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Watch: New Trailer For Brad Pitt's WII Drama 'Fury' With Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman & More

  • By Edward Davis
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  • August 19, 2014 11:32 AM
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“It sort of exploded out,” filmmaker David Ayer said about his latest film. “I wrote it for me.” Ayer’s kept largely inside the domain of police films thus far ("S.W.A.T.," "Street Kings," "End Of Watch"), but for his next trick, he’s taking on a WWII drama starring Brad Pitt. And if you think "so what? Pitt’s already done a WWII movie with Quentin Tarantino" (“Inglourious Basterds”), note that Ayer’s “Fury” sounds vastly different.

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.

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.

Review: David Ayer's 'Sabotage' Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos & More

  • By Mark Zhuravsky
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  • March 27, 2014 3:31 PM
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With nary an Ahnold quip, "Sabotage," David Ayer's fetishistically violent action thriller, often feels like a misguided detour, a waste of goodwill amassed by the superior "End of Watch." Doing away with the concept that guided the 2012 cop drama but retaining and supercharging it's once-relatable hyper masculinity, "Sabotage" is wholly unpleasant, unfocused and downright ugly. Ayer's filmography has often cast an unflinching eye on battered, perforated bodies, but here the attention feels invasive and even a bit gleeful. Every wound is flaunted and a series of gruesome autopsies feature a hungry, roving camera, floating over the torn skin, the bloated flesh, stripping away the humanity. One character is literally reduced to ground meat and Ayer holds on the remains with an intent that is lost on us.

Watch: Arnold Schwarzenegger Is Ready For 'Sabotage' In New 3-Minute Red Band Trailer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 7, 2014 1:05 PM
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For the most part, Arnold Schwarzenegger's "comeback" vehicles have mostly traded on ironically spoofing his persona. From "The Expendables" films to "The Last Stand" to "Escape Plan," all of them have traded on some notion of self-awareness to Arnie's career and reputation. But what makes the forthcoming "Sabotage" so compelling is that it seems to ditch all of that for a straight up genre flick, and it's going red band with a new trailer to get you on board.

Casting: Neil LaBute Enlists Ethan Hawke, Vera Farmiga For New Thriller; Logan Lerman Joins Brad Pitt For ‘Fury’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • May 6, 2013 7:06 PM
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Logan Lerman might be known for the forgettable “Percy Jackson” films (a sequel arrives this summer), but he almost scored the coveted lead in “The Amazing Spider-Man” a few years ago and he impressed with his acting chops in “The Perks Of Being A Wallflower.” Casting directors and filmmakers have noticed. He’s getting called up into the big leagues and will join Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf in the WWII tank thriller “Fury” that “End of Watch” filmmaker David Ayer is writing and directing for Sony Pictures. The movie is already set for a Fall 2014 release and it’s an interesting one because it will be Ayer’s first non police-centered movie. Let’s hope unlike the almost great “End Of Watch,” the visual material doesn’t stand in the way of a good story and strong dynamic.

David Ayer Taps Into His 'Fury' To Direct WWII Pic

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 14, 2013 10:15 AM
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Until now, David Ayer has pretty much been known for one thing: cop flicks. "Training Day," "Dark Blue," "S.W.A.T.," "Harsh Times" and "End Of Watch" all bear his name as writer and/or director, but Ayer is taking a sharp left turn for his next effort, and kicking things up a notch.

TIFF Review: Chest-Beating LAPD Cop Drama 'End Of Watch' Is Clichéd & Monotonous

  • By Simon Abrams
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  • September 8, 2012 10:46 PM
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Like "Harsh Times" before it, police drama "End of Watch" conflates realism with sensationalism. In fact, writer/director David Ayer sustains an abrasive tone throughout "End of Watch" in a number of ways. Firstly, Ayer gives his buddy cop drama a cheap kind of immediacy by having his macho, Alpha male Los Angeles cop protagonists film their lives as police officers. Button-sized cameras and hand-held digital cameras aren’t however just used by the police: both the local Mexican drug cartel members and the black gang-bangers that the 13th district cops have to keep an eye out for use cameras to document and valorize their activities too.

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