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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.
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).
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
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).
- Garth Franklin
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
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
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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- H. Shaw-Williams
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 »
- email@example.com (Vic Barry)
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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- Deepayan Sengupta
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 run of playing mostly bad guys and/or creeps, how does Michael Fassbender transition into comedy? In a giant papier-mâché head, apparently. Fassbender plays the titular Frank, a brilliantly weird art rocker that never takes off the aforementioned head. Domhnall Gleeson plays a new band member who attempts to help expose Frank to a wider audience and Maggie Gyllenhaal plays Frank’s protective, Theremin-playing sidekick. It’s set for a U.K. release on May 9, with a U.S. release coming later. Until then, imagine Fassbender wearing this head in all of his past roles and feel really uncomfortable about it. »
- Jesse David Fox
The first trailer for director Lenny Abrahamson’s dark comedy Frank has been released online. The film stars Domhnall Gleeson as an aspiring musician who joins an eccentric band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank, played by Michael Fassbender. The story is loosely based on Frank Sidebottom, as Fassbender sports an odd, large mask for the entirety of the film. I caught the pic at Sundance and it’s incredibly weird, very funny, and oddly sweet. Fassbender is excellent as the titular Frank, and Gleeson shines once again as the straight man opposite a bounty of strange characters. Hit the jump to watch the trailer and click here to read Matt’s full review. The film also stars Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scoot McNairy. Frank opens in the U.K. on May 9th and in the U.S. later this year. Via The Guardian. »
- Adam Chitwood
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