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Leap Of Faith Explored In Latest Video For Assassin’s Creed Movie

The Assassin's Creed movie adaptation has a lot of fan expectations riding on it. The latest behind-the-scenes video for the film shows us how one of the most iconic elements of the game will come to life in theaters on December 21, 2016.

A key gameplay element in every Assassin's Creed games, the Leap of Faith involves perching oneself atop the highest point overlooking a sweeping city, then diving off acrobatically. This moment will be recreated in the film, and a stunt man in the video makes the incredible jump to bring authenticity to the scene. Get a feel for how the filming of this jump was pulled off below.

This jump was one of the highest free falls performed by any stuntman in over 35 years, at a height of 90 feet. Assassin's Creed is expected to hit theaters on December 21, 2016.

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The Transformers: The Movie Celebrates 30 Year Anniversary

We didn’t want to let August 8, 2016 pass without a mention of today’s big 30-year movie anniversary. The Transformers animated movie released in theaters on this day back in 1986. While its original release met middling reviews, it has garnered increased recognition and praise as the years have passed, largely in thanks to a generation of moviegoers who saw the movie as children, and now look back with great fondness on the animated film.

The enthusiasm isn’t just about nostalgia. With its frequent and often shocking character deaths, melodramatic but memorable lines, and grand science fiction scope, the original Transformers movie has earned much of the fervor that has helped to transform it into a cult classic for both animation fans and 80s enthusiasts. And it doesn’t hurt that the movie is accompanied by a rocking 80s soundtrack. 

If you’re like us, you’ll use this anniversary to track down a copy of the original movie and check it out. If you’re willing to wait a while, a Blu-ray version of the film is planned for release on September 13. I had an opportunity to check out an early cut of this new version, which includes a cut of the film remastered from a new 4K transfer of the original 35mm film. It looks amazing, sounds great, and is an ideal way to experience the magic. If that’s what you’re looking for, you can pre-order the upcoming Blu-ray release right here

Check out the trailer for the new version below.

‘Til all are one, everybody. 

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Here’s Everything You Need To Know Before Watching The Suicide Squad Movie

If you’re only a casual fan of comics, you might not be familiar with DC Comic’s "super heroic" team of villains. What’s their deal?

Sure, you probably know who Harley Quinn is, but who’s this Captain Boomerang? And what’s the deal with that El Diablo guy? Here’s all you need to know about Suicide Squad in around 60 second. Really, you don't need to know much.

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Lore in a Minute! focuses on giving context for several different video game backstories and histories. It has previously covered games such as The Witcher 3: Wild Hunt, Killzone, Overwatch, and Legend of Zelda: Twilight Princess.

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Ubisoft Announces ‘The Division’ Movie With Jessica Chastain, Jake Gyllenhaal Attached

Ubisoft has announced that another one of its titles is making the leap from video games to the big screen. The Division is the publisher's latest game to make the transition, joining Assassin's Creed, Splinter Cell, Ghost Recon, and Watch Dogs. It has some big names attached to it, too.

The Division is currently in preproduction with actors Jessica Chastain and Jake Gyllenhaal, along with their respective production companies, Freckle Films and Nine Stories. There's no word on when it's coming out, so don't worry about preordering those tickets quite yet. Meanwhile, Ubisoft is unsurprisingly excited about the project: "We are excited to collaborate with Jessica and Jake, two of Hollywood’s most talented actors  and perfect creative collaborators to help bring Tom Clancy’s The Division to the big screen,” says Gerard Guillemot, CEO of Ubisoft Motion Pictures. “Attaching Jake and Jessica is part of our development philosophy of working closely with top talent from the earliest stages to collaborate on a high quality film,” adds Matt Phelps, VP at Ubisoft Motion Pictures.

The Assassin's Creed film recently completed principle photography, and it's set for a December 21 release.

 

Our Take
While the actual execution didn't do a whole lot for me, I thought The Division's narrative setup was interesting, and I'm curious to see how it works in a full-length movie. This isn't the first time the shooter has been showcased in live action, either. Who can resist a near-future apocalypse, after all?

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Reader Discussion: Which Summer Movie Should Become A Video Game?

We’ve had some big movies hit in the last several months, including titles like Captain America: Civil War, Star Trek Beyond, The Legend of Tarzan, X-Men Apocalypse, Independence Day: Resurgence, and Finding Dory, not to mention upcoming releases like Jason Bourne and Suicide Squad. The summer season has for decades been a hotspot for big tentpole film releases, taking advantage of younger folks out of school and older viewers on holiday from work. But even with big ticket sales, few of those movies have made a successful transition into great video games. Maybe that’s because the best ideas just haven’t been voiced.

So, what’s it going to be? Whether from this summer or the movie blockbusters of yesteryear, which big movie deserves a new video game treatment? Maybe your favorite movie got a video game, but it was awful – how could it have been better? 

Share your movie pick in the comments below, and tell us what kind of game you hope that game developers would make based on it. We’re pretty sure all the big Hollywood producers are going to be reading your responses, and they'll get right to work on lining up a game development partnership. 

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New Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV Movie Trailer Revealed

The movie tie-in to Final Fantasy XV, titled Kingsglaive, received a new trailer at San Diego Comic-Con. While the movie has already hit in Japan, its release in North America isn't until August.

According to director Takeshi Nozue via the PlayStation Blog, Kingsglaive: Final Fantasy XV "stands on its own and can be enjoyed without knowledge of the previous games." However, for those that are Final Fantasy fans, they will be treated to several references that others may not understand. Kingsglaive has an impressive cast, including Aaron Paul (Breaking Bad), Lena Headey (Game of Thrones), and Sean Bean (Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones). The film will feature both new and cross-over characters from the game.

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The movie will depict the events leading up to the game's main story, namely King Regis fighting the Empire. "Along with Final Fantasy XV, the main theme portrayed in Kingsglaive is the bond between father and son," writes Nozue. "While watching the film you’ll see the love they have for each other and understand the pressures of fulfilling the responsibility of being King."

Kingsglaive will release in select theaters on August 19, and will hit Blu-ray and DVD on October 4. Take a look at some gorgeous screens from the movie here.

As for the game, Final Fantasy XV launches on September 30 for PlayStation 4 and Xbox One. Check out our hub or click below to learn more.

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The Lego Batman Movie SDCC Trailer Shows Robin’s Hilarious Origin

The Lego version of Batman was a huge hit with fans when he appeared in The Lego Movie, so it only made sense when Warner Bros. and DC announced that he would be getting his own humor-injected film. The movies look to stand in stark contrast to WB and DC's live-action films which, to this point have been much more serious in tone.

With The Lego Batman Movie, the team is definitely not afraid to show the sillier side of Gotham's oft-scowling Caped Crusader. In the trailer, we're introduced to Lego Robin and learn how he joins forces with Lego Batman. It's much funnier than that description makes it sound. You can view the trailer below.

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To see the other trailers that have been released for The Lego Batman Movie, head here and here. The Lego Batman Movie is scheduled to hit theaters February 10, 2017.

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Gears Of War 4 SDCC Panel Talks JD’s Full Name, Horde Mode 3.0, And Hints At A Gears Movie

During today's Gears of War 4 panel, The Coalition studio head and Gears of War co-creator Rod Fergusson was joined by the voice talent behind the upcoming title to discuss the process of making the game. While entertaining antics, like acting out a script from the game with the roles mixed up – the voice of JD, Liam McIntyre, played the role of Del, Kait's actor Laura Bailey did a hilarious Marcus impression, Del voice actor Eugene Byrd did a soft-spoken attempt at Kait, and Marcus' voice, John DiMaggio, delivered an overly Australian version of JD, poking fun at McIntyre's natural accent – ensued, Fergusson also delivered some new details for fans.

Horde Mode 3.0

We've known that Horde mode is coming back for Gears of War 4, but not much else has been given out by the development team. Fergusson claims to be quick to look back at the successes of past iterations of the mode, but also to the failures. He says that the Horde 2.0 was a great version of the game, but it sometimes became too "tower defense-y." With Gears of War 4's Horde mode, you're able to build stuff wherever you want to and move it around as you please. In addition, Fergusson divulged that the mode will feature a system based on classes and skills, but will not be something like OverRun. Horde 3.0 will go back to being 50 waves, but we won't known too many more details for a while.

JD Fenix's Full Name

When the question-and-answer session occurred in the panel, Fergusson was quick to advocate for playing the game unspoiled when people asked questions about the potential of a new member of the Carmine family, or where characters like Cole and Anya are, but he was able to be swayed by the enthusiastic crowd and voice actors on one subject. One Q&A participant brought up the subject of if the "D" in "JD" stood for Dominic in tribute to father Marcus' longtime squadmate, Dominic Santiago. Fergusson was gun-shy at first, but after a uproarious swell of encouragement from both the crowd and the voice actors (with McIntyre going on and on about "wanting the D" and Bailey teasing that she could see Rod was about to give in), Fergusson stood up and said, "His full name is James Dominic Fenix." The crowd (and panelists) went wild upon the announcement.

You can see the moment for yourself below.

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On The Topic Of A Gears Of War Film

Another Q&A participant got up to ask about a Gears of War film. Fergusson stated that he has, in the past, talked around the issue, stating that it's something that the team would love to do. This time, however, he said that something has recently changed and he's excited at the prospects of being able to deliver news very soon. Not exactly a confirmation, but it sure sounds like something is in the cooker.

Bender And Jake The Dog Won't Be Grabbing Lancers Anytime Soon

One of the more off-the-wall questions during the Q&A session came in the form of asking about the possibility of having characters in Gears of War games that sound like Marcus Fenix voice actor John DiMaggio's other well-known roles like Bender from Futurama or Jake the Dog from Adventure Time. While both Fergusson and DiMaggio laughed at the idea, Fergusson eventually pointed out that they "aren't making a Deadpool game" so they need to keep the fourth-wall-breaking to a minimum.

Other Tidbits

In addition to the other pieces of news, Fergusson told one fan that asked about sawed-off shotguns in the final game that the powerful weapon would not be appearing in the game. This garnered some applause from the fans in attendance.

The panel also shared a clip from veteran actor Jimmy Smits, who announced he is playing Oscar Diaz, Kait's uncle, in Gears of War 4. You may know Smits from his work on Sons of Anarchy, The Star Wars prequels, season 3 of Dexter, or any number of films or TV shows in his long-running career.

To hear about our time playing Gears of War 4 at SDCC 2016, head here.

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Live-Action Detective Pikachu Movie In The Works

Yes, you read that headline correctly. According to Variety, Legendary has won the rights to make a Pokemon movie and it's centered around Detective Pikachu.

You remember Great Detective Pikachu right? Cute. Cuddly. Adorable. Very serious about work ethic. And then someone made a video with everyone's favorite electric rodent voiced by Danny DeVito. Good times.

The film has been "fast-tracked for production to start in 2017."

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Our Take
It's Pokefever season again so sure, why not? I for one cannot wait to watch this story of the greatest detective of our time. 

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Assassin’s Creed Movie Producer’s New Film Studio Will Focus On Video Game Adaptations

Jean-Julien Baronnet recently departed his position of CEO at Ubisoft Motion Pictures after working on the Assassin's Creed adaptation. His next venture is a studio that will work on more movies based on games.

Marla Studios, named after Baronnet's daughters, will specialize in adapting the stories of popular games for a wider Hollywood audience. In an exclusive interview with Variety, he explained why he thinks so many video game movies have failed because they try to copy the story beat for beat without understanding the change in audience. Baronnet will head Marla Studios and work directly with video game developers to manage their IPs and come up the best idea for a movie. No partner companies have been announced yet.

Assassin's Creed opens on December 21, starring Micheal Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. Before shutting down, Ubisoft Motion Pictures also worked on an idea for a Splinter Cell movie, potentially starring Tom Hardy.

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Our Take
Baronnet's comments about imagining a new story rather than copying the original are encouraging. It seems that Assassin's Creed is already following this mindset, but the jury is still out until the film opens. I personally have faith in it and hope to see more successful video game movies. Warcraft wasn't a complete trainwreck, but there are better stories out there primed for adaptation. I think this is a great time to revisit an old feature on how to make the Assassin's Creed movie not suck.

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