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Discuss: As 'World War Z' Gets Seven Weeks Of Reshoots, Why Are So Many Tentpoles Being Delayed & Reworked?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • June 1, 2012 10:01 AM
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Reshoots: they're the new principal photography, it would seem. Every so often, a story will crop up that some major movie has reassembled its cast and crew for what's usually referred to as "additional photography." And it's easy for that to be blown up into some kind of scaremongering story, when in actual fact, it's hard to find a film that doesn't go back for more after the main bulk of its shoot has wrapped. More often than not it's for "pick-ups" -- filling in some gaps, fixing some scenes that may have had some technical issues. Sometimes it's to add a new ending, or new scenes elsewhere in the picture, which may have occured to the filmmakers once in post-production. Virtually every major movie budgets and schedules for a week or two of additional photography, and almost every successful movie of the last few years -- "Avatar," "The Avengers," "Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Pt. 2," "Rise of the Planet of the Apes" -- had some kind of reshoots.

Paramount Delay 'World War Z' Until June 21, 2013 & Move Tom Cruise Vehicle 'One Shot' Up To Christmas 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • March 13, 2012 9:55 PM
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Release dates are pretty crucial to a film's success. Put your prize tentpole up against another film aiming for the same audience, and you'll cannibalize each other. Place your movie on exactly the right place in the calendar, and you'll find yourselves with a licence to print money. And that's why studios will claim release slots, and continue to tinker with them, both years in advance, and with only months to spare.

Brad Pitt Says He'll Only Cameo In 'Twelve Years A Slave,' Hopes 'World War Z' Will Have Socio-Political Themes

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 26, 2012 1:22 PM
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Whoever ends up winning at the Academy Awards in a few weeks (spoiler: "The Artist"), Brad Pitt will still pretty much be the belle of the ball. He's nominated for Best Actor for "Moneyball," a film that, without Pitt's perseverance, likely wouldn't have gotten made after Sony pulled the plug on Steven Soderbergh's version, while the star also has a nomination in his producer capacity for Best Picture for the project. His other baby of 2011, "The Tree of Life," also surprised many with nominations for Best Picture and Best Director, and Pitt may find himself with a third nomination if the Academy names him as one of the eligible producers on that film.

The Playlist's Most Anticipated Escapist/Popcorn Films Of 2012

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 5, 2012 10:31 AM
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Admittedly, Team Playlist is an oddball collection of cinephiles, snobs and genre-dorks, sometimes only unified by one thing: a healthy dose of skepticism in a world largely occupied by wishful-thinking fanboys. But this diversity means that we can be at once cynical optimists and optimistic cynics.

'World War Z' Being Eyed As A Potential Trilogy; Movie Described As Mix Between Jason Bourne & 'The Walking Dead'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 3, 2012 6:56 PM
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In case you didn't get the memo, for the most part, the major studios no longer sweat the small stuff. It's all about the tentpole these days, and the bigger the better with more and more movies going all in on their budgets, and then crossing their fingers that the all important first weekend is a big one. Franchises are either made or broken on those numbers between Friday and Sunday night, but between all the studios throwing elbows for dominance, in 2011 it was Paramount who won the battle taking home the biggest market share. And heading into 2012, they are hoping to keep that streak alive and have one of the biggest stars in the world in their arsenal to help them do it.

'The Killing' Star Kristin Lehman Is A 'Golf Pro'; David Morse Enlists In 'World War Z'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2011 10:13 AM
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A couple bits of casting for you, one for a smaller comedy the other for a big budget zombie movie.

Marc Forster Talks 'World War Z' 'Quantum of Solace' & The Risk Of Failure

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • September 13, 2011 11:40 AM
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We love a chameleon here at The Playlist; few things make us happier than a director who's able to leap between genres and style with aplomb. And Swiss-born director Marc Forster is, if nothing else, a chameleon. In the decade since he broke through in the U.S. with "Monster's Ball," the helmer has tackled grim drama, charming period biopics, supernatural thrillers, quirky comedy and tentpole actioners, to name but a few. Some worked, some didn't, but he's not likely to be predictable any time soon.

Zombies Will Attack When 'World War Z' Is Unleashed On December 21, 2012

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 9, 2011 10:24 AM
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You hear that sound? It's the studio heads of Relativity, Fox and Disney collectively cursing as Paramount have just thrown a major spanner in the works on the December 2012 calendar.

Bryan Cranston Drafted For 'World War Z'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2011 3:44 AM
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Update: despite a Vulture report that said Matthew Fox had dropped out of "World War Z", recent snaps of the actor on set suggest otherwise.

'Game Of Thrones' Star Elyes Gabel Enlists For 'World War Z'

  • By Benjamin Wright
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  • July 25, 2011 2:59 AM
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Brad Pitt is an actor who's in league with somebody like George Clooney: a name that can help get the films he wants to be in get made.

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