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Watch Kill Your Darlings Online With a script written by J. Mills Goodloe and Salvador Paskowitz, The Age of Adaline will follow the 29-year-old title character whose life takes a dramatic turn once she gets into a near-fatal accident, only to find out she stops aging once she heals. Her immortal life stretches across the 20th century, as she takes on journey around the world, hiding her secrets until she eventually meets a man for whom she is willing to alter her ageless living. Has it got your attention yet?

Watch Carrie Online The project was originally conceived a few years back, and had Katherine Heigl attached to star, but that obviously never happened. According to Deadline, Allison Burnett (Underworld: Awakening) revised the script in the meantime, and I guess those revisions were good enough to attract this squad. Burstyn has had a good run on TV lately, starring in the miniseries Coma and winning an Emmy for her work on USA’s miniseries Political Animals; she’ll also star in Lifetime’s remake of Flowers in the Attic, which should be hella interesting. She has a slate of films coming out over the next year or so, including the David Baldacci family drama adaptation Wish You Well, Jason Stone’s serial killer thriller The Calling, Rachid Bouchareb’s culture-crossing drama Enemy Way and Ivan Reitman’s football comedy Draft Day. But her biggest upcoming role will no doubt be in Christopher Nolan’s epic sci-fi thriller Interstellar, which is currently filming.

Watch Escape Plan Online Lively, meanwhile, has nowhere near as strong a film career, with unmemorable performances in Green Lantern and Hick giving way to an out-of-this-worldly bland gig for Oliver Stone’s hyper-violent thriller Savages, in which she gives some of the most on the nose narration in film history. It’s in this film she utters the guilty pleasure quote, “I have orgasms. He has wargasms,” a quote that will echo inside the brain for hours after hearing it. But Gossip Girl’s absence from TV means Lively will probably be getting more parts in the future, so here’s hoping she nails this one.

Watch All is Lost Online There’s no word yet on when production will begin, but we’re going to stop aging until Lionsgate lets us know. Michael Fassbender is currently winning praise for his riveting performance as a malicious slave owner in Steve McQueen's 12 Years a Slave. But as he does press for the picture, he has shared some surprising news about an upcoming project with Ubisoft. The video game company has been moving into feature films with a movie adaptation of their popular game series Assassin's Creed, which Fassbender is set to front and help produce. But if you're thinking the captivating leading man signed on to this project because of his love of the game, you'd be wrong.

Watch Insidious 2 Online Asked for an update on the project's development, Fassbender confessed to The Daily Beast: "That’s definitely happening. We’re just developing the script at the moment. I’d heard of it but had never played the game. I don’t have a video game player … that’s not what they’re called. [Laughs] I met up with the guys from Ubisoft and they told me the story behind it, and I thought it was very interesting—the idea of reliving memories."The concept of Assassin's Creed centers on a long line of assassin's whose shared bloodline allows descendants to access the memories of their predecessors with the help of a device called Animus. When Ubisoft first considered adapting the game to a movie, they sent out surveys to their gamers asking which Assassin's Creed protagonist they'd like to see a movie focus on, fifteenth century Italian noble Ezio Auditore da Firenze or Desmond Miles.

Watch Rush Online Fassbender signed on to headline Assassin's Creed back in the summer of 2012. But it wasn't until January of this year that a writer had been found to translate the time traveling-centric video game into an action adventure script that Ubisoft hopes will prove a solid foundation on which to build their film empire. Also in the works at Ubisoft Entertainment are a movie for Tom Clancy's Ghost Recon that Michael Bay has the option to helm, and Tom Clancy's Splinter Cell, which has Tom Hardy attached to star.

Watch Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2 Online While fans of the popular Assassin's Creed franchise are likely shaking their head at Fassbender's ignorance of the game, it's not terribly unusual that an actor knows little to nothing about the movie's source material. We hear that again and again whether it's a movie based on a popular book or on remake of a well-known feature. Still, as a producer on the picture you'd think he'd want some insight into what the players appreciate about the game. Of course with Assassin's Creed slated to hit theaters on May 22, 2015, Fassbender has got some time to do his research, and by that I mean play copious amounts of Assassin's Creed. First, he'll need to get one of those pesky video game players.

Watch Baggage Claim Online This week we're just going to avoid the jokes and cut straight to the chase, since we're reviewing 12 Years A Slave and somehow that just doesn't put us in the laughing mood. For once, though, it's not David who's the dissenter on one of the most critically acclaimed movies of the year so far. Find out who's the naysayer, and stick around for some brief discussion of Kill Your Darlings, as well as for your answers to our lightning round question about favorite remakes.

Watch Prisoners Online As for Crowe, the respected Aussie actor has completed production on the fantasy film A Winter's Tale, the feature directorial debut of A Beautiful Mind screenwriter Akiva Goldsman, as well as Darren Aronofsky's hotly anticipated follow-up to his Academy Award-winning Black Swan, the biblical tale of Noah. Ambushed is hitting Blu-ray and DVD on November 12. The Blu-ray combo pack will also come with a DVD copy and will cost $29.99. The DVD copy by itself will retail a little more cheaply, at $24.98. Neither set will come with extras. You can pre-order the release over at Amazon, where both sets are available at a special sale price, or check out the cover art, below.

Of all the genres that employ high concepts within their stories, romantic dramas are somewhere at the bottom of the list, often opting for more realistic storytelling without stretching the imagination. Lionsgate will be bucking that trend, as it has signed on to distribute the long-gestating project The Age of Adaline from Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and Lakeshore Entertainment. Not only that, but they’ve made an interesting director choice in Lee Toland Krieger (Celeste & Jesse Forever), and landed a pair of stars in the Academy Award winning actress Ellen Burstyn (Alice Doesn’t Live Here Anymore) and Gossip Girl’s Blake Lively. Still no word on a male lead yet, but this influx of talent should attract a pretty recognizable name to the role.

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