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Anthony Michael Hall has just landed a role alongside Brad Pitt in Netflix’s upcoming satirical comedy War Machine. According to Deadline, the actor will play General Hank Pulver, the right-hand man to Pitt’s four-star general. Pitt’s character is inspired by General Stanley McChrystal, while Hall’s character is inspired by General Mike Flynn, McChrystal’s real-life second-in-command.
The film, which is based on Michael Hastings’ controversial book The Operators: The Wild And Terrifying Inside Story Of America’s War In Afghanistan, was acquired by the streaming service earlier this year. In the best-selling book, Hastings writes about America’s war with Afghanistan and the military commanders behind-the-scenes.
Hall became famous for his performances in such classic 1980s John Hughes movies as Sixteen Candles, Weird Science and The Breakfast Club. His more recent acting credits include The Dark Knight, Foxcatcher and Results.
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This is about as close as 2015 could get to the magic of 1969. Less a remake of Oliver Postgate and Peter Firmin’s classic and more a continuation, the new incarnation of the pink space creatures replaces stop-motion jerk with smooth computer animation, but keeps the knitted skins and the burrows with bin lids on. Michael Palin’s narration wisely doesn’t try to replicate Postgate’s tone of surprised wonder. In the first new episode, a beautiful story about musical notes catching on a cloud turns on a lovely motif by composer John Du Prez. Jack Seale
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- Jack Seale, Ali Catterall, Jonathan Wright, Julia Raeside, David Stubbs, Mark Jones and Ben Arnold
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