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'Fury' Starring Brad Pitt Closes London Film Festival in Bid for Oscar Contention

David Ayer's "Fury" is a movie I want to see. That's because Ayer is a visceral, innovative director who pulls strong performances from his actors, from Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez in "Harsh Times" to Michael Pena and Jake Gyllenhaal in hand-held indie "End of Watch," which made my 2012 Ten Best List. But trying to figure out "Fury" as an Oscar contender is another matter. Clearly Sony is pushing the movie into the awards corridor, moving up its release date from November to October in order to accommodate a closing night berth at the London Film Festival.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • August 14, 2014 1:17 PM
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Why Brad Pitt-Starrer 'Fury' Is Moving from November to October (VIDEO)

Sony Pictures is pushing up the release of David Ayer's intense world War II film "Fury," marking "Inglourious Basterds" star Brad Pitt's return to World War II as the commander of a battle-weary five-man tank unit at the end of their tour of duty--from November 14, 2014 to October 17, 2014. "Transformers" star Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman ("Noah"), Jon Bernthal ("Walking Dead") and Ayer regular Michael Pena ("End of Watch") also star in this 35 mm portrait of men under pressure.
  • By Anne Thompson and Tom Brueggemann
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  • August 12, 2014 1:56 PM
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'True Detective' Creator Nic Pizzolatto: Casting Rumors Are Bunk, Third Season Might be the Last

The rumors are false, says "True Detective" creator Nic Pizzolatto: there's no confirmed casting for the film's second season. Oh, and he doesn't see the show going for more than three seasons.
  • By Jacob Combs
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  • June 12, 2014 1:22 PM
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Career Watch: Has 'Maleficent' Restored Angelina Jolie's Box Office Mojo?

Reviews were mixed. But for moviegoers, the $70 million opening for "Maleficent" -- an Angelina Jolie record -- for a rare female summer action adventure suggests that they were transfixed by the sight of the right actress in a perfect-fit role.
  • By Susan Wloszczyna
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  • June 2, 2014 6:30 AM
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Brad Pitt to Star in David Michôd's 'The Operators'

Plan B and New Regency teamed up on Oscar-winning "12 Years a Slave" and now are developing a starring vehicle for Plan B's Brad Pitt. Australian writer-director David Michôd (“Animal Kingdom”) will follow upcoming "The Rover" (A24 summer trailer below), starring Guy Pearce and Rob Pattinson, with Afghanistan military expose "The Operators."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 14, 2014 12:45 PM
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Sandra Bullock and Brad Pitt Make TV Appearances on Road to Oscars (VIDEO)

Movie stars do TV interviews in front of their movies, and Sandra Bullock, a frontrunner for Best Actress for "Gravity," and Brad Pitt, the producer and supporting star of "12 Years a Slave," are no exception, charming their interlocutors (Jay Leno and Ann Curry, respectively) and hopefully a smattering of Oscar voters at the same time.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 16, 2013 3:38 PM
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Plan B Producer Dede Gardner Talks '12 Years a Slave,' 'World War Z,' and Partner Brad Pitt

The movie of movies on the fall film circuit was Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" (October 18). The film was nurtured along the way by Plan B producer Dede Gardner and her partner, Brad Pitt, who co-stars in the film with Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender and Benedict Cumberbatch. I interviewed Gardner for a TIFF Industry Q & A, below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 15, 2013 4:20 PM
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WATCH: Terrific New Trailer for Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy's 'The Counselor'

A terrific international trailer for Ridley Scott's "The Counselor," starring Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz, has landed. In this new spot for the neo-noir thriller, which was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Cormac McCarthy ("No Country for Old Men," "The Road"), we get more of a glimpse into the kinetic plot.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 20, 2013 11:49 AM
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WATCH: First Trailer for Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy's 'The Counsellor,' Starring Fassbender, Pitt, Cruz and Bardem

The first international trailer for Ridley Scott's "The Counsellor" has landed. The film is the first original feature screenplay penned by Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy ("The Road," "No Country for Old Men") and stars Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem and Cameron Diaz, among others, in a story centered on a lawyer dabbling in drug trade and then suddenly in over his head.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 25, 2013 1:56 PM
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Immersed in Movies: How VFX Supervisor Farrar Fixed the Zombies in 'World War Z' (CLIP)

So much for decrying the "fix it post" mentality that plagues so many big budget movies. It evidently saved the trouble-plagued, $200 million-plus zombie thriller, "World War Z." After production snafus, cost-overruns, and a significant reshoot to streamline the third act, VFX supervisor Scott Farrar ("The Transformers" franchise) was loaned out from Industrial Light & Magic to salvage the zombies.
  • By Bill Desowitz
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  • June 21, 2013 2:22 PM
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