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!

Friday, June 10, 2016

TGIF 6.10.16

We know Michael is in Australia filming Alien: Covenant, but he's also with friends and hanging out at the beach too, based on new pics just released. A new juicy spoiler was announced at Playlist yesterday from Michael's co-star, Katherine Waterston (here) and based on a picture I saw of her on set, there was an easy to see similarity to that famous character. It's going to be a great film. Also, I was wondering if the reason that Michael didn't bleach his hair this time was to avoid any damage that going blond does to his hair, but he also needs his natural hair to be in good condition as he starts filming that serial killer film that is based on that Austrian murderer Jack Unterweger, who had light brown generic styled short hair.

With The Light Between Oceans, Assassin's Creed, and Entering Hades in the queue to be released and produced soon, any publicity Michael participates in now, is good publicity.

Thursday, June 9, 2016

Michael looking fit in Australia

I like this photo of Michael - beige shorts compliment him.

The Daily Mail posted pictures of Michael and Alicia Vikander leaving a restaurant in Sydney today. Even though this was a proper meal, I love how Michael was dressed like he couldn't wait to go to the beach: shorts - check, flip flops - check, gorgeous legs on full display - check.

See more pictures and read the article here.

Also, this is a great time to remind people that if you are a true Michael Fassbender fan, steer clear of the negative, mean-spirited messageboards, tumblrs, and websites that meticulously in a stalker kind of way, over, and double-over analyze Michael's personal life with unfair harsh criticism. The way some people go on and on about him in a negative way says so much more about THEM, than Michael, or Alicia. He's a grown ass man who has a right to hang out with whomever he wants. Deal.

Monday, June 6, 2016

Monday Michael!

I was just thinking that since Michael is heavy into production mode for Alien: Covenant, news and images will be light for the remainder of spring and perhaps going into summer as well. Although there is a new weekend article on Michael at JustJared, I figure this is a good time to offer up a nice new series for regular updating of the blog. For over four years now, TGIFassy has become a mainstay that readers look forward to. This Monday, after a long weekend of volunteer work, I came into my job this morning feeling a little run down and blue. But sure enough, when I found this 'New to Me' image of Michael, it cheered me up immediately. So today commences a new series of regular blog updates to help you to start off your Monday in proper order. I'm introducing Monday Michael today. Enjoy!

Friday, June 3, 2016

TGIF 6.3.16

If you haven't see X-Men: Apocalypse yet, please go ahead and check it out. It's quite entertaining - so don't mind the mixed reviews, judge for yourself. I'll be making a decision about the Michael Fassbender Weekly online newspaper from I have the content settings set so that it can automatically update every Wednesday, the top headlines on Michael Fassbender. Making this easier and more efficient for me being so busy. But it has been very lazy in searching for relevant news articles. In light of the Johnny Depp fiasco, cheap shot articles have been tossing Michael's name into the fray of an irrelevant mix and said articles have popped up at MF Weekly. This is totally unacceptable. So this past Wednesday, when the newsletter automatically updated, it featured a poorly written, half-assed lazy inflammatory article that centered on Michael. So I manually updated this week's paper to remove that crap and have more appropriate and informative articles featured.

So if I'm forced to make the decision to re-edit the newspaper again in the next few weeks, I may have to retire this FF social media format because it would be unreliable and not meeting the standards of what I expect from it. I have to upgrade and pay for features that allow more editing power and I'm not willing to do that. I have spread myself thinly for Fassinating Fassbender, and I don't want to put anymore money into something that I can't get a return on investment.

I will be going on vacation to London and Paris, June 23- July 2. The blog will not be updated during this time, so please monitor FF @ Facebook regularly for updates from Martha, Vera and Stephanie. They are busy as well too, and news on Michael has been light, so they will do their best. As I really get into gear in planning my move to California this fall, I may not be as active, but I will still be around and keeping FF as fresh as possible. So I would appreciate any extra pair of eyes for news and info on Michael that you would like me to update on. I'm working 10 hours a day and that doesn't permit me much time to be on Fassy related topics - but my antenna is still on active alert.

This week's TGIF photo is from this nice short video of Michael and James MacAvoy. This screenshot was too good to pass up - I love this mischievous look on Michael's face. Priceless. Check it out:

Sunday, May 29, 2016

FF Film Review: X-Men Apocalypse (4/5)


[Caution: Some spoiler and plot details]

In the third X-Men film featuring the younger cast of mutants, it is set in 1983; twenty years after First Class, and ten years after Days of Future Past. Just as a slight fatigue starts to settle in on the X-Men franchise, I was nervous that Apocalypse would signal it winding down or set the stage for another changing of the guard. But if anything, X-Men Apocalypse re-introduced enough younger X-Men to justify the continuation of this franchise. In living up to its title, the X-Men are faced with dealing with the original mutant, Apocalypse (Oscar Isaac). He wakes up after being dormant for nearly 4,000 years and he's very disgusted with the state of the world in the late 20th century. As he's coming to his senses, he comes across another mutant, a young Storm (Alexandra Shipp). After Apocalypse has a crash course in getting up to speed on the way things are in the modern world, he sets plans in action to cleanse the world of filthy, war mongering humans, and start anew with just mutants on the planet. But first, he needs a few more human hating X-Men to join his posse.

Michael Fassbender as Magneto/Erik Lehnsherr
Meanwhile, in Poland, Erik (Michael Fassbender) is playing nice and trying to blend in with the humans by being a polite, quiet, low-keyed factory worker. He's married and has a little girl who also has beautiful animal friendly mutant powers. For the first time in Erik's life, he is happy... but also in hiding due to his act of war crimes from the past decade. By accident, Erik saved a man's life, but by doing so, he revealed his hidden powers. Humans being the backstabbers they are, alert authorities of what they saw Erik do, and they come looking for him. In the process of taking Erik into custody, a moment repeats itself similar to when Erik was taken away from his mother, and again, his life is ruined. Erik becomes Magneto on steroids, and he's done playing nice with the humans. Apocalypse is now aware of Erik and uses Erik's righteous anger on a mission to destroy the world. Magneto was already a powerful mutant, but under Apocalypse's guidance, he becomes even stronger and the world is once again informed of just how scary, bad and powerful Magneto is.

With electromagnetic chaos occurring all over the world, and with the world's nuclear weapons being destroyed, the X-Men convene at Professor X's School for the Gifted. Mystique (Jennifer Lawrence) has matured but her physical appearance is not blue Raven, and the same for Beast (Nicholas Hoult) by using his serum to suppress his blue skinned alter-ego. The newer versions of Cyclops, Night crawler, and Jean are introduced in short back stories which starts to make the movie feel a bit bloated. That's not to be a negative, but it just demonstrates how relevant and interesting each X-Men character is, and to just insert them in the film without explaining who they are would be an injustice, so the film suffers slightly in trying to give intro space for each integral X-Men. Due to the destruction that the Apocalypse crew is causing around the world, Charles/Prof. X (James MacAvoy) uses Cerebro to log on into the minds of mutants and humans to see what's going on. For the first time 10 years, Charles and Erik meet in their minds and Charles comes to understand Erik's newest pain and anger. But with Apocalypse coming to learn about Charles' existence and his powerful mutant skills to enter the minds of anyone on the planet, Apocalypse sets his sights on using Charles' body as his next conscience transfer. Apocalypse uses Cerebro to track down Charles and capture him, and in the process, the school is destroyed.

Evan Peters as Quicksilver
The most brilliant scene in the film was with Quicksliver (Evan Peters) as he arrived at the school just in time to save the students. This scene had the Eurythmics' Sweet Dreams playing, and it was just a spectacular use of CGI and slow motion and demonstrating Quicksliver's awesome super speed mutant powers. The film switched gears again by inserting the evil Colonel Stryker. I did not expect to see him and it was a minor 'what?' moment, but I went with the flow because when there's Stryker, Wolverine is not far behind. Seeing a feral and abused Wolverine go full rampage was the second best scene in this great film. This slight detour in the film will most likely be used to set up the next round of X-Men films.

The ending was predictable but satisfactory. The heavy reliance on CGI can get a little old, but when it comes to super powerful beings destroying the world, this is when CGI must be employed to simulate the mind blowing destruction that occurs. There will be more X-Men films in the future because the new recruits of Jean Grey, Storm, Cyclops, and Night crawler will be fascinating characters when they are given more room in future films to breathe. Especially Jean Grey, so much more can be done with her character because her mutant powers are untapped and can be horrifying if not controlled.

However excellent Michael Fassbender was in Apocalypse, his turn this time, he really brought his A-game into this role. Michael has clearly demonstrated that he is a superior actor by bringing so much depth and emotion into Erik's world. I almost feel that Apocalypse should be Michael's last time at bat as the younger Magneto because he's so stand out, so commanding on the screen, that anything short of a full blown stand alone Magneto film would feel like 20th Century Fox and Marvel is cheating the integrity of the Magneto character, and the actor, Michael Fassbender. I know I'm biased, but many other fans and reviews of this film think the same way. A two-time Academy award nominated actor portraying a superhero character that is multi-dimensional, and equally loved and feared, deserve so much better than being a supporting X-Men character. So far, only Wolverine (Hugh Jackman) has had a stand alone film. His character is very meat and potatoes and has a crazy military and war background and a strong fan base that was hungry for a solo film. I don't know if Magneto has that same level of interest in a separate film. He's a beloved character, and a very powerful mutant, but his story is more sad (Nazis and Auschwitz) and a bit more high-brow and cerebral - a film plot not for the lowest common denominator.

X-Men Apocalypse is a very entertaining film. There are just too many X-Men to really embrace and appreciate appropriately in this film. I think this is the last time we'll see some of the characters we have enjoyed from these three films, but that's fine because there were some worthy characters re-introduced to us this time. I think James MacAvoy is in this for the long haul because his Prof. X is integral to his school he developed. However, I think Jennifer is done with Mystique because I sensed a lack of interest in her when watching her on screen, she seemed, bored or distracted. And Michael, I think he gave this his all and did a fantastic job in what may and should be his swan song as Magneto. He's just too damn good of an actor to play second or even third fiddle mutant in the X-Men movies - and he has second billing. Maybe Michael will make a cameo appearance in future films, because Quicksilver has something to tell Magneto.

Score: 4/5 stars - go see this!

Friday, May 27, 2016

TGIF 5.27.16

It's X-Men Apocalypse opening day here in the US! Michael has been receiving great reviews on his third outing as younger Magneto. This time, they are in the year 1983 (hence the neon pink TGIF coloring), and a select crew of pissed off X-Men are being recruited by the Original mutant to teach stupid humans a final lesson in respect. Will they succeed? I'm going to see it this weekend and post my review here shortly afterwards.

We have had some good conversations over at FF Facebook, so don't forget to visit there when things are quiet on the blog! It's also Memorial Day weekend, so have a fun and safe time whatever your holiday plans are!

Friday, May 20, 2016

TGIF 5.20.16

We have a full week remaining in the US before we can see X-Men: Apocalypse. From what some fans have seen so far, people really like it, and Michael as 1980's re-pissed off, anti-human mode Magneto is fantastic. Want receipts? Here is a sample of Michael's A-game as the mutant Magneto having an emotional breakdown after humans screwed him over, yet again.

Monday, May 16, 2016

Michael at the Sydney VIP Screening of X-Men Apocalypse

Photo by Mentrik Tjen

FF reader Mentrik Tjen kindly shared these photos of Michael Fassbender attending the Sydney VIP screening of X-Men: Apocalypse. She said he looked even better in real life, and was very sweet with all the fans. Since Michael is down under filming Prometheus 2, it appears that this may be the only premiere he can attend to support the film. I guess that's the good and bad thing about working in Australia; it either prevents you from doing all the premiere stuff for other films, or it's just so far, far away, you can't go. It's like a glass half-full, half-empty dilemma.

Zimbio just posted a bunch of photos from the VIP event too, so check them out!

Thanks Mentrik, I'm glad you had a great time!

Photo M Tjen

Photo M Tjen

Friday, May 13, 2016

TGIF 5.13.16

Michael participated in Skype interviews for the London premiere of X-Men: Apocalypse, and he looked really good, but his hair was not blond as I anticipated to see him. He's in Australia filming Prometheus 2, so perhaps in his second spin as David, maybe he will be wearing a blond wig. When X-Men have their Australian red carpet, Michael will be in attendance.

Also this week, the first official trailer for Assassin's Creed debuted on the Jimmy Kimmel show with a fantastic parkour delivery (watch the video). And a beautiful new trailer for The Light Between Oceans was unveiled this week too and it's definitely going to be a very emotional film (Video).

In my long quest to obtain a second interview with Michael Fassbender, some promising developments occurred this week. While it can still take some time for this to come together, it will happen, and I'll keep you updated as things progress. Michael is extremely busy, he is an A-list, two-time Oscar nominated actor who is on the hot list for loads of mainstream media to interview. I have to wait my turn, and as a mere blogger fan, it's worth the wait because it demonstrates that Fassinating Fassbender is a reputable source of information for all things Michael Fassbender, and it's an honor to once more be in the queue of consideration to interview this wonderful actor and human being.

Thursday, May 12, 2016

Assassin's Creed World Premiere trailer

The moment we've all been waiting for has arrived! The first official trailer for Assassin's Creed reveals an exciting, intelligent, and intriguing glimpse into Michael Fassbender's newest film that will come out in the US on December 21st!

Friday, May 6, 2016

TGIF 5.6.16

If you are in London, and are excited about X-Men Apocalypse, you can get a chance to see Michael Fassbender and the X-Men cast on Monday, 9 May at the London red carpet premiere of the film at BFI Imax London. Even if I were in London, I probably wouldn't have the time or patience to deal with the crowds, and it's really not my thing, but some people have time on their hands and the stamina to stand extremely close to strangers. However, we will appreciate any exclusive fan experiences and pictures from the event, just email me.

There will be lots of  new pics of Michael next week, so things will liven up here a bit real soon! Meanwhile, we have enjoyed learning about Michael taking on the Entering Hades project, and I'm patiently awaiting some images of him currently filming Prometheus 2 in Australia.

Tuesday, May 3, 2016

Michael's next role: Serial Killer

I was hoping that the next big film that Michael would be involved in would have him be a villain, a real, low down scumbag villain. Not one that you can sort of empathize with, like Magneto, or David of Prometheus for that matter. Today, Variety announced that Michael and his production company, DMC Film will produce Entering Hades. This film is based on the true life story of an Austrian serial killer,  Jack Unterweger, who murdered a prostitute in 1974, and went to prison. Whilst in prison, he was released on good behavior under the pretense that he was "rehabilitated". Upon his release, he became famous and even wrote some books. But the low down scummy murdering bastard in him reared its head again, and he start killing more women on his down time.

How screwed up is that? Jack had a new life, some fame, some money, but it appears that it was in his nature to just murder innocent people. He wound up committing suicide when he was found guilty of murdering those women. According to his wikipedia page, he was diagnosed as having a narcissistic personality disorder.  In total, it's estimated that Unterweger killed 11 people.

Michael Fassbender is known for taking on challenging and controversial roles, and this one goes straight to the top. Michael is going to have to do some major research into gory aspects of the murder cases of Unterweger, as well as other high profile serial killers, so that he knows at least a little bit about how the mind works on these natural born killers.

As sweet and nice of a person I am, I find that I gravitate towards movies about the macabre nature of deranged human beings. I guess I do it so that I know more about them and how to avoid the fuckers in real life. As a psychology major at University of Michigan in the 90s, one of my favorite classes was the Abnormal Psychology course. You take that class, and you realize how dull and regular you are, and that's a good thing.

Congrats to Michael and DMC Film for another major coup in nabbing a great story that will be an excellent film, starring an outstanding actor!

Are you excited about this new role for Michael, or concerned about the subject matter? Would you go see it?