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• Watch Michael Fassbender in the trailer for Frank here
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The music came from the drizzle. Witty songs of parochial eccentricity writ large and delivered from within a giant papier-mache head. Frank Sidebottom, the fantastically strange pop star created by the late comedian Chris Sievey, was odd in a uniquely British way. Lenny Abrahamson's Frank, based loosely on the experiences of his former keyboard player, Jon Ronson, makes the man in the mask American, but it reinvents the reality in line with Sievey's unpredictable spirit.
Michael Fassbender plays Frank from inside the mask. Domhnall Gleeson takes on the guise of Ronson. His character, Jon Burroughs, is a commuter-belt drone, dawdling over writing awful songs about surburbia, until he gets a call to come and play keyboards with Frank's band. »
- Henry Barnes
Exclusive: Producers quash pending civil action after private resolution.
The high-profile dispute between the producers of Jane Got a Gun and director Lynne Ramsay has been resolved.
According to a statement sent to ScreenDaily, the two parties have reached a mutually satisfactory agreement which has led to pending civil action brought by some of the producers being dropped.
The statement reads: “Jane Got a Gun Production LLC and Lynne Ramsay announce the pending civil action and all other disputes between the parties associated with Jane Got a Gun Motion Picture have been resolved privately and to their mutual satisfaction.”
It is not immediately clear whether the agreement included a financial settlement. Parties close to Ramsay were unable to comment.
BAFTA-winning director Ramsay, currently in Greece writing her next project, has recently signed with Josh Varney of UK management and production outfit 42.
The former Wme client is currently without Us agency representation but is managed there by her »
- email@example.com (Andreas Wiseman)
The first thing most people will hear about Frank is that Michael Fassbender is in it, wearing a giant papier-mâché head, so I might as well start there. After all, that’s the only part of the movie I was aware of before sitting down to watch it. Luckily for director Lenny Abrahamson, there’s a lot more going on than just that odd (but somehow perfect) casting choice. Though Fassbender will almost certainly be what reels audiences in, Frank is less about the actor’s performance and more about what the character, an enigmatic band leader who pulls brilliant lyrics out of thin air and demands nothing less than his own unique vision of musical perfection, represents.
Taken at face value (or mask value, in this case), Frank is the tortured artist, capable of producing great beauty but only out of terrible pain. A lonely childhood, social anxieties, you name it, »
- Isaac Feldberg
Frank is full blown indie quirk. That heightened sensibility is often insufferable to sit through, but what makes potentially grating quirks work is what director Lenny Abrahamson and screenwriters Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan say with each of the film’s eccentricities. While certain oddities may appear fun and harmless at the start, they turn into real pain by the end. Our eyes and ears in Frank is Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), a young musician who may not have the talent to make a career out of it. He dreams of making it big, so when he’s asked to play the keyboard for the band Soronprfbs, he jumps at the chance. No money is involved, just the chance to play music with a group Jon thinks could be the next big thing. The problem is, Soronprbs is made up of a group of unreliable hipsters, led by the charming, kind, and »
- Jack Giroux
Michael Fassbender features in the first full trailer for upcoming comedy Frank.
Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson also star in the project, which is centred around the papier-mâché-headed character and journalist Jon Ronson, who briefly performed in Sidebottom's band in the 1980s.
Directed by Lenny Abrahamson, the film follows Jon (Gleeson), who joins eccentric band Soronprfbs, led by Frank.
Frank premiered at the Sundance Film Festival in January, and will arrive at cinemas in the UK on May 2.
The Kickstarter bug is catching on both side of the Atlantic. Giving the Zach Braffs and Veronica Marses of the crowdsourcing world a glint of British steel is a new adaptation of Macbeth, Enemy Of Man, starring Sean Bean as the Scottish prince whose name cannot be mentioned - oops! - and Jason Flemyng as MacDuff. The project has a 'concept' trailer to help sell its wares to potential investors. Watch it below. Also aboard on this new take on William Shakepeare's great tragedy are Cloud Atlas's James D'Arcy as Banquo, Charles Dance as Duncan, Rupert Grint as Pj Rosse - the 'beth's cousin - and Flemyng as the defiant figure of Macduff. Don't confuse this with the Michael Fassbender fronted Macbeth currently in full swing. Runs the synopsis: "The Enemy Of Man will have a unique cinematic quality, stripping back the dialogue and cranking up the action. It traverses a bleak, »
To mark the release of 1: Life on the Limit on 17th March, we’ve been given 3 copies to give away on Blu-ray.
Narrated by Michael Fassbender, 1: Life On The Limit is an action-packed, cinematic documentary that channels the speed, excitement and abject danger inherent in this most glamorous of sports. The film charts Formula One’s journey from its comparatively humble beginnings in post-war Britain, through to the game-changing events of the 1976 season recently examined in the smash hit Rush, as well as the untimely death of F1 superstar Ayrton Senna. In so doing, 1: Life On The Limit showcases a world where drivers were akin to rock stars and where safety definitely wasn’t always put first.
Utilising rare archive footage and gathering the largest and most comprehensive selection of Formula One interviews ever collected, the film examines a sport that, even in its Golden Age, was »
Our weekly round up of all the latest stories from the world of screen superheroes, including Batman vs. Superman, Watchmen, Gotham, Arrow, The Flash, Constantine, Teen Titans Go!, Green Lantern: The Animated Series, Batman: The Animated Series, Captain America: The Winter Soldier, The Avengers: Age of Ultron, Marvel's Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., Marvel's Avengers Assemble, X-Men: Days of Future Past, The Fantastic Four, The Amazing Spider-Man 2 and more...
In a week that's seen Bryan Cranston (Godzilla, Breaking Bad) confirming that he was never approached about the role of Lex Luthor for Batman vs. Superman, director Zack Snyder and his wife and producing partner Deborah Snyder have spoken about leaks, with Deborah stating that: "Things get leaked so often these days, it's a shame because even casing announcements, or whatever, you're in the middle of a process and sometimes they're so off base -- and then it gets picked up by »
- Gary Collinson
Fassbender, 36, was cast in the titular role in the William Shakespeare play, acting opposite French actress Marion Cotillard’s Lady Macbeth. As the drama goes, Macbeth attempts to eliminate Scotland's King Duncan to take the throne for himself. The plan is hatched by none other than his scheming and ambitious wife. On Friday, Fassbender's Macbeth looked to be wearing a war wound, while Lady Macbeth was nowehere in sight.
It’s yet to be revealed whether or not Fassbender will be trading in his Irish brogue for a Scottish accent, but Cotillard has already confirmed that she’ll be keeping her French accent for the movie. The Oscar-winning actress claims director Justin Kurzel thought it could add an interesting element to the film adaptation. »
A young wannabe musician finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank
Lenny Abrahamson directs an offbeat comedy about 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).
300: Rise of An Empire has debuted in the number one spot at the Us box office.
The animated movie Mr Peabody & Sherman debuted in second place with $32.5m.
The thriller is followed by The Lego Movie in fourth place with $11m, with a total gross of $224.9m. The computer generated film is the first of 2014 to pass $200m at the box office.
The biblical movie Son of God slipped from second place to fifth place on its second week with $10m. »
New X Men,Days Of Future Past dialogue,movie tone & more details revealed by Director. As previously reported, "X-Men: Days Of Future Past" movie director, Bryan Singer, spilled a lot of 411 intel to Collider. In this particular segment, he talked about more of the dialogue content that will be featured in this installment. It also turns out that we're going to see a much darker,serious tone with this movie than with the "First Class" installment. Bryan explained: "This is a more serious film than First Class, the characters we encounter them in very dark places, we have fun with that. It’s hard to see, don’t try to give them too much to say, just make what they say really strong. Like Michael Fassbender and I were talking about this the other day and he was just like ‘Give me less, but give me the idea,’ and with »
Call him a c*** show host ... TMZ has learned, Johnny Carson recorded a sex tape with his wife back in the 1970s -- and not only has the tape just hit the market ... very solid sources tell TMZ, Johnny's johnny is Enormous.Multiple sources tell us, the tape owner approached the Carson estate in September to make a deal for the footage -- the estate said take a hike, and threatened to sue the owner if he ever sold it. »
- TMZ Staff
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 »
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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
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