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I am not terribly excited or thrilled with what is coming from DC, despite it being the comic book company I have gravitated towards. The tone Man of Steel set for everything left A Lot to be desired. There is one project in the forthcoming slate that includes Wonder Woman, Shazam, and others that I have some kind of interest in, and that is David Ayer's Suicide Squad. The film's cast has had a lot of speculation thrown at it, but Warner Bros. has finally made their official announcement on who will be playing these parts. And it is a pretty starry cast. Jared Leto will indeed be playing the Joker, the Clown Prince of Crime himself, and Margot Robbie will be at his side as Harley Quinn. Tom Hardy is turning in his Bane mask to play Rick Flag. Will Smith will take on the role of the assassin Deadshot. »
- Mike Shutt
Fury, which stars Pitt as the leader of a tank crew fighting its way across Germany in the spring of 1945, captured nearly $2.6 million in its first four days in Australia.
That.s below the $3.05 million debut in 2009 of Quentin Tarantino. brutal drama, which wound up earning a potent $13.8 million.
And Fury.s ensemble cast of Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia Labeouf, Michael Peña and Jon Bernthal isn.t as stellar as Basterds. Christoph Waltz, Mélanie Laurent, Michael Fassbender, Eli Roth and Diane Kruger.
The box-office remains in a trough as takings totalled $9.8 million, a »
- Don Groves
Producer Jason Blum continues to be one of the biggest, most profitable names in horror, as his latest spook-fest, the low-budget thriller Ouija, debuted in the top spot in the weekend before Halloween. (Any other month of the year, and it may not have scared up the same amount of business.) With an estimated $20 million take, the title debuted in the middle of the horror-movie range. It beat out past scary, non-sequel October titles like Carrie ($16.1 million) and Sinister ($18 million), but was at about half the rate of anticipated franchise names like Annabelle ($37.1 million) and Paranormal Activity 2 ($40.7 million).
With a no-name cast and miserable reviews, Ouija relied entirely on its late October release date and heavy marketing (especially with its trailer attached to this month’s horror hit, Annabelle) to draw in curious moviegoers. Critics hated the film and audiences have not been kind to it either, giving Ouija a C CinemaScore. »
- Jordan Adler
Though it seems like this might be arriving a little late since Fury hit theaters last weekend, maybe Columbia Pictures is hoping that an appearance by Brad Pitt on the Funny or Die web series "Between Two Ferns" with comedian Zach Galifianakis will help the movie win another box office weekend. After sitting down with the President Barack Obama last time, Galifianakis (who is looking very svelte) is back to interviewing "dumb actors." Pitt and Galifianakis talk about many things like showers, handsomeness and why the superstar actor likes killing Nazis on the big screen even though he looks like Hitler's dream. It's another hilarious chat and there's even another big name comedian guest who stops in briefly too. Watch! Here's "Between Two Ferns" with Zack Galifianakis and Brad Pitt from Funny or Die: Written & directed by David Ayer (Street Kings, End of Watch), Fury follows a crew of Americans »
- Ethan Anderton
For those unfamiliar with the title, the comics deal with incarcerated villains from the DC universe being recruited as deniable assets by the Government to go on high-risk black ops missions in exchange for more lenient or even commuted sentences. The character of Amanda Waller runs the program.
"Fury" and "Street Kings" director David Ayer is slated to direct the "Suicide Squad" movie and offered some comments about it in a recent interview with Empire whilst out doing the promo rounds for "Fury":
"'Fury' whetted my appetite for a bigger canvas and this idea of world creation. You can do amazing things as a filmmaker if you have the proper tools, and those are time and money. I can say »
- Garth Franklin
Released in 2012, police thriller End Of Watch arguably marked a major turning point in writer-director David Ayer's career. While he'd directed films before, they hadn't received this level of critical acclaim or financial success - and with good reason. Featuring a great pair of performances from Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena as a pair of cops cruising the mean streets of South Central Los Angeles, it was an engrossing, intense film, where death seemed to lurk at every turn.
Fury is something of a departure for Ayer, whose films, whether he wrote them (Training Day, Dark Blue, S.W.A.T) or wrote and directed them (Harsh Times, Street Kings). It leaves the streets of Los Angeles far behind for a bold and intensely visceral look at the final days of World War II, »
David Ayer is probably best known as the former U.S. Navy sailor who broke onto the scene with his screenplay for Training Day, the film that won Denzel Washington a Best Actor Oscar for his portrayal as a nefarious L.A. police officer. Since then, Ayer has cultivated a reputation as a writer-director of intense urban thrillers; his directorial credits include Harsh Times, Street Kings and End Of Watch, all films that depict the streets as chaotic war zones where the cops and gangsters »
- Eric Walkuski
“Fury” looks to unseat moviegoer magnet “Gone Girl” at the box office this weekend, so how is the Brad Pitt tank drama faring with critics? The David Ayer (“End of Watch,” “Street Kings,” “Sabotage”) directed World War II film about an outnumbered U.S. Sherman tank crew on the frontlines of ground warfare in Germany, has won mostly strong reviews thus far across the board, with a 76 percent approval rating on Rotten Tomatoes. Those certainly aren't “Gone Girl” numbers, but it's a very strong showing for a film about a subject matter that doesn't quite have as wide of an appeal as the aforementioned. »
- Jeremy Blacklow
At least once a month, Cinelinx will chose one director for an in-depth examination of the “signatures” that they leave behind in their work. With the release of Fury this week, let’s examine the trademark style and calling signs of David Ayer as director.
David Ayer began his movie career as a writer, recalling on his experiences in the Navy to write the script for U-571. He worked on several other scripts, including The Fast and The Furious, and Training Day. His feature debut as director was 2005’s Harsh Times, which wasn’t well received. His follow-up was Street Kings (2008), which featured a number of big-name actors, yet didn’t receive too much attention from audiences or critics. End of Watch (2012) is his most successful film to date. It was highly regarded by critics and fit in well with his style and proficiencies as a filmmaker. Ayer got a »
- email@example.com (G.S. Perno)
David Ayer took a big leap with "Fury." After smaller projects like "Street Kings" and "End of Watch" (as well as the critical dud "Sabotage"), he went right at the bull with a massive World War II drama featuring one of the world's biggest stars. Over budget and bursting at the seems, the resulting film is a fascinating shaggy dog entry in the well-worn genre of war, one with a lot of ideas flying around but a central intention: exploring a family dynamic in the middle of hell itself. I spoke to Ayer last week about the film, which was shot on location outside of London last year. We got into the choice of shooting on film, fighting to keep one particularly strong scene in tact and, of course, favorite war movies. Check out the back and forth below. "Fury" hits theaters Oct. 17. *** HitFix: So there is obviously a long »
- Kristopher Tapley
Ready for a night at the movies with Keanu Reeves? We’ve got your passes to the advance screening of John Wick. Adding to the excitement and anticipation for the film is the choice to release John Wick in immersive IMAX®, an epic format typically reserved for big-budget studio spectaculars.
Read Michael Haffner’s Fantastic Fest review Here.
An ex-hitman comes out of retirement to track down the gangsters that took everything from him. With New York City as his bullet-riddled playground, John Wick (Keanu Reeves) is a fresh and stylized take on the “assassin genre”. The film is directed by Chad Stahelski and written by Derek Kolstad.
Check out the Fantastic Fest Red Carpet photos Here. »
- Movie Geeks
Last month, Warner Bros. set nine release dates for upcoming DC Comics movies, although none of the titles were announced. Variety reports that one of those projects is Suicide Squad, with the studio eyeing David Ayer (End of Watch; Fury) to direct.
It isn't known where the studio and director are at in the dealmaking process, but sources reveal that Warner Bros. believes David Ayer is a good fit for the project, which is described as being "dark and edgy." The original DC comic book centered on a number of supervillains who are given a chance to redeem themselves by taking on a suicide mission that may kill them all.
There have been several incarnations of the Suicide Squad in DC Comics, with villains including Captain Boomerang, Deadshot, Bronze Tiger and many more, but it is unclear which characters will be used in the film. The Variety report also reveals »
Following a different glimpse of the story in the latest UK trailer for David Ayer's World War II drama Fury, now we get a featurette that dives into the vehicles of war at the center of this story about a five-man crew of soldiers facing seemingly insurmountable odds and forces from Germany. As the featurette notes, Germans had a Tiger tank at their disposal, which were far superior to the U.S. Sherman tanks. Production was able to get the only Tiger tank in existence from a museum and use it to shoot Fury. It's basically the villain tank in this scenario, a rarity towards the end of the war, and certainly a force to be reckoned with. Here's the tank featurette for David Ayer's Fury straight from Sony Pictures: Check out the latest trailer from the United Kingdom for David Ayer's Fury, coming this fall. Written »
- Ethan Anderton
"I had the best gunner in the entire 9th Army in that seat. And now I got you." The first trailer for Fury introduced us to the tank crew facing seemingly insurmountable odds of survival in David Ayer's World War II drama. Now a new trailer from across the pond has surfaced, and this one focuses a bit more on Logan Lerman. As the recent featurette explained, he's the newest recruit of the Fury tank crew following the death of their gunner. But he's a young kid, and hasn't seen all the horror that Brad Pitt, Michael Pena, Shia Labeouf and Jon Bernthal have seen, so he must be initiated, and it looks pretty intense. Watch! Here's the latest UK trailer for David Ayer's Fury direct from Sony Pictures UK: Written & directed by David Ayer (Street Kings, End of Watch), Fury follows a crew of Americans who embark on a brave mission. »
- Ethan Anderton
If the theatrical trailer for David Ayer's World War II drama Fury, which has flares of Saving Private Ryan, didn't convince you to see the film, then maybe the first featurette will do the trick. The film follows Brad Pitt, Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal as the crew of a tank called Fury on a mission where the odds are overwhelmingly not in their favor. This featurette dives into the position each member of the crew has inside the tank, giving us just a hint of what their character has to offer in the film. It also explains how Lerman comes to end up inside Fury for this mission. Watch below! Here's the first featurette for David Ayer's Fury, originally from Apple: Watch the theatrical trailer for David Ayer's Fury, starring Brad Pitt, right here. Written & directed by David Ayer (Street Kings, End of Watch »
- Ethan Anderton
The original followed a detective who slowly falls in love and becomes obsessed with a well-heeled advertising exec over the course of investigating her murder. Ellroy also penned the scripts for "Street Kings" and "Rampart". [Source: THR]
The Emperor’s Children
- Garth Franklin
Celebrated crime author James Ellroy, whose books have been adapted into films such as L.A. Confidential and The Black Dahlia, has signed on to write the screenplay for a remake of the 1944 film noir thriller Laura.
Otto Preminger directed Laura, which centered on a detective who falls for the woman whose murder he is investigating. Gene Tierney, Dana Andrews, Clifton Webb and Vincent Price starred in the thriller, which was nominated for five Oscars, including Clifton Webb for Best Actor in a Supporting Role and Otto Preminger for best director, with Joseph Lashelle winning the Oscar for Best Cinematography.
Stuart Till is serving as executive producer for Fox 2000, but the project doesn't have a director attached at this time.
It's beyond dispute — Otto Preminger's 1944 film noir "Laura" is a stone cold classic, so of course it's going to be remade. The original starred Gene Tierney, Dana Andwers, Clifton Webb and Vincent Price, and concerned a murder investigation that turns obsessive. So if there must be a new version, we're glad it's in good hands. THR reports that legendary writer James Ellroy will craft a screenplay for the redo for Fox 2000. The author has dipped his toes into screenwriting before ("Street Kings," "Rampart"), and likely knows first hand how adaptations can both be regrettable ("Black Dahlia") and great ("L.A. Confidential"). We presume Ellroy will examine Vera Caspary's novel, from which Preminger's film was derived, and we're interested to see what his way into the story will be. If you haven't yet seen "Laura" (or want to again), you can watch the whole below with an easy click of the mouse. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
“It sort of exploded out,” filmmaker David Ayer said about his latest film. “I wrote it for me.” Ayer’s kept largely inside the domain of police films thus far ("S.W.A.T.," "Street Kings," "End Of Watch"), but for his next trick, he’s taking on a WWII drama starring Brad Pitt. And if you think "so what? Pitt’s already done a WWII movie with Quentin Tarantino" (“Inglourious Basterds”), note that Ayer’s “Fury” sounds vastly different. What’s the film like? In a long feature in the New York Times recently, the movie was described as a “relentlessly authentic portrayal of the extremes endured, and inflicted, by Allied troops who entered Germany in the spring of 1945.” Intriguingly, the Times also say the movie “promises to be one of the most daring studio movies in an awards season.” Here’s the official synopsis: April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, »
- Edward Davis
"What's that? Oh yeah...we're just here. Hanging out. On our Tank."
Brad Pitt's upcoming film, Fury, now has itself a new banner. The movie is being directed by David Ayer, the man behind End of Watch, Street Kings, Sabotage, and who wrote Training Day. The film will tell a gritty, tense tale set during World War II about a group of soldiers navigating a tank behind enemy lines.
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"April, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and out-gunned, and with a rookie soldier thrust into their platoon, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany."
The film will feature the considerable talents of not only Pitt, »
- Mario-Francisco Robles
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