Friday, August 22, 2014
Whew! With great relief, Magnolia Pictures increased the theater roll-out count for Frank, and you can see it at a theater nearer to you hopefully soon. For me, I'll be in Toronto when it comes to Ann Arbor, so I may mosey on over to Royal Oak on Aug 29th with a friend and her husband, who is from Manchester, England, and really keen to see a Fassy movie that is loosely based on Frank Sidebottom.
There has been a great reception to Frank and the reviews are over overwhelmingly positive, such as this review from the Los Angeles Times. I dare say that Frank will be in many Top Five Fassy Film lists, and even though you don't see him, hearing him, and seeing how he emotes as Frank is so brilliant and you forget, albeit temporarily, that you cannot see Michael Fassbender's oh so handsome face!
Earlier this week, TIFF released their final announcement for films and the talent that will descend upon Toronto in a couple of week, and Michael's Slow West is not screening, and he certainly won't be there. Hey, the man can't attend every year, and I'm totally ok with him not being there - it's so much less pressure off of me, you just don't know.
Sunday, August 17, 2014
These pictures are of such great quality and capture such a great moment of Michael during the Apple Store interview in New York last week, that they deserve their own post here at FF. Courtesy of tumblr (lokimaxiejackie):
Friday, August 15, 2014
|Michael in NYC during last week's Frank promotion.|
Michael Fassbender's newest film, 'Frank', opens in very, very select theaters in the US today, and then over the next month, it slowly rolls out over the country to other very select theaters. Unfortunately, it's only going to screen at a rinky dink theater in Grand Rapids, MI, a lame city 150 miles from where I live. I'm hopeful that this flimsy list is totally incomplete and that it will screen in Southeast Michigan soon like in Ann Arbor, Royal Oak, Detroit or Birmingham! This totally messes up me and Snootiegirl's plans to see it together. Although I already saw the movie in June in LA (read my review), I want to see it again, it's that good! Seeing the fun that Michael Fassbender had in the past week in promoting the film and his interview responses about the film have made me itchy to watch Frank again. So I encourage you to see it if it's going to play near you!
Saturday, August 9, 2014
According to a much more trusted website, Screen Rant got a quote directly from Michael Fassbender this week confirming that he is still on board Assassin's Creed. This is great news!
“I love these rumors! It’s fantastic. People talk about it, and they’re hopefully interested. Nothing has changed, yeah. I’m still a part of Assassin’s Creed, and we’re working on the script as we speak. Actually, I’m going to go back and see the writers when I get back to Europe.”
Friday, August 8, 2014
Ask and we received! Earlier this week many of us were experiencing Fassy withdrawals and severe dehydration due to Fassbender juice being withheld from us. Then the next day, the Fassy Gods rained upon thee and Michael Fassbender and his Frank co-stars descended upon New York City for the American premiere of Frank. And like sad and innocent crack addicts, Fassinators got all tingly and happy and shit with our Fassy Fix!
We are satisfied and excited about Michael's promotion of his new movie Frank, which will open just next weekend in select cities, and then it goes into wider release after that. Michael is looking really fit and has some color in his skin, and his hair is all prudy and stuff. Let's enjoy this while we can because he will be going down to Australia in September to film his next movie, Light Between Oceans.
In regards to TIFF, they announced another 30 film titles this week and they were the Canadian film segment of the festival. At this point, I think it's safe to say that Slow West will not make it to Toronto. It's not one of those much anticipated big name productions that a lot of people are just anxious to see, so there's no need to hold it close to the chest and announce it at the 12th hour - it should have been announced two weeks ago with the other 60+ films. Anyway, I was 50/50 about its chances of playing at TIFF, this makes life easier for me and I can continue on with my plans to drink champagne and watch great movies without the anxiety of film festival Fasstrategizing.
|Michael as Frank, really, really being the life of the party!|
Thursday, August 7, 2014
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Michael Fassbender performs 'I love you all' from Frank
Wednesday, August 6, 2014
Well damn, I didn't see this coming! As Just Jared reports, Michael arrived in NYC Tuesday to support the premiere of Frank which opens in "select" theaters on August 22nd. I get nervous when I see "select theaters" because that means that I have to drive 40 miles to see it, or worse, wait another week or two for said film to bother to come to Michigan.
Also, according to a tweet, we have this treat tonight in the US:
Tonight The Soronprfbs will perform 'I Love You All' live on The Colbert Report @ 11.30pm EST!
@StephenAtHome Frank opens US Cinemas 15/08
So, if you plan on watching, check it out on Comedy Central! http://thecolbertreport.cc.com/
Here are more pics from Michael in New York City on Tuesday:
I'm glad Michael is in the States promoting Frank. This is an incredible film; it's funny, but very sad and dark at the same time. I cannot wait to see it again!
More pics and info at JJ.
|Hey Michael, I got one of those!|
Monday, August 4, 2014
|Michael we're thirsty for you! Share you with us!|
This has been a quiet summer of Fassy, and I'm wondering how the rest of you are coping? I don't follow other celebrities, and I do have many other things to work on and think about. But I've kind of come to rely on using Michael Fassbender news and the engagement with other fans as a nice distraction and to perk me up when life is a bit too heavy and chaotic. Michael Fassbender is like zen yoga for the mind and eyes and this picture I'm using for this update couldn't come at a better time.
Remember, Frank comes out in US theaters on August 16th, I hope it's not limited release.
So, are you thirsty for some Fassbender?
Friday, August 1, 2014
His next film release, Frank, will be out in the US on August 16th, and it's not too late to order your 'Keep Calm and Watch a Fassbender Film' t-shirt from Limelight Impressions. I plan on wearing mine to the theater when I go see it for the second time (first time was at the LA Film Festival in early-June). The Toronto Int'l Film Festival released more film titles on Tuesday, and so far, still no 'Slow West'. The final round of films will be announced over the next week and a half or so, and chances look slim that Michael's film will show there. But that's ok, I'm all set for my 11th straight year in a row in attending TIFF.
I'm all moved into my new apartment and I'm happy as a clam. I'll lay low this weekend with finishing up unpacking some boxes in my SPARE bedroom. I have so much space now that I don't know what to do with myself. I have one big box of all the magazines I bought that has Michael on the cover or featured inside the magazine, it's my little Fassy Library and I need put it in a special place.
I'm sad that it's already August, why in the hell does the summer months go by so fast, but yet winter lingers around like a weird unwanted visitor.
Friday, July 25, 2014
|Because Michael's in France, this was taken in France/Cannes 2009 (Antoine Doyen)|
But at least he's enjoying some holiday time before he starts up filming Light Between the Oceans in September. And so with Michael surfing in the South of France, it appears that he's done filming Trespass Against Us. Also earlier this week, TIFF announced the first round of 60 films that will screen at the festival in September, but Slow West was not announced... yet. Mind there are roughly 150 more film titles to be added onto the slate, so Michael's Slow West could still be announced in a few weeks. Trust me, this is the norm, it's like this every year. TIFF wets the palate of the cinephile by announcing the films that have been confirmed to be Galas and Special Presentations first, and then as they continue to negotiate with studios for other films, they will announce the complete list in mid-August, just about 10 days or so before tickets go on sale. One highlight this week at work is that I have been approved to take TIFF time off in September, and my TIFF Toronto host is going to host me again from Thursday to Wednesday of the festival. I am so lucky to have this arrangement at TIFF because it I didn't, my enjoyment of the festival in the past four years would have been quite different, and not in a good way. It costs a lot of money to attend TIFF and to really have fun at the festival and in the city. If I were to estimate the cost I'm saving by being the guest of my host, look at this breakdown:
Hotel @ $170 night for 6 nights = $1,020 (if I could even find one at this low price, and this is not including outrageous Canadian tax)
Tiff tickets for 15 films = $600
Food/drinks = $300*
Train/parking/gas/customs = $225*
Estimated total = $2,145 (with the exception of my travel, and some light snacks from Subway and Tim Hortons, everything else is covered by the host. Yes, I'm super lucky!) Prior to my host hooking me up, I was lucky to do TIFF the Friday to Sunday, and even then it was still expensive paying everything myself, it still cost over $600.
We'll surely see more of Michael Fassbender soon enough. Meanwhile, enjoy your summer like how he apparently is enjoying his.
Friday, July 18, 2014
Yeah, I'm positing this just to make sure ya'll are still awake! It's quiet in Fassyland, but let's not go all graveyard quiet, alright? I'm in the process of moving to a new apartment, so I appreciate the little downtime. However, Vera and Stephanie are doing a fine job at FF@FB with some originality in keeping the Facebook page active DAILY. So I encourage you to please visit there DAILY so you can keep up with Fassy stuff, and engage with other Fassinators when things are quiet here at the blog.
With that said, several things popped up this week: Rachel Weisz will join Michael in 'Light Between Oceans', which will start filming in September. And the rumor that Michael has pulled out of Assassin's Creed is still being reported only in comic nerd blogs, not traditional and more reliable sources yet. I don't mean to dismiss a fellow blogger, but as a blogger myself, I know that 'rumors' originally reported by nerd bloggers are taken with a grain of salt until it's verified by authenticated entertainment news sources. That hurts the ego, but that's how the internet world spins. So until Variety or The Hollywood Reporter confirms this about Assassin's Creed, it's still just an under the radar rumor.
Next week is the big week for the TIFF announcements of the first round of films that will screen there in just seven weeks! I just tried to navigate the TIFF website and it's a fucking mess. If I can't easily find what I'm looking for after attending for 11 years, how in the hell is a newbie going to find information there? Anyway, I "THINK" on the 22nd, they'll announce a slew of festival films and maybe Michael's 'Slow West' will be announced to screen at TIFF this year. If I can be honest, I'll be fine if it plays there (it's no guarantee that he'll even show up - just like he didn't show up for Fish Tank), and it may not be announced, it could be saved for the NYFF, or not do the fall festival circuit at all. So, we'll see. All I know is that of all the years I have been attending TIFF, the most hectic years have been when Michael was in town. I admit, I go into 'delicate stan'* mode for Michael only during the hours he's at TIFF where I can see the dude. But if he's not there, fine with me, I can focus on the 20 movies I'm going to see.
* I'm totally setting myself up mafia style by referring to myself as a delicate stan (professional and polite part-time film festival venue stalker fan) in my participating in a mere 2 hours of stanning at the theater in anticipation of seeing Michael and watching his movie. It's not necessarily fun, it's stressful, I'm constantly strategizing where to sit and whom to knock over if they get in my damn way. I'm prepping my camera in one hand and video cam in another. Last year was very stressful because I was wondering how in the hell was I going to be able to give Michael his 'Keep Calm and Watch a Fassbender Film' t-shirt. But I was tripping out for nothing because yet again, the Fassy Gods hooked me up by positioning Michael on the stage right in front of me. I have never seen Michael on the red carpet because I'm always in the theater before he arrives. But in a way, it's just as well because I hate the red carpet crowds at TIFF, and sadly, it's the 'regular people' crazy fans that turn off a lot of the film review bloggers (they're snobs) and they avoid TIFF like the plague because of the regular people fans who don't go see the movies, they just camp out along the red carpet and scream all day. So... see what I put myself through for you people? :D
Friday, July 11, 2014
The only bit of news that I heard this week is that Michael's version of MacBeth is slated to premiere during the week of Christmas.
MacbethWho Made It: Justin Kurzel ("The Snowtown Murders")
Who's In It: Michael Fassbender, Marion Cotillard, Jack Reynor, David Thewlis
Where It Might Premiere: Set for release at Christmas, maybe this is the kind of film that could quietly make a Telluride debut and skip the others?
The Gist: Shakespeare's Scottish play about General Macbeth gets another cinematic adaptation, this time with none other than Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard in the leads. Director Justin Kurzel has yet to prove himself on this scale. Considering his project attracted those actors (and the Weinsteins) it seems safe to suggest he's about to. Definitely something the Weinsteins are hoping will gain awards traction, it could hold out for a theatrical release. But it's been in post since April, so it should likely be ready if they decide to go the festival route. - IndieWire
I am hoping for a November, or early December release. The last two weeks are terribly bloated with high-brow cinema queuing up at the end of the year for Oscar consideration qualification. I don't want MacBeth overshadowed and lost in the mix. But if it's fall festival ready and does really well at Telluride/Toronto/Venice, then it could be bumped up earlier. We'll see. Still no word on that MI5 Top Secret Don't Know What to Call it Terrence Malick mystery movie that was filmed in 2012. It's sure not coming out this year.
Sunday, July 6, 2014
Source: Daily News
Meanwhile, Michael has spent the weekend at the Silverstone F1 race in England, today he's seen hanging out with Goldie.
Friday, July 4, 2014
He looks European to me. I can't put my finger on why he looks European, but he just does dammit, and not like some dude who lives in Kansas. I ask this because even though X-Men: Days of Future Past is a huge blockbuster, there's not as much buzz about Michael Fassbender at the present. Yes, it's an ensemble piece, yes, Michael's on the cover of June/July Details, and yes, Michael has been the topic of articles online, namely for his Frank film, and the upcoming Slow West, but, I still get the sense that because he doesn't have a very American sounding name, and he looks non-American, I wonder if the general public still views him as some fancy schmancy European actor.
He's known but because he doesn't live the "Look at me, I'm a Celebrity' lifestyle that People and US Weekly covets, he's ignored by them. Would it have hurt People to do a 1/2 page profile on Michael in May, June or July? They did one in January 2012, but that was 2 1/2 years ago. I suspect he's too European for them and until something cool, fun, and gossipy happens, they'll keep ignoring him because he's not American enough. Then again, maybe this is a good thing. I don't know, I'm dreadfully biased and I know he's awesome, and he just deserves a bit more fun free press from the popular American celebrity magazines.
Tuesday, July 1, 2014
|Michael Fassbender with Bradley Cooper and other pretty and special people.|
Because he was safe, secure, and dried in the celebrity tent section. This is the ONLY way I would participate at a music festival like Glastonbury. At the Daily Mail over the weekend, they kept posting ridiculous photos of silly drunk festival goers jumping in mud puddles like 5-year olds. But today, they post the celebrity photos and Michael was there hanging out with BFF2, Bradley Cooper. Doesn't Michael have the best smile on the planet?
In other news, Indiewire reports on warming up chatter about Michael's Slow West screening at either Telluride or TIFF in August/September. However, due to the bitch slapping 'First!' controversy from last year when Telluride stole a little of TIFF's 'World Premiere' thunder status for several films, namely 12 Years a Slave and Gravity, the co-director of TIFF, Cameron Bailey, announced earlier this year that if a film that is scheduled to screen at TIFF decides to have the official World/North American premiere at Telluride, just days earlier, they will lose out in being screened during the coveted first 3 days of TIFF. I stress official because if it premieres at Telluride "First!" then that's the official World/NA premiere. Said film can still be shown at TIFF, but it'll be relegated to a Monday-Wednesday slot. Every serious regular TIFF goer knows that the first 3 nights, Friday-Sunday (excluding Thursday opening night) are the HOT films, and that ALL the top dogs and decision makers are in town from Thursday to Monday morning. It's my estimate that TIFF loses about 20% of its out of town visitors and that includes select TPTB and many Americans who have to go back to work on Monday (I used to be one of these folks, but now I can stay a week thanks to my host). It's my hopes that if Slow West is festival ready that they save the North American/World premiere for TIFF. The full film schedule for Toronto won't be announced until mid-August, but they announce about 50% of the films by late July.
And speaking of Toronto, Happy Canada Day, I love Canada! So close, so familiar, but different in their own way! xoxo