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.

Jon Bernthal Talks MOB CITY, Reuniting with Frank Darabont, Pushing the Envelope, and More; Calls FURY “One of the Darkest War Movies Ever Made”

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From Frank Darabont, the new TNT drama series Mob City depicts the epic battle between a determined police chief and a dangerous mobster, in 1940s Los Angeles.  Based on the critically acclaimed book L.A. Noir by John Buntin, the story follows Det. Joe Teague (Jon Bernthal), who has been assigned to a new mob task force headed by Det. Hal Morrison (Jeffrey DeMunn), as part of the crusade by Los Angeles Police Chief William Parker (Neal McDonough) to free the city of criminals like Ben “Bugsy” Siegel (Ed Burns) and Mickey Cohen (Jeremy Luke), and to stop the corruption in his own police force.

During this recent exclusive phone interview with Collider, to promote the three-week television event that premieres on December 4th, actor Jon Bernthal talked about how Frank Darabont asked him to hold his schedule open once he was done on The Walking Dead because he was writing something specifically for him, why he enjoys working with Darabont so much, how important it was to him that this show really push the envelope, and how he’d love for the show to return for more episodes.  He also talked about his experience shooting Fury with writer/director David Ayer, and described it as “one of the darkest war movies ever made.”  Check out what he had to say after the jump.

Director David Ayer Releases New Set Photos from His World War II Film, FURY, Starring Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf

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A few weeks ago, director David Ayer shared some images from his upcoming tank movie, Fury.  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.  Even though these are just set photos, the composition on some of them is superb and highly encouraging for the visuals of the finished film.  This is clearly Ayer’s biggest feature to date, and it could be really impressive if he blends the scale of a World War II action film with the strong character work of his previous film, End of Watch.

Hit the jump to check out the images.  The film stars Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Michael Pena, and Jason IsaacsFury opens on November 14, 2014.

Leonardo DiCaprio and Jonah Hill Strike Up a Dysfunctional Bromance in New Trailer for THE WOLF OF WALL STREET

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Paramount Pictures has released a new trailer for director Martin Scorsese‘s new film The Wolf of Wall Street, and it’s fantastic.  Based on the memoir of Jordan Belfort, the stranger-than-fiction pic stars Leonardo DiCaprio as a hard-partying, drug-addicted stockbroker who was indicted in 1998 for security fraud and money laundering and served a 22-month federal prison stretch.  Whereas the film’s first trailer was more of a tone piece (a batshit crazy tone, but a tone nonetheless), this more traditional trailer lays out the film’s plot as we follow Belfort’s rise to power and struggle to stay on top.  The highlight here is the chemistry between DiCaprio and Jonah Hill, which is brilliant.  The two play off of each other extremely well, and just when I thought it wasn’t possible for me to be more excited about Scorsese’s return to dark comedy territory, this trailer has ramped up my anticipation even more.

Hit the jump to watch the new Wolf of Wall Street trailer.  The film also stars Kyle ChandlerMatthew McConaugheyJean DujardinMargot RobbieJon Bernthal, and Rob Reiner. The film opens on December 25th.

Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal Sit on a Tank in First FURY Image

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Writer/director David Ayer has been tweeting pictures from the set of his World War II tank movie, Fury.  Mostly behind-the-scenes stuff, but tonight’s offering is our first official look at the cast in costume.  Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena, and Jon Bernthal sit casually atop a tank which, according to a scribble of white paint across the tank gun barrel, is called “Fury.”  Pitt plays Wardaddy, an Army sergeant who leads the five-man crew of the Fury into a dangerous mission behind eneymy lines: “Outnumbered and outgunned, Wardaddy and his men face overwhelming odds in their heroic attempts to strike at the heart of Nazi Germany.”

Fury is scheduled for release on November 14, 2014.  See the image after the jump.

First Trailer for GRUDGE MATCH Starring Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro

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Warner Bros. has released the first trailer for director Peter Segal’s (The Longest Yard) upcoming comedy Grudge Match. Sylvester Stallone and Robert De Niro star as two retired professional boxers who used to be boxers.  When they end up getting into a fight while filming mo-cap for a boxing video game, an official rematch is planned and the older gentlemen now have to get into shape.  While a boxing movie starring Stallone and De Niro could have easily been a straight drama, this trailer shows that Grudge Match is very much a comedy—complete with a Rocky gag and plenty of “you’re so old that ___” jokes.  There’s also a bit with a creepy CGI’d version of Stallone’s younger self retiring from acting, but overall the chemistry between the two and their trainers (played by Kevin Hart and Alan Arkin) looks fairly promising.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer.  The film also stars Jon Bernthal, Kim Basinger, and Camden GreyGrudge Match opens on Christmas Day.

First Trailer for Frank Darabont’s New TNT Series, Now Titled MOB CITY; Premiere Set for December 4th

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TNT has released the first trailer for The Walking Dead creator Frank Darabont’s new drama series Mob City, which was formerly titled Lost Angels.  Based on John Buntin’s acclaimed book L.A. Noir, the story follows the epic battle between a determined police chief and a dangerous mobster in 1940s Los Angeles.  The Walking Dead alum Jon Bernthal leads a cast that includes Neal McDonough, Ed Burns, and Milo Ventimiglia, with Simon Pegg playing a guest role in the first episode (with a spot-on American accent to boot).  This debut trailer is as stylish as it is violent, and the series promises to pull approximately zero punches.  Darabont previously navigated similar period material with The Shawshank Redemption and The Green Mile, but Mob City looks to be covering considerably dark territory and I’m really eager to see what the filmmaker has cooked up.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read our wide-ranging on-set interview with Darabont about the show.  The series also stars Jeremy Luke, Jeffrey DeMunn, Gregory Itzin, Robert Knepper, and Alexa DavalosMob City will premiere on TNT Wednesday, December 4th.

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