Category: Films

Get up close to tanks from Brad Pitt blockbuster ‘Fury ‘at new exhibition

From Bournemouth Echo: “An exhibition showcasing Bovington Tank Museum’s “integral” role in Brad Pitt’s latest Hollywood Second World War blockbuster is just days from opening.

The museum’s ‘Fury’ exhibition, named after David Ayer’s forthcoming war film, gives fans the chance to get up close and personal with two of the £80 million movie’s heavyweight stars.

A-list heartthrob Brad Pitt was cast alongside two of the museum’s most popular exhibits – the world’s only working Tiger 131 battle tank and the eponymous Fury Sherman M4.

Pitt travelled to Dorset earlier this year to promote the film, which will be released across the UK two days after the Tank Museum’s ‘Fury’ exhibition opens on October 20.

Museum director Richard Smith said: “Taking centre stage will be the Sherman M4 that is the Fury tank, alongside imagery and footage directly from the film.

“This exhibition will give an insight into the issues the museum faced when using some of our historic collection and what it was like for our staff on the set of a big budget, Hollywood movie.

“Other highlights include props straight from the set, all kindly donated by Norman Productions.”

The film is set during the last month of World War II in April 1945, as the Allies made their final push into Nazi Germany.

Wardaddy, a sergeant in the 2nd Armoured Division commands a M4 Sherman Tank and its five-man crew on a deadly mission behind enemy lines.

The film also stars Shia LaBeouf, Michael Pena and Logan Lerman.

Pitt got behind the controls of a tank at Bovington last year in preparation for the movie.”

Tank Museum reflects on brush with Brad Pitt as Fury gets set for London Film Festival

From Culture 24: “David Ayer, the Director of new Brad Pitt film Fury, says the cast’s return to England will be a “homecoming” after borrowing blockbuster tanks from a much-loved museum.

When Brad Pitt and Shia LaBeouf re-enact the heroics of a daring US Army tank crew during the final month of World War II in the forthcoming blockbuster Fury, theirs will also be the first contemporary film to use a genuine Tiger tank, loaned from the receptive Tank Museum in Dorset.

Curators at the museum say writer-director David Ayer was determined to make the film “as historically accurate as possible” when he originally contacted the collection in Bovington, which welcomed Pitt and a few of his fellow cast members last month. They toured a display which includes the Tiger 131 tank loaned to the set for two weeks.

In an unprecedented agreement, the museum also allowed its Sherman to act as the “hero” tank for the film, clashing with the Tiger in scenes portraying the Allies behind German lines at the end of the war.

“We hear how well the British film industry is doing and, having seen those skills at work on the set, it was fantastic to realise that the collection here is part of that success,” said David Willey, the museum’s Curator, who saw the cast visit the ranges at Lulworth, where they witnessed modern British Army tanks in action.

“With our unrivalled collection, our contacts and staff we were an obvious choice for the filmmakers to consult. After witnessing the care and attention that has gone in to making this war film, we really look forward to seeing the end results.”

The film was shot in Oxfordshire late last year, when staff from the museum cared for the vehicles and stayed on set with a recovery tank in case of breakdowns.

Pitt’s battle-hardened army sergeant, Wardaddy, commands a Sherman and her five-man crew on a deadly mission in Ayer’s script, facing overwhelming odds against enemies who outnumber and outgun them.

The actor’s previous film set in World War II, 2009’s Inglourious Basterds, grossed more than $321 million worldwide.

The film will also close this year’s London Film Festival in a finale at Odeon Leicester Square in October which will offer fans an early chance to see it.

“Rarely is a film so successful at balancing the human drama of war with such thrilling action sequences,” said Clare Stewart, the Director of the festival for the British Film Institute, calling Fury a “resounding cinematic achievement.”

“We look forward to welcoming David Ayer and Brad Pitt to London as we draw the 58th festival to a monumental close.”

Ayer said the closing night celebration would be “a great honour”.

“It’s a true pleasure to be returning to England, where we shot the film,” he reflected.

“The fields of Oxfordshire and Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire were our home for 12 weeks last year, so it’s something of a homecoming for us to present the movie at its European premiere.””

Martin Scorsese to direct short film to promote James packer’s resorts, starring Brad Pitt, Leonardo DiCaprio and Robert De Niro

From The Daily Telegraph: “Newlywed Brad Pitt has put his honeymoon on hold to star in a Martin Scorsese short film to promote James Packer’s global resorts and casinos.

Not wasting any time after his low-key marriage to Angelina Jolie in France last week, the 50-year-old superstar was on the set of his latest project in New York City yesterday.

The Ocean’s Eleven star is joined by two other Hollywood heavyweights, Robert De Niro and Leonardo DiCaprio.

Mr Packer and Lawrence Ho are executive producers of the short film, which will premiere next year at the opening of their newest Melco Crown’s movie-themed resort, Studio City in Macau.

Mr Packer’s movie-making partner in RatPac Entertainment, Brett Ratner is producing the film.

He successfully backed box office smashes Gravity and The Lego Movie.”

Brad Pitt wins Emmy and Oscar as top film producer of the year

From GoldDerby: “Brad Pitt has now been proclaimed the top film producer for both television and film this year. He won Monday night at the Emmys as executive producer of Best TV Movie “The Normal Heart.” He took home the Best Picture trophy at the Oscars in March for “12 Years a Slave.”

These are his first victories at both of these awards shows. It was his second career nomination at the Emmys, with the first in 2002 as a guest actor on “Friends.” At the Academy Awards, he has lost all three acting bids (“Twelve Monkeys,” 1995; “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button,” 2008; “Moneyball,” 2011) and one for Best Picture (“Moneyball,” 2011).

HBO’s “The Normal Heart” is an adaptation of Larry Kramer’s play about the beginnings of the AIDS crisis in New York during the 1980s. In the Best TV Movie category, it defeated “Killing Kennedy,” “Muhammad Ali’s Greatest Fight,” “Sherlock: His Last Vow,” and “The Trip to Bountiful.”

The film “12 Years a Slave” was adapted from a true-life book by former slave Solomon Northup in the 19th century. At the Oscars, it defeated “American Hustle,” “Captain Phillips,” “Dallas Buyers Club,” “Gravity,” “Her,” “Nebraska,” “Philomena,” and “The Wolf of Wall Street.”

In a very short period of time, Pitt has accomplished half of the coveted EGOT status with his Emmy and Oscar wins. So far in his caeer, he has received no Grammy or Tony Awards nominations.”

Why the cast of ‘Fury’ got in fistfights every day on set

From Entertainment Weekly: “Most directors do their best to prevent actors punching each other. But during last year’s U.K. shoot for the World War II tank movie Fury, filmmaker David Ayer had his five principals—Brad Pitt, Logan Lerman, Shia Labeouf, Jon Bernthal, and Michael Peña—start the day by engaging in fisticuffs.

“We put them through martial arts training and physical combat classes,” says Ayer, whose film is released Oct. 17. “It’s a great ice breaker for actors. There’s something very honest about being punched in the face.”

So who was the best fighter out of the quintet? “Jon Bernthal,” Logan says without hesitation. “Jon is actually the most experienced. He was really a boxer for many years—still is. I mean, that guy would go at it to the point where he’d have blood running down his face. Him and Michael Peña went at it pretty hard. He’ll kick any of our asses in a fight, but he was very nice to all of us.””

Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s ‘By the Sea’ to Shoot in Malta

From The Hollywood Reporter: “Angelina Jolie’s By the Sea will start shooting today on a picturesque beach in Malta, reports The Malta Independent.

The film written and directed by Jolie and starring partner Brad Pitt is set to shoot at Mgarr ix-Xini beach on Gozo, Malta’s second largest island. The beach was closed to the public Sunday for filming, running through Nov. 10 this year. The Malta Independent says that set construction is well underway with one structure on the beach nearing completion.

By the Sea will be the first time Pitt and Jolie have appeared onscreen together since 2005’s Mr. & Mrs. Smith. Universal picked up the worldwide rights to the drama, and sources close to the production told The Hollywood Reporter that a key plot detail in the film would see Pitt’s and Jolie’s characters getting married.

The film won’t be the first time Pitt has shot a movie in the Maltese Islands, as both the Greek epic Troy from 2004 and the zombie apocalypse thriller World War Z from 2013 were filmed in Malta.”

Brad Pitt Bringing His ‘Fury’ to London Film Festival

From The Hollywood Reporter: “The Brad Pitt-starring tank drama Fury will be rumbling into the U.K. Oct. 19 for its European premiere and to close the BFI London Film Festival, it was announced Thursday.

Pitt and the film’s writer and director David Ayer have been confirmed to attend the closing night gala at London’s Leicester Square, with simultaneous screenings taking place in cinemas across the UK.

“Fury is a resounding cinematic achievement,” said BFI London Film Festival Director Clare Stewart. “Rarely is a film so successful at balancing the human drama of war with such thrilling action sequences. We looking forward to welcoming LFF alumni David Ayer and Brad Pitt to London as we draw the 58th BFI London Film Festival to a monumental close.”

Ayer, whose End of Watch screened at the festival in 2012, said it was a “great honor” to be chosen for the closing night.

“It’s a true pleasure to be returning to England, where we shot the film – the fields of Oxfordshire and Bovingdon Airfield in Hertfordshire were our home for 12 weeks last year, so it’s something of a homecoming for us to present the movie at its European premiere,” he said. “I’m thrilled that festival audiences will be among the first in Europe to see it.”

Fury sees Pitt play a battle-hardened army sergeant named Wardaddy, in command of a U.S. Sherman tank and her five-man crew on a mission behind enemy lines as the allies make their final push against Germany in 1945. Produced by QED International’s Bill Block, alongside Ayer, Ethan Smith and John Lesher, the film also stars Shia LaBeouf, Logan Lerman, Jon Bernthal, Michael Pena, Jason Isaacs and Scott Eastwood. It is due for release in the U.S. on Oct. 17, having recently been moved by Sony from a Nov. 14 slot.

The announcement comes just three weeks following the news that the BFI London Film Festival festival would open with The Imitation Game, the dramatic portrayal of the life and work of Alan Turing, the British computing pioneer who is credited with cracking the German WWII Enigma code. Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Keira Knightley, the film will also receive its European premiere on Oct. 8 at London’s Odeon Leicester Square cinema. Cumberbatch, Knightley and The Imitation Game’s director Morten Tyldum are expected to attend.”

Brad Pitt WWII Drama ‘Fury’ Moves to October

From Variety: “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.”