assassin's creed clip

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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assassin's creed stunts

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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new Xenomorph

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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Assassin's Creed trailer

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 »

Trespass Against Us trailer

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 »

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X-Men Apocalypse Bloopers - James McAvoy

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 »

assassin's creed images

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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Derek Cianfrance interview

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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Assassin's Creed Stunt

Warcraft was the most successful video game movie of all time, and a sequel sounds like it may come together despite a disappointing box office performance in the United States. But the video game movie still needs, for lack of a better term, a game changer for the genre. With a director like Justin Kurzel behind the camera and an actor like Michael Fassbender in the lead, Assassin’s Creed could be that movie.

We won’t get to find out until December if Assassin’s Creed will impress audiences, but until then, you can check out an insanely impressive practical stunt from the set featuring a 125-foot jump by Michael Fassbender’s daring stuntman Damien Walters. Watch below! Read More »

alien covenant scary

20th Century Fox has done a fine job of keeping the secrets of the recently wrapped Alien: Covenant out of the public eye (for now), but everything that has been publicly revealed have showcased a film that seems to be acting as a direct response to how audiences felt about Prometheus. Ridley Scott‘s 2012 prequel remains divisive and the public details about the new film paint the picture of a production that keeps everything that worked in that first film while quietly throwing away everything that did not.

And while Prometheus was bold and bizarre, it was never especially frightening, at least not in the ways that the original films were frightening. Star Michael Fassbender says that Alien: Covenant will correct that.

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