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A new trailer for director Lenny Abrahamson's (What Richard Did) upcoming comedy Frank has arrived online, which is based on the memoir by Joe Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and tells a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the alter ego of comedian Chris Sievey, who's played in the film by Michael Fassbender (if you're not familiar with Mr. Sidebottom, he's the one with the giant paper mache head). Take a look at the trailer below....
"Frank is an offbeat comedy a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal)."
Frank is set for release on May 2nd in the UK.
- Gary Collinson
Michael Fassbender + Marion Cotillard + "Macbeth" = ticket sold as far we're concerned, and while we can't wait to see the result (it's one our 100 Most Anticipated Films Of 2014... if it gets finished and released in time) we remain very curious about the approach. The Shakespeare play is one of the most frequently performed and adapted, though not so much for the big screen, and the Bard has always proven flexible to filmmakers who push his material to the edge. However, what we weren't perhaps expecting is that "the Scottish play" will have French flavor. Chatting with John Cameron Mitchell in Interview magazine, Cotillard revealed she's keeping her French accent for her turn as Lady Macbeth. Here's what she had to say: Cotillard: Oh, yeah. And, it is really tough. It's tough already for someone who speaks English. But we really tried to stick to the original text, which is inspiring because he wrote the words, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
A trailer for Michael Fassbender's new movie Frank that premiered at Sundance has been released, and it looks quirky and funny and silly, and it comes from the folks behind The Men Who Stare at Goats and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy. And look, Maggie Gyllenhaal is there, too! You want to know what's not there? Michael Fassbender's face. Yes, the entire premise of Frank revolves around Fassbender's character and how he's always wearing a giant paper-mâché head, and we assume that at some point in the movie we'll see Fassy's face. And we're not saying that he can only act when his face is shown on the screen. He's probably awesome in Frank, just like he's awesome in all his »
Frank is definitely unusual. That’s what I got out of this trailer. But don’t take my word for it, see for yourself. It must have been hard for Michael Fassbender to wake up everday in the morning and spend like an hour in the make-up and hair trailer… I seriously want to watch an interview […]
Read Michael Fassbender Wears a Head Over his Head in the Comedy Frank on Filmonic.
Rise of an Empire is a fine sequel to 300, but People's critic says you should check into The Grand Budapest Hotel instead. Here's what to see and what to skip in theaters this weekend. See thisThe Grand Budapest HotelWhimsy gets such a crappy rap. Granted, too many directors use it poorly, spraying their sketchily plotted, inartfully written films with cinematic chintz. But Wes Anderson is of an entirely different vintage. He uses massive amounts of whimsy - more than just about anyone else - but the difference is that he knows just how. Take The Grand Budapest Hotel, for instance. »
- Alynda Wheat, PEOPLE Movie Critic
The ultimate X-Men ensemble fights a war for the survival of the species across two time periods in X-Men: Days of Future Past. The beloved characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves from X-Men: First Class, in an epic battle that must change the past -- to save our future. X-Men: Days of Future Past has wrapped filming, and stars Hugh Jackman (Prisoners), James McAvoy (Filth), Jennifer Lawrence (Silver Linings Playbook), Patrick Stewart (Star Trek: The Next Generation), Michael Fassbender(Shame, The Counselor), Ian McKellen (The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug), Nicholas Hoult (Warm Bodies), Omar Sy (The Intouchables), Peter Dinklage (Game of Thrones), Halle Berry(Monster's Ball, Cloud Atlas), Adan Canto (The Following), Fan Bingbing (Bodyguards and Assassins), Anna Paquin (True Blood), Evan Peters (Kick-Ass, American Horror Story), Daniel Cudmore (Halo 4: Forward Unto Dawn), Ellen Page (Inception, Super) & Booboo Stewart (The Twilight »
A salute to ectomorphs, inside popular masturbation parties, Virginia finally repeals sodomy ban
Lance Bass says that the first person in ‘NSync he came out to was Joey Fatone, but it wasn’t on purpose. “Joey walked in on me with the guy I was dating just kind of sitting on my lap. Straight guys don’t do that.” As for Joey’s reaction? “He was like, ‘Dude, I don’t care.’ I’m like, ‘Surprise!’ Joey was just like, ‘Dude, I don’t care. I have so many gay friends — I don’t care.’”
Sony is going to make a movie called Grasshopper Jungle, and the description will make you think the executives were high when they bought it. “It’s perhaps best described as Stand By Me meets Attack The Block, a coming-of-age yarn revolving around a teenager in Iowa trying to come to grips with his own »
- Ed Kennedy
The 33rd Istanbul Film Festival has unveiled its line-up of features including the 11 films that will go head-to-head in its international competition.
The competition titles include:
Frank, Lenny AbrahamsonMetalhead, Ragnar BragasonTracks, John CurranTom at the Farm, Xavier DolanMe, Myself and Mum, Guillaume GalliennePapusza, Joanna Kos, Krzysztof KrauzeThose Happy Years, Daniele LuchettiThe Reunion, Anna OdellTriptyque, Pedro Pires, Robert LepageViolette, Martin ProvostBlind, Eskil Vogt
The 10 titles in its Human Rights in Cinema Competition include:
Rags and Tatters, Ahmad AbdallaTransX Istanbul, Maria BinderMy Love Awaits Me by the Sea, Mais DarwazahAi Weiwei the Fake Case, Andreas JohnsenThe Voice of The Voiceless, Maximón MonihanThe Missing Picture, Rithy PanhLa Jaula de oro, Diego Quemada-DíezTangerines, Zaza UrushadzeThe Verdict, Jan VerheyenFor Those Who Can Tell No Tales, Jasmila Zbanic
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Joshua Oppenheimer's study of 1960s Indonesian death squads wins best film, beating Oscar winner 12 Years a Slave
The Act of Killing has taken the top prize at the inaugural Guardian Film Awards.
Joshua Oppenheimer's surreal study of the Indonesian death squads of the 1960s was nominated in three fields – best director, biggest game-changer and best film.
Oppenheimer said of the recognition: "Artistically, it's a far more meaningful award to me than an Oscar."
The film – voted best film of 2013 by Guardian critics, and seventh best of the year by Guardian readers – was also strongly championed by the two external judges, Claudia Winkleman and Adam Curtis; the former calling it "one of the best films I've ever seen »
- Catherine Shoard
The first trailer has arrived online for Lenny Abrahamson’s offbeat comedy, Frank, in which Michael Fassbender stars as an enigmatic musician who never removes his oversized model head. Loosely based upon the story of Frank Sidebottom, the new film looks genuinely hilarious, with Fassbender helping his bemused bandmates understand how he’s feeling by describing his facial expressions out loud. Newest member Domhnall Gleeson is the most perplexed by proceedings, but eve he has to admit that the man in the mask is hugely charismatic,...
- George Wales
SXSW kicks off the film festival portion of the event Friday night with Chef, a film from Iron Man director and actor Jon Favreau. Favreau directs and stars in this film about a chef who quits his job at a restaurant and ends up opening a food truck. The film co-stars Dustin Hoffman, Sofia Vergara and John Leguizamo. Favreau will also participate in a conversation on the film and his career on Sunday, March 9.
Veronica Mars, arguably one of the most anticipated films premiering at SXSW, will hold its big world premiere Saturday, March 8. The fan-funded, Kickstarter flick is sure to make headlines among festival goers and Marshmallows (fans of the show).
Hollywood just keeps chipping away at the repertoire of popular video games, hoping that a successful rendering will pull game adaptations up to the same level as thriving comic book movies. We’ve got some promising permutations to look forward to, with Assassin’s Creed starring Michael Fassbender and the elusive Splinter Cell starring Tom Hardy. But so far has not been so good, with films like the Resident Evil franchise and Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time leaving much to be desired.
2007′s Hitman fell into that latter group of unfortunate visions. It wasn’t well received by critics or audiences, so video game fans are definitely hoping that the sequel/reboot Agent 47 ...
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- Casey Cipriani
- Garth Franklin
Yep, it's that Sundance flick where Michael Fassbender wears a giant apier-mâché head. And by the looks of its first trailer Irish director Lenny Abrahamson's flick feels down right delightful if you ask me. Our own Jason Gorber reviewed the film and had this to say: All the ingredients are her for me to adore Frank. You've got a quirky premise surrounding a bunch of musical fun, a standout performance by one of the world's best actors, a mix of the somber and the slapstick all coming together with a bunch of memorable one-liners.Yet for all its pieces, I'm not sure Frank adds up to what it could have been. It comes close enough to being a masterpiece that it's a bit frustrating, its ending...
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Sundance 2014 had a loaded schedule of top notch films, Lenny Abrahamson’s pleasantly weird dark comedy Frank, among them. Frank is the story of Jon, played by Harry Potter alumn Domhnall Gleeson, a young songwriter brought into the fold of a quirky noise rock band called Soronprfbs, led by singer Frank (Michael Fassbender), who perpetually wears a giant papier-mâché head. Quirky and whimsical as he is, the talented Frank is saddled with some pretty heavy issues. Jon moves to Ireland to record an album with the band, posting rehearsal videos on social media, with the aim of getting Frank and his musical cohorts a spot at Austin’s South by Southwest. Check out the trailer below. Abrahamson’s film is a fictionalized portrayal of the late English musician and comedian Chris Sievey’s stage persona, Frank Sidebottom, co-written by Sievey’s bandmate Jon Ronson, who also penned the novel The Men Who Stare at Goats, which »
- Dustin Hucks
It's odd how things come together. A while back there was news that Michael Fassbender was in a new black comedy where he plays the titular Frank, a musician who wears a head he never takes off. It seemed weird but it's a movie; strangeness is somewhat expected. So imagine my surprise while watching Filth (which, by the way, is very good) to come across the same head featured in Lenny Abrahamson's Frank. What the hell!?
Turns out Frank Sidebottom is really a thing, or more accurately, the persona of musician and comedian Christopher Mark Sievey. What, if anything, that has to do with Abrahamson's movie about a dude that wears a replica of Frank's head and leads a band on the brink of success is not clear but then, I don't need it to be. It's Michael Fassbender. Need I say [Continued ...] »
A really fun trailer has been released for Michael Fassbender's very odd new movie Frank. What's interesting about this is Fassbender is wearing a giant head through the whole movie. They took the biggest star of the film and covered up his face. I didn't get a chance to see the film when it was showing up at Sundance, but there seemed to be a good amount of positive buzz.
The offbeat looking comedy was directed by Lenny Abrahamson, and the story follows "a young wannabe musician, Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his terrifying bandmate Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal)."
- Joey Paur
Today we have the official trailer for the upcoming "Frank," which stars Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson, and is loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of musician/comedian Chris Sievey. Check out the trailer below. Plot: The story is about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Gleeson), who discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins an eccentric pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Fassbender). The new movie is directed by Lenny Abrahamson. A release date has yet to be announced. Trailer: »
Michael Fassbender plays a musical genius who can’t seem to face life “face on” in the film Frank.
The offbeat comedy directed by Lenny Abrahamson premiered at this year’s Sundance Film Festival and tells the story of the avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Fassbender) as they travel to perform at the South by Southwest Festival in Texas. Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal star as Frank’s bandmates. The story, written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy), is loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the »
- Jake Perlman
Is it just me or are the MTV Movie Awards trying to be a little more respectable? Yeah, stuff like "Identity Thief" and "We're the Millers" picked up multiple nominations this morning, but prestige Oscar players "American Hustle" and "The Wolf of Wall Street" led the field with eight each, besting even "The Hunger Games." And Best Picture Oscar winner "12 Years a Slave" is in there for Movie of the Year. Color me surprised, that's all. No, no one around here is taking the MTV Movie Awards too seriously. I find myself endlessly fascinated by them, though, as a marker for, I don't know, youth progression? The "Twilight" years are thankfully behind us and we can all be happy for that (and boy was it a s**t-show for fans of that franchise when the final installment was mostly snubbed last year). The "Hunger Games" era doesn't seem to be so oppressive, »
- Kristopher Tapley
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