Posted on Friday, December 2nd, 2016 by Jacob Hall
The 2016 edition of The Game Awards were held last night (Blizzard’s Overwatch was the big winner, for the record) and 20th Century Fox used this celebration of the best in video games to advertise Assassin’s Creed, their upcoming video game movie adaptation starring Michael Fassbender. This extended clip from the film was preaching to the choir last night, but it’s now arrived online, ready to win the hearts and minds of non-gamers looking for a big movie that will allow them to escape their family for two hours this holiday season.
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This holiday season, Hollywood will get yet another attempt at proving they can turn a video game into a decent movie. Warcraft wasn’t the hit that Legendary Pictures hoped it would be, even if it was the most successful video game movie of all time, so now 20th Century Fox is hoping Assassin’s Creed can do the trick.
Michael Fassbender stars in the movie about a man who is hooked up to a machine called The Animus that allows a team of scientists to tap into the experiences of his ancestors. A new Assassin’s Creed featurette dives into the science of the machine’s genetic time travel and explains how the concept of the video game is being adapted into a movie. Read More »
Posted on Tuesday, November 29th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
We’re less than a month away from the release of Assassin’s Creed and I can’t help but wonder if anyone outside of the faithful are prepared to lay down money to watch Michael Fassbender kind-of sort-of time travel into the distant past so he can stab people in the face. While these video games have a strong following (and a few of them have been genuinely great), I’ve yet to encounter any non-gamers who have greeted the trailers with anything more than a shrug. In a month where it has to battle the likes of Rogue One, Passengers, and Sing, Assassin’s Creed is far from a sure thing, even if it’s a good movie.
The first clip from the film has arrived and it shows off Fassbender and Marion Cotillard looking very intense in order to sell a potentially silly situation. Is this the kind of clip that 20th Century Fox’s marketing team thinks will get butts in seats? I have no idea. I just sit stand at the sidelines and shout at movie news all day.
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Posted on Wednesday, October 26th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
We’re two months away from the release of Assassin’s Creed, the latest film that everyone is hoping will finally break the video game movie adaptation curse. A new featurette for the film has arrived, showcasing the film’s focus on practical effects and live stunts and Michael Fassbender stunt doubles doing parkour across ancient cities.
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Prometheus concludes with the Trilobite and the Engineer giving birth to The Deacon. The baby blue-skinned alien hardly ended Sir Ridley Scott‘s film with a bang. Will we ever see that Xenomorph-like creature ever again or was it simply a moment of underwhelming fan service? We’ll have to wait and find out, but we do know the name of the aliens wreaking havoc in next summer’s Alien: Covenant is not “Deacons.”
Below, get some information on the new Xenomorph (SPOILERS ahead).
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Posted on Tuesday, October 18th, 2016 by Angie Han
Michael Fassbender may be able to fly and bend metal as Magneto in the X-Men movies, but he stands to pull off an even more impressive feat in his last film of the year, Assassin’s Creed: convincing audiences that a video game movie can actually be good. Okay, perhaps we’re being a bit unfair — Warcraft definitely had its moments, even if it was kind of a mess overall, and The Angry Birds Movie was a bonafide box office hit — but the fact remains that on the whole, audiences have had very good reason to be skeptical about video game movies for a very long time.
Thankfully, though, this one looks more promising than most. Fassbender’s Macbeth director Justin Kurzel is at the helm, and based on the footage so far it appears he has not lost his eye for beauty. Plus, it’s got an all-star cast including Marion Cotillard, Ariane Labed, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson, and Michael K. Williams. That’s a freakin’ great lineup for any movie. Check out the newest Assassin’s Creed trailer below. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, September 22nd, 2016 by Angie Han
Before you watch Michael Fassbender play a man descended from a long line of assassins, how about watching Michael Fassbender as a man descended from a long line of low-level criminals? The actor recently hit TIFF with Trespass Against Us, which chronicles three generations of a criminal family in the British countryside.
Brendon Gleeson plays patriarch Colby, who’s alternately charming and intimidating, while Fassbender plays his son Chad. Father and son don’t always see eye to eye, but their tensions really boil over when Chad decides he wants out of the family lifestyle for the sake of his son, young Tyson (Georgie Smith). Trespass Against Us is the feature directing debut of Adam Smith, whose work you may have seen on the British show Skins and Doctor Who. Smith also shot a documentary for the Chemical Brothers, who have returned the favor by scoring Trespass Against Us. Watch the Trespass Against Us trailer below. Read More »
When you’re dealing with the end of the world, things can get deadly serious. But as you will see on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse, even in the face of grave danger, the cast makes plenty of time to get wacky. Bloopers are always an amusing part of the filmmaking process, but when then outtakes feature characters in full superhero wardrobe, they’re just that much more entertaining.
If you ever wanted to see Oscar Isaac dance in the creaky Apocalypse suit, Michael Fassbender flirt with James McAvoy, or Jennifer Lawrence elbow someone in the face, you can see all that and more in the X-Men Apocalypse bloopers reel after the jump. Read More »
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Posted on Tuesday, September 13th, 2016 by Jacob Hall
Despite the best intentions of everyone involved, Warcraft failed to break the dreaded video game movie curse a few months ago. Still, there’s something to be said for a video game adaptation being an interesting and well-intentioned failure and not a raging garbage fire, as is often the default with this kind of movie. But with Warcraft disappearing into the horizon behind us, we must look forward to the next movie that will hopefully change the fortunes of the video game adaptation: Assassin’s Creed.
Honestly, it could go either way. Will a gallery of new images showcasing star Michael Fassbender in character change any minds? Probably not, even though it will remind you that a wacky science fiction/historical adventure from the director of 2015’s Macbeth exists and is out in just a few months.
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With his adaptation of M. L. Stedman‘s bestselling novel, writer-director Derek Cianfrance wanted to make The Light Between Oceans a cross between a John Cassavettes movie and a Dean Lean film, a personal tale told against an epic backdrop. Cianfrance, both in his films and in person, proudly wears his influences on his sleeves, but The Light Between Oceans still features staples we’re now coming to expect from the filmmaker behind Blue Valentine and The Place Beyond the Pines.
Like the relationships in Cianfrance’s two previous dramas, Tom Sherbourne (Michael Fassbender) and Isabel Graysmark’s (Alicia Vikander) intense love for each other is tangible, intimate and often painful. When Isabel first enters a room, Tom’s face is lit up as if a miracle is unfolding before him. As Cianfrance tells us, he wants these seemingly minor moments to feel grand — but that’s not all we talk about with the filmmaker.
Below, read our Derek Cianfrance interview, in which he discusses with us the themes that tie his body of work together, his dreams of longevity as a director, the 209 hours of footage he shot for The Light Between Oceans, and more.
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