Review by Dana Jung
Alice Eve does a complete reversal from her more glamorous roles in Star Trek and Men In Black 3 to lead an excellent cast in the modern noir thriller Cold Comes The Night. Eve plays Chloe, a single mom trying to make a decent life by managing a run-down motel where she also lives with her young daughter. The place caters to prostitutes and low-lifes and is not the ideal environment for the child, but Chloe’s relationship with her daughter is a loving one, and she even tries to make their drab existence fun—by telling the girl she has more bathrooms than Windsor Castle. But when a social services agent tells her she has two weeks to move or risk losing her child to foster care, a new level of desperation creeps into Chloe’s reality. Then a double homicide occurs at her motel »
- Movie Geeks
Director: Ridley Scott.
Running Time: 117 minutes.
Synopsis: The Counsellor revolves around a respected lawyer’s one-time dalliance with an illegal business deal that spirals out of control.
The Counsellor has all the makings of the perfect movie. It boasts a stellar, ensemble cast, an A-list helmer directing a debut, original screenplay from one of today’s hottest novelists set in multiple exotic locations and containing more sex than a Gregory Dark TV movie from the nineties.
Despite the flashy posters and trailers, this is no action movie. The story revolves around a top-dollar lawyer referred to simply as ‘The Counsellor’ – played excellently by Michael Fassbender – who engages in some extracurricular activities to bag himself a bit more cash. Here, the actor reunites with his Prometheus director Ridley Scott, though instead of aliens and space jockeys we get drug cartels, »
- Paul Heath
Feature James Clayton 15 Nov 2013 - 06:43
The Counsellor has arrived, and with it we find Sir Ridley Scott returning to cinemas. He keeps on returning and will make many more future returns. The fact that he turns 76 at the end of this month is irrelevant because the director shows no sign of stopping, and there's no reason why he should.
At least, that's my personal view as someone who always looks forward to seeing Scott's latest feature at the multiplex. It's good to know that he's still going strong and making films at a prolific rate, because the movie scene would be slightly sorrier without him. A quick sweep across a filmography that includes such eclectic classics as Alien, Blade Runner, Legend, Gladiator and Kingdom Of Heaven (the Director's Cut, »
Having fast become one of the leading lights of his generation of actors, Michael Fassbender adds Ridley Scott’s The Counsellor to an impressive string of roles in films as diverse as they are popular and critically acclaimed. He broke through in Zack Snyder’s 2006 blockbuster 300 – his first feature film role – and cemented his talent in the indie one-two punch of Steve McQueen’s Hunger in 2008 and Andrea Arnold’s Fish Tank in 2009.
Subsequently, Fassbender has worked with directors such as Quentin Tarantino (Inglourious Basterds), David Cronenberg (A Dangerous Method) and Steven Soderbergh (Haywire). His first collaboration with Ridley Scott, Prometheus, grossed more than $400m at the worldwide box-office.
Fassbender’s talents are much in demand, and in 2013 and beyond he will be seen in Steve McQueen’s third film, 12 Years a Slave, alongside Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt and Benedict Cumberbatch; in Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank, »
- Gary Collinson
Review Ryan Lambie 14 Nov 2013 - 06:17
Full of pet cheetahs with diamond-encrusted collars, sports cars, obscenely opulent parties and spectacularly bloody assassinations, Ridley Scott's The Counsellor is at once a blackly comic film about greed and a gloomily philosophical meditation on death.
Michael Fassbender is on suave form as the Counsellor of the title, a well-dressed lawyer who dabbles in drug running to help pay for his lavish lifestyle and the hugely expensive diamond he’s just purchased for the new love of his life, Laura (Penelope Cruz). But even as the Counsellor sweeps Laura off her feet with that sparkly new rock, his friend Reiner (Javier Bardem, with stunning hair as usual) warns of the potential consequences.
Quietly overseeing everything, there’s Malkina (Cameron Diaz), Reiner’s manipulative, »
Ridley Scott returns to UK cinemas this Friday, November 15th alongside a star-studded cast which includes Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt for The Counsellor, and to celebrate the release we've got five copies of the official soundtrack to give away to our readers courtesy of Fox. Read on for a synopsis of the film and details of how to enter the giveaway...
Michael Fassbender and Brad Pitt star in Ridley Scott's gripping thriller about a lawyer who becomes a drugs trafficker. The counsellor (Michael Fassbender) seems to have it all, including the beautiful Laura (Penelope Cruz) as his fiancee. But he wants more. An opportunity arises to become involved in a huge international drug deal overseen by scary-haired Reiner (Javier Bardem). He ignores warnings about how this will change his life and dives right in. But then fixer Westray (Brad Pitt) breaks the »
- Gary Collinson
"The story of an ordinary man to whom chance delivers a fate that is not his." The logline for the Coen brothers' potent No Country for Old Men could apply just as aptly to author Cormac McCarthy's screenwriting debut The Counsellor, which paints a similarly nihilistic picture of one man's helplessness in the face of his own incomprehensible, self-inflicted doom.
But where the Coens were able to transplant the sparse, brutal poetry of McCarthy's prose into their script, it's ironically lost here - his screenplay is often rambling and ponderous, every conversation a philosophical deliberation, every over-written soliloquy a statement of narrative intent. As with Scott's last film Prometheus, the interesting ideas at play get swamped by speechifying, and undermined by a cast of characters who inspire little human feeling. »
Luther star adding to his increasingly impressive list of film roles with lead in French-set crime yarn
• Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom: watch the full-length trailer
According to Variety, the London-born actor is to play a Us secret agent who is hunting the perpetrators of a terror attack on the Paris metro. The film is a co-production between French outfit Vendome and Us company Anonymous Content, but no director has yet been attached.
Elba recently completed the third series of Luther, while taking on more significant film roles – including key parts in Pacific Rim, Prometheus and Thor: The Dark World, in which he plays the Asgardian sentry Heimdall. His recent portrayal of Nelson Mandela in Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom »
- Andrew Pulver
The underrated Idris Elba currently features in another wasted and fleeting appearance as Heimdall in the disappointing Thor: The Dark World. After a string of supporting roles in the likes of Pacific Rim, Prometheus and the dire Ghost Rider: Spirit Of Vengeance, isn’t it about time he lands a decent, meaty lead role. Well, with the upcoming awards favourite Mandala: Long Walk To Freedom, things maybe about to change for the acclaimed star of hit series’ The Wire and Luther.
Elba has signed on to star in race-against-time terrorist thriller Bastille Day for Vendome and Anonymous Content. Previously a project to be directed by Taken and District 13′s Pierre Morel, the film, written by Andrew Baldwin, is still looking for a confirmed director. Elba will play a washed-up CIA operative who is forced to head to Paris to extract a confession from a young American artist supposedly plotting a terrorist attack. »
- Craig Hunter
Luther star Idris Elba has been branching out into more films recently, with appearances in Prometheus, Thor: The Dark World, and Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, and now he's signed on for yet another feature. According to Variety, he'll star in the thriller Bastille Day. The Hollywood Reporter writes that Pierre Morel and Baran bo Odar were previously attached to direct, but there's currently no one at the helm. What we do know is that the film centers on a washed-up CIA agent (Elba) tasked with getting rid of an American boy who's the prime suspect in an attack on the Paris metro, but turns out to be the key to saving the city. So the film has less to do with the French Revolution than high school history class led you to believe. »
- Delia Paunescu
After fighting criminals on the streets of London, “Luther” star Idris Elba is now ready to fight bad guys in Paris as he is set to star in the Vendome Pictures and Anonymous Content thriller “Bastille Day.”
The story revolves around a U.S. operative who is tasked with interrogating and eventually making a young American boy “disappear” in order to avoid embarrassment to the U.S. government after the boy is linked as the prime suspect to an attack on the Paris metro.
After several more attacks, the operative realizes the boy is innocent and may »
- Justin Kroll
News broke last week that Fitterman would be vacating his post at UTA as the head of there production department.
Fitterman begins today.
- Justin Kroll
'Prometheus' star Noomi Rapace (below) has signed up to appear in the new indie sci-fi 'What Happened to Monday?' from Vendome and Raffaella Productions. Rapace will play multiple roles in the movie which takes place in a world where families are allowed only one child due to overpopulation. Rapace will play septuplet sisters who must overcome their own differences and avoid government execution in order to solve the disappearance of one of their own. The project will be directed by 'Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters' and 'Dead Snow' helmer Tommy Wirkola who will direct from a script written by Max Botkin. Rapace's role was originally written for a male but was rewritten when Rapace met with Wirkola. As for the title...we have to assume it refers to the Monday's Child nursery rhyme and that this is the sibling whom has gone missing. »
Fans and critics alike of Ridley Scott's epic Alien pseudo-prequel are in luck. Whilst chatting to Michael Fassbender about his new also-Ridley Scott-directed drama The Counsellor, the star admitted that - while news on its production may have gone quiet of late - Prometheus is going to happen. Fassbender, who played the sci-fi blockbuster's stand-out android David, admits he's looking forward to getting back to the part, as well as seeing how they cope with the rather, erm, problematic bodily situation he found himself in at Prometheus'...
- Matt Risley
Award-winning director Sir Ridley Scott’s been really busy lately. Not only is he working on the much-anticipated sequel to Blade Runner (please let it be good), a follow-up to Prometheus and Biblical epic Exodus starring Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton, but he’s rumoured to be planning a feature on American football.
The sport has resulted in high profile cases of brain damage and early dementia for some players. Head injuries and concussions can be common in such a full-contact sport, and these often go unreported. Scott will have a wide range of real life examples to choose from, should he develop the project. The long-term effects of head trauma have plagued players such as John Mackey and Jim McMahon, while Dave Duerson committed suicide after his struggles with degenerative brain disease.
If made, the feature may have more in common with 2012′s low-key documentary Head Games, which exposed the risks of the sport, »
- Claire Joanne Huxham
With no fewer than four projects already in the works, Deadline brings us news this week that Ridley Scott now has another film in development, albeit one with a much more serious subject matter than the others. The director is looking to helm a film about the devastating effects of concussions on professional football players.
Scott and his production company, Scott Free, are seeking a writer to craft a story in the vein of Michael Mann’s The Insider, the Oscar-nominated film that exposed what big tobacco companies did to silence one whistleblower in the early 1990s. With the NFL being as dominant as they are right now, this could be an explosive film with massive repercussions, particularly on the heels of a recent expose done on the television’s Frontline.
- Steven Attanasie
Ridley Scott (Prometheus, The Counselor) already has many big-budget films lined up, but the director has now revealed that he's also working on a new drama focusing on the debilitating effects that concussions are having on football players. The plan is to tell a story similar to Michael Mann's "The Insider, which took on the tobacco industry's complicity in covering up the addictive and cancer-causing effects of cigarette smoking. Scott is a big fan of sports, including rugby and football, but the focus will be strictly on football. The director has already started doing research into NFL stars like Junio Seau and Dave Duerson, both of whom committed suicide after suffering from Cte. Both football players left their brains for research in hopes of helping other men suffering from similar from Cte. At this point, a writer has yet to be hired. »
While Ridley Scott is currently shooting the big budget bible tale "Exodus" with Christian Bale starring as Moses, and his most recent film "The Counselor" is currently baffling audiences nationwide, he is already lining up his post-"Exodus" project, one that will see the director playing with a much more modest scale. According to The Wrap, Scott is looking to make a movie about the real life epidemic of football-related concussions.
This has been a hot-button issue both in the sports world and national press, as football-related concussions have led to much more serious health risks for the athletes involved. It would be interesting to see Scott tackle a contemporary, realistic drama like this, especially since he's so well versed in creating fantastical or imaginary worlds.
According to The Wrap report, Scott is now meeting with high profile screenwriters, who can shape the issue into a viable screenplay with a strong narrative. »
- Drew Taylor
Sir Ridley Scott is planning a film about American football concussions.
His upcoming project will centre around practices of the NFL which put its players in danger, reports Deadline.
It will look at the history of illness and brain disorders that have plagued some of football's top players.
The director is currently looking for a writer to tackle the script for the untitled movie. The project is said to be lined up to follow his next film Exodus.
Scott's most recent release, The Counsellor, has proven one of the worst openings of his career.
Watch a trailer for The Counsellor below: »
In a day that’s already seen Disney bump Star Wars: Episode VII back a few months, Brad Bird’s latest film for the studio is also getting pushed back. Tomorrowland was originally scheduled to open in December 2014, but the official release date is now five months later as Disney has dropped in onto May 22nd, 2015.
This seems like a supreme vote of confidence by the mouse house as they are now opening the film a mere three weeks after Avengers: Age of Ultron. Not only that, but they are also placing it in an extremely crowded summer season, with Jurassic World, Terminator 5, James Bond 24 and Ant-Man also on the schedule, among others.
Bird scripted Tomorrowland along with Prometheus scribe Damon Lindelof. The film stars George Clooney and Hugh Laurie and rumors about the plot have been centered on a mysterious box of Disney paraphernalia that Lindelof and Bird brought to Disney’s D23 Expo. »
- Steven Attanasie
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