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Box office preview: With 'Killing' set to open 'Softly,' 'Twilight' and 'Skyfall' aim for No. 1

This weekend, The Weinstein Co. is releasing Killing Them Softly, the Andrew Dominik-directed crime drama starring Brad Pitt and James Gandolfini into 2,424 theaters. But the well-reviewed art piece will likely have trouble breaking out — especially in a crowded field full of holdovers that are still raking in big bucks since last weekend’s record-breaking Thanksgiving frame. Also entering theaters is the little-known horror film The Collection, which is hitting 1,403 locations.

Neither film poses a legitimate threat to The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2, Skyfall, or Lincoln, all three of which will duke it out for the top spot.

Here’s how I think the box office may shake out over the Friday-to-Sunday period: READ FULL STORY

Brad Pitt faces off against swarms of zombies in the 'World War Z' trailer

Director Marc Forster’s post-apocalyptic zombie thriller World War Z is still a long way away from its June 2013 release, but on the heels of EW’s first look at Brad Pitt as a UN researcher trying to save his family (and the rest of the planet) from a worldwide zombie pandemic, Paramount has released its first full trailer for the film. For fans of Max Brooks’ 2006 bestselling novel on which the film is based—or just anyone who’s ever wondered what it might look like if relentless waves of fast-moving zombies were rampaging across the entire globe (and really, who hasn’t?)– below, get a taste of the kind of epic big-screen zombie spectacle a reported $180 million budget can buy:
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Brad Pitt amid the panic of 'World War Z,' and why its zombies are more 'predatory' than plodding -- PHOTO

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It’s panic in the street in this exclusive new photo from next summer’s World War Z, the most expensive zombie project in Hollywood history and the most focused effort to date by Brad Pitt (center) to add something new to his varied career: the first multi-film popcorn franchise that he can claim as his and his alone.

Pitt plays Gerald Lane, a United Nations researcher watching civilization teeter on collapse in the face of a rapacious army of rasping death. How can the relentless hordes be stopped? To answer that question, Lane accepts a mission that pulls him away from his family (Mireille Enos of AMC’s now-terminated series The Killing plays his wife) and sends him on a global search for the plague’s dark origins — and, yes, that fact-finding odyssey just might take three PG-13 films to complete, if World War Z gets a lively response at the box office.

First the $180 million project will have to overcome a bumpy production that already has vultures circling overhead. Filming began in summer of 2011 with an eye toward a release this holiday season, but as weeks became months the disagreements grew between director Marc Forster (Finding Neverland) and producer-star Pitt. Earlier this year, the December release date was tossed out the window, and in the summer, the third act of Matthew Carnahan’s script got the same sort of farewell fling. Despite the third act footage that was already in the can, Prometheus writer Damon Lindelof was brought in to write a new ending — both literally and figuratively — for the venture. Of course, the new scenes and re-shoots pushed the film costs up as well, putting more pressure on all involved…

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Brad Pitt introduces 'War on Drugs' documentary 'The House I Live In,' jokes about past drug use

A-list celebrities and cause-related documentaries go together like bread and peanut butter, from Johnny Depp supporting the film West of Memphis at the Toronto International Film Festival to now Brad Pitt throwing his weight behind the newly released documentary The House I Live In, examining the sad complexities of America’s “War on Drugs.”

Pitt made a surprise appearance on Friday night at the Sundance Sunset Cinema in West Hollywood to introduce the film, directed by Eugene Jarecki.

His opening line? A zinger.

“I’m Brad Pitt and I’m a drug addict,” the star jokingly told the audience. “My drug days have long since passed, but I could probably land in any American city and within 24 hours find whatever you want. But we still support this charade called the drug war. We spent a trillion dollars over 40 years and a lot of people have lost their lives over it.”

Pitt has signed on as the documentary’s executive producer; other co-producers include Russell Simmons, John Legend and Danny Glover.

“Drugs are more than just ‘immoral,’ they keep people down. This movie humanizes this ‘war,”’ Pitt said during his intro of the film, which looks at the criminal justice system, from inmates to judges. The House I Live In snagged the documentary grand jury prize at the Sundance Film Festival this year.

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Quentin Tarantino Blu-ray trailer: That's a BINGO!!! -- VIDEO

The holidays are coming early this year for the discerning cinephile in your life.

Arriving Nov. 20, Tarantino XX contains eight films chosen by Quentin Tarantino to illustrate the first 20 years of his career. The Blu-ray set includes Reservoir Dogs, True Romance, Pulp Fiction, Jackie Brown, Kill Bill Vol. 1, Kill Bill Vol. 2, Death Proof, and Inglourious Basterds. Yes, yes, True Romance was directed by Tony Scott, but Tarantino wrote the script.

Tarantino XX will also feature two bonus discs with five hours of all-new material, highlighted by a critics’ retrospective and interviews with stars and other masters of cinema.

Check out the promotional trailer below. Remember: Shoot first, ask questions later. READ FULL STORY

Brad Pitt crime drama 'Killing Them Softly' moves to November

If you’re keen on seeing Brad Pitt step into the dark side as a lethal mob enforcer in Killing Them Softly — and, really, who doesn’t want to see Pitt get a little dirty? — you’ll have to wait a bit longer.

EW has confirmed that the Weinstein Company has pushed the crime drama, which reunites Pitt with director Andrew Dominik (The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford), from its Oct. 19 release date to Nov. 30. (Deadline first broke the story.) The move pits the film against The Frozen Ground, a true crime thriller starring Nicolas Cage and John Cusack (instead of Alex Cross and Paranormal Activity 4, which open Oct. 19), and also places Pitt more firmly in the thick of the Oscar season. It’s also a bit of a risk; typically, the weekend after Thanksgiving faces a roughly 50 percent drop off in box office receipts.

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‘Killing Them Softly’ trailer: Brad Pitt hunts two lowlifes to the tune of Johnny Cash
Cannes: Brad Pitt is menacingly good in the scuzzy, snazzy underworld movie ‘Killing Them Softly’

Mary Pickford: The Angelina Jolie of her day, but much more famous

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Big eyes, a luscious mouth, Oscar-winning star of dozens of movies, fame on an enormous, worldwide scale, the daughter of actor parents, a feisty, independent and ambitious nature, one half of an enviously beautiful Hollywood power couple, trailed by fans and paparazzi.

Sounds like Angelina Jolie, right?

Actually, it also describes the woman who, many years earlier, when movies were black-and-white, emotionally gut-punching and entirely silent, staked her claim as “America’s sweetheart” and paved the way for Jolie, for Brangelina, for Hollywood as we know it: Mary Pickford.

You may hear Pickford’s name more and more these days, even if you don’t recognize it at first. A biopic on the actress, The First, will go into production in 2013, starring Lily Rabe (American Horror Story) as Pickford, and Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire) as her first husband, Owen Moore. The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences recently announced partnering with the Mary Pickford Foundation on a multi-year initiative to promote her long legacy.
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Casting Net: Berenice Bejo replaces Marion Cotillard in new film from 'A Separation' director. Plus: Brad Pitt, and a new baddie for 'Thor' 2

• Brad Pitt and Denzel Washington are entering into introductory negotiations to star in Candy Store, which Stephen Gaghan (Syriana) is set direct from his own screenplay. The crime thriller follows a one-time government spook whose attempt to reboot his life as a New York City cop is derailed when he realizes the same bad guys he had been fighting in his old job are alive and well in his new one. [THR]

• Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje (LostG.I. Joe: The Rise of Cobra) has joined Thor: The Dark World as Algrim the Strong, one of the evil Dark Elves of Svartalfheim (gesundheit!). Christopher Eccleston plays their leader, Malekith. [THR]

• The Killing‘s Mireille Enos has joined the ensemble cast of the thriller Ten, about a DEA team that starts dying one by one after they use an official operation to abscond with an illicit fortune. She’ll play the wife of Sam Worthington‘s character, as well as a member of the team, which also includes Arnold SchwarzeneggerTerrence Howard, Malin Akerman, Joe Manganiello and Dawn Olivieri (House of Lies). David Ayer is directing from a screenplay by Skip Woods (Swordfish). [Deadline]

• Alexander Ludwig is trading in the arena of The Hunger Games for the battlefield of Afghanistan in Lone Survivor, writer-director Peter Berg‘s film based on the true story of  Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell. Mark WahlbergTaylor KitschBen FosterEmile Hirsch, and Eric Bana costar. [Deadline]

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'Killing Them Softly' trailer: Brad Pitt hunts two lowlifes to the tune of Johnny Cash

The first trailer for the Brad Pitt underworld thriller Killing Them Softly is light on plot, and heavy on moody atmospherics, from the smoke slowly wafting from Pitt’s goatee-ringed mouth to the killer use of Johnny Cash’s “The Man Comes Around.” The film won raves when it premiered at Cannes for Pitt’s performance as a mob enforcer tasked with tracking down two lowlifes who robbed a mobbed up poker game. Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'The Master' leaps forward in the Oscar race

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The Weinstein Company is looking to get a jump on this season’s Oscar competition. The Master, Paul Thomas Anderson’s drama about a cult-like figure who resembles the father of Scientology, L. Ron Hubbard, has been moved up a month and will now open in theaters on Sept. 14. The movie, which stars Philip Seymour Hoffman as a dynamic guru and Joaquin Phoenix as a troubled World War II vet, was originally slated to open on Oct. 12.

The studio also announced that Killing Them Softly, which was to debut on Sept. 21, has been pushed back to Oct. 19. That underworld action-thriller, with Brad Pitt playing a mob enforcer, was well received when it opened at Cannes earlier this year.

Watch a trailer of The Master below. READ FULL STORY

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