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Co-host Brad Pitt and actor Bruce Willis appear at an after party following a special tastemaker screening of Paramount Pictures new film World War Z at The Museum of Modern Art in New York on Wednesday, May 22, 2013. - Provided courtesy of Dave Allocca / Startraks for Paramount Pictures

Brad Pitt screens 'World War Z' to Kevin Bacon, other celebrities

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05/23/2013 by Daniel Reynolds

After a war with zombies, Brad has launched his newest campaign -- PR.

The 49-year-old actor debuted his zombie thriller, "World War Z," this week at the Museum of Modern Art in New York.

An A-list crowd, among them Bruce Willis, Kevin Bacon, Jimmy Fallon, Morgan Freeman, Lorne Michaels and Gayle King, turned out for the screening on May 22, which was hosted by Pitt and Brad Grey, the CEO of Paramount Pictures.

"Thank you. Thank you all very much," Pitt, the movie's star and producer, said to the crowd, in a statement recorded by People. "We've been on this thing for so long and it's so nice to see friends out in the audience and so many others that I admire who are here tonight -- I'm a little big [sic] shy about it. So thank you very much. It means a lot to us that you would give up your night for us."

A day later, Kevin Bacon said on Twitter: "Still thinking about how much I enjoyed watching Brad Pitt kick some Zombie a--."

Pitt, who recently came out in public support of his fiancee Angelina Jolie's double mastectomy, also made a visit to a "World War Z" screening in Hoboken, NJ, to surprise fans.

"They said we got to do a showing in the city and I said okay, but we can't do it without showing it to the people who we made the film for," said Pitt, sporting an all-black ensemble and blonde ponytail. "So we decided to do it than no other place than Jersey. We've got a monster film, it's epic, scary as hell and I guarantee it's the most intense thing you will see all summer."

The film, which is based on the critically acclaimed novel "World War Z: An Oral History of the Zombie War" by Max Brooks, tells the story of a post-apocalyptic war between zombies and humans. Its production suffered several setbacks, including a delayed release date, which was originally set for December 2012.

The movie is now scheduled for release on June 21, 2013. Damon Lindelof, co-creator of ABC's "LOST," co-wrote the script with "Lions for Lambs" writer Matthew Michael Carnahan. The director of "World War Z" is Marc Forster, who helmed films such as the Johnny Depp movie "Finding Neverland" and the 2008 James Bond film "Quantum of Solace."

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