Friday, September 19, 2014

TGIF 919

Michael Fassbender is down under in the other down under.
According to tweets and Instagram postings in the past 48-hours, Michael Fassbender is in New Zealand, a week before he starts filming his second film there, 'The Light Between Oceans'. He's been seen hanging out on Cuba Street at a club called Laundry in Wellington, but filming will be done at an undisclosed location in Marlborough. Filming may take two months and be completed just before the holidays.

Hopefully during his time in New Zealand, we'll get updates about his filming activities. I tell ya, after the past two weeks of focusing on things TIFF, I'm so ready for our next deluge of Fassy news and information. If some of you have read my latest articles at Theatre of Zen, you know that I got a glimpse of the dark side of a different fandom. And let's just say this, I rue the day if Michael ever has to compete against Benedict Cumberbatch for,... anything! And no matter how more popular one actor's name is over another at the present, if you take a look at IMDB, only 20 positions on the popularity scale separates them. Michael is currently at the #41 position, and Benedict is at #21. So even though Michael has been very low-profile, as that's his preference, our boy is still in the Top 50 of all human being male actors, especially since there's not much news and info to discuss about him. Sure, Frank is out in 8 theaters, and it's currently available for viewing on iTunes and VOD, but other than that, Google alerts have been quite weak with the daily Fassy alerts.

According to, they have confirmed that the curiously delayed production of Assassin's Creed has taken yet another hit. The second projected release date of August 7, 2015 for Creed has been dropped, and now taken up by another superhero film that will be released on that date instead. I knew months ago that the August date was too early for a film that hadn't even started filming yet to be released, and this confirms it. However, as we all read online from Michael himself earlier this summer, he's gungho about the project and was inspired by all the Internet chatter about the film. So he's still onboard, but, it's unknown when the film will go into production and be filmed. We don't even know what role in the film Michael will play, as many have speculated that he will not play the main character of Desmond, but instead, some other cool character. I don't play video games, let alone Assassin's Creed, so I am clueless as to what 'other' role he would play, besides producer. But this will continue to provide career related gossip fodder to keep us on our Fassy toes.

Also, I have been so busy with TIFF, and then very sick upon my return, that I completely failed to acknowledge the 6th anniversary of Fassinating Fassbender on 8 September. Thanks for supporting the blog all these years!


Friday, September 12, 2014

TGIF 912


My apologies for the delay in posting the TGiFassy image of this week. I'm under the weather due to sickly TIFFrs breathing and coughing their diseased breath upon thee. I clearly recall the moment I was infected. I was sitting in the second row for Mr. Turner on Monday afternoon, and this nasty loud man sat behind me and was coughing up a storm and hacking. When he coughed, the creep didn't cover his mouth like a civilized person, instead, he coughed at the back of my head/face and immediately contaminated me. I felt his breath on the ride side of my face [INFECTED!] I moved towards the back of the theater and muttered 'asshole' as I walked away. My nose is clogged up, throat is sore, I'm pale, my eyes are red - but no coughing. I'm just messed up. But I'll live.

An image of Michael in France was posted yesterday to me via twitter and it was posted at Pinterest. I reckon it's a picture of him taken in late July/early August, so it's nothing really new or exciting.

This week's TGIF image of Michael Fassbender should cheer me up this Friday and if you're ready for the weekend, this too should perk you up. The only news I read about Michael was that he and Rachel Weisz will be heading to New Zealand next week to start working on The Light Between Oceans. And if his filming of Slow West in NZ last year is any indication of what to expect this time around, there may be very, very few images of him photographed while filming.

But surely, we'll keep on Fassbendering because that's just what we do. For those interested, my Cumberbatch TIFF article has been posted at Theatre of Zen.


Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fassbender Programming Will Now Resume...

Michael Fassbender on the red carpet sometime in 2013.
I arrived home just before midnight last night from a fantastic time in Toronto for my 11th TIFF in a row! I ate so much food, but I burned so many more calories due to all the walking around, and rushing about. Did you know that you can burn calories by standing in line under the hot sun? Yes you can! So one minute it's very warm and sunny outside, then the next, I'm inside a theater where I have to wrap a scarf around my neck because I'm so cold. Now I have a very sore throat. TIFF will continue on through Saturday, and the People's Choice film will be announced on Sunday. I'm so lucky to be able to attend this great film festival thanks to my dearest friend Glenn.

I was so busy with watching films, eating, drinking, talking with friends, etc., that I appreciated this short down time from my Fassy duties, however, Michael wasn't entirely out of mind. Two things came out of this festival: Two-time Academy Award winner Denzel Washington, at TIFF promoting the excellent 'The Equalizer', said he would love to work with Michael Fassbender one day; and the Fassinators fanbase is sane and good.

Why would I assess that our fandom is sane and good? Well... I witnessed first hand the spine chilling craziness of Benedict Cumberbatch's fanbase. If someone asked me to describe in one word what I think of the self-proclaimed 'Cumberbitches', I would say that they are: Disturbing. I do not take that word lightly. As you all know, I have had my own troubles with our fandom, but for the most part, the annoyances are par for the course. Some fandom fart moments are more stinky than others, but in comparison to the state of the entire Cumberbatch fandom, we got our shit together. So Fassinators, pat yourselves on the back, hug a cat, donate money to a homeless charity, and get on with your sane self because we rock... in comparison to another fan base. I'm not going to take up more space here at FF to share deeper thoughts about the Cumberbitches, I'll save that for pictures and other stuff at Theatre of Zen later today (meanwhile check out the ToZ tumblr). But what I will say is that Benedict Cumberbatch is a friend of Michael Fassbender and is a great actor and a smart looking guy. I went to see 'The Imitation Game' because the plot of the film intrigued me about Alan Turing, and yes, it stars Benedict Cumberbatch. I like the man and it was brilliant to sit in the front row and just be mere feet from him and listen to him speak. He's mesmerizing in a suave way. He's so eloquent, compassionate about his work, and talented like crazy. But I'm not a Cumberbitch, just someone who respectfully appreciates his fantastic body of work and look forward to more of his work in the future.

Maybe Michael Fassbender will be at TIFF next year, but until then, I'm so happy to be part of a fanbase that does not have a questionable fandom. We as a whole have not embarrassed Michael Fassbender, and we all truly, and in our own variable ways, compassionately support him without being mental about it.

Wednesday, September 3, 2014

A Temporary Replacement for Michael Fassbender at TIFF!

Sorry, I'm not at TIFF this year!
Let the record show that for my personal and professional blogging interests, no actor, regardless of how handsome, talented, and strong his British accent is, will never, ever replace Michael Fassbender. As I am getting ready for my 11th TIFF visit, Michael Fassbender will not be in Toronto this year. However, his friend Benedict Cumberbatch will be, and I will certainly be covering him and his film, 'The Imitation Game', next Tuesday evening. Please keep an eye out on my Theatre of Zen blog which features coverage of TIFF annually and my other interests. Also, if you're curious, check out my 2014 TIFFr film schedule, I'm seeing 14 films this year!

My TIFF tickets - I have another one for 'Mommy' not seen here.

Fassinating Fassbender will not be updated while I'm in Toronto, however, this is the perfect time to remind you of FF at Facebook which is updated daily by my great team, Stephanie and Vera! For this week's Fassy film, they are featuring 'Haywire', co-starring the cool Gina Carano with the best portion of the movie filmed in Dublin with Michael! Did you know that it received an 80% FRESH score at Rotten Tomatoes? My Fassinator pal April and I will be visiting Ireland together next spring, and we will hang out in Dublin for a few days, and definitely make a pit stop at The Shelbourne for at least a drink.

I hope you got a chance to listen to my first podcast, which is just an introduction to the new media enhancement of the FF communities! Thanks, and I'll see you next week!

Benedict Cumberbatch is a great temporary replacement at TIFF for Michael Fassbender.

Friday, August 29, 2014

TGiF 829

Click image to experience a Fassy Daydream

For another quiet Fassy week, Fassinating Fassbender website visits have gone through the roof! We have nearly tripled our visits this week and I don't know why, but I'm not complaining! I reckon the slow release of Frank has something to do with that, and that's a great thing. Because I'm going to watch it for the second time at the Landmark theatre in Royal Oak on Saturday with friends. The Landmark theatre group has a contest to giveaway a cast signed Frank poster - yup, it's been signed by Michael, Lenny, Domhnall, and Maggie - a must have! Go here to enter. I may even take my frank mask and have my picture taken at the theater marquee for shits and giggles! Dare me?

This week's TGIFassy image is Michael Fassbender's Magneto and it was announced a couple weeks ago that the EXTENDED version DVD/Blu-ray of 'Days of Future Past' will be released on October 14th. A longer version of this already great film is definitely welcomed news. Plus, that may mean more Fassy, and that's always a good thing, especially with this film being so heavy with a diverse cast of X-Men. Meanwhile, the JoBlo website reports that Michael would like to have a hand in developing Magneto's plot in the next Xmen film, 'Apocalypse'.

If you need to kill some time and need a quick memory lane article about Michael, check out AZCentral's 'Five Essential Michael Fassbender Films'. Do you agree? I would have replaced one of those films with his performance in Prometheus.

TGIFassy and go see Frank this weekend!

Friday, August 22, 2014

TGIF 822

Whew! With great relief, Magnolia Pictures increased the theater roll-out count for Frank, and you can see it at a theater nearer to you hopefully soon. For me, I'll be in Toronto when it comes to Ann Arbor, so I may mosey on over to Royal Oak on Aug 29th with a friend and her husband, who is from Manchester, England, and really keen to see a Fassy movie that is loosely based on Frank Sidebottom.

There has been a great reception to Frank and the reviews are over overwhelmingly positive, such as this review from the Los Angeles Times. I dare say that Frank will be in many Top Five Fassy Film lists, and even though you don't see him, hearing him, and seeing how he emotes as Frank is so brilliant and you forget, albeit temporarily, that you cannot see Michael Fassbender's oh so handsome face!

Earlier this week, TIFF released their final announcement for films and the talent that will descend upon Toronto in a couple of week, and Michael's Slow West is not screening, and he certainly won't be there. Hey, the man can't attend every year, and I'm totally ok with him not being there - it's so much less pressure off of me, you just don't know.


Sunday, August 17, 2014

Michael in New York at the Apple Store

These pictures are of such great quality and capture such a great moment of Michael during the Apple Store interview in New York last week, that they deserve their own post here at FF. Courtesy of tumblr (lokimaxiejackie):

Friday, August 15, 2014

TGiF 815

Michael in NYC during last week's Frank promotion.

Michael Fassbender's newest film, 'Frank', opens in very, very select theaters in the US today, and then over the next month, it slowly rolls out over the country to other very select theaters. Unfortunately, it's only going to screen at a rinky dink theater in Grand Rapids, MI, a lame city 150 miles from where I live. I'm hopeful that this flimsy list is totally incomplete and that it will screen in Southeast Michigan soon like in Ann Arbor, Royal Oak, Detroit or Birmingham! This totally messes up me and Snootiegirl's plans to see it together. Although I already saw the movie in June in LA (read my review), I want to see it again, it's that good! Seeing the fun that Michael Fassbender had in the past week in promoting the film and his interview responses about the film have made me itchy to watch Frank again. So I encourage you to see it if it's going to play near you!


Saturday, August 9, 2014

Assassin's Creed is still on for Michael!

According to a much more trusted website, Screen Rant got a quote directly from Michael Fassbender this week confirming that he is still on board Assassin's Creed.  This is great news!

 “I love these rumors! It’s fantastic. People talk about it, and they’re hopefully interested. Nothing has changed, yeah. I’m still a part of Assassin’s Creed, and we’re working on the script as we speak. Actually, I’m going to go back and see the writers when I get back to Europe.”

Friday, August 8, 2014

TGiF 808

Ask and we received! Earlier this week many of us were experiencing Fassy withdrawals and severe dehydration due to Fassbender juice being withheld from us. Then the next day, the Fassy Gods rained upon thee and Michael Fassbender and his Frank co-stars descended upon New York City for the American premiere of Frank. And like sad and innocent crack addicts, Fassinators got all tingly and happy and shit with our Fassy Fix!

We are satisfied and excited about Michael's promotion of  his new movie Frank, which will open just next weekend in select cities, and then it goes into wider release after that. Michael is looking really fit and has some color in his skin, and his hair is all prudy and stuff. Let's enjoy this while we can because he will be going down to Australia in September to film his next movie, Light Between Oceans.

In regards to TIFF, they announced another 30 film titles this week and they were the Canadian film segment of the festival. At this point, I think it's safe to say that Slow West will not make it to Toronto. It's not one of those much anticipated big name productions that a lot of people are just anxious to see, so there's no need to hold it close to the chest and announce it at the 12th hour - it should have been announced two weeks ago with the other 60+ films. Anyway, I was 50/50 about its chances of playing at TIFF, this makes life easier for me and I can continue on with my plans to drink champagne and watch great movies without the anxiety of film festival Fasstrategizing.

Michael as Frank, really, really being the life of the party!


Thursday, August 7, 2014

Wednesday, August 6, 2014

Michael Fassbender Promotes Frank in NYC!

Well damn, I didn't see this coming! As Just Jared reports, Michael arrived in NYC Tuesday to support the premiere of Frank which opens in "select" theaters on August 22nd. I get nervous when I see "select theaters" because that means that I have to drive 40 miles to see it, or worse, wait another week or two for said film to bother to come to Michigan.

Also, according to a tweet, we have this treat tonight in the US:

Tonight The Soronprfbs will perform 'I Love You All' live on The Colbert Report @ 11.30pm EST! Frank opens US Cinemas 15/08

So, if you plan on watching, check it out on Comedy Central!

Here are more pics from Michael in New York City on Tuesday:

I'm glad Michael is in the States promoting Frank. This is an incredible film; it's funny, but very sad and dark at the same time. I cannot wait to see it again!

More pics and info at JJ.

Hey Michael, I got one of those!

Monday, August 4, 2014

Are You Thirsty for Some Michael Fassbender?

Michael we're thirsty for you! Share you with us!
I am! I admit it. It's starting to get a little dull not having lively news and information about Michael Fassbender. I am done moving so my focus is now back on things Fassy and it's a bit too quiet. The effects of there not being anything to discuss about Michael has altered my Sunday schedule of sending out a update of the Michael Fassbender bi-Weekly newspaper. And if last Wednesday's edition is testament to how paltry new information is about Michael at the moment, I had to edit the newspaper within an inch of its life because it had a hard time finding something NEW and fresh and clean to update about Michael. Now I know he's still working on Trespass Against Us based on that twitter picture of Michael wearing a 'Father shirt' with a lucky little girl who bumped into him on set, but other than that, there's been sightings of him here and there on holiday fun. But other than that, nothin'!

This has been a quiet summer of Fassy, and I'm wondering how the rest of you are coping? I don't follow other celebrities, and I do have many other things to work on and think about. But I've kind of come to rely on using Michael Fassbender news and the engagement with other fans as a nice distraction and to perk me up when life is a bit too heavy and chaotic. Michael Fassbender is like zen yoga for the mind and eyes and this picture I'm using for this update couldn't come at a better time.

Remember, Frank comes out in US theaters on August 16th, I hope it's not limited release.

So, are you thirsty for some Fassbender?

Friday, August 1, 2014

TGIF 801

Another week has passed without much news on Michael Fassbender. The Fassbender Google alerts have been quite pathetic and useless. However, with the exception of the two new pins posted by Rachel S at Pinterest, it is evident that Michael has fine tuned his ability to steer clear of the paparazzi when he wants to, and that's good for him.

His next film release, Frank, will be out in the US on August 16th, and it's not too late to order your 'Keep Calm and Watch a Fassbender Film' t-shirt from Limelight Impressions. I plan on wearing mine to the theater when I go see it for the second time (first time was at the LA Film Festival in early-June). The Toronto Int'l Film Festival released more film titles on Tuesday, and so far, still no 'Slow West'. The final round of films will be announced over the next week and a half or so, and chances look slim that Michael's film will show there. But that's ok, I'm all set for my 11th straight year in a row in attending TIFF.

I'm all moved into my new apartment and I'm happy as a clam. I'll lay low this weekend with finishing up unpacking some boxes in my SPARE bedroom. I have so much space now that I don't know what to do with myself. I have one big box of all the magazines I bought that has Michael on the cover or featured inside the magazine, it's my little Fassy Library and I need put it in a special place.

I'm sad that it's already August, why in the hell does the summer months go by so fast, but yet winter lingers around like a weird unwanted visitor.


Friday, July 25, 2014

TGiF 725

Because Michael's in France, this was taken in France/Cannes 2009 (Antoine Doyen)
I'm going on record to state that this entire week has been a test for my mental and physical well-being. Work has been completely insane, and this is topped off with still moving little boxes every other evening to lighten the load for the movers to come on Saturday. The less shit they have to move and touch, the quicker they finish, and the less I'll have to pay them. So that's why I'm moving little shit that I can. Plus, I love visiting my new apartment and I will officially go to sleep in my new apartment Saturday night. But, I digress... while I'm stressing out here in plain dull Michigan, it was tweeted that Michael Fassbender was spotted in a coastal French town that I have never heard of until today called Biarritz. I had to Google it to see if it was really on planet Earth and it is and it's very, very posh (let the record show that I will stay at this hotel one day). Apparently Michael was seen learning how to surf. Danggit, why couldn't he be on the beach laying out there drinking Bloody Mary's while wearing navy blue Speedos? But to surf, you have to cover your body up in surfers gear and it's not very sexy.

But at least he's enjoying some holiday time before he starts up filming Light Between the Oceans in September. And so with Michael surfing in the South of France, it appears that he's done filming Trespass Against Us. Also earlier this week, TIFF announced the first round of 60 films that will screen at the festival in September, but Slow West was not announced... yet. Mind there are roughly 150 more film titles to be added onto the slate, so Michael's Slow West could still be announced in a few weeks. Trust me, this is the norm, it's like this every year. TIFF wets the palate of the cinephile by announcing the films that have been confirmed to be Galas and Special Presentations first, and then as they continue to negotiate with studios for other films, they will announce the complete list in mid-August, just about 10 days or so before tickets go on sale. One highlight this week at work is that I have been approved to take TIFF time off in September, and my TIFF Toronto host is going to host me again from Thursday to Wednesday of the festival. I am so lucky to have this arrangement at TIFF because it I didn't, my enjoyment of the festival in the past four years would have been quite different, and not in a good way. It costs a lot of money to attend TIFF and to really have fun at the festival and in the city. If I were to estimate the cost I'm saving by being the guest of my host, look at this breakdown:

Hotel @ $170 night for 6 nights = $1,020 (if I could even find one at this low price, and this is not including outrageous Canadian tax)
Tiff tickets for 15 films = $600
Food/drinks = $300*
Train/parking/gas/customs = $225*
Estimated total = $2,145 (with the exception of my travel, and some light snacks from Subway and Tim Hortons, everything else is covered by the host. Yes, I'm super lucky!) Prior to my host hooking me up, I was lucky to do TIFF the Friday to Sunday, and even then it was still expensive paying everything myself, it still cost over $600.

We'll surely see more of Michael Fassbender soon enough. Meanwhile, enjoy your summer like how he apparently is enjoying his.