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Ridley Scott Says Superhero Movies Have "No Story"


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Don’t expect Ridley Scott to jump on the superhero bandwagon anytime soon. The Blade Runner director has said he wants to "keep making smart films” and described superhero blockbusters as having “no story”.

Ridley ScottRidley Scott thinks superhero movies have “no story”

"Superhero movies are not my kind of thing - that's why I've never really done one," he told Digital Spy. "[I've been asked] several times, but I can't believe in the thin, gossamer tight-rope of the non-reality of the situation of the superhero.

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Robin Wright Reportedly Set To Join 'Blade Runner' Sequel


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Robin Wright has reportedly joined the cast of the long-awaited Blade Runner sequel, which is due to begin filming in July. Wright stars as Claire Underwood in the Netflix series ‘House of Cards’ and the actress is currently filming Wonder Woman, in which she plays the titular character’s aunt General Antiope.

Robin WrightRobin Wright has reportedly landed a role in the Blade Runner sequel.

The news was first broken by The Hollywood Reporter, who wrote that Wright was in ‘final negotiations’ to star in the film, There are said to be three major female roles, and Wright has taken one of them.

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'Blade Runner' Sequel Gets Release Date


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The long-awaited sequel to Blade Runner has at last got an official release, of January 12th 2018, according to its production company Alcon Entertainment.

The follow-up to the cult classic, released in 1982, is currently untitled but is believed to start shooting in July this year. Ryan Gosling has recently been confirmed as joining Harrison Ford, the star of the original, but it’s not thought that any of Ford’s co-stars from the first movie (Rutger Hauer, Sean Young, Daryl Hannah) will be appearing in the sequel.

Harrison FordHarrison Ford will be in the 'Blade Runner' sequel, which now has a Jan 12, 2018 release date

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Alejandro G. Iñárritu And Ridley Scott Lead First Set Of Directors Guild Of America Nominations


Ridley Scott Directors Guild Of America Joel Edgerton

The first set of nominees for the 68th Annual Directors Guild Of America Awards have now been announced, with nods for the category of Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Feature Film for 2015 featuring five directors from some of the biggest film favourites of the year.

Alejandro G. Iñárritu and Leonardo DiCaprio in The RevenantAlejandro G. Iñárritu and Leonardo DiCaprio on the set of 'The Revenant'

Predictably, Alejandro G. Iñárritu is up there for 'The Revenant'; a visceral biopic which won three awards at the Golden Globes this year (Best Drama, Director and Actor in a Drama with Leonardo DiCaprio). He was previously nominated for 2006's 'Babel', won the award for his 2014 movie 'Birdman', and also won Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Commercials for Procter & Gamble's 'Best Job' campaign in 2012. Ridley Scott is another DGA staple who's once again looking at this award for 'The Martian' starring Matt Damon; another Golden Globes favourite with two awards under its belt. He has yet to win at the DGA's, but this is his fourth time nominated following 1990's 'Thelma and Louise', 1999's Gladiator and 2000's 'Black Hawk Down'.

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Awards Season Shifts Up A Gear With BAFTA Nominations


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This is the point where the industry weighs in on the conversation that has been limited mainly to critics so far. Unsurprisingly, Carol and The Revenant feature heavily in the BAFTA race. But unlike the awards season to date, genre films like Mad Max: Fury Road and The Martian were virtually locked out of the major categories. (The Martian managed nods for actor Matt Damon and director Ridley Scott.)

Matt Damon in The Martian

Also unexpected for Bafta was the absence of local favourites like Tom Hardy, Charlotte Rampling and Carey Mulligan, and not even one craft nomination for Spectre. Bafta voters also failed to nominate two other current favourites: Creed and Joy.

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Kenneth Branagh To Star In And Direct 'Murder On The Orient Express' Movie


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Sir Kenneth Branagh is to play fictional Belgian detective Hercule Poirot in a film adaptation of Murder on the Orient Express for Fox Studios that he will also be directing, according to reports.

The 54 year old English actor, whose directing credits include Thor, Henry V and 2015’s box-office success Cinderella, is reported by Variety to have signed up for the Fox re-make that has been in the pipelines since 2013. Ridley Scott, fresh from his success with The Martian, is also attached to the project as a co-producer.

Kenneth BranaghSir Kenneth Branagh will be directing and starring in the new adaptation of Agatha Christie's classic novel

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Your Guide To Amazon's TV Pilots For 2015 (Next Big Things?)


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Amazon releases its first wave of pilots for 2015 today (January 15) with an interesting slate of shows from an interesting group of filmmakers including Ridley Scott. The pilots are being delivered en masse via Amazon's Instant Video service, essentially giving the Golden Globe-winning streaming service a chance to test the water with users.

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One of the pilots is being described as must-see viewing: The Man in the High Castle. Produced by blockbuster director Scott, the show is based on the alternate history novel by American writer Philip K. Dick, which won the Hugo Award in 1963. The book focuses on daily life under totalitarian Fascist imperialism occurring in 1962, fifteen years after the end of a longer World War II, lasting from 1939 to 1947. The victorious countries are Imperial Japan, Fascist Italy and Nazi Germany. The show will essentially focus on what America would look like had the Allies lost the war.

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Joel Edgerton "Felt Very Honoured" To Work With Ridley Scott


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It's always good for actors and directors to get along on the set of a film; it keeps everyone involved in a good state of mind, and can lead to a better finished product than if everyone is at each other's throats. But simply getting along is one thing, and being in absolute awe of the people you are working with. Recently, actor Joel Edgerton, who played Ramses in the recently release 'Exodus: Gods and Men', revealed how much he idolised director Ridley Scott on the set of the film.

Joel Edgerton as Rameses in 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'
Joel Edgerton as Rameses in 'Exodus: Gods and Kings'

"Just meeting Ridley [Scott] at all was impressive for me. I've just admired his work for so many years - so many of his movies. So I was very chuffed just to meet him." The two must have gotten on quite well, as Edgerton revealed that the two spent the day working together, before Scott had dinner with him later. "I had a dinner with him the first night we met, and it was funny, because we spent the day playing dress-ups - literally - and then the evening, having a dinner and hearing his stories, y'know, I felt very honoured to get a chance to work with him."

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'Exodus: Gods And Kings' Tops Box-Office, But This Is No Success Story (Yet)


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Ridley Scott's biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings overcame concerns and criticism over its casting process to topple The Hunger Games: Mockingjay Part 1 at the North American box-office. The movie clocked up $24.5 million from 3,503 screens though generally it fell short of expectations and is still miles from its $140 million price-tag.

Exodus: Gods and KingsChristian Bale stars in Ridley Scott's biblical epic Exodus: Gods and Kings

Still, 20th Century Fox are still confident that Exodus will perform well overseas and begin turning a profit. According to Variety, Gods and Kings played particularly well to Hispanic and African-American moviegoers - ironic given its near all-white cast.

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Ridley Scott And Christian Bale - Exodus: Gods And Kings Video Interview


'Exodus: Gods and Kings' director Ridley Scott and star Christian Bale talk about the significance of Moses and the thoughts behind the new crafting of the Biblical story in an interview for the movie, which tells the story of this religious figure's rise to power and his heroic achievements along the way.

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Ridley Scott No Longer Directing 'Blade Runner 2' But Harrison Ford Will Still Appear


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Ridley Scott has confirmed he will no longer direct the sequel to Blade Runner, instead opting to serve as a producer. The veteran British director revealed the news during an interview with Variety to promote his latest movie, Exodus: Gods and Kings.

Ridley ScottRidley Scott will no longer direct the Blade Runner sequel

Scott also stated that Harrison Ford will still be appearing in the sequel (reprising his role as Rick Deckard) but that the character will not appear until the film’s third act. “Harrison is very much part of this one, but really it’s about finding him; he comes in in the third act,” he told Variety. “It makes sense in terms of how it relates to the first one.”

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Japanese Actor Ken Takakura, Star Of 'Black Rain', Dies Aged 83


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Veteran Japanese film star Ken Takakura has died at the age of 83, it has been announced. The actor passed away on November 10th at a Tokyo hospital after suffering from lymphoma. A private funeral has already taken place in Japan.

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Could Will Smith's Role In Ridley Scott's NFL Drama Land Him His First Academy Award?


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Will Smith is in talks to star in Ridley Scott’s upcoming NFL drama, currently untitled. Will he be doing a Denzel Washington and Samuel L. Jackson style coach role or starring as a player/retired player? Neither actually.

Will Smith NFL Drama Will Smith is thought to be in talks to play Dr. Omalu, a researcher who discovered CTE in the brain of a dead football player

Smith has opted more for the action/drama end of things over the years, rather than taking the sports route. Staying true to the sort of characters he has played in the past, the Pursuit of Happiness actor won’t be taking on the role of a sportsman, instead he’ll be playing forensic neuropathologist Dr. Bennett Omalu, the first researcher to discover Chronic Traumatic Encephalopathy (CTE) in the brain of a football player.

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'Blade Runner 2' Producers "Would Be Honored" To Land Harrison Ford


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The producers at Alcon Entertainment have publically announced their intention to cast Harrison Ford in the lead role for Ridley Scott's Blade Runner sequel. Along with the original director, the film is being written by Hampton Fancher, who helped adapt Philip K. Dick's novel Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? for the classic 1982 movie.

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"We believe that Hampton Fancher and Michael Green have crafted with Ridley Scott an extraordinary sequel to one of the greatest films of all time. We would be honored, and we are hopeful, that Harrison will be part of our project," read the statement from Andrew Kosove and Broderick Johnson, co-founders and CEOs of Alcon.

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Michael Fassbender Back For 'Prometheus 2'. Yes, Yes And Yes.


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Michael Fassbender has confirmed a sequel to Ridley Scott's Prometheus is in the works and that he will reprise his role in the movie. The Oscar nominated actor, 37, revealed the news during an interview for X-Men: Days of Future Past with co-star James McAvoy.

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When quizzed if he would be keen to return for a Prometheus 2, Fassbender gave a very confident "ye" but admitted he did not know when it would happen. Some reports have suggested that the movie will hit in March 2016.

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Michael Fassbender Confirms Prometheus 2, He Just Doesn't Know When It'll Happen


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Michael Fassbender is currently riding a wave of critical acclaim for his masked performance in Lenny Abrahamson’s ‘Frank’, but the German/Irish star has recently attracted attention to a sequel to ‘Prometheus’, Ridley Scott’s polarizing sci-fi epic.

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender at the Irish premier for 'Frank'

When asked by film site Collider if he was looking forward to working with Scott again, Michael said: “For sure. I love Ridley. He’s a master filmmaker.” Then, his X-Men: Days of Future Past co-star James McAvoy jumped in and asked if a sequel was really happening, to which Michael replied “Yeah, but when I don’t know.”

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Prometheus 2 Gets Release Date, Will Be Heavy On Michael Fassbender


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Prometheus 2 will hit cinemas in March 2016 though may take on a different movie title, according to The Wrap. An insider confirmed that production is scheduled to start this fall, once Ridley Scott has delivered his Moses movie Exodus, to Fox.

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The sci-fi sequel will be re-written by veteran movie scribe Michael Green, who worked with Scott on Blade Runner and recently penned the derided Green Lantern movie. Jack Paglen (Transcendence) had written the original draft of the screenplay.

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Five Other Script Leaks To Make Quentin Tarantino Feel Better


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Film headlines have been awash this week with news of Quentin Tarantino’s seemingly canned project, Hateful Eight, due to a script leak. The mercurial director has been candid in his plans to scrap the movie, even naming names in the process.

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And while QT’s reaction isn’t exactly surprising – he’s certainly been known to give his penny’s worth in the past – it’s not entirely warranted: plenty of film scripts have been leaked in the past and Hateful Eight won’t be the last. Here are five other examples of missing screenplays from years gone by:

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Reasons To Ignore The Critics And See 'The Counsellor' Tonight


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At least let us explain ourselves. The world has turned against The Counsellor lately; negative reviews have flown in to the tune of a 34% rating on Rotten Tomatoes, and people are ready to write off Ridley Scott’s directorial career. But at the risk of sounding contrary, there are a few reasons you should go and see The Counsellor tonight when it hits U.K cinemas. And here they are:

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Javier Bardem and Michael Fassbender in The Counsellor

Make your own mind up

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UK Movie Reviews Special: Dom Hemingway, The Butler, Don Jon, The Counsellor


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It’s a big weekend for the UK box office, kicking off tomorrow (Fri Nov 15), when Jude Law’s Don Hemingway, Forest Whitaker’s The Butler, Joseph Gordon Levitt’s Don Jon and Michael Fassbender’s The Counsellor all coming out.

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Jude Law, Forest Whitaker, Joseph Gordon Levit and Michael Fassbender are all hoping to dominate the box office this weekend

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From Oscars Contender To Forgotten Film - 'The Counsellor'


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Ridley Scott’s The Counsellor is a perfect example of how Oscar season can distort a film’s presence. Many, including us, touted Ridley Scott’s latest effort as a world-beater; Cormac McCarthy writing the screenplay, the stellar cast, a couple of brilliant trailers – everything was in place for an Academy performance.

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Michael Fassbender in The Counsellor

Suddenly, though, reviews started flying in, and what looked like a taut thriller, with an intricate plot, turned out to be a cumbersome attempt at style. It’s disappointing, but it serves us right for jumping the gun and judging a film by Fassbender’s face in a short trailer.

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'The Counselor': Stella Cast But Fails To Deliver Captivating Story - Review Round Up


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'The Counselor', based on the original film screenplay by Cormac McCartney, had the great pleasure of England's Ridley Scott at its helm to direct the thriller to the big screen. A film that is guaranteed to visually pleasure cinemagoers and frequently contain violence, as is expected with Scott's recognisable style, boosts an immensely talented cast of A-list actors.

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Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender in 'The Counselor'

Michael Fassbender leads the pack which also features Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, and Javier Bardem. They depict a tale of greed, life and death as an unnamed counselor (Fassbender) makes the life changing decision to partner with a drug dealing criminal he has been defending for years.

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Despite A Great Cast, 'The Counselor' Gets Lost In A Crazed Mess Of A Script


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The Counselor is the latest film from No Country for Old Men writer Cormac McCarthy, making his screenwriting debut alongside director Ridley Scott, with a film that explores the complexities of hustling, and the fact that no matter how big a shark you think you are, there's always a bigger one swimming nearby.

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Brad Pitt and Michael Fassbender make up part of an impressive cast

The premise and the names attached tot he film all looked as though they fit into place, and The Counselor seemed to be the latest hot Oscar contender, however, upon closer inspection it looks as though the pieces were too big after all, and the film looks unlikely to stand up to expectation.

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Harrison Ford Is Open To A 'Blade Runner' Sequel, But Are We?


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Harrison Ford is likely to make his return to the sci-fi genre when Han Solo returns in the upcoming, JJ Abrams-directed sequels to the original Star Wars trilogy.

In a recent interview with IGN.com, the Indianna Jones star also revealed that he could potentially return to another lauded sci-fi universe in the near future; that of the replicant-inhabited Earth from Ridley Scott's 1982 film Blade Runner.

"I truly admire Ridley as a man and as a director," he told the website. "I would be very happy to engage again with him in the further telling of this story." There have been rumors floating around the internet for two years now that suggest Scott is working on a follow-up to his sci-fi noir.

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Sigourney Weaver Signs Up For Ridley Scott's Biblical Epic, 'Exodus'


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Sigourney Weaver is set to star in another Ridley Scott-directed movie, 34 years after she made her name in his 1979 sci-fi classic, Alien. The 63 year-old will appear in Scott's upcoming biblical epic Exodus in which she will play Tuya, mother of Ramses, reports THR.

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Sigourney Weaver Will Play The Mother Of Pharoah Ramses.

Weaver has just finished a stint on Broadway in the Tony-winning Vanya and Sonia and Masha and Spike and she has also signed up to the Mortal Instruments sequel, City of Ashes.

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New Clips & Trailer For Ridley Scott's 'The Counsellor' Debut Online [Video]


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The Counsellor is a clever new thriller from the creative mind of Sir Ridley Scott and screenwriter Cormac McCarthy, in which a lawyer (Michael Fassbender) decides to try and make a little extra money on the side by selling cocaine. Over the course of the film, he learns that there is no such thing as easy money, especially not in the drug trade, as he begins to meet and mix with some unsavoury character (even worse than lawyers, we're led to believe) and has to work out who his real friends are in this new, powdery life, that's if he even has any in the first place.

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Brad Pitt stars in the film as a drug baron

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Is 'The Counselor' Set For The Oscars? [Trailer]


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The trailer for Ridley Scott's upcoming gritty thriller The Counselor dropped yesterday, after the initial teaser was circulated in cryptic Russian. With a November release date, there's certainly enough time to build up anticipation for the film, which is written by No Country For Old Men screenwriter, Cormac McCarthy.

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender Filming A Scene From The Counselor

There may be added logic to the late-2013 release date however: to give itself the best chances for 2014 Oscars consideration. The Counselor stars Michael Fassbender (Shame, Prometheus) who plays a lawyer who gets involved in cocaine trafficking and ends up in over his head with the wrong people. According to First Showing, Fassbender teams up in business with a rich acquaintance, played by Bardem, as Pitt's shady criminal character comes out of the shadows as things take a turn for the worst.In an incredible cast, Fassbender's co-stars include Brad Pitt, Javier Bardem, Penélope Cruz and Cameron Diaz.Despite their cinematic fame and success, neither Scott nor Pitt have ever won an Oscar before, with Pitt apparently resigning himself to never winning, having said: "I don't play the Oscars game." November release dates tend to be awards friendly, due to being late enough to not be forgotten amongst the year's other cinematic releases but not too late as to have not made enough of an impression.

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The Counselor: First English Teaser Trailer Released [Trailer]


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From the writer of No Country For Old Men and the director of Prometheus comes new gritty thriller, The Counselor, with an incredible cast including Brad Pitt, Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Penélope Cruz.

Due for release on 15th November, the film tells the tale of a lawyer, played by Michael Fassbender, who gets involved in cocaine trafficking and ends up in over his head with the wrong people. According to First Showing, Fassbender teams up in business with a rich acquaintance, played by Bardem, which also introduces Pitt's shady character as things take a turn for the worst.

The Counselor's screenplay was written by Cormac McCarthy, who also wrote No Country For Old Men - another film that starred Bardem as a baddie. Ridley Scott, who is known for such epics as Kingdom of Heaven and Aliens will direct the movie that has been filmed in locations in the UK, US and Spain.

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Does Killing Lincoln Capitalise On Lincoln Mania? Review Roundup


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The Killing Lincoln reviews are in, and it’s time to find out if the TV movie, which tells the story of John Wilkes Booth and the conspiracy that led to the 16th president's murder, adds anything to a story well told.

Given Steven Spielberg’s Oscar nominated Lincon, featuring Daniel Day Lewis as the man himself has done so well, there was perhaps no better time than now to portray Wilkes Booth’s story, but if the reviews are anything to go by, it hasn’t been done particularly well. “Fastidiously researched down to the arrangement of household items in certain scenes, "Killing Lincoln" wears its historical accuracy like a ball and chain, clunking where it should inspire, dragging where it should pulse with dread,” read The L.A Times’ review. “It grows quickly tedious, which is, in itself, an achievement considering the subject matter.” Produced by Ridley and the late Tony Scott, Killing Lincoln is based on bestselling book by Bill O'Reilly and Martin Dugard and is narrated by Tom Hanks.

Slant Magazine’s Chuck Bown unflinchingly states, “Ultimately, Saving Lincoln is a bad film that's somewhat exciting for suggesting, however fleetingly, what a true visionary might do with this expressionistic lo-fi form of world-building.” And Kansas City Entertainment suggest that the the project could have been handled better, especially considering the recent focus. “During a surge in all things Lincoln, thanks to Steven Spielberg and Daniel Day-Lewis, National Geographic could have taken the time to do the job right.”

Sleepers: Brad Pitt Designs Bed As Part Of New Furniture Range


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Well, this is an odd one. Brad Pitt has his fingers in plenty of pies - that’s for certain - though we didn’t know he was into furniture design.

The Hollywood icon has teamed up with Emile-Jacques Ruhlmann, Pierre Chareau and Paul Dupre-Lafon to design a range of furniture for Frank Pollaro’s New Jersey company, known for its accurate reproductions of Art Deco furnishings.

The new range includes around a dozen pieces, featuring tables, chairs and one “rather fantastic bed,” according to the Architectural Digest. The unveiling of the work will take place in New York between November 13-15, though Pitt has already been discussing the works. “I’ve been doodling ideas for buildings and furniture since the early 1990s, when I first discovered [Charles Rennie] Mackintosh and Frank Lloyd Wright…Actually, I found Wright in college, when looking for a lazy two-point credit to get out of French. It forever changed my life.” Pitt began with the bed, an Art Deco piece with “lustrous tropical-hardwood frame that extends from its gently curved headboard.”

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Autopsy Report: Tony Scott Committed Suicid, But We Still Don't Know Why


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Tony Scott’s autopsy has been made public. Although the cause of death has been confirmed as suicide, the coroner’s report provides few other insights into why the film director chose to take his own life.

Scott - whose brother is fellow movie director Ridley Scott - died on August 19, 2012 when he jumped from the Vincent Thomas Bridge in Los Angeles harbour. The cause of death was listed as “multiple blunt force injuries,” according to a report from the Daily Mail and added the he also drowned by jumping into the harbour. It was widely assumed that Scott had intended to commit suicide; he left several notes, including a list of contact numbers in his car so that the police would be able to contact his wife. However, what was not clear was why he chose to take his life. The notes gave no indication as to a reasoning.

Rumors that he had been diagnosed with brain cancer proved to be untrue; the autopsy found no evidence to support this. What the investigation did reveal was that he had been taking anti-depressants and sleeping pills prior to his death. The level of Remeron (an anti-depressant) and Lunesta (a sleeping pill) in his system is described as “therapeutic.”

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Ridley Scott and Brad Pitt Saturday 8th September 2012 Director Ridley Scott and Brad Pitt's body double on the set of new movie 'The Counselor'.

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Ridley Scott and Brad Pitt - Sir Ridley Scott and Brad Pitt Saturday 4th August 2012 on the film set of the movie 'The Counselor' on location in London.

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Ridley Scott Friday 1st June 2012 Ridley Scott visits 34 restaurant for a late dinner

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Ridley Scott - Director Sir Ridley Scott Thursday 31st May 2012 'Prometheus' UK film premiere held at the Empire Leicester Square - Arrivals.

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Noomi Rapace, Charlize Theron, Damon Lindelof, Guy Pearce, Logan Marshall-green, Michael Fassbender and Ridley Scott
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Ridley Scott - Ridley Scott, London, England - leaving Scotts restaurant. Friday 11th November 2011

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Ridley Scott - Thursday 3rd June 2010 at Grauman's Chinese Theatre Los Angeles, California

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Robin Hood Trailer


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Ridley Scott Sunday 13th September 2009 'Cracks' press conference Toronto, Canada

Thelma & Louise Review


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Thelma & Louise is a landmark film, one that defines the cinematic terrain for female empowerment and one that effortlessly blends powerful ideas about gender with an endlessly engaging story. The film weaves a story about women in distress, who come from depressed backgrounds and seedy locales, which is not entirely different from any prototypical Lifetime Movie of the Week. The genius of Ridley Scott's direction and Callie Khouri's groundbreaking screenplay is that they allow the film to flirt with standard archetypal conventions, all the while upending conventional notions of women -- particularly women in the sort of situation Thelma and Louise find themselves in.

The movie jumps headfirst into the action without any necessary build-up or labored background. We meet Louise, a headstrong waitress, and her younger, flighty friend Thelma (Geena Davis) as they finalize plans for their road trip. Nothing more or less complicated than that. Where they are going is fairly vague; why they are going is more telling: their explicit purpose in taking a trip is to escape from the men in their lives. Jimmy (Michael Madsen), Louise's longtime casual partner, is a gruff mechanic who loves Louise, but doesn't know how to show it. Darryl (Christopher McDonald), Thelma's husband, is a plain loser, a carpet salesman with a cheesy mustache, bouffant-fro, and a lack of respect for his wife.

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Ridley Scott Thursday 6th November 2008 at the UK film premiere of Body Of Lies London, England

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Ridley Scott - Sunday 10th February 2008 at Grosvenor House London, England

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The Assassination Of Jesse James By The Coward Robert Ford Review


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SPOILER ALERT! Brad Pitt dies.

Shocking? Well. Anyone who reads Andrew Dominik's revealing sentence fragment of a title in its entirety already understands what's going to happen in this movie.

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Kingdom Of Heaven Review


OK
I'll be the first to admit that I'm a dead sucker for big-battle hero pictures, but these days, movies like this are released every month. And coming from Ridley Scott, who is one of the real standard-setters for flicks of this ilk, I'm going into Kingdom of Heaven with high expectations: I want a hero who tugs my heart strings, a love story that moves me to tears, a villain who makes me seethe with hate, and action that gets my pulse racing.

Judging from his body of work, Ridley Scott obviously likes a good hero story, too. But, sadly, this, his latest epic hero film, is without one key ingredient: the hero. And as he's the director and the producer of this disappointing monstrosity, he's got no one to blame but himself.

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Where The Money Is Review


Good
At more than one point in his career, Paul Newman has been the ultimate con man. The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cool Hand Luke, The Hustler, and The Color of Money all epitomized this master of smooth talk and wily ways. But the successes of all of his past films and all of their cons have one common denominator: a memorable and talented supporting cast. In The Hustler, Jackie Gleason played Minnesota Fats, who proved to be a worthy nemesis by outsmarting the cocky and more talented Newman. Tom Cruise, in The Color of Money, was like an apprentice learning from the master sorcerer, as Newman molded Cruise into an effigy of his old self. While Newman always emerged the star, he would continually share the spotlight, so that none of those movies became one-dimensional.

Newman's latest film, Where the Money Is, directed by Marek Kanievska (Less Than Zero), unfortunately lacks the supporting cast for Newman to thrive as the luminary "hustler." In the film, Newman plays Henry Manning, a former bank robber who plans to break out of prison by faking a stroke. When he is transferred to a minimum-security nursing home, he thinks he's home free. However, the woman assigned to take care of him, Carol Ann McKay (Linda Fiorentino - Men in Black) suspects that he's a fake and attempts to lure him out of his trance so he will help her in a burglary with her and her husband Wayne (Dermot Mulroney - Copycat, My Best Friend's Wedding). She goes to some outrageous lengths to keep him from playing possum, but when she finally awakes the bank robbing legend, she faces a challenge that could change her life.

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Tristan & Isolde Review


Excellent
Kevin Reynolds is one of Hollywood's most unjustly maligned filmmakers. I'm frequently astounded by the fact that his superior craftsmanship is not more widely recognized. Surely his attention to detail and sensual prowess is equal that of championed filmmakers like Ridley and Tony Scott (who both produced this film).

I suspect that most of this disregard is due to the fact that more often than not Reynolds' films are burdened with clunky and sentimental scripts. Films like Rapa Nui and Robin Hood: Prince of Thieves were gorgeously shot and produced but weighed down by melodrama and hobbled by sentimentality. And then there was the whole Waterworld debacle from which it seems Reynolds has never really recovered. The Count of Monte Cristo was a start, but this is the film that should bring Reynolds back to the table. (I happen to think Waterworld is fantastically accomplished and enormously entertaining but don't tell anyone I said that.)

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The Browning Version (1994) Review


Excellent
Smitten with the original Browning Version, and rightly so, Mike Figgis remade the lovely little film in 1994. It's quite a faithful remake, updating it to the present day but leaving virtually all of the story and much of the dialogue intact. In many ways it's unneccesary as a remake -- the original still stands up well -- though Albert Finney is perfectly cast in the role of a hated prep school teacher on his last day on the job... and how that might change, however slightly, before the day is out. Watch both versions together if you can to catch the little nuances that Figgis tweaks and fiddles with, though for God's sake watch a comedy after the double feature is over.

Matchstick Men Review


Excellent
Matchstick Men is an uncharacteristic departure for director Ridley Scott. After all, who didn't think the man was utterly without a sense of humor or even a soul of after the hopelessly depressing Gladiator and Black Hawk Down?

But even Scott proves that he can't suppress his frosted side forever, thanks to this spirited and undeniably sweet look at the con game spliced with a family drama -- his best work in years.

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Black Hawk Down Review


Terrible
"It's about the facelessness of war!" exclaimed a colleague. "The compositions are stunning, with action going on in the foreground and background. It's a dynamic and apocalyptic visual experience!" This, to me, is madness. Black Hawk Down has been mistaken, in its bloated self-importance, for being cinematically and politically relevant. Take away its timely guise of patriotism, and it's a real horror show, more about murder than military prowess. Without the morally repellant "kill 'em all" subtext (young white boys mowing down the savages), you're left with something merely incoherent.

Two U.S. Black Hawk helicopters go down in the mazelike streets of Mogadishu during a routine search-and-capture mission, leaving 100 G.I.'s stumbling around enemy territory with limited resources until the rescue Rangers show up. It's been oft-compared to having almost two full hours of Steven Spielberg's masterful 30-minute Omaha Beach sequence in Saving Private Ryan, which sounds good on paper only because Ryan suffered by following up its amazing visual prologue with a glut of character-driven monologues to invest personality within each soldier before he get killed. But Spielberg understood the basic precepts of documentary filmmaking: no matter how chaotic things got, we always understood where the soldiers were, and where they were going. Black Hawk Down, by removing exposition and cohesion, couldn't care less.

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Where The Money Is Review


Good
At more than one point in his career, Paul Newman has been the ultimate con man. The Sting, Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid, Cool Hand Luke, The Hustler, and The Color of Money all epitomized this master of smooth talk and wily ways. But the successes of all of his past films and all of their cons have one common denominator: a memorable and talented supporting cast. In The Hustler, Jackie Gleason played Minnesota Fats, who proved to be a worthy nemesis by outsmarting the cocky and more talented Newman. Tom Cruise, in The Color of Money, was like an apprentice learning from the master sorcerer, as Newman molded Cruise into an effigy of his old self. While Newman always emerged the star, he would continually share the spotlight, so that none of those movies became one-dimensional.

Newman's latest film, Where the Money Is, directed by Marek Kanievska (Less Than Zero), unfortunately lacks the supporting cast for Newman to thrive as the luminary "hustler." In the film, Newman plays Henry Manning, a former bank robber who plans to break out of prison by faking a stroke. When he is transferred to a minimum-security nursing home, he thinks he's home free. However, the woman assigned to take care of him, Carol Ann McKay (Linda Fiorentino - Men in Black) suspects that he's a fake and attempts to lure him out of his trance so he will help her in a burglary with her and her husband Wayne (Dermot Mulroney - Copycat, My Best Friend's Wedding). She goes to some outrageous lengths to keep him from playing possum, but when she finally awakes the bank robbing legend, she faces a challenge that could change her life.

Continue reading: Where The Money Is Review

Kingdom Of Heaven Review


OK
I'll be the first to admit that I'm a dead sucker for big-battle hero pictures, but these days, movies like this are released every month. And coming from Ridley Scott, who is one of the real standard-setters for flicks of this ilk, I'm going into Kingdom of Heaven with high expectations: I want a hero who tugs my heart strings, a love story that moves me to tears, a villain who makes me seethe with hate, and action that gets my pulse racing.

Judging from his body of work, Ridley Scott obviously likes a good hero story, too. But, sadly, this, his latest epic hero film, is without one key ingredient: the hero. And as he's the director and the producer of this disappointing monstrosity, he's got no one to blame but himself.

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In Her Shoes Review


Very Good
Personally, I don't get the shoe thing, and more than likely, I never will. Unless you're a foot fetishist, the foot and the shoe shouldn't hold much importance to anybody but the owner. I never claimed to know what the thing is with women and shoes and I don't have the will power to feign interest, to be honest. But it's apparent that Curtis Hanson has a might big interest in women's shoes and for that matter, women in general. It's the reason that he's followed three male-heavy films with In Her Shoes, a film about women and all their habits.

To say your siblings are terrifying is an understatement; they are either young enough to physically torture you and mentally annoy you with the precision of a mime or they are old enough to make you really worried. Rose Feller (Toni Collette) shares my torture in abundance, if not more so. She has been looking after and taking care of her younger sister, Maggie (Cameron Diaz), since their mother died. We meet Maggie while she is getting nailed in a bathroom stall at a high school reunion. Sparks fly when Rose catches Maggie screwing Jim, the man she is seeing, and throws her out of the apartment they've been sharing. Unable to go anywhere else, Maggie goes to her father's house where she uncovers years of hidden birthday cards from a grandmother she thought was dead. So Maggie packs her bags and heads to Miami to bunk up with grandma Ella (Shirley Maclaine), the grandmother who was cast aside by her father. Meanwhile, Rose starts seeing a fellow lawyer, Simon (Mark Feuerstein), starts a dog-walking business and sets out to reconnect with Maggie.

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G.I. Jane Review


Good
So it's a blatant, gimmicky ripoff of Top Gun, but G.I. Jane gave Demi Moore a chance to prove that she had more in her than was on display in Striptease. I don't know if they really beat the crap out of her during the production of this film, but it sure looks like they did. And that's worth two hours of my time.

Clay Pigeons Review


Very Good
Lester, the uh, MO-lester... a character I'm not likely to ever forget. Vince Vaughn could make a career out of playing psychos and womanizers -- I wouldn't mind. Clay Pigeons is a glorious black comedy that shows off his prodigious wit and borderline insanity, with Phoenix playing the patsy for Vaughn's murders.

RKO 281 Review


Good
Not terribly compelling but interesting for Welles and Kane buffs, RKO 281 (the production number of Citizen Kane during filming) dramatizes the ups and downs of a brash Orson Welles and his clash with William Randolph Hearst, the man on whom Kane was based. RKO 281 adds little to the Kane mythology, though the real origin of "Rosebud" is something I'll always cherish.

See also The Battle Over Citizen Kane for the straight documentary version.

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Ridley Scott

Date of birth

30th November, 1937

Occupation

Filmmaker

Sex

Male

Height

1.74


Ridley Scott Movies

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