Brad Pitt and Marc Forster‘s long-discussed global zombie adaptation, World War Z, is finally hitting theaters this weekend. After a production marred in controversy, Paramount paid for massive rewrites and reshoots to (hopefully) save the movie. The story goes that, during editing, no one was happy with how the film ended. Executives decided that, instead of presumptuously building the film towards a sequel, it would be more beneficial to rein it back and complete a single story.
Screenwriters Drew Goddard (The Cabin in the Woods) and Damon Lindelof (Lost) were recruited to help and, according to early reviews, the pair at the very least saved the movie from disaster. In fact, some people believe they helped make it a really good movie. You can decide for yourself June 21.
Below, read exactly what Lindelof and Goddard did to improve the film, spoiler free. Read More »
With the home theater market quickly gaining on the theatrical experience, movie studios are doing whatever they can to draw people to the theater. 3D has been the biggest change in recent years but, these days, 3D in the home can be even better than the theater. So what’s next?
Paramount has an idea that’s pretty interesting. Starting with the upcoming release of Marc Forster‘s Brad Pitt zombie movie World War Z, fans will have an opportunity to buy a “Mega Ticket” to see the film. So, instead of $12 or whatever the film costs, you pay $50 and get to see the movie in 3D two days early with a small popcorn, an HD download of the film (when it hits Blu-ray), a pair of limited World War Z 3D glasses and a full-size, limited edition poster.
Five theaters are participating in this experiment on June 19, and tickets are on sale now. Get the links and analyze the move below. Read More »
Posted on Wednesday, June 5th, 2013 by Angie Han
The still above from 21 Jump Street is an accurate representation of my reaction to the reveal that the sequel will be called 22 Jump Street. Also after the jump:
- Check out pics from Transformers 4‘s Texas set
- How much of Transformers 4 is set in China?
- Freida Pinto and James Franco won’t return (duh) for more Apes
- Marc Forster is “open” to a World War Z sequel
- Sofia Vergara gets another Machete Kills poster
- See a trailer for Despicable Me 2‘s “Minion Rush” game
- Watch tons of B-roll and interviews from Monsters University
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Posted on Tuesday, June 4th, 2013 by Angie Han
Movie critics seem very divided on Marc Forster‘s World War Z, but maybe it’ll get more solid approval from music lovers. Brit band Muse has contributed a couple of tunes to the soundtrack, including “Isolated System” from the 2012 album The 2nd Law. Paramount has just revealed a new music video for the song, and it is chock full of new footage from the film. Check it out after the jump.
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Posted on Monday, June 3rd, 2013 by Angie Han
World War Z has been plagued by reports of behind-the-scenes trouble from the get-go, leaving fans to worry that long-gestating adaptation would fall far short of its widely beloved source material. But in the end, what matters isn’t whether director Marc Forster and star/producer Brad Pitt struggled mightily to make the movie, but whether they succeeded in making a good one.
And on that front, critical opinion seems to be deeply divided. For every reviewer that calls the film “a total rush,” there’s another who knocks it as “World War Zzzzz.” Hit the jump to read the early responses.
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Posted on Thursday, April 25th, 2013 by Angie Han
Trailers! Who has time to watch them all? There are something like forty wide releases due out this summer alone. If you assume each trailer runs about two minutes, that’s about an hour and half of your life you’ll never get back. That’s time you could’ve spent actually watching one of these movies.
If you only watch one trailer this spring, then, you’ll want to make it this one. This three-minute supercut teases most of the season’s biggest releases, from Iron Man 3 to The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones. It’s surprisingly coherent, which may suggest that these titles aren’t as different as the filmmakers would like us to think. Or maybe it just proves that with the right music and some skillful editing, you can totally change the meaning of any scene. In any case, watch it after the jump.
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It’s that time of year again. We’re in Las Vegas at CinemaCon, an industry-only convention (formerly called ShoWest) for movie theater owners and distributors. The Hollywood studios come here each year with their biggest stars and clips from upcoming films, hoping to impress the theater owners into booking their “products” in the coming year. For example, last year we saw footage from films that were in production and weren’t set to be released until late 2013. Some studios also present unfinished cuts of their films super-early. This year Pixar is screening Monsters University, for example.
The opening night of CinemaCon 2013 featured a presentation by Paramount Pictures. They screened a reel with brief clips from a ton of upcoming films including Darren Aroofsky’s Noah and Jason Reitman’s Labor Day. They also presented 18 minutes of Star Trek Into Darkness in 3D, three clips from World War Z, and Michael Bay premiered his film Pain & Gain. After the jump you will be able to read my first reaction to Bay’s latest, along with a video blog I recorded with Alex from FirstShowing giving our thoughts about everything screened.
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The last poster for World War Z showed an organic tower of zombies swarming towards a helicopter. For this new one-sheet, Brad Pitt takes the center as he rides in the back of a helicopter, but he’s not really the focus. Despite Pitt occupying most of the poster’s real estate, most people will probably spend more time checking out what he’s surveying: total chaos on the ground below. The lesson from the two posters: helicopters might help people get a look at the grand scale of the film’s zombie outbreak, but they won’t save you in the end.
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Hollywood loves Chinese money, as the film audience in China makes up a significant portion of potential global box-office. As we’ve heard many times before, productions will shoot in China and/or cast Chinese actors not only to attract the local audience, but to qualify for distribution in the country. Some films, such as Looper and Iron Man 3, have even crafted China-specific versions.
Now Transformers 4 will cast Chinese actors and shoot footage in the country, the better to secure co-production status and thus a prime Chinese release opportunity. (China’s state regulations allow only a limited number of foreign films to play in a given year. Co-production status helps American studios skirt around release restrictions, as the film becomes technically a Chinese production.)
In a related note, there’s a report claiming that Paramount is making a slight change to World War Z in order to forestall controversy in China. Read More »
“I wanted to make a film my sons could actually see before they get old,” said Brad Pitt, talking about his upcoming zombie film, World War Z. “As you will see, we got a little carried away.” Pitt was on the Paramount lot last week, along with director Marc Forster, to introduce 20 minutes of footage from the June 21 release.
The actor, who is also a producer, spoke about what they were trying to do with the movie. “In Max Brooks’ book we found much more than a zombie film. We found this global apocalypse,” Pitt said. “This zombie epidemic as worldwide pandemic.” That massive scope was certainly on display in the footage, which featured Pitt’s character separating from his family to travel the world, hoping to figure out the source of the rising zombie apocalypse. Oh, and also rising walls of vicious zombies.
After the footage, Forster took questions from a handful of journalists, many of which were aimed at the film’s controversial production. The process saw massive reshoots and rewrites. He admitted that, yes, the ending had been changed but that they were very happy with the result.
After the jump, read more about the footage itself, watch a video blog reacting to the footage, and read more from Forster about the ending, how the film goes against zombie conventions and more. Read More »