May 31, 2013 | 11:36 a.m.
The new trailer for Brad Pitt’s globe-hopping pandemic thriller “World War Z” plays up the tension of the apocalyptic tale and concludes with scenes from one of the movie’s biggest action set pieces, a zombie outbreak aboard a plane. Directed by Marc Forster, “World War Z” centers on Pitt’s ex-U.N. investigator Gerry Lane, who races around the world trying to hunt down the origin of the disease that appears likely to wipe out mankind, hoping to find some way to bring humanity back from the brink and save his wife and daughters. Time is of the essence — it’s pointed out in the trailer that “Life as we know it will come to an end in 90 days.” Some of the images showcased in the new clip appear familiar — the chaos and confusion of a street scene, Lane and […]
April 26, 2013 | 11:02 a.m.
It’s one of the biggest action set pieces in Paramount’s upcoming pandemic thriller, “World War Z.” A Belarus Airlines flight attendant opens a rattling closet door only to have a rabid zombie leap toward her. Moments later, a throng of newly turned zombies is sweeping toward the plane’s cockpit, and Brad Pitt’s ex-U.N. investigator Gerry Lane, reasoning that he’s got a better shot of surviving a crash than a zombie attack at 20,000 feet, grabs a grenade belonging to a soldier on the flight and blows apart the cabin. Gravity rips the zombies from the compromised fuselage into a bright blue sky, and Lane buckles in for dear life as the plane plummets earthward. “It’s something people haven’t seen before, an outbreak on a plane,” noted “World War Z” director Marc Forster, pausing for just a moment before making the […]
March 25, 2013 | 12:22 p.m.
“World War Z” has unveiled a chilling new trailer and movie poster for the zombie apocalypse thriller. Instead of run-of-the-mill images of brain-eating zombies, we see disturbing images of infected, nearly rabid humans, like ants, swarming and surging toward their next feast. “World War Z,” slated for a June 21 release, is based on author Max Brooks’ bestselling book about a worldwide zombie epidemic. Directed by Oscar nominee Marc Forster, it stars Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a United Nations fact-finder and devoted dad who frantically hopscotches around the world in a desperate bid to determine the origin of the zombie pandemic and save humanity. Brooks’ book revolves around an interviewer collecting firsthand recollections of what happened when the zombies took over. The film scraps that POV to present a more Hollywood-friendly approach that features nonstop action, though director Forster has promised […]
Jan. 31, 2013 | 5:20 p.m.
The zombie apocalypse is on its way. “We’ve lost the East Coast.” “China’s dark.” Indeed, things don’t look promising for the human race in the new teaser trailer for the Super Bowl spot for Paramount’s Brad Pitt zombie movie, “World War Z,” the Marc Forster-directed adaptation of Max Brooks’ acclaimed novel. It’s the first footage from the movie since the release of a gripping first trailer for the film debuted in November. That clip played like a taut thriller tapping into modern fears about the fall of mankind. “World War Z” stars Pitt as Gerry Lane, a United Nations fact-finder and family man who desperately races around the globe to determine the origins of a zombie pandemic that has toppled civilization in short order. Mireille Enos, of late of “The Killing,” plays his wife. Forster was an interesting choice to […]
Jan. 08, 2013 | 4:44 p.m.
With “The Avengers,” “The Dark Knight Rises,” “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey” and more sci-fi and fantasy films, 2012 was a landmark, record-breaking year for spectacle entertainment. But 2013 looks just as promising with a host of big, anticipated sequels — including “Iron Man 3” and “Star Trek Into Darkness” — and such smart new offerings as “Pacific Rim” and “Elysium” on the calendar. With that in mind, here’s a look at Hero Complex’s 13 must-see movies in 2013. “Oz: The Great and Powerful” (March 8) Sam Raimi’s upcoming “Oz: The Great and Powerful” promises viewers a journey down the yellow brick road that will include a breathtaking array of dazzling visual effects. The Disney film stars James Franco as the man who will become the Wizard of Oz, and takes place well before Dorothy arrives in the faraway fantasy […]
Dec. 21, 2012 | 5:41 a.m.
“The Dark Knight Rises” might have been the most watched movie trailer on YouTube this year, but with 2013 just around the corner, we here at Hero Complex thought it would be fun to collect the trailers for some of next year’s big releases — many of which debuted in what seemed like an onslaught of promotion in the last few weeks. “Star Trek Into Darkness” J.J. Abrams’ much anticipated follow-up to his 2009 reboot of the landmark television series beams into theaters May 17, and fans got a taste of what to expect with the nine minutes of the movie that played before Imax screenings of “The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey.” But the question remains, who is the villain that Benedict Cumberbatch is playing? Some fans seem convinced that Cumberbatch would appear as Khan Noonien Singh, the character made […]
Nov. 08, 2012 | 6:10 p.m.
Fans who were disappointed that the release of Paramount’s big screen version of “World War Z” was delayed from December to next summer might have reason to feel some cheer. A gripping first trailer (below) for the Marc Forster-directed adaptation of Max Brooks’ acclaimed zombie novel was just released, and the clip plays like a taut thriller that taps into modern fears about the fall of mankind and the ongoing fascination with the idea of the zombie apocalypse. “World War Z” stars Brad Pitt as Gerry Lane, a United Nations fact-finder and family man who desperately races around the globe to determine the origins of a zombie pandemic that has toppled civilization in short order. Mireille Enos, of late of “The Killing,” stars as his wife. PHOTOS: On the set of ‘The Walking Dead’ Forster was an interesting choice to direct; […]
July 23, 2010 | 2:33 p.m.
Over the years, Comic-Con’s movie-centric Hall H has offered some pretty great surprises. Robert Downey Jr. has been involved with a few of them. Hugh Jackman, who unexpectedly turned up at a “Wolverine” panel back in 2008 and sent the crowd into a tizzy, helped make for a classic moment. But lately the Comic-Con surprise has felt about as fresh as your Uncle Murray’s surprise birthday party. The problem? So many of these types of moments have been orchestrated over the years that they’ve ceased to be, well, surprising. Fans now actually expect the unexpected, so if there’s even the slightest hint that something unscheduled may be coming, the eager crowd is primed for something big. Which means that if it doesn’t happen, they’re inevitably disappointed. That disappointment was on display at the San Diego Convention Center on Thursday, as Web buzz […]
July 22, 2010 | 3:22 p.m.
The DreamWorks animated film “Megamind” kicks off Comic-Con International 2010 in Hall H at 10 a.m. today and you can expect a flabbergasted expression on the face of star Will Ferrell when he hits the stage. The comedy star has never been to Comic-Con and he was still a bit worried the other day that perhaps no fans would show up. He was also shocked to hear Hall H seats 6,500 people. “That’s where the panels take place? Do 6,500 show up or does it depend on the panel? ‘Cause that would be a bummer if you were the first panel ever with, like, 500 people.” The Hall H line started forming at the misty-morning hour of 1 a.m. so rest assured that Ferrell will avoid ignominy. The big question is whether he will be the most famous face on […]
July 13, 2010 | 3:04 p.m.
No movie dreams bigger this summer than “Inception,” and Ben Fritz has a cover story Tuesday in the business section of the Los Angeles Times about the commercial risks of the epic. During his reporting, he came up with an interesting tidbit about casting … There was never any doubt at Warner Bros. that “Inception” would star one of the world’s biggest stars. The only question was which star. In early talks with writer/director Christopher Nolan, the studio considered both Brad Pitt and Will Smith for the lead role as a dream thief, Warner Film Group president Jeff Robinov said in an interview about the movie. Of course, the role ultimately went to Leonardo DiCaprio — a decision that certainly seems to sit well with early reviewers. Casting DiCaprio, who is recognized by moviegoers around the world but has a mixed box-office record, may […]