Friday, October 24, 2014

TGIF 1024

Michael Fassbender looks like how we feel. Slightly bewildered and concerned that there is no new news or updates about him. This is week number 'What the Hell'? in being denied the most basic, fundamental tidbits about our favorite actor. This just ain't right. All I know is what you guys know: he's filming in New Zealand. For a guy who is already very private, he's still private but even more so because he's at the bottom end of the planet to boot. Well, maybe next week he'll be spotted buying socks at Farmers. Give us something Fassy, we hungry!

Meanwhile, I have started to update the FF Zazzle store with a few fresh items while retiring older stuff. As a reminder, and especially for newer readers, I cannot use the image of Michael Fassbender on any items at Zazzle. For the first several months, I used images that I took of him in Toronto until they realized who Michael was, then the Z people removed them because their new policy prohibited the use of a celebrity's image for profit, even for 50 cents. You have to get permission from the celebrity to use their image on items for sale - even if it's my personal photo of him. It's a lame policy, but I can see how celebrity images can be abused if left uncheck. So I have to be creative in making Fassbender related designs that are unique and attractive enough for people to consider buying.

If you have an ounce of creative talent and would like to contribute an artistic design to the FF Zazzle store for me to consider, please contact me.


Friday, October 17, 2014

TGiF 1017

This TGiFassy is being written the morning after only 4.5 hours of sleep due to a fantastic concert night of seeing Pearl Jam! I will be on a Pearl Jam and Eddie Veddermy past life husbandhigh all friggin' day, but of course I still have room in my heart and brain for Michael Fassbender!

I don't have much else to say because I'm so tired and have a sore throat, but it's TGiFassy! and I want to let you know that I will have another podcast in the coming week!

ps. Look out for Pearl Jam in Detroit concert pics and review this weekend at ToZ!

Updated to add ToZ link.

Friday, October 10, 2014

TGiF 1010

Next Tuesday, you will have in your hot hands, the Blu-ray or DVD of Michael Fassbender's second X-Men film, 'Days of Future Past'. Hopefully it will wake you out of your MIA-Fassbender induced coma. I swear, the well of Fassbender news and information is so damn dry, the drought rivals what's going on in California. Very dry, but hopefully an end in sight is near.

In the little bit of news I have read about recently is that if you're in New Zealand, the casting call for extras for 'The Light Between Oceans' is going on right now. They need about 120 people, in the cities of Dunedin and St. Bathans.

People interested in playing extras - either in Dunedin or St Bathans, where extras casting is being held on October 11 - could contact Ms Taylor at

I've had the pleasure of being an extra on the Batman vs Superman movie that is still being filmed right here in Detroit. If the Lord allows it, I shall be seen in two key scenes, one with Henry Cavill, and the other with Lawrence Fishburne. Being an extra is a unique experience, and being one in a Michael Fassbender film would be an extraordinary once in a lifetime event.

Source: Otago Daily Times

Thursday, October 2, 2014

Michael Fassbender Makes a Lasting Impression

That Smile.
It is October now and I feel that I can officially write about and discuss things Oscar 2014. With Michael Fassbender in all likelihood not in the mix this year (in the remote chance that he’s even nominated for Best Actor in a Comedy or Musical for Frank at the Golden Globes) for any Oscar consideration this season, my blood pressure will thankfully remain low and I won’t feel the need to be on the defensive for performances and films I have a ‘fanship’ investment to win. That meaning I am not a hardcore fan of any particular person or film title that I’m staunchly rooting for this year. Sure, I have my eyes on a few favorites, but my support for them is nothing like supporting Michael Fassbender and his projects.
At the moment, Michael is in New Zealand filming ‘The Light Between Oceans’, and so far, he has fallen off the radar from the public eye on this undisclosed and protected set. So Fassinators are left to reminisce over his impressive film catalog and thousands of images posted all through the internet. I would like to take this moment to review what it is about the actor Michael Fassbender, which keeps my interest in him unwavering. I have addressed before that when someone takes on the responsibility to develop a creative endeavor in support of a celebrity, she or he needs to be serious about it and maintain an active level of interest in the celebrity’s career to continue regularly updating their fan websites of supportive information on the celebrity. I don’t believe in parroting the most mundane, outdated, and irrelevant tidbits about Michael, just to keep Fassinating Fassbender fresh, the readers would be bored. So I believe it’s ok to be a little quiet for a short while, if only to take a personal breather and to maintain a sense of integrity and selectivity for the blog.
If you are subscribed to the Michael Fassbender Google alerts, you would know that in the past six weeks or so, Google has been squeezing blood from a stone in their alerts with dull repetitive headlines related to Fassbender. Any for-profit “entertainment” website that has basic knowledge of SEO, website optimization, monetization, and keywords to lure readers to their sites, know how to use Michael Fassbender’s name in any context of their article to generate hits. Subsequently, a link to said website will pop up on the Google alert as supposedly relevant news on Michael. This is testament to his star power and name brand for marketers and pseudo-gossip writers to use him for click & bait titles and articles. Case in point, a Google search for Michael today brings up first page results for two articles that are pure bait click jobs. One August 2014 article by IndieWire, in record breaking shamelessness, deliberately creates a provocative title by misrepresenting a quote from Michael and misconstrues the context of those words to garner more hits to the website for that article.

Another article posted today, October 2nd, by Grantland, totally uses Michael Fassbender’s name in a tongue in cheek manner for the promotion of a film that he’s not even starring in. In the movie set to be released on Friday, Ben Affleck stars in David Fincher’s ‘Gone Girl’ (my ToZ review), and it’s reported that Ben has a nude scene where the viewer has a glimpse of his penis. So naturally since it’s so rare and apparently so daring for an A-list male actor to do frontal nudity, Grantland’s inclination is to make fun of Affleck’s purported nude scene and take creative license to pretend to interview Michael Fassbender’s penis in a satire article.

We get it, it’s funny when an actor is brave enough to do a nude scene, especially when he’s good looking, very well known, talented, won or been nominated for an Academy Award. We get it that Hollywood and entertainment writers do not really take men serious when they do full-frontal nude scenes. Women’s bodies are the ones to be exploited and fawned over to the point that it’s expected, demanded, and the norm. After all, they’re just, women, the second class human beings who are the objects of constant sexual desire by most straight men the world over, especially the ones in power. Men are above having to be nude in movies, so when they are, let’s have a laugh… and not nominate them for Oscars. But you know what; I also have a sense of humor while I analyze this industry double-standard. However silly the Grantland article is, they provided some interesting insight into the concerns studios have over their male actors. I’m pretty sure it’s not a far-fetched scenario to imagine the studio of a huge superhero film contacting the studio of the superhero actor’s other studio film, asking them to be mindful not to expose his assets too much; after all, the superhero actor does need to maintain a certain level of dignity. Ya know?

This is why I love how daring and honest Michael Fassbender is as an actor and a fellow human being. He does what he has to do if the job calls for it. He has mentioned many times in interviews that he’s looking for unique challenges in the roles he takes, and he wants to keep it real, and portray a character as honestly as possible with no personal biases judging the character. And those qualities in regards to his craft can also be found in how Michael lives his personal life: honest and true to himself. Michael Fassbender could date anyone in the world whom he felt would give his career the best PR boost, instead, he keeps it real, he is very private on that subject, and when he is seen hanging out with someone regularly, it’s not the generic stamped approved type of person. Michael Fassbender doesn’t give five fucks what people think about him, and that’s awesome. Actor Robert Pattison’s fan base blows Fassinators out of the water by sheer numbers and insane levels of stanning. So the craziness that is currently going on in his fan base demonstrates yet again that extremely disturbed “fans” exist in all fandoms and they suffer from the same debilitating anti-social, mean-spirited attitudes.

As of late, Michael Fassbender’s name often comes up as someone whose career and talent is reviewed with great respect, and inspires other actors to emulate. This blog is not a cutesy fan website for an actor just because he’s cute; the man has genuine talent, is very intelligent, and is a kind and compassionate person. When I had a job interview a few weeks back, I had to speak briefly about my online publishing and social media work. I mentioned Fassinating Fassbender and the interviewer asked me why did I select Michael and why did I choose blogging in support of him. I admitted that back in 2008, he was a fresh face and talent that excited me, and I wanted to use my talent of writing/blogging to show support for him and his career. Michael Fassbender has come a long way since then and she was impressed with my commitment. The fandom has lost a lot of fans, and has picked up a lot of fans as well. Most fans do not have the same level of commitment that I have, for instance, and I know other fans are even more enthusiastic over Michael than I am, but express it in different and non-public ways.

That Face.
I consider myself lucky to have jumped on the Fassy bandwagon back in early 2007 and it’s a thrill for me to share FF with likeminded fans. Michael Fassbender has the stuff to be an in demand actor for many, many years to come, and this blog will always be right here. We have a great reputation to those that matter, and we’re appreciated. I’m reminded of a comment made by a Cumberbitch at ToZ a couple weeks ago. Her delusions lead her to believe that her favorite actor is famous because of her being his fan. A fan doesn’t make a celebrity, the celebrity’s talent and charisma helps attract the development of a fan base. One thing has to exist first to establish validity for the existence of the other. I believe that both can’t exist without each other, hey, even a 10 year old car needs an enthusiastic salesperson.
If Michael Fassbender didn’t have one fan or one fan website, who would the movie studio market their film to? That’s why there are so many unknown actors not steadily working – they haven’t demonstrated a demand for them from the audience (aka Fans) to be hired and seen. That’s the rub. A great fan base helps demonstrate the interest people have in a celebrity, but the fans and the celebrity are on separate sides of the road with a bold white line between the two. So while Michael is hidden away in New Zealand working hard, one of his coolest fan communities is continuing to do our thing to support him by keeping his name and image active on the internet with information to help build a stronger fandom and help him continue to make a lasting impression in Hollywood.
-Article edited on 10/6/14 to add Gone Girl review link.

Friday, September 26, 2014


Michael Fassbender is well underway in New Zealand filming a movie with Rachel Weisz. Other than that, that's all we know. You would think after seven and a half years of following the career of this dude, I would be able to cook up something more than that. But sorry, there's nothing new out there for Fassy, even the media is 'bumping' up old and irrelevant information just to be able to write about him. This has happen many times before - going weeks on end without any news, information, or new pictures of Michael. What I don't like is having the blog be as quiet due to Fassy news being quiet. But what can you do?

To track how well Frank has done in its micro-release in the States, I went to Box Office Mojo to review the tally, and the box office gross for this fantastic film is representative of a low-budget , low-marketed independent film. I believe Frank has the stuff to become a cult classic and it should do well on Netflix. Let's face it, there are just certain films that people don't care to go see at the theater, but they'll check it out on Netflix or Redbox, or maybe even buy the DVD. I will happily add Frank to my Blu-ray collection when it's for sale. And speaking of that, X-Men: Days of Future Past will be out on video on October 14th (pre-order yours via the FF Amazon link on the sidebar). Just imagine, for the holidays, you could get two 2014 Fassbender films as gifts. I speculate that Frank may be available on DVD sometime in late November or early December.

Well, it's my birthday on the 30th and I have a some weekend plans, so...


Friday, September 19, 2014

TGIF 919

Michael Fassbender is down under in the other down under.
According to tweets and Instagram postings in the past 48-hours, Michael Fassbender is in New Zealand, a week before he starts filming his second film there, 'The Light Between Oceans'. He's been seen hanging out on Cuba Street at a club called Laundry in Wellington, but filming will be done at an undisclosed location in Marlborough. Filming may take two months and be completed just before the holidays.

Hopefully during his time in New Zealand, we'll get updates about his filming activities. I tell ya, after the past two weeks of focusing on things TIFF, I'm so ready for our next deluge of Fassy news and information. If some of you have read my latest articles at Theatre of Zen, you know that I got a glimpse of the dark side of a different fandom. And let's just say this, I rue the day if Michael ever has to compete against Benedict Cumberbatch for,... anything! And no matter how more popular one actor's name is over another at the present, if you take a look at IMDB, only 20 positions on the popularity scale separates them. Michael is currently at the #41 position, and Benedict is at #21. So even though Michael has been very low-profile, as that's his preference, our boy is still in the Top 50 of all human being male actors, especially since there's not much news and info to discuss about him. Sure, Frank is out in 8 theaters, and it's currently available for viewing on iTunes and VOD, but other than that, Google alerts have been quite weak with the daily Fassy alerts.

According to, they have confirmed that the curiously delayed production of Assassin's Creed has taken yet another hit. The second projected release date of August 7, 2015 for Creed has been dropped, and now taken up by another superhero film that will be released on that date instead. I knew months ago that the August date was too early for a film that hadn't even started filming yet to be released, and this confirms it. However, as we all read online from Michael himself earlier this summer, he's gungho about the project and was inspired by all the Internet chatter about the film. So he's still onboard, but, it's unknown when the film will go into production and be filmed. We don't even know what role in the film Michael will play, as many have speculated that he will not play the main character of Desmond, but instead, some other cool character. I don't play video games, let alone Assassin's Creed, so I am clueless as to what 'other' role he would play, besides producer. But this will continue to provide career related gossip fodder to keep us on our Fassy toes.

Also, I have been so busy with TIFF, and then very sick upon my return, that I completely failed to acknowledge the 6th anniversary of Fassinating Fassbender on 8 September. Thanks for supporting the blog all these years!


Friday, September 12, 2014

TGIF 912


My apologies for the delay in posting the TGiFassy image of this week. I'm under the weather due to sickly TIFFrs breathing and coughing their diseased breath upon thee. I clearly recall the moment I was infected. I was sitting in the second row for Mr. Turner on Monday afternoon, and this nasty loud man sat behind me and was coughing up a storm and hacking. When he coughed, the creep didn't cover his mouth like a civilized person, instead, he coughed at the back of my head/face and immediately contaminated me. I felt his breath on the ride side of my face [INFECTED!] I moved towards the back of the theater and muttered 'asshole' as I walked away. My nose is clogged up, throat is sore, I'm pale, my eyes are red - but no coughing. I'm just messed up. But I'll live.

An image of Michael in France was posted yesterday to me via twitter and it was posted at Pinterest. I reckon it's a picture of him taken in late July/early August, so it's nothing really new or exciting.

This week's TGIF image of Michael Fassbender should cheer me up this Friday and if you're ready for the weekend, this too should perk you up. The only news I read about Michael was that he and Rachel Weisz will be heading to New Zealand next week to start working on The Light Between Oceans. And if his filming of Slow West in NZ last year is any indication of what to expect this time around, there may be very, very few images of him photographed while filming.

But surely, we'll keep on Fassbendering because that's just what we do. For those interested, my Cumberbatch TIFF article has been posted at Theatre of Zen.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fassbender Programming Will Now Resume...

Michael Fassbender on the red carpet sometime in 2013.
I arrived home just before midnight last night from a fantastic time in Toronto for my 11th TIFF in a row! I ate so much food, but I burned so many more calories due to all the walking around, and rushing about. Did you know that you can burn calories by standing in line under the hot sun? Yes you can! So one minute it's very warm and sunny outside, then the next, I'm inside a theater where I have to wrap a scarf around my neck because I'm so cold. Now I have a very sore throat. TIFF will continue on through Saturday, and the People's Choice film will be announced on Sunday. I'm so lucky to be able to attend this great film festival thanks to my dearest friend Glenn.

I was so busy with watching films, eating, drinking, talking with friends, etc., that I appreciated this short down time from my Fassy duties, however, Michael wasn't entirely out of mind. Two things came out of this festival: Two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, at TIFF promoting the excellent 'The Equalizer', said he would love to work with Michael Fassbender one day; and the Fassinators fanbase is sane and good.

Why would I assess that our fandom is sane and good? Well... I witnessed first hand the spine chilling craziness of Benedict Cumberbatch's fanbase. If someone asked me to describe in one word what I think of the self-proclaimed 'Cumberbitches', I would say that they are: Disturbing. I do not take that word lightly. As you all know, I have had my own troubles with our fandom, but for the most part, the annoyances are par for the course. Some fandom fart moments are more stinky than others, but in comparison to the state of the entire Cumberbatch fandom, we got our shit together. So Fassinators, pat yourselves on the back, hug a cat, donate money to a homeless charity, and get on with your sane self because we rock... in comparison to another fan base. I'm not going to take up more space here at FF to share deeper thoughts about the Cumberbitches, I'll save that for pictures and other stuff at Theatre of Zen later today (meanwhile check out the ToZ tumblr). But what I will say is that Benedict Cumberbatch is a friend of Michael Fassbender and is a great actor and a smart looking guy. I went to see 'The Imitation Game' because the plot of the film intrigued me about Alan Turing, and yes, it stars Benedict Cumberbatch. I like the man and it was brilliant to sit in the front row and just be mere feet from him and listen to him speak. He's mesmerizing in a suave way. He's so eloquent, compassionate about his work, and talented like crazy. But I'm not a Cumberbitch, just someone who respectfully appreciates his fantastic body of work and look forward to more of his work in the future.

Maybe Michael Fassbender will be at TIFF next year, but until then, I'm so happy to be part of a fanbase that does not have a questionable fandom. We as a whole have not embarrassed Michael Fassbender, and we all truly, and in our own variable ways, compassionately support him without being mental about it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Temporary Replacement for Michael Fassbender at TIFF!

Sorry, I'm not at TIFF this year!
Let the record show that for my personal and professional blogging interests, no actor, regardless of how handsome, talented, and strong his British accent is, will never, ever replace Michael Fassbender. As I am getting ready for my 11th TIFF visit, Michael Fassbender will not be in Toronto this year. However, his friend Benedict Cumberbatch will be, and I will certainly be covering him and his film, 'The Imitation Game', next Tuesday evening. Please keep an eye out on my Theatre of Zen blog which features coverage of TIFF annually and my other interests. Also, if you're curious, check out my 2014 TIFFr film schedule, I'm seeing 14 films this year!

My TIFF tickets - I have another one for 'Mommy' not seen here.

Fassinating Fassbender will not be updated while I'm in Toronto, however, this is the perfect time to remind you of FF at Facebook which is updated daily by my great team, Stephanie and Vera! For this week's Fassy film, they are featuring 'Haywire', co-starring the cool Gina Carano with the best portion of the movie filmed in Dublin with Michael! Did you know that it received an 80% FRESH score at Rotten Tomatoes? My Fassinator pal April and I will be visiting Ireland together next spring, and we will hang out in Dublin for a few days, and definitely make a pit stop at The Shelbourne for at least a drink.

I hope you got a chance to listen to my first podcast, which is just an introduction to the new media enhancement of the FF communities! Thanks, and I'll see you next week!

Benedict Cumberbatch is a great temporary replacement at TIFF for Michael Fassbender.

Friday, August 29, 2014

TGiF 829

Click image to experience a Fassy Daydream

For another quiet Fassy week, Fassinating Fassbender website visits have gone through the roof! We have nearly tripled our visits this week and I don't know why, but I'm not complaining! I reckon the slow release of Frank has something to do with that, and that's a great thing. Because I'm going to watch it for the second time at the Landmark theatre in Royal Oak on Saturday with friends. The Landmark theatre group has a contest to giveaway a cast signed Frank poster - yup, it's been signed by Michael, Lenny, Domhnall, and Maggie - a must have! Go here to enter. I may even take my frank mask and have my picture taken at the theater marquee for shits and giggles! Dare me?

This week's TGIFassy image is Michael Fassbender's Magneto and it was announced a couple weeks ago that the EXTENDED version DVD/Blu-ray of 'Days of Future Past' will be released on October 14th. A longer version of this already great film is definitely welcomed news. Plus, that may mean more Fassy, and that's always a good thing, especially with this film being so heavy with a diverse cast of X-Men. Meanwhile, the JoBlo website reports that Michael would like to have a hand in developing Magneto's plot in the next Xmen film, 'Apocalypse'.

If you need to kill some time and need a quick memory lane article about Michael, check out AZCentral's 'Five Essential Michael Fassbender Films'. Do you agree? I would have replaced one of those films with his performance in Prometheus.

TGIFassy and go see Frank this weekend!

Friday, August 22, 2014

TGIF 822

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

Michael in New York at the Apple Store

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

TGiF 815

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

Assassin's Creed is still on for Michael!

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.”