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Why the cast of 'Fury' got in fistfights every day on set

Most directors do their best to prevent actors punching each other. But during last year’s U.K. shoot for the World War II tank movie Fury, filmmaker David Ayer had his five principals—Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia Labeouf, Jon Bernthal, and Michael Peña—start the day by engaging in fisticuffs.

“We put them through martial arts training and physical combat classes,” says Ayer, whose film is released Oct. 17. “It’s a great ice breaker for actors. There’s something very honest about being punched in the face.”

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'Fury' director says audiences will be 'shocked' by Shia LaBeouf's performance

Shia LaBeouf has not had the best of times since shooting David Ayer’s World War II movie Fury in the U.K. last year. In December, artist Daniel Clowes claimed the actor’s short film HowardCantour.com plagiarized his 2007 comic Justin M. Damiano, and in June, police led LaBeouf away in handcuffs from a Broadway performance of Cabaret because of his allegedly disruptive behavior.

But Fury writer-director David Ayer has nothing but nice things to say about the Transformers star, who voluntarily sought treatment for alcohol addiction following the Cabaret incident “He’s amazing, a freakin’ gifted guy,” says Ayer. “He’s one of the best actors I’ve ever worked with. People are going to be shocked by how strong his performance is.” READ FULL STORY

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie to star in Jolie's 'By the Sea'

Nearly a decade after Mr. and Mrs. Smith hit theaters, Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie are co-starring in another movie. But this time, Jolie’s also writing and directing it.

Universal Pictures announced that it has acquired the worldwide rights to Jolie’s next project, By the Sea. Described as an “intimate, character-driven drama,” the film will also be produced by the power couple. READ FULL STORY

Video: Brad Pitt and his band of brothers roll in 'Fury' trailer

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David Ayer co-wrote the underrated Matthew McConaughey World War II submarine movie U-571, and he also wrote and directed the pitch-perfect brothers-in-arms cop drama End of Watch. The first trailer for Fury, his WWII tank movie, looks to bottle elements from both, as Brad Pitt leads a gritty Sherman-tank crew into Germany to help end the war in April 1945. But as Pitt’s Sgt. Collier says in the trailer, “The dying’s not done. The killing’s not done.”

Pitt’s crew—which includes Michael Pena, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, and Logan Lerman—soon finds itself in over its head against staunch German resistance, outnumbered 300 to five. In Saving Private Ryan terms, Pitt is Tom Hanks, the elder, battle-tested leader who’s waged war against the Germans on numerous fronts. Lerman is the film’s Jeremy Davies, a skittish and wide-eyed fresh fish who might not be built for the horrible things he has to do. Together, they’re a band of brothers who aren’t about to run when things get dicey.

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'Fury': First footage from Brad Pitt WWII epic debuts at E3 -- VIDEO

E3 might not be where you expect to see the first footage from a Brad Pitt World War II movie, but given the popularity of warfare videogames (Call of Duty, Wolfenstein, Assassin’s Creed, Battlefield, et al), it’s a pretty smart place to start.

Sony debuted a minute-and-a-half-long Fury featurette at the Los Angeles gaming expo Tuesday, giving us the first look at the fall movie, which also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, and Michael Peña. Check the teaser out below: READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt may share the screen again; Plus, Lauren Graham, more

They sizzled in Mr. and Mrs. Smith, and now Hollywood’s most famous couple may share the silver screen once more. Angelina Jolie is reportedly in early talks to star with Brad Pitt in a film that she wrote. According to Deadline, the film doesn’t have distribution yet. Very few details are currently available, but let’s take the opportunity to remember the time they did THIS. [Deadline]

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Casting Net: Brad Pitt may star in Stanley McChrystal pic; Plus, Helen Mirren, more

• Brad Pitt has signed on to produce and possibly star in The Operators, which chronicles the rise and fall of General Stanley McChrystal during his time as commander of U.S. Forces in Afghanistan. David Michôd (Animal Kingdom, The Rover) will direct and write the script based on the late Michael Hastings‘ book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Brad Pitt to star in WWII romantic thriller; plus 50 Cent, Meryl Streep, more

• Brad Pitt (12 Years a Slave) is in early talks to star in an untitled World War II romantic thriller from Eastern Promises scribe Steven Knight. No director or distributor is attached yet. Graham King’s GK Films will produce. [Deadline] READ FULL STORY

'12 Years a Slave' posters with Brad Pitt were unauthorized, studio says

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12 Years a Slave… the story of one man’s journey from Canada to the Deep South to rescue a poor man from slavery.

If you lived in Italy and stubbornly refused to read movie reviews, that might be the impression formed by a quick glimpse at the movie’s poster. The artwork features the oversized head of Brad Pitt, while Chiwetel Ejiofor’s running Solomon Northup — the primary visual in the American marketing campaign — is shoved into a lower corner. Another similar poster makes use of Michael Fassbender’s face in the same way as Pitt’s. (It would be even more difficult to conjure up a log-line for 12 Years that tells the story from his despicable character’s point of view.)

Major movie stars like Pitt are especially crucial to the selling of Hollywood movies in international markets, but the main character of Steve McQueen’s movie is undoubtedly Ejiofor’s Solomon, whose ordeal of being kidnapped and trafficked into Southern slavery is the sole heart-wrenching narrative. Fassbender plays one of Solomon’s cruel taskmasters, and Pitt, who produced the film, has an extremely minor — but crucial — role as a sympathetic Canadian carpenter who frowns upon the Southern system of slavery. Pitt might sell better than Ejiofor, but the poster’s misrepresentation is especially egregious considering the nature of the tale.
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'World War Z' sequel lands an 'Impossible' director

Juan Antonio Bayona, the Spanish filmmaker who directed The Impossible, the disaster movie about the 2004 Asian tsunami starring Naomi Watts and Ewan McGregor, will direct Brad Pitt in the sequel to World War Z. A source close to the zombie project confirmed the news, first reported by the Hollywood Reporter.

Based on Max Brooks’ novel and planned as a franchise, World War Z overcame production complications to become a summer blockbuster, grossing $540 million worldwide, and a solid critical hit. Director Marc Forster (Quantum of Solace) and Pitt didn’t always see eye-to-eye, and the original ending was trashed, requiring dramatic and expensive reshoots. At the end of the first film, Pitt’s United Nations employee is reunited with his family in Canada after he heroically found a solution to protect humans from zombies. “This isn’t the end,” he says. “Not even close. Our war has just begun.”

Bayona, 38, has a background in horror (The Orphanage), and The Impossible, which grossed more than $180 million worldwide, had an apocalyptic look and feel.

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