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June 25, 2013 | By Celine Wright
Russia may say it doesn't know the whereabouts of Edward Snowden, but the country does have a handle on Brad Pitt in the new international trailer for Ridley Scott's “The Counselor," which has been released ... in Russian. Those unfamiliar with the Slavic language won't be able to glean much from the new spot -- which has just been removed from YouTube -- except that it promises beautiful, familiar faces doing exciting, potentially illegal things. And unless you personally know the likes of Scott, Pitt, Michael Fassbender or Cameron Diaz, you'll need a Russian friend to help decipher what it's saying.
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February 14, 2014 | By Mark Olsen
Ridley Scott's recent film "The Counselor" certainly looked on the surface like something that would need no help in becoming a hit, with Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz and Javier Bardem starring in a high-gloss tale of a drug deal gone wrong directed by Scott from a screenplay by "No Country For Old Men" author Cormac McCarthy. But then the film turned out to be too much its own thing. Rather than a prestige commercial film, it was a moody, melancholy saga prone to philosophical asides.
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October 9, 1992 | KENNETH TURAN, TIMES FILM CRITIC
Christopher Columbus' story is not a happy one. He pioneered a path to an abundant world unknown to Europeans yet ended up with neither riches nor glory. Rather, he died penniless, his continents named after someone else, his reputation in shreds. All he can lay claim to after all these years is a day named after him and the dubious tribute of movies like "1492: Conquest of Paradise."
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December 30, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
It grossed just $2.2 million at the U.S. box office, but "The East," the eco-thriller directed by Zal Batmanglij and starring Alexander Skarsgård and Brit Marling, topped The Times' fourth-annual poll for most underappreciated movie of the year, beating out Ron Howard's "Rush," which garnered the second-most votes. Coming into this weekend, "Rush" was easily in first place. But a push for votes from Skarsgård fan sites such as this one launched "The East" into the top spot.
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May 6, 2005 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
Jerusalem has the power to drive men mad. It's the paradox of this city sacred to three great religions that there are those who would kill to defend its holiness. That's as true today as it was nearly a thousand years ago, when Pope Urban II's cry of "God wills it!" sent Europe's knights to the Middle East in a series of bloody expeditions against Islam that we know as the Crusades.
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October 29, 2003 | Manohla Dargis, Times Staff Writer
Of all the monsters to go bump in the endless night of the movies, few have been as wonderfully frightening as the creature from "Alien." Designed by the Swiss artist H.R. Giger and first unleashed by director Ridley Scott in 1979, the extraterrestrial with the long, hard skull and lethal oral protuberance injected a distinctly adult vibe and shivery sense of horror into the genre.
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November 10, 2006 | Kenneth Turan, Times Staff Writer
Figuring out why director Ridley Scott and star Russell Crowe were happy as can be to make "A Good Year" is not difficult. What's harder to come up with are compelling reasons to see it. Director Scott not only owns a vineyard in the gorgeous Luberon region of Provence, where "A Good Year" is set, he is a good friend of Peter Mayle, who also lives in Provence and wrote the novel the film is based on. More than that, Scott gave Mayle the idea for the book.
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November 1, 2007 | Chris Lee, Times Staff Writer
As anyone acquainted with 2005's indie movie sensation "Hustle & Flow" -- and its Oscar-winning hip-hop anthem -- will tell you, it's hard out here for a pimp. But for a heavily armed, cool-as-ice international heroin trafficker? Totally different story. Heading into multiplexes in wide release this weekend, Ridley Scott's gritty '70s drug-dealer epic, "American Gangster," is on point to dominate the box office, according to pre-polling known as "tracking" and various industry sources.
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May 15, 1991 | JACK MATHEWS
Christopher Columbus has discovered Cannes. Half a millenium after bumbling onto the West Indies, the ancient mariner has landed on the shores of the French Riviera, as all adventuresome pop idols eventually must, for the Cannes Film Festival. Madonna, the first woman singer to explore herself on stage, was here all weekend. As usual with Chris, there is confusion.
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April 23, 2000 | CHRISTOPHER NOXON, Christopher Noxon is a regular contributor to Calendar
Director Ridley Scott remembers groaning and rolling his eyes when he was first approached with the idea for "Gladiator," an epic adventure that marks Hollywood's return to the era so lavishly portrayed in classics like "Ben-Hur" and "Spartacus." "My first thought was basically, 'ick,' " he says. "All I could see was togas and sandals and permed hair."
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December 26, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
The past few months have been hailed as some of the strongest in modern cinema. But even in a year that saw landmark achievements duly recognized, there were films that didn't seem to get their share of respect. With that in mind, we ask, in our fourth-annual "most underappreciated movie" poll, to choose the film that deserved dollars and accolades but couldn't seem to manage enough of either. (Past poll winners, to give you an indication, were “Bernie” in 2012, “The Debt" in 2011 and “Let Me In” in 2010.)
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December 13, 2013 | By Mark Olsen
With her candidly quotable, cutely gif-able kookiness, on screen and off, there may be no actress who seems more of right now than Jennifer Lawrence - she's been declared the queen of Tumblr after all. So it is of note when in the new "American Hustle" she declares, apropos of almost nothing, "I don't like change. " It's as if Lawrence is speaking for our moment now. Across movie after movie this year there have been expressions of anxiety and uncertainty as to where we are heading and what comes next.
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December 13, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
Hollywood can be a place of short-lived ambition. Audiences crave a sequel or reprise until they see the sequel or reprise. ("Arrested Development," anyone?) Studios want a hot script until someone else gets that hot script, then they never wanted it in the first place. About five years ago, shortly after the Hollywood screenwriters' strike, a script began making the rounds called "The Low Dweller. " I was reporting on the ins-and-outs of Hollywood development at the time, and followed at close range the complicated maneuvers of those who wanted it. And many did. The story had an appealingly brooding quality in its telling of an ex-con on a mission of revenge.
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October 24, 2013 | By Steven Zeitchik
This movie season, Michael Fassbender keeps getting lectured on the ways of the world. By an unlikely teacher. The German-born, Ireland-raised actor plays cruel plantation owner Epps in the period drama "12 Years a Slave," in which Brad Pitt, as a morally scrupulous carpenter, admonishes him that a more enlightened way of thinking is about to leave him in the dust. And as the in-over-his-head lead character in Friday's release "The Counselor," Ridley Scott's drug-trafficking thriller based on Cormac McCarthy's first original screenplay, Fassbender is a lawyer set straight by Pitt's world-weary smuggler.
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October 24, 2013 | By Kenneth Turan, Los Angeles Times Film Critic
As cold, precise and soulless as the diamonds that figure briefly in its plot, "The Counselor" is an extremely unpleasant piece of business. You could call it "Three Beheadings and No Funeral," but even that doesn't give an accurate idea of what you're in for. The film is ably directed by the veteran Ridley Scott and features a high-powered cast headed by Michael Fassbender, Penélope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem and Brad Pitt, none of whom...
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June 25, 2013 | By Celine Wright
Russia may say it doesn't know the whereabouts of Edward Snowden, but the country does have a handle on Brad Pitt in the new international trailer for Ridley Scott's “The Counselor," which has been released ... in Russian. Those unfamiliar with the Slavic language won't be able to glean much from the new spot -- which has just been removed from YouTube -- except that it promises beautiful, familiar faces doing exciting, potentially illegal things. And unless you personally know the likes of Scott, Pitt, Michael Fassbender or Cameron Diaz, you'll need a Russian friend to help decipher what it's saying.
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October 13, 1991 | KENNETH TURAN, Kenneth Turan is The Times' film critic
As perhaps befits this darkest of dramas, Ridley Scott's "Blade Runner" has spent most of its life in shadow. A landmark piece of visionary filmmaking, it hit theaters the same month in 1982 as "E.T.," the most popular fantasy film ever made. Possessed of extraordinary visual qualities, "Blade Runner" found them eclipsed by a numbingly portentous voice-over. When Oscar time came around, "Gandhi," of all things, bested it in the art direction category.
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October 4, 1992 | JACK MATHEWS, Jack Mathews is the film critic for Newsday.
In her review of Ridley Scott's first film, the 1977 "The Duellists," critic Pauline Kael seemed almost perplexed by how much she enjoyed a movie of so little consequence. The story, about rival French officers during the Napoleonic Wars, wasn't very involving. The performances of stars Harvey Keitel and Keith Carradine weren't very compelling. The filmmaker's passion for his subject wasn't very convincing. And yet. . . .
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August 20, 2012 | By Gina McIntyre
The apparent suicide of filmmaker Tony Scott sparked a number of Hollywood collaborators and admirers to take to Twitter on Sunday night to express their grief over the death of the director of such movies as "Top Gun. " Scott, brother of Ridley Scott, jumped off the Vincent Thomas Bridge in San Pedro, according to Los Angeles police. Scott was known primarily as a director of sleek, stylish action films, with a resume that included "Days of Thunder," "True Romance," "Enemy of the State" and more recently a remake of the 1974 film "The Taking of Pelham 123. " His most recent directorial effort was "Unstoppable"with Denzel Washington.
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August 20, 2012 | By Julie Makinen and Geoff Boucher
Director-producer Tony Scott, who apparently committed suicide Sunday in San Pedro at age 68, left behind a lengthy filmography. One of the first directors to make the transition from commercials to features, he helmed movies including "Top Gun,” “Beverly Hills Cop II” and “Unstoppable” and served as producer or executive producer on many other movies, including this summer's “Prometheus,” directed by his older brother, Ridley Scott....
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