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Many directors make their narrative feature debuts on small, making dirt-cheap indies with no-name leads. Not Adam Smith. The TV and music video helmer has set white-hot actor Michael Fassbender to star in his gangster pic Trespass Against Us, and The Chemical Brothers to score.

The script, by Alastair Siddons, has Fassbender following the opposite trajectory of his The Counselor arc: Instead of sliding into a life of crime, Trespass Against Us‘s protagonist will try to climb out of the one he was already born into. Hit the jump for plot details and more.

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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ Trailer

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Two years after X-Men: First Class and seven years after X-Men: The Last Stand, we have our first peek at what happens when those two worlds collide. The full-length trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past has just arrived, bearing two Magnetos, two Professor Xaviers, and a whole lot of action. Check it out after the jump.

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If X-Men: Days of Future Past wasn’t a simple summer comic book movie, people would probably be talking about it having one of the greatest casts ever assembled. Multiple Oscar-winners, Tony-winners, Emmy-winners, from top to bottom, Bryan Singer‘s cast for the fifth X-Men film, out May 23, is simply insane.

Many of those stars - Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer Lawrence, James McAvoy, Patrick Stewart, Ellen Page, Peter Dinklage and so many others – are featured in the first batch of stills from the film. The trailer hits on Tuesday but, until then, you have this tease and these images. Check them out below. Read More »

Assassin's Creed

Gamers have been hoping for years that Hollywood would finally figure out how to make a good video game movie, but their one of their best hopes of that happening rests on a guy who’s not much of a gamer at all.

Assassin’s Creed star Michael Fassbender has admitted that not only had he never played Assassin’s Creed before he signed on, he doesn’t even own a video game console. So what made him decide to take the job? Find out after the jump.

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The Counselor

Of all the dangerous criminals in The Counselor, Cameron Diaz‘s Malkina may just be the iciest. In a new clip from the Ridley Scott-directed drama, she shows her steely side to Reiner (Javier Bardem), prompting even the hardened career criminal to ask, “You don’t think that’s a bit cold?”

But at least Malkina’s femme fatale appeal comes across on her character poster. The same can’t be said for poor Laura, played by the stunning Penelope Cruz in plain-Jane mode. Reiner, Westray (Brad Pitt), and the Counselor himself (Michael Fassbender) all look sleeker, edgier, and just plain sexier than Cruz does. Hit the jump to check out the posters and watch the clip.

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Based on the true story of Solomon Northup, a free northern man who was kidnapped and sold into bondage in the 1840s, 12 Years a Slave doesn’t shy away from the horrific aspects of a slave trade that existed for hundred of years, sweeping up more than 12 million souls. Familial separation, abuse, torture, the idea that the slaves were no better than beasts; it’s all laid bare for the audience to witness.

Though not a “light” film by any measure, this is a well-executed drama dealing with a horrific historical occurrence. Director Steve Mcqueen has proven that he’s a burgeoning young auteur, a vibrant force that should deliver us a slew of great films in the decades to come. Just as with his previous film, Shame, this is a gutting experience, and McQueen, as channeled through the extremely capable cast of Chewitel Ejiofor, Michael Fassbender, Paul Dano, and Brad Pitt, crafts a two-hour story that can’t help but leave you drained as the credits come up. Read More »

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Briefly: Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) is prepping a new film version of Shakespeare’s bloody, twisted play Macbeth, and he’s got Michael Fassbender to play the namesake character who lusts murderously after the throne of Scotland.

Natalie Portman was originally the choice to play Lady Macbeth, but she’s now out of the picture as it moves towards a January 2014 shoot. But her replacement is potentially an even better choice. Marion Cotillard will now play the woman who encourages her husband to murder for power, and guides the effort to cover up his killings, before she gives in to guilt over the crimes. [Deadline]

 

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Want to know more of the story that awaits in Ridley Scott‘s The Counselor, scripted by Cormac McCarthy (No Country for Old Men)? The latest trailer out of the UK will give you more details than any previous look at the film. We know that the story features Michael Fassbender foray into the drug trade, which puts him into contact with characters played by Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem.

But this trailer lays out a lot more story structure, and also reveals more of the steely nature of the character played by Cameron Diaz. Check it out below. Read More »

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