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In the footsteps of his literary classics No Country For Old Men, Blood Meridian and The Road, Pulitzer Prize-winning author Cormac McCarthy teams with director Ridley Scott and makes his screenwriting debut with The Counselor, an odd yet fascinating extension to his violent literary oeuvre.
Fresh off his brilliant but brutal performance in 12 Years a Slave, Michael Fassbender is the Counselor — his only identification in the film; that impersonal touch an effective McCarthy trademark. When his client Reiner (Javier Bardem) invites him to invest in a drug deal which would transport a shipment from Caracas to Chicago, the naïve Counselor accepts, basking in the prospect of earning gobs of coin with little effort. Life is looking up: he is engaged to the beautiful, innocent and pious Laura (Penélope Cruz), but as circumstances unfold and the shipment of drugs are stolen, the cartel blames the hot-shot lawyer; and just as quickly as his rich new life was built, it comes crashing down.
In typical McCarthy style, “The Counselor” examines the human condition under a magnifying glass, but in his twisted form of anthropology, that magnifying glass burns his characters like ants. There’s no escape from evil in McCarthy’s world. Whether you’re good or bad, means beyond your control will cut you down. Life never seems precious in a McCarthy story. It’s just a meaningless byproduct – something here one second then remorselessly tossed in a landfill the next.
The first half of the film is convoluted and dialogue heavy – but what great dialogue it is! – as McCarthy sets up his ideas like an intricate house of cards then proceeds to knock his house down in the nail-biting final hour. “The Counselor” advances its horror through cynical ideas rather than violence, though in typical McCarthy fashion, there are a few incredibly violent moments, shockingly impersonal and conveyed as orders of business in-between meals and nap times.
Ridley Scott takes the passenger seat as he passes through McCarthy’s country. The visionary director reins in his typically epic style for a more reserved, dialogue-driven study of crime and greed. However, Scott’s visuals in tandem with McCarthy’s script create the best of both worlds: McCarthy’s morose, cynical wit and Scott’s effortlessly slick camera work.
Cameron Diaz steals the show as Reiner’s seductive and dangerous girlfriend. Playing a sleazy, manipulative and maniacal temptress is the highlight of Diaz’s career. She uses her voracious sex appeal and raspy voice to great effect as the biggest player among this nest of hornets. McCarthy’s biting dialogue rolls off her like water on oil. It’s obvious she is reveling in this opportunity.
Brad Pitt expectedly goes for eccentricity when playing smaller roles and this is no exception. He pulls out ever nervous tick imaginable as Westray, the overly-cautious cowboy who brokers the drug deal. Also, rounding out the supporting cast are Rubén Blades, Rosie Perez, John Leguizamo and “Breaking Bad”’s Dean Norris.
A good score by Daniel Pemberton and beautiful photography by Dariusz Wolski complete the package, making McCarthy’s sardonic view of morality, mortality and greed an engrossing, yet disturbing watch, begging for more original screenplays by the Pulitzer winner. (Source)
A new clip from The Counselor featuring Cameron and Javier Bardem has been released. Take a look below:
Nicki Minaj will be making her big screen acting debut opposite Cameron Diaz, Nikolaj Coster-Waldau, Leslie Mann and Kate Upton in the upcoming Nick Cassavetes-directed comedy The Other Woman. E! Online caught up with the singer and asked her about Cameron. Take a look at what she had to say below:
“When I got on set the first day, I was so nervous,” Minaj said. “Cameron Diaz walks in the room and I’m like, ‘Kill me. Is this really happening?’” Minaj said. “She lights up the room and all I could think of is what if I do something and she things that I suck, what is going to say? Is she going to demand that I be kicked off the movie? I was just thinking crazy stuff.”
We’re happy to report that none of her fears came true.
“She came up me in the middle of the day and was like, ‘You’re doing such a great job,’” Minaj said. “That melted me…And that pushed me. She was like, ‘You’re making really great choices.’”
I’ve added some movie posters and key artwork from Cameron’s upcoming film, The Counselor into the gallery. The Counselor hits theatres on October 25th. Head over to the gallery for the latest additions.
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Cameron Diaz stars as Malkina, a dangerous and brilliant sociopath whose machinations have shocking consequences and Penélope Cruz stars as Laura, the Counselor’s fiancé, who becomes an unwitting player in his dark dealings in this brand new clip from director Ridley Scott’s, The Counselor. Take a look below:
Disney isn’t the only movie studio shuffling around its release dates. Sony has announced a major shift in the debut of its upcoming comedy, Sex Tape.
The flick, which stars Cameron Diaz, Jason Segel and Jack Black, has been having some production problems in recent weeks. The movie’s title has allegedly been changed from “Sex Tape” to Basic Math, and was recently denied $55,000 from Columbia Pictures. It also was denied a rental request from Parker Middle School in Reading, Mass. due to the sex tape-centric title and plot.
Now “Sex Tape” — or “Basic Math,” if that title sticks — is slated for a July 18 release date instead of its original July 2, 2014 one. In some good news for the movie, Rob Lowe recently joined the cast. Directed by “Bad Teacher’s” Jake Kasdan, Sex Tape tells the story of a married couple (“Bad Teacher” stars Diaz and Segel) who wake up in the morning to discover the sex tape they made has gone missing. (Source)
Cameron Diaz is ready to get “Bad” again. The actress has signed on as a producer for CBS’s series adaptation of her 2011 film Bad Teacher, which starred Diaz as Elizabeth Halsey, an individual familiar with the move told TheWrap on Thursday.
The series will star Fringe actress Ari Graynor as Meredith Davis, a hot, confident, unapologetic trophy wife who takes a job at a middle school to meet a new man after her husband leaves her without a dime. Sex and the City alum Kristin Davis will play Meredith’s nemesis Ginny, a math teacher, choir director and faculty president.
Bad Teacher is being produced by Sony Pictures Television in association with Mosaic Media Group. “My Name Is Earl” and “Community” veteran Hilary Winston is executive-producing. Lee Eisenberg and Gene Stupnitsky, who were behind the film, are executive-producing as well, along with Jimmy Miller, Sam Hansen and Michael Lasker.
The series will premiere mid-season. (Source)