The key to navigating Hollywood these days is attach yourself to a superhero movie franchise of some kind to guarantee a hit movie every few years so you can run off and join darker, weirder, more eclectic projects without a care in the world. It also means everyone lining up to interview you about your scrappy little drama because they’re also hoping to squeeze you for details about the next superhero gig. It’s an imperfect system, but plenty of talented people are making it sing.
Take Michael Fassbender and Anthony Mackie, two actors who have seen their star power rise in the superhero movie bubble who have been using their off-time to take risks and join interesting projects. Today, we got this casting twofer: Fassbender is looking to star in an adaptation of the true crime novel Entering Hades and Mackie will play infamous lawyer Johnnie Cochran in an untitled new movie.
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The Assassin’s Creed video game franchise may have suffered over the past few entries thanks to oppressive annualizing that forced developers to prioritize speed over quality, but the core of the series remains the perfect shade of silly. Each game puts you in control of a modern character who, through wacky science fiction nonsense that is never really explained, is able to tap into his “genetic memories” and relive the lives of his ancestors. Who were assassins. Who were fighting a war against an evil organization called the Templars. Which is a war that is still ongoing in the present.
The video games always prided themselves on their historical accuracy and the marketing for Justin Kurzel‘s film adaptation have followed suit, emphasizing star Michael Fassbender in 15th century Spanish garb. However, the latest still from the recently wrapped film is a reminder that this isn’t just a historical thriller, but a sci-fi movie.
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Posted on Thursday, March 17th, 2016 by Angie Han
20th Century Fox has dropped the new trailer for X-Men: Apocalypse, the first time we’ll see the core X-Men team since X-Men: Days of Future Past wiped the slate clean and rebooted the timeline. Not that turning time off and on again seems to have helped much: the X-Men, as usual, find themselves faced with chaos and devastation and possibly the end of the world as we know it, this time thanks to an ancient, godlike mutant known as Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac).
Professor X (James McAvoy) continues fighting the good fight with his team of fledgling superheroes, including the young Cyclops (Tye Sheridan) and Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), while Magneto (Michael Fassbender) is enlisted as one of Apocalypse’s Four Horsemen. Watch the X-Men: Apocalypse trailer after the jump. Read More »
After delivering the extremely bleak and poignant dramas The Place Beyond the Pines and Blue Valentine, director Derek Cianfrance is back to tug at your heartstrings again, this time with an adaptation of M.L. Stedman‘s novel The Light Between Oceans.
The drama stars Michael Fassbender as a lighthouse keeper, living with his wife (Alicia Vikander) on a remote island in Australia. One day a tiny boat appears near their shore with a baby girl inside of it, leaving them to raise her as their own daughter. But things get complicated when happenstance brings the child’s true mother (Rachel Weisz) into their life. As you can guess, a moral quandary presents itself, and thus begins the drama.
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Will Assassin’s Creed break the video game movie curse? World of Warcraft might accomplish that task first, based on director Duncan Jones‘ (Moon) involvement, but later this year, if Jones’ adaptation does disappoint, then director Justin Kurzel has a real shot at shattering the curse. Kurzel reunites with Macbeth stars, Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, for this Ubisoft adaptation, which Fassbender says is “old school” and inspired by The Matrix.
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Marvel Studios kicked off the Super Bowl spot bonanza with Captain America: Civil War, but 20th Century Fox also wanted a piece of the action with a new tease for their summer comic book sequel, X-Men: Apocalypse. This promises to be the biggest X-Men movie yet, with Oscar Isaac as the titular villain creating complete mayhem and chaos. Watch the X-Men Apocalypse Super Bowl spot below. Read More »
X-Men: Apocalypse has a huge cast of characters, some of whom are returning to roles from previous films, and quite a few of whom are inheriting younger versions of characters that appeared in the first three films. There are even a few new additions, such as Psylocke. While on the set of X-Men: Apocalypse last year we talked to many of the cast members about what is new and different for their roles in this film.
Below, Evan Peters, Kodi Smit-McPhee, Olivia Munn, Tye Sheridan, Nicholas Hoult, and Michael Fassbender explain where their characters are in life as the new film opens. Read More »
I’ve never played a minute of the Assassin’s Creed games in my life, but that isn’t stopping me from looking forward to this year’s big screen adaptation of the popular video game. Directed by Justin Kurzel (Macbeth), this Ubisoft property has a real shot at breaking the deadly video game movie curse.
After months of shooting, Assassin’s Creed wraps principal photography. Learn more about the project after the jump.
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Posted on Tuesday, December 29th, 2015 by Angie Han
Although X-Men: Apocalypse and Deadpool may belong to the same universe, they couldn’t look more different. The former promises tons of doom and gloom (as befits a movie about the lower-case-A apocalypse being waged by a capital-A Apocalypse), whereas the latter takes a much more irreverent, NSFW approach. But they do have one other thing in common: both have revealed new looks today, in advances of their releases next year. See new Deadpool photos and some intriguing X-Men concept art after the jump. Read More »