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Watch: A New Clip From 'The Counselor' As The Ridley Scott Movie Flops

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • October 27, 2013 9:46 AM
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  • 26 Comments
Brad Pitt, The Counselor
Yep, it was in 3,336 theaters, stars Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz (among myriad other names), was directed by Ridley Scott and written by celebrated American author Cormac McCarthy, but 20th Century Fox's "The Counselor" flopped despite all that star power. We can't say we're totally surprised. Sure, it had the now infamous catfish scene, cheetahs, a terribly awful (or terribly good) Cameron Diaz as an evil black widow with cheetah tattoos, drug deals, beheadings, and more sordidness, but Scott's film—a blisteringly dark, acidic poem about fate, greed and the way we communicate—was just too arty and talky for mainstream audiences (and perhaps too mainstream for the arthouse).

Review: 'The Counselor' Starring Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, Penelope Cruz & Brad Pitt

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • October 24, 2013 11:39 AM
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  • 34 Comments
The Counselor
Michael Fassbender is sexy like a shark, and sleek as a sports car. His chin is chiseled and hard, forever confident, but his smile is subterranean, hiding secrets we could never guess. As compelling an actor he is, perhaps there’s almost too much depth to this classically pretty face, one that cannot help but come across as predatory, salacious. He’s an unlikely choice to be a wronged man in the middle of a suspense thriller, and yet here he is, apparently meant to be likable and relatable at the center of Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy’s reptilian “The Counselor.”

Watch: Darker, Angrier Unused Alternate Trailer For 'Killing Them Softly'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 19, 2013 11:33 AM
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It seems that no matter how hard they try, Andrew Dominik and Brad Pitt can't get anyone to see their films. Their first collaboration, 2007's "The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford," suffered through a difficult editing process only to be indifferently released by Warner Bros. (Thankfully, it has attained cult status since, and is slated for a retrospective screening at the Museum Of The Moving Image in December.) Their second pair-up, 2012's "Killing Them Softly," did better commercially, but hardly the kind of blockbuster numbers one expects from a Brad Pitt movie opening in wide release (7th place in its first weekend, with a tepid $6 million) and critics found it hard to embrace the film's darkly funny, sour core. Their loss.

Review: Steve McQueen's '12 Years A Slave' Starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender & More

  • By Chris Willman
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  • October 17, 2013 7:07 PM
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12 Years A Slave
Steve McQueen’s “12 Years a Slave” instantly establishes itself as the most unflinching of all slave dramas, which is to say, there is plenty of flinching, not to mention cowering and recoiling and passing out, thanks to beatings and whippings that arrive at roughly 10-to-15-minute intervals throughout a 133-minute running time. “Amistad,” meet the Marquis de Sade, in the form of slavemaster Michael Fassbender, who puts his victims through more tortures than Mel Gibson ever could have imagined for Jesus.

Brad Pitt Says '12 Years A Slave' Cuts "To The Base Of Our Humanity," Plus New Photos & Soundtrack Info

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 16, 2013 1:46 PM
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12 Years A Slave
No matter how acclaimed or laden with stars, getting audiences to shell out cash and sit down for a two-hour plus movie depicting slavery in agonizingly brutal detail isn't an easy task. Enter: Brad Pitt.

David Fincher's 'Black Hole' Back On At Brad Pitt's Plan B, Slate Also Includes New Film From Taika Waititi

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 3, 2013 9:24 AM
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Not to be mistaken with the 1979 Disney film turned upcoming Joseph Kosinski remake, author Charles Burns' “Black Hole” remains one of the great adaptations lying in wait. Published between 1995 and 2005, the highly acclaimed graphic novel drew attention from Hollywood immediately, with Paramount snagging the rights and putting Alexandre Aja to direct and the team of Roger Avary and Neil Gaiman to pen a script. In 2008, David Fincher replaced Aja as helmer, but Gaiman and Avary drifted away shortly thereafter. The project has since become another “what-if?” scenario; one of Fincher's "lost projects" we hoped he would one day return to. And now looks like Brad Pitt and his production company Plan B is helping to make that happen.

Watch: Brad Pitt Advises Michael Fassbender In New Clip From 'The Counselor'

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 26, 2013 9:01 AM
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Michael Fassbender, The Counselor
We’re just under a month away from Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor” and the anticipation is mounting. That tends to happen when you’re working from Cormac McCarthy’s first original screenplay and working with a cast that includes Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz. While we wait to hear word of any screenings—the film’s skipped out on any festival appearances thus far—a new clip has arrived online and it name-checks a certain tough guy actor.

Watch: Extended Clip, Behind-The-Scenes Footage & Honest Trailer For 'World War Z'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2013 5:40 PM
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By now, "World War Z"—its production, the reshoots, the scrapped ending, the surprisingly strong box office take—has been discussed, dissected and talked over six ways to Sunday. And with the movie arriving on home video this week, that talk is coming up again, albeit in smaller doses. So here's a quick trip through the good and bad of the movie, thanks to some promo material unveiled in conjunction with the Blu-ray release.

Marc Forster Discusses Scrapped Ending For 'World War Z,' Brad Pitt Says Sequel Ideas Already Brewing

  • By Ben Brock
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  • September 17, 2013 10:22 AM
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World War Z, Brad Pitt
"World War Z," as we noted in our recent look at this year's blockbusters, had a pretty great summer. More that $200 million in the U.S. and another half a billion bucks worldwide is good going for anyone (including Brad Pitt—it's now his highest-grossing film ever), but it's especially good going for a film that many of those in the so-called know had written off as doomed to bomb after a long, troubled production and rumours of extensive, elaborate rewrites and reshoots. The massive success of the final film was a lesson to all us cine-nerds who think that audiences actually care about that kind of thing (a subject ripe for its own discussion which we tackle right here).

Interview: Steve McQueen Talks '12 Years A Slave,' 'Django Unchained', Pitt & Fassbender & More

  • By Kristin McCracken
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  • September 11, 2013 2:37 PM
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Steve McQueen, 12 Years A Slave
With “Hunger,”his feature debut in 2008, Turner Prize-winning artist-turned-director Steve McQueen made a bold statement right out of the gate: he was a filmmaker to watch. Three years later, “Shame” solidified his reputation as an audacious director with an unflinching eye. And now, with “12 Years a Slave,” which screened this week at the Toronto International Film Festival after premiering at Telluride, McQueen has made what is destined to become the definitive film about slavery in the American South (you can read our review of the film here).

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