song to song

Here’s the thing about Terrence Malick: he does what he wants and really doesn’t feel the need to follow typical Hollywood norms. He’ll cut major movie stars out of his movies or reduce them to cameos. He’ll chop plot out of his stories to serve a greater emotional or thematic need. He’ll delay one of his movies just long enough that its presence on a most anticipated movies of 2016 list looks far too hopeful. Naturally, the results are always fascinating and thoughtful, if sometimes frustrating. There is no one like Malick.

And now, the next film from the enigmatic director of The Tree of Life has a new title and has released a new photograph showing off stars Ryan Gosling, Rooney Mara, and Michael Fassbender.

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michael fassbender discusses alien

Prometheus polarizes plenty of Alien fans, but we can all likely agree Michael Fassbender‘s performance is not one of that film’s problems. David is curious, darkly funny, sinister, and, despite being an android, has the most interior life among thew crew of the Prometheus. We’ll see David return in next summer’s Alien: Covenant, but as we know, he’s not the only android played by Fassbender in Sir Ridley Scott‘s sequel.

Below, Michael Fassbender discusses his new Alien Covenant android and what to expect from him.

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alien covenant trailer breakdown

Over the weekend, the first trailer for Ridley Scott‘s Alien: Covenant hit the internet. If you haven’t watched the Alien Covenant trailer yet, click over and watch it now. There are a lot of things happening in this trailer, and we thought it might be worth doing an image by image breakdown to figure out what’s going on here and point out some interesting bits that you may have missed. So hit the jump for our Alien Covenant trailer breakdown.

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‘Assassin’s Creed’ – What Did You Think?

Assassin's Creed 2

The early buzz for Assassin’s Creed wasn’t exactly inspiring. The video game adaptation was called “convoluted hokum” and “peculiar, arrestingly uninviting nonsense,” which is the consensus among film critics. Over the holiday season, we’ll see how audiences respond to Justin Kurzel‘s film — a mostly distancing experience from start to finish.

Below, let us know what you think of Assassin’s Creed, but beware of spoilers from here on out.

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Michael Fassbender in Prometheus

When I think about Michael Fassbender, the first performance that comes to mind is his work as the doomed English soldier Archie Hicox in Inglourious Basterds. If I dwell a little longer, I’ll usually get lost in the trio of desperate characters he played for director Steve McQueen in Hunger, Shame, and 12 Years a Slave. Sometimes, I’ll even remember X-Men: Apocalypse, where Fassbender did everything in his power to bring steely dignity to a movie that didn’t know what to do with him. Then I’ll remember Steve Jobs and how damn good he is in this film and how I’ll never forgive you (yes, you) for not seeing it.

My larger point is that the guy is a real powerhouse who has shown an ability and willingness to float between projects both large and small, treating the arthouse and the blockbuster as if they exist on the same playing field. So it’s not surprising to hear that he was considered for a role in Star Wars: The Force Awakens.

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alien: covenant photos

Before the year ends, we’ll see if the Alien: Covenant trailer causes as much excitement as the Prometheus teaser did almost exactly four years ago. As we wait to get our first look at footage from Sir Ridley Scott‘s prequel-sequel, details about the trailer have arrived online, including the fact it’ll feature a cover song by the late David Bowie. Three new photos from the film have also hit the web along with a video of James Franco confirming his involvement in Alien: Covenant and an intriguing quote from Scott.

Below, check out the Alien: Covenant images.

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Assassin's Creed - Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender

Just because Hollywood has arguably never made a good video game adaptation does not mean they will never make one, and Assassin’s Creed certainly has better pedigree than most. It’s got a promising director (Justin KurzelMacbeth) and a prestigious cast more in line with an Oscar-nominated Shakespeare drama than a big-budget blockbuster (including Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, who starred in Kurzel’s Macbeth). The source material is incredibly popular, and has the kind of look that people describe as “cinematic.” Plus, the early trailers have been full of exciting Spanish Inquisition-era action. So is this it? Is this the movie that finally breaks the video game curse? Well, the first reviews are in, so you can find out what the critics think after the jump.

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Assassin's Creed clip

Rogue One: A Star Wars Story may be sucking up all the attention right now, but it’s not the only game in town this month. A few days later, Michael Fassbender will be launching himself off of a roof in 15th century Spain to land in a theater near you, with his video game adaptation Assassin’s Creed. 20th Century Fox has just shared a new clip from the film, and you can check it out below. Read More »

James Franco in Alien Covenant

After launching the Planet of the Apes prequel franchise with Rise of the Planet of the Apes, renaissance man James Franco has joined another blockbuster prequel franchise.

Even though production on Alien: Covenant has been done for awhile, we’re just now learning that James Franco has a role in in the prequel sequel. That means we’re getting James Franco and Danny McBride in an Alien movie, and that’s just weird to think about.

Find out more about James Franco in Alien Covenant after the jump, but beware that learning about his role dives into a bit of spoiler territory. Read More »

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Assassin's Creed Trailer - Michael Fassbender

While most of the excitement for blockbusters this month is going to Rogue One: A Star Wars Story next week, 20th Century Fox wants to make sure you don’t forget that Assassin’s Creed is coming the week after that, just before Christmas. So to make sure you’re on board, they’ve released a new trailer, and it’s actually the best one yet, providing a much better idea for the story, including an artifact for Michael Fassbender‘s character to track down during the time of the Spanish Inquisition.

Watch the new Assassin’s Creed trailer after the jump. Read More »