Best Stories Of The Week: Assassin's Creed, The Martian, Iron Giant, Rogue One, And More

Summer is coming to a close, and the newsflow is slowing down, but we've still got a slew of stories you don't want to miss in this edition of Best Stories of the Week.

Below you'll find stories on Alamo Drafthouse's month-long Steven Spielberg tribute in September, a movie being written by and starring Amy Schumer and Jennifer Lawrence, a huge 30th anniversary celebration for Back to the Future in Los Angeles in October, a first look at Michael Fassbender in Assassin's Creed, how Star Wars: Rogue One is being shot and an awesome promo video for The Martian.

Plus, we also have trailers for the fifth season of Homeland, the second season of Gotham, The Hobbit trilogy extended edition in theaters for the first time, and The Iron Giant Signature Edition as well.

Find out more about all these Best Stories of the Week and more below!

#38. Second Wave of Fantastic Fest 2015 Programming Revealed

Fantastic Fest 2015

The second wave of programming for Fantastic Fest 2015 has been announced and includes new additions like The Martian, Green Room, High-Rise and more. Check out the whole list of new additions to the festival right here.

#37. Jacques Audiard Directing John C. Reilly in The Sisters Brothers

Sisters Brothers movieA Prophet and Dheepan director Jacques Audiard is slated to direct an adaptation of western novel The Sisters Brothers, which will star John C. Reilly in a very intriguing role. Find out the story of this new project in our original story.

#36. First Teaser for David Chen's The Primary Instinct Trailer

The film hits VOD on September 22nd.

#35. Joaquin Phoenix and M. Night Shyamalan Reteaming for New Thriller?

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After working together on The Village, director M. Night Shyamalan and star Joaquin Phoenix might reunite for some unknown project that is likely to be a supernatural thriller of sorts. Find out what little we know about the project in our original story.

#34. All Things Must Pass Trailer: The Rise and Fall of Tower Records

The documentary arrives on October 16th.

#33. Wes Ball Tackling Norse Mythology with Fall of Gods

Fall of Gods movie

After bringing The Maze Runner to life on the big screen, director Wes Ball is heading to the world of Norse mythology next with a project called Fall of Gods. 20th Century Fox just picked up the rights to the story, so it's early in development, and if you want to know the plot, you can check out or full story.

#32. The Real-Life Up House Getting Its Own Movie at Fox Searchlight

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The real-life house which shares a similar story to Carl's house in the Pixar Animation film Up is now poised to get its own movie. A woman in Seattle denied an offer from a commercial developer to buy the land on which her quaint little house laid, and so they built around her, making her house look like a strange outlier in the area. Now the story of this woman and her house has been picked up by Fox Searchlight for a movie, and you can find out more about it in our full story.

#31. Nicholas Hoult is Out for Blood and Fame in Kill Your Friends Trailer

The film doesn't have a US release date yet.

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#30. Alamo Drafthouse Plans Steven Spielberg Tribute with Septemberg

The theater chain is using the whole month of September to pay tribute to director Steven Spielberg with a series of screenings part of a celebration they call Septemberg. There are different events at several different Alamo Drafthouse theaters, and if you want the lowdown on the events, you can check out our full story right here.

#29. Bruce Willis Fired from Woody Allen's New Movie?

Bruce Willis leaves Woody AllenBruce Willis has left the newest film from Woody Allen, but there's conflicting information about why he left the production that had already began in Los Angeles. Get what details we've heard about the situation right here. And find out who ended up replacing him right here.

#28. Bill Murray Finds Talent in the Middle East in Rock the Kasbah Trailer

The film opens on October 23rd.

#27. Quentin Tarantino Offers Some Ways to Make It Follows Better

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The director of Pulp Fiction really liked It Follows, but he liked it so much that he was mad at the movie for not being better. And following that train of thought, he had some ideas of how to fix the movie, which you can read right here. And then director David Robert Mitchell responded to his comments in a playful way over here.

#26. Jennifer Lawrence & Amy Schumer Writing and Starring in Movie

Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer

Newly acquainted best friends and actresses Jennifer Lawrence and Amy Schumer aren't just having loads of fun together, but they're also writing a movie together. And the two stars also plan on appearing in that movie together as sisters. Find out what we know about the project so far right here.

#25. Unofficial Straight Outta Compton Sequel Already in Development

Straight Outta Compton

Universal doesn't currently have any plans for a Straight Outta Compton sequel, but there's an unofficial sequel in the works following the next wave of rappers to make a splash on the music scene thanks to the road paved by NWA. Get details on the project in our full story.

#24. Captain America: Civil War, Suicide Squad and X-Men: Apocalypse Done Shooting

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Last weekend brought the end of production on three different superhero projects from three different studios. Marvel Studios' Captain America: Civil War, Warner Bros. Pictures' Suicide Squad and 20th Century Fox's X-Men: Apocalypse have all finished shooting. Click on their respective titles for the full story on each movie's completition of production.

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#23. Vin Diesel Confirms xXx Sequel is Shooting in December

Vin Diesel may be a much bigger star now than he was when he took on the action thriller xXx, but that's not stopping him from returning to the character in a long-anticipated sequel. And Diesel says that the sequel will finally be shooting this December. Find out what we know in our full story.

#22. Tom Hardy is Twice as Intimidating in Legend Trailer

The film hits the US on October 2nd.

#21. Back to the Future 30th Anniversary Celebration Hits Los Angeles

Back to the Future 30th anniversary Blu Ray

There's a massive Back to the Future celebration coming to Los Angeles in October, and if you're a hardcore fan of the time traveling franchise, then you're going to want to check it out. Get all the details, including when the celebration is happening, how much it will cost, and more, in our original story right here.

#20. Ridley Scott Confirms Prometheus 2 Will Be His Next Film at Fox


Director Ridley Scott has confirmed that he will be directing Prometheus 2 as his next movie, likely beginning production early next year as we previously heard. Get all the details on the sci-fi sequel right here.

#19. Ash vs. Evil Dead Trailer: Bruce Campbell is Back This Halloween

The series debuts on October 31st.

#18. Galaxy Quest Series Heads Over to Amazon Studios

Galaxy Quest TV series

Amazon Studios and Paramount Television have struck a deal to turn the sci-fi comedy movie Galaxy Quest into a television series. However, as of now there's no writer, director or cast attached, so it's hard to tell how this is going to turn out. Find out what we know about the developing show so far right here.

#17. Nintendo Finally Considering Turning Games into Movies Again

Nintendo moviesNintendo is finally considering making movies from their video game properties again. A recent press release indicated the video game company's desire to explore other media options for their properties, including motion pictures. Find out more right here.

#16. Trailer for The Iron Giant Signature Edition, Coming to Theaters

The animated flick returns to theaters on September 30th and October 4th.

#15. Check Out All the Girl Power on the Ghostbusters Reboot Cast & Crew

Ghostbusters reboot girl powerMelissa McCarthy posted a photo from the set of the Ghostbusters reboot, showing off all the hard-working ladies working on the film in front of and behind the camera. Check out the photo right here.

#14. Homeland Season 5 Trailer: Claire Danes Gets Sucked Back into Intrigue

The series returns on October 4th.

#13. Lea Seydoux Taking the Female Lead in Gambit

Lea Seydoux in Spectre

The Spectre and Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol star is heading into the work of mutant by taking the lead in the X-Men spin-off Gambit starring Channing Tatum. Find out who Lea Seydoux will be playing in our full report.

#12. Jeremy Renner Doubts Avengers/Guardians of the Galaxy Crossover

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Plenty of fans are holding out for a meeting of The Avengers and Guardians of the Galaxy, but Jeremy Renner has cast doubts on that actually happening. Does he know something we don't, or is he just making his own assumptions and guesses? Find out in our original story.

#11. The Villains Are Coming in Gotham Season 2 Trailer

The show returns on September 21st.

#10. Mads Mikkelsen Lining Up Villain Role in Doctor Strange


After being confirmed for a role in Star Wars: Rogue One, NBC's Hannibal series star Mads Mikkelsen is joining Disney's other cash cow with a role in Doctor Strange in Marvel Studios. And it sounds like he'll be playing a bad guy. Read the full story for more.

#9. Here's 12 Directors We'd Like to Accept Mission: Impossible 6

MISSION: IMPOSSIBLE – ROGUE NATIONMission: Impossible 6 is supposed to be happening next summer, but we don't know who will end up directing the movie yet. So our own Angie Han put together a list of 12 directors who we'd like to see get behind the camera and work with Tom Cruise and the rest of the Impossible Mission Force. Check out the full list right here.

#8. Star Wars: Rogue One May Be an Ultra-Widescreen Experience

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A new rumor says Star Wars: Rogue One might be utilizing the Panavision 70 lenses that Quentin Tarantino just used to shoot The Hateful Eight, which would make for one hell of a beautiful, widescreen experience on the big screen. Learn more about what this would mean for Rogue One in our original story.

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#7. First Look at Michael Fassbender Suited Up in Assassin's Creed

The first photo of Michael Fassbender as the main character in the video game adaptation Assassin's Creed has just surfaced online, giving us just a taste of what we can expect from the movie. See the photo right here.

#6. The Hobbit Trilogy Extended Edition Trailer, in Theaters in October

All three movies hit theaters in October.

#5. Here Are 30 Movies We're Excited to See Before the End of 2015

Fall 2015 Movie Preview

Summer may be over, but there's still a whole slew of great movies on the way to theaters before the end of the year. We've put together a list of 30 Movies We're Excited to See Before the End of 2015. Check out the full list right here.

#4. Neil deGrasse Tyson Hosts Awesome The Martian Promo Video

The Martian Neil deGrasse Tyson video

Attempting to immerse the audience in the world of The Martian even more, 20th Century Fox has released a faux documentary special hosted by real-life astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson that looks at the mission of the Ares 3 going to Mars. Watch the video right here.

#3. Rumor: Man of Steel 2 May Be on Permanent Hold for Now

Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice

After Mad Max: Fury Road director George Miller was rumored to get behind the camera for the Superman sequel, another rumor has popped up saying that Warner Bros. Pictures may not be moving very fast to get the project off the ground. In fact, the project is reportedly on "permanent hold." Find out what that means right here.

#2. Captain America: Civil War Promo Art Shows Heroes Ready to Fight

Captain America Civil War promo art

Some new promo artwork from Captain America: Civil War has confirmed how the heroes will choose their side in the Marvel Studios sequel, but it also adds some new questions as well. Check out the pieces of promo artwork right here.

#1. Finn Wields a Lightsaber in Star Wars: The Force Awakens Footage

Read the previous edition of Best Stories of the Week right here.