Mar
25
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A New trailer has been released for Slow West and a new image.

Slow West certainly has style to spare. From the opening notes of the trailer, it’s clear this is a unique piece of work. That tonal balance between twee and twisted has to be tough to master, but kudos to Maclean for nailing it and to A24’s marketing team for capturing that same spirit in a two-minute trailer.

If that charming trailer weren’t enough to get your attention, here’s what Russ had to say about it at Sundance:

This film is to the western as Hanna was to the espionage thriller — a meditative journey shot through with scenes of violence and characterized by allegorical storytelling that constructs its own reality so thoroughly that it has the feel of a fairy tale. […] Gorgeously filmed and enlivened by a deep sense of gallows humor, Slow West features yet another great performance from Michael Fassbender, and culminates in one of the most stylish and memorable sequences I’ve seen in a long time.

Slow West hits theaters and iTunes May 15. Ben Mendelsohn and Rory McCann (the Hound from Game of Thrones) also star.

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Mar
17
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Feb
06
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While production only just got underway on director Danny Boyle’s biopic Steve Jobs, Universal Pictures is feeling bullish on the production and has staked out a release date that’s only nine months away. The studio announced today that the Aaron Sorkin-scripted Steve Jobs movie will open in theaters on October 9th of this year, putting the picture in line for a strong awards season start. Moreover, the early October date makes me think Universal might first unveil the film at the prestigious Toronto International Film Festival, Telluride Film Festival, or Venice Film Festival in September.

The October 9th date is quite a nice fit for the film, as its main competition that weekend is the comedy sequel/reboot Vacation, the Coast Guard thriller The Finest Hours, and a Relativity thriller called Kidnap. Of course it’s also opening one week before a new film from Steve Spielberg, a spy thriller starring Tom Hanks, and one week after Robert Zemeckis’ 3D picture The Walk, so the beginning of October seems to be chock-full of meaty dramas.

Getting Steve Jobs off the ground hasn’t been easy, as the project spent a couple of years at Sony and went through a number of different actors for the lead role before Michael Fassbender accepted the challenge. It’s a uniquely structured film, with the crux of the movie taking place backstage at three iconic product launches, ending in 1998 with the unveiling of the iMac.

While it’s way too early to talk about the film’s Oscar prospects with any degree of certainty (it is still filming after all), it’s impossible to ignore the fact that both Boyle and Sorkin are Oscar winners, and Fassbender is a recent nominee who now gets the chance to shine with a project wholly centered around his character. Expectations are gonna be quite high for this one.

The supporting cast of Steve Jobs isn’t too shabby either, as Fassbender is joined by Seth Rogen, Kate Winslet, Jeff Daniels, Katherine Waterston, and Michael Stuhlbarg.

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Jan
25
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Entertainment Weekly has released 3 new stills from Slow West, plus a new one that was released last year in HQ:


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Dec
18
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Quickly ascending to be one of the most dominant voices in cinema over the last few years, it’s been gratifying to see Steve McQueen‘s career take off. Alongside him since the beginning has not only been his cinematographer Sean Bobbitt, but another key factor in his collaborations: Michael Fassbender. After lead roles in his first two features, Hunger and Shame, he delivered a menacing supporting role in 12 Years a Slave, and as one might expect, their partnership will likely continue.

It was recently announced that McQueen will be embarking on his “dream project,” a biopic on singer, actor and civil rights activist Paul Robeson, and while we don’t have word of that lead casting yet he did confirm the welcome (if obvious) news of Fassbender’s involvement. “If Michael wants to do it, I’m sure there’ll be something for him. He means very much to me, and we met at a pivotal time in both our lives,” he tells the BBC. “It’s important to me to keep my original group of British and Irish-born creative people close to me wherever I work, whether it’s my producers, cinematographers, or indeed Michael Fassbender. They are instrumental to what I do, they’re not going to change.”

Even though his next film will likely be a female-led crime drama, with that above quote, I suppose we can count Fassbender in for that as well. When it comes to that project, McQueen admits, “It is a bit different for me, but I’m not trying to make things that are painful and dark. It’s not about a strategy. I am interested in things that are contributing to our everyday, whether historically, or in the present. We live in a far from perfect world. I guess I’m just trying to navigate myself around this sweet cesspool without getting anything on my shoes.”

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Nov
05
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Fassbender may take the Steve Jobs role Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio turned down

Michael Fassbender is in early talks to play Steve Jobs in director Danny Boyle’s biopic, sources confirm to The Hollywood Reporter.

The Sony project, produced by Scott Rudin, Guymon Casady and Mark Gordon, was on track to begin shooting this winter for a quick turnaround.

As THR exclusively reported Nov. 3, Christian Bale, after much deliberation, came to the conclusion he was not right for the part and withdrew. Previously, Leonardo DiCaprio also was in line to play Jobs before moving on to shoot The Revenant.

Neither had begun negotiations. Aaron Sorkin’s script is said to be divided into three acts that detail Jobs preparing for three presentations that came to define his life and the life of the company he co-founded, lost and came back to.

Boyle is due in town this week to meet with actors and actresses for the movie. Seth Rogen is in discussions to play Apple co-founder Steve Wozniak, but no official offer has been made. Fassbender is repped by CAA.

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Nov
04
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Michael Fassbender has been nominated for the Supporting Actor category for his role in Frank in the 2014 British Independent Film Awards.

Lenny Abrahamson, the director, has also been nominated, along with Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan for Best Screenplay, Maggie Gyllenhaal for Best Supporting Actress and Stephen Rennicks with the Music in the Technical Achievement category.

The British Independent Film Awards ceremony will be held on December 7th.

Aug
20
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You haven’t lived until you’ve stared FRANK right in the face. Frank, if you didn’t know, is the star of the quirky British comedy of the same name; an eccentric frontman of a band of strange musicians, he never goes anywhere without his gigantic paper mache head.

Odd, yes. Odder still when you consider the fact Frank is portrayed by Michael Fassbender, one of the most charismatic leading men in the movies today. But don’t let the giant noggin throw you off: even without good looks leading the way, Fassbender gives a dynamic, energetic performance as the unconventional entertainer. He’s matched every step of the way by rising star Domhnall Gleeson, who plays the newest member of Frank’s merry band, an aspiring musician who isn’t sure he can handle the unpredictable lifestyle that comes with being friends with Frank.

I recently spoke to Fassbender, Gleeson and “Frank” about the movie, the freedom of acting behind a mask, indies vs. franchises, and the next film we’ll be seeing Gleeson in: a little something called STAR WARS: EPISODE VII. (Just wait until Fassbender finds out about his co-star’s new gig.)

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Aug
17
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In the Irish dramedy Frank, Michael Fassbender stars as an undiscovered musical genius whose deep eccentricities include wearing a giant paper mache head at all times. His accomplices in his quest to musical perfection include Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal), a passionate and sometimes violent Theremin player, and Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), a pencil pusher turned keyboard player desperate to become famous.

After premiering at Sundance earlier this year, Frank hit a slew of film festivals from SXSW to Istanbul, New Zealand to Jerusalem. Now at long last it’s coming to theaters in the U.S. and to celebrate, the film’s cast and director Lenny Abrahamson sat down with us to talk about what goes on in that big paper mache head of Frank and what makes Fassbender, Gleeson and Gyllenhaal tick. Here’s what we learned:

Michael Fassbender is an unrepentant goofball. Yes. He’s an insanely sexy man who has built a reputation playing steely and intimidating characters. But if his performance as the free-spirited Frank isn’t enough to convince you of this actor’s playful nature, you have to watch the video above in full. Paired with co-star Domhnall Gleeson, Michael Fassbender came to play, breaking into song, giggling and gently teasing his interview partner.

To prepare for Frank, Fassbender played chess, the game, not the musical. There was some confusion on this point, as you can see play out above. Gleeson told me he listened to Joe Duffy, and Fassbender interjected, “I played a lot of chess. I didn’t listen to anything; I was in a chess hole.” He clarified that he did listen to Iggy Pop, but not his music, his interviews. When I admitted I thought he’d meant the musical Chess, Fassbender broke into a short improvised song, before realizing there is a chess musical. Then we briefly sang “One Night in Bangkok” together. Like you do.

Fassbender and Gleeson karaoke together, disagree on how good they are at it. After our impromptu duet I joked that the three of us should go to karaoke, only to discover the pair had gone just recently. “We did the worst ‘Irish Rover’ that ever happened,” Gleeson recalled. “I thought it wasn’t bad!” Fassbender rejoined. “It was great,” Gleeson corrected himself, “I mean, we both connected to the–yeah.”

Domnhall Gleeson is officially excited about Star Wars. That is all he’ll say about it as his contract is insanely specific on this point. Regardless, he welcomed some advice from Prometheus star Fassbender on how to place himself in a sprawling outer space saga.

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Aug
17
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Frank is now in theaters! Here’s an interview from VanityFair.com:

You probably won’t recognize Michael Fassbender in his new movie. The actor, recently Oscar-nominated in 12 Years a Slave and exercising mutant superpowers in X-Men: Days of Future Past, didn’t starve himself for the role, grow a ton of facial hair, or contort his body at all. He just put on a giant plaster head, playing a fictionalized version of Frank Sidebottom, a performance-art creation of British musician Chris Sievey.

Directed by Lenny Abrahamson, Frank is a version of what happened when journalist Jon Ronson joined the band led by Sievey, who performed punk songs while wearing the giant papier-mâché head. In real life, Sievey usually took the mask off when he wasn’t performing. In Frank, Fassbender’s character never takes the mask off—at least not voluntarily. As such, Fassbender’s face is rarely glimpsed in the movie, but as he told Krista Smith, it’s the kind of acting challenge he’s been preparing for his whole life. And as evidenced by his busy upcoming slate, including a take on one of Shakespeare’s most famous plays, a challenge has never been something Michael Fassbender is afraid of.

Krista Smith: Frank is the most deliberately strange movie. Were you familiar with Frank Sidebottom, the character who inspired it?

Michael Fassbender: No, not until I read the script.

What was it about the script that drew you in?

When I got it and read it, I was just like, what is this? It is just so strange and wonderful. It’s my kind of sense of humor, and it also had some really poignant and touching moments in there as well.

How did you adjust to acting without a face?

It wasn’t difficult at all. I had done a bit of commedia dell’arte at drama school, and we learned a bit about using a mask and about working from the outside in as opposed to the other way around. So then it was just about finding what was most effective—where to be animated and expressive physically, and when to just be still. Because then there is a lot of ambiguity and it is kind of eerie. You don’t know what he’s thinking, where he’s coming from. Is he falling asleep in there? What’s happening? It was fun to play around with that.

About 20 minutes into the movie, I was seeing expressions in the face, which I know isn’t possible.

I think that is what happens. People start to project whatever they want onto the mask. We were hoping that after 5 or 10 minutes people would start looking at Frank and forget that it is a head. It’s kind of like Team America: World Police; after a while, you are looking at these characters and you forget they are puppets.

Your character, Frank, sings in an art-rock band alongside Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson. What was it like playing with them—with a mask on, no less?

It was kind of like a trust exercise, where I was basically falling backwards and they either catch me or they don’t. And they were always there to catch me, thankfully, so it was great.

Are you a musician yourself?

Yeah, music has always been important to me and I played different instruments when I was younger. Not very well, but I could get by with a bit of guitar. A friend of mine and I both played guitar, but we could never find a drummer or a bass player, so it never really materialized into a band.

You recently performed with the band on The Colbert Report. What was that like?

The one thing that is tricky about the mask is the sound. Hearing my voice inside the head is sort of like being in a box that is reverberating. I got into the swing of it, but it had been a while since I had it on.

The film has a lot to say about social media, both good and bad. You’re a holdout in that department, aren’t you?

I have a Twitter account just to prevent someone from putting up a fake one, but I don’t really use it. And it’s not any kind of protest. I just find it difficult to find the time. You know, I have enough trouble keeping up with e-mails and phone calls. I just think it would take up so much more of the day for me.

You’re too busy making movies. Did you finish the Western you were shooting? [Slow West, co-starring Kodi Smit-McPhee and Ben Mendelsohn].

It is being cut as we speak.

And what else do you have in the pipeline?

I finished Macbeth [opposite Marion Cotillard] and Trespass Against Us[with Brendan Gleeson]. There is still the Malick movie [filmed amid the music scene in Austin, Texas, co-starring Natalie Portman, Ryan Gosling, Christian Bale, Rooney Mara, and Cate Blanchett] and the Western. That’s it, I think.

That’s it? You’re like the hardest working man in show business!

Yeah, maybe I should take a break.

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