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,...
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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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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 »
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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
Two-time Oscar nominee Michael Fassbender takes a hilarious leap from his dramatic resume in the first trailer for “Frank,” a comedy about an eccentric musician who takes his act on the road to perform at Texas music, film and media festival, South by Southwest. Fassbender, who was nominated for Best Supporting Actor this year for his sadistic performance in “12 Years a Slave,” plays the title character, but audiences shouldn't expect to see much of him. As co-star Domhall Gleeson (“About Time”) explains in the preview (above), Frank wears a giant head over his own for some crazy reason. See photos: Jennifer. »
- Greg Gilman
Michael Fassbender has taken on a number of controversial roles (Shame, anyone?), but this one is a whole other ball of wax. He plays the title character in Frank, the talented and eccentric leader of a pop band featuring the cantankerous Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). When Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) joins up, he quickly realizes this is no ordinary group. If only Frank would take his giant papier-maché head off and stop verbally explaining his facial expressions, they could actually be famous. I'm kind of obsessed with this dark comedy already, and judging by the positive reviews following Frank's premiere at Sundance, I'm not the only one. The Us release date isn't out yet, so just watch the trailer for now. Source: Magnolia Pictures »
- Maggie Pehanick
The legendary career of musician Frank Sidebottom (a.k.a. comedian Chris Sievey) is put on display in the first trailer for Frank. Although you can't tell just from watching the footage, Michael Fassbender stars as Frank Sidebottom, who became notorious for always wearing a paper mache head, years before Daft Punk gained notoriety for never revealing their faces. This dark comedy is loosely based on the memoirs written by Jon Ronson (Domhnall Gleeson), who joins Frank's eclectic band. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scoot McNairy co-star in director Lenny Abrahamson's bizarre comedy, which doesn't have a domestic release date set at this time, but will debut in U.K. theaters May 9.
Frank comes to theaters in 2014 and stars Michael Fassbender, Maggie Gyllenhaal, Scoot McNairy, Domhnall Gleeson, Lauren Poole, Hayley Derryberry, Mark Huberman, Travis Hammer. The film is directed by Lenny Abrahamson. »
Michael Fassbender isn’t a name that many would associate with the comedy genre. The actor is best known for period dramas like 12 Years a Slave, A Dangerous Method and Jane Eyre, and even in more outlandish films (like X-Men: First Class) he tends to play fairly serious and straight-faced characters.
As the lead in Lenny Abrahamson’s offbeat indie comedy Frank, however, Fassbender’s face isn’t his face at all. The titular character is a strange but visionary musician called Frank, who wears a large papier-mâché head that he never takes off. Domhnall Gleeson (About Time) plays a young wannabe musician who joins Frank’s pop group and is taken under his wing in a very unconventional program of rehearsals and training.
The new trailer for Frank is pretty much the entire genre of indie movies crystallized ...
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If the first trailer is anything to go by, we could be in for quite a treat with Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal. Obviously, the ladies are going to be a bit disappointed that we won’t be seeing some Fassbender face here. And while it might be easy to dismiss the performance of a guy in a giant head, you really need to watch the trailer and see that Fassbender is firing on all cylinders here! And speaking of things firing on all cylinders, so is Domhnall Gleeson’s beard! Released May 2nd Ireland & UK / No USA Date yet »
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Actor Michael Fassbender has seen his star rise significantly over the past few years, with a filmography that includes 12 Years a Slave, X-Men: First Class, Fish Tank, Inglourious Basterds, and Prometheus. Many fans of the performer were intrigued to learn that his next role would be more comedic in nature, a genre he has yet to tackle. Titled Frank, the film is directed by Lenny Abrahamson, who works fro ma script by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan. Joining Fassbender onscreen are Maggie Gyllenhaal, Domhnall Gleeson, and Scoot McNairy. The first trailer for the film has now been released, and can be seen below. Sound on Sight was able to see this film at Sundance 2014, and our review can be read here.
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This upcoming month, there are two interesting genre titles playing on Fearnet that you should take note of; 'Eden Lake' and 'Dahmer.' Why? Because they both represent early movies for actors that have proved to be outstanding performers in the arts long before they honed their craft. In the case of 'Eden Lake,' the film is fronted by Michael Fassbender, long before he played Magneto in the 'X-Men' films, stole the show in Quentin Tarantino's 'Inglourious Basterds' & played the android David from 'Prometheus' with such cold, calculated perfection. Also, you can catch 'Dahmer,' the bio pic from director David Jacobson, which stars Jeremy Renner in one of his first cinematic lead roles. Now he's an Avenger in the Marvel Universe! So it got me thinking about other examples of successful stars you may have totally forgotten were in genre films. »
- Rob Galluzzo
If you were intrigued by the first clip from askew comedy Frank, which emerged online in January, then here comes the trailer to give you more a sense of the film as a whole. Even if it doesn’t try to explain everything…The story, from The Men Who Stare At Goats’ Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan, finds Domhnall Gleeson as Jon, who joins a band led by the eccentric Frank (Michael Fassbender). Loosely based on comedian and musician Chris Sievey (with influences from Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart), Frank tells the story of a group who want to make some truly new music, and go about it in very strange ways. Oh, and there’s the fact that Frank himself refuses to ever take his giant papier-mâché head off. When the group is offered a gig at the SXSW festival in Austin, Texas, a road trip begins that starts »
After a successful premiere at Sundance Film Festival this year the first trailer for Lenny Abrahamson’s Frank has arrived online. Abrahamson, who also directed 2012′s under-rated drama What Richard Did, has taken on one of the more eccentric characters from the British music scene in Chris Sievey’s comedic persona Frank Sidebottom as the inspiration for Frank. Loosely based on his story the film follows Jon (Domhall Gleeson), a young musician who joins forces with the mysterious Frank (Michael Fassbender) in the hopes of forging a successful movie career.
Our first thoughts on the trailer below can be summed up by the following: humorous, twee, odd, journey, quintessentially British. The heavy presence of Domhall Gleeson is very much welcomed after his brilliant turn in About Time and from first glance it appears Fassbender’s performance will bring an unexpected amount of emotion and heart to the character that may »
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