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Ed Helms Starring In 'The Naked Gun' Reboot & Ridley Scott Scheduling 'The Orient Express' Remake

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 13, 2013 10:04 AM
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The Naked Gun Ed Helms
Ah, Hollywood, where the best present one can get under the tree are the remake/reboot rights to a studio property. And really, they shouldn't have....

Ridley Scott Goes Young Adult With 'Fae' & Jon Favreau To Direct Pilot For Fantasy Series 'Shannara'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 9, 2013 2:43 PM
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Young people have disposable incomes. Lots of it. So is it any wonder that Hollywood is eager to keep the YA adaptation train rolling? Even though for every "Twilight" and "The Hunger Games" smash hit there have been roughly two or three more big misses, it seems the dice will keep being played and today two more projects are brewing.

Ridley Scott Adds Football Head Injury Drama To List Of Things He Might Direct Eventually

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 7, 2013 5:45 PM
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You would think for a guy that has two mega-sequels just waiting for him in "Prometheus 2" and "Blade Runner 2," not to mention about a zillion other producing gigs, Ridley Scott might want to focus up a bit. But he has never been one to leave anything to chance. Scott has always got a half-dozen or dozen projects in the mix at any minute, so why not add another one?

Ridley Scott Says Script For 'Prometheus 2' Is Written While 'The Forever War' Is Still Coming Along

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 30, 2013 11:26 AM
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Ridley Scott wasn't just toying around with the genre after returning to sci-fi with last year's "Prometheus"; he's jumped into those waters with both feet. While reception to the movie was decidedly mixed, it didn't take long for sequel talk to start and earlier this year, Noomi Rapace had even told us she met with Scott about the movie, noting that the script was being worked on. Fast forward a few months and it was revealed that "Transcendence" writer Jack Paglen had been hired to write the movie, while a comic is also being developed to continue the story. But when will see it on the big screen? Ridley Scott won't pin down a date but it seems things are moving along swiftly.

The 5 Most WTF Moments From 'The Counselor'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • October 28, 2013 2:05 PM
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5 Most WTF Moments From 'The Counselor'
Acidic, cynical, perhaps having a twisted laugh on those who think they’re in control of their own fate, Ridley Scott’s “The Counselor” is an incredibly moribund and bleak poem about greed, chance, and the dark side of man. It’s like a merciless and blistering riff on the adage, “If you want to make God laugh, tell him about your plans.” And coming from the mind of celebrated author Cormac McCarthy (“The Road,” “Blood Meridian”), known for grim and unforgiving stories of fate, morality and the dark shadows of human nature, what did you expect? It’s classic McCarthy chiseled down to the bloody bone (and note this isn’t his first script: McCarthy wrote a screenplay for 1977’s “The Gardener's Son”—watch it in full here).

Watch: Trailer For Ridley Scott Produced Event Series 'Klondike' With Richard Madden & Abbie Cornish

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 28, 2013 10:31 AM
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So "The Counselor" opened this weekend and flopped fairly hard, but don't worry about Ridley Scott. Not only is he already in production on his Bible movie "Exodus," as per usual, he's got about a half billion projects coming up with his name stamped on them as an executive producer. And this one certainly has us a bit curious.

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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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).

NC-17? Hell, Ridley Scott Says His 'Blood Meridian' Adaptation Would Have Been "Double X" Horrific

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • October 25, 2013 9:15 AM
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Ridley Scott, The Counselor
While this weekend's two notable releases--“Blue is the Warmest Color” and Ridley Scott's “The Counselor”--had us contemplating the explicit and aberrant examples in film from years past, it should be noted that the “Gladiator” director could've brought both to the big screen in a big way--if only a studio would touch it. He's still made history by making Cormac McCarthy's first original screenplay into a chatty and not entirely successful oddity, but in a recent interview, Scott touched briefly on his quashed adaptation of the author's best known and most grisly work.

12 Celebrated Novelists-Turned-Screenwriters And How They Fared

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  • October 24, 2013 2:10 PM
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12 Celebrated Novelists Turned Screenwriters And How They Fared
There was a time when everyone wore hats and screenwriting was a lot less respectable a specialization for a writer than it is today. Stories of “legitimate” authors and playwrights doing the “Barton Fink” and selling out to Hollywood were nearly as legion as the tales of their boorish mistreatment once there: the studios that commodified their creativity, the honchos who more or less paid for words by the pound, the seismic shift between being the author of a finished piece of work, however underappreciated, and being regarded as one pair of hands on an assembly line. It’s no wonder that for a while there, Hollywood became a bogeyman to authors and the adage that screenwriters were little more than failed novelists was born. After all, who but a failed writer would put themselves through such debasement?

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.”

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