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Michael Fassbender Gets Fidgety In New 2 Clips From 'The Counselor'; Plus 5 New Character Posters

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 11, 2013 10:30 AM
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The Counselor, Michael Fassbender
One of the pleasures to be had from Ridley Scott's upcoming thriller "The Counselor," we're assuming, is watching Michael Fassbender squirm. The film, based on the first original screenplay from "No Country for Old Men" author Cormac McCarthy, concerns a lawyer (Fassbender) who gets involved in drug trafficking and, we're assuming, has to try and extract himself without winding up very, very dead. In a new clip we watch Fassbender talking with Javier Bardem, with a fake tan and hypnotically spiky plume of hair, about just how bad his situation has gotten. Watch it below.

New Poster & Photos From The Counselor Starring Fassbender, Cruz, Diaz & Bardem

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2013 5:30 PM
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Brad Pitt, The Counselor
When it comes to "The Counselor," Ridley Scott's new movie that's based on "No Country for Old Men" author Cormac McCarthy's first original screenplay, there seems to be no middle ground: it's either going to be amazing or utterly unwatchable. We've watched, in a kind of hushed fascination, as each new trailer and image has debuted from the movie: will this all jell into something rich and dazzling, like the Ridley Scott of yore, or will it be a spectacular disaster, like an air show crash or "A Good Year." With the movie's October release date fast approaching, we'll know soon enough. And a handful of new images, plus a new poster, continue our wide-eyed appreciation.

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

  • By Chris Willman
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  • August 31, 2013 10:55 AM
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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.

Watch: Longest Trailer Yet For Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor' Starring Michael Fassbender

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 20, 2013 5:19 AM
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The Counselor, Brad Pitt
Already dreading the end of "Breaking Bad" in six weeks or so? It looks like Ridley Scott might have something to cure what ails you. It's relatively unlikely that Pulitzer Prize-winning novelist Cormac McCarthy was inspired by the popular and acclaimed series, given that he's been writing about the cross-border world of drugs and gruesome murder for some time (most famously with the source material for the Coen Brothers' "No Country For Old Men"), but it's hard to watch the new UK trailer for "The Counselor" (or, to use the UK spelling on this trailer, "The Counsellor")—an original script by McCarthy, directed by Scott—and not find echoes of Walter White & co, especially when this new clip gives a glimpse of Dean Norris, aka "Breaking Bad"'s Hank.

Watch: New, Full Length Trailer For Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor' Gets Up To Testify

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 7, 2013 12:14 PM
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While Cormac McCarthy is undeniably an American literary icon, cinematic adaptations of his work haven't always fared so well. From the great ("No Country For Old Men") to the good ("The Road") to the missed opportunities ("All The Pretty Horses") to the ones no one saw ("The Sunset Limited"), the success rate has been scattered. But this fall will see two movies based on his efforts. Later this month, James Franco will unspool "Child Of God" in Venice, but for the rest of us, it will be "The Counselor" that we'll be seeing first. More importantly, it was written specifically for the screen. And a new trailer is here giving the biggest peek yet at what is one of the fall's biggest films.

Watch: Michael Fassbender Gets Warned By Brad Pitt & Javier Bardem In 3 Clips From 'The Counselor'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 6, 2013 4:06 PM
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One of the bigger fall films yet to find a festival home (if it choose to go that route) is Ridley Scott's star-studded, Cormac McCarthy penned "The Counselor." But the movie is coming regardless of whether or not it gets a red carpet premiere somewhere, and now two clips have arrived to give those highly anticipating the flick (like us) another unique taste of what's in store.

‘World War Z’ Endings: The Bloody Battle In Russia Vs. Damon Lindelof's Rewrite, What Was Changed & Why

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • June 25, 2013 12:31 PM
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World War Z, Brad Pitt
History is littered with movie productions that went haywire and melted down (we recently chronicled a few that survived bad buzz and some that didn't). Either imploding on set because of director/actor spats, budgets that ballooned into excess causing for major flops, or any number of confluent forces that created disaster. Some films escaped their thought-to-be impending doom (“Avatar,” “Titanic”) and others (“John Carter,” “Battleship,”), well, they pretty much lived up to their “this is going to bomb” narrative.

Watch: Intense Teaser Trailer For Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 25, 2013 9:56 AM
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The Counselor, skip
Has Ridley Scott been watching Michael Bay movies? We can't remember the last time the veteran director delivered something this aesthetically slick and glossy, and it's an interesting veneer to add to what sounds like a gritty as fuck crime pic. Strap in, because the first international teaser trailer for "The Counselor" is here.

The Best & Worst Of 'World War Z'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 24, 2013 4:36 PM
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World War Z
The people have spoken, and they have said braaaaaaains. Brad Pitt’s would-be runaway monster of a zombie movie “World War Z” is a hit and coming in at #2 this past weekend with the highest opening of Pitt’s career. Bad buzz be damned, ‘WWZ’ overcame the odds, the drama, the negative media attention to come out a solid winner (though as history shows, not every troubled production gets a happy ending). Sure, with global costs that could reach $400 million, it might be impossible for ‘Z’ to break even, but at this point, let’s face it, the movie wasn’t a colossal bomb and Paramount is breathing a deep sigh of relief. In fact, if the movie keeps going and has legs then its mooted sequel may not be in doubt, even if the movie can’t break even (studios always throw good money after bad and once they’ve started an investment, they don’t like to just chop it off at the wrist because it bled a little). And so, the final verdict on the Marc Forster-directed “World War Z” after everything that went down? Well, it’s pretty terrific in spots, ok in others, a little clunky at times and pretty problematic if you’re looking at it discerningly (you can read our original review here). But put it this way: it’s nowhere near the disaster we were lead to believe it might be. If you’re looking at it from a pure thrill ride perspective, “World War Z” is likely going to win, but as usual, we thought we’d drill down a little deeper and deconstruct the elements that are great, the ones that are so-so and the ones that weren’t so great. Or the “Best & Worst Of World War Z” for the sake of clean communication. Our thoughts below.

5 “Cursed” Movie Productions That Survived Bad Buzz And 5 That Didn't

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • June 24, 2013 3:51 PM
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5 Movies With Bad Buzz
“World War Z” will in all likelihood be looked back on as an important turning point in the narrative of bad buzz prematurely equating to a flop. It's an interesting case study for studios trying to turn back the tide on troubled productions. These days, with transparency and information as available as it is, bad buzz can severely hurt a film. Look at “Gangster Squad” (delayed and then had its ending reshot), “Battleship” (delayed, looked like Michael Bay at sea) or “John Carter” (delayed, had a title changes, suffered from a terrible marketing campaign). These are three recent films that only reinforced the traditional narrative -- these movies are troubled, therefore they’re going to suck.

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