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Does 'World War Z' Need To Make $400 Million To Break Even? Vanity Fair Looks At The Runaway Brad Pitt Zombie Movie

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 30, 2013 3:02 PM
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World War Z, Brad Pitt, Mireille Enos
Paramount must be annoyed. Just a few weeks after the Entertainment Weekly piece on the much-maligned Brad Pitt-starring "World War Z" zombie movie played down the signal to noise on the “troubled production,” Vanity Fair has jumped into the fray dredging up more of the dirt on this runaway-freight-train of a blockbuster. To be fair, the "World War Z" story seems complicated, a series of many small and medium size issues snowballing into a near-disaster of a production, but in comparison, EW's feature is kind of a damage-control-y "nothing to see here, please disperse" response.

New Pics & Clip From 'Star Trek Into Darkness'; Chris Pine Says The Movie Has Parallels To Real Life Terrorism

  • By Kieran McMahon
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  • April 29, 2013 1:44 PM
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Star Trek Into Darkness, Cumberbatch
Having raised the temperature a few degrees with a tease of a nefarious Benedict Cumberbatch and some pretty thrilling trailers, details are starting emerge about what to expect from the long under-wraps storyline of J.J. Abrams' hotly anticipated space epic “Star Trek: Into Darkness,” and a new clip that just premiered is almost exclusively centered around Cumberbatch's mysterious villain John Harrison.

Peter Berg Goes HBO With Damon Lindelof Penned 'The Leftovers' & Olivier Megaton Hits 'Brooklyn South'

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • April 10, 2013 3:18 PM
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When news that an adaptation of "Election" and "Little Children" author Tom Perotta's book, "The Leftovers," would be hitting TV screens, it was also accompanied by a foreseeable showrunner: “Lost” co-creator Damon Lindelof. Acclimated to high-concept central mysteries for his entire career, he's now picked his return from film to TV, and it seems he's brought some notable company along for the ride.

How Brad Pitt Starved Himself, The Deleted Budapest Sequences & More Learned From 'World War Z'; Plus New Photos

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 29, 2013 12:20 PM
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Entertainment Weekly's got the goods on "World War Z," the new geo-political zombie thriller starring Brad Pitt that is scheduled to arrive this summer via Paramount and Pitt's Plan B shingle. At $170 million, it's the most expensive zombie movie ever made (going $50 million above its original budget) and the lengthy and complicated production was rumored to be in dire trouble last year.

Reported Details Of Brad Bird & Damon Lindelof's 'Tomorrowland' Promise Interdimensional Travel, Teenage Girls & Pre-Pubescent Robots

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 3, 2013 4:58 PM
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It stars George Clooney, Hugh Laurie will play the villain, and it was formerly known as "1952," but that's about all we've really known up until now about director Brad Bird ("The Incredibles") and Damon Lindelof's ("Prometheus") secret live-action project for Walt Disney Studios, "Tomorrowland." Oh sure, we've known that the movie would reportedly be a "Close Encounters of the Third Kind"-esque story, inspired by material from the archives of WED Enterprises, Walt Disney's personal development lab, and there was educated speculation that posited the movie was about Walt Disney's involvement with an Army project to let the world know that UFOs really exist. But because it was a Damon Lindelof project, he of the J.J. Abrams school of keeping info close to the vest, no one would verify the veracity of such claims.

Brad Bird's '1952' Now Officially Titled 'Tomorrowland'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 28, 2013 4:09 PM
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Let the speculation begin continue! With director Brad Bird tweeting out last week a peek at the box of material that helped inspire his upcoming movie, an official new title will also stir the rumor machine a little more.

Damon Lindelof Won't Be Writing The 'Prometheus' Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 20, 2012 9:39 AM
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Christmas is coming early for some geeks. The always polarizing Damon Lindelof has been the object of much of the criticism regarding the myriad problems with Ridley Scott's "Prometheus." The writer, for better or worse, took the original draft by Jon Spaihts and made significant changes, and was the one who largely convinced Scott that the film shouldn't be a direct prequel to "Alien" but...something else. The screenwriter has become a soft target for those knocking the movie, but you won't have him to kick the next time around.

Jon Spaihts Confirms His Leaked ‘Prometheus’ Script, Titled ‘Alien: Engineers’ Is Legit; 6 Things That Changed In The Original Script

  • By Edward Davis
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  • November 12, 2012 4:00 PM
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There are two types of “Prometheus” fans: those who are huge fans of the “Alien” franchise and thus have poured over every ounce of the amazing bounty of extras in the “Prometheus” Blu-Ray, and those who are more casual, who want to know a bit more, are perhaps a bit puzzled and intrigued by the Damon Lindelof-penned, Ridley Scott-directed sorta-prequel to the 1979 film. We’ll assume you’re in the latter camp.

Brad Bird & Damon Lindelof's Mysterious '1952' Is In The Spirit Of 'Close Encounters Of The Third Kind'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 17, 2012 10:35 AM
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Back in May, genre enthusiasts got pretty excited when it emerged that writer Damon Lindelof and director Brad Bird had set up a mysterious project at Disney known only as "1952." The only clues were that it was a sci-fi tentpole and plans were in place to get it in front of cameras in 2013. With the new year approaching, a few more scraps of info about what the project is have emerged, as well as the story behind its title.

Damon Lindelof Says Talk Of 'Star Trek 2' Footage Premiering At Comic-Con Is Bogus

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • July 14, 2012 4:45 PM
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Is Kiwi actor Karl Urban proving to be an unreliable narrator? The "Dredd" actor recently spilled the spoiler beans about Benedict Cumberbatch's villain role in "Star Trek 2," causing quite the stir for those following the much-anticipated sequel. But did he?

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