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 :/".


JennyJ said...

Such great news about Venice for The Light Between Oceans! And yes, the US release date is not that far away, so doing press now is pretty standard. Can't wait to see this film.

As for the other nasty business, thanks for getting in touch with that journalist, Simone. Personally, I disagree with her reply and think all references to Michael should have been removed (as it shouldn't have been written in the first place), but I don't want to fan the flames. Unfortunately this is something that is going to happen more and more in the future, and it makes me increasingly sad.

Finishing on a positive note, I am looking forward to a bit more press and further details of TLBO - it really does look like a beautiful film!

Simone said...

Thanks JennyJ!

I'm looking forward to Oceans as well, I believe it's going to be a beautiful but very sad and tragic film. I will consider it my Fassy birthday film since my b-day is in September. :p