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.”

Friday, August 8, 2014

TGiF 808

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

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Michael Fassbender Promotes Frank in NYC!

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! Frank opens US Cinemas 15/08

So, if you plan on watching, check it out on Comedy Central!

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

Are You Thirsty for Some Michael Fassbender?

Michael we're thirsty for you! Share you with us!
I am! I admit it. It's starting to get a little dull not having lively news and information about Michael Fassbender. I am done moving so my focus is now back on things Fassy and it's a bit too quiet. The effects of there not being anything to discuss about Michael has altered my Sunday schedule of sending out a update of the Michael Fassbender bi-Weekly newspaper. And if last Wednesday's edition is testament to how paltry new information is about Michael at the moment, I had to edit the newspaper within an inch of its life because it had a hard time finding something NEW and fresh and clean to update about Michael. Now I know he's still working on Trespass Against Us based on that twitter picture of Michael wearing a 'Father shirt' with a lucky little girl who bumped into him on set, but other than that, there's been sightings of him here and there on holiday fun. But other than that, nothin'!

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

TGIF 801

Another week has passed without much news on Michael Fassbender. The Fassbender Google alerts have been quite pathetic and useless. However, with the exception of the two new pins posted by Rachel S at Pinterest, it is evident that Michael has fine tuned his ability to steer clear of the paparazzi when he wants to, and that's good for him.

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

TGiF 725

Because Michael's in France, this was taken in France/Cannes 2009 (Antoine Doyen)
I'm going on record to state that this entire week has been a test for my mental and physical well-being. Work has been completely insane, and this is topped off with still moving little boxes every other evening to lighten the load for the movers to come on Saturday. The less shit they have to move and touch, the quicker they finish, and the less I'll have to pay them. So that's why I'm moving little shit that I can. Plus, I love visiting my new apartment and I will officially go to sleep in my new apartment Saturday night. But, I digress... while I'm stressing out here in plain dull Michigan, it was tweeted that Michael Fassbender was spotted in a coastal French town that I have never heard of until today called Biarritz. I had to Google it to see if it was really on planet Earth and it is and it's very, very posh (let the record show that I will stay at this hotel one day). Apparently Michael was seen learning how to surf. Danggit, why couldn't he be on the beach laying out there drinking Bloody Mary's while wearing navy blue Speedos? But to surf, you have to cover your body up in surfers gear and it's not very sexy.

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

TGiF 718

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

TGIF 711

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

BFF2 Part 2

Michael makes being a third wheel socially acceptable, sexy, and cool as shit. Why? Because I'm often the third wheel when hanging out with coupled up friends, but I often tend to be the one to have the best fun because people like having me around. Think about it. Most couples go out with other couples. But both of you, or at least the primary one of you, has to really, really like someone who is single to join you in an evening of festivities. So that's why it's even more cool that Bradley Cooper likes his BFF Michael so much, he not only replaces Suki at times, but he also joins Bradley and Suki when they hang out together. Now that's a true BFF friendship there!

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

TGiF 704

Happy 4th of July to American readers... and I have a question for you. When you look at Michael Fassbender's face, does he look like an American to you, or does he look European?

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.