Great Scott! Michael Fassbender Loved Working on The Counselor

123Directed by Blade Runner luminary Ridley Scott, written by No Country For Old Men and The Road author Cormac McCarthy, and featuring a star-studded cast headed by Inglourious Basterds and X-Men: First Class breakout Michael Fassbender, The Counselor is a glitzy crime drama about beautiful people doing terrible things.

It marks the second teaming of Fassbender and Scott; their first rodeo together being the ambitious and divisive sci-fi thriller, Prometheus. At the new film’s press junket, we asked Fassbender what it was like working with Scott for a second go-round. The star had nothing but praise for the visionary director, whose next project — the biblical epic Exodus — started filming this month.

“[I] love working with him,” Fassbender said. “He’s full of energy.  He’s a great leader.  He’s inspiring.  He’s fun.”

Okay, okay, take it easy, Michael — you already got the part.

Seriously, though, Fassbender and Scott are two great flavors that go great together and we’re hoping this is just the beginning of a long, happy relationship between them. (somebody send Russell Crowe some chocolates)

(Click on the media bar below to hear Michael Fassbender gush.)

The Counselor is in theaters now!

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Spooky Drama’s Return Makes Friday a Little Less ‘Grimm’

122Returning tonight, the hit NBC series GRIMM opens its third season with the first of a two-part story that has the show lurching on to the currently popular zombie bandwagon. It’s no spoiler to reveal that when series star DAVID GIUNTOLI becomes infected with the zombie virus a new adventure begins and all hell breaks loose.

We sat down with GIUNTOLI and his co-star SILAS WEIR MITCHELL at a recent Television Critics Association press event and they talked about how working with supernatural themes can sometimes be a little cathartic.


Season 3 of GRIMM airs tonight (10-25-13) on NBC

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Jared Leto On ‘Dallas Buyers Club’ Role: “It’s Kind of Hard to Let Go”

Dallas Buyers Club (Focus Features/CR: Anne Marie Fox)

Jared Leto is getting his share of critical acclaim for his work in the upcoming 1980s drama Dallas Buyers Club. The film, based on the life of HIV positive electrician Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey), centers on Woodroof’s determined quest to find medication to treat his condition.

Leto co-stars as Rayon, a transgender woman who becomes Woodroof’s partner in creating the Dallas Buyers Club, which gave HIV patients access to medication that wasn’t sanctioned by the government.

“It’s kind of hard to let go,” said Letoon the role. “Because you make an enormous commitment. Any time you commit like that, at least for me, it’s hard to stop. It takes a little while sometimes.”

Click on the media bar to hear Jared Leto, who was 116 pounds during the production of the film, talk about the difficulty of eating a full meal once shooting finished.


Dallas Buyers Club hits select theaters November 1.

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Pierce Brosnan Reminisces in Light of the Remington Steele Reboot

121With their failed Ironside reboot creeping into the rear view, NBC sets its sights on yet another classic crime show revival: the romantic comedy/detective drama Remington Steele.

In the original Steele, private investigator Laura Holt (Stephanie Zimbalist) hires a professional con-man (Pierce Brosnan) to play the fictitious (titular) figurehead of her fledgeling detective agency to nab clients who would refuse to hire a female detective. The new series, planned as a half-hour comedy, will be a sequel rather than total overhaul, and feature the original protagonists’ daughter as she opens her own detective agency, only to face the same circumstances that brought her parents together

In light of the news, we were able to speak with star Brosnan about the show that launched his career. “I look back fondly. I mean, Remington was a major gift in my life,” the former 007 told us, relating his experience coming to America on a wing and a prayer and landing the Steele role almost immediately. (Click the media bar below to hear Brosnan reminisce.)

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Sex, Scenery And A Wee Bit O’ History Form TV’s ‘Reign’

117Just one week old and airing on the perennially youthful network THE CW, REIGN combines an incredibly photogenic cast with a contemporary soundtrack (featuring the likes of such groups as THE LUMINEERS and TWIN FORKS) to tell the story of the dramatic life and times of Mary Queen of Scots. A sort of medieval Gossip Girl, the series is an engaging combination of scenery and sex that even manages to squeeze in a modicum of actual history.  Australian actress ADELAIDE KANE takes the titular role of the 16th Century Scottish Queen and, at a recent sit-down with the Television Critics Association, she talked about doing her homework for the part. (Click on the media bar below to hear ADELAIDE KANE)


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