Monday, August 29, 2016

Michael Monday 12

Some people were wondering why on Earth Michael Fassbender attended the Amanda Awards in Norway over the weekend. Well, remember that movie, The Snowman, based and filmed in Norway earlier this year, starring Michael as Harry Hole? The film will be released in 2017, and now is a perfect time for Michael to participate in high profile events in Norway to help promote his Norwegian produced film. Michael looked handsome as always, and he was in a very good mood.

I received my Entertainment Weekly issue on Saturday and I was surprised that EW didn't think to have Michael and Alicia on the cover to promote The Light Between the Oceans. Instead, they had Emily Blunt on the cover promoting her The Girl on the Train movie which comes out on October 7th! Smart priorities Entertainment Weekly! You have an otherwise in depth interview with Michael and Alicia, who are all over the place promoting their film that comes out NEXT Friday, but yet they aren't on the cover. Jesus, I need to get into PR when I move to LA soon because I reckon I can do things a little bit better than how things are currently managed in Hollywood. I'm not just talking about Michael, but Hollywood in general, everyone in PR needs to re-take PR 101, even if it's an online course!

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Friday, August 26, 2016

TGIF 8.26.16

Next week is going to be a big week for most of us to see Michael in cinemas in The Light Between Oceans opening on Friday, September 2. But before that, he will be in Venice at the 73rd Venice Film Festival gala on Thursday, Sept. 1st at 7pm! Michael and his co-stars will be in attendance, and it should be very interesting to see how it all goes down. The film is in competition, and as you recall, Michael won Best Actor at this festival back in 2011 for Shame!

Wednesday, August 24, 2016

Trespass Against Us TIFF Schedule (edited)

The Toronto International Film Festival released its film schedule today, and Michael Fassbender's Trespass Against Us will have three screenings. The first will be on Friday, September 9 at 10PM at the Princess of Wales. A huge theater that has been the venue of great success for Michael since he started attending screenings there in 2011 for Shame. The second screening will be on a much smaller screen at the Hot Docs Ted Rogers cinema on the other side of Toronto, on Saturday at 11:45am. Then the third and final screening will be on Wednesday, September 14 at 1:30 pm at Scotiabank theaters.

Short of a miracle, I cannot attend any of these screenings (decision?). But if I were, the Saturday one is most ideal. I'm already going to Toronto on Wednesday, Sept 7th for the Soiree and I will crawl into work the next day, literally.

Here is the TIFF page info page on Trespass Against Us.

Monday, August 22, 2016

Michael Monday 11

Tea, anyone?
Michael was photographed walking around a shopping centre in Munich this weekend (images posted on FF@FB), and he recorded a welcome video that was shown at the Gamecon video game trade show which was also held in Cologne, Germany (also posted on FF@FB).  Michael could only be at one place at a time, so he chose to be in Munich. Michael is doing what he needs to do to promote both films, but one is more of a priority at the moment, The Light Between Oceans, due to its release date approaching soon, and its appearance at the Venice Film Festival, which opens on August 31. After Michael is done with promotional work for Oceans, he'll be concentrating on Assassin's Creed.

I'm drinking green tea at the moment due to an upset stomach (too much junk food over the weekend), and the timing is perfect to mention one thing. Don't waste your time worrying about whispers from haters designed to rattle you and sully Michael's reputation. He's really a good guy and lies are simply made up for click bait, and to rile up haters who, just hate. Michael is a gentleman, a really good, compassionate, and decent man, and if I have to keep reminding you of that every so often, I will.

On a personal note, it's week 4 of my personal fundraiser (see link at top of sidebar) and I could really, really, REALLY use your help. It's not easy begging for money, and that's what I'm doing, straight up, no shame. But I would like to ask you, if you are a regular reader of Fassinating Fassbender, and have enjoyed the work I do here and on the other FF social media platforms, and find value in the expenses that come out of my pocket to support these FF ventures and contests/raffles these past 8 years, please lend your financial support, only if you can, and are interested. This personal fundraiser is a one time thing to help me with a large life transition coming up very soon.

Thank you!

Friday, August 19, 2016

TGIF 8.19.16

“I look at every part as a way of expressing different aspects of humanity. I have no vanity when it comes to that. That's what I love so much about acting - it's the ability to submerge your ego into that of another person. And the whole notion of being a sex symbol is a bit frightening and ridiculous - although it suits me!”  - London Calling interview 2015

Monday, August 15, 2016

Michael Monday

September 2nd is fast approaching, and if you're like me, you are excited to see The Light Between Oceans! I have steered clear of reviews and opinions about the film. I have an idea of what the movie is about of course, but I don't like reading too much spoilery things about a movie. I'm already sure that the 'air conditioning' in the theater will dry my eyes out and make them watery while watching the film. Yup. 

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Friday, August 12, 2016

TGIF 8.12.16

In person, he comes across as cheerful and boyish. He is more pretty than handsome, not aggressively charismatic or excited about talking about himself, but kind and cooperative and willing. He looks like a lead in a romantic comedy, one of the few roles he has never taken on.  - NYTimes - Nobody's Fool

Monday, August 8, 2016

Michael Monday 9

If you plan on attending the TIFF Soiree for Michael Fassbender on September 7, please feel free to let me know (email) so that we can meet up either before or after the event. It would be nice to meet some Fassinators who are making this grand trip. I'll only be there for the day and will need to be back on the road home by 10pm.

Happy Michael Monday!

Friday, August 5, 2016

TGIF 8.5.16

What do you look for in characters you play? Provocation. I always try and look at the story and see where that character fits into it. Then the audience can go, ‘I hated him’ or they go, ‘No, I quite liked him’. Hopefully people sit down over dinner and the film lives on for a couple of hours and maybe the next day and maybe the day after that. As human beings I think we’re pretty complicated and pretty shaded and we’re not so black and white. Those sorts of characters I find interesting. - Edgar 

FF's Favorite complicated Fassy characters that linger on the mind:

Rochester/Jane Eyre
Silas/Slow West
Epps/12 Years a Slave

Thanks for reading my essay from earlier this week. It's the highest viewed and read FF blog article this year.

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Wednesday, August 3, 2016

The Unbalanced Benefits of Promoting a Film

Michael at the Montreal F1 race in 2013
I want to start off this essay by declaring two things upfront. First, I am a devoted Michael Fassbender fan, I stand 110% behind him now and in the future. He is my favorite actor, ever. His co-star in The Light Between The Oceans (TLBO), Alicia Vikander, is a good actress and I enjoy some of her work, and she has an incredible career ahead of her. I harbor no ill feelings towards her. With this all said, I feel the need to share my opinion about the marketing and PR for Michael and Alicia's film that will be opening on September 2.

Like many of Michael's fans, I have grown weary and frankly, quite bored with the public relations of their relationship in order for the studio to market and promote a film I'm going to see anyway because Michael is in it. I tire of doing a Google search for 'Michael Fassbender', only to have the results be 99% on his co-star Alicia. I'm not a fan of hers. Again, I like some of her work, I'm aware of her, but I'm not a fan of hers. When I do an Internet search on Michael Fassbender, the subject of this blog, I don't want to be referred to articles on her. There is a massive lack of balance in the promotional benefits of TLBO that has greatly benefited Alicia more than Michael. The film comes out in a month, and besides some fun promotional things Michael did last week here in the States, Michael will not be on any of the all important September issues of the few men's interests magazines that he could have been featured on. Alicia got the grandest cover of them all - September's Vanity Fair issue. And this cover is to complement the several other high profile magazine covers she has received this Spring/Summer. Landing on the cover of VF signals to the world that YOU have arrived in Hollywood and are pretty much being ordained Hollywood Royalty. Where is Michael's cover? Why couldn't they be on the cover together, you know, to promote their love story and love story movie? An opportunity was missed here and it's really annoying to me.

Michael will star as Tom in TLBO, out on September 2
Yes, Alicia's co-starring in Bourne with Matt Damon, and it's the #1 movie in the world at the moment. She won an Oscar, albeit in a fraudulent category, but she has won, after one nomination. Michael has worked his ass off for the past solid ten years plus and has produced work and high brow performances in those ten years than a dozen actors combined couldn't do. He presented a mesmerizing Steve Jobs and a heartbreaking MacBeth in one season. And yet, no Oscar (two nominations, one egregious snub), not even a hollow PR bought and sold Golden Globe to recognize his greatness. For this upcoming awards season, no matter how well received TLBO and Michael's performance may be, the Oscars will be in 'Let's make up for last year's PR fiasco' mode, and they will go out of their way to recognize someone else in the Best Actor category. Watch! Another way to measure how the publicity of their working relationship and acting together in TLBO has benefited Alicia, is to review their IMDB pages. In Michael's defense, he was down in Australia for nearly four months working on Alien Covenant in relative peace and away from prying paparazzi eyes. So he was not available for interviews and attend fun events to stay in the public's eye - he was working. He was able to help do some promotion for X-Men: Apocalypse, which went on to do well at the box office. Meanwhile, Alicia's IMDB as of this week has her in the holy top 10, while Michael is somewhere in the "top 500".

You mean to tell me that 499 celebrities have more visibility and PR awareness than Michael Fassbender? The rankings are skewed towards women (current 9 out of the top 10 are women), TV show stars, and celebrities currently in films that are playing in theaters.  So what I'm getting at is that if this were a legitimate working and otherwise whatever kind of relationship between Alicia and Michael, why isn't her higher PR profile and constant mentioning of Michael not giving him the PR visibility that he deserves? Something is strangely amiss and it doesn't sit right with me. Why? I don't think Michael has been happy with the way the publicity has been presented for TLBO. I've been following his career for almost ten years and I know when he is truly happy and comfortable when he's doing film promotions, and he's not at his peak form with this project. I'm confident he is proud of his work on TLBO and he will turn out another fantastic performance. But it's the behind the scenes PR relationship shenanigans that has been going on for nearly two years that is not working out so well. A man who is so easily identified as a jolly and happy go lucky honest guy when he is with the people and places he wants to be, seems to be very guarded, reserved, with a forced toothless smile when he's doing promotional work with his TLBO co-star. Oh, he puts in good enough effort to fool the sea of the gullible and blind, and he meets the minimum requirements that he is obligated to, but underneath all that, I sense that he's stressed out, disengaged, and I feel bad for him.

Michael as Callum in Assassin's Creed, out on December 21st
But, it's not all gloom and doom. Michael is a well respected, known actor of highly praised and enviable talent. As his promotion for Assassin's Creed begins, his IMDB rating will go higher. I've seen him in the top 30, so he'll be there again. Michael will be the guest of honor at this year's TIFF Soiree, a unique opportunity and honor for the truly talented who have a long, diverse and revered catalog of work to showcase and recognize. It is my hope that in the future, Michael does what is in his heart, and not by what he is being misguided into doing in order to promote a film. I have long believed that it is unnecessary to link two people together for PR. Just because their characters are in a relationship, doesn't mean the actors are a match in real life. The audience is more savvy than Hollywood thinks we are, and we don't need Michael Fassbender's desirability lured to us because he's supposedly attached to someone he supposedly fell in love with while making a movie. This film isn't Twilight marketed to tweens! Contrived showmances wear people down whose hearts aren't in it! I do understand the original purpose of this relationship, but it's well past its expiration date. When TLBO premieres at its only film festival date in Venice a few weeks from now, Michael will be there and surely will Alicia. This will be the perfect time for them to take red carpet pictures together for posterity. Surely Michael will be his usual professional self and put his best effort forward at this high profile event. I hope the film does well so that all of Michael's efforts behind and in front of the camera for this project were not in vain.

I see a very bright future ahead for Michael. Even though some of the stress and disappointments of the past almost two years can be one gigantic teaching moment for him, hopefully this just made him a stronger human being, and more determined to do things his way as his career progresses. I sense that Michael will be taking the bull by the horns and participating in activities, making films, and hanging out with people that make him truly happy, and his honest happiness makes me happy for him.

Monday, August 1, 2016

Michael Monday 8

Michael has been spotted back in London over the weekend, but I don't think his promo work for The Light Between Oceans is completed yet. We're sure to see some European promotion very soon, especially in preparation for its appearance at the Venice Film Festival later this month.

I can't believe it's August already, and this is the perfect time to segue into a personal project of mine that commences today. I have opened up a fundraiser to help me raise additional funds for my relocation to Los Angeles in October. Please read my fundraiser blog posting here. The Paypal donate button will be posted at the top of the sidebar from August 1 through the end of September for anyone interested in making a donation. If you have any questions, please email me. Thank you!

Friday, July 29, 2016

TGIF 7.29.16 (Updated)

It has been a great week seeing Michael Fassbender doing a press tour here in the States promoting The Light Between the Oceans with co-star Alicia Vikander. Some may wonder why this press tour is happening a month before the September 2 release date. Well, that's only about 5 weeks away, and most of the interviews Michael participated in will be published within a week or two before the film opens in theaters. You see, that's how film promotions work; an interview is taped in July, and then it is released a couple weeks or days before the film is seen in theaters in early September.

And to my pleasant surprise, Oceans will be in competition at the Venice Film Festival Aug 31 - Sept 10th. So we can expect to see Michael and Alicia do at least one film festival red carpet for this lovely film.

A Fassinator just brought to my attention that an article was written about Taylor Swift today, and Michael's name was mentioned in the article bringing up old and false gossip. I reached out via twitter to the columnist of the UK publication and wrote: "Lucy, it is irresponsible journalism to include Michael Fassbender's name in your article. It was a false allegation. Please remove." Unfortunately, I think it will fall on deaf ears because anyone who uses that lie is lazy in their researching abilities and just want to use the name of a popular actor for click bait, Google analytics, keywords, etc., all designed to increase ad revenue. Surely her article will hit the Fassbender Google alert today or tomorrow, while this Google product blog is still ignored by Google for its alerts on Michael Fassbender. I won't post a link to the article, but do a twitter search on the twitter handle (@Lecv) and you'll be directed to her lame column.

Update: The columnist Lucy Vine responded to my tweet and she wrote that it was "important to talk about. But I will add that the charges were dropped."  She immediately edited the article to reflect that the charges were dropped. In my last tweet to her, I wrote, "The allegation was designed to stain his reputation, and columnist like you aid it by repeating it. Adding charges dropped is fair :/".

Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Trespass Against Us World Premiere at TIFF!

Just as I speculated, announced this morning, Trespass Against Us will have its World Premiere at the Toronto Int'l Film Festival in the Special Presentation series. Unfortunately, as I have stated previously, I am skipping this year's festival, but I will visit Toronto to attend Michael's Soiree conversation event.

For those of you who want to go to Toronto to see Michael's film and hopefully bump into him, please be warned that it will be nearly impossible to meet him at the film screening. Each year, security at the festival increases and makes MI6 blush. And with events in the world as of late, talent will be protected and buffered well when near fans. If I were to guess at which theater venue Trespass will screen at, I think it will be at the Scotiabank theater. But it could possibly screen at TIFF Lightbox, The Elgin or the Wintergarden. Hell, I don't know for sure, any of those venues would be nice, but I'm leaning on Scotiabank with its first screening on Thursday or Friday night. I speculate this because the Soiree is Wednesday night, and with this being the only film for Fassy there, I reckon it will be scheduled within the first two nights so that he can attend the screening, and leave town by Saturday. Note, there is no guarantee he will show up at the screening!

The ticket sale process has already started for passes. When single tickets go on sale, it's a horrible, and stressful process in buying tickets. I'm glad I don't have to deal with that this year.

Here is the synopsis for Trespass Against Us:

Three generations of the Cutler family live as notorious outlaws among some of the wealthiest lands in Britain. They spend their time hunting, raiding large estates, and tormenting the police. In the midst of it all, Chad finds himself torn between respect for his father and desire for a better life for his children. The law is cracking down on his clan, and the decision might not be his to make. 

Starring: Michael Fassbender (Chad), Brendan Gleeson, Lyndsey Marshal, Killian Scott, Rory Kinnear, and Sean Harris

I certainly hope to see this movie in the theater in the Fall.

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.