30 Things to Know About David Ayer’s FURY From our Set Visit, Plus New Images

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My boots are caked in mud.  The ground is a watery brown mess that makes it difficult to walk.  I have to watch where I take every step.  All around me are American soldiers and Sherman tanks moving with purpose.   When the tanks roll, I feel the muddy ground shake.  As I peer around the side of the building on my right, I see even more soldiers and another tank moving towards our position.  As they get closer, the soldiers are moving even faster, like they’re on a mission and it’s almost the end.  As the tank rolls in front of me, I see Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf in uniform looking serious.  A few seconds later, I hear director David Ayer call cut, and the three cameras shooting the action, the tanks, and the soldiers all go back to first position.

Let me go back a bit.  Last year, when Fury was filming outside London, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  As some of you know, the movie takes place at the end of World War II where a battle-hardened Sherman tank crew face overwhelming odds trying to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.  Besides Pitt and LaBeouf, Ayer and producer John Lesher have put together an awesome cast that also features Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, and Jason Isaacs.  During the day on set I learned a lot about the movie and I’ve compiled a big list of some of the highlights.  In addition, Sony has provided us with a few new images.  So hit the jump to check it all out.  Fury opens November 14th.

Director David Ayer Talks FURY, Telling a Different WWII Story, Cast Boot Camp, Reshoots, Using Shia LaBeouf as His “BS Detector”, and More

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One of the things I like about David Ayer movies (End of WatchTraining Day) is the authenticity.  Whether he writes or directs the project, he manages to inject real characters into whatever situation is unfolding onscreen, and in his latest movie, Fury, Ayer is using his talents to tell a new World War II movie about a Sherman tank crew.  Featuring an all-star cast (Brad PittShia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, and Jason Isaacs), Fury takes place at the end of the War where a battle-hardened group face overwhelming odds trying to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.

Last year, when the production was filming in harsh conditions outside London, I got to visit the set with a few other reporters.  While I walked in looking forward to the film, I left blown away by what Ayer was doing on set and how committed the cast and crew were to making a special movie.  Not only was the film trying to be as realistic as possible by using real tanks and props, Ayer had been working on the script and idea for years and some of the people I spoke to said it was his best work yet.  Since Ayer was incredibly busy on set, he didn’t have time for an interview.  But a few days ago I participated in a group phoner where Ayer talked about wanting to tell a different kind World War II movie, the cast boot camp, using real tanks, the editing process, how Sony loves the movie and is letting him do some additional photography to add a bit more action, and a lot more.  Hit the jump for the interview.

FURY Trailer: Brad Pitt Leads a World War II Tank Crew

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Sony has released the first Fury trailer for writer/director David Ayer‘s (End of Watch) World War II tank film.  The original story is set in 1945 as the Nazi regime is in collapse, and revolves around the five-man crew of an American tank called “Fury”.  Brad Pitt plays U.S. Army Staff Sergeant Wardaddy, as he leads his unit in the fight against a desperate German army.  This looks like it could be a strong entry into the World War II-drama genre, and this trailer does a good job of emphasizing both the action and the character drama between the talented cast.

Hit the jump to watch the Fury trailer.  The film also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, and Jason Isaacs.  Fury opens in theaters on November 14th.

First Footage from WWII Tank Film FURY Revealed in Production Featurette; Brad Pitt Is Wardaddy

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Sony has released the first footage from writer/director David Ayer‘s (End of Watch) World War II tank film Fury by way of a behind-the-scenes featurette.  The story takes place in 1945 as the Nazi regime is in collapse and revolves around the five-man crew of an American tank called “Fury”, led by Wardaddy (Brad Pitt), that battles a desperate German army.  While we’ll have a better idea of what to expect tonally when a genuine trailer hits, this first look is extremely promising.  All involved seem to emphasize that this is a character piece, and the fact that it’s an original story allows Ayer the freedom to explore whatever avenues he’d like.  This is definitely high on my “most anticipated” list for the fall. Hit the jump to watch the Fury production featurette.  The film also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, and Jason Isaacs.  Fury opens in theaters on November 14th.

TOP 5: First Teaser Trailer for TEENAGE MUTANT NINJA TURTLES, NOAH, X-MEN: DAYS OF FUTURE PAST, SABOTAGE, CinemaCon Coverage

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I’ve decided to use this weekend’s release of Darren Aronofsky‘s Noah as an opportunity to reflect on the director’s most soul crushing work to date: his adaptation of the Hubert Selby Jr. novel of the same name, Requiem for a Dream. While I’d list Black Swan as my favorite Aronofsky film, Requiem stands alone as a devastating look at the nature of addiction that, by its end credits, will assure you that nothing decent will ever happen to you again. The film netted the great Ellen Burstyn her sixth Academy Award nod while Jared Leto, Jennifer Connelly, and Marlon Wayans provided equally powerful performances as heroin addicts whose trajectories only bend downwards. While its story and characters offer little to be optimistic about, Requiem all but cemented Aronofsky’s place among the most skilled and uncompromising filmmakers of his generation. If you haven’t already, check out the film on Amazon Instant Video where it’s available to stream. Just be sure you’re not already in an emotionally fragile state or else you’re in for a long night.

Aronofsky reflections aside, this week’s Top 5 highlights the first teaser trailer for director Jonathan Liebesman‘s Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles, interviews for and Matt’s review of Noah, the new trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past, Sabotage interviews and Matt’s review, and Steve’s coverage of CinemaCon from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. Keep reading for a brief recap and link to each of the above.

SABOTAGE Review

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I have no problem with machismo in movies.  Machismo can be a lot of fun.  Arnold Schwarzenegger is machismo personified.  He’s macho to the point where he becomes an easy caricature.  He’s the violent badass we can all enjoy guilt-free.  But not everyone can handle that attitude, and as his co-stars demonstrate in David Ayer‘s Sabotage, the line between machismo and outright misogyny is a thin one.  The movie puts a lot of effort into its action and professional tactics, but the supporting characters aren’t just an afterthought.  They’re completely misguided weapons who earn our disdain rather than our sympathy.

Director David Ayer Talks SABOTAGE, Casting Arnold Schwarzenegger, Building to the Big Reveal, Alternate Endings, His WWII Film FURY, and More

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In filmmaker David Ayer’s Sabotage, elite DEA task force agent John “Breacher” Wharton (Arnold Schwarzenegger) heads a team that takes on the world’s deadliest drug cartels.  But after the team successfully executes a high-stakes raid on a cartel safe house, they mysteriously start to be murdered, one by one, making everyone a suspect, including the team members themselves.  The film also stars Sam Worthington, Terrence Howard, Mireille Enos, Joe Manganiello, Josh Holloway, Max Martini, Olivia Williams, Harold Perrineau and Martin Donovan.

At the film’s press day, director David Ayer spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about how open Arnold Schwarzenegger was to reinventing himself for this role, the challenges of telling a story that leads up to a big reveal, that there are bread crumbs if you know where to look for them, how the first cut was over three hours, that he shot a very different alternate ending, and finding very strong women to go toe-to-toe with the guys.  He also talked about what he was hoping to achieve with his Work War II film Fury and how audiences will see a very different Brad Pitt in it, how he’ll be back to the drawing board to write his next film, and that he would love to do something female centric.  Check out our David Ayer interview after the jump.

Logan Lerman Talks NOAH, Working with Darren Aronofsky and Russell Crowe, David Ayer’s FURY, and More

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Opening this weekend is director Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah.  As most of you already know, the film is Aronofsky’s take on the Great Flood story from the Bible, with Russell Crowe assuming the role of a man who is told by God that Earth’s population will be wiped out by a flood.  The film also stars Jennifer ConnellyRay WinstoneEmma WatsonAnthony HopkinsLogan Lerman, and Douglas Booth.  For more on Noah, here’s 11 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage, 30 images, a featurette, and all our previous coverage.

At the recent Los Angeles press day, I landed an exclusive video interview with Logan Lerman.  He talked about working with Aronofsky and Crowe, his reaction to seeing the ark for the first time, deleted scenes, David Ayer’s World War II tank actioner Fury, and a lot more.  Hit the jump to watch.

Watch: 15 Minutes of Behind-the-Scenes Footage from SABOTAGE Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington

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Open Road Films has released an extended behind-the-scenes look at director David Ayer’s (End of Watch) upcoming actioner Sabotage.  The film is a riff on the Agatha Christie novel And Then There Were None, as it revolves around a DEA task force that starts to get picked off one-by-one after they heist a drug cartel safe house.  The ensemble cast is led by Arnold Scharzenegger, with Sam Worthington, Mireille Enos, and Joe Manganiello providing sufficient support.  This b-roll comprises 15 minutes of behind-the-scenes footage from the film, giving us a look at what goes into making an R-rated action film of this scale.

Hit the jump to watch the footage.  The film also stars Olivia Williams, Harold PerrineauTerrence HowardMax MartiniJosh Holloway, and Kevin VanceSabotage opens March 28th.

Exclusive SABOTAGE TV Spot: Arnold Schwarzenegger Is the “Cartel’s Most Wanted Man”

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We have an exclusive TV spot for Sabotage, the latest from writer/director David Ayer (End of Watch).  The voiceover tells most of what you need to know: “When he arrested the world’s most wanted druglord, he became the cartel’s most wanted man.”  The hail of gunfire fills in the rest.  Arnold Schwarzenegger, Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos, Sam Worthington, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Max Martini, and Josh Holloway star.  Sabotage opens March 28.  Watch the TV spot after the jump.

New International Trailer for David Ayer’s SABOTAGE Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington

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A new international trailer for director David Ayer’s (writer of Training Day/director of End of Watch) Sabotage has just been released.  Based on Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel And Then There Were None, the film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and centers on a DEA task force who heists a drug cartel safe house, only to start getting picked off one-by-one by an unknown assassin.  While I was already excited for the project due to Ayer directing, all the footage I’ve seen makes the film look even better than I expected.  It’s also a lot bloodier than anything Schwarzenegger has done in many years.  It’s a great surprise.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Sam WorthingtonOlivia WilliamsMireille EnosHarold PerrineauTerrence HowardJoe ManganielloMax MartiniJosh Holloway, and Kevin Vance.  Sabotage opens March 28th.

Watch a 3 Minute Red-Band Trailer for David Ayer’s SABOTAGE Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington

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Open Road Films has released a great looking three minute red-band trailer for director David Ayer’s (writer of Training Day/director of End of Watch) new film Sabotage.  Based on Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel And Then There Were None, the film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and centers on a DEA task force who heists a drug cartel safe house, only to start getting picked off one-by-one by an unknown assassin.  While I was already excited for the project due to Ayer directing, this trailer makes the film look even better than I expected.  It’s also a lot bloodier than anything Schwarzenegger has done in many years.  It’s a great surprise.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Sam WorthingtonOlivia WilliamsMireille EnosHarold PerrineauTerrence HowardJoe ManganielloMax MartiniJosh Holloway, and Kevin Vance.  Sabotage opens March 28th.

Release Date for David Ayer’s Actioner SABOTAGE Moved Up to March 28th

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Open Road Films has shifted the released date for director David Ayer’s (End of Watch) upcoming actioner Sabotage.  Loosely based on Agatha Christie’s classic mystery novel Ten Little Indians, the film stars Arnold Schwarzenegger and centers on a DEA task force who heists a drug cartel safe house, only to start getting picked off one-by-one by an unknown assassin.  Open Road has moved the film’s release date up from April 11th to March 28th, where it will act as a bit of counterprogramming opposite Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic Noah and the comedy sequel A Haunted House 2.  The film’s first trailer actually looks quite fun and Ayer has an impressive track record, but the “screenplay by Skip Woods” credit is room for pause given the A Good Day to Die Hard scribe’s past efforts.

Sabotage also stars Sam Worthington, Olivia Williams, Mireille Enos, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Joe Manganiello, Max Martini, Josh Holloway, and Kevin Vance.

Director David Ayer Shares New Images from the Set of WWII Tank Film FURY Starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, and Jon Bernthal

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Production continues in London on director David Ayer’s WWII tank film Fury, and the filmmaker has been sharing an image from the set for each day of filming.  The story takes place in 1945 as the Nazi regime is in collapse and revolves around the five-man crew of an American tank called “Fury” that battles a desperate German army.  Ayer’s original screenplay sparked a bidding war among studios earlier this year, and Jon Bernthal recently described the film as “one of the darkest war movies ever made.”  Brad Pitt leads a cast that includes Bernthal, Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena, and Logan Lerman, and all can be glimpsed in this new collection of set images, which also includes looks at how Ayer is filming the tank battle sequences.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  Fury opens November 14, 2014.

First Trailer for David Ayer’s SABOTAGE Starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Sam Worthington, and Terrence Howard

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Open Road Films has released the first trailer for director David Ayer‘s (End of Watch) new film Sabotage.  Previously referred to as Ten, the film is loosely based on Agatha Christie’s classic mystery Ten Little Indians, as it centers on a DEA task force who heists a drug cartel safe house, only to start getting picked off one-by-one by an unknown assassin.  The film actually looks pretty great, as the fantastic ensemble makes for an excitingly hardened team led by Arnold Schwarzenegger, who actually feels like a natural fit for the role of the group’s boss/father figure.  Intriguing story, talented director, varied and charming ensemble—Sabotage is looking mighty promising.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film stars Joe Manganiello, Sam Worthington, Harold Perrineau, Terrence Howard, Max Martini, Josh Holloway, Olivia Williams, and Mireille Enos.  Sabotage opens on April 11, 2014.

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