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!

Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Michael Fassbender Hangin' at Bondi Beach

Perfect legs and great feet for flip flops!

The media has been like us, thirsty as hell for new information and more importantly, images of Michael Fassbender down under. More pics of him and his co-star hanging out and enjoying the sun of Bondi Beach have appeared at the Daily Mail, and the same kinds of comments are being made by the same kind of people who have been making the same comments all the long. Can't Michael Fassbender be friendly with co-stars and hang out with them without wild speculation and projections being made? I guess not. I love Michael's t-shirt, so appropriate for a guy with such a great smile!

I believe filming for The Light Between Oceans will be completed by Christmas so that everyone can enjoy their holiday break[It appears filming has wrapped up about a week ago]  Back when I was a youngin in the early to mid 80s, I was fascinated by musicians from Australia (INXS, Midnight Oil, Men at Work, Olivia Newton John), and I have always wanted to go to the land down under. But it's expensive as hell and you practically need a Star Trek transporter to get there. Bondi Beach is famous the world over and since I fancy beaches, I have to go there one day. Yet another destination to add to my bucket list!

Michael and his Elton Johnish sunglasses.

Monday, December 1, 2014

Fassy Bondi Beach Photos

Michael even looks sexy when annoyed by invasive paparazzi!

Yes! What a way to start off the first Monday of the last month of the year! Michael Fassbender was seen surfing at Bondi Beach in Australia this weekend with his co-star Alicia Vikander (who is reportedly dating fellow Swede Alexander Skaarsgard) and a male friend. I'm just posting a select few that I nabbed from my buddy Jason's site MNPP, so go over there to see the rest. It looks like Michael is enjoying himself in Australia as he heads into the final weeks of filming down under.

Friday, November 21, 2014

TGIF 1121

Michael is wondering why TGiFassy is hovering near his shoulder.

Michael Fassbender popped up in Australia this week with an appearance at Risk Sound, a sound production company in Melbourne. Perhaps they were working on the sound for the movie he's currently filming in New Zealand. It was good to see him, and he looked very happy too. The only other news we heard this week was that Michael's reported Steve Jobs biopic is in need of another studio. Sony pulled out from the film yesterday and already there is interest from Universal studios, according to The Hollywood Reporter.

The musical chairs of this film is par for course in Hollywood, so once the dust settles, we'll know for 100% if Michael will be Steve Jobs, who his co-stars will be, and which studio will support it.

Now that it's near the end of November and Thanksgiving is next week, it's that time of year for sending Holiday greetings to Michael. For the third year in a row, the Fassinating Fassbender admin team will send a specially designed holiday card to Michael in London. But the message is from ALL of FF fandom in that we at Fassinating Fassbender wish him a safe and prosperous holiday season. I'm grateful to a last minute emergency ordering through Shutterfly which allowed me to create a most beautiful card. I was disappointed with how Zazzle dropped the ball in creating this year's card. They upped the ante on protecting celebrity images and their name so they didn't want to create this year's FF card. They didn't want to produce the card because of Michael Fassbender's name being in the word cloud. After waiting a few weeks for the product, I had to call them to check on the status, only to learn that they canceled it without tell me. WTF? So, I dropped those useless bitches and killed the FF Zazzle store. Don't fuck with my Fassbender! LOL! The cool thing about all of this is that Shutterfly produced not only a higher quality product, but I received it quicker too with no censorship crap.  We don't send Michael gifts, Lord knows he receives enough from his fans, but this greeting card is unique, and given straight to him. It'll be mailed in a week. Check it out!

The cover is pearlized. Ohhhh, ahhhh!


Friday, November 14, 2014

TGIF 1114

Apparently for X-Men: Apocalypse, there's going to be a slash plot story. Sorry, it won't be Magneto/Professor X, but instead it will be Magneto/Mystique love angle "front and center". I don't know why this curve ball is being thrown but it doesn't seem like the natural progress for the franchise. I've never read the X-men comics, so maybe there is a hint of a romance between them at one point. But in all the movies thus far, even the ones from the early 2000s, there has always been like a father/daughter type of relationship, or at the very least, Magneto was a mentor to Mystique, but these sexytimes talk is kinda weird. But we'll see how this progresses. I personally would have preferred Magneto/Prof X, but that wouldn't be a PG13 action film, it'll be something else, and I think I'm probably the only one who would go to see it. Maybe this is Bryan Singer's way of killing all those tumblr slash fantasies and to add an element of romance between the two highest profile characters in the X-Men universe to get mo monay! With Michael Fassbender being the sexy mean-wicked mutant leader, and the crazy fanbase of Jennifer Lawrence as the gorgeous blue chameleon mutant, this may be a plot to get more butts in the seats of an already successful franchise. I'm not complaining, I will accept Michael Fassbender in any type of lovey dovey situation as long as we get to see him in various stages of having that helmet off, if you catch my drift.

Meanwhile, over at FF Facebook, we are developing a timeline of Michael Fassbender's life and career that goes back to 1977. You'll be able to merely click on a date in that timeline and read all publicly known information about him that occurred that year. You're welcome. This project will be an ongoing project between me, Vera, and Stephanie as we work to capture not only his filmography, but TV shows, TV guest appearances, red carpet events, award nominations, and print interviews/magazine cover stories. Basically, the highest highlights of each year of his awesome career!


Friday, November 7, 2014

TGIF 1107

Closest image I could find of a hang on his chin similar to the Jobs image below.
The two biggest news bits about Michael Fassbender this week was about his Best Supporting Actor BIFA nomination for Frank, and the reports that Sony Pictures is in negotiations with Michael to take on the Steve Jobs biopic. If he accepts, which I believe he will, this role will define him to a new generation of fans and snugly secure him in the A-list ranks. So hopefully we'll hear something very soon to confirm his acceptance.

Michael should be wrapping up filming 'The Light Between Oceans' in a couple of weeks, and then he'll be on a well deserved break for the holidays. As someone pointed out at Awards Watch, Michael stands to have the following films released in 2015: MacBeth (Cannes & TIFF fare), Slow West, Trespass Against Us, and that still unknown Terrence Malik film. This is on top of him starting production for both the next X-Men film and Prometheus 2, and figuring out how to get Assassin's Creed actually INTO production mode for its new 2016 release date. Whew! I'm tired from writing all that, so imagine how thrilled but exhausted Michael must feel being so in demand. I bet he didn't think his life would be so wonderfully hectic back in 2004.

I'll try to post a podcast this weekend.


With the right hairstyle, glasses, and beard, and borrowing young Magneto's black turtleneck, He got this!

Tuesday, November 4, 2014

The Next Michael Fassbender Job is the Steve Jobs Biopic!

It has been announced this afternoon in various media reports, including Variety, that Michael Fassbender is in talks to step into the role to portray the late American icon and founder of Apple and its world changing iPod/Apple products, Steve Jobs in a film by Sony Pictures. The director of the film will be Danny Boyle, the Oscar winning director that Michael was going to work with when he had to step down from the film Trance in which eventually was taken on by James McAvoy.

Almost every human over the age of 3 has had some contact or use of an Apple product, and therefore, has had their life forever altered for the better by Steve Jobs. When it is confirmed that Michael will take on this role, portraying Steve Jobs is something that will make him get a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, that's how culturally, and socially relevant and important this role is. And as we know, Michael Fassbender has the acting chops, and his chameleon like acting abilities and physicality will make this a character portrayal and film to long be remembered.

According to the LA Times, the screenwriter Aaron Sorkin is quoted as saying:

Whoever ends up playing Jobs will inherit what Sorkin has called "an extremely difficult role," with "more words to say in this movie than most people have in three movies combined."

Stay tuned for additional information!

Edited to add LA Times quote.

Monday, November 3, 2014

Michael Fassbender Best Supporting Actor BIFA Nom: Frank

The British Independent Film Awards announced this morning that Frank has received four BIFA nominations for Michael Fassbender in Best Supporting Actor, Maggie Gyllenhaal in Best Supporting Actress, Lenny Abrahamson as Best Director, and Stephen Rennicks for Music!

I knew that either BIFA or the Golden Globes would pay attention to Frank, so this is a great acknowledgment from BIFA.

Congratulations to Michael and his fellow nominees on the brilliant work on Frank! Good luck!

Read the BIFA press release.