Monday, July 25, 2016

Michael Monday 7

Some fans were upset that Michael did not attend Comic Con this year to support Assassin's Creed. You need to realize that participation in events like this have been thoroughly reviewed and the best decision about schedule availability and other professional obligations and commitments need to be taken into account. Michael just finished filming down in Australia just over a week ago, and he went back to London for a short time, and now he's in the states to promote his next film. Sure, it would have been great exposure for AC to have him at Comic Con, after all, his company helped produced it, but Michael had other obligations that conflicted with the event. Michael has attended Comic Con about five times in the past 8 years, from my count, so he deserves a break from that overhyped, mass marketed geek fest.

Michael is scheduled to appear on the Jimmy Fallon Show tomorrow, July 26.

Saturday, July 23, 2016

Simone at the Fassy Soirée

Like I promised, I am updating you on my TIFF Soirée dilemma, I have purchased my ticket to the September 7th event in Toronto! Woo hoo! I was walking about the Ann Arbor Art Fair today and realized that the tickets were probably reserved, and like at any ticketed event, first come first better seat, so I better jump on this today. Sure enough, as I was purchasing the ticket, I got a seat section and seat number and I have no clue where it is in the theater because there was no seat chart map. But as I have sat in that TIFF Lightbox Cinema 1 many times, there is not a bad seat in the place which has a maximum capacity of 523. I'm glad the seats are reserved because lining up early for general admission for an event like this would be inconvenient.

I am extremely relieved I got my ticket and I'm so excited about attending. I aim to arrive in Toronto around 1pm and I will freshen up and I rendezvous with my Toronto buddy for lunch and cocktails before the event. I will stay around for a bit afterwards to mingle with some Fassinators who want to mingle with me, and then I'll head back home around 10pm.

Friday, July 22, 2016

TGIF 7.22.16

It's been an exciting week in Fassbender news. Michael sure knows how to stay busy and out of sight for over a month, and when he wants to be seen, he's out and about, and very happy: TIFF soiree announcement, and a paparazzi friendly full-eye view terrace dinner date with Ridley Scott and friends; all within 48-hours! As I've stated many times before, when Michael Fassbender is happy, there is no doubt he is happy and 110% comfortable with the company he is with. He doesn't look constipated from some bad nachos, or upset about being rejected for a film role, or annoyed with the paparazzi. Wednesday night in London, he looked in top form and pleased to see the paparazzi because they were allowed within 5 feet of him, in oppose to them in recent times needing to use a long-lens camera similar to an African safari hunt! That is so good for the soul, we all need to be with people we love and enjoy hanging out with. Michael has such a busy and hectic life of filming back to back films (the envy of so many actors), but that can wear a person down. After all, he's human like the rest of us.

With that all said, I would like to confirm with you all that yes, I will attend the TIFF Soiree to see Michael speak about his career. I'll buy the ticket next Tuesday when it goes on sale to the public. I do not have $350 just laying about, especially after spending nearly $5k on my family trip to London/Paris. Finances are pathetically tight, but when I think about people who don't have homes, a daily meal, or fresh water to drink, it puts things into perspective and my life is that of a millionaire compared to them. And for me to even consider paying $350 to see my favorite movie star talk about his fantastic life, well, I guess that doesn't make me so poor after all eh? But, I'm also a working class girl in the planning stages of making a huge life change of moving to Los Angeles, and my savings for this endeavor has taken a beating in also planning my Euro trip. Mind, I still have to pay rent (I live alone), car note, student loans, and various utilities and bills, all by myself.

I'm in the quandary of if I don't go, I will regret it for the rest of my life. Why bother being the Editor of the Fassinating Fassbender brand if I can't dive head in first on such an incredibly unique event to see Michael Fassbender being honored with a full-hour conversation, and have cocktails with the audience afterwards? I should go to represent Fassinating Fassbender, report on the event to my fellow fans, and be content as a huge fan of this amazing actor. In the past, when a surprise mini-tour of Pearl Jam was announced, the Jamily (PJ fans) go insane with happiness, but also become stressed out because not everyone has the money right at that moment to a) buy tickets, b) book hotel, c) book airfare, and d) request time off from work (if you have allotted vacation/sick time available). So fans express happiness on the PJ forum, but also whine about not having enough funds at that very moment. One time, the PJ band manager told everyone that they love the fans and appreciate their long-time support of the band and understand the fan's financial dilemmas. He also stated that they KNOW and were confident that we would "sort it out and see the greatest band on the planet". In the end, everyone who bitched and moaned about their money situation, scraped the money together in time to buy the tickets, and saw the greatest band on the planet. I was one of those fans, and I'm in the same situation now for Fassbender, and I will sort this out.


Thursday, July 21, 2016

Michael is Back Home... for the Moment

Don't hate him because he's gorgeous!

Michael Fassbender was spotted in his beloved East London neighborhood of Hackney the past few days, and last night, he and a friend hung out with Ridley Scott and his lovely wife at Ridley's London restaurant, Scott (more pics at Just Jared).

There are times when Michael's beauty and charisma exudes off of him in a ridiculous way, and that really is apparent when he's home. And the thing is, just a mere t-shirt and skinny pants is all he needs to wear to show off just how smooth and incredible he is. But this will be a short visit because he'll be heading to the States to appear on the Jimmy Fallon show on July 26 as Michael starts promotion for The Light Between Oceans, and also to discuss Assassin's Creed.

Tuesday, July 19, 2016

What Else Will Michael do at TIFF?

With the surprise announcement yesterday from the Toronto International Film Festival, that Michael Fassbender will be their guest for this year's TIFF Soiree, you're probably pulling your hair out wondering, 'Will Simone go to Toronto or stay home eating ramen noodles while she saves her pennies and plot out her plan to move to Los Angeles?' My friend, I too am pondering what to do. As the Editor of Fassinating Fassbender, it would be remiss of me to miss this once in a lifetime soiree with the topic of this blog - this is a one time deal for Michael Fassbender, and for me. Tickets are currently on sale to TIFF members, and general public tickets go on sale next week. This gives me time to contemplate.

When I went into my email yesterday and read that TIFF email subject line, I felt a bolt of adrenaline, just like when I hear about a new Pearl Jam tour announcement! The same damn feeling that has been a symptom of complete unwavering support and adulation since 1991, has now crossed completely over into my Fassbender zone. After reading the details of the event, I was irritated that it would be the year when I made the decision to skip this year's TIFF. I was a little less than impressed with last year's festival, and it bugged the hell out of me that Steve Jobs skipped TIFF altogether. So it is with great surprise that Michael will be part of TIFF this year at the soiree.

Now the question that is on everyone's mind is, what other role will Michael have at TIFF? We know that his movie with Alicia Vikander, The Light Between Oceans, is a film for festival audiences, but it's scheduled to be released on September 2nd, days before the TIFF soiree on September 7. Unless the film is scheduled to screen at Telluride, with Michael and Alicia promoting it there in late August, and then Michael will go to Toronto to spread some love to TIFF with the soiree. I doubt Oceans will play at TIFF. Although it would be pointless to screen 'Oceans' there, it's possible if the Canadian theatrical release date is different than the US release date. If that's so, Oceans could technically screen at TIFF as a Canadian Premiere, and not a World/North American premiere. It is not unusual for films to screen at TIFF and open mere days afterwards in the States, but since this is in Canada, a release date later in September would make Oceans prime TIFF screening fare.

Otherwise, perhaps Michael's 'Trespass Against Us' with Brendan Gleeson will have its festival premiere there. It's an indie film that could benefit from being screened at TIFF, but it would be unusual for Michael to go to TIFF to promote a much lesser known and lesser anticipated film, than his romantic drama with two Oscar winners (and a film that could garner him a third nomination). So my feeling is that Michael could be attending TIFF for this special soiree to keep his name out there at the start of the film festival, and use his conversation event to reintroduce himself to the very people who have supported his career since 2007 in Toronto, and keep him on the radar through Oscar season.

There is a very slim chance that 'Assassin's Creed' (AC) will screen there as the film may still be in special effects editing mode, and it's not the typical high-brow fare for a film festival.  So that leaves another Fassbender film to make a prime festival debut, and it is the oft forgotten Terrance Malick project, 'Weightless'. I think AC has a stronger chance to debut at TIFF than Weightless, but, stranger things have happened. The point of all this speculation is to help me maneuver my priorities to accommodate this surprising Fassbender event. I have a strong desire to just attend the soiree so that I can watch the conversation with Michael and report on it for FF. I cannot attend the festival this year, but I will figure out how to attend the soiree.

I'm logistically close to Toronto, I can take a day off work, and be in and out. Trust me, I've driven great distances to attend a Pearl Jam concert on a weekday night, hang out with the Jamily, and crawled into work the next day... so I got this. It's not ideal, and the placement of these soirees are so that only those who truly want to attend, can attend. That's why these don't occur on a more convenient Friday or Saturday evening. The most economical ticket cost is $300, which is nothing to sneeze at if you're a working class person. Considering that some fans will have to book a hotel room (prices jump during TIFF time), airfare, food... hell, even buying a new outfit to attend the soiree, will surely go north of $1000, at the least. I can drive to and from Toronto on a tank of gas, leave Toronto by 10pm, be home by 2:30am, sleep until 7am, be at work at 8:30am.  Being so close to Toronto is what I will miss when I move to California. Air Canada will be my new bestest friend airliner.

I will let you all know of my decision as soon as possible. Attending this TIFF soiree will just allow me to cover the event as a fan, observer, and editor of this blog. I will not have the chance to meet him face to face, and I'm fine with that. Just being there will be a treat for me and sharing notes and pictures with you all.

Stay tuned.

Monday, July 18, 2016

Michael Fassbender will be Guest of Honor at TIFF Soirée

In OMG news today! This is the second year of this special TIFF event which kicks off the film festival. Excellent move Michael!

TORONTO — TIFF® announced today that Academy Award® and Golden Globe® nomineeMichael Fassbender will be the guest of honour at this year’s TIFF Soirée, an annual fundraiser and celebratory kick-off for the 41st Toronto International Film Festival®. Fassbender will share his experiences and stories about the diverse, iconic characters he has portrayed throughout his film career. The exclusive onstage conversation with Fassbender will be followed by a glamorous cocktail party on the TIFF Bell Lightbox rooftop, overlooking Toronto’s skyline. Guests can dance the night away on the terrace to a special DJ set by Juno award–winning artist Kardinal Offishall; VIP guests will be treated to the sultry and smooth sounds of Toronto’s very own soul-jazz-pop singer Chloe Charles in Malaparte. The event takes place at TIFF Bell Lightbox onWednesday, September 7 at 7pm.
“A truly remarkable, chameleonic actor, Michael Fassbender brings depth, brilliance, and candor to each and every role he plays and we are privileged to have him join us at Soirée this year,” said maxine bailey, VP of Advancement at TIFF. “TIFF Soirée is not only an affair to remember, it also helps TIFF raise the much-needed funds that allow us to continue our philanthropic year-round activities. TIFF provides valuable access to film and culture for people of all ages, circumstances, and backgrounds through its programmes of mentorship, guidance, and support. If you are a Fassbender fan, a film lover, or are just looking for an unforgettable and inspiring night out, we encourage all audiences to come out and show their support for TIFF.”
Born in Germany, and raised in Killarney, Ireland, Michael Fassbender is a graduate of London’s prestigious Drama Centre. His breakthrough role came when he was cast in the epic Steven Spielberg/Tom Hanks production, Band of Brothers and his big screen debut with Zack Snyder’s 300. Since then, he has been the recipient of numerous international awards and nominations in recognition of his performances in more than one film including British Independent Film Award (BIFA), Irish Film & Television Award (IFTA) and the London Film Critics Circle Award for Best Actor in Hunger; BAFTA and Golden Globe nominations for Best Actor inShame; 2013’s highly acclaimed 12 Years a Slave, in which he received Academy Award, Golden Globe, BAFTA, SAG and Independent Spirit nominations for Best Supporting Actor; and most recently, his lead performance in Steve Jobs, which earned him the Best Actor Award from the LA Film Critics Association and an Academy Award nomination for Best Actor in a Leading Role. Fassbender can be seen starring in Derek Cianfrance’s The Light Between Oceansopposite Alicia Vikander and Rachel Weisz, coming up this fall, and in Justin Kurzel’s Assassin’s Creed opposite Marion Cotillard, which he developed and produced through his production company DMC Film Ltd with Ubisoft and New Regency. In 2017, he will be seen in Ridley Scott’sAlien: Covenant opposite Noomi Rapace and Katherine Waterston and Tomas Alfredson’s The Snowman opposite Rebecca Ferguson.
TIFF is a charitable cultural organization, with a mission to transform the way people see the world, through film. TIFF initiatives and programming harness the power of film to make profound impact across four key areas: Community Outreach & Education, Film Heritage, Artist Experimentation, and Filmmaker Development. Key initiatives include Reel Comfort, a programme that brings films and special guests to mental health patients at Toronto hospitals;Talent Lab, an intensive artistic development programme for emerging filmmakers; and Pocket Fund, which provides subsidies for children and families who would otherwise be unable to participate in TIFF’s film-based learning programmes.
TIFF Soirée takes place September 7, 2016 at 7pm. VIP tickets from $750; regular tickets from $350 for the terrace party ($300 for balcony seating). Corporate Hosting packages are also available ($7,500 for VIP and $5,000 for the terrace party). All pricing includes the in-cinema talk followed by a cocktail reception. Limited quantities are available.
Tickets for TIFF Soirée are on sale today for TIFF Members, July 22 for VISA cardholders, andJuly 27 to the general public. To purchase tickets, please visit Proceeds from the Soirée enable TIFF to continue to showcase world-renowned film programming and innovative exhibitions, provide enriching workshops and diverse educational initiatives for youth and aspiring filmmakers, and to support the community through outreach.

TIFF prefers Visa.

The 41st Toronto International Film Festival runs September 8 to 18, 2016.

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Cute candid of Michael from tumblrland.
Happy Michael Monday! On Friday, Ridley Scott posted on social media that the principal filming/photography of Alien: Covenant has wrapped up and it will be shifting into the special effects work, so I reckon Michael will be leaving Australia shortly before he starts promotion of 'Oceans' and filming of 'Entering Hades'. By the way, 'Hades' isn't listed on Michael's IMDB Filmography yet, so I'm hoping that gig is still on the table for him. I really am interested in that film project, and Michael can check 'serial killer' off his character role list.

Regardless of the state of the world, think of the joy Michael brings to us in all his performances past, present, and in the future!

Friday, July 15, 2016

TGIF 7.15.16

It's TGIF, and Michael is busy, and the world is crying for Nice, France. I was just in France and my heart aches for them so badly. To my Fassinator friends in France, stay strong and safe. Love and peace must prevail!

Monday, July 11, 2016

Michael Monday 5

As I'm starting my serious apartment clean up for my moving plans to California, I have come to realize that I have pretty much collected all major magazines that featured a cover story on Michael in the past 9 years. I actually have two medium sized boxes that perfectly hold over a dozen magazines of varying sizes. I'm throwing out a lot of stuff I don't want and can't take with me, but these boxes will be protected like family heirlooms. It's amazing looking back at Michael's career since I became interested in him in 2007. Over the coming years, I expect to continue this hobby of collecting magazines featuring Michael and just keep them so I can have my own tangible wikipedia on the man.

Have you been collecting and saving magazines on Michael? How big is your collection?

Friday, July 8, 2016

TGIF 7.8.16

20th Century Fox

Two new images from Michael's Assassin's Creed were released yesterday, and the best way to honor one of them is to TGIF it! I also learned that in the AC movie, some creative liberties will be employed big time. No characters from the actual video game will be in the film, and the movie will focus mostly in the present day instead of in the 15th century. The combination of these plot details allows 20th Century to have more creative freedom for a theatrical film experience. So I don't know how the hard core fans of the video will feel about this, but for video games to translate better onto the screen, some significant changes need to be made to the story plot and characters for depth and a more linear film watching experience, which should be different than the experience of playing with a video game.

Besides all that, I'm sure that at least 35% of the audience who plans to see this movie has never played the game. They just heard about it, and are compelled to watch it because Michael Fassbender is starring in it. Assassin's Creed will be released stateside on December 21st.

Meanwhile, Michael is still down in Australia working hard on Alien: Covenant. He should pop his head up for air any day now. I miss seeing him, and I'm sure you do too.

Thursday, July 7, 2016

New Poster for Light Between Oceans

This is a nice poster for Michael's new movie that will be released on September 2. I have not read the book, don't know if I ever will, but I am interested in seeing this film. With so much Oscar nominated/winning talent in the key roles, it will be a good movie. With Alicia's Tulip Fever film being pushed back from its July 15th release all the way to February 2017, this may be in an effort to put the Oscar spotlight on Oceans. It doesn't really matter that Oceans will not be part of the fall festival circuit. It's still opening in a good release time frame, and the movie will be out on DVD/Blu-ray in time for Christmas.

Monday, July 4, 2016

Michael Monday 4

My much needed holiday break is over and I am glad to be back home from London and Paris. I played tour guide this time with family and let's just say that it's easier to travel solo.  I'm shocked and pleased about the decision for England to leave the EU - it was amazing arriving into London hearing that Brexit update from the pilot. There was lots of gasps throughout the plane.

Meanwhile, today is a holiday here in the states, it is Independence Day, the Fourth of July! I'm going to see Independence Day: Resurgence later this afternoon. I tried to watch it at the Odeon in London on Friday, but the 6pm and 8:45pm showings were sold out.

Since there was not much news about Michael released during my holiday break, hopefully there will be something new this week.

Happy 4th of July!

Monday, June 20, 2016

Michael Monday 3

In three days, I head off to London and Paris. When I arrive on Friday morning, the English will have voted to remain in the European Union, or leave it. I'll probably be able to cut the tension in the air with a butter knife. While both sides present good cases, overlooking embellishments and flat out lies, one can see why the referendum polls are neck and neck. I wonder what Michael's views are and if he will vote from afar. Michael has stated that he's "European", and carries a German passport. I'm on the leave side, but whatever they vote, I wish them the best of luck because they'll need it for whichever side they choose.

British Fassinators, what are your thoughts on the 23 June referendum to stay or leave?

Friday, June 17, 2016

TGIF 6.17.16

I purposefully searched for an image of Michael were he is looking contemplative, yet hopeful, because the past seven days has not been good in the news. With the British voting for Leave or Remain next week, things came to a horrible boiling point yesterday that just leaves the sensible person, regardless of which side you're on, just depressed and sad. I will leave for my long planned holiday to London and then Paris on 23 June and I'm very excited, but I am aware that I will arrive in London just hours after the decision from the voters and I'm sure half the population will be happy and the other will be bummed out. Either way, I will make the most of my visit to London. While I'm on holiday, please monitor FF at Facebook because Vera, Stephanie and Martha will keep it active.

A parcel arrived earlier this week, but I have not been able to go pick it up yet - I will on Saturday. I'm sure it's the Bike Experience t-shirts that Talan sent me for the fundraiser raffle winners. I promise to get those off to you guys in the coming month.

Monday, June 13, 2016

Michael Monday #2

I had a nice weekend, but the usual gun violence and bloodshed in this country (particularly Orlando, FL) continues to get worse. Deranged fans are a serious matter that all high profile people need to be aware of and take precautions against, even Fassy. Based on the attitudes of some people hailing from one website source, who aren't even fans of his, but spend way, way too much time obsessing over him and posting the same hateful, critical opinions about him at Just Jared and The Daily Mail, for example, it's important to call out such anti-social online behaviors. I value freedom of expression, but some websites or specific message board forum threads need to have the plug pulled. It can happen, I've seen it happen when the toxic levels reached dangerous levels of hate and racism directed at a celebrity. Such places are useless and garner too much attention for being so negative. In a civilized society, such places would not be permitted to exist. Steer clear of those bad places and focus on the multiple Michael Fassbender websites, including FF, that consistently post positive news and information on him.

Happy Michael Monday, he's the Best!