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This weekend, Brad Pitt's Fury is not just the box office number one movie making $23.5 million. The film about the World War II tank crew's last offensive against the waning Nazi forces in 1945 was also a teachable moment for Pitt's son Maddox.
In an interview with the Associated Press, the actor talked about his eldest son's reaction to watching the film.
"He's a bit of a World War II buff so it's interesting for him, I think, but it's still dad so it's not that cool."
It was important to Pitt to explain the reality of war to his kid. "The younger generation play a lot of video games and I want them to understand that there is casualty, you don't just reboot. There are real consequences and real stakes so we talked a lot about that."
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After months of speculation, DC have finally unveiled the specifics of their cinematic universe and revealed the projected release dates of their upcoming films, but what’s really excited the fanbase is the casting revelations.
Many iconic comic book characters have been recast over the years, and while there may initially be some resistance from the fan community, these choices often work out for the best. People were skeptical that Heath Ledger could better Jack Nicholson’s portrayal of the Joker, but his is now the definitive version of the character. Other actors, like Andrew Garfield, Christian Bale and Henry Cavill, have all carved their own mark on internationally renowned heroes as well.
Despite this, the comic book community rose up in outrage when Ben Affleck was cast as Bruce Wayne in the upcoming Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice. Jesse Eisenberg didn’t fare much better either once it »
- David Opie
Take another look @ the (low-res) "Batman V. Superman: Dawn of Justice" teaser trailer, screened exclusively at the 2014 San Diego Comic-Con International, plus a new animatic trailer recently put together to clarify what the clear footage reveals:
"'Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice' is based on 'Superman' characters created by Jerry Siegel & Joe Shuster, 'Batman' characters created by Bob Kane and 'Wonder Woman' created by William Moulton Marston. »
- Michael Stevens
Anghus Houvouras on the casting speculation for big budget comic book movies….
“Popular actor sought for big budget comic book movie.”
It reads like a headline from The Onion. A satirical oversimplification of a news trend that has been plaguing entertainment websites of late. Since Marvel Studios has become a dominant pop culture staple, casting speculation has infected the entertainment media in the same way that fantasy football turned an already fun sport into a narcissistic nightmare of entitlement.
Casting speculation has always been a staple of online film sites. When the rumor mill begins to churn around a major project like Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, the excitement is understandable. Readers seem to have an insatiable appetite for even the most random possibilities being bandied about by websites with absolutely zero credibility (cough… Latino Review… cough).
The concept of casting speculation has taken a ridiculous turn. It’s »
- Anghus Houvouras
David Fincher's Gone Girl has raced past the $200 million mark at the global box office, where it will soon overtake the filmmaker's The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo ($232.6 million) and The Social Network ($224.9 million). Gone Girl, starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, even has a shot at approaching $300 million worldwide, although that won't be enough to match The Curious Case of Benjamin Button ($333 million) or Seven ($327.3 million), which rank as Fincher's top-grossing movies, respectively, not accounting for inflation. Read more David Fincher Cast Ben Affleck in 'Gone Girl' After Googling
- Pamela McClintock
Letterman’s longtime cue-card guy fired for assaulting a “Late Show” writer Tony Mendez — who's also host of “The Late Show’s” web series “The Tony Mendez Show” was terminated last week after getting into argument with writer Bill Scheft. “I know I shouldn’t have put my hands on him,” the 69-year-old Mendez tells the NY Post. “But this has been coming for a long time.” Report: An autopsy was never performed on Joan Rivers Melissa Rivers requested that an autopsy not be performed, and that means we’ll never learn what exactly killed Rivers, according to TMZ. Mindy Kaling and Matt Damon are starring in a Super Bowl commercial together The pairing is notable because Kaling once starred in a stage show called “Matt & Ben” about Damon and Ben Affleck’s friendship, where she played Affleck. No word on what product they were filming their commercial for. “Glee »
- Norman Weiss
David Ayers' "Fury" hit theaters hard this weekend and the World War II era drama easily took down two-time champ "Gone Girl" with $23.5 million. Starring Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf and Logan Lerman, among others, "Fury" is reported to have cost $68 million. This writer has heard it actually cost over $100 million, but we'll go with the studio's number at this point. The one thing everyone can agree on, however, is that "Fury" was fully financed by Qed International and it will need significant international returns to break even. Considering Pitt's overseas star power that may not be a concern. "Fury" also marks Sony Pictures third no. 1 opener in a row after Screen Gems' surprise hit "No Good Deed" and Columbia Pictures' "The Equalizer." David Fincher's "Gone Girl" dropped to no. 2, but New Regency and 20th Century Fox are still smiling. "Girl" surpassed the $100 million mark in just »
- Gregory Ellwood
You could be forgiven for thinking that, with filming long since underway, we knew everyone who will crop up in Batman V Superman: Dawn Of Justice. Wrongo! There are still a few names to be added to the list, with Jenna Malone reportedly part of the cast.The Hollywood Reporter has been gabbing to its sources to confirm sightings of Malone and a story on a Central Michigan TV show that she’s on board.No official confirmation has emerged either about her presence or whom she might be playing, so here’s where we’ll fly the Spoiler Alert flag and warn anyone who continues onward that there is wild speculation ahead.The TV outlet’s report mentioned that Malone had been part of a scene where Ben Affleck’s Batman battles Jesse Eisenberg’s Lex Luthor (we’re guessing with the help of some henchmen/technology, because we »
Brad Pitt‘s bloody war saga “Fury” rolled to a $23.5 million victory at the box office this weekend, ending the two-week run of the dark murder mystery “Gone Girl.” The Ben Affleck-starring thriller took in $17.8 million and edged another Fox release, “The Book of Life,” for second. The Guillermo del Toro-produced animated tale opened to $17 million. The weekend's other wide opener, the romance “The Best of Me,” fizzled with a $10.2 million debut — the worst-ever for a Nicholas Sparks adaptation. “Brad Pitt is a movie star,” Sony distribution chief Rory Bruer told TheWrap, “There's no doubt about that. »
- Todd Cunningham
The third weekend of October slowed down slightly with the Brad Pitt WWII movie Fury, directed by David Ayer (End of Watch) and co-starring Logan Lerman, Shia Labeouf, Jon Bernthal and Michael Peña, opening on Thursday night in 3173 theaters. After grossing $8.8 million on Friday (including Thursday previews), it took in an estimated $23.5 million for the weekend. David Fincher's Gone Girl (20th Century Fox), starring Ben Affleck and Rosamund Pike, dropped to second place but held up well with $17.8 million as it crossed the $100 million mark. »
According to THR the series is described as a "futuristic espionage thriller set in a world where corporations have seemingly unlimited power. The drama will be the story of one man's efforts to beat the system."
The pilot for the series will be written by brothers and writing team David and Alex Pastor (Selfless, The Last Days). Affleck and Damon on executive producers on the series, and Ted Humphrey (The Good Wife) will serve as showrunner.
This seems like a story that will fit right in with what SyFy is doing these days with the series they are producing. There's some solid talent attached to the project, and I'm curious to see how it turns out. »
- Joey Paur
This past Wednesday, Time Warner announced a spate of new movies designed to establish, expand, and cement the profitability of DC Comics’ cinematic universe. Those films — Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice and Suicide Squad in 2016, Wonder Woman and Justice League Part One in 2017, The Flash and Aquaman in 2018, Shazam and Justice League Part Two in 2019, and Cyborg and Green Lantern (a reboot of the property) in 2020 — will be punctuated with additional films starring Ben Affleck’s Batman and Henry Cavill’s Superman. The news has taken the internet by storm, even eclipsing some major Marvel cinematic rumors from earlier in the week.
Though the initial optimism at seeing DC finally get its film division off the ground has not yet abated, the discerning fan will find cause for concern. What could — and should — be a strong competitor to Marvel’s bulletproof cinematic universe looks like a pale imitation, »
- Scott Fried
Recently, Comicbookmovie.com acquired some new, exclusive set pics for the upcoming "Batman v Superman: Dawn Of Justice" super hero/action flick, and they feature main stars, Jesse Eisenberg aka Lex Luthor, Gal Gadot aka Wonder Woman, Holly Hunter, Tao Okamoto, arriving at the Michigan State University location to film a reported party scene as the Museum there, is doubling as Lex's huge mansion. You guys can see the new pics at Comicbookmovie by Clicking Here. They apparently turned a Starbucks that was located there, into a bar, and it's reported that this scene will involve a major fight among other things, so it should be interesting. The movie stars: Henry Cavill as Superman/Clark Kent and Ben Affleck as Batman/Bruce Wayne, Amy Adams as Lois Lane, Laurence Fishburne as Perry White, Diane Lane as Ma Kent, Jesse Eisenberg as Lex Luthor, Ray Fisher as Cyborg ,and Gal Gadot as Wonder Woman/Diana Prince, »
Fury, which stars Brad Pitt ("Meet Joe Black") and was directed by David Ayer ("End of Watch"), will debut in first-place this weekend. The World War II film pulled in $8.8M on Friday and is now estimated to have a total just north of $24M for the weekend. Last week's box office champ, Gone Girl, which stars Ben Affleck ("Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice") and was directed by David Fincher ("Panic Room"), will finish in second-place this weekend with $18M. That'll push its domestic total over $100M. Universal's Dracula Untold took a 65% tumble from last weekend's strong second-place finish. It will end up in sixth-place with only $8.5M to $9.3M. Michael Keaton's Birdman opened in just four theaters this weekend and had a healthy $112K per-screen-average. 1). Fury (Sony), 3,173 theaters / $8.8M Fri. (includes $1.2M latenights) 3-day est. cume $24.3M to $25M / Wk 1 2). Gone Girl (Fox), 3,248 theaters »
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Well, it’s been a huge week for superhero news – so much so that it was a toss-up between Warner Bros. and Marvel Studios for our lead story this week. However, as we’ve been inundated with Marvel news, we’ll get things underway with Warner and its big DC Cinematic Universe announcement. Yes, the studio has finally revealed its plans post-Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice, »
- Gary Collinson
“Fury” opened to No. 1 at the U.S. box office on Friday — ahead of two-time champ “Gone Girl” and newcomer “The Book of Life” — with $8.8 million. This includes $1.2 million from Thursday night showings. The tank tale looks to haul $25 million in its debut weekend.
Pitt stars as an army sergeant who commands a Sherman tank and a five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines in Germany during the end of WWII. This is a record opening for director David Ayer, who wrote and directed 2012’s “End of Watch” and scripted “Training Day.” The movie also stars Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman and Michael Peña.
Aside from Pitt’s star power, the $68 million production — backed by Columbia Pictures in association with Qed Intl. and LStar Capital — has the critics on its side, earning 80% on Rotten Tomatoes.
- Maane Khatchatourian
Warner Bros. Pictures
It’s over six years since The Dark Knight took the world by storm and we still can’t stop thinking about Heath Ledger’s incredible performance as the Joker. Originally met with a fan backlash that makes Ben Affleck’s Batman feel loved, as publicity stills and trailers were slowly released it became apparent that Ledger had delivered something incredibly special.
This is made all the more impressive as it was an accepted ‘fact’ amongst the fans that no one could ever do the character better than Jack Nicholson in Tim Burton’s Batman. Now that sentiment feels laughable; next to The Dark Knight’s version, Jack Napier could pass for a genuine children’s entertainer.
One of the biggest elements of the character that Nolan’s version trumped Burton’s was in the origin, or lack thereof; unlike Nicholson, whose story provided the main arc, »
- Alex Leadbeater
In this week's 10 Stories You Might Have Missed: "Game of Thrones" fandom is going into overdrive with the revelation that the upcoming fifth season will include at least one unprecedented flashback. Also: Scarlett Johansson has been offered a big payday for the lead in live-action "Ghost in the Shell," Matt Damon and Ben Affleck are re-teaming to produce a new Syfy series, NBC drops Krysten Ritter's new comedy "Mission Control," Guillermo del Toro now wants a third "Pacific Rim" movie, new scripts for "Selfie," "Manhattan Love Story," and "Forever" are ordered up, and more. Catch up here: »
- HitFix Staff
Nyff 2014: Chris’ Top 5 – A year dominated by its main slate
Not much more can be said about the sheer grandeur and highbrow allure of the New York Film Festival. Gala debuts and celebrity red carpet events have become quite the norm for the festival, making its 52nd installment no exception. No, this festival isn’t for your midnight madness crowd. Instead, the festival prides itself on broad appeal. Boasting two World Premieres, including Warner Bros.’ Paul Thomas Anderson-directed Inherent Vice and David Fincher’s film adaptation of the best seller Gone Girl from 20th Century Fox, Nyff is solidifying itself as the stomping ground for Oscar-bait material. Not quite the trendsetter as earlier film festivals such as Sundance (as the case with Damien Chazelle’s Whiplash), Nyff acts as the showstopper in order to garner attention for award season. Thus, it’s no surprise that this year’s »
- Christopher Clemente
(Tread carefully; there are Major Spoilers ahead!) This morning, a news report from Channel 10 Wilx in East Lansing, Michigan, confirmed that a female Robin will be appearing in Batman v Superman: Dawn of Justice. The news came from an extra who wished to remain anonymous. This matched up with earlier reports that actress Jena Malone had dyed her hair red to play Carrie Kelley, the Robin in Frank Miller's Dark Knight Returns. Now The Hollywood Reporter is confirming that Jena Malone has indeed been cast in director Zack Snyder's Man of Steel follow-up. But is she playing Robin?
There is no confirmation from Warner Bros. or DC about this late addition to the cast, or which character she is actually playing. According to the Channel 10 news report, the character was added to the script late in the game during some last minute rewrites. Multiple sources confirm that Jena Malone »
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