Friday, January 30, 2015

TGIF 1.30.15

Male mannequins should be modeled after Michael's face - all over the planet!
It has to be so flattering to know that your name is on everyone's short list to star in their films, so it comes as no surprise that Michael Fassbender's name is rumored to be in the new Star Wars. I'm not much of a fan of the Star Wars universe so I'm not too enthused, therefore, you should take this rumor with a grain of salt. People need to realize that Michael is already tied up with X-Men and Prometheus, two sci-fi franchises, and he's in pre-production mode for the Assassin's Creed gig. There's only so many projects he can work on. So that's all I'll say about that.

However, if Mr. Energizer bunny is itching to do anything else beyond all these projects he has lined up for 2015-2016, it's my hope that he eventually has time to do some theater work in the near future. Maybe Michael will be inspired by the success his friend Bradley Cooper is having with The Elephant Man now on Broadway. I'm going to see Cooper when he takes the play to London in May - I'm so excited! I remember talking to Michael about how cool it would be for him to do some theater again, and these days, those tickets will sell out like crazy.

If Michael were to do a play, what would you like to see him in? Something rarely seen, never before seen on stage, or a well established play? I'd like to see him in a play that was created just for him, no singing, just a straight up angst riddled drama. Until then, I'll just continue enjoying his movies on the big screen!


Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Slow West did Well at Sundance

As you know by now, Michael Fassbender was knee deep in filming the Steve Jobs movie in the San Francisco area, specifically, Berkeley and Cupertino. As per media anticipation, I thought Michael was going to be able to slip away to Utah for at least a day for the premiere of Slow West at Sundance this weekend, but he was not able to attend. The overall reception to the Western, which was the first film produced by Michael and Conor's DMC Films, was very good! Many reviews state that Slow West is a nice twist of a Western, the body count is high, and there are flamboyant characters, everyone uses their natural accents, and Michael is great, but if anything, his character is still mysterious due to the lack of depth about him.

Back in December it was announced that A24 Films will distribute Slow West in the States, so I'm hopeful that it will get a spring or summer release. It's an independent film, so it may not get released at 2,000+ theaters, but I'm confident it'll have a wider release than his previous film that debut last year at Sundance, Frank.

Michael was spotted along with Kate Winslet at the Flint Center at De Anza College on Monday. A few very blurry and dark images have been taken of Michael on set wearing an 80's style wig and a black turtleneck. The 80s were my personal favorite coming of age decade and I would love to have been an extra in this film.

The Facebook page of FF has been very active with posting reviews of Slow West, so mind it for quick updates and information.

Friday, January 23, 2015

TGIF 1.23.15

While we await the first images of Michael Fassbender in California for his role of Steve Jobs, if you happen to live near Berkeley, you might have a Fassy encounter on Friday. According to this article, Michael and his co-stars will film some scenes between 6pm and 6am near the La Mediterranee restaurant at 2936 College Ave. As per my recent experience as an extra in filming the Batman vs Superman film last summer, these are tight sets when on location, and security is everywhere. But, it'll still be interesting to at least be nearby... but don't waste your time as the minutes approach midnight - don't want to be too stalkery.

Michael will attend the Sundance Film Festival (Jan 22 - Feb 1) in Utah, to promote Slow West. The film will screen five times during the festival. Michael is most likely to be in attendance this weekend for its screen debut.


Thursday, January 15, 2015

TGIF 1.16.15

With the Oscar season in full swing, I am so glad that Michael Fassbender is not involved in this year's bizarre game of who was/who wasn't nominated. While Michael is safely tucked away somewhere around San Francisco to prepare for the Steve Jobs movie, a lot of people were left scratching their heads on Thursday after the nomination announcements; some screamed, some swore.  I was alarmed by some suspicious snubs. In the 25 years I've been paying close attention to the Oscars, I have come to surmise that there are three levels of snub reactions: Surprised (Oh dear.), Alarmed (What the heck?), Fucking pissed (The Fuck!?!, Sons of bitches!, etc.). My reaction was the latter in 2012 (see 1.24.12 post). But that's all in the past. I write this post in a rather Zen-ish mood before my evening meditation and cup of mint green tea. But mind, with MacBeth and the Steve Jobs bio-pic in the pipeline, I could be trippin' again this time next year. I'm just sayin'.

I noticed this evening that Netflix has just added Frank to its streaming menu. But to my surprise, under the brief description of the film, they list Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal as the film's stars. Um, excuse meeeeeeee, but, the lure for 98% of the people who watched Frank was because of Michael Fassbender, HE was the draw. I'm sure the other 2% were like, 'Gee, dudes, did you hear that Domhnall Gleeson and Jake Gyllenhaal's sister have a new movie out about a shy musician genius dude wearing a mask? Let's totally go see this new movie right now'! Netflix really need to get with the Fassy program.


Friday, January 9, 2015

TGIF 1.9.15

According to tweets from the past 36 hours, a few lucky people spotted Michael Fassbender in London. So his four month business and pleasure stay down under is over. I'm sure Michael enjoyed the past month in Australia, especially when his parents came down to spend the holidays with him. Now, it's back to work, work, work, and this year is building up to be possibly the biggest year in Michael's career.

He will start filming the Steve Jobs movie in a matter of weeks, and then immediately after that, he'll start on X-Men. In between the filming of these two movies, Michael may have to do some promotion for Slow West and Trespass Against Us, and I think MacBeth is being primed to bow at Cannes in May. If you remember, a sneak peek of MacBeth was shown at Cannes last year. With the 'Steve Jobs' movie being filmed so early in 2015 (similar to the filming and completion schedule of 12 Years a Slave), 'Jobs' will likely be completed to be released in December 2015. There's no way this film is going to wait to be released in 2016, not with it having such strong Oscar cred associated with it. And speaking of 2016, we finally received legitimate updates this week on 'Assassin's Creed'. It will be released on December 21, 2016. So with that, there's no way two Fassy films are going to come out in the same month that year. Michael should start filming 'Creed' very early in 2016.

As Michael prepares to travel to the US soon to film the Jobs movie, I look forward to seeing pics of him with dark and feathered 80s and 90s hair styles. This film is going to be an event!


Thursday, January 1, 2015

A Fassinating Year in Review: Michael Fassbender 2014

Happy New Year Fassinators (listen to a new 2 minute Podcast message)! It's that time for the annual review of Michael's activities of the past 12 months. In my seventh year of supporting the career of Michael Fassbender, we witnessed the ultimate high for any actor's career, and some eyebrow raising moments as well. In the end, the year 2014 was a good year for Michael, and here is a recap of the highlights covered at Fassinating Fassbender!


Spilling over from 2013 was the phenomenal success of Steve McQueen's '12 Years a Slave' in which Michael was nominated for Best Supporting Actor in the overwhelming majority of critics associations and award bodies, including SAG, Golden Globes, BAFTA, and the almighty one, The Oscars! Michael did win some awards like the Australian Academy Cinema Television Arts, but the really big ones alluded him in what I feel was the most stressful, polarizing, bullshit filled awards campaign season, in all four decades that I have lived on this planet! I'm just a mere fan and a cinephile, and I was stressed out over it, so one can only imagine how Michael, Steve, and everyone associated with 12YAS felt. Although Michael was nominated left and right in the Best Supporting categories, the American voting bodies felt that his nomination was his reward because they just could not go the extra step and actually vote for his performance of Edwin Epps, a vile racist slave owner. Of course not, especially when there is a Maybelline pretty doe-eyed sassy talking but sweet transsexual AIDS victim going up against him. It feels good voting for the latter.

Red faced drunk rapist slaver - 0; pretty-ladyboy AIDS activist - 80.

Meanwhile, Frank premiered at the Sundance Film Festival to a lot of rave reviews!

The Cast and Director of 12 Years a Slave

Friday, December 19, 2014

TGIF 1219 (edited)

Frank won Best Irish Film from the Dublin Film Critics Circle
In other Michael Fassbender news this week, A24 Films announced that it will distribute not one, but two of Michael's films: Slow West and Trespass Against Us. I've been following A24 on twitter for quite a while because of my enjoyment of Under the Skin, a film I saw at TIFF last year, and they are an interesting company that has a lot of unique films. So I'm sure they will treat these two films well.

Be on the lookout for Michael's name to be associated with magazine cover stories in the coming days/week in regards to the fallout over the hacked Sony emails - which has snowballed into an even nastier political/cyber-terrorist mess. His name was front and center with other big names, like Angelina Jolie, and as I mentioned previously, Michael's visibility and brand stock can only go up from this fiasco. I think for the record, it's safe to say at this juncture, that Michael is still on board with Jobs even though he's been mum about the whole thing.

*Edited to add, scan from Dec 29th edition of Star Magazine, thanks Stacie!

Next week is Christmas and I'll be posting updates, and the week after that will be the annual Fassinating Year in Review.


Monday, December 15, 2014

Michael Still in Australia

Someone posted on Twitter, today, 15 Dec (then removed it) that she saw Michael and Daddy Fassbender at a Greek restaurant in Byron Bay. Although she admitted that stared him down throughout the meal, she had the manners to not take a photo of him eating or asking for a 'selfie'. There are still decent people in the world. I appreciate these hit and run eye-spy tweets much more than bragging selfies and intrusive secret pictures of someone stuffing food into their mouth.

In the weeks since the Sony Pictures Studios hackings, more emails have been leaked to the media and there's still no word if this all left a sour taste in Michael's mouth and turning him off from the project. The one thing that's making me think that he's still on board is that a) Danny Boyle wants him and believes in Michael, and b) Universal Studios is producing the film. Amy Pascal at Sony dropped the ball and after you read the additional emails about why they had so little faith in Michael, it's like a blessing in disguise that this worthy movie is still going to be made, and it has two of the best people involved in it, Boyle and Fassbender.

Mashable has an excellent timeline article about how the Jobs film was so poorly handled by the loons at Sony and eventually found a permanent home with Universal.

In a final word about the Sony hackings, I have no interest in delving more deeper into the leaked/stolen emails beyond the topic related to the Steve Jobs film and Michael Fassbender. As unfortunate as it is to have had these emails criminally hacked, the select documents that I have focused on have provided a wealth of information as to how the behind the scenes wheeling and dealing go down at big film studios, and how the biases and egos of studio VPs and Presidents can derail a project. In this case, the complete lack of faith and interest in a particular talent being sought to star in a film has lead to one studio losing the film, and another studio smartly picking it up. I believe that the Steve Jobs film is going to be an event and make Michael Fassbender the movie star some studio executives foolishly don't believe he currently is.

Thursday, December 11, 2014

Everyone Knows Michael Fassbender NOW!

If you do a simple Google search for Michael Fassbender today, there are at least 50 articles about him related to the hacked Sony emails of Scott Rudin, Amy Pascal, and Aaron Sorkin. None of the comments were mean about Michael, thankfully, some of them just were a bit foggy about his star power relevance in Hollywood. The quote that is being used in click bait articles (with click bait headlines) is the slight disrespect about Michael from Aaron Sorkin who just wasn't familiar with him. That's not criminal, and again, this was a personal comment in an email. But it's just so odd that such a powerful guy in Hollywood like Sorkin, whose duty is to KNOW the A-list and rising stars, to reveal his complete ignorance about Michael Fassbender. Over at Awards Watch, some people were trying to defend Sorkin and say that he was being facetious or playing around. Nope, nada, the man did not know Michael Fassbender.

Here is what Aaron Sorkin wrote as he was expressing frustration about the slow progress of the Steve Jobs film and not getting his first actor choice of Tom Cruise:

"This used to be an event. I don't know who Michael Fassbender is and the rest of the world isn't going to care,' he replied to Columbia Pictures chairman Amy Pascal and the film producer Scott Rudin. "This is insane."
But lucky or unluckily for Fassbender, Sorkin eventually conceded. "Fuck it. He's a great actor whose time has come," he later wrote.
"That's where I ended up," Pascal replied. - The Daily Mail
From reading the full context of this very discussion, it appears that everyone started to list movies Michael has been in and said how great he was, and then that's when they really wrote about Shame. Apparently Sorkin did some research, watched Shame, and then changed his mind.

That's ok Aaron, a lot of people didn't know of Michael, but because of this fiasco, they do now.

I'm not going to bash anyone for what they said, these are people in privileged positions of having the power to make or break talent and film projects and they certainly don't know all the actors out there. The question I have is what is Michael Fassbender and his managers thinking right now? Some speculate that Michael is having a fit of giggles over it all. Others, like me, think he may be turned off or embarrassed by it all. I really don't know, but we'll soon learn the outcome of this project if Michael stays on or not in the coming days or week. One thing's for sure is that the irony in all this is that the criminal act of hacking these private emails has inadvertently raised Michael Fassbender's star power to new heights. Last week at IMDB he was at #94, this week it says he's in the Top 500. I estimate that his ranking next week will be in the 30s.

With the Golden Globes announced this morning and Michael received no nomination for Frank. So sadly, that film and his performance has ran its course and has to settle for two cool BIFAs and a cozy spot on your DVD shelf. But in a way, maybe Michael doesn't need to be rubbing shoulders with all of Hollywood a month from now while these email leaks (and the threat of more to come), are still fresh and on people's minds.

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Michael is Mentioned on Those Leaked Sony Emails

Upon learning about the ongoing hacker leaks from Sony and reading about what those emails entailed, I initially posted some excerpts here at FF last evening. But about half an hour later, I removed it because it just felt like I was aiding in distributing private communications that were never meant for public viewing. I did isolate the bits that referenced Michael Fassbender, and it was all complimentary business discussions, but still, as intriguing as the emails were, it felt sordid in having that stuff posted here at Fassinating Fassbender.

By now, many of you have read some articles on the hacked email saga, but the Defamer has the most detailed accounts. Right now, the only thing that is confirmed about the Steve Jobs bio-pic is that Universal is the studio that owns it, and that Michael Fassbender is the current actor tagged to portray Jobs. There is still no official word from his camp to confirm that he has accepted the role. The other thing that has me scratching my head is the timeline of when this is all suppose to occur. As busy as Michael Fassbender has been in the past 18 months, he will have a very, very busy 2015 with four films being released this year: Slow West, Trespass Against Us, MacBeth, and The Light Between Oceans. On top of that, he has to start filming the next X-Men film in Canada starting in April, and then after that, start working on Prometheus 2. And don't get me started on when the hell that Malik film is coming out, and another don't get me started, is the Assassin's Creed project.

As much as we love and support Michael, and are excited to see every film he's in, I don't know how he can squeeze in the demands of the Steve Jobs film into his busy schedule, unless they start filming in January and be completed before he starts working on X-Men. One interesting thing that I did learn from reading those Sony emails was that one of the reasons why Christian Bale left the project because the Jobs material was so damn heavy, that he couldn't properly research the man to do the role the justice that we all know Bale is capable of. Also, Sony, and now Universal, have very, VERY high hopes for the Jobs film to be an Oscar contender, with a strategically placed release date in December 2015. As one of the emails proclaimed, the Jobs movie is a star making role and has Oscar written all over it. For such a mountain of burden and expectations on an actor's shoulders, is Michael Fassbender really the guy for this role, and is he 110% committed to do what he does best for this role and not be burned out by all the crazy Hollywood games that are taking place pre-production? There is so much hype on this film now that I feel like it's being set up to fail. If Michael does play Steve Jobs and if this film does not live up to the quality of the talent associated with it, it could be an embarrassing flop. One would only need to reference these hacked Sony emails as an omen to the eventual outcome of this film.

I'm going to take a step back and just watch how the rest of this Sony/Universal/Steve Jobs project unfolds. We'll know soon enough if Michael Fassbender has indeed signed a contract to be the lead actor in this career defining role!

Stay tuned...

Monday, December 8, 2014

Michael's female co-star for Steve Jobs film

Michael Fassbender got a new gurlfriend just in time to deflect serial stalkerCelebrity Fassinator Natalie Portman from latching herself onto yet another Fassbender film. Variety announced this evening that Natalie changed her brain about working on the Jobs bio-pic with Fassy, and Universal Studios has resumed their search for a new leading lady. There are so many great actresses to choose from, and I think an A-list lady (Jennifer Lawrence realm) or a solid up coming B-list actress, Rosamund Pike (my Gone Girl, girl crush) would make great choices!

So what say you? Which actress would you like to see cast as the leading lady to Michael's Steve Job role?

Friday, December 5, 2014

TGiF 1205

It was a great week to see Michael Fassbender back in the public eye after two months of being very low profile while working in New Zealand. As we learned this week, filming is complete on 'The Light Between Oceans' and Michael has been enjoying some R&R in Sydney.

This week I mailed off the annual FF Christmas greeting to London where he'll get it upon his arrival back home. Also this week it was announced that 'Slow West' will be shown at the Sundance Film Festival (HitFix). I posted at the FF Facebook page that for 2015, if any FF community readers plan to attend any film festivals next year where Michael will be in attendance, please reach out to me to let me know your plans as we would like to branch out a bit more into a journalistic FF team of event reporters. Last year Vera came thisclose to capturing exclusive close ups of Michael in Russia for an X-Men premiere, but the crowd control was out of control.

Also speaking of the FF Facebook page, Vera and Stephanie have done an outstanding job in helping me establish a career and life timeline of Michael Fassbender. Now that I'm feeling more comfortable with Facebook and how it functions, still not a big fan of it, but I find that it's easier to post very quick updates there of stuff I don't need to post here. So we're developing the Facebook page on a regular basis and when things are quiet here at the blog, please fall back on FFF - along with checking in on it daily - to see what's been posted, and most particularly, mind the timeline to see what we've added there.


Thursday, December 4, 2014

Michael and Alicia Stepping Out!

Official confirmation proof of couplehood.
Michael Fassbender and his 'Light Between Oceans' co-star Alicia Vikander have traded in fun on the beach for a nice arm in arm stroll in a Sydney neighborhood. Michael seems so relaxed with Alicia that he's not even wearing any flip flops! The full details are at The Daily Mail.

Before people start getting overly excited, this is VALID news and information, not unsavory gossip about Michael Fassbender as he is clearly out in public and the photographer is just doing his/her job.

Yup, hold onto him tight girl!

It looks like Michael got an early Christmas present! Alicia is a very lucky lady!

Keep comments mature and polite. Thanks!