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A Salute to James Badge Dale, the American Sean Bean

James Badge Dale plays the hero in The Lone Ranger. He’s Dan Reid, a Texas Ranger with scruffy facial hair and pained sky-blue eyes. He’s soft-spoken but quick with a one-liner, half jocky frat-boy and half wounded warrior. He makes fun of his little brother but clearly loves his little brother, and when he sets off on his third or fourth dangerous mission of the day, he says goodbye to his wife and child with a mixture of apology (because he’s a man who can’t help how much he likes his dangerous job) and tremendous care (because he’s a man who loves his family and knows that every time he sees them could be the last time). He’s a little bit John Wayne and a little bit Han Solo, a hero who’s also clearly a scoundrel, a fraternity president who’s also a noble lawman. He’s dead by around the half-hour mark.

There’s no place for obvious heroes in contemporary Hollywood blockbusters, is what Lone Ranger tries to say over and over again; Dan Reid needs to die so his nerdy younger brother can become him. (The fact that his nerdy younger brother is played by genetic superhuman Armie Hammer is one of several thousand indications that The Lone Ranger is too stupid for its ambitions.)

Whimpering at 'World War Z': The EW Exit Poll

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

That crazy 'World War Z' alternate ending: How does it compare to these gems? -- VIDEO

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.

The Budapest sequence was largely left on the cutting room floor– but thanks to Movies.com, we now know what would have happened in it if the studio hadn’t changed directions: READ FULL STORY

Analysis: Brad Pitt is a box office success with 'World War Z,' but has he become less popular?

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

'World War Z' is actually the story of Brad Pitt

World War Z doesn’t really fit in with Brad Pitt’s filmography. He might be one of the most famous and instantly recognizable human beings in the history of eyesight, but Pitt has mostly avoided the summer-blockbuster game. The last time he headlined big-budget PG-13 action films was 2004’s Troy and 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith — and even in those films, Pitt’s characters weren’t exactly typical heroes. (Achilles was a prideful douche rocket; Mr. Smith was a cheerful sociopath hunting down his own wife.) READ FULL STORY

'World War Z' ending: Did the rewrites salvage the movie?

Very few big movies get made in Hollywood without multiple screenwriters. Maybe the studio buys an intriguing screenplay written by a newcomer and hands it off to a more established name for a rewrite. Maybe a director signs onto the project brings along a longtime script collaborator. Maybe the star demands frequent dialogue punch-ups on the set. In the end, the Writer’s Guild arbitration process sifts through the wreckage of infinite drafts to provide the illusion of order in the credits. Who gets a “Story By”? Who gets a “Screenplay By”? Meanwhile, Hollywood’s finest script doctors toil in well-paid obscurity. (History will record that John August probably wrote one line of dialogue in every movie made in the 21st century.) READ FULL STORY

Is Brad Pitt taking promotional lessons from Justin Timberlake?

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?”

Watch Brad Pitt and Jimmy Fallon try a yodel duet -- VIDEO

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:


PopWatch Planner: Cher on 'The Voice,' 'Monsters University,' 'World War Z,' and more

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

Would you pay $50 for a 'World War Z' 'mega ticket'? POLL

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

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