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It’s a familiar story: young people head into the wilderness for a peaceful getaway or a fun-filled adventure, but encounter horror instead, whether it be otherworldly creatures or an all-too-human killer. From there, it is a battle for survival--and all too often the heroes, with all their human follies and foibles, come up short in the face of evil. It’s a basic formula for fright that has been remixed by filmmakers time and time again, with varying results: recent standouts include Eden Lake (2008), which forced Michael Fassbender and Kelly Reilly to endure psychological and physical torture at the hands of some terrifying teenagers, and The Descent (2005), which stranded a team of spelunkers deep underground in cave populated by bloodthirsty creatures of the same mold as Gollum--if he had rabies. From the Dark does not quite reach those films' heights, but it is solidly scary, more so than many »
- Lee Jutton
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Slow West This week has several titles I need to watch and will be sure to watch beginning with this one. Several, including our very own Jordan Benesh, have had high praise for this film and as a fan of both Westerns and Michael Fassbender I intend to crack open this Blu-ray very soon. Set at the end of the nineteenth century, 16-year-old Jay Cavendish journeys across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. He is joined by Silas, a mysterious traveler, and hotly pursued by an outlaw along the way.
The Killers (Criterion Collection) This new Criterion release includes not one, but two versions of Ernest Hemingway's The Killers. Last night I watched the 1946 version from director Robert Siodmak starring Burt Lancaster and Ava Gardner and enjoyed it quite a bit and will hopefully get to the 1964 made-for »
- Brad Brevet
If the idea of seeing Michael Fassbender as the Dude in The Big Lebowski sounds weird and terrific, then Jason Reitman‘s next live-read is for you. He’ll mount a one-night-only stage reading of the Joel and Ethan Coen script in Montreal later this month, with Fassbender in the role originally played to perfection by Jeff […]
- Russ Fischer
Michael K. Williams will face off against Michael Fassbender in the upcoming big-screen adaptation of video game Assassin’s Creed. Williams, who was reported to have joined Paul Feig‘s Ghostbusters reboot just yesterday, will reportedly play a “character [that] has a major stake in the franchise.” No other details were made available by Variety, who broke news of the casting.
Williams will join Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in the Justin Kurzel directed movie, along with actress Ariane Labed (Before Midnight). Word is that Williams will shoot Ghostbusters first, before moving on to Assassin’s Creed later in the year.
The film already has a release date set for December 21st, 2016, which puts it up against Star Wars: Rogue One, »
- Paul Heath
Speaking on the casting, Reitman told EW: "Unlike other live reads where I have a decent sense of how, for instance, Seth Rogen [was] going to play The Dude, I have no idea how Fassbender will do it.
"But he's one of our greatest performers, he's on the current Mount Rushmore of actors, so I can't wait to see what he comes up with."
EW reports that the one-night-only stage reading of the Joel and Ethan Coen script will take place in Montreal later this month. Fassbender will be joined on stage by Patton Oswalt as John Goodman's character Walter Sobchak. Seth Rogen and Rainn Wilson played the roles in a Los Angeles script read of the film a while back.
Reitman admits he doesn't know what the actor will do, telling the mag: "Unlike other Live-Reads where I have a decent sense of how, for instance, Seth Rogen going to play The Dude, I have no idea how Fassbender will do it. But he's one of the our greatest performers, he's on the current Mount Rushmore of actors, so I can't wait to see what he comes up with. »
- Garth Franklin
Michael Fassbender has earned a reputation for his brooding, powerful performances, making him one of the most respected actors in the game. However, as he showed in the absolutely excellent "Frank," playing one of the most oddball characters of his career, he can handle comedy with ease. That being said, this bit of news is still slightly surprising and totally exciting. Fassbender will take the lead role of The Dude (or His Dudeness or Duder or El Duderino, if you're not into the whole brevity thing) in Jason Reitman's live read of "The Big Lebowski" at the upcoming Just For Laughs festival in Montreal. Fassy is apparently a big fan of the Coen Brothers movie, and is currently in Montreal shooting "X-Men: Apocalypse," so the timing works out just fine, but Reitman won't be able to spend any time with his leading man, which will give the entire read an air of unpredictability. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Bryan Singer has been teasing the future of the X-Men movies, as he reveals Apocalypse is "a kind of conclusion"...
Over in Canada, director Bryan Singer is continuing to shoot next summer's X-Men: Apocalypse, which is said to round off the trilogy of films that began with Matthew Vaughn's X-Men: First Class back in 2011.
According to a new interview with Singer, though, X-Men: Apocalypse reaches back just a little further. He describes the film as "a kind of conclusion of six X-Men films, yet a potential rebirth of younger, newer characters".
You don't have to look far to see who those younger, new characters are either. X-Men: Apocalypse introduces a new Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee). We already know that Jennifer Lawrence is unlikely to return again after this one, and it's fair bet that the contracts of James McAvoy, »
If you've been missing Chalky White since his fateful turn in the final season of Boardwalk Empire, don't worry! There will be enough of the man to go around soon enough. Variety reports that much-sought after actor Michael K. Williams has joined two very high profile genre projects. They include a role in the all-female Ghostbusters reboot, which is currently filming in New York. And the video game adaptation, Assassin's Creed, which will shoot later this year for a 2016 Christmas release.
Michael K. Williams is playing a character named Hawkins in Ghostbusters. Though, at this time, the specifics of that character are being kept under wraps. And it isn't known if he has any ties to the original in any way. He will shoot this complete revamp of the franchise first, before going to work alongside Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard later in the year. Also recently added to the »
Two-time Oscar winner Dustin Hoffman ("Kramer vs. Kramer," "Rain Man") believes the "movie industry in its worst state ever." In a new interview, he says, "I think right now television is the best that it’s ever been, and I think that it’s the worst that film has ever been — in the 50 years that I’ve been doing it, it’s the worst." Much smaller budgets for dramatic films are leading to less time spent on script development and shooting schedules. He adds, "I don’t think that has anything to do with whether you are good or not; it’s just about whether your films make money or not." Variety -Break- Brad Brevet offers his first look at the upcoming Oscar race for Best Actor. In his top two spots are Michael Fassbender as the title character in "Steve Jobs" and Leonardo DiCaprio in the Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu film "The Revenant. »
Michael Kenneth Williams ("The Wire", "Boardwalk Empire") has snatched up a pair of solid upcoming roles, the first pitting him alongside Michael Fassbender in Assassin's Creed at Fox for director Justin Kurzel. The film, adapted from the video game of the same name co-stars Marion Cotillard and Ariane Labed and centers on a bartender (Fassbender) captured by a secret corporation and sent back in time to relive the memories of his ancestors -- all of them assassins -- and retrieve ancient artifacts. There is no word on which role Williams will play in the film, but Variety says "his character has a major stake in the franchise" and will serve as a co-starring role in a sequel should the first film be successful. Always putting the cart before the horse that Hollywood. Meanwhile, Williams is one of four new names added to the cast of Paul Feig's new Ghostbusters film. »
- Brad Brevet
Michael Kenneth Williams is a man in demand. Just hours ago, word broke that he was joining Andy Garcia and Matt Walsh in Paul Feig’s Ghostbusters. Now comes the news that he’s also closing a deal to play one of the key supporting roles in Assassin’s Creed. Justin Kurzel is directing the game adaptation, which reunites him with his Macbeth stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Fassbender has the lead role of an everyman kidnapped by a mysterious, high-tech organisation and forced to relive the memories of his assassin ancestors as he locates powerful artefacts. How Cotillard, Ariane Labed and now Williams fit in to the plot are still being kept locked in a treasure chest, though Variety has discovered that Williams’ character will have a major stake in the story and is likely to continue if the first film births a franchise, promoting him to co-star. »
Update: Matt Walsh (Veep) and Andy Garcia (Ocean’s Eleven) have also joined the cast of Ghostbusters. Garcia will be playing the Mayor of New York City, while Walsh is playing a character named Rourke.
Original: After taking on a memorable role in last summer’s The Purge: Anarchy, The Wire alum Michael K. Williams has entered into negotiations for parts in two other major franchise hopefuls: Ghostbusters and Assassin’s Creed.
He’ll first take on a supporting role in Paul Feig’s currently lensing blockbuster Ghostbusters, which stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy as two women whose belief in ghosts comes in handy when a supernatural invasion of New York City begins. Williams’ character is being kept under wraps, but his name is apparently Hawkins.
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- Isaac Feldberg
He will first shoot “Ghostbusters,” which is currently in production. The femme-powered pic is being directed by Paul Feig and stars Kristen Wiig and Melissa McCarthy. Williams’ character, however, is being kept under wraps.
Williams will then film “Assassin’s Creed,” which stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard, in the fall. Details on this role are also vague, but sources tease that his character has a major stake in the franchise. His role will be equivalent to a co-starring one, alongside Fassbender, in the sequel.
Justin Kurzel is directing the pic based on the popular video game.
Although Williams is looking to »
- Justin Kroll
We're over the mid-year hump and on our way down, but there's still a lot left to see so yes, these are early predictions, but it's time to get the ducks in a row so we can begin shuffling the board as movies are released and contenders fall off and are added on. Last week I offered up an updated look at the Best Picture field for the 2016 Oscars and today I'm opening the doors for a first look at the Best Actor field, which currently includes 30 contenders. Let's have a look. As always, when you begin taking a look this early in the game most of the names that rise to the top are for unseen, but assumed they will be great, performances. My opening field is really no different with only one performance in my top five having been seen, though there could still be a case made »
- Brad Brevet
First up, Williams has signed on for a major role 20th Century Fox and New Regency's upcoming film based on the popular "Assassin's Creed" video game franchise. No details are available on his role other than it said to have the potential to appear in multiple films.
Justin Kurzel helms the film which stars Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard and Ariane Labed. The story follows Desmond Miles, a man captured by a secret organization with ties to the Knight Templar, who repeatedly send Miles back in time into the body of his assassin ancestors to retrieve valuable historical artifacts.
Williams, along with Andy Garcia and Matt Walsh, is also set to join the cast of Paul Feig's currently shooting "Ghostbusters" reboot at Sony Pictures. Williams will be playing a character named Hawkins, Walsh will play a character named Rourke, »
- Garth Franklin
Bryan Singer has taken an interesting approach to the X-Men franchise. He built it, left it, returned to it by picking up a sequel to a prequel, which in turn became a quasi-reboot that now, says the director, will lead to the conclusion of the previous six movies while also working as a "rebirth." While this may seem convoluted, it doesn’t hold a candle to the kind of storytelling contortions the X-Men comics have had to do over the decades. Speaking to EW, Singer said X-Men: Apocalypse “is kind of a conclusion of six X-Men films, yet a potential rebirth of younger, newer characters.” Specifically, the movie will be introducing Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner), and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee) among others. It’s preparation for losing current cast members like Jennifer Lawrence and Michael Fassbender, who probably won’t renew their contracts. [caption id="attachment_450245" align="alignright" width="350"] Image via 20th Century Fox[/caption] »
- Matt Goldberg
With his gritty, grim adaptation of the Bard’s classic Macbeth earning rapturous praise in the build-up to its anticipated fall bow, director Justin Kurzel is on the cusp of a major breakthrough. He’ll follow up that award-tipped drama with a blockbuster, reteaming with stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard for Assassin’s Creed, and the helmer is also plotting thriller Haven. Today, Kurzel is reported to be gearing up for yet another project – this time a Western of sorts about a legendary outlaw.
A story from If reveals that Kurzel is signing on to direct an adaptation of Peter Carey’s Booker Prize winning novel The True History Of The Kelly Gang, about Australian outlaw Ned Kelly. He’s teaming up with his Snowtown Murders scribe for the pic, which is just the latest in a string of movies centering on the near-mythic historical figure (Heath Ledger and »
- Isaac Feldberg
Next year’s X-Men: Apocalypse is going to be absolutely massive, even by X-Men standards, and the latest issue of EW is shedding a little light on the anticipated superhero sequel. Above, check out some concept art of the tomb said to house ancient mutant Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac), a being of staggering power whose re-emergence threatens the entire world.
Suiting up to battle the mutant, whose abilities afford him godlike might, are X-Men members Charles Xavier (James McAvoy), Magneto (Michael Fassbender) and Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence). Joining them for the pic, which is set in 1983, are teen incarnations of familiar mutants including Storm (Alexandra Shipp), Cyclops (Tye Sheridan), Jean Grey (Sophie Turner) and Nightcrawler (Kodi Smit-McPhee).
As Apocalypse threatens the entire world, other mutants also come out of the woodwork, including powerful psychic Psylocke (Olivia Munn), Quicksilver (Evan Peters), Angel (Ben Hardy), Jubilee (Lana Condor), Havok (Lucas Till) and Beast (Nicholas Hoult »
- Isaac Feldberg
With the buzz surrounding "Macbeth" set to only get louder following its rapturous reception at the Cannes Film Festival this spring, director Justin Kurzel is lining up a slate of projects so he can ride the wave. Later this year he'll reteam with Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard and begin production on "Assassin's Creed," and last month he put the thriller "Haven" into development. And now a new project is saddled up and riding onto his desk. Read More: Cannes Review: Justin Kurzel's 'Macbeth' Starring Michael Fassbender & Marion Cotillard If reports that Kurzel will direct an adaptation of Peter Carey's Booker Prize winning novel, "The True History Of The Kelly Gang," about Ned Kelly, the legendary Australian outlaw. The project will reteam Kurzel with "The Snowtown Murders" writer Shaun Grant, offering yet another cinematic take on the people's hero, who has previously been played on the big screen by folks like. »
- Kevin Jagernauth
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