Episode 16: American Made and Retro Review – The Counselor (2013)

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Episode 16 of The Film Buds Podcast will tackle Tom Cruise’s American Made then face off with the Mexican drug cartel in Ridley Scott’s The Counselor (2013). Later we’ll discuss  some news pieces, listener questions, and much more! Let’s talk movies!

American Made

Tom Cruise stars in this wild true story about pilot Barry Seal, who teamed up with the CIA, Pablo Escobar, amongst others, during the Cold War to run drugs, guns and money across country boarders. It is directed by Doug Liman (Edge of Tomorrow), and also stars Domhnall Gleeson, Sarah Wright, and Jesse Plemmons.

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The Counselor (2013)

Helmed by Ridley Scott (Blade Runner, Gladiator) and scripted by legendary novelist Cormac McCarthy (The Road, No Country for Old Men), The Counselor tells the violent story of a lawyer in love who gets into dealings with the Mexican drug cartel and other merciless criminal figures to build a good life for himself and his wife — but soon must find a safe way out. The film stars Michael Fassbender, Cameron Diaz, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, and Javier Bardem.

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New Murder on the Orient Express Trailer Has Kenneth Branagh Commanding the Train

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20th Century Fox has unveiled the latest trailer for Murder on the Orient Express. The mystery thriller is being directed by Kenneth Branagh (Cinderella) and is, of course, an adaptation of the renowned Agatha Christie novel. Branagh also stars in the film as genius detective Hercule Poirot, who is determined to uncover the murder of a passenger on the Orient Express. The film is unsurprisingly lavish and features a wide range of beautiful visuals. The new footage will hopefully help this one get the boost it needs to reach a wider audience come November.

Murder on the Orient Express also stars (prepare yourself) Tom Bateman, Johnny Depp, Penelope Cruz, Willem Dafoe, Judi Dench, Josh Gad, Derek Jacobi, Leslie Odom Jr., Michelle Pfeiffer, Daisy Ridley, Marwan Kenzari, Olivia Colman, Lucy Boynton, Manuel Garcia-Rulfo, and Sergei Polunin. The film arrives in theaters on November 10th, 2017. Check out the stylish new trailer below.

Source: 20th Century Fox

The Joker Origin Movie Script Should Arrive Next Week; Expected 2018 Shoot

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Recent claims tease that the Warner Bros. Joker origin movie is much further into development than we may have thought. Variety‘s Justin Kroll revealed on his official twitter account that the first draft of the script should arrive next week and that the studio is looking to start production in 2018. The film will be separate from the DC Extended Cinematic Universe — which includes Jared Leto’s Joker in Suicide Squad — and will be an origin story for the iconic villain.

The Joker origin movie is being helmed by Todd Phillips (The Hangover trilogy), and legendary director Martin Scorsese (The Wolf of Wall Street) is currently still on-board to produce. No cast has been revealed yet, but recent reports tease an interest in Leonardo DiCaprio (The Great Gatsby) for the titular role. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Source: Justin Kroll

eOne Acquires Rights to Kate Winslet’s WWII Lee Miller Biopic

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eOne has acquired the worldwide rights to Kate Winslet’s World War II Lee Miller biopic. Deadline reports the film will tell the true story of renowned American photojournalist Elizabeth ‘Lee’ Miller, who refused to let survivors’ stories of Nazi concentration camps like Buchenwald and Dachau be lost to history. She also covered other huge events during the war including the liberation of Paris and the London Blitz. Winslet has reportedly been attached to the biopic for two years now, so clearly it’s a passion project for her. The biopic is very exciting considering the importance of someone like Miller to both World War II and many prevailing current societal issues.

The biopic is currently without a release date, title or director. But we will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Source: Deadline

Wonder Woman Set to Appear in DC’s Flashpoint Movie

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A new report from Deadline reveals that Wonder Woman (Gal Gadot) is set to appear in the upcoming — and very troubled — DC Extended Universe movie, Flashpoint. This should come as good news considering the film has suffered from multiple directors leaving due to creative differences, amongst other issues. However, confirming that a beloved character like Wonder Woman will have a role to play in the film is at least a move in the right direction. The character’s growing demand in the DCEU is surely due to the phenomenal success of Patty Jenkins’ Wonder Woman back in summer, and so it’s clear the Amazonian superhero’s prevalent inclusion will only continue to grow. Let’s hope she and The Flash (Ezra Miller) can find a way to get along.

Flashpoint is currently without a release date or director. We will keep you updated as more information becomes available.

Source: Deadline

The Meyerowitz Stories (New and Selected) Trailer Shows Noah Baumbach’s Dysfunctional Family Drama

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Netflix has released a new trailer for The Meyerowitz Stories. Directed by Noah Baumbach (Frances Ha), the film follows the titular Meyerowitz family as they gather together to celebrate the work of their father. This type of dysfunctional family drama is something Baumbach often incorporates into his films, particularly with While We’re Young and Mistress America. The Meyerowitz Stories premiered to strong critical acclaim at the Cannes Film Festival earlier this year, so it’s quite possible this one could be in contention this awards season. What’s even better is that star Adam Sandler looks to finally be getting back into more the complex characters that we’ve missed from him over the last few years.

The Meyerowitz Stories also stars Ben Stiller, Elizabeth Marvel, Dustin Hoffman, Adam Driver, and Emma Thompson. The film will be released on Netflix and in limited theaters on October 13th, 2017. Check out the new trailer below.

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Tomb Raider Trailer Shows Alicia Vikander Lost in the Jungle

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Warner Bros. has released the first official trailer for the Tomb Raider reboot. The studio previously released two short teasers yesterday, but this latest look gives fans a deep look into the video game adaptation. Starring Alicia Vikander (The Danish Girl), Tomb Raider is based off the bestselling video game series about young female adventurer Lara Croft who explores ancient tombs and lost civilizations. The studio is hoping to successfully reboot the series after Angelina Jolie’s two ill-received Tomb Raider movies back in 2001 and 2003. And luckily it looks as though Vikander and director Roar Uthaug (The Wave) have found a great balance between pleasing Tomb Raider fans while also creating a strong female action hero for a modern audience.

Tomb Raider also stars Walton Goggins, Dominic West, and Nick Frost. The film will swing into U.S. theaters on March 16th, 2018. Check out the new trailer and poster below.

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Source: Warner Bros.