Spoiler alert! If you still haven’t seen World War Z, stop reading now. I took in a surprisingly crowded Tuesday night showing, which raised the following questions: READ FULL STORY
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How does a simple zombie movie rack up a $200 million budget? Three words: Reshoots, reshoots, reshoots.
As EW’s Geoff Boucher reported in his World War Z cover story this past March, the film originally built to a climactic zombie battle that was to be shot in Budapest. But after filming was underway, Paramount decided to bring in a pair of new screenwriters — ex-Lostie Damon Lindelof and Drew Goddard of The Cabin in the Woods — to reshape the movie’s third act.
Brad Pitt should feel triumphant today. He produced and starred in World War Z, a blockbuster zombie epic that spent the better part of its production cycle drowning in bad buzz. But after a salvage rewrite/reshoot and a full-scale publicity offensive, the film opened big over the weekend with $66 million.
That’s the biggest opening that Pitt’s ever had, and the studio is already making noise about fast-tracking a sequel. However, according to General Sentiment — a leading social analytics firm that analyzes more than 60 million sources of digital content every day — Pitt’s overall popularity may have actually taken a tumble over the last couple of years. READ FULL STORY
Make a note: Summer 2013 was the time the biggest actors of the ’90s took a cue from the younger kiddos and started really promoting their summer films in a new way.
Call it part of the Timberlake effect. Justin Timberlake pulled out all the stops promoting his album The 20/20 Experience in March, memorably hosting Saturday Night Live, co-hosting a week of Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, heck, he even had a Target-sponsored release party that aired on The CW. Some people rolled their eyes, but the 24/7 attack paid off: The album opened at No. 1, moving 968,000 copies its first week.
Will Smith certainly seemed to be following Timberlake’s lead with his 100 percent all-in approach to getting people into theaters to see After Earth. This alone isn’t new: Smith has always been a good sport about promoting his movies, but this time around, he seemed to be really trying: He hit the talk show circuit hard by reuniting and performing the iconic Fresh Prince of Bel-Air theme song (with Alfonso Ribeiro!) and kissing his son during a televised chat that seemed designed as viral Internet bait. He might as well have gotten in the ring and shouted, “Are you not entertained?”
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Sometimes, when you just need a break from work, it helps to just go to the top of your building and yodel. At least, that’s what Jimmy Fallon and Brad Pitt do.
In this delightful clip from Late Night With Jimmy Fallon, Brad and Jimmy “chat” and then harmonize beautifully.
Watch the video below:
Man of Steel opening weekend has come and gone. Was it everything you’re tempered expectations had hoped it would be? Maybe you saw The Bling Ring and left even more in love with Sofia Coppola and Emma Watson. Wait, you didn’t see either? Did you…like… go outside? Really? Was there nothing on your DVR to catch up on? Well, if your sunburn keeps you in this week or your pop culture appetite refuses to be satiated, check out our guide for what to watch and go see this week: READ FULL STORY
And so begins that price gouging Steven Spielberg warned us about.
Paramount and Regal Entertainment have partnered for what they’re calling the “ultimate fan event” — a World War Z package offered at just five theaters nationwide, including screens in Orange County, Houston, San Diego, Atlanta, and Philadelphia. Its price tag? A hefty $50.
To be fair, those who purchase these “mega tickets” will get more than just a pass to see Brad Pitt fight zombies. The bundle includes a ticket to see World War Z in RealD 3-D two days before its official release, a pair of custom RealD 3D glasses, a small popcorn, a limited-edition movie poster, and an HD digital copy of the film once it’s released for home viewing.
Knowing this, let’s break down the mega ticket’s cost. READ FULL STORY
Brad Pitt didn’t just surprise one theater filled with moviegoers yesterday; he surprised four theaters, in Atlanta, Philadelphia, Chicago, and Austin, all playing his upcoming zombie-apocalypse thriller World War Z. At the last theater, he even hung out onstage with Ain’t It Cool geek guru Harry Knowles. Check out the video of them hanging out below. Hey, you’re probably a little interested in seeing World War Z now, right?
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Kirsten Dunst was only 11 when she took a role in Interview with the Vampire opposite Tom Cruise (Sexiest Man Alive, ’90) and Brad Pitt (Sexiest Man Alive, ’95). Playing an immortal child-vampire with an eerie maturity, Dunst actually got to kiss Pitt during filming. You would have thought that this would have made her feel like the luckiest little girl in the whole gosh darn world. But in an interview with Bullett magazine, Dunst reveals that kiss was “just a peck,” and it wasn’t even a particularly memorable peck. “Everyone at the time was like, ‘You’re so lucky you kissed Brad Pitt,’ but I thought it was disgusting,” says Dunst, who goes on to reveal that she didn’t kiss anyone else until she was 16 — presumably because she was so traumatized. READ FULL STORY
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