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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

  • By The Playlist Staff
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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.

Box Office: 'Monsters' & 'World War Z' Zombies Beat Back 'Man Of Steel'; 'Monsters U' Registers 2nd Highest Pixar Opening

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • June 23, 2013 12:53 PM
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Monsters University
"Monsters University" aced its opening weekend with an estimated $82 million domestically ($136.5 million worldwide), making the film Pixar's second largest debut (after "Toy Story 3," which made $110.3 million its opening weekend). This will also be Pixar's 14th film to open in first place and marks one heck of a winning streak. If you're struggling to remember all of the other 13, check out our "From Worst To Best: Ranking The Pixar Movies."

"I'll Be In My Trailer!" 15 Famous Director/Actor Bust-Ups

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • June 19, 2013 12:00 PM
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15 Director/Actor Spats feature
With "World War Z" (our review is here) opening this weekend, come Monday there will be box office pudding to prove how much, if at all, negative advance word may have affected the overbudget Brad Pitt-starring would-be franchise starter. Aside from reports of cost overruns, the buzz around the film was also tainted by reports of on-set feuding between producer/star Pitt and director Marc Forster during the shooting stages. The two seem to have laid those demons to rest, at least to the point that they are doing interviews together for the film's press rounds, but the high-profile nature of their scrap got us to thinking about other times when director and star have fallen out -- we may try not to gossip, but as much as the next guy, we love a good old bitchy Hollywood insider tale of who threw who out which window, and what choice insult was hurled as they were falling.

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?

Would You Pay $50 To See 'World War Z' Two Days Early? Does A Digital Copy Sweeten The Deal?

  • By Jason McDonald
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  • June 14, 2013 9:00 AM
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How eager are you to see “World War Z”? Does June 21st just sound too long to wait? If you’re desperate to scratch that zombie itch and have $50 burning in your pocket, there’s a solution for you.

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....

Is This The End? Get To Know Your 2013 Apocalypse Movies

  • By Edward Davis
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  • June 13, 2013 11:59 AM
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Get To Know Your 2013 Apocalypse Movies
Hollywood likes to second-guess itself and look over its shoulder. “Oh, you’re producing a film about a math wizard who falls in love and takes a trip around the world in a balloon?” [Turns head, whispers in teeth to assistant] “Where’s our version of this? Get a draft on my desk by next Thursday.” This year we’ll see two White House movies (“White House Down” and “Olympus Has Fallen”) going toe-to-toe and a number of superhero film face-offs. But with apocalypse movies, it’s almost something else entirely. It seems to have captured the creative zeitgeist, and/or everyone is just creatively bankrupt. In Hollywood, it’s always hard to tell.

Happy 50th Birthday, 'Cleopatra': 5 Famously Expensive Movies

  • By Jessica Kiang
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  • June 12, 2013 3:44 PM
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5 Most Expensive Movies
This very day, (counting from the original U.S. release date) Joseph L. Mankiewicz’s infamous “Cleopatra” turns 50, thereby outliving by over a decade the last pharaoh of Ancient Egypt herself. As a film, “Cleopatra” has many claims to fame -- the first teaming of subsequent real-life spitfire couple Richard Burton and Elizabeth Taylor; a multi-Oscar-winning epic of dubious historical accuracy; a film whose slimmest cut runs a whopping 192 minutes. But mainly it’s still known for being very, very expensive to make.

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