David Michod, who directed Animal Kingdom and the forthcoming The Rover (trailer here), is now set to direct Brad Pitt in a film about US operations in Afghanistan. The source material is Michael Hastings’ book The Operators: The Wild and Terrifying Inside Story of America’s War in Afghanistan. Michod will also script The Operators. One focus of the book is General Stanley McChrystal, who was brought back to DC and soon resigned after a Hastings-authored article in Rolling Stone portrayed the general’s men bashing the Obama administration, it’s difficult to see Pitt in that role. We don’t know who Pitt will play at this point.
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Unbroken is the story of Louis Zamperini, an American Olympian who competed in 1936, and a World War II veteran who survived a plane crash at sea during the war only to be picked up by the Japanese Navy and interred in a POW camp.
Angelina Jolie directs the film as her follow-up to In the Land of Blood and Honey, but it’s a few of the other names in the crew roster that might get your attention: Roger Deakins (No Country For Old Men, Skyfall, Prisoners) shot the film, and Joel and Ethan Coen did some work on the script. (Just how much we don’t know, but their involvement is a good bullet point in Universal’s sales pitch if nothing else.)
Here is an unusual “trailer,” written and cut specifically for an Olympic audience, with narration by Tom Brokaw and vintage photos and footage of Zamperini cut into the footage from Jolie’s film along with a recent interview with Zamperini. Read More »
Briefly: The attack on the US diplomatic mission and nearby CIA Annex in Benghazi on September 11, 2012 has become a lingering scandal for the Obama administration, with many people unsatisfied with both the White House’s method of dealing with the attack, and the way that information about the event has been doled out in the aftermath.
Now Paramount is buying rights to a forthcoming book, Thirteen Hours: A Firsthand Account Of What Really Happened In Benghazi, by Mitchell Zuckoff with the assistance of surviving members of the Annex Security Team who were present during the attack. Chuck Hogan, who wrote the novel that became The Town, and co-authored The Strain with Guillermo del Toro, will script a film based on the book.
The book purports to be a firsthand account of the attack and its aftermath, which left four Americans dead, one of whom was U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens. Since the book hasn’t yet been released, there’s no knowing how accurate it is, and whether or not it paints the attack and subsequent response in any partisan light.
One of the new offerings from AMC in 2014 will be Turn, billed as “the story of America’s first spy ring,” set at a point when there was just barely an America. Rupert Wyatt (The Escapist, Rise of the Planet of the Apes) directs the pilot, with Jamie Bell playing a New York farmer who forms the Culper Ring in 1778. The group of childhood friends becomes the nascent country’s first real spy organization, and aims to upend lingering British presence as the Revolutionary War goes on.
Check out the first trailer below.
Update: When we first posted this, the trailer was made private shortly after. Now it’s back (officially, it seems) so you can check out the footage for real.
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Alan Turing served his country during WWII, when he helped develop one of Enland’s most significant machines to break German codes. He served mankind by doing other research and design that paved the way for future ideas in computer science and AI. And he was gay, for which led to criminal prosecution in 1952. That prosecution led to chemical castration, which Turing elected to undergo rather than going to prison.
Turing is the subject of a film called The Imitation Game, with Benedict Cumberbatch in the lead role. The actor doesn’t look a lot like Turing, but he could very well be able to play him well regardless.
Below you can see the first official photo of the actor in the role, released in recognition of the fact that Turing was finally given a posthumous Royal Pardon in England, almost six decades after his death. Read More »
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Here’s a cheeky sales pitch for George Clooney‘s new film The Monuments Men, which features Clooney, Matt Damon, Bill Murray, Cate Blanchett, Jean Dujardin, Bob Balaban, Hugh Bonneville, and John Goodman as a crew of art guys and their associates who seek to rescue priceless cultural artifacts from Hitler’s war machine. The ads we’ve seen so far were the conventional sort. Now there’s an ad in the old newsreel style (well, very vaguely in the style), which along with the website SupportTheMonumentsMen.com tells you a bit about the film and the people that inspired it. Read More »
Here’s the new trailer for 300: Rise of an Empire, the follow-up to Zack Snyder’s breakout hit 300. This one has been a long time coming, but now, after everything, the film and the new trailer might have new significance, again thanks to Snyder. The director is looking at this movie’s co-star, Callan Mulvey, as a likely villain choice for Batman vs. Superman. Does the footage below give any clue to how he might be used? Of course not, but those who’ve waited a long time for the 300 follow-up will want to have a look. Read More »
The Monuments Men, the new film from George Clooney about a group of guys from the art world recruited to save art from the ravages of Hitler’s army, may have been pushed into 2014 to make time for effects work, but we can still get a good look at it now.
There’s a lot of new footage in this trailer, much of it showing off the stellar supporting cast (including Bill Murray, John Goodman, Bob Balaban, and Cate Blanchett for starters) and in so doing supporting the illusion that this is an Ocean’s movie transported to World War II. But there’s probably all first act stuff, and as this trailer goes on there’s a more serious spirit that comes to the fore.
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Normally, the director has 100% final say on a film set. He’s the man. However, that was not the case on the set of Lone Survivor. Director Peter Berg and producer/star Mark Wahlberg were so committed to realism on the set, they hired several Navy SEALs as advisors and told them they could stop filming or call B.S. on anything, at any time.
The film tells the harrowing true story of four Navy SEALS on a mission in Afghanistan who are posed with an impossible decision with unthinkable ramifications. Wahlberg stars as Marcus Luttrell, the real life SEAL who wrote a book about the experience, and he was among the SEALs on set with this unusual filmmaking power. Luttrell, along with Wahlberg and Berg, spoke about this at a recent screening of the film at the Los Angeles County Museum of Art, presented by Film Independent. Read the quotes below. Read More »