Monday, May 22, 2017

Michael Monday #46


Final box office numbers will come in late Monday to officially declare Alien: Covenant as the #1 movie at the US box office. It will be a tight contest, but the film that has been on top for the past few weeks will be very close behind. Whatever the final tally is for the domestic box office, critics need to remember that Alien: Covenant is R-rated, and it's a horror film; two strikes against it during the time of year where family friendly films reign in theaters. Michael Fassbender had a successful visit to Los Angeles last week, and I'm still very grateful for being able to join in on the festivities for Covenant's Hollywood premiere. I saw the film again on Friday after work and was able to see things about it that I missed in the first screening. 

For instance, the opening sequence with David and Weyland talking, I was able to better focus on what they were talking about because at the Wednesday premiere, my brain was still having a brain fassyspasm* and I wasn't able to give that scene my full attention. Fassy does that to people, I don't think the dude is aware of what he does to people. The best way I can describe a brain fassyspasm is if you were to stare at the sun or a bright light bulb for a few seconds, then look away and close your eyes, your eyes will still see the bright light for a few moments. That's referred to as solar retinopathy when too much ultraviolet light floods the retina of your eye. Similarly, when one meets Michael Fassbender, too much of his fassy aura penetrates your brain and causes brain spams, and it's difficult to concentrate on anything or anyone else because the spasms need dissipate on its own and then you'll be normal again.


Ok?



* a temporary brain spasm phenomenon that a person experiences after meeting His Sexiness, Michael Fassbender. Spasms can last 5-20 minutes after the Fassbender encounter. No medical attention is necessary.

Friday, May 19, 2017

TGIF 5.19.17 - FF Film Review: Alien Covenant


It was a great privilege to be able to attend the 20th Century Fox screening of Alien: Covenant on Wednesday at the TCL Chinese Theater. As I posted at FF@FB immediately after wards, I explained how the set up was for the approximately two hundred fans permitted access to the red carpet and hand imprint area. Since this is my first official exclusive screening event in Hollywood, I don't have anything to compare this arrangement with, so I'll keep my complaining to a minimum. But in a nutshell, if studios are going to invite fans to these cool events at this particular venue, please give bitches a view of what's going down. My pictures of MICHAEL FASSBENDER are shit. But thankfully the video (see below) I took with my iPad, and edited (quality degraded a bit when uploaded to YouTube - rolleyes), shows you how close I was, but because of the paparazzi, my view was grossly blocked.


But, beggars can't be choosers. Again, I'm grateful I was able to attend, and that gratefulness is twofold due to actually meeting the gracious and gorgeous Michael Fassbender briefly before the cast introduced the film to the audience, and with my enjoying Alien: Covenant! I like the movie so much, I bought a ticket for the Friday 6pm screening. I want to help support this film so that it can be #1 at the box office this coming weekend! What a way to kick of my new life in Los Angeles by actually attending a premiere of a favorite film franchise starring my favorite actor, and directed by one of my all-time favorite directors, Ridley Scott.  

Now, on to the review of Alien: Covenant -

Alien: Covenant is set about 10 years after the mysterious disappearance of the Prometheus. In Earth's pursuit of a new planet to colonize, the Covenant is on a nearly 8 year journey to a surveyed world that would be the new home for 2000+ humans, and over a thousand embryos. Like on the Prometheus, the Covenant is being watched over by one synthetic human, and his name is Walter. An intergalactic cosmic event wakes the crew up early and the death count starts immediately. After the ship suffers from damage caused by this event, just by chance, the crew pick up a weak signal from someone, a human being, coming from someplace deep in space that no human should be. Considering that no one wants to go back into hyper sleep for 6 more years, the crew decides to check out the planet where the signal is coming from. Perhaps that will be their new home instead. But one person in the crew, Daniels played by Katherine Waterston, doesn't think it's a good idea. She tries to reason with the new captain, Oram/Billy Crudup to stay the course for the designated planet, but he wants to detour to the new one since it's so close.

Once the shuttle lands on the planet with about a dozen crew members, they set out to investigate where the signal is coming from. Although the planet is Earth like, it's void of life and it's too quiet. Unbeknowst to them, lying dormant in the soil are pods of the pathogen that need biological hosts to create those Xenomorphs.  Alien Covenant doesn't waste time in having crew members die in unique and horrific deaths. Some crew members become infected almost immediately upon landing on the planet; they then show symptoms of being infected quickly too. Like in Prometheus, some crew think it's ok to bypass general quarantine rules and everything just goes to pot in a spectacular way. Just as the shuttle crew find themselves facing imminent death, they are saved by David. After he takes the survivors to safety, he explains to them how he and Elizabeth Shaw came to this strange planet. But the crew are so grateful that he saved them, that they easily believe his story. David has had a planet all to himself for 10 years and a hatred for humans has been festering inside him.  David has played creator to these creatures, and with new human hosts, his family is about to grow in terrifying ways.

Alien Covenant is one part Prometheus and one part Alien, and they blend perfectly together and help build up to the events in Alien from 1979. Mankind's curiosity to explore new worlds and to misuse synthetic humans as mere bidders to their selfish needs will lead to our doom. Although Weyland modified the next generation of synthetic humans to be less emotional, i.e., less human, he failed to consider the sense of self and the calculating will to live that the David 8's have developed over time. Covenant wasn't so much scary to me, but more suspenseful, tense, and very bloody. This film gives to those who missed the xenomorphs in Prometheus, and more than make up for it in this film. The end has a great twist to segue into the recently announced, Alien: Awakening.

Michael was excellent as android Walter who spoke with an American accent, and David with a British accent. The scenes with the two of them together were amazing to watch because it was seamless in the editing and each android have such different personalities. Michael's Walter and David are characters that you empathize with and you want both to meet their objectives. David will go down in cinema history as one of the most mesmerizing and charismatic bad guys you secretly root for.

Grade: A-

Monday, May 15, 2017

Michael Monday #45 - Walter vs. David

Michael as Walter 
Michael as David


It's Alien: Covenant release week here in the US, and the Fassy Gods willing, I'll see Michael at one or two events this week in Los Angeles promoting the film! If all goes as planned, it'll be a busy week for Fassinating Fassbender as I'll be able to provide great updates this week with exclusive images, film review, and other information for you!

So with that in mind, Michael Monday is going to be a poll on the dual roles that Michael Fassbender plays in Covenant. By now, many of us know about how warped David has become in this film, and that his clone brother android, Walter, is a slightly different model, making him less human than the model David is. Because of that, Walter is designed to help humans at any cost, whereas David simply wants them all dead, period, because they are beneath him. You can't get any more Yin and Yang than David and Walter. So, which one are you rooting for? This poll is especially good if you haven't seen the film yet. But if you have, still vote!




Friday, May 12, 2017

TGIF 5.12.17


Next week could be a good Fassy week for me. Firstly, I have RSVPd for the Chinese Theater screening of Alien: Covenant and the Ridley Scott hand and foot imprint, where Michael Fassbender will be in attendance next Wednesday the 17th. And then on the 18th, Michael is scheduled to be a guest on The Late Late Show with James Corden. By blind luck, I am on the waiting list for tickets to attend the recording of that show at 4pm on the 18th, but I don't know if I'll actually get tickets. As I understand, they could release extra tickets to waitlist people at the very last minute, but most get a notification days before the recording. So if I'm lucky enough to get notice that I got an actual ticket to attend the recording, I'll go.

Hey Simone Cromer!
Your request for The Late Late Show with James Corden on Thursday, May 18, 2017 @ 4:00 PM has been received, and you have been placed on the Waitlist.

I need time to refer to my personally written but yet to be published, '1001 Blatant Lies to Get Out of Work Early' book, and pay close attention to Chapter 2 on 'New work place lies and strategies', and flag the section on 'Outrageous excuses for back to back days off'.  But I ain't dropping life and responsibilities to hope I get tickets a few hours before the recording. So, it's up in the air if I will even go. I would love to attend as it will be the first time I'm going to a live recording of a late night celebrity TV show here in Los Angeles, so the whole experience will just rock. The other guest on the show is my old time girl crush Diane Lane, and cool ass Benecio Del Toro.

A lot of Covenant reviews, ... I mean, a LOT, have been praising Michael's performance as David and Walter in the movie. It's like it's HIS movie, he's so stand out in it with these duo roles. I'm going to stay chilled out and not get too excited. I just want to watch the film, enjoy it, and see yet again, Michael Fassbender do an excellent job at his craft. It's way too early for all this awards/Oscar talk shit because I've been there, done that, three other times with his previous stand out work. Whatever happens, happen.

Wish me luck!

Monday, May 8, 2017

Michael Monday #44


Reviews for Alien: Covenant thus far have been mostly very positive, and there has been standout high praise for Michael Fassbender as he plays androids David and Walter. I have been trying to be very careful in what I read because some "critics" aren't savvy enough in their writing style to avoid major spoilers, and I hate spoilers for movies I am extremely eager to watch. But since the movie still won't open in the US until May 19, we'll have to be even more diligent in avoiding spoilers, even positive spoilery praise about Michael. I read one comment on twitter this afternoon about Michael's David that made me raise an eyebrow, and smirk, so, I have one scene to look out for.  If all goes well on May 17 for Ridley's imprint at the Chinese Theater, I'll see the movie on that day, and I'll go pay to see it again on Friday. I'll do my Fassinator bit to give money towards Covenant's box office success. Opening weekend is so very important these days.

Michael made his sixth or seventh appearance on The Graham Norton show after the London premiere, and Michael was in extremely top form. Enjoy!




Friday, May 5, 2017

TGIF 5.5.17


Michael Fassbender attended the world premiere of Alien: Covenant in London's Leicester Square yesterday. He was on the green carpet with Ridley Scott, and Katherine Waterston, his co-star from Steve Jobs. Based on a few of the non-spoilery comments about the film from those who saw it, we're in for a bloody ride, and they say that Michael is in top form. Later that afternoon, Michael went to record the Graham Norton Show - which we should be able to view sometime this weekend.

On Friday, I'm excited to meet yet another Fassinator in person. This time it is April, a great supporter of the birthday fundraiser and a good friend. The next time I visit Ireland, she's going to tag along. We're going to a concert in LA and hanging out a bit. We'll eat good food, drink champagne/mimosas, and engage in deep conversations about Fassy and life.

Here is a good quote from Michael this week about how much he values his private time and why it's important to him as a celebrity.

‘It’s effective for me as an actor because I want to be able to disappear into the characters I play,’ Fassbender said in an interview with Australia’s Stellar. ‘I don’t want the audience to be distracted by whatever else is seen of me in the real world.
‘I would consider myself a private person. I work in a medium where we rely on the public to go see it, but my own life is for me.’ (link)

Monday, May 1, 2017

Michael Monday #43

Michael in Los Angeles around 2009ish.

It's the month of May and that means it's Alien: Covenant Month!!!! In two weeks, I may get the chance to see Michael again as he'll be in Los Angeles to promote the movie and support Ridley Scott. Just last night I saw yet another new TV advert for the movie and they are showing some really scary parts. I think they are trying to really market this film as the horror film that most people know the Alien films to be, and 20th Century Fox want people to see this movie in droves! Some people like to hate on Prometheus and claim that it was a failure. It was an excellent film, and it went on to earn over $400 million worldwide, on a $130 million budget. That's damn good. So if the much dissed Prometheus did so well, Covenant is really going to kick butt!

Friday, April 28, 2017

TGIF 4.28.17


Michael's contemplative look in this week's TGIFassy! photo explains my feelings most of this week. I'm just waiting for the other shoe to drop any minute now. A situation that has been dragged out for far too long is taking a strange twist down a gossipy road that is ruined with pot holes and leading towards a dead end. But alas, all is well with Michael, he's doing fine - it's just the standard Hollywood games that need to run its course. Meanwhile, with all sorts of cool TV adverts teasing us about the upcoming Alien: Covenant, it's appearing very clearly that Michael's alter ego synthetic person David, is the shit stirrer in all things Alien. Due to David's wicked deeds, he single handily sets in motion the events of the entire Alien franchise and screws up the people from Earth, and their plans to colonize other planets by polluting it with black goo stuff that creates those pesky Xenomorphs. Hell hath no fury like an annoyed, lonely, vain android.

As I have written many times before, I am incredibly excited to see Alien: Covenant, and this week, a surprise fell into my lap. After reading a tweet on Wednesday, I had to follow up with the person to gather more information about the Ridley Scott hand and footprint imprint that will take place at Mann's/Grauman's/TCL Chinese Theater on May 17, and there will be the Alien: Covenant screening after wards. Then I was informed that Michael would be in attendance to say a few words for Ridley. OMG x100! However, by time I read the Eventbrite registration form, all registrations have ended, but I could add my name to the wait list. I went ahead and added my name and hoped for the best. Thankfully, just 5 minutes later, I get an email stating that a spot opened up and I could reserve a ticket. I responded immediately and got an RSVP spot. I'm so excited. However, this is based on a first come-first serve basis and it is no guarantee for entrance. So, I plan to line up like everyone else with a ticket and hope for the best. But at least, I can line up, and that's what is important!

I plan to take a lot of photos and be in my usual Fassinating Fassbender reporting mode to cover this most incredible screening event. I don't think it's going to be a usual red carpet, which is fine with me, I just want to see Michael and Ridley again ( I saw them together at the Palm Springs Int'l Film Festival last year) at a very special honor event for Ridley. And I know I'm going to enjoy Covenant and it's going to be even more fun watching it with such a special audience at the Chinese Theater!


Monday, April 24, 2017

Michael Monday #42


The more I read about Alien Covenant, it appears that the David we came to know in Prometheus, develops into a real rogue bastard android. I reckon that David's previous indifference to humans, and the damage caused to him when that alien Engineer ripped his head off, sent him down a path to aid in the destruction of the human race beyond simple research of the mysterious black goo. David will pretty much single handily booby trap the planet that the Covenant will land on, and setting them up to be hosts of the most terrifying parasites. Gee, thanks David. But I'm sooooooooooo damn excited, I just love it!

Be prepared to watch Michael on the Graham Norton show on Friday, May 5th (or soon after sometime that weekend), as he'll be there as he begins the Alien Covenant media rounds. I hope to confirm stateside premieres and talk show appearances soon.

Friday, April 21, 2017

TGIF 4.21.17


Sometimes it's so easy, too easy to believe in negative news or gossip about someone you care about. And yeah, sometimes the information is true. But not always. Some gossip is designed as a red herring. Especially if you think you know someone, support them, believe in them, and have actually seen first hand, or read enough about a person to KNOW that they are not what the rumor mill claims them to be - and thus, it can be particularly frustrating dealing with the impending storm. Maybe it's just the way things are in Hollywood where an actor has to be perceived as a Lothario. It makes him more appealing, we will desire him more, and want him, and want to see his work because he's a cool ass, he-man Lothario dude. But for me, I don't need all that window dressing and pretense bullshit to want to see an actor's movies. Then again, all the pretense bullshit isn't staged for fans like me, or smart fans like you.

Michael Fassbender is a good guy. He's not perfect, he's not an angel, and neither are you or me. I've said this many times and nothing has changed my opinion. But, movies have to be sold to audiences, a handsome man still has to be sold as someone that you want to sleep with, and his personal life needs to be displayed in a way that pretends to give the delusional among us, the very faint belief that she/he has a chance with Michael, or at the least, some people can project themselves into Michael's personal life via the person he's dating (see Abnormal Psychology 101).

Since 2008, I have told FF readers to mind the timing of unbelievable fabrications. I have seen many so-called fans who used to follow FF very closely, lose interest in Michael based on absurd rumors. The timing is everything because a major film will open soon for Michael, and it's spring cleaning for him as well. I personally hope he has industrial strength Lysol to help with his cleaning. To get out of a lie, sometimes you gotta participate in another lie. C'est la vie.

Monday, April 17, 2017

Michael Monday #41




There's a special place in heaven for Fassinators who create Fassy gifs. And to start this week off, here's two lovely Michael Fassbender gifs for Michael Monday! In just over two weeks, the Alien Covenant promotions will begin and we'll be joyfully inundated with loads of Michael! I'm still trying to find out if there will be LA or NY premieres for Covenant. So as soon as I find out, I'll let you know asap!

Friday, April 14, 2017

TGIF 4.14.17


Earlier this week it was revealed that Alien Covenant will have its World Premiere in London on May 4th. The film opens in the states on May 19th, so I'm crossing my fingers, and anything else on my body that can be crossed, and hope that Covenant has a Hollywood premiere too. If there will be a premiere, I will be there, and I'm getting some ducks in the row to make this happen, but with my luck, the ducks will drown and all this will be moot. I'm so anxious with anticipation that there be an Alien premiere in Hollywood because for literally all my life, I have been a fan of all the Alien films, and to witness a premiere for Covenant would be a dream come true. But in reality, this will be two dreams come true: Watching an Alien franchise premiere; and actually seeing Michael Fassbender on the red carpet for a genuine Hollywood premiere. I've seen him 4-5 times at Toronto Int'l Film Festival and other industry events, but that ain't Hollywood!

Back in 2012, I was on my first holiday to Ireland, but as I was flying to London to continue my holiday, I missed the Prometheus premiere by 1 hour as I flew into Heathrow from Shannon. I even considered trying to catch an earlier flight out of Shannon, but it was going to cost me over 200 Euros to do so, and I couldn't justify paying that extortion fee just to fly to London 2.5 hours earlier. So, we'll see if the universe will permit me this opportunity.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Michael Monday 40


My apologies for there not being a TGIFassy update on Friday. My internet service was interrupted and thus preventing online access for about 36 hours. But sometimes having these outages can help put things into perspective as I decompress from a stressful week, and I was able to really enjoy my mini-vacation time after I quit my job on Wednesday, and start a new one today! However, once I was back online, there wasn't anything new on Michael - but Fendi SS17 did post this week's MM photo of Michael on their Instagram.

We're just a month away from full blown Alien Covenant promotions and red carpet premieres. I hope that there's a Los Angeles premiere because I'll do almost anything to be there to cover it for the blog! And after Covenant is released in theaters, we will have to wait until October 13 for Michael's Norwegian-English film, The Snowman. And with one glance at Michael's IMDB page, it's so odd not seeing a few 'pre-production' or 'filming' status titles for films he's working on. In fact, Michael appears to be living up to his word by saying that he's taking six months off from acting to focus on other things. I'm kind of hoping that with the announcement of a future Ridley Scott project, Battle of Britain, a WWII film, perhaps Ridley has spoken to Michael about starring in it. Just because Michael's on a break from acting, doesn't mean he's on a break from negotiating for his next projects for later this year, or early next year. So, we'll have to see what happens with this Ridley project since they get on so well together.

Monday, April 3, 2017

Michael Monday 39


While watching The Walking Dead last night, 20th Century Fox went full Alien Covenant by showing some great scenes for the movie that will be released next month, May 19th. Michael will be on double duty as David and Walter. With Michael's androids being such prominent characters in Prometheus and Covenant, I wonder if he will have a part in future films that Ridley Scott has planned for the Alien saga. I have been a long time fan of all the Alien films, but it would be different watching them in the future without Michael involved.

I'm sure wherever Michael was in the world yesterday on his birthday, he was enjoying celebrations in private with those close to him. Thanks again to everyone who donated to his birthday fundraiser this year!

Saturday, April 1, 2017

Michael Fassbender 40th Birthday Weekend and Raffle Winner!

Happy Birthday Michael!

Wow, wow, wow! We totally rallied in the end, on the last day of the fundraiser. Our 5th Annual Michael Fassbender Birthday Fundraiser supporting The Bike Experience made our goal and raised £1003.83 (Due to Karen A.'s last minute second donation of $150) £1124.06! This year's 22 donors are incredible people who not only love and admire their favorite actor Michael Fassbender, but they truly believe in and support the mission of The Bike Experience. The birthday announcement for Michael has been sent off to his representative at Troika and you can check it out right HERE!

I've said this before, but it is quite a challenge to manage a fundraiser during a very busy month for many of us, and it has been extremely stressful for me - especially in the past week regarding work and life. However, when I got an email from Just Giving letting me know there was a new donation, it was very motivational and therapeutic to know that people were responding to my requests for donations. Just when I think life is a trip and I'm bummed out for a minute or not feeling well due to an allergies blow out, I then remember how lucky I am to walk 2 miles during my lunch break, walk up and down stairs without using the hand rail, illegally jaywalk/run across a major boulevard, take a 5 mile hike in the San Gabriel Mountains, or walk into a theater to watch a film way in the back of the theater. I'm listing just a few activities that all of the donors this year can do and take for granted because we're able-bodied, unlike the disabled recipients of the opportunities that The Bike Experience present to them. Some of them became disabled from unfortunate accidents, just like the founder, Talan Skeels-Piggins, and some were born without the ability to walk. The motto for TBE is: "We use the motorcycle as a vessel to improve well being and confidence". With your donations again this year, TBE is able to continue their mission. Thank you.

Ok, and now for the raffle winner.