Fury flattened all other movies in wide release and is projected to take in around $23 million in its debut weekend in theaters. The Brad Pitt-starring World War II action-drama, set largely within the cramped confines of an M4 Sherman tank rolling across Nazi Germany, comes in at the lower end of pre-release audience tracking expectations. But it caps off a recent run of cinematic success for Pitt (a producer of the multiple Oscar-winning 12 Years a Slave and star of last year’s sci-fi disaster hit World War Z). Fury also features Michael Peña, Shia LaBeouf, Jon Bernthal, and Logan Lerman as a shell-shocked army crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. READ FULL STORY
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Brad Pitt’s World War II tank thriller Fury blew away the competition in its Friday debut, racking up $8.8 million at the box office and handily ending Gone Girl’s two-week run as the No. 1 movie in the country. The animated kids’ flick The Book of Life, meanwhile, showed a strong pulse in its first day in wide release, tallying $4.9 million. And the adaptation of Nicholas Sparks’ romantic tearjerker The Best of Me opened to a lackluster $4.1 million Friday, on track to come up short of pre-release expectations for its opening weekend. READ FULL STORY
Gone Girl may have had a cozy two weeks at the top of the box office, but there’s a new contender in town: Fury. Brad Pitt stars in the David Ayer-directed WWII pic that’s expected to march to the top spot by the weekend’s close, in spite of the crowded adult-targeted market.
The Guillermo del Toro-produced animated pic The Book of Life hits theaters this weekend, too, as does the weepy Nicolas Sparks adaptation The Best of Me. Jason Reitman’s Men, Women, and Children also expands nationwide after two uninspiring weeks in limited release.
Here’s how things might play out.
It’s a kill-or-be-killed situation in this exclusive clip from Fury.
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.”
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
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.
Watch the trailer below: READ FULL STORY
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: Jim Sturgess, Sam Worthington sign on for 'Kidnapping Freddy Heineken'; Plus, Milla Jovovich, more
• Jim Sturgess (Cloud Atlas), Sam Worthington (Avatar), and Ryan Kwanten (True Blood) have signed on to join the cast of Kidnapping Freddy Heineken, starring Anthony Hokpins as the kidnapped beer heir. Daniel Alfredson (The Girl Who Played with Fire) is set to direct the true story of the 1983 kidnapping of Heineken and his chauffeur which resulted in the largest ransom ever paid for an individual at that point (about $50 million today).
• Chadwick Boseman broke out this past year with his turn as Jackie Robinson in the baseball pic 42, and looks set to take on another iconic role: James Brown. Tate Taylor, who directed The Help, will helm the project for Universal, with Brian Grazer and Mick Jagger producing. According to the report, the movie will be a fairly comprehensive look at Brown’s early life and rise to stardom. [Variety]
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