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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.”

15 Weird & Disturbing Sex Scenes That Have Scarred Your Memory

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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.

'The Counselor' Files Fresh Images Plus Watch 30-Minute Chat With Ridley Scott & Javier Bardem And New Featurette

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 16, 2013 9:00 AM
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The Counselor
With just over a week to go before it hits theaters, Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" is still kind of a big, fat question mark. Even with the steady promotional push, which has included clips and previews of the soundtrack (click here if you missed it yesterday), what kind of movie we're in for is still a bit up in the air. An Oscar caliber, dark drama like "No Country For Old Men"? A sizzling piece of noir pulp? Something in between? We still don't know but perhaps these new images will help.

Exclusive First Listen: 4 Tracks From 'The Counselor' Score Plus Michael Fassbender Buys Lingerie In Viral Footage

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 15, 2013 12:03 PM
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The Counselor
While Daniel Pemberton prepares to make his biggest splash yet as a feature film composer, with Ridley Scott's "The Counselor," he's been popping up on the right radars elsewhere for a while now. He's an Ivor Novello award winner and multi-BAFTA nominated composer who has done work extensively on TV, tuned up the Rebecca Hall chiller "The Awakening" and even worked on video games such as "Little Big Planet" and "Kinetic." But the Cormac McCarthy penned thriller is certainly his biggest opportunity and he's seized it with both hands.

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