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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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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.”

15 Weird & Disturbing Sex Scenes That Have Scarred Your Memory

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 23, 2013 4:19 PM
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15 Weird & Disturbing Sex Scenes
Let’s get this out of the way, right off the bat: there will be mild spoilers here—but these spoilers have already been posted online and not by us. Got that? I mean, we all read the Internetz, so… Anyhow, Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor” opens in theaters this weekend. Written by venerable American author Cormac McCarthy, “The Counselor” stars Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt as its principal cast. The picture is a morality drama about a greedy lawyer (Fassbender), who finds himself in over his head when he decides to delve into the dark world of drug trafficking. Shit backfires and things go way south for said attorney.

Watch: Javier Bardem Meets Cameron Diaz's Cheetah In Clip From 'The Counselor'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 22, 2013 2:46 PM
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The Counselor
If you still need a Halloween costume idea then might we suggest going as Javier Bardem in "The Counselor"? From the loud hair to the even louder shirts, his role as Reiner in the Cormac McCarthy penned thriller looks like one for the ages, or at the very least for this weekend.

Cameron Diaz Has Sex With A Car In New Pics From 'The Counselor' Plus Behind-The-Scenes Featurette

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 21, 2013 11:08 AM
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Can Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" finally usurp Alfonso Cuaron's "Gravity" from the top of the box office this weekend? Certainly, it's got a killer cast—Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz and lots more—and it also has Cameron Diaz....having sex....with a car. Yes, really.

Oscars: A Look At The Supporting Actress Contenders, Including Oprah Winfrey, Cameron Diaz & Lupita Nyong'o

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 2, 2013 1:02 PM
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It's been a busy week or so in Oscar Land: rumors have swirled around the release, or not, of "The Wolf Of Wall Street," previously thought a potential frontrunner, while Bennett Miller's "Foxcatcher" stormed into the race with an excellent teaser trailer, only for it to be announced almost immediately that the film wouldn't make its release date or AFI premiere, and would instead be released in 2014.

Watch: Cameron Diaz & Penelope Cruz Chat In Clip From Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor' Plus New Pics

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 18, 2013 12:04 PM
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Even though we're just about a month away from Ridley Scott's "The Counselor," it's still held under a bit of a veil of mystery. With no festival appearances to boost the buzz, and limited promo material, the star-studded thriller based on a script by Cormac McCarthy still has a lot kept under wraps. But today, a further peek at one of the characters provides a small preview of what's to come.

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.

Director Jason Reitman Circling 'Men, Women & Children' With Adam Sandler, Rosemarie DeWitt And Jennifer Garner

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • September 4, 2013 9:20 PM
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Jason Reitman, Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt
Jason Reitman is about to have a very busy Toronto. In addition to unveiling his new film, the already seriously polarizing crime drama "Labor Day," starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet (you can read our take on it here), he is also staging one of his starry script readings, this time of Paul Thomas Anderson's "Boogie Nights." And if that wasn't enough, the director of "Juno" and "Young Adult" is also lining up his next project at the festival: an adaptation of Chad Kultgen's novel "Men, Women and Children," with Adam Sandler, Jennifer Garner, Rosemarie DeWitt and Cameron Diaz attached.

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.

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.

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