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Michael Fassbender (born 2.4.1977) Michael Fassbender is an Irish / German actor, known primarily for his roles in Inglourious Basterds and Shame.

Childhood: Michael Fassbender was born in Heidelberg, West Germany, to Adele and Josef. His father is German and his mother is Irish. His parents moved to Killarney, County Kerry, in Ireland when he was two. There, they ran a restaurant, West End House, where his father worked as a chef.

After school, Fassbender attended the Drama Centre in North London. Now, he splits his time between working and living in London and Los Angeles.

Acting Career: Michael Fassbender's major acting break came when he landed the role of Burton 'Pat' Christenson in the award-winning series Band of Brothers. The series was produced by Steven Spielberg and Tom Hanks and among the actors in the cast, were James McAvoy, Kirk Acevedo and Dale Dye.

Fassbender went on to play the role of Azazeal in BBC America's Hex, with Laura Pyper and Christina Cole. He also appeared in a music video for the British indie rock band The Cooper Temple Clause. Turning his hand to radio work, Fassbender also appeared in a 10 part radio series of Dracula on BBC Northern Ireland.

2006 saw Michael raise his profile in the United States, when he appeared in 300. The film, directed by Zack Snyder, starred Gerard Butler and Dominic West.

In 2007, Michael Fassbender appeared in a film entitled Angel (in the UK, it was called The Real Life of Angel Deverell) about a young British writer, played by Romola Garai. It was based on a novel by Elizabeth Taylor and premiered at the Berlin International Film Festival.

The following year, Michael Fassbender starred in Steve McQueen's Hunger. In preparation for his role (he played a Provisional Irish Republic Army prisoner, Bobby Sands), Fassbender was required to go on an extreme diet that restricted him to 600 calories a day. His performance was highly revered amongst film critics and led to further opportunities for him in the film industry.

Following the success of Hunger, Fassbender appeared in Inglourious Basterds and Fish Tank. The former was directed by Quentin Tarantino and starred Brad Pitt and Eli Roth. The latter was a British film, directed by Andrea Arnold and starred an unknown actress, Katie Jarvis. In 2009, he also appeared in the horror film Blood Creek, with Dominic Purcell.

In the 2011 adaptation of Jane Eyre, Michael Fassbender played the role of Edward Rochester, along with Mia Wasikowska in the title role. He then landed another role in a Hollywood blockbuster, with X Men: First Class, a prequel to X men, set in 1962. It saw him share screen time with James McAvoy once more.

In the same year that X Men: First Class was released, Michael Fassbender also appeared in David Cronenberg's A Dangerous Method (in which he played the role of the Swiss psychiatrist Carl Jung) and was reunited with Steve McQueen in Shame. Shame premiered at the Venice Film Festival, where Fassbender won the Volpi Cup for Best Actor. In 2012, his performance in Shame saw him nominated for a Golden Globe but he lost out to George Clooney. Later in 2012, Fassbender appeared in Prometheus, a film directed by Ridley Scott. The film co-stars Noomi Rapace and Fassbender plays and android named David.



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"Thrilling Savage" Macbeth Stuns Cannes Film Festival


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Macbeth, Justin Kurzel's new cinematic take on William Shakespeare's classic tale of ambition and desire, has premiered at the Cannes Film Festival to strong reviews. The movie, a likely Oscars contender, stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.

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"There is a lot of sound and fury in this Macbeth, but not without meaning," said Peter Bradshaw of the Guardian.

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Michael Fassbender And Marion Cotillard Bring A New Kind Of 'Macbeth' To Cannes


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Macbeth stars Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard arrived in Cannes on Saturday, as the film premiered as the final competition entry to be screened before the festival prize is announced tomorrow. The film is now said to be one of the top contenders for the coveted Palme d'Or prize, after impressing the critics with its new take on Shakespeare’s classic work.

Michael FassbenderMichael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard at the premiere of Macbeth in Cannes.

Directed by Justin Kurzel, this Macbeth paints the Scottish warrior as suffering from post-traumatic stress disorder and dealing with a wife who’s haunted by the loss of their child. Michael Fassbender stars in the title role, while French actress Marion Cotillard stars as Lady Macbeth.

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Michael Fassbender Explored The Effects Of PTSD For 'Macbeth' Role


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One of Shakespeare's most famous plays (and, indeed, one of the world's) 'Macbeth' is on its way to the big screen, with Michael Fassbender in the long-coveted role of the eponymous Scottish nobleman, whose mind becomes poisoned by greed, fear and guilt.

Marion Cotillard and Michael Fassbender in 'Macbeth'Michael Fassbender stars as the tyrannical Macbeth

For an Oscar nominated star like Fassbender, such a prominent role might seem like an easy ride - but this is a character who's been continuously re-played over 400 years, so his re-invention came with its challenges. But Fassbender wasn't about to give up the opportunity to portray him on the big screen in Justin Kurzel's adaptation.

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Steve Jobs - First Look Trailer


Steve Jobs was an entrepreneur from the day of his birth and became one of the biggest technology pioneers the world has ever seen. Without any prior knowledge of programming, engineering or, indeed, any technical/computing experience of any kind, he set out to launch a computer with bucket loads of promise - all with the help and expertise of his friend Steve Wozniak. Little did they know of the tumultuous times that lay ahead, of how the resulting business would shape and damage Jobs' social and family life, and indeed his health.

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First Look At Danny Boyle's Steve Jobs Biopic: What's New About This One? [Trailer + Pictures]


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Universal’s crack at a Steve Jobs movie may have taken a while to find its footing, but it’s finally come together. The trailer, starring Michael Fassbender, is now out and available on YouTube. So, let’s talk about it.

Michael Fassbender in 'Steve Jobs'Michael Fassbender stars as Apple's Steve Jobs

Pros: directed by Danny Boyle, written by Aaron Sorkin and starring Fassbender, it will probably be a very different affair to the Ashton Kutcher flick of 2014. Cons: It features an inspiring voice over by the lead character.

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A Week In Movies: Stars Turn Out For Awards And Premieres In LA And London, While Trailers Offer A Closer Look At Slow West, Terminator Genisys And Marvel's Ant-Man


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The MTV Movie Awards caught the headlines this week, not for their offbeat winners but for the usual antics of the stars who were in attendance. Those on hand to walk the blue carpet included multiple winner Shailene Woodley as well as Jennifer Lopez, Scarlett Johansson, Hailee Steinfeld, Rebel Wilson, Miles Teller, Mark Ruffalo, Michael B. Jordan, Cara Delevingne and Nat Wolff

2015 MTV MOVIE AWARDS - Sunday 12th April 2015

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Actually, all of the Marvel Avengers were at the awards, then reassembled two nights later for the Los Angeles premiere of Avengers: Age of Ultron, which opens next week. This time the carpet was red, and attendees included Robert Downey Jr., Chris Hemsworth, Scarlett Johansson, Chris Evans, Mark Ruffalo, Jeremy Renner, Samuel L. Jackson, Paul Rudd and Paul Bettany. 

Film Premiere of Avengers Age of Ultron - Tuesday 14th April 2015

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The Trailer For Slow West Is An Impressive Teaser


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Michael Fassbender is seen by many film fans as a gritty, intense and intelligent actor and these characteristics can certainly be attributed to his latest film, Slow West - an action thriller western.

Slow WestFassbender and youngster Kodi Smit-McPhee are two intrepid travellers in Slow West

The German-Irish actor plays lone outlaw Silas who young, rich, out-of-his-depth Scottish Jay Cavendish stumbles upon when travailing the west in search of his lost love, Rose.

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Slow West Trailer


When a young boy in Scotland falls in love with young girl, he is prepared to travel across the world to follow her. When she travels to the United States, he follows her, and travels forever west in order to find her. In a lawless land where only the most deadly can survive, the boy, Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) is forced to team up with the mysterious Silas (Michael Fassbender), and work under his mentorship as they travel west together. The only problem is, that there is a bounty on his head, and a team of people desperate to collect it. 

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Jennifer Lawrence Confirms 'X Men: Apocalypse' Will Be Her Last Playing Mystique


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Jennifer Lawrence has revealed that the upcoming X-Men movie she's starring in will be her last playing the character Mystique.

Speaking at the premiere of her new movie Serena in New York on Sunday evening, the 24 year old actress told MTV that X-Men: Apocalypse will be the final time she plays the shape-shifting mutant. “It’s my last one, actually. Yes,” she said smiling.

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J-Law at the 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' premiere in 2014

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Seth Rogen And Zac Efron Set For 'Neighbors 2' In 2016


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Look out for more inter-generational banter coming next year! Seth Rogen and Zac Efron are to team up once again for Neighbors 2.

Universal has announced a sequel to last summer’s hugely successful comedy that is set to reunite the original cast with a host of fresh faces. In news first broken by the Hollywood Reporter, Rose Byrne will return as Rogen’s on-screen wife, and director Nicholas Stoller is signed on once more.

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Rogen is to team up with Zac Efron once more for a sequel to 2014's Neighbors

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Man Pays £300 for Macbook. Sorry, For PICTURE of Macbook.


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A man from Ilfracombe has fallen victim to an eBay scam after paying £300 for what he believed was an Apple Macbook. However, when Paul Barrington, 38, opened his package, it contained only a picture of the portable computer. 

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The DJ had sold his beloved surf board in order to afford to laptop for his DJ business. 

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'Steve Jobs' Movie Gets Oscar-Bait Release Date, October 9, 2016


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Universal Pictures will look to tempt the Academy with an October 9 release date for its Steve Jobs biopic. The movie's rollercoaster development has been well publicized, though the film boasts a strong pedigree with Danny Boyle directing, Aaron Sorkin providing the script and Michael Fassbender playing the technology genius.

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At Sony, the picture had attracted the likes of Christian Bale and Leonardo DiCaprio though both dropped out and the studio eventually binned the project. They made live to regret that decision, with Universal having since acquired a stunning cast.

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Release Date For 'Steve Jobs' Movie Confirmed


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The troubled Steve Jobs biopic has finally announced a theatrical release date of October 9th this year. Strangely enough, that’s exactly the kind of time that judges start to think about awards nominations…

Shooting for the film, which has been the centre of a great deal of speculation because of its lengthy gestation and uncertain funding, began last month in San Francisco and Silicon Valley. Danny Boyle, the man behind cult favourites such as Trainspotting, Slumdog Millionaire and 28 Days Later, as well as the London Olympics opening ceremony in 2012, is in the director’s chair.

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Michael Fassbender will portray the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in the forthcoming movie

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Rose Byrne Reprising Her Role as Moira MacTaggert in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'


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Rose Byrne will be rejoining the X-Men cast in the 2016 instalment of the Marvel franchise, X-Men: Apocalypse. The 35-year-old Australian actor played CIA Agent Moira MacTaggert in the 2011 film X-Men: First Class as a potential love interest of James McAvoy's Professor Charles Xaviar. Apocalypse writer, Simon Kinberg, in a recent interview has refused to divulge how Byrne's character will return but promises there's a "rich relationship" with Prof. X to "mine" into.

Rose ByrneRose Byrne will reprise her role as Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: Apocalypse.

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