by Sean Narborough
No not the game, so calm AC fanboys.
The film adaption of the multi-million dollar best selling game, Assassin’s Creed, has been delayed. Originally scheduled to come out on the 7th August 2015, 20th Century Fox has pushed back the popular franchise to an “unspecified 2016 release date”. Fox have claimed that the film will simply not be ready in time for the 2015 release date. But this is both good and bad news. It’s bad news for video game film adaptions, which don’t have the best reputation. Many of them fail to draw people into the cinema and never really get a sequel or a second chance, with the exception of the Resident Evil movie franchise. Assassin’s Creed was seen as the rebirth of the video game adaptions due to the game’s huge popularity and uniquely different story, and the fact that they had signed Michael Fassbender to star and produce the film too. It was seen as possibly The Dark Knight of the video game adaptions.
But this delay is also good. Fox have said that the film’s not ready yet for next year, which means this gives the filmmakers time to improve on the film. The pressure the film has to kick start video game adaptions is huge, and this now gives them time to perfect a quite complicated story and film. Also so far there hasn’t been anything shown from the film, no teasers, no posters, no set photos, nothing. This works hugely in Fox’s favour. Because they haven’t set a release date for 2016, they can now wait until they have something truly great to show audiences and not tease audiences with something subpar. Whether the delay will be good or bad for Assassin’s Creed, we’ll have to wait, but the extra time now to improve the film is only going to add more pressure for the film.
by Cookie N Screen
Stop what you are doing! The latest news from Marvel HQ has come into our grasps and it has made us so intensely excited. The scary thing is? It’s only a small blurb about the film and yet we’re already adorned in our Captain America costume and calling our friends whispering one word; Assemble. I guess what it means is that with a synopsis in our grasps we are actually on our way to receiving a trailer and footage! What will that mean? It means that we are just a day closer and knowing exactly what it entails is titillating to say the least.
by Graham Osborne
Recently, photos have emerged online showing the only ship to make the Kessel Run in under twelve parsecs at a former RAF airbase in Berkshire, England.
Taken by a pilot taking publicity shots for his flying school, they show a model of Han Solo’s ship and a covered up X-Wing.
by Sean Narborough
If you weren’t excited about the DC Cinematic Universe before, you will be now. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson has confirmed via his twitter account that he will be playing villain Black Adam in the planned Shazam movie. Now I know what some people will be thinking, “Who the hell is Shazam?” Unless you know your comic books, you won’t know anything about Shazam or Black Adam. It’s because of this that DC hiring Johnson is a smart move. Dwayne has an incredibly strong fanbase whether it’s from the wrestling fans or fans of his acting. In the past couple of years, Johnson has starred in the G.I Joe and Fast and Furious films with more in those franchises to come. Johnson is now entering himself into another franchise that is struggling to grow.
Despite (in my opinion) having a stronger presence at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con, audiences are still more excited about the Marvel Cinematic Universe rather than DC’s. Part of the problem could be that DC doesn’t have any big recognisable names in their films with the exception of Ben Affleck. Johnson’s addition to the DCCU is big. The fact that they have announced the villain of the Shazam movie before the title character himself shows the excitement that DC is hoping that The Great One will bring. Not much else is known about the film apart from Johnson and Hiram Garcia will be producing and the script will be written by Darren Lemke, who previously wrote Turbo, Jack The Giant Slayer and the upcoming Goosebumps adaption (yeah, I would be worried about the script too). There is no release date yet but Warner Bros. does have a DC-based film set for August 5th 2016, so I wouldn’t bet against Shazam taking that date. I think hiring Dwayne Johnson is an excellent choice to play the “anti-hero” and probably will be great in this role, I mean there is a reason Johnson is called the most electrifying man in entertainment.
by Cookie N Screen
BBC is perhaps a name you are more accustomed too in making some of the best television shows around, contributing to this glorious golden age the idiot box is having (Doctor Who and Sherlock are particular favourites of ours). But BBC, very much like BAFTA and BFI also lend their talents and ideas to some phenomenal films, providing funding for talented film-makers and their creations. With that in mind, why not have a look at some impressive films that are coming out thanks to the BBC.
By Ben Mapp
In eight months time, cinema-goers everywhere will watch in awe as Earth’s mightiest heroes reunite on the big screen and conclude Phase Two of the Marvel Cinematic Universe with The Avengers: Age of Ultron. Phase Three will begin shortly after, kicking off with the much anticipated Ant-Man adaptation (starring Paul Rudd in the title role), followed by the second Thor sequel, the second Captain America sequel, the first Guardians of the Galaxy sequel, and then Doctor Strange.
After months of speculation as to who might be stepping in the coveted superhero role, it has been revealed that Joaquin Phoenix is in final negotiations to portray the iconic character. In the established lore of the comics, Doctor Strange (the ‘Sorcerer Supreme’) serves as the Earth’s main defence against threats of mystical, magical origin. Curiously, Marvel Studios have gone on record to say that the upcoming film will not be an origin story like with the previous superhero introductions, allowing them to jump right into the mythos of the character and present something spectacular on-screen. His last movie outing was back in 1978, where Peter Hooten portrayed the character.
Doctor Strange will be released in cinemas worldwide in 2016.
by Cookie N Screen
Warning: the following pictures that you are about to see may cause the following side effects: excessive smiling, loud squealing, rolling around the floor in ecstatic glee and vomiting rainbows. If these persist, please head straight to the Saw news to quell whatever cuteness you have ingested. Yes, it’s that time of the year where Disney and Pixar laden us with good treats. Not only have they released a few snapshots of Pixar’s upcoming feature length film Inside Out but thanks to Disney Anywhere app, Walt Disney Studios have given us the most adorable pup in their sneak peak of short Feast.
The former film revolves around Riley, a young girl who on the outside looks fine. But inside, her emotions are getting the better of her. Five, in fact; Joy, Sadness, Anger, Disgust and Fear And they battle it out constantly. You can click here to view the full video but, much like Bonnie in Toy Story 3, you’ll be overcome by her blatant adorableness. The latter, Feast, will première in front of Big Hero Six. Directed by Paperman’s Patrick Osborne (which you all need to watch to further induce symptoms of loveliness,) Feast features a loveable dog and an empty bowl.
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