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June 3, 2011 | By ROGER MOORE, The Orlando Sentinel
ORLANDO, Fla. - Michael Fassbender's name seems to pop up most any time a new film project is announced. "Prometheus," Ridley Scott's prequel to "Alien"? Jim Jarmusch's new vampire movie? Danny Boyle's "Trance"? A film industry hungry for a hunky, young leading man with action-hero potential is taking a hard look at Fassbender. He was Rochester in the recent "Jane Eyre," a Roman soldier on the run in ancient Britain in last year's "Centurion. " And this weekend, he is Erik Lehnsherr, the tormented Holocaust survivor who will become Magneto in "X-Men: First Class.
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October 16, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
STEVE JOBS' famous Reality Distortion Field, created by his feats of persuasive razzle dazzle, gets turned against him in the new movie bearing his name. The wacky, don't-call-it-a-biopic "Steve Jobs" creates a distortion field of its own - it's loosely based on Walter Isaacson's biography, but is obviously and flagrantly slippery in its use of facts. Even its casting is strange. Michael Fassbender looks nothing like Jobs and makes no attempt to mimic him, adding to a wave of dissent from This-Isn't-The-Real-Steve detractors.
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October 25, 2013 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
IN THE harrowing "12 Years a Slave," Michael Fassbender portrays a slave master who is jealous of the formerly free man forced to work as a slave on his plantation (Chiwetel Ejiofor), jealous of his wife (Sarah Paulson) and angry at himself. The only person he has any affection for is Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o), one of his female slaves. And he beats her. Conflicted much? How does an actor of Fassbender's ability even play such a monster? Not see him as a monster. The Daily News spoke with Fassbender last month at the Toronto International Film Festival, where "Slave" got a hero's welcome.
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January 18, 2012
Conan (11 p.m., TBS) - Shaun White; actor Jordan Peele; Sammy Adams performs. Late Show With David Letterman (11:35 p.m., CBS3) - Marg Helgenberger; Michael Fassbender; Ellie Goulding. The Tonight Show With Jay Leno (11:35 p.m., NBC10) - Jennifer Garner; Ross Matthews; Parachute performs. Jimmy Kimmel Live (Midnight, 6ABC) - Actor Will Arnett; comic Dana Gould.
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April 9, 2011
Bill Cunningham New York "We all get dressed for Bill," pronounces Anna Wintour, editor of American Vogue, of the octogenarian street photographer who is the subject of this sprightly and incomparably moving chronicle of fashion's most eloquent chronicler. No MPAA rating Jane Eyre Unmoored on the moors, chastely passionate Mia Wasikowska gives a brisk and refreshing interpretation of the governess attracted to her gloomy and mysterious employer, played with wit and wile by Michael Fassbender.
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August 28, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Columnist
The Light Between Oceans From Derek Cianfrance, director of The Place Beyond the Pines , comes this tale of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who find a baby washed up in a boat and take it in as their own. Set Down Under, starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander. PG-13 Little Men Two 13-year-olds become fast friends in a changing Brooklyn neighborhood in writer-director Ira Sachs' much-praised follow-up to another New York story - and another New York real estate story - Love Is Strange . With Jennifer Ehle, Greg Kinnear, Alfred Molina - and newcomers Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri as the leads.
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September 25, 2011 | By Carrie Rickey, Inquirer Movie Critic
Like Crazy, a "captivating" romance between an American and his English girlfriend who runs afoul of immigration authorities, will open the 20th annual Philadelphia Film Festival on Oct. 20, J. Andrew Greenblatt, PFF executive director, announced Saturday. The 15-day, 120-movie cinextravaganza closes with The Descendants, Alexander Payne's sharp dramedy starring George Clooney as a father who reconnects with his estranged children. (Although the festival officially ends Nov. 3, its closing night gala is Oct. 29.)
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January 3, 2012 | By Moira Macdonald, SEATTLE TIMES
Following a tradition established long ago, here is a list of year-end awards you won't see anywhere else: The Dubious Achievements - in movies, that is - of 2011. Best performance in a lost cause: Helen Mirren ( Arthur ), Patricia Clarkson ( One Day ), Jay Chou ( The Green Hornet ), Michelle Pfeiffer ( New Year's Eve ), John Krasinski ( Something Borrowed ), Isiah Whitlock Jr. ( Cedar Rapids ). Best performance by an animal: This year brought two genuine canine star turns, both by Jack Russell terriers, which could give any human actor a run for the money: Cosmo in Beginners, and Uggie in The Artist.
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August 28, 2016
COMING THIS WEEK By Steven Rea The Light Between Oceans From Derek Cianfrance, director of The Place Beyond the Pines , this is a tale of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who find a baby washed up in a boat and take it in as their own. Set Down Under, starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander. PG-13 Little Men Two 13-year-olds become fast friends in a Brooklyn apartment building in writer-director Ira Sachs' much-praised follow-up to another New York story, Love Is Strange . With Jennifer Ehle, Greg Kinnear, Alfred Molina - and newcomers Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri in the leads.
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August 28, 2016 | By Steven Rea, Columnist
The Light Between Oceans From Derek Cianfrance, director of The Place Beyond the Pines , comes this tale of a lighthouse keeper and his wife who find a baby washed up in a boat and take it in as their own. Set Down Under, starring Michael Fassbender and Alicia Vikander. PG-13 Little Men Two 13-year-olds become fast friends in a changing Brooklyn neighborhood in writer-director Ira Sachs' much-praised follow-up to another New York story - and another New York real estate story - Love Is Strange . With Jennifer Ehle, Greg Kinnear, Alfred Molina - and newcomers Theo Taplitz and Michael Barbieri as the leads.
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October 16, 2015 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
STEVE JOBS' famous Reality Distortion Field, created by his feats of persuasive razzle dazzle, gets turned against him in the new movie bearing his name. The wacky, don't-call-it-a-biopic "Steve Jobs" creates a distortion field of its own - it's loosely based on Walter Isaacson's biography, but is obviously and flagrantly slippery in its use of facts. Even its casting is strange. Michael Fassbender looks nothing like Jobs and makes no attempt to mimic him, adding to a wave of dissent from This-Isn't-The-Real-Steve detractors.
NEWS
August 25, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
'It was the maddest thing I'd ever read," Michael Fassbender says of the screenplay for Frank , in which an aloof, avant-garde rock singer spends his entire waking life (perhaps his sleeping life, too) encased in a big, cartoonish, papier-mâché head. "The whole story was so bizarre. . . . It was engaging and funny and had some really touching moments. How could I not do it?" And so Fassbender - Magneto in the X-Men's First Class and Days of Future Past and a supporting-actor Oscar nominee for his chilling turn as slave owner Edwin Epps in 12 Years a Slave - agreed to try on the giant orb with the blank, sad visage, working opposite Domhnall Gleeson , Maggie Gyllenhaal , and Scoot McNairy in the Lenny Abrahamson -directed film.
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March 31, 2014 | By Steven Rea, Inquirer Columnist
Watch Michael Fassbender - his chiseled mug encased in a cartoonish papier-mâché head - as the title character, the nutty front man for a rock band, in Frank . Watch Jesse Eisenberg and Jesse Eisenberg, doppelgangers going at each other, in a comedic take on Dostoyevsky's The Double . And watch God Help the Girl , a musical from moody Glaswegian combo Belle & Sebastian founder Stuart Murdoch . Over seven...
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October 25, 2013 | BY HOWARD GENSLER, Daily News Staff Writer gensleh@phillynews.com, 215-854-5678
IN THE harrowing "12 Years a Slave," Michael Fassbender portrays a slave master who is jealous of the formerly free man forced to work as a slave on his plantation (Chiwetel Ejiofor), jealous of his wife (Sarah Paulson) and angry at himself. The only person he has any affection for is Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o), one of his female slaves. And he beats her. Conflicted much? How does an actor of Fassbender's ability even play such a monster? Not see him as a monster. The Daily News spoke with Fassbender last month at the Toronto International Film Festival, where "Slave" got a hero's welcome.
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October 25, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
"THE COUNSELOR" warns eloquently and at length about the threat posed by spreading drug violence, but the effect is surprising. After an uneventful hour of watching this windy gabfest, here's what you're thinking: "Shoot somebody, already. " I mean, there's not much doubt about what's to come. Among the first images? A couple of swells (Cameron Diaz, Javier Bardem) mix Manhattans and watch their pet cheetahs chase down jackrabbits in the border country desert. It's foreshadowing to a fault, and in case you miss the implication, here comes a small army of prestigious actors to drop eloquent hints - via the language of screenwriter Cormac McCarthy - about the carnage to come.
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October 17, 2013 | BY GARY THOMPSON, Daily News Staff Writer thompsg@phillynews.com, 215-854-5992
FOLKS at the Philadelphia Film Festival can't stop talking about their opener, "All Is Lost," which is weird, because in the movie nobody really talks. "All Is Lost," which kicks off the festival tomorrow night, at the Perelman Theater in the Kimmel Center, stars Robert Redford as a solo sailor surviving storms at sea. Redford has virtually no dialogue and no co-stars, not even a volleyball or an imaginary tiger. So, at first glance, "All Is Lost" seems a strange choice to ignite excitement for the two-week festival, which runs through Oct. 27 and features more than 100 movies from dozens of countries (11 chosen by their home nations to vie for Oscars.)
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June 11, 2012 | Steven Rea
How do you ask a Knight of the Realm — and a Knight of the Realm with a best picture Academy Award, at that — to move on to the next question? With great difficulty. Allotted 15 minutes to chat with Sir Ridley Scott, who is on the phone from London promoting his dazzling and dark — if somewhat nonsensical — sci-fi thriller Prometheus, this interviewer managed to get all of four questions in before the publicist with the charming accent interrupted with a brusque, "I'm going to have to break this off, sorry.
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June 9, 2012 | Choose one .
Music   Sting. A couple of years back, Sting hit the road with a nearly 50-piece orchestra. This time out, it's pretty much the opposite. The 60-year-old megastar's "Back to Bass" tour is actually a "back-to-basics" tour, with Sting, just four other musicians, and a supporting vocalist. No worries, though. This stripped-down Sting harks back to his days with the hit-making late '70s/early '80s power trio the Police. In fact, the former Gordon Sumner — while primarily focusing on his 25-plus-year solo career — isn't above tossing in a few creatively reworked versions of Police hits, such as "Every Little Thing She Does Is Magic" and "Message in a Bottle.
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