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‘Narcos’ Star Matias Varela Inks With ICM Partners

Swedish actor Matias Varela, breakout star of Season 3 of the hit Netflix series Narcos, has signed with ICM Partners. In Narcos, Varela plays the real-life character Jorge Salcedo who was the head of security for the infamous Cali cartel. Salcedo eventually flipped, becoming a DEA informant. Varela also recurred on Showtime's The Borgias. In film, he was most recently seen opposite Michael Fassbender in Assassin's Creed, and opposite Luke Bracey and Edgar Ramirez in the…
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The Real DEA Agent of 'Narcos' Breaks Down What Season 3 Got Right

[Warning: This story contains spoilers from the entire third season of Netflix's Narcos.]

Narcos viewers know Chris Feistl as the hungry DEA agent who helped dismantle the season-three villains, the Cali cartel.

On the Netflix drug cartel series, the agent (played by Michael Stahl-David) pushes his boss Javier Pena (Pedro Pascal) to let him leave Bogota, Colombia so he and his partner (Matt Whelan) can hunt the four Cali godfathers on the ground. Chris ultimately becomes the DEA contact for informant Jorge Salcedo (Matias Varela), the head of security for the Cali cartel who risks his life to help...
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Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of Aug. 28, 2017

Our Staff Picks: TV Shows to Watch the Week of Aug. 28, 2017
Welcome back to Tune In: our weekly newsletter offering a guide to the best of the week’s TV.

Each week, Variety’s TV team combs through the week’s schedule, selecting our picks of what to watch and when/how to watch them. This week, the “Twin Peaks” revival signs off, while “Narcos” Season 3 premieres

“Suits,” USA Network, Wednesday, 9 p.m.

The USA Network legal drama celebrates its 100th episode this week. In Season 7, Mike is officially recognized as a lawyer and has accepted Harvey’s offer to return to the firm. The team is now back together at Pearson Specter Litt, with each dealing with their own struggles as they adjust to a new world order without Jessica. USA also recently confirmed that Jessica will be the focus of a potential spinoff series, with a backdoor pilot airing as the season finale.

Narcos,” Netflix, Friday

Season 3 of the Netflix drama will explore the Colombian cocaine
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Narcos Season 3 Trailer: The Cali Cartel Reigns Supreme

Pablo Escobar may be dead, but life goes on for Netflix’s Narcos series.

In fact, soon after the fallout of season 2, the online streamer went ahead and ordered a two-season renewal, thereby ensuring its hit crime saga will be with us until at least 2018. That’s a resounding vote of confidence for a show that’s now beginning to mosey into uncharted territory, but as today’s all-new trailer reveals, Pedro Pascal’s DEA agent Javier Peña is back, and he has the Cali Cartel firmly between his crosshairs.

In a post-Escobar world, the Drug Enforcement Administration has turned its attention toward that cartel and its so-called Four Kings: Damian Alcazar as Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, Francisco Denis as Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela, Alberto Ammann as Pacho Herrera, and Pepe Rapazote as Chepe Santacruz Londono. Together, that foursome begins to spread its tentacles to New York City, and its up to
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‘Narcos’ Season 3 Trailer Introduces the Cali Cartel

‘Narcos’ Season 3 Trailer Introduces the Cali Cartel
The official trailer for “Narcos” Season 3 sees the rise of a new empire as the Cali Cartel takes center stage.

The new season of the drug cartel drama picks up with the DEA agents on a new hunt — the Cali Cartel — following the fall of Pablo Escobar at the end of Season 2. Known as the richest drug-trafficking organization in the world, this operation is led by four powerful godfathers who have their own way of handling business and staying out of the spotlight.

The four Kings — Damian Alcazar as Gilberto Rodriguez Orejuela, Francisco Denis as Miguel Rodriguez Orejuela, Alberto Ammann as Pacho Herrera, and Pepe Rapazote as Chepe Santacruz Londono — are expanding their empire over New York City and they aren’t stopping there.

The newly-released footage sees Pedro Pascal return as DEA agent Javier Peña, and enlist American and Colombian law enforcement to help with the war on drugs.

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‘Narcos’ Season 3 Trailer Introduces A New Cartel

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Pablo Escobar‘s reign might have ended, but that doesn’t mean the drugs have stopped flowing. As long as there is demand, someone will provide the supply, and in “Narcos” season three, a new cartel wields power in the popular Netflix series.

A new ensemble of players joins the show — Damian Alcazar, Francisco Denis, Alberto Ammann, Pepe Rapazote, Matias Varela, Michael Stahl-David, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Arturo Castro — taking roles on both sides of the law, as new godfathers rise to take over the lucrative, illegal drug game.

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‘Narcos’ Season 3 Gets Premiere Date, First Teaser

‘Narcos’ Season 3 Gets Premiere Date, First Teaser
Narcos” Season 3 got an official release date and its first teaser trailer courtesy of Netflix on Friday.

The new season, which launches Sept. 1, will explore the Colombian cocaine trafficking business in the wake of the death of Pablo Escobar. The Cali Cartel, led by four powerful godfathers, operates much differently than Escobar, preferring to bribe government officials and keep its violent actions out of the headlines.

Pedro Pascal returns as DEA Agent Javier Peña, with this season also featuring Damian Alcazar, Francisco Denis, Alberto Ammann, Pepe Rapazote, Matias Varela, Michael Stahl-David, Matt Whelan, Miguel Angel Silvestre, Kerry Bishe, and Arturo Castro.

José Padilha and Eric Newman executive produce the show, which is produced by Gaumont International Television for Netflix.
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Assassin's Creed Praised by Fans for Remaining Faithful to Game

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Assassin's Creed Praised by Fans for Remaining Faithful to Game
While fans have to wait until December 21 for Assassin's Creed to hit theaters, the stars gathered for the world premiere in New York City earlier this week. A number of die-hard fans of the original video game series were in attendance, and while we'll have to wait for full reviews to come out, it seems these fans were quite pleased with the film. We have a number of early social media reactions from the New York premiere that happened on Wednesday, which you can see below.

These reactions came from a number of different Twitter users offering plenty of praise for this video game adaptation. Many singled out the iconic "leap of faith" as a high point for the movie, which was an iconic part of the original game. We reported back in August that this jump, performed by stuntman Damien Walters, broke a world record for the highest free fall jump at 125 feet,
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The Templars Step Into The Light In This International Trailer For Assassin’s Creed

From the get-go, 20th Century Fox and New Regency have made it their mission to render an Assassin’s Creed movie that’s faithful to the original video game franchise. Much of that strategy can be traced back to the involvement of Ubisoft Motion Pictures, a newfound arm of the French mega-publisher designed to foster live-action adaptations of its portfolio, and fans can look forward to the likes of The Division and even Splinter Cell making the journey to the silver screen in the coming years.

But make no mistake, Assassin’s Creed is acting as ground zero for Ubisoft, and with only two weeks to go until its theatrical release, two new trailers have now found their way online. The first is an international sizzle reel in which you’ll find a sliver of new footage, while the second ushers the Templars into the light. They’re the clandestine
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Michael Fassbender Gives Chase In Gripping New Assassin’s Creed Clip

We’ve been introduced to Callum Lynch and his long-lost ancestor, Aguilar; we’ve taken a deep dive into the Animus, the crown jewel of Abstergo Industries that enables users to essentially relive different historical epochs in the blink of an eye; but now, 20th Century Fox and New Regency have unlocked the latest Assassin’s Creed promo that sees lead hero Michael Fassbender give chase.

Those of you who tuned in to The Game Awards 2016 yesterday evening will have no doubt laid eyes on the clip already – likely multiple times, given the sheer amount of ad breaks – but it’s an electrifying teaser nonetheless. Entitled ‘Carriage Chase’, this promo looks to have been pulled from one of the movie’s key action sequences, as Fassbender’s deadly assassin tracks down a missing boy being held against his will.

Much digital ink has been spilled regarding the intense action scenes of Assassin’s Creed,
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First Assassin’s Creed Clip Forces Michael Fassbender Into The Animus

The Animus is, without question, the crown jewel of Abstergo Industries. Developed as a lavish virtual reality machine, its ability to read, interpret and ultimately project a person’s genetic memory onto a 3D space has served as the backbone of Ubisoft’s Assassin’s Creed franchise from the get-go, allowing the mega-publisher to chop and change between various historical eras through the years.

Now, thanks to a collaboration between Ubisoft Motion Pictures, New Regency and 20th Century Fox, we’re within touching distance of seeing that technology light up the big screen. The subject? Michael Fassbender’s Callum Lynch, a known criminal sentenced to death towards the beginning of the Assassin’s Creed movie. However, it’s only when Abstergo Industries – and, by effect, the nefarious Templars – learn of his Assassin ancestry that Callum becomes an exploitable asset, one who is thrust into the Animus against his will to
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Michael Fassbender Sheds New Light On The Morally Complex Story Of Assassin’s Creed

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Good versus evil, right versus wrong – it’s the eternal moral struggle found in just about every story, irrespective of which medium it’s told on. Finding nuance between those two binary opposites is often what makes said narrative compelling, and that’s something Michael Fassbender touched on while discussing Assassin’s Creed to Empire.

Not only will the Oscar-nominated actor assume the dual role of Callum Lynch/Aguilar, but Fassbender also holds a producer’s role aboard Assassin’s Creed, and previous interviews have revealed his hopes for a future franchise. However, on this occasion, Fassbender’s attention is drawn to the morally complex story of Justin Kurzel’s live-action adaptation.

Orchestrating an age-old battle between the Assassins and the Templars, Kurzel is no stranger to historical epics following his award-winning work on last year’s Macbeth, and
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Assassin's Creed TV Spot Brings Action-Packed New Footage

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Assassin's Creed TV Spot Brings Action-Packed New Footage
Michael Fassbender's Callum Lynch must work in the dark to serve the light in a new TV spot for the video game adaptation Assassin's Creed. This new footage does not skimp on the action, and for folks who want to end their year with an action-packed bang, Assassin's Creed will most certainly fill the bill when it arrives in theaters December 21. While we'll have to wait and see how it performs at the box office, video game movies haven't traditionally performed well, and this particular movie will have a slew of competition.

Assassin's Creed has been given a December 21 release date, where it will go up against Sony's sci-fi thriller Passengers and Universal's animated comedy Sing. It also opens five days before the highly-anticipated Star Wars spin-off Rogue One: A Star Wars Story, which some are predicting will earn upwards of $130 million, while going up against Warner Bros.' Collateral Beauty.
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Timelines Merge In The International Poster For Assassin’s Creed Movie

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If there was ever a video game title that could be engineered into a blockbuster Hollywood franchise, it’s Assassin’s Creed. Pardon the pun, but high-octane action and historical intrigue is very much ingrained in the series’ DNA and come December, Ubisoft Motion Pictures and New Regency will be hoping that AC‘s overly successful legacy translates onto the big screen with relative ease.

At the helm of the adaptation is Justin Kurzel, the director that served up perhaps one of the best Shakespearean films in recent memory in last year’s Macbeth. It was here that the Aussie filmmaker struck up a working partnership with both Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender, and Assassin’s Creed will see the latter embody the dual role of Callum Lynch and his long-lost Spanish ancestor, Aguilar.

Indeed Fassbender and Cotillard are
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The Party’s Just Getting Started In Latest Assassin’s Creed TV Spot

Ready to make history? Ubisoft Motion Pictures and New Regency have pumped out yet another TV spot for Assassin’s Creed, the live-action video game adaptation hailing from Justin Kurzel.

Angled as a potential franchise-starter, here we see Michael Fassbender in the dual role of Callum Lynch and Spanish sleuth Aguilar. It won’t be only film in which the Oscar-nominated actor holds more than one role either, given that he’s set to play two synthetics in next year’s Alien: Covenant.

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However, before shooting for the stars, another brand of sci-fi awaits. With Assassin’s Creed, Fassbender’s modern-day protagonist will gain access to the memory strands of his long-deceased ancestors, catapulting him back to the Spanish Inquisition thanks to a piece of kit known as the Animus. Inducted into the assassin’s guild as Aguilar, our
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Why Assassin's Creed Doesn't Need to Be a Hit According to Ubisoft

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Why Assassin's Creed Doesn't Need to Be a Hit According to Ubisoft
Before 2016, video game movies have never exactly struck it big at the box office. Before this year, only one movie, 2001's Lara Croft: Tomb Raider, had earned more than $100 million ($131.1 million) at the domestic box office, but this summer, The Angry Birds Movie took in $105.1 million domestically and $337.5 million worldwide, while Warcraft became the highest-grossing video game adaptation worldwide with $430 million and counting, although only $46.5 million of that tally has come from the domestic market. Later this year, another high-profile video game movie will hit theaters, Assassin's Creed, although it seems that the company behind the game itself isn't expecting it to be a huge hit.

Assassin's Creed features an all-star cast including Michael Fassbender in the dual role of Callum Lynch and his 15th Century descendant Aguilar, alongside Marion Cotillard, Jeremy Irons, Brendan Gleeson and Michael K. Williams. During a recent interview with McV, Ubisoft's European chief Alain Corre
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‘Point Break’ (2015) Review

Stars: Luke Bracey, Edgar Ramirez, Ray Winstone, Teresa Palmer, Matias Varela, Clemens Schick, Tobias Santelmann, Max Thieriot, Delroy Lindo | Written by Rick King, W. Peter Iliff, Kurt Wimmer | Directed by Ericson Core

Now I’m not that adverse to remakes and reboots as some and, if I’m honest, the 1991 version of Point Break is not as special to me as it is to others – in fact Bigelow’s film never really gelled with me, so I approached this redux with a really open mind. Turns out I shouldn’t have bothered!

Taking its cue from Kathryn Bigelow’s original movie, this remake of Point Break once again tells the story of Johnny Utah (Bracey), a young FBI agent who infiltrates a cunning team of thrill-seeking elite athletes – led by the charismatic Bodhi (Ramirez) – who are suspected of carrying out a spate of crimes in extremely unusual ways…

However Ericson Core
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New Point Break Movie Received Mixed Reviews From Major Movie Critics

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Warner Bros. Pictures delivered their new action/thriller movie, "Point Break," into theaters today, December 25th, 2015, and the reviews are in from just a few of the major, top movie critics. They ended up with a pretty mixed score of 45 out of a possible 100 across just 4 reviews at the site. The film stars: Clemens Schick, Édgar Ramírez, Luke Bracey, Matias Padin, Ray Winstone and Teresa Palmer. We've added comments from a couple of the critics, below. Tom Russo from the Boston Globe, gave it a less than stellar 63 score, stating: "For all the adrenalizing positives in this reworked Point Break, inadvertent silliness remains." Elizabeth Kerr over at The Hollywood Reporter, gave it a 50 score. She said: "Ericson Core’s Point Break strips the silly fun and relatively straight-ahead narrative from the original for a humorless, if photogenic spin on extreme crime." James Marsh over at Screen International, gave it a 40 grade,
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[Review] Point Break

We’ve officially come full circle. Point Break arrived in 1991 with more cheese than a Green Bay Packers game and ten years later a fresh generation got to enjoy an ambiguous cops and robbers romp that moved the same basic plot from ocean to streets with The Fast and the Furious. It’s probably an obscure connection at best, but the cinematographer of that unofficial remake, Ericson Core, just happens to now be the man to bring a brand new version of the original story to life as his sophomore directorial effort. This time the names are mostly the same—screenwriter Kurt Wimmer realized “Utah” works better as a nickname than given surname—and the waves make a return too even if they aren’t quite as important.

I know this is sacrilege to say, but Kathryn Bigelow’s cult classic dripping in nostalgic testosterone is the perfect property for a big-budget remake.
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Watch: First Trailer for 'Point Break' Remake Starring Luke Bracey

"There are some who do not fear death, for they are more afraid of not really living." Warner Bros has debuted the first trailer for Ericson Core's Point Break remake, a new take on the cult favorite action heist movie from 1991 directed by Kathryn Bigelow, that starred Keanu Reeves. This new version is much, much cheesier and doesn't even look like it really pays homage to that film anyway. Luke Bracey plays Johnny Utah, and the guy he's after this time is played by Edgar Ramirez. The rest of the cast includes Teresa Palmer, Ray Winstone, Matias Varela and Clemens Schick. I wish I could say all this extreme action looks exciting, but it's wrapped around such cheesy dialogue, I can't help saying this looks pretty bad. Enjoy. Here's the first official trailer for Ericson Core's Point Break remake, direct from WB's YouTube: In this fast-paced, high-adrenaline action thriller Point Break,
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