Friday, February 17, 2017

TGIF 2.17.17


Michael traveled to Japan this week for a final leg promotion of Assassin's Creed. With Japan and China the last countries to have the film released there, the box office for the film will get a nice boost of support. According to Box Office Mojo, the box office receipts of the film as of Feb 16 is at $212 million, and 74% of that take is from international movie goers.  In the end, Michael and company should be very pleased with the success of Assassin's Creed and feel confident in moving forward with completing the trilogy series. Meanwhile, especially for those of you who have seen this great film, check out this deleted scene that director Justin Kurzel removed because he deemed it "convoluted and complicated".

It has been confirmed that Michael will attend the SXSW festival on March 10 to not only support the long awaited Terrence Malick film, Song to Song, but Michael will be joined by Ridley Scott as they give a sneak preview of Alien: Covenant during the festival. Dang I wish I could be there, but I'll make sure to watch Song to Song as it'll be released on March 17, a week after the SXSW debut.

Remember the 5th annual birthday fundraiser starts in less than two weeks, so I look forward to your support once more!

Monday, February 13, 2017

Michael Monday 33


In a couple of weeks, the 5th annual FF birthday fundraiser will commence on Wednesday, March 1st. So please get ready to join the Fassinating Fassbender fanbase in making this year an exceptional fundraising success to honor Michael's 40th birthday, and The Bike Experience. Have any of you celebrated your 40th birthday yet? It's a really cool milestone. Still young, but older, wiser, and you're taken more seriously in the world because you're like a real straight up, bonafide adult. In your 40s, you're still receptive to learning and exploring new things, so it's an exciting age group to be a part of. If we thought Michael in his 30s kicked ass - and I've been a fan of his since he turned 30 in 2007, I know that his 40s are going to bring an expansion of his acting talent, more producing, and delving into directing. Michael Fassbender is like a fine wine - he gets better with age.

And speaking of that, I'm not being nasty or anything, but I Googled fine wines of 1977, and the first one that came up was Cockburn's 1977 Vintage Port for $155. Make of that what you will. What kind of celebratory Fassy birthday wine will you be drinking?

Friday, February 10, 2017

TGIF 2.10.17 (Edited)


After keeping tabs on Michael during his LA visit earlier this week, we're going into a quiet weekend until Michael pops up again. I posed a question at FF@FB asking if people would be interested in seeing Michael present at the Oscars this year. He did such a nice job at the DGAs that I think it would be great for him to be seen on a worldwide stage presenting an award. But I don't know if it's really his cup of tea, and I would totally understand if he's not interested. The closest most celebrities will come to being on the Oscar stage is as a presenter, and it's very lucrative to do so. In any event, slightly off TGIFy topic, since I've seen the one film that has been smartly marketed to all hell, stamped-approved, and pre-designated to win everything (you know how this works), I'm going to see two films this weekend that I hope win in their respective categories: I Am Not Your Negro (Best Documentary), and Toni Erdmann (Best Foreign Film  - Germany).

As usual, Hollywood has already negotiated the rights to take the very successful, very original, and very GERMAN Toni Erdmann and they're going to make it All-American for those who don't want to read the German spoken film with English subtitles. I'm not cool with this, because for cripes sake, we have the original, playing in theaters right now, and strongly positioned to win the Oscar for Best Foreign film. And before the Oscar engraving dust has settled, Hollywood has signed on two big All-American as apple pie celebrities to remake Erdmann for the USA crowd. I already know it's not going to be as good as the original so that's why in honor of Michael Fassbender and Daddy Josef Fassbender and the country of their birth, I'm going to the theater on Saturday to watch Toni Erdmann and reading the English subtitles of this German film like a proper and cultured cinephile!

Unterst├╝tzung deutscher Filme!


Edited to add: DMC Film is hiring an intern!!!




Monday, February 6, 2017

Michael Monday 32



Some well deserved holiday time from Christmas through January did Michael good as he showed off his sun kissed face in Hollywood Saturday night at the DGA Awards. Just when I think I'm a level headed, professional fan blogger person, the fan girl in me comes out screaming when weeks go by and I don't see or hear about Michael, and then Wham! here he is looking so 'Ungodly gorgeous' as director Todd Holland wrote about Michael on his (@Toddholland3) instagram Saturday night. You know a man is being honest and has no shame when he says that about our boy. Thanks Michael for picking up my spirits, and motivating me to update the blog and FF@FB all weekend!

ps. Thanks for fans giving us back our sacrificed facebook Likes from the previous weekend's punishment un-Liking event. LOL! xoxo

Sunday, February 5, 2017

Michael at the 69th Director's Guild Awards


Michael attended the 69th Director's Guild Awards ceremony last night, held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, to award his mentor and friend, director Ridley Scott with the Lifetime Achievement Award. Ridley has been directing films longer than Michael has been alive, but after directing Michael in three great films, it made sense that Michael would be positioned to present this honor to his friend. Recently, Michael announced that he would like to start directing in a few years, and with a working relationship with Ridley Scott, he is being mentored by one of the best in the industry. One day within the next decade, surely Michael will receive a nomination from the DGA. Coincidentally, while the DGA was occurring last night, I was watching Alien on BBC America. The horror film that 40 years later created a popular franchise that Michael would become a part of. 

Michael with Billy Crudup


Michael presenting award to Ridley Scott




Here is a brief write up of the event by RTE:
British director Ridley Scott was presented with a lifetime achievement award by Irish actor Michael Fassbender.On stage, the 79-year-old said: "My fellow directors, I salute you. Do try to raise the bar and most importantly, try not to punch anyone because I've come close quite a few times."Paying tribute to Scott, Christopher Nolan, who directed the Dark Knight trilogy, said: "If I was asked to point to one filmmaker who inspired me to get into film, it would be Sir Ridley Scott." - RTE
It would be remiss of me to not acknowledge how refreshed, happy and healthy Michael looked last night. Since I have moved to Los Angles in October, this is the first time Michael attended a Hollywood event while I was just miles away. I look forward to one day taking advantage of the benefits of logistically being in an area where I could be on the sidelines of these events so that I can update the blog on coverage of an event Michael attends.

Friday, February 3, 2017

TGIF 2.3.17


In a couple of weeks, I'll provide information about the 5th Annual FF Birthday fundraiser, and it's a special year because it'll be Michael's 40th birthday! For the entire month of March, Fassinating Fassbender will host a fundraiser for The Bike Experience, a wonderful British charity that we believe in and value the inspiration it gives to those who use the services.  As challenging, exhausting, and demanding managing a fundraiser can be, it's completely rewarding when we meet our goal, or get close to it. No matter how much  money we raise, it all goes directly to TBE and they appreciate every penny we raise!

The month of March is also another anniversary milestone month and I'll have a special blog article to recognize this occasion, so be on the look out! Thanks for putting up with my sour mood in the past month. Along with work, long commuting, and pathetic politics, I've been stressed out a bit and I know my spirits will pick up soon.

One of my vague posts at FF@FB this week made some people dunk their heads into their river of denial and a few of them unLiked us. Oh well, it's ok, I believe I did them a favor by at least giving them a heads up warning so they can brace themselves for any official announcement coming out this Spring.

Monday, January 30, 2017

Michael Monday 31


Whoo boy, this weekend was all kinds of fucked up wasn't it? I just don't have the words, or rather, I don't want to repeat my words tweeted over this past weekend here out of fear of losing readers to my bad temper. Thank God for Michael Fassbender's smile on this Michael Monday!

Friday, January 27, 2017

TGIF 1.27.17


Another tough week winds down, but there was a distraction on Tuesday with the Oscar nominations. I held out a glimmer of hope that The Light Between Oceans would get at least a cinematography, costume, or even an adapted screenplay nomination, just to add some spice to the expected mix and make it an Oscar nominated film. It definitely deserved some recognition even if it was a token nomination. But AMPAS played it safe and stayed with fall festival favorites. I don't know when Michael will be in the Oscar race again, but according to this article at Digital Spy, Michael has confirmed that he would like to delve into directing in a couple of years. Now don't get too panicky, just because he wants to expand his creativity into a different facet of movie making doesn't mean he's going to give up acting any time soon. Lots of actors/actresses produce and direct films, and continue to act as well.

And speaking of double duty work where Michael served as producer and director in Assassin's Creed, it's official, according to Box Office Mojo, AC has so far earned $202 million worldwide as of 25 January. So congrats to Michael and DMC Film for hitting that box office milestone!

Expect the next few weeks to be very quiet on Fassbender news. There's still hope that he will attend the Song to Song premiere at the SXSW festival in early March, so cross your fingers and stay tuned.


Monday, January 23, 2017

Michael Monday 30


I had a lot of fun dedicating Friday's tweets to Michael Fassbender. As we enter a dark tunnel of worldwide political cyncism, Michael offers light, hope, and inspiration. Sometimes when I'm looking for an image to use for TGIF! or Michael Monday, I have a tough decision to make because there are usually three images I have to choose from based on my current mood, what I want to convey to my readers, and try to use something I haven't used before, or I haven't used in a few years. I communicate with fans from all over the world, and it seems that we're all on the same page in wanting to escape from "reality" and focus on the actor and his film projects for entertainment, fun, and escapism. Now more than ever, this holds true to us Fassinators. The overwhelming success of the Women's March in various cities around the country and world this weekend demonstrate that most women are sadden, disgusted and concerned about the direction of the country that has held the title of Leader of the Free World for so long. We Americans who voted differently are very angry about what's going on in the nation, but I do have hope that this nightmare will end sooner than we think.

In the meanwhile, I look forward to continuing to do my best to bring to you some fresh and exciting editorials about Michael and his career as often as I'm able to. If you have any questions or article to suggestions, please email me because I want FF to be your quick go to source for information and commentary on Michael.

Friday, January 20, 2017

TGIF 1.20.17


All day today at my @Fassfass twitter, I be posting images of Michael Fassbender because, you know, ain't nothing else of any sort of importance is happening today, so why not let loose and go Full TGIFassy! And besides, Tresspass Against Us is releasing today in very select theaters, so please go see it on January 20th to support this cool film, and also because it's an important day to do something good and fun and to distract yourself from a historic national embarrassment. What will I be doing on Friday? Well, I'm going to the spa to soak in a copper bath, and then have a 60 minute organic facial. The stress this week has been incredible, and I'm treating myself with a spa, and I'm treating you to all day Fassy images.

Monday, January 16, 2017

Michael Monday 29


Let's be honest, this week is going to suck. A major political event will take place in the US this week and I've been bracing myself for it, but it's not working. One remedy for this pickle I find myself in is to just focus on happy grinning photos of Michael Fassbender. Short of winning the lottery jackpot that will allow me to buy a private plane and fly to an exotic location, permanently, that is not affected by US politics, I'm just gonna have to find cheer from Happy Fassy photos.

Friday, January 13, 2017

TGIF 1.13.17

By John Russo 2013
As Assassin's Creed opens in cinemas all over the world, it is moving into 'hit' territory with its global box office of $155 million as of Jan 11th. I'm really proud of Michael doing what he aimed to accomplish with AC. It's a great film that deserves to be seen by gamers, and those who enjoy sci-fi/fantasy films that make you think. To remind you of the importance of international box office and how Hollywood is now catering to it, read this article from the BBC - How the Global Box Office is Changing Hollywood. It makes perfect sense why Michael and the studio focused on heavy promotions overseas.

The next Fassy film that will be released is Song to Song and it will be the opening film, on March 10, at the SXSW festival and the SXSW website has the film prominently featured. A fan emailed me asking if I thought Michael would attend the premiere. Well, since he's not filming anything at the moment, I think that he might make himself available especially since this is a Terrence Malick film, and it's been five years since Michael filmed it, so he's probably excited to see how it turned out at the very place that inspired the film. So yes, I now think he'll be there. And in case you haven't heard, apparently Michael's character in the movie has a 'Lucifer' quality to him. If this is true, then Malick has something up his sleeve about this particular character. Since this film has been off my radar for a while, I'm just starting to warm up to it again.

Thanks to all the new readers who rallied in the past two weeks to help FF @Facebook hit and pass the 1K Likes milestone. We got 15 in just the past week, even while I was out of town and offline. So that's great that you guys are enjoying what we cover on Michael here at the blog and at FF@FB. Thank you!

Friday, January 6, 2017

TGIF 1.6.17


The Fassy Universe has finally updated us on that Terrence Malick film that Michael worked on way the hell back in 2012. The new title is Song to Song, and it will have its world premiere on Friday, March 10 at the SXSW festival, a very appropriate place to debut this long awaited... and I admit, long forgotten film about the Austin music scene. According to reports, Michael's character has a Lucifer quality to him, and this has really piqued my interest now. Song to Song will be released on March 17, so I'll definitely check it out.

If you're not familiar with Malick films, well, I highly recommend you check some out first before you watch Song to Song because, he's a different type of director and his films all have a message in them that some people get, and some people don't and hate the film for not understanding it. You've been warned.

Monday, January 2, 2017

Michael Fassbender FF Year in Review: 2016

The year of 2016 was a very good year for Michael Fassbender. The year started off with loads of industry recognition for his work in Steve Jobs, and it ended with the fantastic Assassin's Creed. Not many actors have Michael's range of being nominated for an Oscar in one film, and starring in and producing in a video game adaptation of a popular video game. This year has been great for me as a Fassinator as I traveled great distances to see him being honored at public events, and supported and reviewed his films released in the past 12 months. As I reviewed the FF posts of this year, I realized that I shared a lot of frustrations earlier in the year related to the Hollywood awards game.  Here are the highlights of Michael's career in 2016 as covered by Fassinating Fassbender!

January

In the first of many honors for his brilliant work in Steve Jobs, Michael Fassbender was honored as International Star Actor Award at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. I flew to Palm Springs to attend this unique event. Michael was also in the middle of filming The Snowman in Norway, which is scheduled to be released in October of 2017. The Golden Globes was an embarrassing joke, and a few days later, Michael received his second Oscar nomination.

February 

At the height of Oscar season, Michael attended the BAFTAs in London and a week later, the Oscars in Los Angeles. I have nothing more to say.

March & April

In these quiet months, the 4th annual birthday fundraiser hit our goal this year to help The Bike Experience! There are huge challenges in online fundraising in fan communities, so it made me proud that we could honor Michael this way in supporting a worthy charity and hitting our goal. Michael is down in Australia filming Alien: Covenant.

May

It was announced that Michael's DMC Film will produce Entering Hades, a film about a real life Austrian serial killer.  And while Michael is in Australia, he does his part to promote X-Men Apocalypse. The first trailer for Assassin's Creed is released!

June

Michael is still filming in Australia and I get on the defense again about the fandom. I pulled the plug on the MF Weekly, and started the Michael Monday series.

July

The Toronto Int'l Film Festival announced that Michael Fassbender will be their TIFF Soiree honoree in September! I was so shocked and happy to learn of this news, but I had to make a quick decision about if I would be able to attend or not. Just coming back from a week in Europe, and planning my move to California, I made the decision earlier in the year to skip TIFF. A few days later, I decided to attend... of course. Michael finishes filming Alien Covenant and flies to London to chill for a little bit. He is spotted at Scott's restaurant with Ridley Scott, Ridley's wife, and producer Daniel Emmerson. Michael started promotion work for the upcoming release of The Light Between Oceans with his co-star, Alicia Vikander.

August & September

Michael and Alicia are at the height of promotion work for The Light Between Oceans, I saw it and loved it (review). They attend the premiere of it at the Venice Film Festival, and the next week, Michael is attending the TIFF Soiree and the festival to premiere Trespass Against Us. In an interview with Collider.com, Michael announces that he will go on a 6-8 months break from filming to concentrate on producing work. Driving to Toronto twice within 3 days was tiring and stressful, but a necessary thing for the editor of Fassinating Fassbender. I had a blast and it was just an honor for me to go to my favorite film festival to cover and support the Soiree event and a film screening for Michael Fassbender.

October

Michael receives a civilian honor in his hometown of Killarney by the Order of Innisfallen. This month I relocate to California. I recruit the assistance of April K to help update the blog and she will be the backup for the blog indefinitely.

November

The Light Between Oceans is released in the UK on 1 November. The US election results put a severe damper on the remainder of the month, but British GQ and British Esquire try to lighten the mood by ending the year featuring Michael as their cover story. A massive worldwide promotion for Assassin's Creed begins in Australia.

December

We are in full Assassin's Creed (review) mode with high anticipation for this film. Michael is all over the place in promoting AC! Killarney Today features an interview with Michael Fassbender that is released over four days and shares never before seen images of Michael in his youth. The first trailer for Alien Covenant is released and it looks brilliant and bloody scary. Fassinating Fassbender Facebook has surpassed the 1,000 Likes milestone!


Top Five Most Read FF Articles of 2016

FF Film Review: X-Men Apocalypse (29 May)

The Unbalanced Benefits of Promoting a Film (3 Aug)

Michael on Stage at TIFF Soiree (8 Sept)

TGIF  9.30.16 (30 Sept)

TGIF 10.28.16 (28 Oct)

Friday, December 30, 2016

TGIF 12.30.16


This is the final TGIFassy for the year. I don't know about you, but I'm glad this year is over, it's been a trip - both good and bad. I'm going to produce the FF 2016 Year in Review on New Year's Eve and whatever this year has been for you, it has been a great year to be a Michael Fassbender fan, albeit on a rollercoaster ride! There's been some massive highs, and some crappy lows. Over at my Twitter (@FassFass), I'm posting pictures of Michael to close out the year. Even though my Twitter is multi-purpose and covers all things, it's been especially sucky the past week, so I'm just going to smother my account with images of our charming man in these final days of 2016 to cast a beautiful spell on 2017 to make it a much better year. The ridiculous and heartbreaking death announcements, politics, and general shitty news has been most depressing and I'm re-tweeting that stuff to my followers. That's not cool, so I'm going to give them some Fassy love over the next 48 hours.

At the FF@Facebook page, we're just 4 Likes away from the 1,000 Likes milestone, so please, Like us and help us start off 2017 properly with a strong Fassinating Fassbender Facebook presence.

To close out the year in TV appearances, Michael will be a guest on the Graham Norton Show New Year's Eve special airing on 31 December. The full episode should be available immediately afterwards. It promises to be a good show along with Michael's co-star BFF James McAvoy.

Thanks to my admin team of Martha, Stephanie, and April helping out this year. It's been a very good year and I believe next year is really going to put FF on the map now that I'm in Los Angeles.