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World War Z 2 Gets Summer 2017 Release Date

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Paramount has announced a release date for the sequel to Brad Pitt’s 2013 smash hit zombie movie World War Z, which will bow on June 9, 2017.

As of right now, WWZ 2 is set to take on Fox’s Fantastic Four 2, which has the same release date.

World War Z 2 will have J.A. Bayona serve as director, with Bayona known for episodes of Penny Dreadful and The Impossible. The script is being written by Steven Knight and Max Brooks.

World War Z was initally thought to be doomed to failure amongst the so-called Hollywood “insiders”; however, World War Z went on to become Brad Pitt’s best U.S. grossing movie with a total worldwide cume of over $540 million.

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World War Z Sequel To Have A Clean Slate

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2013’s World War Z was deemed a failure by Hollywood insiders prior to the movie’s debut; however, they were way off as the Brad Pitt zombie movie went on to be a hit making over $540 million worldwide.

Paramount quickly greenlit a sequel, and now an interesting detail has become known.

Steve Knight, who wrote the Word War Z script, tells IndieWire that the sequel won’t have anything to do with the first movie. 

Actually, Knight almost sounds as if the World War Z sequel will be a reboot.

“I thought, ‘why not? What fun.’ It’s not quite like the other, we’re starting with clean slate. When they’ve signed off we’re on,” Knight said.

Of course, Knight might not be mean something like a straight reboot, but that it’s possible the World War Z sequel won’t rely or even mention elements from the first movie.

Knight’s comments also seem to question whether or not Brad Pitt will be involved.

Pitt previously stated he would be attached to the film if they got the script right.

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Critics’ Choice Movie Awards Nominees Include Man of Steel, Henry Cavill, Iron Man 3 & More

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The nominations for the 19th Annual Critics Choice Awards have been published with Man of Steel, Henry Cavill, Iron Man 3, World War Z, Star Trek Into Darkness, The Hobbit, Brad Pitt and Robert Downey Jr. all up for awards.

Tune in  Thursday, January 16, 2014 on The CW Network at 8:00 PM ET/PT to check it out.

 

NOMINATIONS FOR THE 19th ANNUAL CRITICS’ CHOICE MOVIE AWARDS

BEST PICTURE
American Hustle
Captain Phillips
Dallas Buyers Club
Gravity
Her
Inside Llewyn Davis
Nebraska
Saving Mr. Banks
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST ACTOR
Christian Bale – American Hustle
Bruce Dern – Nebraska
Chiwetel Ejiofor – 12 Years a Slave
Tom Hanks – Captain Phillips
Matthew McConaughey – Dallas Buyers Club
Robert Redford – All Is Lost

BEST ACTRESS
Cate Blanchett – Blue Jasmine
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Judi Dench – Philomena
Brie Larson – Short Term 12
Meryl Streep – August: Osage County
Emma Thompson – Saving Mr. Banks

BEST SUPPORTING ACTOR
Barkhad Abdi – Captain Phillips
Daniel Bruhl – Rush
Bradley Cooper – American Hustle
Michael Fassbender – 12 Years a Slave
James Gandolfini – Enough Said
Jared Leto – Dallas Buyers Club

BEST SUPPORTING ACTRESS
Scarlett Johansson – Her
Jennifer Lawrence – American Hustle
Lupita Nyong’o – 12 Years a Slave
Julia Roberts – August: Osage County
June Squibb – Nebraska
Oprah Winfrey – Lee Daniels’ The Butler

BEST YOUNG ACTOR/ACTRESS
Asa Butterfield – Ender’s Game
Adele Exarchopoulos – Blue Is the Warmest Color
Liam James – The Way Way Back
Sophie Nelisse – The Book Thief
Tye Sheridan – Mud

BEST ACTING ENSEMBLE
American Hustle
August: Osage County
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Nebraska
12 Years a Slave
The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST DIRECTOR
Alfonso Cuaron – Gravity
Paul Greengrass – Captain Phillips
Spike Jonze – Her
Steve McQueen – 12 Years a Slave
David O. Russell – American Hustle
Martin Scorsese – The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST ORIGINAL SCREENPLAY
Eric Singer and David O. Russell – American Hustle
Woody Allen – Blue Jasmine
Spike Jonze – Her
Joel Coen & Ethan Coen – Inside Llewyn Davis
Bob Nelson – Nebraska

BEST ADAPTED SCREENPLAY
Tracy Letts – August: Osage County
Richard Linklater & Julie Delpy & Ethan Hawke – Before Midnight
Billy Ray – Captain Phillips
Steve Coogan and Jeff Pope – Philomena
John Ridley – 12 Years a Slave
Terence Winter – The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST CINEMATOGRAPHY
Emmanuel Lubezki – Gravity
Bruno Delbonnel – Inside Llewyn Davis
Phedon Papamichael – Nebraska
Roger Deakins – Prisoners
Sean Bobbitt – 12 Years a Slave

BEST ART DIRECTION
Andy Nicholson (Production Designer), Rosie Goodwin (Set Decorator) – Gravity
Catherine Martin (Production Designer), Beverley Dunn (Set Decorator) – The Great Gatsby
K.K. Barrett (Production Designer), Gene Serdena (Set Decorator) – Her
Dan Hennah (Production Designer), Simon Bright (Set Decorator), Ra Vincent (Set Decorator) – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Adam Stockhausen (Production Designer), Alice Baker (Set Decorator) – 12 Years a Slave

BEST EDITING
Alan Baumgarten, Jay Cassidy, Crispin Struthers – American Hustle
Christopher Rouse – Captain Phillips
Alfonso Cuarón, Mark Sanger – Gravity
Daniel P. Hanley, Mike Hill – Rush
Joe Walker – 12 Years a Slave
Thelma Schoonmaker – The Wolf of Wall Street

BEST COSTUME DESIGN
Michael Wilkinson – American Hustle
Catherine Martin – The Great Gatsby
Bob Buck, Ann Maskrey, Richard Taylor – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Daniel Orlandi – Saving Mr. Banks
Patricia Norris – 12 Years a Slave

BEST HAIR & MAKEUP
American Hustle
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Lee Daniels’ The Butler
Rush
12 Years a Slave

BEST VISUAL EFFECTS
Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
Pacific Rim
Star Trek into Darkness

BEST ANIMATED FEATURE
The Croods
Despicable Me 2
Frozen
Monsters University
The Wind Rises

BEST ACTION MOVIE
The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Iron Man 3
Lone Survivor
Rush
Star Trek into Darkness

BEST ACTOR IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Henry Cavill – Man of Steel
Robert Downey Jr. – Iron Man 3
Brad Pitt – World War Z
Mark Wahlberg – Lone Survivor

BEST ACTRESS IN AN ACTION MOVIE
Sandra Bullock – Gravity
Jennifer Lawrence – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Evangeline Lilly – The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Gwyneth Paltrow – Iron Man 3

BEST COMEDY
American Hustle
Enough Said
The Heat
This Is the End
The Way Way Back
The World’s End

BEST ACTOR IN A COMEDY
Christian Bale – American Hustle
Leonardo DiCaprio – The Wolf of Wall Street
James Gandolfini – Enough Said
Simon Pegg – The World’s End
Sam Rockwell – The Way Way Back

BEST ACTRESS IN A COMEDY
Amy Adams – American Hustle
Sandra Bullock – The Heat
Greta Gerwig – Frances Ha
Julia Louis-Dreyfus – Enough Said
Melissa McCarthy – The Heat

BEST SCI-FI/HORROR MOVIE
The Conjuring
Gravity
Star Trek into Darkness
World War Z

BEST FOREIGN LANGUAGE FILM
Blue Is the Warmest Color
The Great Beauty
The Hunt
The Past
Wadjda

BEST DOCUMENTARY FEATURE
The Act of Killing
Blackfish
Stories We Tell
Tim’s Vermeer
20 Feet from Stardom

BEST SONG
Atlas – Coldplay – The Hunger Games: Catching Fire
Happy – Pharrell Williams – Despicable Me 2
Let It Go – Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez – Frozen
Ordinary Love – U2 – Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom
Please Mr. Kennedy – Justin Timberlake/Oscar Isaac/Adam Driver – Inside Llewyn Davis
Young and Beautiful – Lana Del Rey – The Great Gatsby

BEST SCORE
Steven Price – Gravity
Arcade Fire – Her
Thomas Newman – Saving Mr. Banks
Hans Zimmer – 12 Years a Slave

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World War Z Sequel Gets A Director

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After World War Z blasted past all expectations this past Summer and Paramount announced a sequel shortly after the premiere, a director has now been attached with Juan Antonio Bayona.

Juan Antonia Bayona is known for The Impossible and The Orphanage, and the World War Z sequel will see Bayona team with Brad Pitt who returns as Gerry Lane.

World War Z is based on the novel of the same name and debuted last June. Initially the movie was estimated by various Hollywood reps to be a bomb at the box office, but its opening surpassed all expectations raking in over $66 million.

World War Z has brought in over $540 million worldwide.

There is no word about the plot for the sequel as of yet.

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Man Of Steel Visual EFX Gets Snubbed By Oscars; Thor 2, Iron Man 3 & More Nominated

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The Oscars released their ten movies being considered for the Best Visual Effects, and Warner Bros. and Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel is not among them.

The ten movies making up the list include:

Elysium
Gravity
The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Iron Man 3
The Lone Ranger
Oblivion
Star Trek Into Darkness
Thor: The Dark World
Pacific Rim
World War Z

Man of Steel was also absent from the People’s Choice Awards.

The 86th Academy Awards will be held on March 1st, 2014.

 

Press Release

10 Contenders Remain in VFX Oscar® Race

 

BEVERLY HILLS, CA — The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences today announced that 10 films remain in the running in the Visual Effects category for the 86th Oscars®.

The films are listed below in alphabetical order:

         “Elysium”
         “Gravity”
         “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug”
         “Iron Man 3”
         “The Lone Ranger”
         “Oblivion”
         “Star Trek Into Darkness”
         “Thor: The Dark World”
         “Warner Bros. Pictures and Legendary Pictures Pacific Rim”
         “World War Z”

The Academy’s Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist.  All members of the Visual Effects Branch will now be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films on Thursday, January 9, 2014.  Following the screenings, the members will vote to nominate five films for final Oscar consideration.

Oscars nominations will be announced live on Thursday, January 16, 2014, at 5:30 a.m. PT in the Academy’s Samuel Goldwyn Theater.

Academy Awards for outstanding film achievements of 2013 will be presented on Oscar Sunday, March 2, 2014, at the Dolby Theatre® at Hollywood & Highland Center®, and televised live on the ABC Television Network.  The Oscar presentation also will be televised live in more than 225 countries and territories worldwide.

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Lots Of Ideas For World War Z Sequel Says Brad Pitt (Video)

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The sleeper hit of the Summer, World War Z, the movie that Hollywood “inside” trackers initially said was going to tank had its sequel green lit by Paramount shortly after its successful premiere that generated $66 million with a total accumulation of over $500 million not to mention an IMAX re-release.

Now at the Toronto Film Festival, star of War War Z, Brad Pitt, talks about what’s coming next.

Pitt offers in the following video that lots of ideas are on the table, and that they want to make sure the script is just right.

World War Z was also one of this Summer’s highest grossing films and the best ever for Brad Pitt.

Brad Pitt attended the Toronto Film Festival for the debut of 12 Years A Slave, a movie about a free man from New York who gets sold into slavery. The film also stars Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Paul Giamatt, and Chiwetel Ejiofor.

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Game of Thrones Season 4 Gets Michiel Huisman

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HBO has added one more to the cast of Game of Thrones Season 4 with Michiel Huisman.

Huisman, known for the Nashville TV series and was featured in this Summer’s surprise smash hit World War Z, is said by TV Line to have joined Game Of Thrones in an unknown role.

Michiel Huisman, a dutch actor, joins the recent cast additions to Game Of Thrones including Joseph Gatt As Styr, Magnar of Thenn; Roger Ashton-Griffiths As Mace Tyrell, Indira Varma as Ellaria Sand; Mark Gatiss in an as-of-yet unknown role, and Pedro Pascal As The Red Viper.

Season 4 debuts on HBO in 2014.

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Star Trek Into Darkness & World War Z Get Double Feature Re-Release

Paramount has announced that Star Trek Into Darkness and World War Z will be a part of a special one week only re-release.

Both movies will be showing at participating theaters August 30th – Septebmer 5th for “two blockbuster movies at one ticket price.”

To find your local theater, head on over to the official Paramount Pictures official site which lists times and locations.

Warner Bros. announced a re-release for Man of Steel as well.

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Press Release

Paramount Pictures And Leading Exhibitors Announce “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” And “WORLD WAR Z” Double Feature

 

HOLLYWOOD, Calif., Aug. 27, 2013  — Paramount Pictures, a division of Viacom, Inc., is giving moviegoers a chance to see two of its summer blockbuster films, “STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” and “WORLD WAR Z,” with a special double feature at select AMC Theatres, Carmike Cinemas, Marcus Theatres, Regal Cinemas and other participating theaters nationwide in RealD 3D and 2D.

Beginning Friday, August 30th through Thursday September 5th, the double feature allows fans to relive the excitement of two of the summer’s biggest hit films for one ticket price. Tickets are on sale now at www.UltimateDoubleFeature.com, fandango.com, movietickets.com and at participating theatre box offices.

“STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS,” directed by J.J. Abrams, follows the crew of The Enterprise as they are called back home to Earth in the wake of a shocking act of terror from within their own organization. In defiance of regulations and with a personal score to settle, Captain Kirk leads his crew on a manhunt to capture an unstoppable force of destruction and bring those responsible to justice. As our heroes are propelled into an epic chess game of life and death, love will be challenged, friendships will be torn apart, and sacrifices must be made for the only family Kirk has left: his crew. The film earned more than $450 million worldwide upon its release in May.

“STAR TREK INTO DARKNESS” is written by Roberto Orci & Alex Kurtzman & Damon Lindelof and directed by J.J. Abrams. Abrams is producing with Bryan Burk through Bad Robot Productions, along with Lindelof, Kurtzman and Orci. Jeffrey Chernov and Skydance Productions’ David Ellison, Dana Goldberg and Paul Schwake are the executive producers.

“WORLD WAR Z,” with more than $500 million at the worldwide box office to-date, is Brad Pitt’s highest grossing worldwide release. The film revolves around an ex-United Nations investigator Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself. Mireille Enos and James Badge Dale also star.

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Production present, in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films, a Plan B Entertainment/2DUX2 Production “WORLD WAR Z,” directed by Marc Forster from a screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Drew Goddard & Damon Lindelof, and screen story by Matthew Michael Carnahan and J. Michael Straczynski. Based on the novel by Max Brooks. Produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Ian Bryce.

About Paramount Pictures Corporation

Paramount Pictures Corporation (PPC), a global producer and distributor of filmed entertainment, is a unit of Viacom (NASDAQ: VIAB, VIA), a leading content company with prominent and respected film, television and digital entertainment brands. Paramount controls a collection of some of the most powerful brands in filmed entertainment, including Paramount Pictures, Paramount Animation, Paramount Vantage, Paramount Classics, Insurge Pictures, MTV Films, and Nickelodeon Movies. PPC operations also include Paramount Home Media Distribution, Paramount Pictures International, Paramount Licensing Inc., and Paramount Studio Group.

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World War Z Blu-Ray Comes Unrated

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Paramount has released details on the World War Z Blu-Ray which includes an unrated version.

Available September 17th, the World War Z Blu-Ray will come with added extras including two featurettes looking at the origins with Brad Pitt and the scientific reality of zombies.

The World War Z Blu-Ray will also feature production video with Pitt’s character around the globe.

“I’m really excited for fans to see the new unrated version of World War Z on Blu-ray,” Pitt said in a statement, reports EW. “We were thrilled with the audience response to the film in theaters and wanted to give viewers even more of the action and intensity that they loved when they watch the film at home.”

A World War Z sequel is already in the works at Paramount, and the movie has just been announced to have a limited IMAX re-release.

Below you can check out further details, and the World War Z Blu-Ray can also be ordered through Amazon at a discount.

 

Blu-ray
Feature film in high definition (Unrated version)
“Origins” — The filmmakers discuss collaborating with renowned actor/producer Brad Pitt to create a zombie film the likes of which have never been seen.
“Looking to Science” — Explore the scientific realities of zombie behavior in nature and learn more about zombies in literature and film.

WWZ: Production
“Outbreak” — Go on set with Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster for a behind-the-scenes look at the film’s breathtaking first attack in Philadelphia.
“The Journey Begins” — Delve deeper into Gerry’s fight for survival during the dramatic escape in South Korea.
“Behind the Wall” — Explore the epic scene in Jerusalem and discover the incredible logistics of creating the elaborate stunts and crowd sequences.
“Camouflage” — Experience the final confrontation between Gerry and the zombies and discover the phenomenal scope of the film’s production.

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World War Z Gets IMAX Re-release

[[wysiwyg_imageupload:9033:]]The “sleeper” hit starring World War Z has been announced to be getting an IMAX re-release.

World War Z was initially thought to be a Summer bomb, according to Hollywood trackers, but similar to the fast-paced zombies in the movie, the flick quickly spread as a favorite amongst movie goers.

World War Z saw its opening weekend bring in over $66 million, with just over $473 million to date.

A sequl for Word War Z has already been ordered.

CBN’s movie reviewer Lawrence Napoli described the movie in his review as “a summer, blockbuster, popcorn film through and through.”

The World War Z IMAX release starts August 2nd and goes for one week only. See below for complete details.

 

Press Release

LOS ANGELES – JULY 29, 2013 – IMAX Corporation (NYSE:IMAX; TSX:IMX), along with Paramount Pictures and Skydance Productions in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films, today announced that due to overwhelming demand, the hit film World War Z starring Brad Pitt has been digitally re-mastered into the immersive IMAX® 3D format and will be released into select IMAX® theatres domestically for the first time for a one-week engagement beginning Aug. 2. World War Z has captivated audiences worldwide – grossing more than $460 million since its launch on June 21. The film has already played in select IMAX theatres internationally. World War Z revolves around an ex-United Nations investigator Gerry Lane (Pitt), who traverses the world in a race against time to stop a pandemic that is toppling armies and governments and threatening to decimate humanity itself.The film stars Pitt, Mireille Enos and James Badge Dale. Paramount Pictures and Skydance Production present, in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films, a Plan B Entertainment/2DUX2 Production World War Z is directed by Marc Forster from a screenplay by Matthew Michael Carnahan and Drew Goddard & Damon Lindelof, and screen story by Matthew Michael Carnahan and J. Michael Straczynski. Based on the novel by Max Brooks. Produced by Brad Pitt, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner and Ian Bryce.

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Day of the Dead Remake Announced; Won’t Be Zombie Back Flipping World War Z

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Next year will see the release of a new Day of the Dead remake from the producers of The Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D.

Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman told the LA Times that they have acquired the rights to the George Romero-classic, which last saw a remake in 2008.

Said to have a budget of around $10-20 million, the Day of the Dead remake will try to capitalize on the zombie epidemic that has infected consumers everywhere.

The Walking Dead is huge on AMC, and the recent zombie flick starring Brad Pitt, World War Z, chomped up the box office with close to $400 million in sales and a sequel already green lit.

However, this remake of Day of the Dead will stay a little more true to the original Romero version, which featured the military and scientists.

“Zombie movies are really popular right now, and we feel we could do this right,” Campbell said. “We want to keep it as close to the Romero version as possible to make sure that his fans are happy. These are not going to be zombies climbing walls and doing back flips like in World War Z.”

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Christa Campbell and Lati Grobman

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World War Z (2013) Thoughts And Spoilers

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Below you can find my own personal opinions on World War Z, the recently released zombie film starring Brad Pitt.

For a more formal take, you can read Lawrence’s World War Z review.

Warning: Spoilers follow.

 

I went to see World War Z in 3D at Regal with my two sons; however, since there was literally 30 minutes of previews my youngest fell asleep through the entire movie. Wasn’t too happy with that. Ticket read 6:30pm, my phone read 7pm when the flick started.

Good news is that my oldest did really like the movie as did I.

Now I’m not familiar with the book at all, I’m more of a Walking Dead guy, but going into the movie I knew it at least featured faster-moving zombies than TWD.

I think these zombies had more in common with 28 Days Later than the TWD, as the WWZ zombies had a lot more violent vibe.

Being PG-13 we didn’t get a gore-fest that one might expect to see with a zombie movie, but I actually thought that was a good thing. I’ve seen it done to death, so it was kind of refreshing not having to have the movie concentrate on one-upping itself with gruesome zombie bites and such. Plus, I could take my kids to see it, as they do love zombies.

The film started off fast right away as Brad Pitt is seen with his family in Philadelphia when the zombie-pandemic strikes.

We don’t know too much about Brad’s character other than it’s said he works for the UN. For some odd reason that seemed to be an issue with some folks online. I really don’t see what the problem is as obviously Pitt is involved in some sort of highly covert Black Ops stuff. Obviously he has a lot of connections and been around the block; what else do we need to know? His rank? That added to the mystery (and coolness?) of his character as he went about doing what he does best.

Speaking of what Brad Pitt was doing, I also liked how the movie moved around a lot. For instance, we weren’t stuck in a prison the entire movie, or in a farmhouse, or even in one particular city.

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Pitt’s character goes from South Korea to Israel to Wales and along the way he battles zombies and attempts to solve the question of where the zombie plague originated.

I also thought the explanations for the zombies and how to “camouflage” us from them was pretty refreshing and fascinating as well.

Speaking of the zombies, when we did get to see them up close, they were just as terrifying as any you’ve seen from your favorite movies; just minus all the blood.

The scene with Pitt in Cardiff attempting to get the lethal bacteria was rather creepy as the zombie kept chattering its teeth.

Also duct-taping magazines around their forearms was a smart idea to ward off the zombie bites. Ever try biting through a magazine?! Nice. Though I can’t actually recall one of the zombies biting the mags (lol).

My dislikes for World War Z would have to be the big airplane scene (below) where Brad Pitt throws a grenade, blows a whole in the airplane, it crash lands, and he and the Israeli soldier survive. Oh, he survives with a piece of metal seemingly stabbed right through his pancreas and kidney. Maybe it hit the spleen? Regardless, it was a “way out there” moment.

Another dislike would have to be the “lighbulb” going off in Pitt’s mind as why certain humans aren’t getting attacked. Seemed to quick for me, but then again, this isn’t a series on television, and they had to get to the conclusion somehow.

My hyper-critical nitpicking aside, all in all World War Z is a great movie to take your wife, girlfriend and kids as it’s not overly gory or scary, but just enough to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Interested to see what they do with World War Z 2, as well as thinking of picking up the book.

Synopsis:

On an ordinary day, Gerry Lane and his family find their quiet drive interrupted by urban gridlock.  An ex-United Nations investigator, Lane senses that this is no ordinary traffic jam.  As police helicopters buzz the sky and motorcycle cops careen wildly below, the city erupts into chaos. 

Something is causing hordes of people to viciously attack each other – a lethal virus that is spread through a single bite, turning healthy humans into something unrecognizable, unthinking and feral.  Neighbor turns on neighbor; a helpful stranger suddenly becomes a dangerous enemy. The origins of the virus are unknown, and the number of infected grows exponentially larger each day, quickly becoming a global pandemic.  As the infected overwhelm the world’s armies and rapidly topple its governments, Lane is forced to returnto his dangerous former life to insure the safety of his family, leading a desperate worldwide search for the source of the epidemic and a means to stop its relentless spread.

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Production present, in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films, a Plan B Entertainment/2DUX2 Production, a Marc Forster film, “World War Z.” The film is being distributed worldwide by ParamountPicturesCorporation, a Viacom, Inc. company.

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Movie Review: World War Z (2013)

The Zombie Apocalypse: Roland Emmerich Style

A Film Review of World War Z

By: Lawrence Napoli

 

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Zombies, zombies, zombies. George A. Romero made them cool in 1968, and they’ve been a mainstay in American cinema ever since. But why are we constantly drawn to these brain-eating, walking corpses? Surely, we can’t all be so morbid with some latent desire to be frightened, threatened and otherwise mortified just “cause.” The key element to the zombie mythos is the theme of survival which effectively represents humanity’s ironic ability to do so despite our real-world history of constantly trying to annihilate each other. It’s all about hope ladies and gentlemen; specifically hope against impossible odds, and that’s something that appeals to everyone, period. Do you know what other genre of fiction revolves around this theme exclusively? Disaster films do this almost as well as zombie stories, but their weakness is exposed as a diluted intimacy as the narrative may be experienced by a smaller group of protagonists, but is always reflected via impersonal global destruction.

Perhaps this unlikely genre pairing is the true reason why World War Z had a myriad of production woes, setbacks, rewrites and creative conflict paving its own road to completion. Disaster and zombie movies have always had extremely different scales to how they told their stories and their combination posed a significant challenge. Sure, lots of zombie apocalypse films make reference to the rest of the world succumbing to the plague, but the audience never really sees the destruction that’s wrought everywhere else because (for the most part) Z-films just don’t have the budget to digitally create such images. Brad Pitt must have maxed out his celebrity favors to help accumulate the near $200 million dollar budget for World War Z, which only shows off its high production value only in certain instances. There are plenty of scenes that pull wide on city wide destruction, but there are as many (if not more) scenes that are minimal, enclosed and prototypical of lower end, undead affairs. Instead of synthesizing a consistent visual style to allow the audience to appreciate both types of settings, director Marc Forster is content to bite off both Roland Emmerich and George Romero in every other scene and jumping back and forth between them is a little jarring.

Nothing represents this sensation better than the fact that the zombies themselves behave so differently in the two settings I just outlined. They are an amped-up, ant-like and hive-minded swarm of monstrous destruction during the big budget sequences while they sputter to standard staggering and lunging whilst indoors. Funnier still is the fact that the bi-polar nature of the zombies is reflected in the screen story of World War Z thanks to the combined efforts of Matthew Michael Carnahan, Drew Goddard, Damon Lindelof and J. Michael Straczynski. Every scene in this film fluctuates between hot action sequences and cold (uninteresting) dialogue/exposition. A stronger dedication to characterization could have compensated by making the audience care more about UN investigator Gerry Lane (Brad Pitt) and therefore care more about scenes that weren’t visually dynamic. But that’s the big problem with this story. While desperately trying to deliver something fresh from a genre that has been a tad overexposed in recent history, the audience gets nil on Gerry’s back story and only the fact that he loves his family to sympathize with. What the heck even is a “UN investigator?” At first, I presumed it was some sort of investigative journalist, but Gerry’s skill set is more reminiscent of a mercenary. And why are a mercenary and his family worthy of the special attention and treatment they receive to be involved with a concentrated effort to save the planet in the first place? Bear in mind, these are the issues that surround the main character, so don’t even think you’ll get anything else from any other character in the cast.

Plot details may be either non-existent or glazed over, but the action, explosions, gunplay and visual effects are front and center. It is in the area of the visual spectacle where World War Z flexes its strongest muscle. Just about every wide angle is a money-shot of destructive anarchy, but the composition of these shots is almost entirely CG. Vehicles, explosions and (of course) the zombies are as fake as Megan Fox’s “talent,” but the fact that the audience never gets too close during these moments allows the filmmakers to mask the “fakeness.” The frame is filled to the brim with so much activity that it is impossible to lose interest, but the proficiency of the CG action is a double edged sword. When juxtaposed with the close-up action driven by standard ballistics and practical effects, the wide angle CG severely outclasses the rest in terms of impact and satisfaction. Traditionally, the opposite has been true even among the most CG-heavy Hollywood films. It’s true that there’s an awful lot of running the audience must endure, but hey, it’s still a zombie movie posing as a disaster film (or is it the other way around?), so there must be running. Still, the action throughout World War Z amounts to some of the best popcorn from a Z-film since Zach Snyder’s remake of Dawn of the Dead.

This film will forever be known for its association with Brad Pitt due mostly to the fact that actors of his caliber simply do not make zombie movies. It will never be known as one of Pitt’s best performances, roles or otherwise contributions as an actor. I understand that the nature of this movie is in a rush to get to the conflict, massive set pieces and intimidating destruction, but it never stopped one of the best hybrid-disaster films in ID4 from giving us characters the audience gave a damn about. In all honesty, I could have used a lot less Joe Black from Pitt in World War Z and a hell of a lot more Tyler Durden. The world may be crumbling all around you and your family is out of harm’s way, so your character plays it cool and collected for the remainder of the movie? Where’s the anger? Where’s the aggression? Is Brad Pitt’s Gerry Lane a secret saint that disallows himself to go feral in the least to fight the good fight? Pitt’s performance equates to too much of a nice-guy-dad to be entrusted with saving the world from walking cadavers. Tom Hanks (the perpetual celebrity nice guy) gave us a bad ass performance in Saving Private Ryan, but he also had the luxury of an R-rating to give the audience a more realistic and horrific take on a soldier in various war zones.

, but it never entwines the audience with enough intrigue to become fully immersed in the fictional danger of this world. Good disaster and zombie films deliver a tiered escalation of loss and destruction, but this film paints the world as having ended at the onset of hostilities. Without delivering that sense of loss, there’s no chance for a character, let alone the audience, to appreciate the road to saving it. I loved the zombies whenever they behaved like a tornado of gnashing teeth, and I loved the action whenever I was exposed to an epic scale. Unfortunately, other aspects of a good Z-film like devotion to character and character relations are noticeably absent in WWZ so it’s difficult for the audience to make a personal connection to the loss of civilization when no main character loses anyone close to them during the overall conflict. World War Z is the polar opposite of AMC’s The Walking Dead, but it’s still an entertaining (albeit safe and formulaic) depiction of zombies on film. The fiery hype that preceded this film should have been doused the instant we all learned this film was rated PG-13. Recent history has shown that not all movies fall prey to that shameless, money-grabbing rating, but I simply don’t think anything less than an R can deliver a solid zombie apocalypse.

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Watch The Insane World War Z Airplane Clip

Below you can check out a new scene that Paramount released from World War Z featuring Brad Pitt and a zombie attack on an airplane.

It’s pretty wild.

World War Z opened this past weekend to $66 million with the sequel already having been green lit.

World War Z is now in theaters.

Synopsis:

On an ordinary day, Gerry Lane and his family find their quiet drive interrupted by urban gridlock.  An ex-United Nations investigator, Lane senses that this is no ordinary traffic jam.  As police helicopters buzz the sky and motorcycle cops careen wildly below, the city erupts into chaos. 

Something is causing hordes of people to viciously attack each other – a lethal virus that is spread through a single bite, turning healthy humans into something unrecognizable, unthinking and feral.  Neighbor turns on neighbor; a helpful stranger suddenly becomes a dangerous enemy. The origins of the virus are unknown, and the number of infected grows exponentially larger each day, quickly becoming a global pandemic.  As the infectedoverwhelm the world’s armies and rapidly topple its governments, Lane is forced to returnto his dangerous former life to insure the safety of his family, leading a desperate worldwide search for the source of the epidemic and a means to stop its relentless spread.

Paramount Pictures and Skydance Production present, in association with Hemisphere Media Capital and GK Films, a Plan B Entertainment/2DUX2 Production, a Marc Forster film, “World War Z.” The film is being distributed worldwide by ParamountPicturesCorporation, a Viacom, Inc. company.

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World War Z Opens To $66 Million; Sequel Green Lit

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At once thought to be a complete disaster, it now turns out that not only is World War Z #1 at the box office, but a sequel has been green lit as well.

Audiences turned out in force for the PG-13 zombie flick which raked in $66 million domestically with another $45.8 internationally.

That brings the opening weekend gross for World War Z to $111.8 million.

So with that news it comes to no surprise that Paramount has green lit the sequel.

World War Z was the best opening ever for the film’s star, Brad Pitt, as well as the second best for an original tentpole movie, behind Avatar, reports THR.

It was thought World War Z was in trouble as the release date was delayed as well as mention of a third-act rewrite; however, we now see that everything has turned out for the better.

More than likely the film’s success can be attributed to both the zombie theme as well as the PG-13 rating, as the rating enables families to enjoy the walking dead, or in this film’s case, the “running” dead, which is all the rage as of late.

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