• 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
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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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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.
For someone who oozes movie-star charisma, Michael Fassbender doesn’t seem to care a whit whether we like his characters or not. There was Shame, of course, in which he played a depressing sex-addict. In 12 Years a Slave, he is a sadistic Southern plantation tyrant who abuses his slaves in every possible way. And in The Counselor, which opens today, he plays a greedy lawyer who gets in way over his head with the Mexican drug cartel.
The movie is full of big names — Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Penelope Cruz — but they all submit their stardom to author Cormac McCarthy, who penned the script, his first screenplay. McCarthy is best known for his heart-of-darkness novels, like No Country for Old Men, All the Pretty Horses, and The Road, so The Counselor is certainly the most colorful of his tales — at least in the superficial sense. But underneath director Ridley Scott’s florescent-tinted veneer, The Counselor is McCarthy to the bone. Very bad things happen to people — some who deserve them, some who don’t.
The critics seem to be torn about the R-rated movie, with few pundits wavering on the fence. It’s either wackadoodle brilliant, or, as EW’s Chris Nashawaty wrote, “a jaw-dropping misfire.” Click below for some other opinions before you head to the theater this weekend. READ FULL STORY
Apparently Toronto audiences agree that 12 Years a Slave is the one to watch this awards season: The Steve McQueen-directed film, starring Brad Pitt and Chiwetel Ejiofor, won the People’s Choice Award at the 2013 Toronto International Film Festival.
After seeing 12 Years in Toronto, EW film critic Owen Glieberman called it a “landmark of cruelty and transcendence,” while our awards expert Anthony Breznican declared Oscar nominations a “certainty.” The movie hits theaters Oct. 18.
Among the other TIFF awards:
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World War Z may be closer to getting that zequel.
“We’re certainly talking about it, yes,” Pitt told Variety at the Toronto Film Festival. “We have so many ideas on the table from the time we spent just developing this thing and figuring out how zombie worlds work.”
The blockbuster adaptation of Max Brooks’s 2006 novel was famously addled with reshoots, rewrites, and a massively bloated budget. But despite bad buzz and an enormous $170+ million price tag, World War Z ultimately grossed $474 million internationally — making more Z movies a distinct possibility. (Before trouble struck, execs planned to make World War Z the first of three related films.)
Have you been bad?
Michael Fassbender certainly has, as noticed in The Counselor‘s new trailer (which is thankfully in English this time.) The star-studded flick features performances by Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz — not to mention a screenplay by Cormac McCarthy, all brought together under the guidance of director extraordinaire Ridley Scott.
Obviously Fassbender’s character has been up to no good and even though he has a beautiful fiancee (Cruz) and a seemingly fanciful life, the drug world is just a little too dark to keep your hands completely clean. Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY
World War Z, Brad Pitt’s hit zombie apocalypse epic, will debut on Blu-ray and other home-viewing formats on Sept. 17. The action-thriller was envisioned as a trilogy, and after grossing $474 million around the world, Pitt can expect another date with the dead. The Blu-ray Combo will include an unrated cut of the film and several featurettes. “I’m really excited for fans to see the new unrated version of World War Z on Blu-ray,” said Pitt, in a statement. “We were thrilled with the audience response to the film in theaters and wanted to give viewers even more of the action and intensity that they loved when they watch the film at home.”
Z was subjected to some on-the-fly rewriting and the original ending was completely abandoned. It will be interesting to see if portions of those scenes are restored in the unrated cut, or if Pitt & Co. discuss those decisions in the extras.
For fans who can’t wait until Sept. 17, World War Z will become available as a digital-download a week earlier, Sept. 10. Click below for a description of the Blu-ray extras.
'The Counselor' trailer: Michael Fassbender makes bad look good in Cormac McCarthy thriller -- EXCLUSIVE
“Have you been bad?” Penélope Cruz asks of her fiancé, the titular lawyer played by Michael Fassbender, at the end of the new trailer for The Counselor. From the looks of things, the answer is a resolute “Yes.”
Despite the fact that the title sounds like an adaptation of a middling John Grisham novel, Ridley Scott’s latest feature was written by Cormac McCarthy in what is his first original screenplay. Fassbender stars as a man seduced by the promise of easy cash who eventually gets drawn into a seedy world of vicious criminals, international drug-running, beheaded motorcyclists, and at least a couple of cheetahs. The cast also includes Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, and Cameron Diaz, who looks like she’s gotten her hands on a pretty meaty role. Check out the trailer below.
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