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Critical Mass: Is Michael Fassbender out of order in 'The Counselor'?

For someone who oozes movie-star charisma, Michael Fassbender doesn’t seem to care a whit whether we like his characters or not. There was Shame, of course, in which he played a depressing sex-addict. In 12 Years a Slave, he is a sadistic Southern plantation tyrant who abuses his slaves in every possible way. And in The Counselor, which opens today, he plays a greedy lawyer who gets in way over his head with the Mexican drug cartel.

The movie is full of big names — Brad Pitt, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem, and Penelope Cruz — but they all submit their stardom to author Cormac McCarthy, who penned the script, his first screenplay. McCarthy is best known for his heart-of-darkness novels, like No Country for Old Men, All the Pretty Horses, and The Road, so The Counselor is certainly the most colorful of his tales — at least in the superficial sense. But underneath director Ridley Scott’s florescent-tinted veneer, The Counselor is McCarthy to the bone. Very bad things happen to people — some who deserve them, some who don’t.

The critics seem to be torn about the R-rated movie, with few pundits wavering on the fence. It’s either wackadoodle brilliant, or, as EW’s Chris Nashawaty wrote, “a jaw-dropping misfire.” Click below for some other opinions before you head to the theater this weekend. READ FULL STORY

Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem and more act naughty in 'The Counselor' trailer -- VIDEO

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Have you been bad?

Michael Fassbender certainly has, as noticed in The Counselor‘s new trailer (which is thankfully in English this time.) The star-studded flick features performances by Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz — not to mention a screenplay by Cormac McCarthy, all brought together under the guidance of director extraordinaire Ridley Scott.

Obviously Fassbender’s character has been up to no good and even though he has a beautiful fiancee (Cruz) and a seemingly fanciful life, the drug world is just a little too dark to keep your hands completely clean. Check out the trailer below: READ FULL STORY

'The Counselor': First look at Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz in Cormac McCarthy thriller -- EXCLUSIVE PHOTOS

It’s never too late to sell your first script. Of course, it helps if you’re Pulitzer Prize-winning prose maestro Cormac McCarthy. While a number of McCarthy’s novels have been successfully translated into films — All the Pretty Horses, No Country for Old Men, The Road — Ridley Scott’s upcoming The Counselor is the first to be based on an original screenplay by the author himself. Scott had previously circled an adaptation of McCarthy’s 1985 masterpiece Blood Meridian, a project that has been killed more times than the characters in its pages.

The director re-teams with Prometheus’ Michael Fassbender, who stars as a lawyer looking to make a little extra money by getting involved in a one-off drug deal. Unsurprisingly, things do not exactly go well. More specifically, they devolve into a nightmarish imbroglio of backstabbing and existential violence. Based on the dialogue-free pages of the screenplay excerpted earlier this month in The New Yorker, the film appears to share the sparse, bloody undertones of 2007’s similarly Southwest-set No Country for Old Men. Brad Pitt, McCarthy alum Javier Bardem, Cameron Diaz, and Penélope Cruz all round out the impressive cast. Check out these another exclusive image from the film below and ponder all the terrible, vivid ways in which these characters are probably going to die.
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Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender speak Cormac McCarthy's language in Russian trailer for 'The Counselor' -- VIDEO

All trailers for Ridley Scott movies based on Cormac McCarthy screenplays must be in Russian!

The Counselor, which stars Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Javier Bardem, Penelope Cruz, and Cameron Diaz, opens in the U.S. on Oct. 25, but the Kremlin got the first look at this dark tale. Fassbender plays the counselor in question, who learns the hard way that you can’t be just “a little” involved with the drug trade. The mere plucking of that wire-clothesline — essentially a highway garrote — sets the tone for this dusty, stylistic journey into the heart of McCarthy’s west.

Plus, cheetahs. The visuals alone look like McCarthy penned his own southwest version of Scarface. READ FULL STORY

Casting Net: Christian Bale in early talks to play Moses; Plus, Vincent D'Onofrio, Greg Kinnear, more

• Christian Bale may be joining a long line of Moseses, a list that includes Sir Ben Kingsley, Mel Brooks, Burt Lancaster, and Charlton Heston. According to a report, Ridley Scott is developing the Fox Moses movie Exodus, which is currently undergoing a rewrite by Moneyball co-writer Steve Zaillian. Bale is in very early talks to star. Scott hopes to begin work on the film as soon as he wraps The Counselor with Brad Pitt. Warner Bros. also has a Moses project in the works – Steven Spielberg was attached to direct Gods And Kings but recently dropped out of the project. They’re reportedly trying to get Ang Lee to sign on as a replacement. [Deadline]

• Vincent D’Onofrio, who will always be Dawson from Adventures in Babysitting to us, is set to play Robert Downey Jr.’s brother in David Dobkin‘s The Judge. We reported earlier this week that Robert Duvall had signed on to play their father. D’Onofrio has a slew of projects in the works including the cracked-out-but-still-awesome-sounding Pawn Shop Chronicles with Norman Reedus, Elijah Wood, Paul Walker, and Ashlee Simpson. [THR]

• Greg Kinnear (Little Miss Sunshine) and Josh Lawson (The Campaign) have joined the star-studded cast of Anchorman: The Legend Continues. There’s no word yet on what their roles might be, but we can probably assume that Kinnear will take the anchor’s desk once more. Anyone else hope he’s going to poke fun at his past life on Talk Soup? [Deadline]

• Underworld franchise star Kate Beckinsale is in talks to join Brad Anderson‘s (The Call) Eliza Graves, an adaptation of Edgar Allan Poe’s The System of Doctor Tarr and Professor Fether. [THR]

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New 'Stoker' poster features Nicole Kidman, and Mia Wasikowska's bloody hands -- EXCLUSIVE

Family? It’s complicated … but also bloody, at least when it comes to Oldboy director Park Chan-wook’s thriller Stoker, which stars Nicole Kidman and Mia Wasikowska.

Case in point, check out this exclusive one-sheet poster for the film that features an unusual holiday-esque portrait warning “DO NOT DISTURB THE FAMILY” with a blood splattered twist.

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Casting Net: Ewan McGregor to star in heist thriller 'Son of a Gun.' Plus: Penelope Cruz, Ryan Reynolds, Jason Schwartzman, James Franco

Ewan McGregor is set to star in the Australian heist thriller Son of a Gun, playing Australia’s public enemy no. 1, who takes on a protege. Up-and-coming director Julius Avery is helming the project from his own original screenplay. The movie is being touted as a cross between gritty Australian crime drama Animal Kingdom and Michael Mann’s bank robbery opus Heat. McGregor has already been reaping critical accolades for his role as a father and husband in the upcoming tsunami drama The Impossible with Naomi Watts. [THR]

Penelope Cruz is in talks to star in a film titled Gucci, about the Italian family at the core of the iconic fashion brand. The movie is being directed by Ridley Scott’s daughter Jordan Scott, and has apparently gone through several iterations already, with Ridley Scott himself at first on board as director in 2006, with a script by Andrea Berloff, and other writers brought in since then. The brand’s founder’s grandson, Maurizio Gucci, was shot to death in 1995, and his ex-wife Patrizia Reggiani was later imprisoned for the murder. [TheWrap.com]

Ryan Reynolds is attached to headline Battle for Bonneville, with Jon Favreau set to direct. The film, written by Dan Gilroy, who co-wrote The Bourne Legacy, is about real-life half-brothers and race-track rivals Art and Walt Arfons, who joined forces to set world speed records. The ever-busy Favreau is also currently in pre-production on a film adaptation of the musical Jersey Boys, about the Four Seasons. [Deadline]

• Jason Schwartzman has confirmed he will indeed be in Wes Anderson‘s The Grand Budapest Hotel. No big surprise there, considering Schwartzman has starred in several of Anderson films, including Rushmore and The Darjeeling Limited, plus this year’s Moonrise Kingdom. Details have been murky about Hotel, but we do know that it’s set in Europe, and that Bill Murray, Ralph Fiennes, Owen Wilson, and Jude Law are also attached. Anderson is directing from his own script. [Movies.com]

• James Franco, Glenn Close, and Brit Marling are set to star in The Grace that Keeps This World, an adaptation of Tom Bailey’s novel about a father and his sons prepping for hunting season, and a young cop’s investigation into hunting violations that unearths family differences. Azazel Jacobs will direct from a screenplay by Matthew Aldrich. [Deadline]

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Harris Savides, cinematographer for 'Milk' and 'Zodiac,' dies at 55

Harris Savides, the cinematographer behind some of the most visually striking films and music videos of the last 20 years, passed away today. He was 55.

A native New Yorker, Savides started out his career as a fashion photographer. Moving into music videos, he collaborated with director Mark Romanek on his iconic videos for Madonna’s “Rain” (for which Savides won a Video Music Award), Nine Inch Nails’ “Closer,” Michael and Janet Jackson’s “Scream,” and Fiona Apple’s “Criminal” – giving each video its own sleek, burnished cinematic bearing.

Harris also worked on music videos and commercials with David Fincher and Gus Van Sant, a partnership that would continue into feature films, including Fincher’s The Game and Zodiac, and six movies with Van Sant: Finding ForresterGerryElephantLast DaysMilk, and Restless. READ FULL STORY

'Prometheus': The secret of the ooze... and a sequel tease?

The mysteries of Prometheus are legion and legendary. Released in June in the wake of a solid year of anticipation, the Alien semi-prequel turned out to be a stealth kickstarter for a new franchise — a sequel is being extremely vaguely planned for 2014 or so. Perhaps because of those sequel plans, Prometheus never provided direct answers for some of the most intriguing plot elements in the movie. A new infographic at the film’s Facebook page, however, appears to provide some insight into the nature of the Black Ooze (or “Black Goo,” if you’re a classicist) — the dark viscous substance which provided most of the central plot twists of the movie. It may also provide a hint about the direction of the movie, which for the sake of argument let’s call Prometheus 2: Rise of Epimetheus. READ FULL STORY

'Prometheus' Blu-ray trailer promises to reveal the meaning of life (or at least the meaning of 'Prometheus')

“How far would you go to get your answers?” Michael Fassbender’s self-seeking robo-Aryan asks at the start of this new trailer for Prometheus on Blu-ray. Would you put your life at risk? Would you travel beyond the stars? Would you buy Prometheus on Blu-ray?

While audiences tended to like Fassbender’s performance as Peter O’Toolbox, the big-budget Alien prequel was notorious for its inability to definitively reveal the true meaning of the universe and the teleological purpose of humanity. This new release — which boasts seven hours of special features — promises to rectify that.

Personally I thought the movie was a big, wonderful mess, as opposed to a big, terrible mess, and its atmospherics and thematic density overrode any narrative nonsense. But if you’re not like me and you actually dislike plot holes so big you can drive a space-ATV through, then you might be interested in getting a glimpse at the film’s alternate beginning, alternate ending, and alternate middle. And, hey, everyone knows art only gets better the more you have to explain it! READ FULL STORY

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