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Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie’s eldest son Maddox plays a kid zombie in “World War Z.” But you won’t see him in the movie unless you look very closely. “They didn’t want to show children zombies in the movie,” Brad told me at the London premiere of “WWZ.” “So we filmed him in the shadows.” It’s just as well, those zombies have some bad dental problems!

Maddox and brother Pax were the stars of the London premiere, zipping around with friends and having a ball. Did the movie scare them? Not at all, they said. They’re kids. They’ve seen worse!

So far “World War Z” is holding its own critics-wise, with the really smart and tough guys– Richard Corliss of Time, and the hard to please Rex Reed of the New York Observer–send in positive reviews. Rotten Tomatoes has it at 74% today as “World War Z” heads to its Friday opening.

Meantime, Paramount Pictures is keeping its expectations in check for the opening weekend after “Man of Steel” and “Iron Man 3” broke records. “World War Z” is not going to break records. “It’s not a brand name yet and it’s not a franchise,” explained one insider. “So you have to remember it’s an original movie. A $40 million opening would be terrific.”


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Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.
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  1. I saw the movie last night in a special screening over at Paramount. It was pretty entertaining, but at the same time i was kind of dumbfounded. How could they make such an expensive movie without any other “name” actors, or even known tv or character actors?

    It was pretty strange when the one actor they have in a minor support role was edited and shot to be unrecognizable, that actor was Matthew Fox. Not a box office star, but it is indicative of the many choices the director and producers made. While entertaining, it did feel lacking in emotion, grit. The momentum from the relentless chase and being on the move carried the action, not the character depth. in that dept, there was none.

    but heck, it was a good ride nonetheless.

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