If anyone has a copy of Cormac McCarthy‘s The Counselor, which Ridley Scott will begin filming on May 1st with Michael Fassbender in the lead, please forward. Deadline‘s Michael Fleming reports that “insiders” are describing The Counselor as “No Country For Old Men on steroids.” What does that mean? That some regarded No Country for Old Men as…what, languid, laid-back, lacking a serious pulse?

Every time I see Michael Fassbender he’s wearing that cock-of-the-walk smirk. He had it when I spoke to him at the 2009 New York Film Critics Circle dinner. I saw him again at last month’s Fox Searchlight Golden Globes party, and he was with a hot lady and smoking a big cigar. I hear stories about him. He likes the ladies. I’m not judging at all but on some level I’m not sensing indications of profound meditative depth. He loves being a movie star. Just saying.