June 26, 2013 |
For sheer summer escape, it's hard to beat a good zombie flick. Good, bad, always ugly, the undead are a highly amusing genre as a whole. "Zombieland" from 2009, with Jesse Eisenberg and Emma Stone riding shotgun and Woody Harrelson wielding one, remains my favorite. "Warm Bodies," a clever hipster twist on the old trope starring Nicholas Hoult and Teresa Palmer out earlier this year, comes close. But for now, consider indulging in the campy, eco-eccentric fun of Brad Pitt's battle with the undead, their teeth-chattering and bad hygiene giving "World War Z" its bite.
June 25, 2013 |
Russia may say it doesn't know the whereabouts of Edward Snowden, but the country does have a handle on Brad Pitt in the new international trailer for Ridley Scott's “The Counselor," which has been released ... in Russian. Those unfamiliar with the Slavic language won't be able to glean much from the new spot -- which has just been removed from YouTube -- except that it promises beautiful, familiar faces doing exciting, potentially illegal things. And unless you personally know the likes of Scott, Pitt, Michael Fassbender or Cameron Diaz, you'll need a Russian friend to help decipher what it's saying.
June 24, 2013 |
Ryen Perkins-Gangnes has been a modern dancer for the better part of 10 years, jumping and spinning for a small U.K. troupe known as the Gecko Theatre company. It's fair to say that “zombie in a Hollywood blockbuster” wasn't a major career ambition. Yet when the Brad Pitt action epic “World War Z” opened to packed theaters around the world last weekend - the movie took in more than $110 million in its first three days of release - Perkins-Gangnes played a key part. He can be seen, under heavy slatherings of makeup, attacking Brad Pitt's family in an early-film Philadelphia-set disaster sequence that sets the tone for much of what follows.
June 22, 2013 |
In watching Marc Forster's new action drama "World War Z," it's hard not to be struck by how well Brad Pitt is aging. Yes, there's the slightest of silver highlighting his long locks, and the added distinction those little lines are etching on his face, and that his body somehow defies the gravitational pull - but they're not the reason for my fascination. It's the ironic way the zombie thriller - a cleverly high-minded horror hoot - shows how carefully the actor is working his way through the treacherous terrain of the middle-aged movie star.
June 21, 2013 |
Brad Pitt's character in "World War Z," an ex-U.N. crisis specialist called back into action, faces the daunting task of stemming a global zombie pandemic. The film itself has also faced considerable trials, including extensive reshoots and a six-month delay. But according to many movie critics, "World War Z" mostly succeeds and it has Pitt to thank for that. The Times' Kenneth Turan said that although parts of "World War Z" are formulaic, "it's good to have Pitt in the one-man-against-the-apocalypse role.
June 20, 2013 |
In the new zombie epic "World War Z," Brad Pitt jets around the world seeking an elusive solution to an intractable problem. He's been doing a lot of that in real life too. Six months ago, Pitt's new movie appeared doomed - by a release-date postponement, an ending that had to be scrapped and re-shot, a budget that exceeded $200 million and a raft of negative coverage. Pundits were comparing the Paramount release to the recent big-budget flops "John Carter" and "Battleship. " VIDEO: 'World War Z' trailer But the actor - who hasn't anchored a big-budget Hollywood production since "The Curious Case of Benjamin Button" five years ago - has gone to the mat for the movie, traveling to events from Brazil to Moscow and making numerous media appearances at home.
June 20, 2013 |
James Gandolfini described himself as a “300-lb. Woody Allen ," when I met him at the end of November, just about six months before he passed away at 51 from a heart attack while on vacation in Italy. Appearing a lot more vulnerable than his heft would convey, Gandolfini didn't use the world "neurotic" when we huddled in the empty bar at the Roxy to talk about his most recent collaboration with "Sopranos" creator David Chase, the indie film “Not Fade Away.” But he did say he had “an active mind” and that it was often “exhausting.” That mind seemed to be filled with a slew of contradictions.
June 19, 2013 |
There must be something in the water in Hollywood. On Tuesday, two of Tinseltown's hottest leading men, Brad Pitt and Channing Tatum, got extremely weird on the late-night airwaves. Tatum was the first to unfurl his freak flag on "Jimmy Kimmel Live," where he appeared in double-entendre-laden video called "(I Wanna) Channing All Over Your Tatum. " It featured one of the catchiest R 'n' B hooks since "Motherlover" and a bevy of stars including Jamie Foxx, Olivia Munn, Gabourey Sidibe and Miley Cyrus -- but alas, no Justin Timberlake or Andy Samberg.
June 18, 2013 |
Last week, I wrote that this season of “The Bachelorette” is lackluster. This week, the show took place in Atlantic City. So just let that soak in for a minute. Really, guys? This is all you've got for us? Usually we're in the Swiss Alps at this point. Instead, we get AC? Land of run-down carnival rides and out-of-place-looking casinos? Even Des could barely muster any excitement upon arriving in Jersey. Actually, scratch that: Des is never excited. About anything. But even for her!