Friday, July 21, 2017

TGIF 7.21.17

So what do you think of the new trailer for The Snowman? It looks really intense and violent. Taking something so innocent like a snowman, and making it creepy and evil is warped on so many levels. Michael will star in this film as detective Harry Hole, his first time in a role as an authority figure, albeit with some personal and emotional baggage. I'm going to make a point to read the book before I see the film, but I want a book that writes, 'Now a major motion picture starring Michael Fassbender', you know, for posterity and stuff. Right now, at, the books currently on sale have, 'Soon to be a major motion picture'. That ain't good enough, I want Michael's name on the book dammit. Hopefully new prints of the book will be printed soon with Michael's name headlining on the book cover. I'm sure this film will do well at the box office, especially in Europe, to justify a continuation of this crime series with Michael.

Meanwhile, if you're like me and haven't read any of Jo Nesbø's books on Harry Hole, read this article at The Slate, 'What Makes Jo Nesbø's Books So Addictive?'

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

The Snowman Trailer

Michael Fassbender's next film, The Snowman, based on the novel by Thomas Alfredson will be out on Otober 20th!

Monday, July 17, 2017

Michael Monday #53

I've come to enjoy the Michael Monday posts because the focus is really on the nice photo of Michael Fassbender I choose to use. I'm in the film festival spirit and I think that Michael's The Snowman (to be released in October) is going to be announced very soon to play at Venice. It's the perfect film festival venue for this film. Michael has had many films premiered at Venice, and back in 2011, he won Best Actor for Shame.

Friday, July 14, 2017

TGIF 7.14.17

Photo of Michael by Jeremy Liebman
After opening his private life up for public consumption in the past few weeks, Michael Fassbender is back into his protective shell, far away from the paparazzi, contemplating his next projects. I'm glad this week has been calm, I needed a break.

Monday, July 10, 2017

Michael Monday #52

Prepping for Steve Jobs (2014). Michael wanted to break his arm to get out of this role. He was joking, but, was he?

Sunday, July 9, 2017

My Theories on the Perfect Timing of Ibiza

When the pictures started to roll out last week of Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander enjoying their holiday in Ibiza, like everyone else, I was overwhelmed with several emotions about the pictures. Firstly, as a huge Michael Fassbender fan, I was happy to see HIM in swim trunks (they were too long IMO), then I was happy seeing him enjoying himself. Then I was a little perplexed about the suddenness of the images, and how out of the blue the extra serving of PDA was between Michael and Alicia. For the past 3 years, they both were notorious in protecting and keeping private their relationship. They wouldn't even kiss on the kiss camera at the BAFTAs. I didn't blame them, they're not circus monkeys at anyone's bidding to play kissy on demand. But something has changed recently to make them appear more, pap friendly in permitting themselves to be on full display during their current vacation.

I have several theories, which I referenced previously in recent days. But, someone called me out on being deliberately obtuse, and I agree, I shouldn't have announced that I had theories if I wasn't willing to elaborate. So, I have theories on angles from both perspectives of Michael and Alicia, but since I'm fully on board the Fassbender train, therefore, I'll only reveal two of my theories on the release of these Ibiza pics specifically regarding Michael. These theories are just speculation, but I think they are fair educated guess speculations as someone who is a fan and has a vested interest in the ongoing success of Michael's career.

First and foremost, we have to be frank, Alien Covenant did not perform as well as expected. Unfortunately, it failed to earn anywhere near the $403 million worldwide that Prometheus earned. Covenant, as of today, has earned $231 million. That is not bad for an R-rated sci-fi horror film. We have to keep in mind several factors. Covenant's production costs were $32 million less than Prometheus, and Prometheus was released in 2012, exactly 15 years since the last Alien film. With only five years difference between these two films, and the mixed reviews of Prometheus (another great film), people just weren't in a rush to go see Covenant in the theater. In fact, R rated sci-fi horror films tend to do better with their DVD/Blu-ray sales to help recover production and marketing costs. So that brings me to Theory #1: Alien: Covenant will be digitally released on August 1st, and released on Blu-ray, DVD, and 4K Ultra HD on August 15th. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment want to make as much bank as possible with the digital and video sales - it's important to recoup as much as they can.

The movie going experience is rapidly changing for a lot people, myself included, as we don't have the expendable income to keep going to see a movie each weekend and spend upwards and over $20 each time. Hell, I saw Covenant at the Arclight, and it cost me $16 and I snuck in a box of Milk Duds that I bought for $1 at Target. Mind, I saw the film's premiere for free at the TCL Chinese Theater two nights earlier. And as another example, when I saw Michael's Song to Song in March at Arclight, I also splurged and 'treated' myself to a small soft drink and caramel popcorn, bringing that total theater viewing to $27. And I was by myself!  Imagine people going out on a date, or a family going to see a movie? This is the crux of why people are waiting for films to be released on home video, or streaming it later. Why not wait to buy the DVD for $22, and have the film as part of your film library forever, allowing you to watch it as many times as you want? This is not rocket science. Go to theater, spend $20, sit in an uncomfortable seat, deal with assholes talking, eating popcorn next to you too loudly, another asshole checking their text messages, someone with a gigantic head blocking your view... or, buy the DVD and watch it in the comfort of your own home on your slick 72 inch TV screen and Dolby surround sound system. And invite friends to watch it with you!

But there's a part two to Theory 1: The China Effect. Alien Covenant should have made much more money in Asia than it did. I think it earned about $31 million. But it was projected to earn closer to $75 million. The Chinese government love to censor Western films that don't meet their "morals" standards. So they not only removed all the scary alien scenes where the Xenomorphs burst out of people (that's the money shot, hello!), but they also deleted the Walter and David lip peck. The actual Chinese citizens who are social media savvy were aware that their government would slice the shit out of the movie, and they stayed away. They're not stupid, they're going to wait for the blu-ray version too, albeit the bootleg versions that will be available in that country.  So with the Chinese neutering Covenant, and demonizing it for the .3 second lip peck between two androids and (Michael Fassbender and his male double), it greatly affected the film's box office performance in that region of the world.

So what does this have to do with Ibiza? Well, even here in the States, deplorablespeople tripped out via social media that they didn't want to see Covenant because of its gay agenda, so again, this mere kiss which was incorrectly touted (for click bait headliners) as a gay kiss, scared off some film goers. Because of this, we now have the handsome Michael Fassbender, kissing and playing on a yacht with his beautiful movie star girlfriend of three whole years. See, he's not gay, he's an actor, and Michael is with his actress girlfriend enjoying a holiday together. The August dates for the digital and DVD releases are less than a month away. This is the perfect time to show the world that Michael Fassbender is a sexy guy enjoying time kissing his sexy girlfriend. Hint hint, He really doesn't kiss male stunt doubles and androids for real. And this is why we have grand paparazzi access to an otherwise private yacht party affair. The paparazzi didn't intrude, they were tipped off, albeit to remain at a distance. This is NORMAL in the industry.

Theory 2: Those James Bond rumors - where there's smoke there's fire. Although Daniel Craig has finally agreed to do his fifth and final James Bond film soon, there are several actors whose names keep being referenced for the past 3-4 years. Michael Fassbender is one of the top actors to possibly replace Craig, and he has ALL the qualities: good looks, European looks, Irish accent, physicality. And specifically, for those who think Michael is too old to play a new James Bond, Brosnan, Dalton, and Moore were all older than Michael is now (read). Like how Tom Hiddelston infamously made a fool of himself last summer in his bid to be considered to replace Craig because Tom's name used to be mentioned, he too went to the beach to show off his body with his lady friend and the media coverage was a huge failure. But unlike Tom, Michael's fun in the sun was more natural and he seemed to be really enjoying himself. He also displayed himself as athletic, very fit, diving, swimming, and being with his girl. Theory 2 isn't as strong as my Covenant support theory, but now is a great time for Michael and his people to position Michael as a strong contender to replace the great Daniel Craig with these fun pictures from Ibiza.

Lastly, as much as I use sarcasm and a cynical tone in some of my posts, that is not to imply that my respect and admiration for Michael Fassbender should ever be called into question. I will always, always support Michael's career choices and support what he does on his down time. I do want to take a moment to warn fans that there is a segment of people in social media that are on the periphery of the fandom who want to fan the flames of bullshit rumors and some blind items that are not about Michael, but these sick people want people to think some disturbing gossip is about Michael. He's a really decent person and does not deserve the unfair hate being flung his way by some really demented, mentally unstable people.

Friday, July 7, 2017

TGIF 7.7.17

If there's ONE good thing that came out of those hot Ibiza yacht pictures of Michael and Alicia, it is this one photo of Michael. Often when the pap who take pictures of celebrities frolicking on the beach, water, or yachts, they focus way too damn much on the woman - because 99.3% of the paparazzi are scuzzy dudes. Sure, they give us a few pics of the guys they are with, but they don't FOCUS on the men, especially a man like our Fassy. So, thank you to whoever orderedsuggested that they go to Ibiza to play under the sun and swim in the pretty, cool blue wa wa, because we now have THIS picture for some of us to print out and place on our altarcshrineofficephotoofpretendhusband Fassy favorite pics memory book. Michael was very happy at this moment, and I'm damn happy looking at him being happy and shit.

Some people are confused about why Michael is "so pale". Well, you insensitive morons, Michael is of the ginger persuasion, and a sweet blending of Irish and German blood, the combination of two peoples that tend to be very fair. Redheads don't tan easily, if at all, and Michael lovingly falls into this group. I love his beautiful skin, it looks healthy and vibrant. I'm sure he's wearing some sunblock of at least 50 SPF. And yes, I would pay my own way to his next beachy vacation to rub some sunblock on him... every recommended two hours, all.over.his.body, just to be safe and to give him the glorious protection his skin needs.

This TGIFassy post brought to you by: Mike's Harder Cranberry Lemonade. I had a stressful day at work and this shit works fast on someone who doesn't drink often. Cheers!

ps. Michael, please wear these type of swim trunks next time, please? They're on sale at Nordstrom Rack. Have your people call me and I'll get them for you as an early Xmas gift! Don't be shy, show off what yo mama gave you!

Thursday, July 6, 2017

Michael and Alicia's Summer in Ibiza!

Michael Fassbender and his girlfriend, Alicia Vikander, co-star of The Light Between Oceans, have been spending quality time with each other so far this summer, and it appears to be an attempt to make up for lost time, as well as to assure the nosey prying eyes of the public, that they are still in a relationship. And what better way to do that than to up the ante and go on a yacht with friends, wearing flattering swim suits to show off their fabulous bodies, and show some public displays of affection. Why now? Why not? Both Michael and Alicia are young and attractive celebrities, and every time there is an interview with one or the other, the interviewer always ask a question about their partner, as if they are obligated to provide an update. Both Michael and Alicia have been defensive, coy, or deflected the question for privacy, as is their right. However, sadly, the downside of being a celebrity is that that very gossip machine demands that these two beautiful people prove that they are in a relationship, and in fact, can display human affection towards each other.

A sad band of online haters have been non-stop in demeaning Michael and Alicia since they started to date when they were filming the beautiful The Light Between Oceans in late 2014. There have also been a lot of nasty rumors and unfounded gossip designed to put a spotlight on the legitimacy of this relationship. But through all that, here they are, on the ocean, off the coast of Spain enjoying life with each other and their friends. Yes, I'm surprised that their relationship has lasted this long, I expected it to end by April of this year because their busy careers were taking them in different directions. I have my own theories, but it's not for public sharing. All I'll say is that Fassinating Fassbender will always be in support of Michael Fassbender and whatever projects, hobbies, and obligations that make him happy. C'est la vie! Photos courtesy of The Daily Mail.

Monday, July 3, 2017

Michael Monday 51

Sometimes when I don't have much of an update, just looking at handsome pictures of Michael will suffice. He's still hanging out in Europe meeting his end of the bargain, and here in North America, it's the birthday week of Canada and USA.  A lot of us are on holiday, just like Fassy! And as I posted on FF@FB last week, I will post at least once a week, pictures of Michael with his quotes. The series will be titled, Michael Says..., so the fun will be finding the right picture to go with the appropriate quote. So if you have a favorite photo or a favorite quote from Michael and you want me to match it up with a most appropriate quote or photo, please email me.

Friday, June 30, 2017

TGIF 6.30.17

Michael is still on a holiday tour of Europe. Late Thursday, Michael was spotted in Venice attending a fashion show and an after party for Bulgari. You can't get more VIP European class than this. Michael looked like he was having a lot of fun. Speaking of Venice, this makes me wonder if Michael's next film, The Snowman, will get a premiere at Venice Film Festival (30 Aug - 9 Sept). The deadline for entry forms to submit films for pre-selection was 16 June, and films that are selected to be invited to screen at the festival must submit an entry form by 14 July. I think of all the film festivals, Venice would be the best choice. The Snowman was filmed in Norway, and its production team is European. It could also screen at Toronto the following week as a North American premiere. With an October 12th release date, these two film festivals would be the best gateway to introduce this film to audiences as Oscar season begins in late August.

Monday, June 26, 2017

Michael Monday #50

Based on what I posted at FF@FB yesterday, I have taken steps to better filter out the type of sharing of information from the fandom that I really don't need. So many people have focused way too much on Michael's private down time, and it just gave me pause to pay closer attention to how I filter things from the fandom. I've got a heavy plate of other priorities and responsibilities at the moment, and when it comes to receiving news on Michael Fassbender, I just need to narrow down how I get it and from where and filter out what's truly important and relevant. The point of having Fassinating Fassbender is to focus on things related to his career and endeavors that he's participating in where the focus is on HIM, and not the uninteresting static surrounding him. Fassinating Fassbender is not the largest or most popular source of Michael Fassbender news because I don't have 10 hours free in a day to sit at my computer posting images of him and literally any-thing that has his name or a six degree of separation association to Michael. Fans of FF and myself, are, shall I say, more discriminating in what we want to see, read, and know about Michael. We are not lowest common denominator fans, and I don't post shit just to keep relevant and gain likes. I know my fellow fan base and they like what I do, the way I do it, so thank you.

I write Michael Monday articles on Sunday afternoons so that its scheduled posting can post at 4:30 am EST on Monday morning. I'm writing this week's MM in a tank top, my underwear, and a pint of Ben & Jerry's Karamel Sutra Core ice cream. This is my first official summer in the valley region of Los Angeles, and it reached 106.7 degrees today. I have a big house all to myself for 5 weeks, while I animal sit five cats and a dog. I'm coming along dandy.

Friday, June 23, 2017

TGIF 6.23.17

It has been a whirlwind week for me and I'm glad the weekend is here. Besides reading a brief mention about Michael's next film, The Snowman, having its sneak peak trailer being shown at a film festival somewhere in Europe soon, I'm anxious to see it soon because now is the perfect time to prepare people for another Fassbender film. Meanwhile, Alien Covenant opened in China this past weekend and earned another healthy $30 million to its box office. I was dismayed to read that Chinese censors not only removed very scary scenes from the film, but they also removed the Walter and David peck/kiss. It's just so damn unbelievable that people are so primitive and warped in their thinking that an actor, playing two androids, having a 1 second chaste lip peck is something so tragic that it had to be edited out because of so called moral laws in China. I'm not even going to go on a political rant, I don't have the time or energy.

I do want to mention that the latest rumor did make me giggle so hard that I snorted in the office this week. The Daily Mail reported that reportedly, Michael and Alicia are reportedly living together in London. I'm using the same number of 'reported/reportedly' that the Independent article uses.  So many people believe this that if I were a person of questionable character, I would sell them land in Flint, MI and become very wealthy. Yes, I went there.  One minute we have very, very believable and solid information, right from the horse's mouth, aka Fassy, that he doesn't live in Hackney anymore, not even in London, and that he was living in Europe. Then it was reported, right down to the actual property in Lisbon, Portugal, where Michael dropped some serious Euros on his beautiful new home. And now... it's "reported" that Michael and Alicia are living together in London. I don't believe it, but, some do, and, I guess, whatever makes people happy in their fantasies. Me, I love Michael as he is, and will see his movies regardless of his personal life. As long as he doesn't kick puppies down the stairs, I got his back.

TGIFassy! font text from this point forward will be done via Word Swag, an app I had to purchase so I can be more creative with text on images for social media purposes. I'll be a lot more creative with Michael Fassbender images here on the blog, on Twitter and Facebook.

Friday, June 16, 2017

TGIF 6.16.17

Michael Fassbender in NYC in 2015

So it looks like Michael is all on board for the next installment of X-Men for Dark Phoenix, to be directed by Simon Kinberg. I figured he had at least one more Magneto in him. But you know what, after watching Logan earlier this year, a film I really enjoyed, with its hard R rating, I think Michael Fassbender should be offered an R rated Magneto film to close out his time as the metal manipulating mutant. Dark Phoenix will be Michael's 4th time donning the helmet and cape to play the bad guy we all kinda support, and that's because him, and Ian McKellan have done such a great job in explaining why Erik/Magneto is pissed off at the humans and their destructive attitudes towards those different than them.

I'm working at the LA Film Festival this week, so apologies for the delay in this week's TGIF!

Monday, June 12, 2017

Michael Monday #49

Imagine Michael in this image wearing a cape and got fangs as Dracula!

The director of The Mummy, Alex Kurtzman, wants to expand further into the Dark Universe of Gods and Gothic monster films, and he wants to work with Michael Fassbender in one of those roles. In case you're not familiar, the Dark Universe world has the who's who of supernatural creatures that most of us are quite fond of. My all time favorite monster is Dracula, straight up. He is the king of the monsters and the father of all vampire themed books and movies. And I have mentioned on this blog in the past, that Michael would be an excellent Dracula or vampire. He's got the sleek Euro look down pat, he's gorgeous, intense, has those seductive laser beam blue eyes where he can 'Dazzle' the shit out of anyone, and raise your hand if you don't want Michael Dracula sucking blood from your neck. No hands? Thought so! All he would have to do is dye is hair dark brown or black to double his intensity. And he already has the TEETH. If you thought Michael was born to play young Magneto, he was conceived to play Dracula!!

Friday, June 9, 2017

TGIF 6.9.17

I don't know what the hell is going on in Great Britain with this unnecessary election, it's insane, it's just as bad as US politics, if not worse! I probably wouldn't be paying too much attention to that fiasco if it weren't so quiet on the Fassy front. There was a silly rumor that was quashed immediately on Thursday about Michael getting married on New Years Eve. It's as if this pathetic attempt at gossip was just so bad, that the same people who created it, killed it as soon as it was conjured up.  Maybe it was designed to distract from other things, but this just goes to show how manipulative gossip can be, and how the fan base can be manipulated too. That's not cool and I'm sure Michael doesn't think it's funny either.