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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 »

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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 »

The Counselor

A film directed by Ridley Scott, scripted by Cormac McCarthy, and starring Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, and John Leguizamo can’t possibly help but come with sky-high expectations. Happily, the first teaser for The Counselor isn’t letting us down.

To be fair, it’s tough to tell exactly what’s going on here since the audio is Russian. For all I know, Pitt’s dubbed voice could just be reciting the opening lines of One Fish Two Fish Red Fish Blue Fish. But the movie looks utterly intense and very, very gorgeous, and if anyone’s earned the benefit of our doubt it’s this group. Hit the jump to watch the footage.

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World War Z

Over the past few weeks, Brad Pitt has been cautiously optimistic about a potential sequel to his new zombie film, World War Z. He knows there’s more story to tell and more parts of Max Brooks’ novel to explore, but he was unsure about how the public would embrace the film.

Well, after a $112 million opening weekend ($66 million in the US and $46 million international), which is also the biggest of Pitt’s career, Paramount has decided to move forward on a sequel to World War Z. Read More »

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Feast your eyes on posters for Riddick, Planes, and Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters in today’s Sequel Bits. Also after the jump:

  • Brad Pitt thinks a World War Z sequel has potential
  • Jerry Bruckheimer talks Pirates 5 and Top Gun 2
  • Don’t believe those Transformers 4 title rumors, says Michael Bay
  • Jason Statham is “really excited” about Fast & Furious 7
  • Stephen King is too scared to write an It sequel
  • … but you can see the book trailer for The Shining sequel now

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‘World War Z’ – What Did You Think?

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In 2006, author Max Brooks released a book with an amazing premise and an even better title. World War Z, the book, was billed as an “oral history of the zombie war.” It told fictionalized stories of people’s experiences looking back at zombie apocalypse and how humanity ultimately triumphed. Actor Brad Pitt‘s production company almost immediately picked up the movie rights and director Marc Forster was attached in 2008. From there, the film went through several different incarnations before finally going in front of cameras in 2011.

Then, during production, controversy once again surrounded the film. We already knew Brooks’ structure had been jettisoned for a more straight-forward approach by now, millions of dollars and weeks of reshoots were ordered. Turns out, Paramount had hired a new team to rewrite a major section of the film hoping to create a more satisfying experience.

The gamble paid off. A mere eight years after Brooks’ book was released, World War Z is now in theaters. Though reviews haven’t been uniformly positive, most agree Forster and Pitt have made a decent film. It’s certainly the most epic zombie film ever made in terms of scope, but it does have some issues. What did you think of World War Z? Was it entertaining? Did you like the reported changes? Listen to the /Filmcast review here and talk about the film below.

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Movie critics seem very divided on Marc Forster‘s World War Z, but maybe it’ll get more solid approval from music lovers. Brit band Muse has contributed a couple of tunes to the soundtrack, including “Isolated System” from the 2012 album The 2nd Law. Paramount has just revealed a new music video for the song, and it is chock full of new footage from the film. Check it out after the jump.

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