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Meat Is Murder: The 10 Best Cannibal Films

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • September 25, 2013 2:00 PM
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The 10 Best Cannibal Films
This weekend's "We Are What We Are," an English-language remake we liked almost as much as the original, deals with a family that has a certain taste that's frowned upon in most polite circles. Simply put: they're cannibals. And cannibalism, in the long and colorful line of cinematic taboos, is certainly one of the more outrageous. But it can also provide the backdrop for seriously twisted, enjoyable, over-the-top films with the ability to scare and make you laugh, sometimes all at once. And with "We Are What We Are" on its way to theaters, it got us thinking about the best movies in which people don't just need people, they eat people.

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.

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.

Big in Japan: 10 Movies To Watch Before 'The Wolverine'

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • July 25, 2013 3:41 PM
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10 Movies To See Before The Wolverine
"The Wolverine" isn't just another stand alone movie. Following the disastrous "X-Men Origins: Wolverine," it's a complete tonal overhaul, with the property being rebuilt almost from the ground up. While there might be traces of the character's 'X'-past, particularly in the somewhat-garbled third act, there is still a very clear attempt to remake the character inside a more atmospheric, emotionally rich context. That, coupled with the movie's welcome change in scenery (it's set mostly in Japan), makes it a very, very different X-perience than you're used to. Sure, it has plenty of it's own issues, regardless (you can read our review of the Hugh Jackman movie here), but keeping all this in mind, we thought this would be a good opportunity to run through a list of ten movies that will get you ready for "The Wolverine" - whether literally, spiritually, or thematically, these movies share some mutant DNA with everyone's favorite metallic-clawed hero.

Hanging Out With Javier Bardem Looks Like Fun In These New Pics From Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • July 25, 2013 9:02 AM
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While it might seem that TIFF has every major movie coming before the end of the year, there are a still a strong handful of films yet to be announced for any festivals, and though we expect Ridley Scott's "The Counselor" to get a splashy premiere somewhere, it currently remains a big get for someone. And with the movie hitting theaters in just over two months, there's certainly going to be plenty to see from the movie.

Nick Cave Reveals Details About His 'Gladiator 2' Script 'Christ Killer' & You Can Read The Full Screenplay Right Here

  • By Diana Drumm
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  • July 12, 2013 11:41 AM
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Remember that time when Nick Cave was hired to write the script for "Gladiator 2"? Oh, you don't? Well, we reported on it back in 2009 and, thanks to Nick Cave's recent appearance (described as "tense" and "daunting") on the "WTF with Marc Maron" podcast, that piece of trivia is hitting the interwebs again.

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.

'Prometheus 2' Will Use 'Transcendence' Writer Jack Paglen To Terraform The Sequel

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • June 17, 2013 10:11 PM
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Welcome to Hollywood, Jack Paglen. The writer has seen a quick ascension up the Hollywood food chain, thanks to his 2012 Black List placing script for "Transcendence," which is now being made into a Wally Pfister-directed, Christopher Nolan-produced, Johnny Depp-starring movie. Not bad. And for his next trick? He's jumping on board what could be the most difficult sequel in development.

'Blade Runner' Sequel Continues To Develop With 'Green Lantern' Writer Brought On Board; Prequels Also In The Works

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 31, 2013 3:58 PM
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Blade Runner, Green Lantern writer
So yes, there is a "Blade Runner" sequel happening, if somehow you missed the news. Last year, circa "Prometheus," Ridley Scott spent a considerable amount of time talking up the movie, with news that original writer Hampton Fancher was working with the director on the story. But since then, much has been quiet about the project set up over at Alcon. Other than the news that Harrison Ford might return in a small role, some links between "Blade Runner" and "Prometheus" being discovered and Sean Young (of all people) saying she's already met with Scott about the movie. All this to say, things are moving forward.

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