When I first heard that Andrew Dominik was directing Brad Pitt’s new crime thriller, I knew the name sounded familiar, but I couldn’t place it. Turns out Dominik directed The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford, an arty, little-seen Western that many critics loved. It was far too precious for my tastes, and then when Dominik told me during our interview at the Toronto Film Festival, where [...]

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Tensions have gotten so high on the troubled World War Z production that Brad Pitt reportedly is no longer speaking with the movie’s director. The chaotic production is headed into several weeks of reshoots after an emergency, intensive retooling of the script. The once-hugely anticipated zombie epic originally was scheduled to open at Christmas, but problems have pushed the release date back to next summer, and now there are rumors [...]

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Signs of trouble emerged early in the production process of World War Z, Brad Pitt’s ambitious zombie movie that has been delayed and is about to undergo extensive reworking. Three weeks before the start of shooting a year ago, the director still didn’t know what the zombies would look like or how they would move, according to an industry trade paper. The movie’s seasoned cinematographer, a triple Oscar winner, reportedly [...]

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This can’t be good. Zombie lovers everywhere have been prepped for months for the December release of World War Z, the big-budget zombie movie that stars Brad Pitt and is based on Max Brooks’ 2006 bestseller of the same name. Now comes word that Damon Lindelof, a co-creator of Lost and co-writer of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus has been brought in to rewrite the script in an effort to save the [...]

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I love baseball about as much as I love mowing the grass. It’s safe to say that I am not the ideal audience for Moneyball, the more-or-less true story of how Billy Beane, the general manager of the cash-strapped Oakland As’s, reinvented his team in the early 2000s in an effort to change the sport to which he had dedicated his life. Lovers of the sport, I’m sure, will experience [...]

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Paramount Pictures announced yesterday that World War Z, its big Brad Pitt movie about the coming zombie apocalypse, will be released Dec. 21, 2012. Paramount is calling the movie a “geo-political thriller,” which makes it sound like either they don’t want to make any money or else they feel a need to add an air of gravitas to what should be a big honking zombie movie. Maybe it’s just their [...]

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Yesterday’s news that Matthew Fox and Ed Harris are in talks to join Brad Pitt in Marc Foster’s World War Z, a zombie invasion thriller set to begin shooting this month, got us thinking about zombies. They’re everywhere these days, it seems. One of last fall’s most acclaimed television series was AMC’s zombie-apocalypse saga, The Walking Dead: Season One, based on a wildly successful zombie comic book series of the [...]

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