FURY Review

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If “war is hell,” then every soldier is a sinner.  It would be nice to think that every American who fought in World War II was a saint, but we know that’s not the truth.  War makes monsters because it has to, and we have to live with that ugliness because it’s in service of defeating a greater evil.  Since we as Americans accept without question that Nazis are evil and deserved to be killed en masse, writer-director David Ayer turns the problem of morality towards American soldiers with his new movie, Fury.  Despite strong central performances from Brad Pitt and Logan Lerman, Ayer’s picture ultimately feels hollow as the spectacular action and stomach-churning violence never take us anywhere beyond what we already know: war is hell.

Jon Bernthal Talks FURY, the Physical Rigors of Filming, Getting Punched in the Nose, Actually Drinking if the Scene Called for it, SICARIO, and More

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Fury, written and directed by David Ayer (End of Watch), is a highly intense, very real and extremely personal look at war and the family that can get you through it.  It’s April 1945 and army sergeant Wardaddy (Brad Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and its five-man crew.  Outnumbered and outgunned, the men face overwhelming odds in their attempts to strike back at Nazi Germany.  The film also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal and Jason Isaacs.

At the film’s press day, actor Jon Bernthal (who gives a great but disturbing performance as tank loader Grady Travis) spoke to Collider for this exclusive interview about not shying away from the physical rigors of the film, how this immersive experience changed him, following filmmaker David Ayer down a path where the goal is darkness and despair, sparring on set every day, which included getting punched in the nose by his director on day one, and doing what was required of him, as the character.  He also talked about his experience on the Denis Villeneuve film Sicario, and why the script and director are the most important things to him, when looking for his next project.  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

5 New FURY Clips Blast Their Way Online for Brad Pitt’s Upcoming World War II Tank Movie

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Sony has released five new Fury clips online.  The movie takes place near the end of World War II, and Brad Pitt leads as Wardaddy, an army sergeant and tank commander with Bible (Shia LaBeouf), Gordo (Michael Pena), Coonass (Jon Bernthal) and the group newbie, Norman (Logan Lerman), under his command. When they’re tank “Fury” breaks down in enemy lines, the group must make a desperate stand to stop an onslaught of Nazi troops.

Hit the jump to check out the Fury clips.  The film opens October 17th.  For more on the film, here’s 30 things to know about the film and interviews with David Ayer and producer John Lesher.

Check out Over 35 Images from David Ayer’s World War II Tank Film FURY Starring Brad Pitt

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Sony pictures has released over 35 new images from David Ayer‘s Fury online.  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, who leads his unit in the fight against a desperate German army.  Ayer’s End of Watch was surprisingly good, and I’m hoping that movie’s quality storytelling carries over into Fury, which sounds like it could be a unique film in the World War II action genre.   Throw in a strong supporting cast, and this is one of the must-see movies of the fall.

Sony has released over 35 new Fury images, and you can check them out after the jump.  The film opens October 17th, and also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, Jon Bernthal, and Jason Isaacs.

FURY International Trailer: Logan Lerman Adjusts to Life as a World War II Tank Crew Member

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It’s been quite a while since we got that first trailer for David Ayer’s Fury, but now we’ve got a brand new international one and it’s as explosive as ever.  Brad Pitt leads as Wardaddy, an army sergeant and tank commander with Bible (Shia LaBeouf), Gordo (Michael Pena), Coonass (Jon Bernthal) and the group newbie, Norman (Logan Lerman), under his command.

While on the Fury set, Ayer told Steve that the goal was to make an authentic film that offers up an unapologetic look at the tail end of World War II and based on this new Fury international trailer, there’s a good chance he might have nailed it.  Hit the jump to check out the trailer for yourself.  Fury arrives in theaters on October 17th.

Rumor: Charlie Hunnam Top Choice for Snake Plissken in ESCAPE FROM NEW YORK Remake?

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Yup, we’re still talking about that Escape From New York remake.  Folks have been trying to make this thing for years now, but after all this time, it doesn’t seem like they’ve gotten anywhere closer to actually making it happen.  However, if this new rumor turns out to be true, perhaps that could change soon.

There’s a reporting floating around out there claiming that even though there’s still no director attached, Silver Pictures and StudioCanal are making moves and have their eye on Charlie Hunnam, Jon Bernthal and Dan Stevens to portray the new Snake Plissken.  Hit the jump for more on the Escape From New York remake.

David Ayer’s FURY to Close London Film Festival

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We just found out that Sony Pictures opted to move David Ayer’s latest, Fury, from November 14th up to October 17th, but even though the film will already be in theaters nationwide in the US, it has still been selected to close the BFI London Film Festival on October 19th.  That screening will mark the film’s European debut and both Ayer and his star, Brad Pitt, will be in attendance, but apparently the festivities won’t just be restricted to the Odeon Leicester Square in London.

Hit the jump for more on what the London Film Festival has planned for Ayer’s film.   Fury also stars Logan Lerman, Shia LaBeouf, Scott Eastwood, Jon Bernthal, Jason Isaacs, Xavier Samuel, Michael Pena and Jim Parrack.  The London Film festival runs from October 8 – 19th.  The event’s full lineup will be announced on September 3rd.

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.

Rhys Ifans in Talks for ALICE IN WONDERLAND 2; Katie Holmes Joins WOMAN IN GOLD; Rodrigo Santoro to Lead DOMINION; INSURGENT Adds Two

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We’ve got a number of casting announcements to attend to this evening.  Briefly:

  • Rhys Ifans (The Amazing Spider-Man) will join Johnny Depp in the Alice in Wonderland sequel Through the Looking Glass.
  • Katie Holmes has signed on to star opposite Ryan Reynolds and Helen Mirren in the Holocaust drama The Woman in Gold.
  • Rodrigo Santoro (300) has joined Dominion, a film about the last day of poet Dylan Thomas’ life.
  • The currently-filming Divergent sequel Insurgent has added Jonny Weston (Chasing Mavericks) and Suki Waterhouse (Pusher).
  • The Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal has Emily Blunt in the cast of Prisoners director Denis Villeneuve‘s upcoming film Sicario.

Hit the jump for more on the aforementioned casting.

New FURY Images Featuring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, and Jon Bernthal

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New images from writer-director David Ayer’s World War II picture Fury are now available for you to enjoy.  Featuring stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, and Jon BernthalFury is Ayer’s self-described “ultimate tank movie.”  For more commentary on the film, be sure to check out Steve’s recent interviews with Ayer, Lerman, and Bernthal.

Fury opens November 14th.  Hit the jump to check out the new Fury images and to see what Ayer had to say about the picture and his cast.

THE WOLF OF WALL STREET Blu-ray Review

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Quentin Tarantino recently pointed out that with most directors there’s a notable falling off of quality as they get older.  That their last three films are often their worst.  And it’s true that with most directors that’s the case.  Martin Scorsese is currently 71 years old, and is a notable exception.  The Wolf of Wall Street is one of his best films.  It joins such established masterpieces as Taxi Driver, Raging Bull and Goodfellas in the upper echelon of his work, and it’s the best performance that Leonardo DiCaprio has ever given.

Hit the jump for my Wolf of Wall Street Blu-ray review.

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.

29 Images from GRUDGE MATCH Featuring Sylvester Stallone, Robert De Niro, Alan Arkin, and Kevin Hart

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Warner Bros. has released a gallery of 29 images from the boxing comedy Grudge MatchRobert De Niro and Sylvester Stallone play two Pittsburgh fighters whose rivalry ended abruptly in 1983.  Thirty years later, a boxing promoter (Kevin Hart) convinces them to get back in the ring for one last fight that turns into a “must-see HBO event.”  Watch the trailer here.

Alan Arkin, Kim Basinger, and Jon Bernthal also star in Grudge MatchPeter Seagal (Get Smart) directed the December 25 release.  Check out the image gallery after the jump.

MOB CITY Review: Frank Darabont Returns to Television With a Hard-Boiled Drama for TNT

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Since Frank Darabont‘s much-discussed break-up with AMC over The Walking Dead, fans have continued to keep a close eye to where the producer and showrunner would land next.  It didn’t take long for him to strike a deal with TNT to create and develop a series for them based on John Buntin’s book L.A. Noir: The Struggle for the Soul of America’s Most Seductive City, now called Mob City (formerly L.A. Noir and Lost Angels), which chronicles the true story of the ongoing battle between the police and the mob in the 1940s. Hit the jump for more on the series, and why it might succeed where other mob shows have failed.

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