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David Ayer interview: Fury, war, tanks, Suicide Squad

20 October 2014 2:21 AM, PDT | Den of Geek | See recent Den of Geek news »

We talk to writer-director David Ayer about his war film Fury, getting it made, and more...

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, »

- ryanlambie

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Exclusive 1:1 Interview with Fury director David Ayer

17 October 2014 3:53 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

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

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Interview: Director David Ayer Talks Realism, On Set Battles And Making The WWII Film 'Fury'

16 October 2014 10:07 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

Nobody makes movies as unrepentantly manly as David Ayer. The director started his career writing "Training Day," a script that would ultimately win Denzel Washington an Academy Award for Best Actor, and went on to write and direct similarly gritty crime movies "Harsh Times" and "End of Watch." Earlier this year, he co-wrote and directed "Sabotage," a modern day drug world variation on an Agatha Christie story that starred Arnold Schwarzenegger. All of Ayers movies up until now have been about men —sweaty, foul-mouthed, violence-loving men, with female characters serving as another way in which those men communicate with one another. But his most macho movie yet is this week's "Fury," a mud-and-blood-covered World War II yarn about a squad of soldiers in a tank (commanded by Brad Pitt) during the waning days of the European theater (read our review). We sat down with Ayer earlier this week and talked. »

- Drew Taylor

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Exclusive Interview: Talking 'Fury' With Director David Ayer

15 October 2014 9:29 AM, PDT | LatinoReview | See recent LatinoReview news »

Director David Ayer made his directorial debut with his original screenplay Harsh Times. The gritty drama, starring Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez, which was released in the fall of 2006. Ayer garnered widespread acclaim and accolades for his hyper-realistic portrayal of life behind the blue line in End of Watch (2012).  He moved to Los Angeles as a teenager and the experiences of his upbringing shaped much of his artistic vision and his inside knowledge and affection for the culture surrounding law enforcement can be seen throughout his work. 

Ayer joined the United States Navy, where he served as sonar man aboard a nuclear attack submarine during the Cold War. After an honorable discharge, Ayer began writing. He wrote and was a co-producer on his “calling card” spec script Training Day, which became a hit film and garnered Denzel Washington an Academy Award for Best Actor.

Ayer also co-wrote the submarine thriller U-571, »

- Kellvin Chavez

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Directors' Trademarks: David Ayer

14 October 2014 1:12 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

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 »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (G.S. Perno)

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Fury: The Press Conference

13 October 2014 8:33 AM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

Fury, the all new David Ayer film, hits theaters this friday. Recently, Wamg was invited to attend the film’s press day where writer/director David Ayer joined stars Logan LermanMichael Peña, and Jon Bernthal in a press conference to discuss the accuracy of the film, boot camp, and working with Brad Pitt and Shia Labeouf. Check it out below!

Fury takes place in late-war Germany, 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theatre, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. Outnumbered and outgunned, 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 also stars Shia Labeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, and Scott Eastwood.

Logan, »

- Melissa Howland

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Review: Brad Pitt and a strong ensemble elevate the uneven WWII film 'Fury'

10 October 2014 10:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Writer/director David Ayer has spent his career writing about what happens in the space between men at times of enormous stress, and he's got a really brutal, nasty overall sensibility. He broke through with his scripts for "The Fast & The Furious" and "Training Day," and then made the jump to directing as well with "Harsh Times," starring Christian Bale. Any first-time director who manages to someone as difficult as Bale and survives deserves some respect, and Ayer strikes me as someone who is struggling to make serious but entertaining films that explore these certain themes in certain ways, mixing up where and when they take place, but essentially circling the same ideas repeatedly. His new film, "Fury," feels like a bid for respectability, a hope that he might be headed back into awards season. I'm not someone who writes about awards, so I have no idea how it'll do, »

- Drew McWeeny

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Watch: 5 1/2 Minutes From Brad Pitt's WWII Flick 'Fury'

6 October 2014 1:29 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

There are few filmmakers as versed in the world of machismo bro-ness as David Ayer. The guy behind "Training Day," "Sabotage," "End Of Watch" and "Harsh Times" has built a career out of depicting a certain level of testosterone, and it doesn't look like that will change with the upcoming "Fury." The movie—which stars Brad Pitt as a character named Wardaddy, if you needed more proof—centers on a tank crew in the fading days of WWII, stuck behind enemy lines and trying to stay alive even as they are outgunned and outnumbered. Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Shia Labeouf and Scott Eastwood are among the brothers-in-arms for this one, which increasingly looks less like a prestige pic and more like a straight up popcorn movie. Though one with more more bro-tensity than your average blockbuster. Before the movie opens on October 17th, check out 5 1/2 minutes worth of clips below »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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DC Plans 'Suicide Squad' Movie with 'Fury' Director David Ayer

19 September 2014 11:52 AM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

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 »

- MovieWeb

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Meet the only 'Fury' star bigger than Brad Pitt: the Tiger I tank

16 September 2014 10:40 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Writer-director David Ayer is all about in-your-face verisimilitude. For 2005's "Harsh Times," he relayed his South Central childhood directly to screen. With 2012's "End of Watch," he flocked to those same streets for a found footage exercise. And despite it's World War II setting, Ayer's ambition for raw intensity should keep his latest film, "Fury," squarely in the real. Not every director would pull strings to get an actual 1943 tank out on his recreated battlefield. In a new feature for the Sony Pictures release, Ayer and producer John Lesher walk us through the squadron of authentic vehicles the pair lined up for "Fury." If the audience is going to understand why it took 50,000 American Sherman tanks wipe out 15,000 German Tigers, they have to see the hulking beast in action. In the film, Brad Pitt's Don "Wardaddy" Collier leads his men in what, on paper, looks like suicide mission. It's their Sherman, »

- Matt Patches

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DVD Review – Sabotage (2014)

16 September 2014 4:00 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sabotage, 2014.

Directed by David Ayer.

Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Terence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Max Martini, Harold Perrineau and Mireille Enos.


Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.

Arnold Schwarzenegger’s post political return to film has been a bit of a mixed bag thus far. Aside from a couple of token appearances in the first two Expendables films, his films have all tanked (including his token appearance in The Expendables 3). That’s not to say his output hasn’t been without merits. Arnold’s first proper re-introduction came in the simple, yet highly enjoyable The Last Stand, a film which grows on me every time I see it, and deserved to be watched by more than the half dozen people who actually bothered to see it in cinemas. »

- Gary Collinson

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'Fury' Starring Brad Pitt Closes London Film Festival in Bid for Oscar Contention

14 August 2014 10:17 AM, PDT | Thompson on Hollywood | See recent Thompson on Hollywood news »

David Ayer's "Fury" is a movie I want to see. That's because Ayer is a visceral, innovative director who pulls strong performances from his actors, from Christian Bale and Freddy Rodriguez in "Harsh Times" to Michael Pena and Jake Gyllenhaal in hand-held indie "End of Watch," which made my 2012 Ten Best List.  But trying to figure out "Fury" as an Oscar contender is another matter. Clearly Sony is pushing the movie into the awards corridor, moving up its release date from November to October 17 in order to accommodate a closing October 19 night berth at the London Film Festival. (It does not appear to be booked at any U.S. fests, and may not be ready to show as yet.) wasn't ready to show to the New York Fest.) Best Actor candidate Brad Pitt, who was exemplary in Quentin Tarantino's "Inglourious Basterds," plays another hard-ass soldier, a Sergeant called Wardaddy, »

- Anne Thompson

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Brad Pitt, Sherman tanks and lots of mud on the set of Oscar contender 'Fury'

1 July 2014 11:00 AM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

London - On a chilly October day, four Sherman tanks rumble through the mud of the English countryside. They are battle worn and weary, their crews resolute, but they carry scars of a long campaign. For a brief moment the visage makes you believe you've stepped back in time: to April 1945 and the last days of World War II. You haven't, of course; it's just an impressive set for the new period thriller "Fury." Written and directed by David Ayer ("End of Watch"), "Fury" follows members of one heroic tank crew as they embark on a dangerous mission into the heart of Nazi Germany. The tank is lead by Wardaddy (Brad Pitt), who has his loyal soldiers Boyd (Shia Labeouf), Trini (Michael Peña) and Grady (Jon Bernthal) at his back. He also has a young newbie, Norman (Logan Lerman), who will no doubt learn some major life lessons under Wardaddy's watch. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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David Ayer says he is no longer involved with the Commando remake

1 July 2014 8:54 AM, PDT | JoBlo.com | See recent JoBlo news »

David Ayer has begun to prove himself more and more as a director to be reckoned with. From his gritty crime films Harsh Times and Street Kings through his found footage End Of Watch and the action-packed Sabotage, Ayer has made a name for himself as the go to guy for a very specific type of film. His next movie, the Brad Pitt starrer Fury may also show that Ayer can segue into other genres as well. Maybe that is why he was connected to a remake of Arnold Schwarzenegger's cult classic »

- Alex Maidy

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First Look: Brad Pitt and Shia Labeouf make behind-the-scenes 'Fury'

11 June 2014 3:01 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

There's been a lot of talk already around "Interstellar," "Birdman," "Unbroken" and "Foxcatcher" in the Best Picture race, but one movie that should not be discounted is David Ayer's "Fury." Based on Ayer's original screenplay, "Fury" is a departure for the "End of Watch" filmmaker. It's a period piece centered on a crew of American soldiers operating a Sherman tank during the last days of WWII. The script was strong enough to entice Brad Pitt to top-line and features an impressive ensemble including Logan Lerman, Xavier Samuel, Michael Peña and, yes, Shia Labeouf. It also promises to differ from Ayer's recent handheld style, which gained him so much acclaim with "End of Watch" in particular. Now, on paper, "Fury" could absolutely be just another war movie thriller. Ayer earned some critical acclaim for his "Training Day" screenplay, for the underrated "Harsh Times" and the aforementioned "Watch." Plus, Pitt is »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Watch First Footage From David Ayer’s WWII Film ‘Fury’ Starring Brad Pitt

10 June 2014 10:54 PM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

David Ayer has emerged as a massive talent in Hollywood over the past couple of decades. After writing the Oscar-winning Denzel Washington film Training Day, and the first Fast And The Furious movie, the screenwriter went on to direct a slew of films including Harsh Times with Christian Bale, End Of Watch with Jake Gyllenhaal and Michael Pena, and this year’s Arnold Schwarzenegger vehicle Sabotage. Later in 2014, he turns his focus from the mean streets of Los Angeles to the battlefields of World War II with the action-drama Fury.

Brad Pitt stars opposite Shia Labeouf, Michael Pena, Logan Lerman, and Jon Bernthal. Here’s a synopsis.

Fury is set at the very end of World War II, in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push in the European Theater, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines. »

- Paul Heath

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Sabotage review an unholy mess

8 May 2014 2:14 PM, PDT | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

David Ayer lowers the tone with a tiring attempt at old-school macho action and a creaking Arnold Schwarzenegger

David Ayer's Harsh Times (2005) and End of Watch (2012) and also his screenplay for Training Day (2001) showed he was the smartest of operators, but this new picture is a tiring and muddled attempt at old-school macho action, with Arnold Schwarzenegger creaking along in the lead role. At 66, Arnie is surely the oldest member of any DEA armed undercover drug squad. The scene in which he has a full-on, with-tongues snog with Olivia Williams should really have earned this an 18 certificate for horror. He and his badass crew are taking down a Mexican druglord's palace, and impounding the huge pile of drug money in the basement. But it seems Arnie and his gang are a bit greedy, and figure on skimming a few mill for themselves, which gets them in trouble with both »

- Peter Bradshaw

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Movie Review – Sabotage (2014)

5 May 2014 2:50 AM, PDT | Flickeringmyth | See recent Flickeringmyth news »

Sabotage, 2014.

Directed by David Ayer.

Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Terence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Max Martini, Harold Perrineau and Mireille Enos.


Members of an elite DEA task force find themselves being taken down one by one after they rob a drug cartel safe house.

A lot has been written about Arnold Schwarzenegger’s return to the acting game. After his political stint, many were excited by his return to what he does best, blowing bad guys away and gracing us with some new one-liners. But despite his choice of roles being decent, and more in keeping with his age, it has largely been ignored by the current crop of moviegoers.

Sabotage, his third major role since his return, was seen as the film that would stand the best chance of both reacquainting Schwarzenegger fans with their hero, but allow the new generation to his rare and unsurpassed talents. »

- Scott Davis

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TV Review: From Dusk Till Dawn (Episode 3: Mistress)

1 April 2014 3:18 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »



*As always, these From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series reviews will feature quite a few spoilers, so you’ve been warned*

As if the last two episodes weren’t enough to keep you on the edge of your seats, From Dusk Till Dawn: The Series begins to heat up even more with the Eduardo Sanchez (The Blair Witch Project, V/H/S/2)-helmed third episode, “Mistress“.  Introducing more characters, giving us even more backstories to the characters already established, and setting things up for one epic season ahead of us. Read on!

When the last episode, “Blood Runs Thick” left off, The Gecko brothers were looking for a place to lay low, until their middle man Carlos (who’s secretly a vampire) could arrange a meeting point, where the geckos would be safe, and rich. Richie had taken a hostage with them (Samantha Esteban, Harsh Times), shows us viewers (and »

- Jerry Smith

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Tell us what you thought of 'Sabotage'

28 March 2014 12:56 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

The Arnold Schwarzenegger comeback continues apace, though if you've already forgotten that "Escape Plan" and "The Last Stand" came out in the last year, no one would blame you. Can "Sabotage" make a more lasting impression? Not if the critics have anything to do with it: reviews of the DEA task-force thriller have been largely dismissive, which is disappointing considering the promise of director David Ayer ("End of Watch," "Harsh Times") and a classy supporting cast. I haven't seen it myself, so let's open the floor to you: Are the critics right, or does "Sabotage" deliver? Share your thoughts in the comments, and vote in the poll below. »

- Guy Lodge

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