Weekend News Roundup! Fassbender, Ass-Kicker


Happy Monday! Here’s our compendium of pop-culture news you may have missed while you were doing more important things over the weekend.


Michael Fassbender will star in and co-produce a film adaptation of the Ubisoft video game Assassin’s Creed, which centers on a guy whose assassin ancestors send him back in time to retrieve artifacts (and presumably also kick ass). This is gonna be huge! [Variety]

• Katie Holmes is due to start production next week on Molly, a film she co-wrote and is co-producing, which is about—wait for it—a single mother and her daughter. [People]

Whoa. Kris Humphries’ girlfriend (or, as the Post elegantly refers to her, “‘booty call’ girl”) Myla Sinanaj is three months pregnant. [P6]

The Amazing Spider-Man won the weekend box office with $65 million; but including its July 4 opening, it’s made $140M so far. Ted and Brave took the second and third-place spots, respectively, with $32.6M and $20.2M; Savages opened in fourth with $16.2M, and Magic Mike closed out the top five with $15.6M (but has already made more than 10 times its $7M budget, so there’s that). [BOM]

• Hooray! D’Angelo is touring with Mary J. Blige, including four East Coast dates. [Pitchfork]

• Actor Ernest Borgnine died on Sunday at age 95. [NYT]

• More sad news: brilliant Colombian author Gabriel García Márquez has been suffering from dementia “for a long time,” according to his brother, Jaime; Márquez is no longer writing. [ArtsBeat/NYT]