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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.

25 Films About Lovers On The Lam

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • August 21, 2013 3:03 PM
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Lovers On The Run feature
“We can make it. We can make it if we run,” whispers Ruth (Rooney Mara) in David Lowery’s “Ain’t Them Bodies Saints,” which, after a limited release on Friday, begins its expansion this week. It’s a film we loved at Sundance, and one that in its gentle subversion of the “Lovers on the Run” subgenre—as the prequel comic makes clear, the events of ‘Saints’ mostly take place after the bank robbin’, outlawin’ part of the story is done—reminded us of all the other great (and not so great) films that have pitted a pair of lovers against the law.

Exclusive: Jerry Bruckheimer Talks Status Of 'Pirates Of The Caribbean 5' & 'Top Gun 2'

  • By Drew Taylor
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  • June 21, 2013 12:25 PM
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Pirates Of The Caribbean 4, Jerry Bruckheimer, Johnny Depp
Earlier this week we were out in New Mexico with the cast and crew of next month's "The Lone Ranger," a movie that reunites the cast and crew of the original three "Pirates of the Caribbean" films – director Gore Verbinski, producer Jerry Bruckheimer, and star Johnny Depp (this time trading his matted, beady dreadlocks in for a long, feathery mane to play the mystical Tonto). We got to sit down with super-producer Bruckheimer to talk about the making of "The Lone Ranger," and while you'll have to wait a little while for that, we wanted to bring you his updates on sequels to two of his most beloved properties – "Pirates of the Caribbean" (of course) and "Top Gun."

Ridley Scott Halts Production On 'The Counselor' In Wake Of Tony Scott's Death

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 20, 2012 3:57 PM
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Today, Hollywood continues to reel from the tragic news that director Tony Scott took his own life over the weekend. While he shared collaborations with many of Hollywood's brightest talents and biggest stars, none were as close, creative or deeply meaningful as those with this brother Ridley Scott. The pair put their names behind Scott Free, a production shingle responsible for dozens of TV shows and films, allowing the brothers to develop and manage projects they were both passionate about. Tony's absence is undoubtedly a great loss, and understandably, Ridley is taking some time to grieve.

The Essentials: The 5 Best Tony Scott Films

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 20, 2012 11:59 AM
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Something we've come to appreciate since the terrible news of the passing of director Tony Scott came in this morning, is that there's an argument to be made that almost any one of his films saw him at the top of his game. From debut feature "The Hunger," one of the first movies of the MTV generation, and the era-defining "Top Gun," all the way to the bold formal experimentation of his last four films (some of which, especially the highly divisive "Domino," were derided by many, but have their fervent auteurist supporters as well), his films were always technically impeccable, thrilling and instantly recognizable as a Tony Scott picture. He was the action director as auteur.

R.I.P. Tony Scott (1944-2012)

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 20, 2012 4:30 AM
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Some wrenchingly sad news coming in this morning, as it's emerged in the last few hours that filmmaker Tony Scott has taken his own life at the age of 68. Scott was the director of a string of action classics, including "Top Gun," "The Last Boy Scout," "True Romance," "Crimson Tide" "Enemy of the State" and "Unstoppable," and also was responsible for producing a wealth of other film and TV through his production company, Scott Free, which he set up with elder brother Ridley Scott, the director of "Blade Runner" and "Alien."
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Tony Scott Lining Up Action Film 'Lucky Strike' With Vince Vaughn To Star

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 15, 2012 4:12 PM
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Vince Vaughn, action star? Uh, okay. Granted, he dabbled in the genre ("Mr. And Mrs. Smith" where he was mostly shooting quips and not bullets), and has done non-comedic parts from time to time ("Psycho," "Domestic Disturbance") but as a fully fledged lead in a Tony Scott movie? Well, we'll admit that it's inspired. And hey, if Keira Knightley can lead "Domino" then anything is possible.

Joe Carnahan To Write & Direct Remake Of 'Death Wish'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • January 30, 2012 9:04 AM
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Joe Carnahan must be feeling vindicated this morning. The writer/director broke out with 2002's terrific, muscular cop thriller "Narc," but hasn't had a lot of joy since: his 2006 sub-Guy Ritchie action-comedy "Smokin' Aces" wasn't beloved by many, while a director-for-hire gig on the would-be-tentpole "The A-Team" was tepidly received by audiences and critics alike. But from that, he reteamed with star Liam Neeson for a far more personal project, the existential killer-wolf survival tale "The Grey," and was validated in a big way when the positively-received film topped the box office this weekend with a strong $20 million haul. Presumably, this has given him the cache to make something bigger and better next time around, something even dearer to his heart, like dream projects "White Jazz" or "Killing Pablo."

Ridley & Tony Scott Producing Documentary Based On Bill O'Reilly's 'Killing Lincoln'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 13, 2012 9:41 AM
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Forget Edward, Bella, Batman, Ethan Hunt, zombies, vampires, fairy tales or whatever other trend you might think is gaining heat, because it seems nothing is hotter right now than Abraham Lincoln. Last year, Robert Redford investigated his assassination with "The Conspirator," and in 2012 we'll have two versions of the famed president hitting screens, first in the revisionist genre tale "Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter" then in Steven Spielberg's prestige picture "Lincoln." But guess what history buffs, there is even more Abe on the way.

Tony Scott To Direct Submarine Drug Trade Thriller 'Narco Sub'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 28, 2011 7:51 PM
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It seems that not even the Thanksgiving weekend can't stop either of the Scott brothers from attaching themselves to a project. This time around, it's Tony Scott and with comparisons being made to his previous films "Crimson Tide" and "Man On Fire," we guess we're not suprised that he's now signed on for "Narco Sub."

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