The Counselor

Of all the dangerous criminals in The Counselor, Cameron Diaz‘s Malkina may just be the iciest. In a new clip from the Ridley Scott-directed drama, she shows her steely side to Reiner (Javier Bardem), prompting even the hardened career criminal to ask, “You don’t think that’s a bit cold?”

But at least Malkina’s femme fatale appeal comes across on her character poster. The same can’t be said for poor Laura, played by the stunning Penelope Cruz in plain-Jane mode. Reiner, Westray (Brad Pitt), and the Counselor himself (Michael Fassbender) all look sleeker, edgier, and just plain sexier than Cruz does. Hit the jump to check out the posters and watch the clip.

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World War Z

World War Z was the surprise blockbuster of the summer. It was a surprise because Marc Forster‘s adaptation of the Max Brooks novel had been in development for years. Then, once it started filming, the real problems began. Producers realized the ending didn’t work, so a new was written and shot, which ended up costing millions. The gamble paid off to the tune of $536 million internationally and counting.

The new ending had more closure than the original one, but also left a world of possibility ahead. And $500 million plus makes it pretty obvious that possibility will be explored in a sequel. But when? Brad Pitt was at the Toronto Film Festival and spoke about the status of a potential World War Z sequel. Read More »

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Based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free northern man who was kidnapped and sold into bondage in the 1840s, 12 Years a Slave doesn’t shy away from the horrific aspects of a slave trade that existed for hundred of years, sweeping up more than 12 million souls. Familial separation, abuse, torture, the idea that the slaves were no better than beasts; it’s all laid bare for the audience to witness.

Though not a “light” film by any measure, this is a well-executed drama dealing with a horrific historical occurrence. Director Steve Mcqueen has proven that he’s a burgeoning young auteur, a vibrant force that should deliver us a slew of great films in the decades to come. Just as with his previous film, Shame, this is a gutting experience, and McQueen, as channeled through the extremely capable cast of Chewitel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, and Brad Pitt, crafts a two-hour story that can’t help but leave you drained as the credits come up. Read More »

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Want to know more of the story that awaits in Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor, scripted by Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men)? The latest trailer out of the UK will give you more details than any previous look at the film. We know that the story features Michael Fassbender foray into the drug trade, which puts him into contact with characters played by Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem.

But this trailer lays out a lot more story structure, and also reveals more of the steely nature of the character played by Cameron Diaz. Check it out below. Read More »

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Here’s the new trailer for Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor, and all you may need to know is that the film is scripted by No Country for Old Men author Cormac McCarthy, with Michael Fassbender in the title role and supporting turns from Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, and Penelope Cruz.

This new trailer sets out more story than previous views of the movie, and makes the characters played by Bardem and Cameron Diaz look even more strange and seductive. Just how bad will things get for Fassbender’s character as he makes an ill-advised foray into the drug business? The trailer below doesn’t say, but it will give you some ominous hints. Read More »

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I try not to watch a lot of clips, but the idea of Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt in a film scripted by Cormac McCarthy (The Road and No Country for Old Men) is something I can’t say no to. The Counselor is the movie — it’s the latest from Ridley Scott — and in advance of a new trailer hitting tomorrow we’ve got two clips that show those actors in a couple scenes. As the first trailer suggests, this looks like dark stuff that gets pretty desperate, as Fassbender plays an attorney who thinks he can just casually become part of the drug trade.

These two clips get across tone and menace more than they do plot, so I think even those who are particularly averse to spoilers can dig in while waiting for the next trailer. Read More »

The Counselor

Looking back at Season 1 of Breaking Bad, it’s funny to remember how unassuming Walter White was in the very beginning. Meth-making was just something he turned to in a desperate attempt to support his family. But getting into that world is easier than getting out of it, and at this point there’s really no possibility he’ll get a happy ending when the show returns next month.

In Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor, Michael Fassbender‘s lawyer character learns a similar lesson. In his eagerness to make a quick buck, he slips into the drug trade. When a deal goes sour, though, he soon realizes that it’s not such easy money after all. Watch the first domestic trailer after the jump.

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The new film from director Steve McQueen (Shame, Hunger) is based on the true story of Solomon Northrup, a free black man who was kidnapped and held as a slave for over a decade. In 12 Years a Slave, Chiwetel Ejiofor plays Northrup, and we see his horrific journey and what amounts to years of imprisonment as a slave as he is tormented by captors and owners.

The impressive cast also includes Benedict Cumberbatch, Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Sarah Paulson, Alfre Woodard, Dwight Henry, Quvenzhane Wallis, Lupita Nyongo, Scoot McNairy, Michael Kenneth Williams and Garret Dillahunt. The story is wrenching — if Django Unchained played fast and loose with history, this is the film that attempts to tell the story of a slave’s emancipation from more true-to-life details. The trailer has an air of Oscar bait about it, but the emotions it calls up are undeniable. And knowing the way McQueen’s films work, the trailer could be a much more audience-friendly experience than the final film will be. Read More »

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