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Lose your head – Frank review (Sydney Film Festival)

By Simon Miraudo June 5, 2014 Michael Fassbender covers up in Frank, though you could say that of any film he’s done in the years since Shame. The pants stay on, and now, a papier-mâché head has been added to the mix, obscuring the Irish actor’s handsome visage for the majority of the movie. Though […]

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About time – X-Men: Days of Future Past review

By Simon Miraudo May 20, 2014 X-Men movies: always promising, never fulfilling. Days of Future Past – the seventh, for those marking time by this franchise’s release schedule – reunites the cast of Bryan Singer‘s original instalment with the ‘X-Men Babies’ introduced in First Class. It’s probably an exciting prospect for those who were equally […]

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Michael Fassbender to reteam with Justin Kurzel for ‘Assassin’s Creed’

Michael Fassbender must have gotten along famously with Aussie director Justin Kurzel on the set of their upcoming Macbeth remake, because he’s just tapped the Snowtown filmmaker to helm his upcoming Assassin’s Creed adaptation. According to Variety, Kurzel is in talks to helm the video game flick for Fox, which has long had Fassbender attached as star and producer. Daniel Espinosa […]

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Michael Fassbender gets a big head in ‘Frank’ trailer

Move over animal masks, the latest hipster band accessory is a giant papier-mache head, according to the first trailer for Frank. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did) from a screenplay by author Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), Frank stars Michael Fassbender as the title […]

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Blood on the leaves – 12 Years a Slave review

By Simon Miraudo January 14, 2014 12 Years a Slave tells the true, too-sad tale of Solomon Northup, a free man kidnapped by travelling charlatans in 1841 and sold into slavery. How could this happen? Why did it keep happening? And why don’t more modern artists address this unthinkably cruel era? Steve McQueen‘s cinematic telling […]

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‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ is Fox’s second most expensive movie after ‘Avatar’

A report from – of all places – the Calgary Herald suggests the upcoming X-Men flick, Days of Future Past, is Fox’s second most expensive movie ever, after only Avatar. With Bryan Singer returning to Montreal for two weeks of reshoots, it seems the cost of his X-Men sequel has blown past that of its predecessors. Though not even THR […]

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Breaking bland – The Counselor review

By Simon Miraudo November 4, 2013 The Counselor has two water-cooler moments. The first is Cameron Diaz giving Javier Bardem a graphic, gynaecological display on the windshield of his car, and the second involves a heavily foreshadowed bolito; a truly gruesome strangulation device that cuts the carotid arteries on the way to fulfilling total decapitation. […]

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Trailer Debut: ‘X-Men – Days of Future Past’

See X-Men young and old collide in the newly released trailer for X-Men: Days of Future Past. Professor X (Patrick Stewart) and Magneto (Ian McKellan) send Logan (Hugh Jackman) back in time to prevent the catastrophic present from ever occurring. Only problem is he’ll have to convince young Xavier (James McAvoy) and Erik (Michael Fassbender) of […]

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Poster and Trailer Debut: 12 Years a Slave

The poster and trailer for Steve McQueen’s inevitable Oscar contender 12 Years a Slave have arrived online. The picture tells the true, tragic tale of Solomon Northup, a free man kidnapped and sold into slavery for, well, 12 years. Chiwetel Ejiofor stars as Northup, while Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Benedict Cumberbatch, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, […]

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Teaser Debut: The Counselor

The teaser trailer for Ridley Scott’s all-star thriller The Counselor has arrived online, and the verdict is in: guilty … of being entertaining. Despite starring Michael Fassbender, Brad Pitt, Penelope Cruz, Cameron Diaz, and Javier Bardem, the real star here is screenwriter Cormac McCarthy. This marks the first feature film script from the Pulitzer Prize […]

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Natalie Portman to play Lady Macbeth opposite Michael Fassbender

Natalie Portman has been cast as Lady Macbeth in a brand new telling of William Shakespeare’s classic tale, Screen Daily reports. Director Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) had already set Michael Fassbender for the title role. For those unfamiliar with the story – really? – it concerns a Scottish lord who is spurred on by his scheming […]

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Jude Law exits Jane Got a Gun after director Lynne Ramsay fails to show up for work

Things are happening on the set of Natalie Portman’s western Jane Got a Gun. Deadline yesterday revealed that director Lynne Ramsay (We Need to Talk About Kevin) failed to show up for the first day of work on her new film. Producer Scott Steindorff – who, it should be said, is the only person from the picture to […]

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Halle Berry back as Storm in X-Men: Days of Future Past

We knew it was coming, but it’s nice to have confirmation all the same. Halle Berry will reprise the role of Storm in X-Men: Days of Future Past. Director Bryan Singer revealed her casting via Twitter, just as he has with every  other actor affiliated with the film. She joins former castmates Hugh Jackman, Patrick Stewart, Ian […]

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Peter Dinklage cast in X-Men: Days of Future Past

Emmy winning Game of Thrones star Peter Dinklage has joined the cast of Bryan Singer’s time-bending X-Men flick Days of Future Past. The news was revealed via Singer’s Twitter account, which is where most of the major casting revelations have emerged. It is unknown who Dinklage will play in the picture, though Deadline insists it’s “a key role.” James McAvoy, […]

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Anna Paquin and Ellen Page back for X-Men: Days of Future Past

Director Bryan Singer announced via Twitter that Anna Paquin, Ellen Page and Shawn Ashmore have joined the cast of X-Men: Days of Future Past. The trio last appeared in X-Men: The Last Stand, directed by Brett Ratner, playing mutant students Rogue (Paquin), Kitty Pryde (Page), and Iceman (Ashmore). They join James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Jennifer […]

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Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen will return for X-Men: Days of Future Past

Bryan Singer is back for more X-Men, and he’s bringing Sir Patrick Stewart and Sir Ian McKellen with him. Though the former Professor X and Magneto were replaced by the younger James McAvoy and Michael Fassbender in last year’s prequel First Class, the time-skipping follow-up Days of Future Past will allow both versions of the characters to exist alongside one another […]

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Bryan Singer returns to X-Men

Bryan Singer, director of the first two X-Men movies, will return to the franchise and helm First Class sequel Days of Future Past. According to Deadline, 20th Century Fox and Singer closed the deal for Singer to graduate from producer to director following the exit of Matthew Vaughn. The script for Days of Future Past is ready to roll, and cast members Michael Fassbender, […]

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The top 10 Michael Fassbender performances

The top 10 Michael Fassbender performances. By Simon Miraudo. With Michael Fassbender starring in what seems like eight or nine new releases each week, we thought it might be time to offer an early career retrospective on the 35-year-old Irishman. In the half-decade since he first broke into film, the Fass has emerged as one […]

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Beasts of the Southern Wild star joins Twelve Years a Slave

Beasts of the Southern Wild starlet (and inevitable Oscar nominee) Quvenzhané Wallis has joined the cast of Steve McQueen‘s already star-studded Twelve Years a Slave. The other lead actor from that acclaimed Sundance hit, Dwight Henry, similarly nabbed a role in the pic last month. Guess McQueen is a fan! The scoop comes from Indiewire, who […]

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A Freud in need – A Dangerous Method review

A Dangerous Method – Starring Michael Fassbender, Keira Knightley, and Viggo Mortensen. Directed by David Cronenberg. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. A Dangerous Method arrives on DVD and Blu-ray August 1, 2012. It’s on for Jung and old in David Cronenberg‘s A Dangerous Method, where pioneering psychoanalysts go head to head and discover that a Freud […]

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Tinker tailor Soderbergh spy – Haywire review

Haywire – Starring Gina Carano, Ewan McGregor, and Channing Tatum. Directed by Steven Soderbergh. Rated M. By Richard Haridy. Haywire arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in Australia July 25, 2012. Mixed martial artist Gina Carano stars in Steven Soderbergh‘s Haywire; an action film swathed in such a haze of cold detachment it’s positively glacial. From Solaris […]

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Peter O’Toole retires from acting

Acting icon Peter O’Toole has taken his final bow. The 79-year-old star of Lawrence of Arabia and countless other classics offered the following words as his farewell: Dear All It is time for me to chuck in the sponge. To retire from films and stage. The heart for it has gone out of me: it […]

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Michael Fassbender set for Assassin’s Creed

Variety has reported Michael Fassbender will star in and produce an adaptation of the popular video game Assassin’s Creed. The game centres on a man named Desmond Miles who uses technology to relive ancestral memories and travel (to the Crusades period in the first game, and to the Renaissance period in the second). While on […]

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Michael K. Williams joins Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years a Slave

The Wire and Boardwalk Empire‘s Michael K. Williams has joined the cast of Steve McQueen‘s new movie Twelve Years a Slave, Deadline reports. Williams will play a “mutinous slave” in the adaptation of Solomon Northup’s 1853 novel. The pic marks McQueen’s follow up to Shame, and will star Michael Fassbender, Chiwetel Ejiofor, Brad Pitt, Garret Dillahunt, Paul Dano, and Taran Killam. Discuss: […]

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Interview: Emile Sherman (Shame, The King’s Speech)

Interview: Emile Sherman (Shame, The King’s Speech). By Simon Miraudo. Aussie Emile Sherman has seen some spectacular success since founding See-Saw Films in 2008 with British producer Iain Canning. The duo brought Tom Hooper‘s The King’s Speech to the big screen, and took home the Best Picture Oscar for their troubles. They also released the […]

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Space oddity – Prometheus review

Prometheus – Starring Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, and Charlize Theron. Directed by Ridley Scott. Rated MA. By Simon Miraudo. Prometheus is perhaps the best blend of thoughtful science fiction with classic genre thrills since Danny Boyle’s Sunshine. However, much like Sunshine, Prometheus will likely amass detractors disappointed by the final act. Whereas I believe the […]

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Feel like making love – Shame review

Shame – Starring Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan and Nicole Beharie. Directed by Steve McQueen. Rated R. Originally published February 8, 2012. By Simon Miraudo. Shame arrives on DVD and Blu-ray in Australia June 6, 2012. Much has been made of Michael Fassbender‘s nude performance in Steve McQueen‘s Shame, as if he were the first gent to drop trou on screen. In reality, actors as diverse as Viggo Mortensen, Jason […]

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Saturday Night Live star joins Steve McQueen’s Twelve Years A Slave

Oscar nominee Kristen Wiig recently abandoned her posting at Saturday Night Live with a big career in film ahead of her. The question now is: who will be the next big breakout star of SNL? A case could be made for Taran Killam, who has just signed on to Steve McQueen‘s new film Twelve Years A Slave, Deadline reports. […]

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Michael Fassbender introduces us to his android in Prometheus

The Prometheus viral videos have been coming thick and fast, but we’ve finally found one worthy of sharing, courtesy of Slashfilm. Here, we are introduced to the David (Michael Fassbender), the helpful android who can blend into your workplace and complete any tasks humans may find “distressing or unethical.” Another brilliant innovation from Weyland Industries! […]

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Brad Pitt and Javier Bardem in talks for Ridley Scott’s Counselor

A-list actors are clamouring to star in Ridley Scott‘s upcoming thriller The Counselor. Earlier this week it was reported Angelina Jolie might have a small role in the flick. Now comes news from Deadline that her partner Brad Pitt is in talks to play the picture’s antagonist, alongside Javier Bardem. Michael Fassbender is set to play […]

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