Monday, February 27, 2017

Michael Monday 35

I'm still reeling from the Best Picture announcement fiasco of the Oscars last night, just unreal! I had hoped Moonlight would win, but, not quite so dramatically. So in honor of Moonlight winning, here's a lovely Michael Monday portrait of Michael with a lighting effect in the background that is similar to a moon.

The 5th Annual Birthday Fundraiser begins in two days! Let's make this a big success for a very special birthday!

Friday, February 24, 2017

TGIF 2.24.17

It has been a good week in catching up with Michael on the final leg of promoting Assassin's Creed in Japan and China. He looked breathtaking and he seemed to really enjoyed himself there. Also this past week, we finally got to see the trailer for Song to Song, and, a really cool prologue video of the Alien Covenant crew before chaos ruined their lives. I still stand by my grand appreciation for Prometheus, but I'm so glad Covenant is going to be bloody gory, going back to the scary roots of what started it all. As much as I love horror films, I don't like watching them in the theater because weak people in the audience scream and trip out and a few fools even kicked the back of my seat, something I really don't appreciate. I anticipate Alien Covenant will be a scream provoking, back seat kick inducing film, but I'll deal with it because some films (i.e. Fassy Films) need to be seen in the theater.

The month is winding down and next Wednesday, March 1st will be the first day of the 5th Annual Michael Fassbender Birthday Fundraiser in support of The Bike Experience (TBE). The founder of TBE, Talan, has provided me with a great summary of the 2016 season, and some cool updates on what they have planned for 2017. I will share his update with you next week. Please start thinking about what you would like to donate this year. If you have never participated, now is a really good time to do so because we really want to honor Michael on his 40th birthday with a most successful fundraiser for this worthy charity!

Lastly, I was asked to be interviewed by the Canadian newspaper, The Globe and Mail, on Thursday in light of the news that the Toronto Int'l Film Festival has made some significant changes to its program. Apparently the reporter read some of my TIFF articles at Theatre of Zen and she wanted my reaction to the changes. I spoke with her for over 10 minutes and the article went live late Thursday evening. I'm apparently an "industry insider", I'm so geeked, I'm too legit to quit! Read the article: TIFF Overhaul Receives Cautious Applause from Industry Insiders. 

Monday, February 20, 2017

Michael Monday 34

With the long awaited trailer for Song To Song released on Friday, and with the UK release of Trespass Against Us next week (3 March), we're going into this week with high hopes that March is going to be a great Fassy month. And the timing couldn't be more perfect to coincide with the birthday fundraiser that will start soon. I had a crappy week last week, so I'm very hopeful that Michael's smile in this week's MM photo is seriously contagious in real life and be much better for me... and for you if last week sucked for you too.  Cheers!

Friday, February 17, 2017

TGIF 2.17.17

Michael traveled to Japan this week for a final leg promotion of Assassin's Creed. With Japan and China the last countries to have the film released there, the box office for the film will get a nice boost of support. According to Box Office Mojo, the box office receipts of the film as of Feb 16 is at $212 million, and 74% of that take is from international movie goers.  In the end, Michael and company should be very pleased with the success of Assassin's Creed and feel confident in moving forward with completing the trilogy series. Meanwhile, especially for those of you who have seen this great film, check out this deleted scene that director Justin Kurzel removed because he deemed it "convoluted and complicated".

It has been confirmed that Michael will attend the SXSW festival on March 10 to not only support the long awaited Terrence Malick film, Song to Song, but Michael will be joined by Ridley Scott as they give a sneak preview of Alien: Covenant during the festival. Dang I wish I could be there, but I'll make sure to watch Song to Song as it'll be released on March 17, a week after the SXSW debut.

Remember the 5th annual birthday fundraiser starts in less than two weeks, so I look forward to your support once more!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Michael Monday 33

In a couple of weeks, the 5th annual FF birthday fundraiser will commence on Wednesday, March 1st. So please get ready to join the Fassinating Fassbender fanbase in making this year an exceptional fundraising success to honor Michael's 40th birthday, and The Bike Experience. Have any of you celebrated your 40th birthday yet? It's a really cool milestone. Still young, but older, wiser, and you're taken more seriously in the world because you're like a real straight up, bonafide adult. In your 40s, you're still receptive to learning and exploring new things, so it's an exciting age group to be a part of. If we thought Michael in his 30s kicked ass - and I've been a fan of his since he turned 30 in 2007, I know that his 40s are going to bring an expansion of his acting talent, more producing, and delving into directing. Michael Fassbender is like a fine wine - he gets better with age.

And speaking of that, I'm not being nasty or anything, but I Googled fine wines of 1977, and the first one that came up was Cockburn's 1977 Vintage Port for $155. Make of that what you will. What kind of celebratory Fassy birthday wine will you be drinking?

Friday, February 10, 2017

TGIF 2.10.17 (Edited)

After keeping tabs on Michael during his LA visit earlier this week, we're going into a quiet weekend until Michael pops up again. I posed a question at FF@FB asking if people would be interested in seeing Michael present at the Oscars this year. He did such a nice job at the DGAs that I think it would be great for him to be seen on a worldwide stage presenting an award. But I don't know if it's really his cup of tea, and I would totally understand if he's not interested. The closest most celebrities will come to being on the Oscar stage is as a presenter, and it's very lucrative to do so. In any event, slightly off TGIFy topic, since I've seen the one film that has been smartly marketed to all hell, stamped-approved, and pre-designated to win everything (you know how this works), I'm going to see two films this weekend that I hope win in their respective categories: I Am Not Your Negro (Best Documentary), and Toni Erdmann (Best Foreign Film  - Germany).

As usual, Hollywood has already negotiated the rights to take the very successful, very original, and very GERMAN Toni Erdmann and they're going to make it All-American for those who don't want to read the German spoken film with English subtitles. I'm not cool with this, because for cripes sake, we have the original, playing in theaters right now, and strongly positioned to win the Oscar for Best Foreign film. And before the Oscar engraving dust has settled, Hollywood has signed on two big All-American as apple pie celebrities to remake Erdmann for the USA crowd. I already know it's not going to be as good as the original so that's why in honor of Michael Fassbender and Daddy Josef Fassbender and the country of their birth, I'm going to the theater on Saturday to watch Toni Erdmann and reading the English subtitles of this German film like a proper and cultured cinephile!

Unterst├╝tzung deutscher Filme!

Edited to add: DMC Film is hiring an intern!!!

Monday, February 6, 2017

Michael Monday 32

Some well deserved holiday time from Christmas through January did Michael good as he showed off his sun kissed face in Hollywood Saturday night at the DGA Awards. Just when I think I'm a level headed, professional fan blogger person, the fan girl in me comes out screaming when weeks go by and I don't see or hear about Michael, and then Wham! here he is looking so 'Ungodly gorgeous' as director Todd Holland wrote about Michael on his (@Toddholland3) instagram Saturday night. You know a man is being honest and has no shame when he says that about our boy. Thanks Michael for picking up my spirits, and motivating me to update the blog and FF@FB all weekend!

ps. Thanks for fans giving us back our sacrificed facebook Likes from the previous weekend's punishment un-Liking event. LOL! xoxo

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Michael at the 69th Director's Guild Awards

Michael attended the 69th Director's Guild Awards ceremony last night, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, to award his mentor and friend, director Ridley Scott with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Ridley has been directing films longer than Michael has been alive, but after directing Michael in three great films, it made sense that Michael would be positioned to present this honor to his friend. Recently, Michael announced that he would like to start directing in a few years, and with a working relationship with Ridley Scott, he is being mentored by one of the best in the industry. One day within the next decade, surely Michael will receive a nomination from the DGA. Coincidentally, while the DGA was occurring last night, I was watching Alien on BBC America. The horror film that 40 years later created a popular franchise that Michael would become a part of. 

Michael with Billy Crudup

Michael presenting award to Ridley Scott

Here is a brief write up of the event by RTE:
British director Ridley Scott was presented with a lifetime achievement award by Irish actor Michael Fassbender.On stage, the 79-year-old said: "My fellow directors, I salute you. Do try to raise the bar and most importantly, try not to punch anyone because I've come close quite a few times."Paying tribute to Scott, Christopher Nolan, who directed the Dark Knight trilogy, said: "If I was asked to point to one filmmaker who inspired me to get into film, it would be Sir Ridley Scott." - RTE
It would be remiss of me to not acknowledge how refreshed, happy and healthy Michael looked last night. Since I have moved to Los Angles in October, this is the first time Michael attended a Hollywood event while I was just miles away. I look forward to one day taking advantage of the benefits of logistically being in an area where I could be on the sidelines of these events so that I can update the blog on coverage of an event Michael attends.

Friday, February 3, 2017

TGIF 2.3.17

In a couple of weeks, I'll provide information about the 5th Annual FF Birthday fundraiser, and it's a special year because it'll be Michael's 40th birthday! For the entire month of March, Fassinating Fassbender will host a fundraiser for The Bike Experience, a wonderful British charity that we believe in and value the inspiration it gives to those who use the services.  As challenging, exhausting, and demanding managing a fundraiser can be, it's completely rewarding when we meet our goal, or get close to it. No matter how much  money we raise, it all goes directly to TBE and they appreciate every penny we raise!

The month of March is also another anniversary milestone month and I'll have a special blog article to recognize this occasion, so be on the look out! Thanks for putting up with my sour mood in the past month. Along with work, long commuting, and pathetic politics, I've been stressed out a bit and I know my spirits will pick up soon.

One of my vague posts at FF@FB this week made some people dunk their heads into their river of denial and a few of them unLiked us. Oh well, it's ok, I believe I did them a favor by at least giving them a heads up warning so they can brace themselves for any official announcement coming out this Spring.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Michael Monday 31

Whoo boy, this weekend was all kinds of fucked up wasn't it? I just don't have the words, or rather, I don't want to repeat my words tweeted over this past weekend here out of fear of losing readers to my bad temper. Thank God for Michael Fassbender's smile on this Michael Monday!

Friday, January 27, 2017

TGIF 1.27.17

Another tough week winds down, but there was a distraction on Tuesday with the Oscar nominations. I held out a glimmer of hope that The Light Between Oceans would get at least a cinematography, costume, or even an adapted screenplay nomination, just to add some spice to the expected mix and make it an Oscar nominated film. It definitely deserved some recognition even if it was a token nomination. But AMPAS played it safe and stayed with fall festival favorites. I don't know when Michael will be in the Oscar race again, but according to this article at Digital Spy, Michael has confirmed that he would like to delve into directing in a couple of years. Now don't get too panicky, just because he wants to expand his creativity into a different facet of movie making doesn't mean he's going to give up acting any time soon. Lots of actors/actresses produce and direct films, and continue to act as well.

And speaking of double duty work where Michael served as producer and director in Assassin's Creed, it's official, according to Box Office Mojo, AC has so far earned $202 million worldwide as of 25 January. So congrats to Michael and DMC Film for hitting that box office milestone!

Expect the next few weeks to be very quiet on Fassbender news. There's still hope that he will attend the Song to Song premiere at the SXSW festival in early March, so cross your fingers and stay tuned.

Monday, January 23, 2017

Michael Monday 30

I had a lot of fun dedicating Friday's tweets to Michael Fassbender. As we enter a dark tunnel of worldwide political cyncism, Michael offers light, hope, and inspiration. Sometimes when I'm looking for an image to use for TGIF! or Michael Monday, I have a tough decision to make because there are usually three images I have to choose from based on my current mood, what I want to convey to my readers, and try to use something I haven't used before, or I haven't used in a few years. I communicate with fans from all over the world, and it seems that we're all on the same page in wanting to escape from "reality" and focus on the actor and his film projects for entertainment, fun, and escapism. Now more than ever, this holds true to us Fassinators. The overwhelming success of the Women's March in various cities around the country and world this weekend demonstrate that most women are sadden, disgusted and concerned about the direction of the country that has held the title of Leader of the Free World for so long. We Americans who voted differently are very angry about what's going on in the nation, but I do have hope that this nightmare will end sooner than we think.

In the meanwhile, I look forward to continuing to do my best to bring to you some fresh and exciting editorials about Michael and his career as often as I'm able to. If you have any questions or article to suggestions, please email me because I want FF to be your quick go to source for information and commentary on Michael.

Friday, January 20, 2017

TGIF 1.20.17

All day today at my @Fassfass twitter, I be posting images of Michael Fassbender because, you know, ain't nothing else of any sort of importance is happening today, so why not let loose and go Full TGIFassy! And besides, Tresspass Against Us is releasing today in very select theaters, so please go see it on January 20th to support this cool film, and also because it's an important day to do something good and fun and to distract yourself from a historic national embarrassment. What will I be doing on Friday? Well, I'm going to the spa to soak in a copper bath, and then have a 60 minute organic facial. The stress this week has been incredible, and I'm treating myself with a spa, and I'm treating you to all day Fassy images.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Michael Monday 29

Let's be honest, this week is going to suck. A major political event will take place in the US this week and I've been bracing myself for it, but it's not working. One remedy for this pickle I find myself in is to just focus on happy grinning photos of Michael Fassbender. Short of winning the lottery jackpot that will allow me to buy a private plane and fly to an exotic location, permanently, that is not affected by US politics, I'm just gonna have to find cheer from Happy Fassy photos.

Friday, January 13, 2017

TGIF 1.13.17

By John Russo 2013
As Assassin's Creed opens in cinemas all over the world, it is moving into 'hit' territory with its global box office of $155 million as of Jan 11th. I'm really proud of Michael doing what he aimed to accomplish with AC. It's a great film that deserves to be seen by gamers, and those who enjoy sci-fi/fantasy films that make you think. To remind you of the importance of international box office and how Hollywood is now catering to it, read this article from the BBC - How the Global Box Office is Changing Hollywood. It makes perfect sense why Michael and the studio focused on heavy promotions overseas.

The next Fassy film that will be released is Song to Song and it will be the opening film, on March 10, at the SXSW festival and the SXSW website has the film prominently featured. A fan emailed me asking if I thought Michael would attend the premiere. Well, since he's not filming anything at the moment, I think that he might make himself available especially since this is a Terrence Malick film, and it's been five years since Michael filmed it, so he's probably excited to see how it turned out at the very place that inspired the film. So yes, I now think he'll be there. And in case you haven't heard, apparently Michael's character in the movie has a 'Lucifer' quality to him. If this is true, then Malick has something up his sleeve about this particular character. Since this film has been off my radar for a while, I'm just starting to warm up to it again.

Thanks to all the new readers who rallied in the past two weeks to help FF @Facebook hit and pass the 1K Likes milestone. We got 15 in just the past week, even while I was out of town and offline. So that's great that you guys are enjoying what we cover on Michael here at the blog and at FF@FB. Thank you!