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Angelina Jolie To Direct & Co-Star With Brad Pitt In 'By The Sea'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 18, 2014 5:11 PM
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A couple months ago, reports surfaced that former "Mr. & Mrs. Smith" stars turned Hollywood royalty and powerhouse couple, would be reteaming on a film. Details were scarce at the time, and they still are, but news arrives today with the following: Jolie will direct, Pitt will star, it's called "By The Sea" and Universal will distribute. Here's the official press release:

Watch: First Trailer & Poster For Brad Pitt WWII Drama' Fury' Co-Starring Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 25, 2014 7:37 AM
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WWII and Brad Pitt. It’s been done before, notably in Quentin Tarantino’s reimagined WWII drama, “Inglourious Basterds,” but Pitt didn’t really see a lot of combat. Maybe action was the impetus of the actor starring in “Fury” a WWII movie directed by David Ayer that’s a Band-Of-Brothers-esque drama of troops in a tank. Will it be as self-contained as say 2009’s claustrophobic tank drama, “Lebanon” which won the top prize at the Venice Film Festival that year? Well, Sony has unleashed the first trailer and it certainly looks different, which certainly isn’t a bad thing.

Brad Pitt's 'Fury' To Undergo Reshoots Next Month; Plus New Poster

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 23, 2014 3:34 PM
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Described as a "character study with action sequences" in the sizzle reel that dropped earlier this month, David Ayer's WWII tank pic "Fury" seems to be rolling toward awards season contention. But it would appear that the film needs a few more tweaks before it can hit theatres.

Watch: First Footage From Brad Pitt’s WWII Tank Movie ‘Fury,' Plus New Photos

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2014 8:20 PM
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If you want to be really reductive about it, most of David Ayer's career has focused on telling stories about good guys and bad guys, usually centered around the world of police officers. He's long been interested in exploring the men behind the badge, their moral and ethical conflicts and the dangerous ways they put their lives on the line each day. But for this next effort, he's expanding that vision to the biggest battleground of all, World War II, and the first footage from "Fury" is here to show you some good guys caught in a very bad situation.

'Locke' Writer/Director Steven Knight To Pen 'World War Z' Sequel

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 28, 2014 6:38 PM
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While “World War Z” is now viewed as the modern-day runaway film project and all that implies of ego—hubris, irresponsibility and whatnot—the project began with the best of intentions. Brad Pitt’s Plan B Pictures, the same company that developed and won a Best Picture Oscar for “12 Years A Slave,” wanted to try to create their own franchise. Pitt, a producer/actor with diverse taste, wanted a movie his boys could enjoy when they grew up. They hired a respected and eclectic filmmaker Marc Forster (“The Kite Runner,” “Monster’s Ball”) and talented writers—Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof—but the project went south on them regardless when they realized the tone and rhythm of an action movie is much more complicated than they realized.

Interview: James Gray Discusses Harvey Weinstein, Cinematic Influences, His Career, 'Die Hard' & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 15, 2014 2:52 PM
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“The Immigrant” stars the terrific cast of Joaquin Phoenix, Marion Cotillard and Jeremy Renner, and the 1920s-set period piece is superficially something very different for filmmaker James Gray. Gone are the genre trappings, macho-male leads with guns, stories deeply connected to the pain and sadness of family, and the shrouded Gordon Willis-like photography the filmmaker evinced on films like "The Yards," "We Own The Night" and "Little Odessa." However, “The Immigrant,” with its themes of the fallacy of the American Dream, the desire to fit in and idea that no one is beyond redemption is very much a James Gray film. It’s a further continuation of a singular pursuit told slightly differently, retaining Gray’s signature sense of emotional intelligence, intimacy and graceful restraint.

Casey Affleck Heads To HBO For Miniseries 'Lewis And Clark,' Tom Hanks, Brad Pitt And Edward Norton Producing

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 9, 2014 4:00 PM
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If there's one actor we want to see more of, all the time, it's Casey Affleck. Last year we were lucky enough to get him in two major roles in "Ain't Them Bodies Saints" and "Out Of Furnace," while in 2014, we'll have to wait until the end of the year to see what he gets up to in Christopher Nolan's "Interstellar." However, we're about get a whole lot more of Affleck in a big way, with the actor headed to the small screen.

James Gray Says ‘Lost City Of Z’ Will Shoot Next; Talks His Sci-Fi Project, Dances With Brad Pitt & More

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 6, 2014 3:02 PM
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Over the course of twenty years, filmmaker James Gray has only made five movies. For comparison, if you subtract Terrence Malick’s twenty-year absence from cinema, you roughly get six of his movies in a span of about twenty-one years. However, Gray didn’t go AWOL in France for two decades; he just obsessed over the same project for years and years.

Angelina Jolie & Brad Pitt Teaming For Mystery Movie

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 5, 2014 9:31 AM
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It was three years ago when Angelina Jolie arrived with her writing and directing feature debut, with the ambitious Bosnian War drama/love story "In The Land Of Blood And Honey." It wasn't quite so well received, but she got the bug, and this winter she'll be in the Oscar mix as the helmer of the WWII drama "Unbroken." That film has a script from more experienced hands Richard LaGravanese and the Coen Brothers, but Jolie hasn't given up on writing her own material. And in fact, she has something that could see her reteam with Brad Pitt for their first onscreen project since "Mr. And Mrs. Smith" nearly ten years ago.

First Look: Brad Pitt Is "Wardaddy" In Photos From WWII Tank Movie 'Fury'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 2, 2014 7:14 PM
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The prolific filmmaker David Ayer has two films coming out in 2014 and he’s already hoping the second one does better. Released just a few weeks ago, his action thriller “Sabotage” tanked at the box office and maybe have pegged the fact that audiences don’t really care about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s action star comeback. After five weeks in theaters, “Sabotage” has grossed a pitiful $10 million domestically.

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