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Obscuring the terrifically expressive and sometimes terrifying (“12 Years a Slave”) face of actor Michael Fassbender may seem like sacrilege, but that’s just what director Lenny Abrahamson (“What Richard Did”) does in “Frank,” a film that premiered atSundance but is—appropriately, for reasons that will be explained—also playing this week at South By Southwest. Screenwriters Jon Ronson (“The Men Who Stare at Goats”) and Peter Straughan (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”) have expanded on a memoir by Ronson to create a wholly unique, comi-tragic portrait of one band’s evolution. Fassbender stars as the titular Frank, an offbeat pop musician who wears (all the time) a giant plastic head with big blue eyes and a slightly open mouth. Frank leads an American band with an unpronounceable name (the Soronprfbs) who play radically creative but (deliberately) off-putting music (read our review here). While touring the U.K., the band—including Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal), Nana (real-life drummer. »
- Kristin McCracken
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
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 »
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
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
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 playing at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, the indie rock comedy Frank is poised to hit theaters sometime this year after Magnolia Pictures picked up the film starring Michael Fassbender. Since the film is already slated for a release in the United Kingdom on May 9th, that's where the first trailer for the film comes from, and it perfectly showcases the quirky, hilarity that makes this such an endearing comedy. But if you're hoping to see Fassbender's handsome face alongside Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scott McNairy, you're in for a surprise, because he's got quite a special accessory. Watch! Here's the UK trailer for Lenny Abrahamson's Frank, originally from The Guardian: Frank is directed by Lenny Abrahamason (Garage, Adam & Paul, What Richard Did) and written by Jon Ronson (author of The Men Who Stare at Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). The film follows Jon (Domhnall Gleeson »
- Ethan Anderton
Almost exactly 30 years ago, two young aspiring actors named Grant and George signed up for an acting class. They immediately got along and as well as sharing opinions on such important, friendship-forming subjects as sports, women and humour, they both had an optimism that they would, some day, somehow, make it.
"You can probably see our old acting school from this window!" grins Grant Heslov, gesturing towards the giant window in the Beverley Hills hotel suite where he has spent the day doing interviews about his latest film, The Monuments Men. Just across the hall, George Clooney is doing the same. Upstairs, the stars of the film that Heslov and Clooney produced and wrote together (Clooney also directed and stars), including Matt Damon, »
- Hadley Freeman
The original report notes that Clooney is not attached to direct at this stage, and the absence of any mention otherwise presumably means the same goes for Heslov.
Skjoldbjærg’s Pioneer was released in Norway at the tail-end of last summer, before touring the festival circuit with stop-offs in Toronto, Helsinki, London, Chicago, and more. Aksel Hennie leads the original cast alongside Wes Bentley, Stephen Lang, and Stephanie Sigman, with the following synopsis:
Set in the early 1980s during the Norway’s oil boom, Pioneer follows a man who, along with his brother, is laying pipeline in the North Sea, »
- Kenji Lloyd
Odd List Ryan Lambie 12 Feb 2014 - 06:36
From faked lunar landings to invisible WWII warships, here are six conspiracy theories and the genre films they inspired...
"Fluoridation is the most monstrously conceived and dangerous communist plot we have ever had to face," Sterling Hayden's General Jack D Ripper coldly announces in Stanley Kubrick's breathtakingly funny satire, Dr Strangelove.
Ripper's conspiracy theory, that the commies are secretly trying to compromise our "precious bodily fluids", becomes his harebrained reason for unleashing a missile strike on the Ussr. And just as Ripper was inspired by this strange notion to trigger a nuclear apocalypse, so filmmakers have been inspired by conspiracy theories to make all kinds of science fiction and horror movies - some funny, some tense and absorbing, others terrifying.
Here, then, is a selection of six real-world conspiracy theories and the varied movies they inspired - and funnily enough, Stanley Kubrick »
Deadline reports that the distributor has acquired North American rights to the film, and will be eyeing a release this summer.
The first clip from the film surfaced just ahead of its bow out in Park City, giving an ingenious little taste of the film.
Frank is a comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon, 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 and his terrifying sidekick, Clara. Frank’s uniqueness lies in the fact that he makes music purely for the joy of creating…and because he wears a giant fake head. After a rocky start, Jon ingratiates himself with the band members, and they »
- Kenji Lloyd
After premiering at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival, two films have been acquired for theatrical release.
Sony Pictures Classics announced Friday that they have acquired all North American, German, and Scandinavian rights to Ira Sachs’ feature Love Is Strange starring John Lithgow and Alfred Molina as a longtime couple who lose their New York City home shortly after getting married and, as a result, must live apart, relying on friends and family to make ends meet. ”Filmmaker Ira Sachs, one of our most acute observers of humanity in modern times, has made his most accomplished film featuring two of the greatest »
- Jake Perlman
Magnolia Pictures has picked up the North American rights to Frank, the dark and weird comedy that features Michael Fassbender in a headmask throughtout the movie. Magnolia is eyeing a summer 2014 theatrical release. The movie premiered at Sundance and was directed by Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did). Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) wrote the script. The movie follows Domhnall Gleeson as a wannabe musician who ends up in a fringe rock band led by the strange Frank (Fassbender), a musical genius who hides inside a fake head. Among the
- Borys Kit
Variety calls it a "weird and wonderful musical comedy" and the Daily Telegraph says Frank is "off-beat and punk-spirited," and Magnolia Pictures was impressed enough with its debut at Sundance that they picked up the North American distribution rights. Frank was directed by Lenny Abrahamson from a script by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy) and stars Michael Fassbender in a huge papier-mache head.
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Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to the offbeat Sundance comedy “Frank,” which stars Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gylenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Michael Fassbender as the title character, the company announced Friday. Lenny Abrahamson (“What Richard Did”) directed from a script by Jon Ronson (“The Men Who Stare At Goats”) and Peter Straughan (“Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy”). Magnolia is eyeing a summer 2014 theatrical release for the film. Sundance: Sundance: ‘Happy Christmas’ With Anna Kendrick, Lena Dunham Picked Up by Magnolia, Paramount Gleeson plays Jon, a wannabe musician who finds himself out of his depth when he joins a maverick pop band led by. »
- Jeff Sneider
[Press Release] Park City, Ut (January 24, 2014) – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Frank, an offbeat comedy that just had its world premiere to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did, Garage, Adam & Paul), the film was written by Jon Ronson (The Men Who Stare At Goats) and Peter Straughan (Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy). Frank stars Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gylenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Michael Fassbender as the titular character, a brilliant and eccentric musician who wears a giant fake head at all times. Frank was produced by Ed Guiney, David Barron and Stevie Lee, and executive producers are Tessa Ross, Katherine Butler, Andrew Lowe and Nigel Williams. »
- Pietro Filipponi
The Wagner/Cuban Company's Magnolia Pictures announced today that they have acquired North American rights to Frank , an offbeat comedy that just had its world premiere to critical acclaim at the Sundance Film Festival. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson ( What Richard Did , Garage , Adam & Paul ), the film was written by Jon Ronson ( The Men Who Stare at Goats ) and Peter Straughan ( Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy ). Frank stars Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gylenhaal, Scoot McNairy and Michael Fassbender as the titular character, a brilliant and eccentric musician who wears a giant fake head at all times. Frank was produced by Ed Guiney, David Barron and Stevie Lee, and executive producers are Tessa Ross, Katherine Butler, Andrew Lowe and Nigel Williams. Frank is an Element »
Five days into the festival, Scott Davis has a look at some of the early Us films garnering both praise and distributors at the famous festival, and what to look out for in 2014.…
It’s Sundance time again in the Us. 30 years since it’s inception by screen legend Robert Redford, Sundance has been responsible for helping the indie scene from across the globe get exposure and on their way into the public domain. Last year, it helped films find distributors, such as The Way, Way Back, Prince Avalanche, Don Jon, Fruitvale Station and The Spectacular Now (the latter two still to see releases in the UK.) This year is no different, and the line-up has the potential to be one of the best it has seen. Five days into proceedings, and many films have already worked up some steam, some finding distributors, others still to be picked up. Below »
- Gary Collinson
Michael Fassbender (X-Men: Days of Future Past, Shame) is getting a lot of attention with his Oscar-nominated role in 12 Years a Slave at the moment, but how do you carry on that kind of publicity momentum? Under a giant papier-mâché head, of course.
It's for his upcoming movie, Frank, which debuted at the Sundance Film Festival last night, where Fassbender plays the titular role. The character is loosely based on comedian Chris Sievey's alter-ego, Frank Sidebottom, who appeared in the recent Filth as inspiration for Bruce's (James McAvoy) dirty phonecalls.
The movie follows Jon (Domhnall Gleeson), a young musician who joins Frank's band, is co-written by Jon Ronson (writer of The Men Who Stare at Goats and part of Frank's real-life band - read a wonderful article by him on that here) and is directed by Lenny Abrahamson (of last year's superb What Richard Did fame).
Going by the clip below, »
- Oliver Davis
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