulterated espionage. Before Javadi left for Iran, he told Carrie that the Langley bomber was not Brody and that the actual man who set off the bomb was still in the United States. It turns out that Paul Franklin and Leland Bennett, the two men from the super-secret law firm that has been in contact with Carrie, know who the bomber is. This news sets Saul’s team off into full spy mode as they carry out a plan to draw the suspect out into the open.
While the plan is in motion and the team is parked outside of a motel waiting for Franklin to make contact with the bomber, Carrie realizes that Franklin has a gun with a silencer on it and that he’s going to kill the bomber. The problem for Carrie is that she cares more about Brody than the mission, and if the real bomber is dead, then Brody won’t be able to clear his name. Because poor, little innocent Brody is her kryptonite, Carrie disobeys orders and gets out of her car to try and stop the murder from happening. And in a move that had me cheering and grabbing at my seat in suspense at the same time, Quinn followed orders and shot Carrie in the arm to prevent her from blowing their whole mission. Finally someone had the guts to take Carrie down and show her that she can’t just do whatever she wants to do. It's nice to see that when we can't count on Carrie to use her head over her heart, we can look to Quinn and know that he'll make the right call.
The surprises don't stop there. As Carrie is profusely bleeding on her way to the hospital, She realizes that Saul, their leader, is missing in action. Cut to Venezuela where Saul casually shows up to the exact building that Brody has been hung out to dry in. Once again, it’s revealed that Saul knows much, much more than he’s letting on. This whole time he’s known where Brody is, and because Brody’s not dead yet at the hands of El Nino, it looks like Saul has had a deal with El Nino for quite some time. It's unclear what Saul's next move will be, but he better make it quick before everyone's least favorite senator replaces Saul in the CIA. (Also, let’s just talk about how Brody is going to have some serious drug addiction problems when he leaves Venezuela. Anyone else notice that he seemed to be surrounded by needles?)
And since it wouldn’t be Homeland without a little bit of soap opera drama, we should probably discuss the fact that Carrie is still pregnant. If we’re being completely realistic, there is no way that Carrie could handle raising a child. Currently, she is not mentally stable enough to care for another human being, considering she can’t even take proper care of herself. While the best move for Carrie might be for her to get an abortion, it looks like she doesn’t want to do that (after discussing it with her doctor). However, it’s highly unlikely that the writers will actually have Carrie have her baby. Chances are they’ll come up with some grandiose way to make the baby storyline disappear. When Quinn shot Carrie, I was 99 percent sure that she would have a miscarriage right then and there, and while it might have not happened upon impact, there’s still a chance that complications with arise in the hospital.
But for now, Carrie’s baby is yesterday’s news, considering her (possible) baby daddy is back in the picture. Hello, Brody.
Highlight of the episode: No Dana or Jessica. Thank God.
Vanessa Hudgens enlisted her celebrity friends to help her actress sister, Stella, celebrate her 18th birthday in California on Saturday (16Nov13). Singer/actress Willow Smith was a guest at the party and was spotted dancing and playfully rapping along to several Kanye West songs.
Dame Helen Mirren has won another award for playing The Queen. The great Brit, who picked up a Best Actress Oscar in 2007 for portraying the top royal in The Queen, was named Best Actress at the London Evening Standard Theatre Awards on Sunday (17Nov13) - this time for her performance in West End stage play The Audience.
Othello co-stars Adrian Lester and Rory Kinnear were both honoured with Best Actor trophies for their performances as Othello and Iago, while Dame Maggie Smith and Andrew Lloyd-Webber received special awards at the Savoy Hotel gala.
The Downton Abbey star was feted with the Evening Standard Theatre Icon Award, while impresario Lloyd-Webber was recognised for his contribution to musical theatre.
There were also accolades for Kevin Spacey, who was honoured for his work at London's Old Vic theatre, and to funnyman and author David Walliams for his performance as Bottom in A Midsummer Night's Dream.
Stephen Sondheim's Merrily We Roll Along was named 2013's Best Musical, while director Lucy Kirkwood picked up the Best Play award for Chimerica.
The event was hosted by Homeland star Damian Lewis.
David Tennant has been named Britain's favourite ever Time Lord ahead of Doctor Who's 50th anniversary celebrations. The Scot played the time-travelling Doctor between 2005 and 2010 and has topped a poll by RadioTimes.com to find viewers' most beloved incarnation of the cult TV figure.
He gained 56 per cent of the vote, followed by current Time Lord Matt Smith, who will be stepping down later this year (13) to make way for the new Doctor, Peter Capaldi.
In third was Tom Baker, who played the character from 1974 to 1981, fourth went to Christopher Eccleston, who only lasted one run when the show was rebooted in 2005. The top five was rounded out by 1960s Doctor Who Patrick Troughton.
Meanwhile Tennant's sidekick, Billie Piper, was named as best companion, followed by Elisabeth Sladen and Catherine Tate.
A 50th anniversary special will air in the U.K. later this month (Nov13).
Danica Patrick has certainly made her mark on NASCAR history. But long before she became a figure to idolize for ferociously speeding down the track, Louise Smith revved her engine and paved the way for future female racers. In an attempt to highlight Smith's successes, Lionsgate has teamed up with Odd Lot Entertainment and acquired Spitfire, the fact-based story of Smith and her tenure as one of the top female racers in the 1950s, according to Deadline.
The film, which is being penned by Grant Thompson (2014's McFarland), will follow "the first lady of racing" — a figure who is known for racing at the Daytona Beach road course, being the first woman inducted into the International Motorsports Hall of Fame, and securing the initial funding for the institution that would become NASCAR. (Basically, every person who loves NASCAR should be bowing down to the groundbreaking Smith.)
Given that the last big-name film that NASCAR lent its name to was Talladega Nights: The Ballad Of Ricky Bobby, this female-driven film (no pun intended*) seems to be quite a different speed than the Will Ferrell flick. As of yet, it's hard to tell what kind of audience the film is going to bring in, but if it's anything like A League of Their Own, then it's sure to be a crowd-pleaser that sends feminism-induced chills rolling up all of our spines. Because as everyone knows, there's nothing better than an underdog rising to the top and knocking a few smirks off of doubtful faces.
Nicky Weinstock of Invention Films is producing, and NASCAR is executive producing.
*That pun was totally intended.
Will Smith is set to become the latest Hollywood superstar to hit the high seas after signing on to star in director Shawn Levy's new movie City That Sailed. The Men in Black star will play a New York City-based father who finds himself sailing across the Atlantic Ocean with his daughter when the island of Manhattan breaks off from North America.
News of the adventure film comes as Robert Redford and Tom Hanks' all-at-sea films All Is Lost and Captain Phillips make waves at the international box office and a day after the trailer for Russell Crowe's Biblical epic Noah was released online.
Smith will also co-produce City That Sailed.
If there's one thing going to the movies has taught me over the years, it's not to get Christian Bale's bad side. In these exclusive pics from the film Out of the Furnace, Bale looks like he's getting good and ready to kick some teeth in. In the film, Russell Baze (Bale) is a man on a mission, seeking small-town American revenge when his brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) goes missing and a local crime lord (a sneering Woody Harrelson) is suspect number one. Out of the Furnace, Scott Cooper's sophomore effort after Crazy Heart, looks to have all the trappings of a great thriller, with the two brothers' relationship remaining the beating heart of a film with revenge on its mind. Who's ready for a slide into the Rust Belt's murky underworld?
Check out these exclusive shots below:
Fans of 1996 alien blockbuster Independence Day will have to wait even longer to see the sequel after studio bosses pushed back the release date by a year. A follow-up to the huge hit, which earned $817 million (£544 million) at the worldwide box office, is in the works, with Bill Pullman and Jeff Goldblum signed up to reprise their roles.
The movie was slated for release in July, 2015 release to coincide with America's Independence Day weekend, but chiefs at 20th Century Fox have now confirmed the project will not hit the big screen until 12 months later on 1 July, 2016.
The new date means the sequel will be released exactly 20 years after the original.
Director Roland Emmerich previously revealed he has been in talks with the original film's star Will Smith to return to play Captain Steven Hiller. The sequel will be set 20 years on from the original alien invasion, when the extra-terrestrials' reinforcements from outer space finally arrive.