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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.

Watch: Lots Of New Footage From 'World War Z' In Music Video For Muse's "Isolated System"

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 4, 2013 9:04 AM
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When you think of the zombie apocalypse, the fist-pumping, arena rock stylings of Muse might not be the most immediate musical match you make in your mind, but somehow those two things come together in video "Isolated System," cut to lots of new footage from "World War Z."

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.

Watch: New 'World War Z' Clip Advises You To Stay In Your Car Plus New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 30, 2013 6:27 PM
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The teaser are now coming hard for "World War Z," but thus far, it merely seems to be extended moments we've seen in the trailer. Earlier today we got a look at Brad Pitt debating leaving his family to go fight zombies, and we get the same moment we've been watching year now, with The Riddle That Will Never Be Solved...

Watch: The World Faces Disaster In New Clips From 'World War Z' & 'The Is The End'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 30, 2013 10:43 AM
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Next month sees the release of two wildly different takes on the apocalypse: the serious-blockbuster take of “World War Z” and the star-studded comedic take of “This is the End.” Now, two clips from the films have arrived online so lock yourself in your bunker and check them out below.

Brad Pitt Faces A Zombie Apocalypse In New Pics, Banners & Poster For 'World War Z'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 29, 2013 10:37 AM
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With less than a month to go, Paramount has unleashed a blitzkrieg of “World War Z” marketing materials upon an unsuspecting world: TV spots, magazine profiles and now even more posters and stills.

Watch: New Featurette Explains The Tech Of "Pacific Rim,' Plus 3 New TV Spots For 'World War Z'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • May 22, 2013 2:25 PM
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Oh summer, it isn’t enough that you bring scorching heat outside but you also bring scorching heat -- in the form of fireballs hurtling at your face in 3D -- to the inside. That’s right folks, in case you didn’t notice the two sequels leading the box office this week, tentpole season is here and the studios have turned the screws on the marketing machines for two of the biggest gambles this summer.

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.

The Most Anticipated Blockbusters Of The 2013 Summer Season

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • April 29, 2013 12:03 PM
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The Playlist's Most Anticipated Blockbusters Of The 2013 Summer Season
Ah, summer. That time of year marked by long days, short skirts, and the application of sunscreen. It’s the season where even the most hardened cineaste can put aside their Criterion Collection discs, if only for a moment, and get excited about the jazzy, visual effects-driven blockbusters coming down the pike. The line between “summer” and “any other time of the year,” in terms of movies, keeps getting blurrier and blurrier, with big-budget studio fare like “Oz the Great and Powerful” and “Oblivion” coming out in the spring (we had a Michael Bay movie open in April, for crying out loud – before this it was questionable whether or not he even existed outside of June or July).

Marc Forster Compares 'World War Z' Reshoots To Buying A Persian Rug

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 23, 2013 10:58 AM
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World War Z, Brad Pitt, Marc Forster
Listen, we get it. After the ton of not-so-hot press last year during the troubled production of "World War Z," the game plan now for director Marc Forster, star Brad Pitt and everyone else involved is to play it cool, brush it off, move on and try and make sure the summer tentpole makes some money. Cool. But maybe some better metaphors could be utilized in explaining just what happened during a shoot that required an entirely new ending and numerous writers to try and patch things up, and involved friction on set that apparently led to Pitt refusing to speak with Foster.

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