Paramount Pictures' 'World War Z' seemingly has it all: Brad Pitt, big explosions, international intrigue, a looming apocalypse. Oh, and zombies. We shouldn't forget the zombies, even if it seems the studio has. Case in point: the new poster for the Marc Forster film, which features a forlorn Pitt as he surveys a devastated city from the safety of a helicopter. Lots of fire and destruction. No zombies.
The latest 'World War Z' trailer has us given us all kinds of mixed feelings. On one hand, we're pumped to see Brad Pitt traverse the world battling hordes of the undead, but we're also completely dreading the experience. For everything that piques our interest (a big zombie movie filled with prestige talent!) there's someth
It's Brad Pitt vs. a wave of zombies. Check out the new trailer below and ponder the future of the walking dead.
We'll say this about the new poster for 'World War Z': it looks pretty darn cool. Rather than slap some hastily photoshopped floating heads in some kind of generic pattern, the one-sheet chooses to emphasize one of the more interesting aspects of the trailer -- the massive, ant-like swarms of zombies that are a far cry from the traditional shambling corpses of 'The Night of the Living Dead' and 'The Walking Dead.'
Don't expect to see Brad Pitt anywhere on the small screen these days, between the scope of 'World War Z' and his latest 'Killing Them Softly.' The last time we can recall Pitt's star being dim enough for TV was an appearance on 'Friends,' but his name (at least) may soon come to HBO. New reports claim that Pitt's production company has begun development on a new HBO debt collector drama 'Paper,' adapted from a New Yorker article, but what's been changed in the translation?
Brad Pitt and director Andrew Dominik's 'Killing them Softly' opens this weekend, and it's a film I consider as strained as it is strong -- for every great performance there's a heavy-handed bit of symbolism, and all the subtext is pretty much text. But it -- and a recent Variety article pondering if movies are too long (and, by the way, uh, the answer is "No," thank you very much) -- sent me back to thinking about 'The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford,' Pitt and Dominik's excellent, overlooked previous 2007 release.
‘Killing Them Softly’ has a lot of characters but just one motivation: money. Everyone we see is after the almighty dollar. An low-level mobster hires two men to knock off an underground poker game; one of the thieves wants to use his cut to buy heroin he can sell for more cash. The mob wants the dough from the poker game back so they hire a hitman to find and kill the thieves. He’s after a payday, too -- and when he collects it, President Obama is on a television in the background, delivering his election night speech from 2008 when he proudly proclaimed that we are a nation of one people from a collection of United -- rather than red or blue -- States. The hitman, Jackie (Brad Pitt) isn’t buying it. “One people?” he scoffs. “A myth created by Thomas Jefferson,” who didn’t really believe all men were created equal; he was a slave owner who didn’t want to pay any more taxes to England. “America isn’t a country,” Jackie continues. “It’s a business.”