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Ahmed and Mohamed Abu Nasser were born in 1988 in Gaza, where there are no movie theaters. But the twins, who work under the names Tarzan and Arab, were determined to make movies, so they would run home from school to their computer, where they would watch six, seven films in a single run, and then dream up imaginary plots and titles and make posters for the pretend projects.
Today, the twins, each one big and burly, with long, unkempt hair and piercing eyes, are living in Amman, Jordan, where they won a joint scholarship to study filmmaking in October. And the days of make-believe are over: Their short film “Condom Lead” will appear in competition at Cannes, the first-ever Palestinian short to do so.
The brothers’ journey is indicative of the grassroots nature of the nascent Palestinian film industry, where a handful of creative helmers and scribes are being boosted »
- Debra Kamin
It's judgment day for "Terminator 2" mega-villain Robert Patrick ... 'cause the State of CA says he needs to cough up almost $170,000 in back taxes ... Or Else. Patrick -- best known as Arnold Schwarzenegger's nemesis T-1000 -- was slapped with a tax lien earlier this year ... claiming he and his wife didn't pay all their taxes for the years 2007, 2008 and 2009 .... to the tune of $168,338.79. Makes sense considering from 2007 to 2009 Patrick was raking it in -- he »
- TMZ Staff
Here's our first hilariously crazy look at Michael Fassbender in a comedy called Frank. We also get a look at Domhnall Gleeson and Maggie Gyllenhaal in the film. The movie was directed by Lenny Abrahamson from a script written by The Men Who Stare at Goats author Jon Ronson and Peter Straughn. Here's the synopsis...
Frank is a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Gleeson), who discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Fassbender) and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Gyllenhaal).
Frank is based on the memoir by Jon Ronson and is a fictional story loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart.
It's going to be fun watching Fassbender take on a quirky comedy role like this, »
- Joey Paur
The first image has been released for Lenny Abrahamson’s rock comedy Frank. The film stars Domhnall Gleeson (Dredd) as man "who discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender) and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal)." The film is based off the memoir by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare at Goats), and "is loosely based on Frank Sidebottom, the persona of cult musician and comedy legend Chris Sievey, as well as outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart." As you can see from the image, Fassbender looks like he's really gotten in shape for the film, and that shape is terrifying. Hit the jump to check out the image. The film also stars Scoot McNairy, Carla Aza, and Francois Civil. Via Cs. »
- Matt Goldberg
Pictured on set in New Mexico where filming started this week: Maggie Gyllenhaal (The Dark Knight, Donnie Darko) as Clara, Michael Fassbender (Prometheus, Shame) as Frank and Domhnall Gleeson (Anna Karenina, Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part II) as Jon. Also starring (but not pictured) are Scoot McNairy (Argo, Killing Me Softly) and musician Carla Azar (most recently drummer on Jack White's Blunderbuss) and French actor/musician Francois Civil. Frank is a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Gleeson), who discovers he's bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Fassbender) and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Gyllenhaal). The film is directed by Ireland's critically acclaimed Lenny Abrahamson (Adam & Paul, Garage, What Richard Did). Frank is written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Vic Barry)
Lenny Abrahamson has been making waves with his latest film, What Richard Did, which debuted at Tiff to excellent early reviews. With the film entering UK theatres this weekend, Abrahamson has already just begun filming his next project, Frank, and it looks like it’s going to be amazing.
Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal, and Scoot McNairy lead an exceptional cast, and with filming now underway out in New Mexico, Artificial Eye have given us the first image, and it is awesome.
“A comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon (Gleeson), who discovers he’s bitten off more than he can chew when he joins a band of eccentric pop musicians led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank (Fassbender) and his terrifying sidekick Clara (Gyllenhaal).”
- Kenji Lloyd
Happy New Year, everyone! It’s been a quiet week in Hollywood, so here’s the top casting news of the last few days:
• Maggie Gyllenhaal will star opposite Michael Fassbender in Frank, an indie comedy about a wild band lead by the titular character (Fassbender) and his fearsome right-hand woman (Gyllenhaal), as seen through the eyes of the group’s newest addition (Domhnall Gleeson, Anna Karenina). Scoot McNairy (Argo), and Jack White drummer Carla Aza costar. Leonard Abrahamson (Adam & Paul) is directing from a script by Jon Ronson and Peter Straughan (The Men Who Stare At Goats). [THR]
• Ashley Tisdale »
- Adam B. Vary
I must admit – when I think of comedy, neither Maggie Gyllenhaal nor Michael Fassbender are names that come to mind for cast. That saying, I’m already dearly interested in the smaller-budgeted Frank, a Musical comedy, to boot.
According to The Film Stage, Gyllenhaal has joined the still-developing ensemble for the musical comedy, which also stars Domhnall Gleeson (currently starring in Joe Wright’s Anna Karenina) and Scoot McNairy (currently can be seen in both Ben Affleck’s Argo and Andrew Dominik’s Killing Them Softly).
No word yet on the part Gyllenhaal would play, but The Film Stage says that the story mainly focuses on an aspiring rocker (Gleeson) who struggles to keep up with his bandmates when he joins an eccentric rock outfit led by Fassbender’s character, Frank. The site speculates that Gyllenhaal would be a love interest for Fassbender.
I’m really hoping that co-writers Jon Ronson »
- Vesna Sunrider
8 items from 2013
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