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August 17, 2014

Brad Pitt starrer “Fury” is to close the 58th BFI London Film Festival. Pic makes its European premiere on Oct. 19 at the Odeon Leicester Square in London.

The film was written and directed by David Ayer, whose helming credits include “End of Watch,” and whose writing credits include “Training Day” and “The Fast and the Furious.” Pic also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman (“Noah”), Michael Pena (“End of Watch”) and Jon Bernthal (“The Wolf of Wall Street”).

Pitt and Ayer are confirmed to attend the closing night gala, while a cinecast from the red carpet and simultaneous screenings will take place at movie theaters across the U.K.

Pic is set in April 1945. As the Allies make their final push across Europe, a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Pitt) commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.

The movie lensed in England, in the Oxfordshire countryside and at Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire, for 12 weeks last year. It is produced by Bill Block, Ayer, Ethan Smith and John Lesher. Exec producers are Pitt, Sasha Shapiro, Anton Lessine, Alex Ott and Ben Waisbren.

Clare Stewart, festival director, said: “‘Fury’ is a resounding cinematic achievement. Rarely is a film so successful at balancing the human drama of war with such thrilling action sequences.”

Sony Pictures Releasing will release the film in U.K. cinemas on Oct. 24.

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August 17, 2014

We’d heard rumors that Brad Pitt was staying in Eureka for a multi-day magazine photo shoot with iconic photographer Mark Seliger. Reddit was abuzz. But now we have our first photographic evidence. Below, feast your eyes on Mr. Jolie looking very much like himself yesterday at Eureka’s Black Lightning Motorcycle Cafe along with owners Cassandra and Jeff Hesseltine and brood (she’s also our county’s film commish, of course).

“He was pretty excited about the German pancakes,” Cassandra told LoCO of Brad’s BLMC experience.

In addition to pancake eatin’ and motorcycle gabbin’, Hesseltine accompanied Pitt and the photog crew around Humboldt for both days of shooting which took the megastar to Luffenholtz Beach and Redwood State Parks in both the northern and southern parts of the county. She was hush on where and when the photos may appear but assured us that Humboldt will look good when they are released.

“People will get to see some beautiful places,” Hesseltine said. “It’ll be really good for tourism in our area.”

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• x002 August 12 – Eureka’s Black Lightning Motorcycle Cafe – Eureka, MD.

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August 17, 2014

Sony Pictures has moved up the release of its Brad Pitt World War II pic “Fury” from Nov. 14 to Oct. 17.

The tank drama, co-starring Shia LaBeouf and Logan Lerman, is directed by David Ayer and said to be an awards contender. The date change also puts “Fury” much closer to the Telluride or Toronto film festivals, which is where Pitt’s “12 Years a Slave” launched last year before going on to win big at the Oscars. So far, however, neither festival has confirmed the film.

Written by Ayer, “Fury” centers on a tank battalion, led by Pitt’s character, forced to make a last stand against the Nazis behind enemy lines.

The WWII drama takes the place of the Seth Rogen comedy “The Interview,” which was slotted to bow on Oct. 17 but recently moved to Christmas Day. Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s “Birdman” also opens on that date in limited release.

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August 17, 2014

Angelina Jolie has given an insight into family life with Brad Pitt and their six children — and revealed how the 50-year-old actor is a pushover when it comes to their daughters.

Jolie, 39, says they follow a strict schedule to accommodate the home-schooling of Maddox, 13, Pax, 10, Zahara, nine, Shiloh, eight and twins Vivienne and Knox, six. She told Hello! magazine: “We get up at 7.30am and have breakfast, then at 8.30am we walk them over to where they’re doing their studies. We meet again at home for dinner at 6.30pm. Sometimes the kids will show up at Mommy’s office and it’s great fun.”

Of Pitt as a father, she said: “Brad’s daughters can do no wrong — Z can ask for anything and he just crumbles. And he does boy things with the boys.”

But she added: “One of the things we’re particularly conscious of is how we treat each other in front of the children. We want to be an example of how to treat the opposite sex.”

She said they had not ruled out having more children one day.

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August 17, 2014

Director Tom DiCillo, who fought to cast then-unknown hunk Brad Pitt in his first star part as a rockabilly-obsessed musician in 1991′s Johnny Suede, hit the ceiling March 29 when he noticed on Netflix that eight minutes of music by Link Wray, the pioneering ’50s guitarist, was cut. It turned out that Miramax had forgone clearing the rights when it made its streaming agreement. “I was furious, but Netflix and Miramax were highly receptive to helping me,” says DiCillo.

Miramax director of servicing and delivery Ryan Sosa sorted out the rights, and DiCillo even got to re-edit the film, trimming seven minutes and a narrative voiceover that had been added by Miramax co-founder Harvey Weinstein. “It’s distilled and improves the film so much,” says DiCillo. Netflix plans to add it later in August.

“Cool!” said Weinstein when told the news. “I love that movie. I didn’t discover Brad Pitt; Tom DiCillo did.” (Actually, Ridley Scott had cast Pitt in Thelma & Louise, but it hadn’t been released yet, so Pitt’s abs were unknown when DiCillo cast him.) How does Weinstein feel about the new, VO-less Johnny Suede? “I’m looking forward to it.”

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August 17, 2014

“In the end, they would hose out the blood, slap on some paint, and grab some cooks and clerks to crew up the vehicle again,” David Ayer tells Michael Cieply at the New York Times, referring to his new film Fury, which several Oscar pundits were much higher on than I was initially, but this new editorial has me singing a different tune.

As much as I loved Ayer’s End of Watch (it made my top ten in 2012), his films have never been Oscar fodder. Even Training Day, which AYer wrote and Antoine Fuqua directed, saw Denzel Washington win an Oscar and Ethan Hawke also nominated. It didn’t, however, earn a Best Picture or screenplay nomination. Add to that the dismal reaction to Ayer’s Sabotage earlier this year from critics and audiences alike (I’ve still yet to see it) and it just appears he’s a filmmaker with a touch outside the Oscar realm.

Enter Fury, starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Peña, Jon Bernthal and Jason Isaacs, a World War II film centered a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy (Pitt) as he commands a Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines and it sounds every bit as nasty as you’d expect.

“Piercing his brainpan with a CRACK,” is how Mr. Ayer’s screenplay describes the move. (In Dolby Digital sound, it will be a very loud crack.) Mr. Pitt, our hero, then calmly wipes his blade clean on the German’s uniform [...]

As the movie opens, they are preparing to scrape the remains of a headless buddy from the bow gunner’s seat. “I sure didn’t keep him alive,” Mr. Pitt mutters.

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August 17, 2014

LOS ANGELES — In the first minutes of the writer-director David Ayer’s “Fury,” about American soldiers slogging through Europe in the final days of World War II, Brad Pitt, as the tanker Don Collier, slides his knife behind the eye of a German lieutenant.

“Piercing his brainpan with a CRACK,” is how Mr. Ayer’s screenplay describes the move. (In Dolby Digital sound, it will be a very loud crack.) Mr. Pitt, our hero, then calmly wipes his blade clean on the German’s uniform.

The Good War this is not.

In what promises to be one of the most daring studio movies in an awards season that will bring several World War II films, Mr. Ayer, Mr. Pitt and a band of producers backed by Sony Pictures Entertainment are poised to deliver what the popular culture has rarely seen. That is, a relentlessly authentic portrayal — one stuntman was run through with a bayonet on the set — of the extremes endured, and inflicted, by Allied troops who entered Germany in the spring of 1945.

Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds,” which also starred Mr. Pitt, was brutal but surreal. Few believed that a real-life counterpart to his blood-crazed Lt. Aldo Raine had collected Nazi scalps by the hundred.

The first 20 minutes of Steven Spielberg’s “Saving Private Ryan” came much closer to what Mr. Ayer calls the war’s “ground truth.” But little in its portrayal of slaughter at Normandy hinted at what some American soldiers would do less than a year later in their final push to victory — yes, they executed prisoners and killed armed children.

Mr. Ayer, a studio writer (“Training Day”) and indie film director (“End of Watch”), had been meditating for years on the “Fury” screenplay, but he wrote it in a burst about 18 months ago. “It sort of exploded out,” he said. “I wrote it for me.”

The resulting movie, Mr. Ayer said, was intended both as a personal journey and as a correction to the pop cultural record.

On the personal front, “Fury” is meant to unlock the psychology of Mr. Ayer’s older relations, who fought but seldom spoke of it. And the film trades on his own military experience as a sonar operator on an attack submarine in the 1980s.

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August 3, 2014
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August 2, 2014

Handwritten love letters from Brad Pitt? Only one woman is that lucky.

Angelina Jolie, 39, revealed to Australia’s TV Week magazine that she and Pitt, 50, sent handwritten letters to each other while they were filming on opposite sides of the world.

The actress and human rights activist was directing Unbroken, a biopic about World War II hero Louis Zamperini, in Australia, while Pitt was in London filming Fury, about a tank crew fighting the Nazis.

“He was supportive from a distance, and it was quite romantic in a way,” she says.

“We decided to be of that time, when we could imagine he was in the European theater and I was in the Pacific theater, and we wrote handwritten letters to each other that were very connecting for us, thinking of the people that were separated for months, if not years, at a time back then.”

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July 29, 2014

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July 29, 2014

Chuck Palahniuk is breaking the first two rules of Fight Club: He’s talking about Fight Club.

The author’s devotees probably won’t mind since what’s on his mind these days is more of the characters and world he created in his 1996 book, which was adapted three years later into director David Fincher’s cult film starring Edward Norton and Brad Pitt.

The story of an unnamed insomniac narrator, his violent id come to life in the form of Tyler Durden, and an underground society built on bare-knuckle brawls and anarchic ideas continues in Fight Club 2, a 10-issue Dark Horse Comics maxiseries illustrated by Cameron Stewart, debuting in May 2015.

Palahniuk will be on a Fight Club panel with Fincher on Saturday at San Diego Comic-Con 2014, but it was at last year’s New York Comic Con where the author’s loose lips cemented the project.

“I messed up and said I was doing the sequel in front of 1,500 geeks with telephones,” Palahniuk says. “Suddenly, there was this big scramble to honor my word.”

Fight Club 2 takes place alternately in the future and the past. It picks up a decade after the ending of his original book, where the protagonist is married to equally problematic Marla Singer and has a 9-year-old son named Junior, though the narrator is failing his son in the same way his dad failed him.

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July 29, 2014

There may have been some controversy surrounding the release of MR. AND MRS. SMITH, as the chemistry between Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie was undeniable. They’ve moved on to other projects since but I suppose it was only a matter of time before the two were brought together again in hopes of striking that sickly sweet box office gold a second time. For round 2, it looks to be under the guiding hand of Angelina Jolie herself.

Angelina Jolie first tried her hand at directing in 2011 with IN THE LAND OF BLOOD AND HONEY. While that project didn’t garner too much praise, her sophomore effort, UNBROKEN, recently showcased a trailer that has quite a few people talking. At the very least, it looks to be an inspiring story about a real life hero. Details are pretty slim on Jolie’s third film, BY THE SEA, except that it will also be written by her, star her and her beau, and is a character-driven drama.

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July 29, 2014

Actress Julia Ormond chatted with HuffPost Live host Ricky Camilleri on Thursday, July 17, about her role in the 1995 classic, “Legends of the Fall” — you know, that film she co-starred in with a blossoming Brad Pitt, the esteemed Anthony Hopkins and “E.T.” star Henry Thomas. (Oh, Aidan Quinn was in it too).

In the movie, Ormond played Susannah Fincannon, a young woman who comes to Col. William Ludlow’s (Hopkins) remote house in Montana in the early 1900s, engaged to his youngest son Samuel (Thomas). After the war makes things more difficult though, Susannah ends up falling for Samuel’s brother Tristan (Pitt) while his other brother Alfred (Quinn) falls for her. Talk about a love trapezoid!

As for working with Pitt on the film, Ormond, now 49, said that although it was apparent producers wanted him to be the next big Hollywood heartthrob, he was resistant.

“Brad is a really good actor, he’s very intuitive,” she said. “He always kind of reminded me on set of like a racehorse that won’t run — he stays in the box when the box is open … If it doesn’t feel right to him [he won't do it].”

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July 9, 2014

TORONTO – Brad Pitt is no longer involved, but Vancouver-raised novelist Tom Rachman still has a screen deal for his smash debut effort, “The Imperfectionists.”

Pitt’s production company, Plan B, optioned the rights to the critically heralded story about a group of journalists when it became an international bestseller and made the Scotiabank Giller Prize long list in 2010.

Now, as Rachman promotes his equally raved-about second book, “The Rise and Fall of Great Powers,” he says Pitt’s company wrote a screenplay for the first novel but “decided it didn’t work as a film.”

“The script that they did, they cut it down to three characters essentially out of all of them, so it just didn’t really have enough of the original in it and so it didn’t go forward,” the 39-year-old said in an interview.

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July 9, 2014

So goes the actual motto used by the real-life American heroes that inspired writer/director David Ayer’s latest, the World War II action-thriller Fury, starring Brad Pitt, Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Michael Pena and Jon Bernthal as the five-man crew of a Sherman tank that, in the course of a single day, moves across Germany at the tail-end of the war.

“Both of my grandparents were in World War II and retired as officers,” says Ayer, who himself served more recently in the US Navy. “One fought in the Pacific and one fought in Europe. The whole family was in the war. I grew up exposed to it and hearing the stories, but the stories I heard weren’t kind of the whole ‘Rah, rah, rah! We saved the world!’ They were about the personal price and the emotional price. The pain and the loss are the shadows that sort of stalk my family. That was something that I wanted to communicate with people. Even though it was literally a fight of good against evil and it had an incredibly positive outcome, the individual man fighting it was just as tired, scared and freaked out as a guy operating a base in Afghanistan or a guy in the jungle in Vietnam.”

ComingSoon.net had the chance to visit the production last year in England’s Oxfordshire countryside, where Ayer did everything in his power to make the world of the film as true to life as possible, down to the film’s title star. In the scene being filmed, “Fury,” (the name given to the tank itself) joined four other Sherman Tanks, all actual period vehicles on loan from both private collectors and the Bovington Tank Museum that feature names like “Lucy Sue,” “Sting,” “Old Phyllis” and “Murder, Inc.” They’re all rendezvousing with Jason Isaac’s Captain Wagner to receive new orders.

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