Screen Junkies » brad pitt http://www.screenjunkies.com Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 28 Nov 2014 16:30:46 +0000 en hourly 1 http://wordpress.org/?v=3.3.1 Jimmy Kimmel Added Some Furbys To ‘Fury’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/jimmy-kimmel-added-some-furbys-to-fury/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/jimmy-kimmel-added-some-furbys-to-fury/#comments Tue, 21 Oct 2014 17:25:46 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=266396 Because the words are similar. And because it's funny.

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Fury, the Brad Pitt war movie featuring lots and lots of tanks, isn’t supposed to be cute. It’s, by most accounts, graphic, gory, and traumatic. In an effort to counterbalance that with something fun to watch, Jimmy Kimmel and his minions took to inserting a few Furbys in the mix, giving us a lighter film.

Only these Furbys are creeping the hell out of me. I was never in on the Furby craze. Did they always have dead, glowing eyes? Cause…yuck.

Kill them, Brad Pitt. A nation thanks you for your service.

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11 Famous Actors and Their Embarrassing Early Film Roles http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/11-famous-actors-and-their-embarrassing-early-film-roles/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/general/11-famous-actors-and-their-embarrassing-early-film-roles/#comments Thu, 21 Aug 2014 13:17:15 +0000 DustinSeibert http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264053 These actors all make millions of dollars now, but boy did they start out in some stinkers.

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Brad Pitt, in addition to being a personal lubricant for any woman over the age of 20, is one of the generation’s most respected actors, having logged decades worth of Oscar-quality films.

But as with many actors of his caliber, his start was less auspicious — there are a bunch of late-’80s and ’90s stinkers with his young, beautiful mug in them. Some actors get lucky right out the gate (see: Jennifer Lawrence), but most actors that anyone cares about had to slog through bit parts in horrible movies to make a name.

In a cutthroat industry like Hollywood, we shouldn’t chastise them. Hell, we all gotta make rent. But that doesn’t make it any less schadenfreudelicious to look back on some of the awful early roles of actors who can now buy and sell us several times over.

Jennifer AnistonLeprechaun (1993) No one will pretend for a second that Jennifer Aniston has any cred as a “meaningful actress” — I’m guessing her shot at Oscar glory is as unlikely as her chances at a meaningful long-term relationship. But one year before she became Rachel Greene, she starred with Willow in horror comedy Leprechaun. This series is still cranking out sequels and prequels; no telling if she’s gonna add to her rumored $11o million net worth by reprising her role.

Leonardo DiCaprio – Critters 3 (1991) The funniest thing about this role is the fact that Leonardo DiCaprio pretty much looks like the same 17-year-old punk 23 years later. Still, it’s funny to see Martin Scorsese‘s go-to actor competing with a bunch of nasty Furbies with sharp teeth in the second sequel to an 80s B-movie franchise. Unfortunately, Leo makes it through the film without getting his punchable face chewed through.

Steve Carell – Curly Sue (1991) Steve Carell is the most aiiight comedian on the face of the earth, so I’m not sure if anyone missed much from his quick, nobody role as a waiter in this charming early-1990s vehicle for the surviving Belushi brother.

Damon WayansBeverly Hills Cop (1984) The funniest Wayans brother (by far) offers Eddie Murphy his bananas in a pretty funny bit role that served as something of a predecessor to his Men on Film bit on In Living Color. 

Matthew McConaughey and Renee Zellweger – Texas Chainsaw Massacre: The Next Generation (1994) This movie is indescribably bad, and features a pre-”awright, awright, awright” McConaughey basically being an evil redneck to Zellweger’s obnoxious, interminably screaming minx. Don’t watch this. Consider yourself warned.

Continue to the next page for the very humble beginnings of Jim Carrey, Adam Sandler, Angelina Jolie, and more…

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Soundtrack Studies: ‘Fight Club’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/fight-club/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/fight-club/#comments Tue, 12 Aug 2014 16:11:24 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=264065 I want you to listen as hard as you can.

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Last week I spoke of my two reservations in choosing soundtracks for Soundtrack Studies: I didn’t want to do instrumentals (because they’re just harder to write about and far better experienced than read) and I didn’t want to pick soundtracks that were done by just one artist, because the curation of different artists is one of the most compelling aspects of soundtracks.

Nonetheless, I tossed those criteria out the window and did ‘The Social Network, which featured no words, and was done entirely by the team of Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross.

Oh well.

I also wrote about how Trent Reznor and David Fincher seemed to be a natural fit for each other, which is presumably why Fincher had recruited Reznor to write his now defunct Fight Club musical. But before there were musicals, spinoffs, or variety hours, there was Fight Club the film which had its own soundtrack, which sounded a LOT like Trent Reznor, even though it was done in its entirety by the the Dust Brothers. And it’s all instrumental as well, save for the last scene, which I will talk about later and is why I’m writing about this soundtrack in the first place.

For those unfamiliar, Fight Club, more than it is about fighting, is about the insidiousness of white male rage. The protagonist (an unnamed narrator played by Edward Norton), gets convinced by a mischievous stranger to thwart the conventions he’s mired himself in, and live life on a more savage, animalistic level. As the film progresses, we see Brad Pitt’s Tyler Durden evolve from “charming imp” to “nihilistic criminal,” which is likely the character’s M.O. all along.

And as we’re faced with and rejecting the Narrator’s very existence, we’re given a droning score that serves as a heart monitor for Edward Norton’s character. For the entire film, the score intentionally avoids crescendo, climax, or excitement, instead serving to ratchet up the tension of a man hitting rock bottom of his own free will (but not really of his own free will.) The exception to this being the opening credits, which, in hindsight, teaches you the only exciting thing in the Narrator’s life is how messed-up his mind is.

Through that lens, the Dust Brothers were a very inspired choice. But they were also a very subversive one. Having been auteurs of beat-driven music fro over ten years at that point, they had largely cut their teeth as producers prior to the film, having overseen the excellent Beck album Odelay, the Korn (naturally) song “Kick the P.A.” and Hanson’s “MMMBop.”

Yes. The Dust Brothers did Hanson’s “MMMBop.” They’re nothing if not diverse.

Unfortunately, the soundtrack listings on Spotify seem to be more what people THINK should have been on the Fight Club soundtrack more than what’s actually on the Fight Club soundtrack. What people think should be on it is fascinating, but not really germane to this discussion. However, if you’d like to get a glimpse of someone making their own, you can see it here. If you want the actual soundtrack, made by the people we’re talking about here, it’s in this lengthy, lengthy YouTube video:

It really does sound a lot (alotalotalot) like The Social Network soundtrack. So much so that many Internet denizens refer to Nine Inch Nails as the composer. Close, but wrong.

The score, like that of The Social Network, sets an eerily ambient tone that pairs as well with senseless vandalism and savagery as it does with a dinner party or filling out a spreadsheet. Instrumental music often affords itself that versatility in a manner that singers can’t. And the film sticks to that formula right until the very end, when the Narrator puts a bullet through his head, demonstrating his free will apart from Tyler Durden, killing him, then watching the world burn and getting the girl.

It’s a lot to take in on a narrative level, but the use of The Pixies’ “Where Is My Mind” serves as one of the more iconic songs in film, serving as both heavy-handed wordplay (where IS Edward Norton’s mind), but mostly just cutting through the tension carried in the film with  a cathartic release. You know. Like a bullet to the head.

It’s what the film’s soundtrack is most known for, and it rewards the viewer for two hours and fifteen minutes of watching this man trudge through life, then take misguided pains to make it a little more interesting. There’s probably a moral there, but David Fincher’s not the type of person to tell you what it is.

 

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We Now Get ‘Se7en’ Remade As A Fake 8-Bit Video Game. Hurray! http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/we-now-get-se7en-remade-as-a-fake-8-bit-video-game-hurray/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/we-now-get-se7en-remade-as-a-fake-8-bit-video-game-hurray/#comments Thu, 07 Aug 2014 17:05:54 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=263871 "8-Bit Kevin Spacey" is the name of my noise rock band. We're playing a show next week. You should totally come.

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I don’t know what’s so funny about seeing complex films juxtaposed against the simplistic plots and graphics of 8-bit films. Wait. Yes I do. It’s what I just said. That’s why they’re funny.

The guys behind 8-Bit Cinema have done it again, this time by taking the dark world of David Fincher’s Se7en and giving it the NES treatment. Though, to be fair, this looks a little more like SNES 16-bit graphics, but I’m not here to upset the apple cart.

Just watch the video. It’s very funny to watch two noir detectives investigate heinous crimes in such a ridiculous context. I wish this was a real game.

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Catch The Trailer For The Next Brad Pitt WWII Film, ‘Fury’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/catch-the-trailer-for-the-next-brad-pitt-wwii-film-fury/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/catch-the-trailer-for-the-next-brad-pitt-wwii-film-fury/#comments Fri, 27 Jun 2014 19:00:20 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=262607 Finally, someone is making a movie about WWII!

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Brad Pitt, like so many other men approaching 50, seems to be really getting into World War II. A few years back, he starred in Quentin Tarantino‘s Inglorious Basterds, and now he’s taking the lead in the less-ensembly Fury.

Fury is written and directed by David Ayer, who has experience with similar heavy fare like Training Day, End of Watch, and Harsh Times so this should fall in his wheelhouse, save for the fact that there are no cops.

Nonetheless, Brad Pitt normally has a good eye for projects, and this has all the trappings of a pretty strong film. Take a look at how the greatest generation lived.

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Brad Pitt’s Face Touched Without Permission http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brad-pitts-face-touched-without-permission/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brad-pitts-face-touched-without-permission/#comments Thu, 29 May 2014 18:13:20 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=261872 NO TOUCHING.

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Vitalii Sediuk, the gross asshole who kissed Will Smith and tried to see what America Ferrera has been hiding beneath her traveling pants, has struck again. The Ukrainian “journalist” hopped the barricade at the Maleficent premiere and broke the ninth rule of Fight Club: no touching Brad Pitt.

Pitt was signing autographs for fans when he was reportedly punched in the face by Sediuk, who was then wrestled to the ground. The actor was unfazed and returned to his fans while probably assuming this was just another hilarious prank by George Clooney.

It’s interesting timing that this would happen in a week where Hollywood has been accused of being a complicit party to the violence at UCSB, and a reminder that we’re never safe from the actions of twisted individuals when in the public space. Sediuk has a history of disrespecting the privacy of celebrity genitals and if his actions incite copy cats, things could easily get out of control. You are in some way to blame for this, Soy Bomb. (CNN)

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‘Fight Club Minus Tyler Durden’ Really Spells Things Out For You http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/fight-club-minus-tyler-durden-really-spells-things-out-for-you/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/fight-club-minus-tyler-durden-really-spells-things-out-for-you/#comments Tue, 21 Jan 2014 21:17:17 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=258856 Turns the twist into a really "well, duh" moment.

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As a service to the less-imaginative, Richard Trammel went ahead and showed us the world through Jared Leto‘s eyes by digitally removing Brad Pitt’s Tyler Durden from this Fight Club scene. The result is like a scene out of Ghost Dad. All that’s missing is a shot of a wino doing a double-take before throwing away his hooch but for good. Perhaps that can be added digitally.

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Tom Cruise And Brad Pitt To Pair Up Again For ‘Go Like Hell’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tom-cruise-and-brad-pitt-to-pair-up-again-for-go-like-hell/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/tom-cruise-and-brad-pitt-to-pair-up-again-for-go-like-hell/#comments Thu, 19 Dec 2013 19:07:02 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258450 Is it 1995? Will there be an Aerosmith ballad on the soundtrack?

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Tom Cruise is re-teaming with his Oblivion director, Joseph Kosinsky, to address something very mod and awesome: autoracing in the 1960′s. Namely, the rivalry between Ford and Ferrari. Cruise will play Ford patron saint Carroll Shelby, which I’m giggling about just thinking about him showing someone a big-block engine, then grabbing them by the collar and yelling, “I am NOT fucking around.”

And now it appears that Brad Pitt may be his co-star, since he already has 1960′s auto racer hair. It’s not known who Brad Pitt will play in the film, so I would like to plant the seed that he reprise his role of Louis de Pointe du Lac, his character from the Cruise/Pitt film Interview with the Vampire.

Cruise’s Carroll Shelby would recognize him, and say, “Louis, my dear friend,” as he transformed into Lestat, taking Pointe du Lac’s hand and kissing it. They would then race cars in an awesome scene reminiscent of Days of Thunder, then they would dangle from wires like in Mission: Impossible.

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‘World War Z’ Gets A New Director That Brad Pitt Likes More http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/world-war-z-gets-a-new-director-that-brad-pitt-likes-more/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/world-war-z-gets-a-new-director-that-brad-pitt-likes-more/#comments Wed, 11 Dec 2013 16:31:50 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=258298 Just don't touch his hair, ok?

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World War Z was something of a sleeper hit, which is funny given its massive marketing budget and costs overall. However, with Marc Forster at the helm, the film had suffered countless delays and overruns that led many to believe it would be the biggest flop of 2013.

It wasn’t. It did really well.

However, given the production scares, along with animosity between Forster and star Brad Pitt (which resulted in them passing each other notes because they refused to speak to one another) the producers, whom Pitt himself was one, opted to go in a different direction for the sequel.

So they got Juan Antonio Bayona to do it. Bayona has depth of experience in catastrophe films with last year’s The Impossible, and with scary death stuff after directing The Orphanage.

And Brad Pitt will probably speak to him, which is a plus.

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Honest Trailers: ‘World War Z’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-world-war-z/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/honest-trailers-world-war-z/#comments Tue, 17 Sep 2013 18:14:46 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=257030 Nice scarf, Brad Pitt.

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Zombies are everywhere. Movies, television, books, and video games. But there’s only one zombie movie that stars Brad Pitt. We’ve got World War Z in our sights and we’re aiming for the head as we point out the convenient coincidences that help Brad Pitt survive an unsurvivable apocalypse. Also, his scarves. Just give the scarves a rest.

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Because America Likes Their Zombies Bloodless And Fast, There’s A ‘World War Z’ Sequel Coming Up http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/because-america-likes-their-zombies-bloodless-and-fast-theres-a-world-war-z-sequel-coming-up/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/because-america-likes-their-zombies-bloodless-and-fast-theres-a-world-war-z-sequel-coming-up/#comments Tue, 25 Jun 2013 17:45:03 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255483 This film will eat your brain.

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Though it looked like something of an undead film, rendered lifeless by bad reviews and production issues, World War Z has managed to drag its feet and grunt to a $119 million box office take, all but ensuring that a sequel would be made.

Then the studio made it official by actually ensuring it yesterday.

As everyone with an Internet connection seems to be aware, the film differs completely from its source material, Max Brooks‘ novel of the same name. But that divergence serves as a blessing, as it leaves lots of Brooks’ vignettes to serve as inspiration for the video-game like structure of the film.

Of course, the rumors of a $400 million budget (REALLY?) suggest that maybe this isn’t a good idea, aside from the fact that the movie was fairly middle-of-the-road, albeit innocuously.

So, I no one gets sick of zombies any time soon!

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‘World War Z’ Is A Different Type Of Zombie Film, But Is That Enough To Care About It? http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/world-war-z-is-a-different-type-of-zombie-film-but-is-that-enough-to-care-about-it/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/world-war-z-is-a-different-type-of-zombie-film-but-is-that-enough-to-care-about-it/#comments Tue, 18 Jun 2013 20:10:05 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=255404 "Brad Pitt" and "zombies" gets this movie about 85% of the way there, and that might be enough.

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Since the World War Z film adaptation had been announced a couple years back, fans of the Max Brooks‘ zombie-pocalypse film felt that the project would have some impossibly large shoes to fill. After seeing the film last night, it’s easy to see that the producers agreed, taking those large shoes, throwing them down an incerator, then opting for some nice comfy Crocs instead.

With socks.

World War Z serves as unabashed comfort to the filmgoer. In every instance when The Walking Dead chose to examine the group dynamic and psychological toll of the struggle instead of some grade-A zombie-killing action, World War Z opts for the action, leaving such existential hand-wringing to works that have more than 110 minutes to state their case.

In fact, the action doesn’t stop long enough for the audience to develop many feelings about anything in the film. Backstories are meted out as convenient plot devices – it’s never really clear why Brad Pitt is so important, or why a journalist would be so high on the UN’s hit list of people to save during the zombie-ocalypse. He loves his wife and kids, because that’s what movie heroes do, and he’s brave, but not so brave that he’s not a reluctant hero.

But when stripped of those pretexts for having Brad Pitt do the things he does, World War Z plays out like a video game that consists of about six levels, and it proves borderline impossible not to draw a connection to Nintendo 64′s Goldeneye when Pitt and Co. are tooling around a laboratory, with a clear assignment and strolling villains abound. These levels have distinct goals, and when those goals are completed, the team hops on a plane to the next global locale to solve the mystery of “how do we stop all these fucking zombies?”

The approach is surprisingly effective, shunning all that end of days fatalism for zombies that can run really fast and climb up on each other to scale walls. The tremendous design and thought put into the five or six “levels” throughout the film seems to be the only touchpoint that the film maintains from the book. The settings are scary, well-designed, and exist on an impressive scale.

However, where this approach causes the film to regress is in its PG-13 rating, which relegates us to a zombie-geddon environment in which there is virtually no blood or gore, which lowers the stakes of the film and has the ultimate effect of making the film even seem more like a video game, albeit one from 1993 where the backstory is thin, and zombies have to die because zombies have to die, dig? 

After reading Max Brooks’ masterful novel that manages to paint a globe in crisis using an efficiency and narrative, it’s hard to not want to put training wheels on this film, telling it should just go out there and do its best. So the problem faced with reviewing this film is not being TOO forgiving when the film sprints away from anything resembling gravity to offer up more PG-13 monster violence.

Nothing much in World War Z matters except for the successive tasks at hand, and while they’re watered-down trials of what we’ve seen in more sweeping serial works, they remain compelling and different enough from the well-worn genre to keep us engaged, if not caring.

 

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Brad Pitt To Play The Man Who Sentenced Jesus To Death http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brad-pitt-to-play-the-man-who-sentenced-jesus-to-death/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brad-pitt-to-play-the-man-who-sentenced-jesus-to-death/#comments Tue, 08 Jan 2013 07:44:37 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=252725 It's all good, though. He was in 'Fight Club'.

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That man is Pontius Pilate. In a film called Pontius Pilate.

Brad Pitt is getting pretty cocky with his celebrity these days, flaunting his “I can do no wrong” attitude by playing the man who condemned our lord and savior. Well, not “our” lord and savior, but some people’s lord and savior. Ok. Some people’s lord and some people’s savior. It’s not an all or nothing-type thing. One man’s savior is another man’s lord. And vice versa.

The film purports itself to be “80% fact” which is just the right amount to ensure that absolutely everyone gets pissed at your film and hates it because it shows Christians/Romans/Jews/Whores/Judges in a bad light.

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‘World War Z’ Official Trailer Will (Metaphorically) Eat Your Brains http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/world-war-z-official-trailer-will-metaphorically-eat-your-brains/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/world-war-z-official-trailer-will-metaphorically-eat-your-brains/#comments Fri, 09 Nov 2012 01:07:01 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=251923 Spoiler: It's not like the book.

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Diehard fans of World War Z (the book) got all up in arms when they found that the “oral history” aspect of the book was being forsaken because it would have cost a metric shitload of money to produce twenty-odd vignettes around the world. It understandable that a movie studio would diminish the breadth of scope of the novel and focus it a little more for the purposes of narrative and cost.

However, this trailer shows that the film became more or less the story of Brad Pitt’s character and his family, and looks sort of like Outbreak meets Independence Day.

It’s a departure, and seems to nullify what made the book so special, but the film still looks good, though in a much more conventional way.

If you have no idea what I’m talking about, read the book. It’s terrific, and is an amazing narrative and story, regardless of whether or not you give a damn about zombies.

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I Voted…To See Some ‘World War Z’ Footage http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/i-voted-to-see-some-world-war-z-footage/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/i-voted-to-see-some-world-war-z-footage/#comments Tue, 06 Nov 2012 15:48:16 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=251866 It looks a little to Brad Pitt-y and not quite zombie-y enough.

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And you can too. This is the first official video for the film, so we are in a hurry to post it even if it has some ET narration that is just truly awful. Watch it with the sound off.

And tuck your pants into your socks, there are zombies out there.

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The 6 Best-Looking Stoners In Film, For Those Observing 4/20 http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-6-best-looking-stoners-in-film-for-those-observing-420/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/the-6-best-looking-stoners-in-film-for-those-observing-420/#comments Fri, 20 Apr 2012 19:50:21 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=248232 On this holiday of remembrance, everyone seems to keep forgetting stuff.

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Let me begin by wishing all those who observe a solemn, dignified 4/20. This is the highest of high holy days for stoners, so may your observance be filled with Bob Marley, DVR’d episodes of Tosh.0, and perhaps a backyard wrestling tape or two.

Hollywood has given us no shortage of stoners over the past 40 years or so, with the most iconic ones having been inventoried and recited ad nauseum. But what of the most attractive stoners? What of them? The Venn diagram of attractive stoners is a strange beast, as it seems that many men can fall into the overlapping segments, but only a handful of women.

Stupid sexist Hollywood. When will the entertainment industry give attractive women the recognition and notoriety they deserve?. This has gone on for far too long.

Milla Jovavich – Dazed and Confused

She didn’t speak much, but she didn’t really have to. Her character, Michelle Burroughs (had to look that one up), added to the film by just being there, and of course, by mindlessly staring at her lighter flame while stoned at the moon tower beer bust. She didn’t speak, she was hot, she got stoned, and she played guitar. This would be a stoner’s dream girl right here.

Milla also introduces us to a pretty familiar trope: the stoner girl that doesn’t speak. We see it in Lock, Stock, and Two Smoking Barrels as well. I guess if you’re going to be around a stoner, many would prefer to be around one that doesn’t talk, so that makes some sense.

Bridget Fonda – Jackie Brown

Here’s another hot girl from the movies who loves to smoke pot! But don’t get used to it, because from here on out, it’s mostly dudes. Good-looking dudes, but dudes nonetheless.

Bridget Fonda’s turn in Jackie Brown was pretty much as just a housegirl that keeps Robert De Niro company and also has sex with him. However, she’s got some wisdom in that hot body of hers, as she holds court on why coughing while smoking gets you even higher. Something to do with some part of your lungs opening up for air and taking in even more weed smoke.

And this whole time I just thought that it was because coughing meant you just took a huge hit of weed. Silly me.

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Brad Pitt Is Already Making ‘World War Z’ Trilogy Plans http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brad-pitt-is-already-making-world-war-z-trilogy-plans/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brad-pitt-is-already-making-world-war-z-trilogy-plans/#comments Wed, 04 Jan 2012 14:00:12 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=241353 The Zombie Ultimatum?

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Although it hasn’t been easy to bring World War Z to the big screen, star Brad Pitt and director Marc Forster are already talking sequel. Two actually. Which would make the series a trilogy. Pitt recently told the LA Times:

“[Director Marc] Forster and Paramount Pictures each view World War Z as a trilogy that would have the grounded, gun-metal realism of, say, Damon’s Jason Bourne series tethered to the unsettling end-times vibe of AMC‘s The Walking Dead.

So, like zombie parkour? I guess I’m into it.

Of course, this all depends on how the film does at the box office when it’s released at the end of this year. Many feel that the zombie trend is wearing out, but if so it’s dying a really slow death with upticks and booms in popularity. The success of The Walking Dead despite its redundancy and slow plotting is proof that the zombie soup hasn’t been completely pissed in yet. We’ll wait for The Asylum to release World War Zombies before making that call.

 

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9 Films That Probably Required Some Very Unpleasant Actor Preparation http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-films-that-probably-required-some-very-unpleasant-actor-preparation/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-lists/9-films-that-probably-required-some-very-unpleasant-actor-preparation/#comments Fri, 14 Oct 2011 13:00:21 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=231001 The level of preparation that some of Hollywood's most popular films require might surprise you.

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Thomas Jane recently admitted that he turned tricks on Santa Monica Boulevard when he was a struggling young actor. This stint as a male prostitute probably gave him the edge when auditioning for his current role as a male prostitute on the HBO series Hung.

This made us wonder about what other films and roles might have been preceded with some distasteful or otherwise unpleasant preparation. As it turns out, the list is pretty daunting. We take for granted that actors must really submerse themselves in roles that require them to pretend to know how to fire a rifle or be sexually attracted to Jack Black.

Here’s our take on one of the darker sides of Hollywood.

9. Ashley C. Williams, Ashlynn Yennie, and Akihiro Kitamura – Human Centipede

All actors playing characters that were part of the centipede had to complete a rigorous three-week camp in Morocco at which they had to complete countless trust exercises, centipede observation, and pooping in each others’ mouths.

Said one actor, who requested not to be identified, “It was the best three weeks of my life.”

8. Brad PittMoneyball

In order to “sell” the role of real-life baseball GM Billy Beane, Brad Pitt thought it best that he train himself to be able to discuss baseball without instantly passing out due to boredom. It’s Hollywood’s worst-kept secret that he developed a pretty serious crystal meth habit just so he could stay awake to read lines about OBP, slugging percentages, and balks.

Halfway through filming, he learned a trick from Bob Costas, who inserted a tack into Pitt’s right shoe, instructing him to step down on it, causing enough pain to keep the user alert while engaged in a conversation about pennant races at the All-Star break. It is supposedly the same trick that Freddie Prinze Jr. used while filming Summer Catch.

7. Leonardo DiCaprio/Joseph Gordon-Levitt – Inception

This was a more scientific undertaking than it was a psychological problem. Whenever DiCaprio and Gordon-Levitt were in character, explaining the “levels” of dreams to other characters onscreen, their ears and eyes would begin hemorrhaging blood. It was never enough that Christopher Nolan or the crew would fear for their safety, but it was enough to require frequent costume and makeup changes.

Initially, Nolan spent the better part of nine months putting the cast before dream experts and physics professors to explain the plot, but when even the academics’ eyes started to spew blood, Nolan cut his losses and simply cleared out all the blood in post-production, courtesy of Industrial Light and Magic.

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Brad Pitt Busted For Smuggling ‘World War Z’ Guns Into Hungary http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brad-pitt-busted-for-smuggling-world-war-z-guns-into-hungary/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brad-pitt-busted-for-smuggling-world-war-z-guns-into-hungary/#comments Tue, 11 Oct 2011 13:57:24 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=231953 Load up the choppers like it's the 731st.

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Brad Pitt’s war on zombies has suffered a setback. Police raided a Budapest warehouse and confiscated 85 weapons being used for the currently-filming World War Z. The production claims that the military-style assault rifles came with paperwork claiming they are non-functional, however the Hungarian SWAT team was all like, “No you didn’tttt!!!!”

“This morning a private plane brought guns wrapped in a parcel from a company to an individual [in Budapest],” said Hungary’s Anti-Terrorism officials. “Guns like these are highly illegal to transport even if they were to used as stage guns, which hopefully they weren’t.”

Officials need to handle this threat more seriously. If those weapons fall into the wrong hands then the undead will easily overtake Budapest and then all of Hungary. The key to defeating the zombie menace lies in preparation. If we all band together as a global army and put our differences aside, we can send those geeks back to their graves. (Us)

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‘Moneyball’ Scores A Touchdown! (The Sport In This Movie Is Irrelevant) http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/moneyball-scores-a-touchdown-the-sport-in-this-movie-is-irrelevant/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-review/moneyball-scores-a-touchdown-the-sport-in-this-movie-is-irrelevant/#comments Fri, 23 Sep 2011 18:25:13 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=229699 The producers figured audiences might enjoy a film about Brad Pitt more than they would a film about statistical analysis.

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Moneyball’s source material, a non-fiction book of the same name, lends itself to a documentary far more easily than it does a feature film. The book’s focus is the introduction and success of statistical analysis in baseball operations via its implementation by Oakland A’s General Manager Billy Beane. While a book can focus on statistical innovation, moviemakers like to focus on characters, so it was an easy decision to make Moneyball (the film) about Billy Beane and this thing he did with numbers and baseball rather than about this thing about numbers and baseball that happened to be done by Billy Beane. It may sound semantic, but it’s not.

The role of Beane is played fairly effortlessly by Brad Pitt.  In addition to being the focal point of the film, Pitt’s Beane is the vessel through which every aspect of the film runs. If you have a problem with him (the character or the actor (in Moneyball there is little distinction), you will probably not like this film. If you like him, you will probably like this film, love or understanding of baseball be damned. Similarly, at no point do you forget that you’re watching Brad Pitt onscreen. I have no idea what Billy Bean is like as a person, but after watching this film, I expect him to be exactly like Brad Pitt.

This is the Brad Pitt/Billy Beane show, through and through. With a winning turn from Jonah Hill playing Peter Brand, his statistical sidekick, and a somewhat puzzling Phillip Seymour Hoffman portrayal of Art Howe, the club manager and the closest thing to an adversary that appears in the film, both serve to divert the minimal amount of attention required away from Pitt. Hill through comic relief, and almost as an audience surrogate, and Hoffman as a very, very polite nemesis. Seriously, it feels as though Hoffman may have been chewing Tylenol PM throughout this entire shoot.

What’s most striking about Moneyball is that it appears to be a film almost entirely devoid of conflict, which makes it all the more marvelous that it manages to engage for as long as it does. There’s no shouting, no imminent danger, no romance. Even from a black-and-white baseball perspective, the film begins with expectations for the club lowered, then the rest of the film is spent watching the A’s and Beane try to meet expectations, sometimes succeeding, sometimes failing.

The baseball season clocks in at 162 games, which means a team is much more likely to win via a slow, steady grind than in a big game. That’s the essence on Moneyball (the concept). Moneyball (the film) reflects this philosophy, not relying on “the big game” or “do or die,” but rather tenacity and a little bit of faith as Beane braves criticism from several fronts. In short, he succeeds by avoiding being nibbled to death by ducks.

The most notable detraction from the film is the B-story of Billy Beane’s earlier playing days. It does little to prove relevant to the story at hand, instead serving as a human interest story that no one asked for. We get more than enough Pitt in contemporary story. There’s no reason to wade through his backstory in the past.

So if there’s little conflict, and extraneous backstory, why do we care about this film?

First off, Pitt is extremely likeable in this role. I have no idea if he is at all representative of the actual Beane in this regard, and I don’t care. He makes this journey enjoyable using his humor and charm, sometimes baring his teeth in a smile, but just as frequently a grimace.

Secondly, the dialogue, written in part by Aaron Sorkin, is funny. And the actors performing it are also funny. Pitt, a consistently underrated comedic actor (or possibly just a really funny guy), delivers the goods, as do Hill, Hoffman, an incredibly restrained Chris Pratt, and a scene-stealing performance as a New-Age stepdad from Spike Jonze. This is a funny film and would be branded a comedy if it wasn’t based on a bestselling non-fiction book about the marriage of math and baseball.

Moneyball fails to represent the book in that it invests us in the man and not the phenomenon, which keeps the reader from rooting terribly hard for the team. Instead, we’re rooting for Pitt. Not even to succeed, but just to keep doing stuff for us to watch. While that may insulate us from the original subject matter, it certainly makes for a far more interesting film than Moneyball (the book) should have been. I guess that’s a verbose way of saying that Brad Pitt has more than enough charisma to make this thing work.

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Director: Bennett Miller

Cast: Brad Pitt, Robin Wright, Jonah Hill

Synopsis: The story of Oakland A’s general manager Billy Beane’s successful attempt to put together a baseball club on a budget by employing computer-generated analysis to draft his players.

Release Date: September 23, 2011

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Don’t Worry. There Are Fast Zombies In ‘World War Z’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dont-worry-there-are-fast-zombies-in-world-war-z/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/dont-worry-there-are-fast-zombies-in-world-war-z/#comments Fri, 02 Sep 2011 23:11:25 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=227040 Oops. I meant you SHOULD worry.

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Don’t fret. Your previously unjustified concerns that World War Z would stray from the source material by featuring fast zombies turned out to be justified after all. Because, hey look, fast zombies.

The above video from the Glasgow set shows a stampede of people running as fast as they can away from the zombie threat, but not fast enough. With everyday that passes, this movie looks less and less like the book. At this point, don’t be surprised if the war element gets downplayed to a tickle-fight. (via FilmDrunk)

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Brad Pitt Eyes ‘The Gray Man’, But Not In A Creepy Way http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brad-pitt-eyes-the-gray-man-but-not-in-a-creepy-way/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/brad-pitt-eyes-the-gray-man-but-not-in-a-creepy-way/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2011 22:25:23 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=224600 It's rude to stare, Brad.

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In Mr. and Mrs. Smith, Brad Pitt played a very good assassin. But in The Gray Man, he would play the world’s BEST assassin, which is nothing to sneeze at. Like Jason Bourne, Ethan Hunt, and so many other operatives, his last gig went bad and now he’s on the run from the very people that employed him.

The film is an adaptation from Mark Greaney’s novel, with the adaptation being completed by Adam Cozad. The film will be helmed by James Gray, who is kind of an obvious choice, given the title. The talks aren’t final yet, so nothing is certain, but negotiations are far enough along that the studio feels comfortable letting the world know that Pitt is “in like” with the project and hoping to take things to the next level. (Variety)

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‘World War Z’ On Location: Glasgow For Philly http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/world-war-z-on-location-glasgow-for-philly/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/world-war-z-on-location-glasgow-for-philly/#comments Mon, 15 Aug 2011 19:29:03 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=224540 Scots look like Americans when they're backlit just right.

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You know what city really looks like Philadelphia? Glasgow. Well, it does now that the producers of World War Z took out all the Scottish stuff and droped in a bunch of American stuff. The zombie flick has started filming on location in the Scottish city, with Brad Pitt‘s arrival creating quite a stir.

The Scottish location is the third stop on the World War Z roadshow. Living up to its title, segments have already been shot in Malta and Cornwall. Shooting will go until the end of the month, completing principal photography. After that, Marc Foster and company will have a cushy fifteen months or to really tighten up the footage. In fifteen months, they could probably go ahead and make two more movies if they really wanted to.

We’re still a ways off, but I smell prequels! World Wars X and Y, anyone?

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‘World War Z’ Plot Revelation: It’s Not Really Like The Book At All http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/world-war-z-plot-revelation-its-not-really-like-the-book-at-all/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/world-war-z-plot-revelation-its-not-really-like-the-book-at-all/#comments Wed, 10 Aug 2011 21:20:52 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=224187 For starters, I don't remember Brad Pitt being in the book...at all.

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Fans of the book will be disappointed, while those who haven’t read the book won’t weigh in, so the big reveal of the World War Z plot will probably come as a disappointment to everyone who has an opinion right now. Rather than breathe life and imagery into the dozens of oral retellings that the book consists of, which would admittedly be cost-prohibitive, the film will follow a much more traditional narrative, following Brad Pitt‘s Gerry Lane, a UN employee, as he races to stop the zombie outbreak.

That plotline doesn’t sound bad, but it seems to squander so much of what made the book unique. Of course, what makes the book unique is exactly what makes the book difficult to stick to in a film adaptation. I suppose a straightforward zombie story with World War Z’s thoughtful mythology is better than one without it, but it’s a little disappointing nonetheless that the studio and director Marc Foster are compromising, though it’s not surprising.

World War Z hits theaters December 21, 2012.

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New ‘Moneyball’ Trailer Says “Take That, Baseball Traditionalists!” http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-second-moneyball-trailer-features-a-speaking-phillip-seymour-hoffman/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/the-second-moneyball-trailer-features-a-speaking-phillip-seymour-hoffman/#comments Wed, 03 Aug 2011 21:54:33 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=223392 Jonah Hill is here to tell you that you CAN buy a championship, Old Timer.

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If you want to see some hopelessly pragmatic academics upset a bunch of baseball traditionalists by ripping out the heart, soul, and tradition of the game, then Moneyball is the film for you. Starring Brad Pitt, Jonah Hill, and Phillip Seymour Hoffman (who actually looks like a retired baseball player), Moneyball is the story of the Oakland A’s GM Billy Beane who took a scientific approach to assembling a winning team on a budget. Sort of like Major League if the team had been assembled by MIT grads instead of scruffy Lou Brown.

The trailer does an abrupt heel-turn, going from slapstick to Friday Night Lights-style inspiration. So when you watch this trailer, start by giggling incessantly, but by the end, you’ll have a thousand-yard stare and a solitary tear running down your face. At least I did.

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‘World War Z’ Pics Don’t Make Zombie War Look That Bad http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/world-war-z-set-pics-dont-make-the-zombie-war-look-all-that-bad/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/gallery/world-war-z-set-pics-dont-make-the-zombie-war-look-all-that-bad/#comments Fri, 01 Jul 2011 20:16:50 +0000 Penn Collins http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=gallery&p=218788 Maybe the producers realize that the THREAT of zombies can be just as scary as actual zombies. I hope not, but maybe.

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It looks a little arid and desert-y, but not any more than, say, a war against Al Qaeda. World War Z is an oral history based on dozens of accounts of the fictitious zombie war, so this is likely to be just one of several distinct sets, though it’s not known what the other ones will be. The rumor is, however, that the Battle of Yonkers will be the crux of the story. And this don’t look like Yonkers.

After some concern that the production wouldn’t go forward due to funding issues, it looks like we’ve got some definitive proof that it’s being made. I see cameras and everything.

Or course, we’ve got Brad Pitt donning his most handsome Spy Game-esque expat fashions, but beyond that, there are no readily recognizable faces or characters. Or zombies for that matter. Huh.

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Ed Harris & Matthew Fox Won’t Enlist In ‘World War Z’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ed-harris-matthew-fox-wont-enlist-in-world-war-z/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ed-harris-matthew-fox-wont-enlist-in-world-war-z/#comments Thu, 30 Jun 2011 19:55:01 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=218625 You won't get to see Ed Harris kill a zombie with a shovel after all. :(

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Matthew Fox and Ed Harris won’t protect us from the zombie scourge after all. Both actors were in talks to appear in Marc Forster‘s World War Z but have now dropped out. With production already underway, filmmakers are scrambling to find replacements and can’t think of any other actors Ed Harrisish enough for the part.

Fox has a scheduling conflict with his prior commitment to try to kill Madea in I, Alex Cross. Harris didn’t provide a reason for exit from the film but let’s just assume it also involves trying to kill Madea. Someone needs to step up and do it. (Vulture)

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Pitt Out To Prove There Can Be Math, And Crying, In Baseball http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/pitt-out-to-prove-there-can-be-math-and-crying-in-baseball/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/video/pitt-out-to-prove-there-can-be-math-and-crying-in-baseball/#comments Thu, 16 Jun 2011 17:30:14 +0000 Col. Longshanks http://www.screenjunkies.com/?post_type=video&p=216469 Things get emotional in the 'Moneyball' trailer.

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Sony has dropped the trailer for Bennett Miller‘s Moneyball. Based on the book by Michael Lewis, Brad Pitt plays Billy Beane, who, with the help on Paul De Podesta (Jonah Hill), used fancy mathematics to help the Oakland A’s not suck. Philip Seymour Hoffman makes an appearance in the trailer as A’s coach Art Howe, but he doesn’t say a damn thing. Was Art Howe a mute, or did he just employ a controversial coaching method?

The film looks like it has all the makings of a sports underdog story. There is laughter, tears, guys being chummy, chairs being thrown, and a slow-motion home run hit. Pitt handles all of these things well, except the homer. He leaves that to the guys with less attractive features.

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Ed Harris & Matthew Fox On The Ready-Line For ‘World War Z’ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ed-harris-matthew-fox-on-the-ready-line-for-world-war-z/ http://www.screenjunkies.com/movies/movie-news/ed-harris-matthew-fox-on-the-ready-line-for-world-war-z/#comments Tue, 14 Jun 2011 19:23:03 +0000 Wookie Johnson http://www.screenjunkies.com/?p=216079 Aim for the brain, boys.

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Matthew Fox and Ed Harris have joined the ranks of those who have sworn to protect us from the threat of undead scum. Both actors have signed on to Marc Forster‘s World War Z. Also joining them is French actress Julia Levy-Boeken.

Harris’s role is unspecified and Fox is credited for the role of “Parajumper.” I’m not sure how closely the film will stick to Max Brooks‘ source material (it seems to have weaved away somewhat already) but there is a vignette in the book that follows a female pilot crash-landed in a zombie infested jungle. Could this role now belong to Fox? Dude is the go-to actor for getting stranded in jungles. (via Deadline and Bloody Disgusting)

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