“Assassin’s Creed” gets tapped by Hollywood

“Assassin’s Creed” gets tapped by Hollywood (photo)

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Video game movies haven’t exactly fared well at the box office, but that isn’t stopping Sony from trying. After what’s described by Variety as a lengthy bidding war, the studio has secured the rights to develop a feature film based on UbiSoft’s uber-popular “Assassin’s Creed” franchise.

The biggest surprise isn’t the deal itself, but that it took this long for Hollywood to come calling. With three primary titles already released and a fourth coming in November, the “Assassin’s” line has been a cash cow for the gaming company, with over 30 million copies sold since its 2007 debut. Given its success, it’s not a surprise that Sony is reportedly eying its new acquisition as a major tentpole release.

All four games follow Desmond Miles, who initially finds himself kidnapped by an evil corporation and is subsequently forced to relive the memories of his assassin ancestors in hopes of locating a series of relics which could control the world. The games span centuries and locations, ranging from Jerusalem during the Crusades to Florence and Rome during the Italian Renaissance. The latest title, “Assassin’s Creed: Revelations,” transports players to 16th century Constantinople.

The games are known for their heavy reliance on free-roaming parkour, meaning the character races through streets, climbs up buildings and jumps across rooftops without slowing down. Assassinations play a key role in the stories, with the player quietly stalking his victims and taking them out with a variety of attacks and from a number of varying angles.

“Assassin’s Creed” is just one of a few titles that UbiSoft hopes to bring to Hollywood. “Tom Clancy’s Splinter Cell” and “Tom Clancy’s Ghost Recon” are also on the menu.

Are you interested to see what a movie version of “Assassin’s Creed” would look like? Let us know below or on Facebook or Twitter.

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Millennial Wisdom

Charles Speaks For Us All

Get to know Charles, the social media whiz of Brockmire.

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He may be an unlikely radio producer Brockmire, but Charles is #1 when it comes to delivering quips that tie a nice little bow on the absurdity of any given situation.

Charles also perfectly captures the jaded outlook of Millennials. Or at least Millennials as mythologized by marketers and news idiots. You know who you are.

Played superbly by Tyrel Jackson Williams, Charles’s quippy nuggets target just about any subject matter, from entry-level jobs in social media (“I plan on getting some experience here, then moving to New York to finally start my life.”) to the ramifications of fictional celebrity hookups (“Drake and Taylor Swift are dating! Albums y’all!”). But where he really nails the whole Millennial POV thing is when he comments on America’s second favorite past-time after type II diabetes: baseball.

Here are a few pearls.

On Baseball’s Lasting Cultural Relevance

“Baseball’s one of those old-timey things you don’t need anymore. Like cursive. Or email.”

On The Dramatic Value Of Double-Headers

“The only thing dumber than playing two boring-ass baseball games in one day is putting a two-hour delay between the boring-ass games.”

On Sartorial Tradition

“Is dressing badly just a thing for baseball, because that would explain his jacket.”

On Baseball, In A Nutshell

“Baseball is a f-cked up sport, and I want you to know it.”

Learn more about Charles in the behind-the-scenes video below.

And if you were born before the late ’80s and want to know what the kids think about Baseball, watch Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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Crown Jules

Amanda Peet FTW on Brockmire

Amanda Peet brings it on Brockmire Wednesday at 10P on IFC.

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On Brockmire, Jules is the unexpected yin to Jim Brockmire’s yang. Which is saying a lot, because Brockmire’s yang is way out there. Played by Amanda Peet, Jules is hard-drinking, truth-spewing, baseball-loving…everything Brockmire is, and perhaps what he never expected to encounter in another human.

“We’re the same level of functional alcoholic.”

But Jules takes that commonality and transforms it into something special: a new beginning. A new beginning for failing minor league baseball team “The Frackers”, who suddenly about-face into a winning streak; and a new beginning for Brockmire, whose life gets a jumpstart when Jules lures him back to baseball. As for herself, her unexpected connection with Brockmire gives her own life a surprising and much needed goose.

“You’re a Goddamn Disaster and you’re starting To look good to me.”

This palpable dynamic adds depth and complexity to the narrative and pushes the series far beyond expected comedy. See for yourself in this behind-the-scenes video (and brace yourself for a unforgettable description of Brockmire’s genitals)…

Want more about Amanda Peet? She’s all over the place, and has even penned a recent self-reflective piece in the New York Times.

And of course you can watch the Jim-Jules relationship hysterically unfold in new episodes of Brockmire, every Wednesday at 10PM on IFC.

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Draught Pick

Sam Adams “Keeps It Brockmire”

All New Brockmire airs Wednesdays at 10P on IFC.

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From baseball to beer, Jim Brockmire calls ’em like he sees ’em.


It’s no wonder at all, then, that Sam Adams would reach out to Brockmire to be their shockingly-honest (and inevitably short-term) new spokesperson. Unscripted and unrestrained, he’ll talk straight about Sam—and we’ll take his word. Check out this new testimonial for proof:

See more Brockmire Wednesdays at 10P on IFC, presented by Samuel Adams. Good f***** beer.

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