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The Best & Worst Of 'World War Z'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 24, 2013 4:36 PM
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World War Z
The people have spoken, and they have said braaaaaaains. Brad Pitt’s would-be runaway monster of a zombie movie “World War Z” is a hit and coming in at #2 this past weekend with the highest opening of Pitt’s career. Bad buzz be damned, ‘WWZ’ overcame the odds, the drama, the negative media attention to come out a solid winner (though as history shows, not every troubled production gets a happy ending). Sure, with global costs that could reach $400 million, it might be impossible for ‘Z’ to break even, but at this point, let’s face it, the movie wasn’t a colossal bomb and Paramount is breathing a deep sigh of relief. In fact, if the movie keeps going and has legs then its mooted sequel may not be in doubt, even if the movie can’t break even (studios always throw good money after bad and once they’ve started an investment, they don’t like to just chop it off at the wrist because it bled a little). And so, the final verdict on the Marc Forster-directed “World War Z” after everything that went down? Well, it’s pretty terrific in spots, ok in others, a little clunky at times and pretty problematic if you’re looking at it discerningly (you can read our original review here). But put it this way: it’s nowhere near the disaster we were lead to believe it might be. If you’re looking at it from a pure thrill ride perspective, “World War Z” is likely going to win, but as usual, we thought we’d drill down a little deeper and deconstruct the elements that are great, the ones that are so-so and the ones that weren’t so great. Or the “Best & Worst Of World War Z” for the sake of clean communication. Our thoughts below.

5 “Cursed” Movie Productions That Survived Bad Buzz And 5 That Didn't

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  • June 24, 2013 3:51 PM
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5 Movies With Bad Buzz
“World War Z” will in all likelihood be looked back on as an important turning point in the narrative of bad buzz prematurely equating to a flop. It's an interesting case study for studios trying to turn back the tide on troubled productions. These days, with transparency and information as available as it is, bad buzz can severely hurt a film. Look at “Gangster Squad” (delayed and then had its ending reshot), “Battleship” (delayed, looked like Michael Bay at sea) or “John Carter” (delayed, had a title changes, suffered from a terrible marketing campaign). These are three recent films that only reinforced the traditional narrative -- these movies are troubled, therefore they’re going to suck.

First Look: Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch & Chiwetel Ejiofor In '12 Years A Slave'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 18, 2013 8:43 PM
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12 Years A Slave
A movie by U.K. helmer Steve McQueen is always cause for celebration, but this one sounds like it's going to be his most brutal. And it's not like "Hunger" or "Shame" were easy walks in the park either. Based in a true story, McQueen's latest, "12 Years A Slave," is just what it sounds like, a harsh slave drama set in the South. In fact, someone on Twitter the other day says a friend saw it and described it as "Django Unchained" without the comedy. Sounds like a bundle of laughs, right? Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, the actor plays Solomon Northup, a free man tricked, captured and sold into slavery in the film based off of Northup's autobiography. The rest of the cast is rather stellar too and features Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson and Alfre Woodard.

Watch: Planes & Trains In New Clips From 'World War Z' & 'The Lone Ranger'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 18, 2013 2:00 PM
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Yes, "Man Of Steel" is now in theaters and still inspiring fierce debate (check out our The Best & Worst Of 'Man of Steel' feature), but there are still two whole months left in the summer to go, and more blockbusters hoping wring some super-dollars out of your wallet.

Watch: Brad Pitt Escapes The Undead In New Clip For 'World War Z'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 16, 2013 11:06 PM
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Because 11 PM on a Sunday night is the perfect time to drop a new "World War Z" clip because everyone is awake and on the net, Paramount has gone ahead and unleashed a brand new promo for the upcoming undead blockbuster with less than a week to go before it hits theaters. Are you convinced?

Watch: Brad Pitt Has Some Bad News About The Zombie Apocalypse In Clip From 'World War Z'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 13, 2013 2:19 PM
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Guys, there's good news and bad news. The bad news is the world has been consumed by a zombie apocalypse that threatens every living person on the planet. The good news? Brad Pitt is here to save the day. Oh but wait, he has more bad news....

Over 20 New Photos & 7 TV Spots For 'World War Z'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 10, 2013 5:25 PM
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So will Brad Pitt's troubled, big summer movie manage to bounce back from the all the rumors and speculation and make the $400 million it needs to break even? Early reviews can't break away from that narrative and movie, for better or worse, is being judged both on what it is and what it could have been. But Paramount, and particularly Pitt -- who hit four cities in one day to pop in and wave to crowds at advance screenings -- are pushing this one with all the muscle they've got, which leads us to...

Review: 'World War Z' Starring Brad Pitt

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 7, 2013 8:56 AM
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"World War Z" was always going to be a difficult nut to crack. The book of the same name, by son-of-Mel Max Brooks, was a bestseller a few years back, and a somewhat atypical one; a brainy, grim faux oral history of a zombie apocalypse that wiped out most of the world's population. It made enough of a dent in pop culture to warrant a movie adaptation, but it wasn't going to be an easy translation with no main character and a documentary-like format. So it's no surprise that the film was several years in development, and that even once filming got underway, it had one of the more publicly troubled shoots in memory, with reports flying of budget overages, script triage and extensive pick ups.

6 A-List Stars With Greenlight Power: Do They Wield It For Good Or Evil?

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 3, 2013 2:45 PM
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6 Stars With Greenlight Power
The process by which movie A gets made while movies B-Z end up as so much shredded paper and shattered dreams is an arcane and mysterious one. While it seems as though most scripts, if they’re not just ignored, are simply fed into the enormous, clogged-up machine of the Hollywood system to be pawed over, derided or defended by the assistants to various junior executives at endless meetings about meetings, the accepted wisdom still runs that if you can get your script in front of one of maybe twenty or thirty specific pairs of eyes, the odds tip dramatically in your favor. These godlike beings with ”greenlight power,” however, are fewer now than in previous eras, in part because of a shift in the type of movies that make the big moneys these days (it’s not like “The Hangover Part III” or “Fast And Furious 6” were little sure-to-be-overlooked gems in need of a Selznick-type saviour to rescue them from the turnaround pile.) This casts the opening weekend disappointment of “After Earth” in an interesting light in a couple of ways.

First 'World War Z' Reviews Land Plus New Pics & TV Spot

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 3, 2013 9:19 AM
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In just a couple of weeks, Paramount will finally be unleashing "World War Z" into theaters, and it will be up to audiences to decide if the movie was a multi-million dollar folly that even extensive reshoots or rewrites couldn't save, or a thrilling summer movie that delivers the goods, no matter its troubled history. Over the weekend, London held the premiere for the undead movie and the first reviews for the film have dropped online, and perhaps unsurprisingly, the verdict is mixed.

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