Maggie Gyllenhaal's 5am Congratulations

Maggie Gyllenhaal was bombarded with 5am phone calls when the Oscar nominations were announced.

The 32-year-old star is up for Best Supporting Actress for her role in 'Crazy Heart' at next month's ceremony and says everyone wanted to congratulate her when they heard the news.

Recalling the fateful day on February 2, Maggie - whose brother Jake Gyllenhaal was nominated for Best Supporting Actor at the 2005 Oscars - said: "My phone started ringing at 5 o'clock in the morning, and there's that first batch of phone calls from people who are up that early in the morning. I remember Jake looked at me and said, 'Your phone is going to be like that all day.' It was true."

"I thought about going to sleep after that first 5 o'clock rush of calls, and he said, 'Don't go to sleep. Who knows when this will happen again. Stay up. Have some coffee.' "

Jake has also advised his elder sibling to enjoy every moment of her nomination but not to get carried away by her success.

She revealed: "He said, 'It's a lot of fun, and enjoy it in that spirit. If you make it too much more than that, you'll probably go astray.' "


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Frank 4257552 Videos 24th June 2014

Frank is an eccentric musician who refuses to be seen without the giant paper mache cartoon head he wears. As he embarks on a pursuit of fame and fortune, he enlists an aspiring artist named Jon to join his band Soronprfbs. Joined by Frank's short-tempered theremin player Clara and his manager Don, the band move to Ireland where they set out to record their debut album. Jon goes about getting the band's videos all over the internet, in a bid to land the most serious gig of their lives: South by Southwest Festival in Austin, Texas. But tension starts to arise as Frank's relentlessly mysterious persona gets increasingly more annoying, and he himself appears to be starting to lose his own head.

'Frank' is a quirky comedy drama based on the comic character Frank Sidebottom formerly portrayed by late comedian and singer of The Freshies Chris Sievey, who gave his blessing for the movie before his death in 2010. The movie has been directed by Lenny Abrahamson ('What Richard Did', 'Garage', 'Adam & Paul') and written by Jon Ronson ('Stanley Kubrick's Boxes', 'Kidneys for Jesus') and Oscar nominee Peter Straughan ('Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy', 'The Men Who Stare at Goats'), and is now available to view in UK cinemas.

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While this comedy-drama is sometimes wilfully absurd, it's also exhilarating cinema, telling its story with conflicting amounts of warm emotion and prickly abrasiveness. Irish filmmaker Lenny Abrahamson (What Richard Did) is known for keeping his audience on its toes, shifting moods and navigating sharp plot turns. And while it takes a while to get into the rhythms of this movie, it ultimately wins us over entirely.

Loosely based on the true story of English musician Chris Sievey (aka Frank Sidebottom), the film centres on the art-punk band Soronprfbs, which is fronted by Frank (Michael Fassbender), who wears a gigantic papier-mache head both on and off stage. While touring in Britain, he recruits the nerdy aspiring musician Jon (Domhnall Gleeson) to join the band for a gig in Ireland and then stick around to write and record the next album. This means that Jon must figure out how to relate to the bandmates, all of whom seem to have serious issues. Frank's girlfriend is the freaky noisemaker Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal), and there's also hapless manager Don (Scoot McNairy) and opinionated but aloof musicians Baraque and Nana (Francois Civil and Carla Azar).

Abrahamson lets the film play out in the same utterly bonkers style as Soronprfbs' chaotic songs: veering from subtle harmony to soaring emotion to pure chaos. And through it all there's a remarkably resonant centre as we take this journey alongside Jon, who is played by Gleeson like the obnoxious little brother we can't help but love. Meanwhile, Fassbender delivers a remarkably soulful performance from within that big head, using his voice and body to add layers of intriguing depth. And Gyllenhaal continually surprises by undermining her intensely scary character with unexpected expressions of raw feeling.

This is a fragmented film that continually undermines audience expectations, finding humour in personality clashes and generating big emotional responses even though most of the characters remain rather unlikeable. And in the final act, when the band hits the road and travels to Texas for a seminal gig, there's an unnerving kick to the story that leaves us with the feeling that we have taken an epic journey that will make us see the world in a whole new light.

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Michael Fassbender Wears a Weird Mask in 'Frank', And The Critics Love It 4167905 News

The weird-and-wonderful world of ‘Frank’ was confronted by the critics in the last few days, and those critics responded with a wave of praise for Lenny Abrahamson’s quirky, indie comedy. 

FrankMichael Fassbender doing his thing in 'Frank'

‘Frank’ tells the story of Jon (Domhnall Gleeson); a budding musician who finds himself in one of the weirdest bands ever, fronted and guided by the enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender in a Papier-mâché mask) and his frankly (sorry) terrifying sidekick Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). 

Initially, Frank’s ethos is admirable and appealing to Jo, but when the band head out into the wilderness to record a second album, his influence tells and the group have to ask themselves some serious questions. Serious in a funny, Michael Fassbender wears a mask throughout the film kind of way. 

More: Michael Fassbender felt vunerable wearing 'Frank' mask

“The film plays with our assumptions about the mythology of the pop star. Gleeson's character is constantly looking for his inspiration, but he's never quite on the right wavelength,” wrote Henry Barnes of The Guardian in his 4-star review. 

The rest of the critics followed suit, and ‘Frank’ has an 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes because of that. “A faceless Michael Fassbender stars in this weird and wonderful musical comedy from director Lenny Abrahamson,” wrote Peter Debruge of Variety. 

FrankThe critics have fallen in love with 'Frank'

“If you're willing to go with that - an affectionate character study of a bloke in a massive papier mache head - you'll find Frank to be a richly rewarding film, and the title character to be one you can't help but fall in love with,” said IGN’s Chris Tilly, while Amber Wilkinson of The Daily Telegraph called it: “Off-beat and punk-spirited, Sievey would no doubt approve of the tone and style of this movie.”

The weird-and-wonderful world of ‘Frank’ was confronted by the critics in the last few days, and those critics responded with a wave of praise for Lenny Abrahamson’s quirky, indie comedy. 

FrankMichael Fassbender doing his thing in 'Frank'

‘Frank’ tells the story of Jon (Domhnall Gleeson); a budding musician who finds himself in one of the weirdest bands ever, fronted and guided by the enigmatic Frank (Michael Fassbender in a Papier-mâché mask) and his frankly (sorry) terrifying sidekick Clara (Maggie Gyllenhaal). 

Initially, Frank’s ethos is admirable and appealing to Jo, but when the band head out into the wilderness to record a second album, his influence tells and the group have to ask themselves some serious questions. Serious in a funny, Michael Fassbender wears a mask throughout the film kind of way. 

More: Michael Fassbender felt vunerable wearing 'Frank' mask

“The film plays with our assumptions about the mythology of the pop star. Gleeson's character is constantly looking for his inspiration, but he's never quite on the right wavelength,” wrote Henry Barnes of The Guardian in his 4-star review. 

The rest of the critics followed suit, and ‘Frank’ has an 80% rating on Rotten Tomatoes because of that. “A faceless Michael Fassbender stars in this weird and wonderful musical comedy from director Lenny Abrahamson,” wrote Peter Debruge of Variety. 

FrankThe critics have fallen in love with 'Frank'

“If you're willing to go with that - an affectionate character study of a bloke in a massive papier mache head - you'll find Frank to be a richly rewarding film, and the title character to be one you can't help but fall in love with,” said IGN’s Chris Tilly, while Amber Wilkinson of The Daily Telegraph called it: “Off-beat and punk-spirited, Sievey would no doubt approve of the tone and style of this movie.”

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A Week In News: 'Divergent' Dominates, A "Conscious Uncoupling," And Teenage Turtles Suit Up 4128854 News

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Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin Split: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin announced this week that they were splitting up. Well, instead they described their split as a "conscious uncoupling," a phrase that drew scorn and mockery from the internet. The pair had reportedly been testing their separation for a year and finally decided to go public. In an entry on the Iron Man star's website, the couple explained that being parents to their two children was the priority for them right now.

L'Wren Scott's Will: The last will and testament of the late fashion designer L'Wren Scott has been made public. The former model was found hanged in her Manhattan apartment on Monday 17th March whilst her boyfriend, Mick Jagger, was on tour with the Rolling Stones. Jagger is the only named beneficiary in L'Wren's will, with her adoptive siblings explicitly denied any of her $9 million estate. Scott's sister, Jan Shane, has lashed out at the Jagger's for turning the designer's death into a "media circus" - read about what else she had to say.

Kate Bush Tour: Iconic British pop star Kate Bush gave her fans the news they never thought they'd receive when she announced an eventual 22-date residency at London's Hammersmith Apollo. Here's our pick of ten of her best songs. The 'Wuthering Heights' singer's planned 2014 live shows will be her first in 35 years and naturally all sold out within 15 minutes. Read the full story here.

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Christine McVie Back In Fleetwood Mac: More exciting music news this week came when it was announced that singer and keyboardist Christine McVie would not only be returning to legendary British-American rock group Fleetwood Mac, but that the band would embark on an extensive North American tour and were seriously considering writing a new album. Find the full tour date list here. The news has delighted Fleetwood Mac's fans who will see their favourite band return to its apex Rumours line-up. Find out why Christine wanted back in the band.

Joan Rivers Gets Personal On Lena: Comedian Joan Rivers has shocked the media after she targeted Girls star Lena Dunham in a lengthy rant on The Howard Stern Show. The 80 year-old TV personality not only branded the writer "fat" but accused her of promoting obesity among her fans. Despite Stern's best attempts to play down his guest's outspoken views, Joan was "on fire" as she voiced her distaste for Dunham's body shape, despite Lena having always resolutely stood by her body positive philosophy. Read highlights from Rivers' rant here.

'Divergent' Dominates: Teen sci-fi flick Divergent has owned the box office upon its first weekend of opening, raking in $56 million - over three times more than fellow opener The Muppets Most Wanted. Watch the Divergent trailer here. Neil Burger's adaptation of Veronica Roth's popular YA fiction series proved that reviews do not equate to commercial success and looks set to take the box office by storm again this weekend. Hear Roth talking about her franchise in our featurette.

Attack Of The Turtles: Heads up, fans of '80s superhero franchise, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! The first trailer has been released for the Jonathan Liebesman-directed, Michael Bay-produced reboot of the endlessly popular comic book franchise about a bunch of wise-cracking, crime-fighting, anthropomorphic turtles. Catch it here. Megan Fox, Whoopi Goldberg and William Fichtner star in this seriously cool-looking action blockbuster, which is set to be released this year. Check out photos from the TMNT shoot in New York, and find out how the Turtles tried to disguise themselves.

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Wu-Tang Clan Do It Differently: Rap unit Wu-Tang Clan have announced that they'll be releasing just one copy of their upcoming new album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, which will be a 31-track double LP. Six years of hard work will culminate in the new record, which will be toured through museums and art galleries to be heard through headphones. Find out more here. "This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king," said RZA. Does that mean a curse will be unleashed upon the album's holder?

'Frank' To Lead Sundance London: If you love your indie movies quirky, weird, slightly sprinkled with celebrity and with a funky soundtrack, you need to make sure you don't miss Lenny Abraham's London Sundance opener, Frank. Starring Michael Fassbender as the titular, Frank Sidebottom-inspired masked character, Frank also sees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson along for this freakishly wonderful celebration of avant-garde pop music. Frank is an enigmatic band leader who is unapologetic about his refusal to take off his papier-maché head - with some hilarious consequences. See some stills from the surreal movie.

Video Of The Week - 'Blue Ruin': Blue Ruin is proof of the standard of filmmaking that can be achieved with a miniscule budget. When director Jeremy Saulnier asked Kickstarter for $35,000 he received $38,000 and got to work making this comically dark story of revenge, the cinema release of which is only just around the corner. Macon Blair plays Dwight, a vulnerable and homeless man who has hit rock bottom years after his parents' murder. He learns that his parents' murderer has finally been released from jail and decides to clean himself up and get firearm trained so that he can seek his revenge. Watch the trailer here.

Gwyneth Paltrow

Gwyneth Paltrow & Chris Martin Split: Actress Gwyneth Paltrow and her husband, Coldplay frontman Chris Martin announced this week that they were splitting up. Well, instead they described their split as a "conscious uncoupling," a phrase that drew scorn and mockery from the internet. The pair had reportedly been testing their separation for a year and finally decided to go public. In an entry on the Iron Man star's website, the couple explained that being parents to their two children was the priority for them right now.

L'Wren Scott's Will: The last will and testament of the late fashion designer L'Wren Scott has been made public. The former model was found hanged in her Manhattan apartment on Monday 17th March whilst her boyfriend, Mick Jagger, was on tour with the Rolling Stones. Jagger is the only named beneficiary in L'Wren's will, with her adoptive siblings explicitly denied any of her $9 million estate. Scott's sister, Jan Shane, has lashed out at the Jagger's for turning the designer's death into a "media circus" - read about what else she had to say.

Kate Bush Tour: Iconic British pop star Kate Bush gave her fans the news they never thought they'd receive when she announced an eventual 22-date residency at London's Hammersmith Apollo. Here's our pick of ten of her best songs. The 'Wuthering Heights' singer's planned 2014 live shows will be her first in 35 years and naturally all sold out within 15 minutes. Read the full story here.

Fleetwood Mac

Christine McVie Back In Fleetwood Mac: More exciting music news this week came when it was announced that singer and keyboardist Christine McVie would not only be returning to legendary British-American rock group Fleetwood Mac, but that the band would embark on an extensive North American tour and were seriously considering writing a new album. Find the full tour date list here. The news has delighted Fleetwood Mac's fans who will see their favourite band return to its apex Rumours line-up. Find out why Christine wanted back in the band.

Joan Rivers Gets Personal On Lena: Comedian Joan Rivers has shocked the media after she targeted Girls star Lena Dunham in a lengthy rant on The Howard Stern Show. The 80 year-old TV personality not only branded the writer "fat" but accused her of promoting obesity among her fans. Despite Stern's best attempts to play down his guest's outspoken views, Joan was "on fire" as she voiced her distaste for Dunham's body shape, despite Lena having always resolutely stood by her body positive philosophy. Read highlights from Rivers' rant here.

'Divergent' Dominates: Teen sci-fi flick Divergent has owned the box office upon its first weekend of opening, raking in $56 million - over three times more than fellow opener The Muppets Most Wanted. Watch the Divergent trailer here. Neil Burger's adaptation of Veronica Roth's popular YA fiction series proved that reviews do not equate to commercial success and looks set to take the box office by storm again this weekend. Hear Roth talking about her franchise in our featurette.

Attack Of The Turtles: Heads up, fans of '80s superhero franchise, Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles! The first trailer has been released for the Jonathan Liebesman-directed, Michael Bay-produced reboot of the endlessly popular comic book franchise about a bunch of wise-cracking, crime-fighting, anthropomorphic turtles. Catch it here. Megan Fox, Whoopi Goldberg and William Fichtner star in this seriously cool-looking action blockbuster, which is set to be released this year. Check out photos from the TMNT shoot in New York, and find out how the Turtles tried to disguise themselves.

Wu-Tang Clan

Wu-Tang Clan Do It Differently: Rap unit Wu-Tang Clan have announced that they'll be releasing just one copy of their upcoming new album, Once Upon a Time in Shaolin, which will be a 31-track double LP. Six years of hard work will culminate in the new record, which will be toured through museums and art galleries to be heard through headphones. Find out more here. "This is like somebody having the scepter of an Egyptian king," said RZA. Does that mean a curse will be unleashed upon the album's holder?

'Frank' To Lead Sundance London: If you love your indie movies quirky, weird, slightly sprinkled with celebrity and with a funky soundtrack, you need to make sure you don't miss Lenny Abraham's London Sundance opener, Frank. Starring Michael Fassbender as the titular, Frank Sidebottom-inspired masked character, Frank also sees Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson along for this freakishly wonderful celebration of avant-garde pop music. Frank is an enigmatic band leader who is unapologetic about his refusal to take off his papier-maché head - with some hilarious consequences. See some stills from the surreal movie.

Video Of The Week - 'Blue Ruin': Blue Ruin is proof of the standard of filmmaking that can be achieved with a miniscule budget. When director Jeremy Saulnier asked Kickstarter for $35,000 he received $38,000 and got to work making this comically dark story of revenge, the cinema release of which is only just around the corner. Macon Blair plays Dwight, a vulnerable and homeless man who has hit rock bottom years after his parents' murder. He learns that his parents' murderer has finally been released from jail and decides to clean himself up and get firearm trained so that he can seek his revenge. Watch the trailer here.

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'Frank': Michael Fassbender's Sundance Opener Is Freakish Yet Fabulous [Pictures] 4124960 News

After winning a prestigious award or starring in a blockbuster, many actors never look back to their humble, low-budget, indie film beginnings. Thankfully, Michael Fassbender is not one to be so chronically short-sighted and takes centre-stage in Lenny Abrahamson's marvellous, off-beat and quirky new movie, Frank.

Frank Movie Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender Is Both Weird & Musical In 'Frank.'

Inspired by the life of masked musician and comedian Frank Sidebottom and the details written about him in screenwriter Jon Ronson's memoir, Frank is a fictional story that follows the journey of the world's most peculiar band from the rehearsal room to the big festival stage. Fassbender ('12 Years a Slave') is transformed into an enigmatic musician who insists on constantly wearing a giant, cartoon-like papier-maché head, even off-duty.

Frank Movie
The Movie Is Inspired By The Life Of Musician & Comedian Frank Sidebottom.

Domhnall Gleeson is introduced as Jon, a young aspiring musician who is looking for a band to play with when he is hooked into Frank's avant-garde pop band, Soronprfbs, alongside the intimidating Clara, played Maggie Gyllenhaal. Thanks to Jon's social-media savvy work, the band land a gig at Texas' prestigious South by Southwest arts and music festival.

Frank Movie Band Stage Maggie Gyllenhaal Domhnall Gleeson

Shot in Dublin and New Mexico in 2013, the movie mixes western desert and Irish countryside as the audience are taken out of their comfort zones and on a whirlwind ride the music industry through a pair of papier-maché covered eyes. The Irish director follows up his award-winning films Adam & Paul, Garage and What Richard Did with this weird and wonderful comedy in which fellow Irish star Gleeson is sucked into a surreal music career.

Frank Movie Domhnall Gleeson

The trailer introduces the premise of the movie, as well as its deadpan comedy style. In one particular scene, Frank is trying to better communicate himself by describing his facial expressions out loud, from "welcoming smile" to "flattered grin" and "bashful half-smile" before he is told off by the unimpressed Clara.

Watch The 'Frank' Trailer:
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Though inspired by the enigmatic presence of cult musician and comedian Chris Sievey, Frank is influenced by ther outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart, according to the film's website. Having premiered at Utah's 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Frank will be passed on to the London Sundance Film Festival where it will receive its UK premiere on the 25th April before nationwide release in May.

Maggie Gyllenhaal Michael Fassbender Domhnall Gleeson Frank

Michael Fassbender's slightly creepy costume may be the movie's main draw, but with a solid cast, funky tunes, funny and well-written script, and plenty of unique and quirky details, Frank is sure to not only charm London's audiences at the film festival but also fill cinema seats when it is released not long afterwards. Frank will be released on the 2nd May in the UK.

After winning a prestigious award or starring in a blockbuster, many actors never look back to their humble, low-budget, indie film beginnings. Thankfully, Michael Fassbender is not one to be so chronically short-sighted and takes centre-stage in Lenny Abrahamson's marvellous, off-beat and quirky new movie, Frank.

Frank Movie Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender Is Both Weird & Musical In 'Frank.'

Inspired by the life of masked musician and comedian Frank Sidebottom and the details written about him in screenwriter Jon Ronson's memoir, Frank is a fictional story that follows the journey of the world's most peculiar band from the rehearsal room to the big festival stage. Fassbender ('12 Years a Slave') is transformed into an enigmatic musician who insists on constantly wearing a giant, cartoon-like papier-maché head, even off-duty.

Frank Movie
The Movie Is Inspired By The Life Of Musician & Comedian Frank Sidebottom.

Domhnall Gleeson is introduced as Jon, a young aspiring musician who is looking for a band to play with when he is hooked into Frank's avant-garde pop band, Soronprfbs, alongside the intimidating Clara, played Maggie Gyllenhaal. Thanks to Jon's social-media savvy work, the band land a gig at Texas' prestigious South by Southwest arts and music festival.

Frank Movie Band Stage Maggie Gyllenhaal Domhnall Gleeson

Shot in Dublin and New Mexico in 2013, the movie mixes western desert and Irish countryside as the audience are taken out of their comfort zones and on a whirlwind ride the music industry through a pair of papier-maché covered eyes. The Irish director follows up his award-winning films Adam & Paul, Garage and What Richard Did with this weird and wonderful comedy in which fellow Irish star Gleeson is sucked into a surreal music career.

Frank Movie Domhnall Gleeson

The trailer introduces the premise of the movie, as well as its deadpan comedy style. In one particular scene, Frank is trying to better communicate himself by describing his facial expressions out loud, from "welcoming smile" to "flattered grin" and "bashful half-smile" before he is told off by the unimpressed Clara.

Watch The 'Frank' Trailer:
<iframe width="636" height="360" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-catC4tBVyY?feature=player_embedded&amp;autoplay=0;autohide=0;HD=0;rel=0;showinfo=0;controls=0;border=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Though inspired by the enigmatic presence of cult musician and comedian Chris Sievey, Frank is influenced by ther outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart, according to the film's website. Having premiered at Utah's 2014 Sundance Film Festival, Frank will be passed on to the London Sundance Film Festival where it will receive its UK premiere on the 25th April before nationwide release in May.

Maggie Gyllenhaal Michael Fassbender Domhnall Gleeson Frank

Michael Fassbender's slightly creepy costume may be the movie's main draw, but with a solid cast, funky tunes, funny and well-written script, and plenty of unique and quirky details, Frank is sure to not only charm London's audiences at the film festival but also fill cinema seats when it is released not long afterwards. Frank will be released on the 2nd May in the UK.

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Michael Fassbender's 'Frank' To Lead Sundance London: Prepare For This Surreal And Hilarious Indie Flick 4123874 News

Sundance London 2014 will play host to many independent movies, but perhaps none so eagerly anticipated and talked about as Leonard Abrahamson's Frank, inspired by the life of frontman and comic personality, Frank Sidebottom. Frank will get its UK premiere on the festival's opening night on April 25 following its first screening at Sundance in Utah back in January.

Domhnall Gleeson
Domhnall Gleeson Plays A Wannabe Musician Who Joins The World's Weirdest Band.

Michael Fassbender ('12 Years A Slave,' 'Shame') plays the titular masked musician and bandleader who wears a giant papier mache head throughout the film, which follows his band on their trip to playing the South by Southwest festival. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson also star in the film as members of Frank's avant-garde pop band.

Watch The 'Frank' Trailer:
<iframe width="636" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-catC4tBVyY?autoplay=0;autohide=0;HD=0;rel=0;showinfo=0;controls=0;border=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Irish director Abrahamson follows up his award-winning films Adam & Paul, Garage and What Richard Did with this weird and wonderful comedy in which Gleeson plays an aspiring musician who finds himself recruited into a group like no other.

Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender Takes Centre-Stage In 'Frank' As The Enigmatic Masked Musician.

Written by Jon Ronson ('The Men Who Stare At Goats') and Peter Straughan ('Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'), the film is based on the memoir by Jon Ronson and weaves a fictional tale loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the stage persona of cult musician and comedian Chris Sievey, with influence from other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart, according to the film's website.

Maggie Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal Plays A Slightly Scary Member Of Frank's Band.

This simple, funny and well-made look at outsider art will fit right in alongside the usual high standards of Sundance entertainment and with a solid cast, quirky premise and funky soundtrack will be sure to charm British audiences when it is release nationwide in May.

Frank will be released on the 2nd May in the UK.

More: Michael Fassbender was one of the numerous actors who took his mother to the Oscars - find out who else did.

More: Ever the maverick, watch a video of Michael Fassbender posing for fans but not photographers.

Frank Movie
After Premiering At Sundance, 'Frank' Will Be Released In The UK In May.

Sundance London 2014 will play host to many independent movies, but perhaps none so eagerly anticipated and talked about as Leonard Abrahamson's Frank, inspired by the life of frontman and comic personality, Frank Sidebottom. Frank will get its UK premiere on the festival's opening night on April 25 following its first screening at Sundance in Utah back in January.

Domhnall Gleeson
Domhnall Gleeson Plays A Wannabe Musician Who Joins The World's Weirdest Band.

Michael Fassbender ('12 Years A Slave,' 'Shame') plays the titular masked musician and bandleader who wears a giant papier mache head throughout the film, which follows his band on their trip to playing the South by Southwest festival. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson also star in the film as members of Frank's avant-garde pop band.

Watch The 'Frank' Trailer:
<iframe width="636" height="315" src="//www.youtube.com/embed/-catC4tBVyY?autoplay=0;autohide=0;HD=0;rel=0;showinfo=0;controls=0;border=0" frameborder="0" allowfullscreen></iframe>

Irish director Abrahamson follows up his award-winning films Adam & Paul, Garage and What Richard Did with this weird and wonderful comedy in which Gleeson plays an aspiring musician who finds himself recruited into a group like no other.

Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender Takes Centre-Stage In 'Frank' As The Enigmatic Masked Musician.

Written by Jon Ronson ('The Men Who Stare At Goats') and Peter Straughan ('Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy'), the film is based on the memoir by Jon Ronson and weaves a fictional tale loosely inspired by Frank Sidebottom, the stage persona of cult musician and comedian Chris Sievey, with influence from other outsider musicians like Daniel Johnston and Captain Beefheart, according to the film's website.

Maggie Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal Plays A Slightly Scary Member Of Frank's Band.

This simple, funny and well-made look at outsider art will fit right in alongside the usual high standards of Sundance entertainment and with a solid cast, quirky premise and funky soundtrack will be sure to charm British audiences when it is release nationwide in May.

Frank will be released on the 2nd May in the UK.

More: Michael Fassbender was one of the numerous actors who took his mother to the Oscars - find out who else did.

More: Ever the maverick, watch a video of Michael Fassbender posing for fans but not photographers.

Frank Movie
After Premiering At Sundance, 'Frank' Will Be Released In The UK In May.

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Kanye West And Maggie Gyllenhaal Among Stars Spotted At NY Fashion Week Vera Wang Show 3863360 Celebrity Videos <p>The red carpet was lined with stars at the Vera Wang and Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2014 fashion shows during the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. Among them was Beyoncé's talented younger sister Solange Knowles who is also a musician, 'White House Down' star Maggie Gyllenhaal and 'Black Skinhead' singer Kanye West.</p><p>Other celebrity faces that appeared outside the venue were former hellraiser and Hole star Courtney Love with her rocker friend Liza Thorn from LA band Starred, and models Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn and Vanessa Jackman.</p> <p>The red carpet was lined with stars at the Vera Wang and Alexander Wang Spring/Summer 2014 fashion shows during the Mercedes-Benz New York Fashion Week. Among them was Beyoncé's talented younger sister Solange Knowles who is also a musician, 'White House Down' star Maggie Gyllenhaal and 'Black Skinhead' singer Kanye West.</p><p>Other celebrity faces that appeared outside the venue were former hellraiser and Hole star Courtney Love with her rocker friend Liza Thorn from LA band Starred, and models Joan Smalls, Jourdan Dunn and Vanessa Jackman.</p> 17th September 2013 http://www.contactmusic.com/videos/2013sep/david-bodrick-2merecedes-benz-new-york-fashion-week-springsummer-2014-_181482.jpg
White House Down 3863098 Film Reviews

This may look exactly like Gerard Butler's over-serious Olympus Has Fallen, but it's actually that film's smarter, sillier younger brother: the one you like even though you really shouldn't. As he did with 2012, filmmaker Emmerich has injected this huge action romp with a generous dose of tongue-in-cheek humour while never sacrificing the overwrought spectacle. So even if it's wildly contrived and ludicrously patriotic, it's so gleefully destructive that we can't help but have a lot of fun.

It starts out as ex-military man John (Tatum) tries to impress his estranged 11-year-old daughter Emily (King) by taking her along with him on a job interview at the White House. At that moment, home-grown terrorists strike, led by a disgruntled security chief (Woods). In the chaos, John gets separated from Emily, and as he looks for her he stumbles across the US President (Foxx). As John and the President work to subvert the villains, the politically savvy Emily is posting videos of them on YouTube, which helps the Pentagon command centre, overseen by security chief Carol (Gyllenhaal) and Speaker Raphelson (Jenkins), keep the nation from falling apart. But it turns out that one of the baddies (Clarke) has a personal vendetta against John.

As always, Emmerich infuses the film with a sombre tone then undermines it at every step with witty irony. Each scene is packed with quirky characters, snappy one-liners, knowingly corny sentimentality and bigger-than-necessary mayhem. For example, he manages to wedge a full-on car chase into the White House grounds, complete with a rocket launcher. At the centre, Tatum and Foxx are a lively double-act, bouncing off each other with feisty energy. Furrowed-brow gravitas is supplied by Gyllenhaal, Jenkins and Woods, while scene-stealers include King's plucky young hero and Simpson's megalomaniac hacker.

In other words, there's more fun crammed into this 131 minutes than you'd ever think possible. As long as you watch it as a guilty pleasure. If you fall for the movie's rah-rah Americana, it will feel like a rather insanely overblown mess, especially since the terrorists are such an eclectic gang with divergent demands for money, power and even levelling the Middle East forever. Yes, there's a point underneath Emmerich's excessive insanity. But basically, the film is just a lot more enjoyable than it has any right to be.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal works in organic food shop 3783297 News

Maggie Gyllenhaal works in an organic food store as a shop assistant in her spare time.

The 'Dark Knight' actress and her husband Peter Sarsgaard are so passionate about eating healthy food that they lend their spare time to a co-operative supermarket near their home in New York City, where all the employees are volunteers and receive heavy discounts on their groceries.

She explained: ''We work at this place, it's a co-op and if you work there you get cheap groceries. I don't do it because you get cheap groceries, I do it because they have incredible food and incredible produce. You cannot just pay to be a member, you have to work there.

''My husband works a lot of my shifts for me because he's really serious about it, but I do the odd shift. It's three hours and 45 minutes once a month, which seems like nothing, but for professional New Yorkers it's hard to figure out.''

The 35-year-old star - whose brother is actor Jake Gyllenhaal - prefers to remain inconspicuous while working at the supermarket and has recently transitioned from floor staff to a job in the basement.

She told Empire magazine: ''I've worked in the office but I have a new shift now, down in the basement where you put the apricots in the little bags. You get in trouble really easy there. They have a lot of rules and I've missed shifts, but I try. I try.

''I've worked in the office before and people call up and lie!''

Maggie Gyllenhaal works in an organic food store as a shop assistant in her spare time.

The 'Dark Knight' actress and her husband Peter Sarsgaard are so passionate about eating healthy food that they lend their spare time to a co-operative supermarket near their home in New York City, where all the employees are volunteers and receive heavy discounts on their groceries.

She explained: ''We work at this place, it's a co-op and if you work there you get cheap groceries. I don't do it because you get cheap groceries, I do it because they have incredible food and incredible produce. You cannot just pay to be a member, you have to work there.

''My husband works a lot of my shifts for me because he's really serious about it, but I do the odd shift. It's three hours and 45 minutes once a month, which seems like nothing, but for professional New Yorkers it's hard to figure out.''

The 35-year-old star - whose brother is actor Jake Gyllenhaal - prefers to remain inconspicuous while working at the supermarket and has recently transitioned from floor staff to a job in the basement.

She told Empire magazine: ''I've worked in the office but I have a new shift now, down in the basement where you put the apricots in the little bags. You get in trouble really easy there. They have a lot of rules and I've missed shifts, but I try. I try.

''I've worked in the office before and people call up and lie!''

27th July 2013 3783296
Maggie Gyllenhaal To Star In "Scintillating" BBC Spy Thriller 3738907 News

After starring in the recent political thriller White House Down, Maggie Gyllenhaal will appear in the lead role in The Honorable Woman:a new BBC2 thriller that deals with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 35 year-old Gyllenhaal, who is married to fellow actor Peter Saarsgard, is best known for her roles in films such as Donnie Darko, Secretary, and The Dark Knight, as well as her Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2009's Crazy Heart.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal Takes Lead Role In BBC2's The Honourable Woman.

The Honourable Woman, created by The Shadow Line's Hugo Blick, will follow Gyllenhaal who plays Nessa Stein: the daughter of a Zionist arms procurer who is recognised for her peace promotion between Israel and Palestine by being made a life peer by the UK government. Sarah Barnett, the president of Sundance Channel demonstrated the growing excitement for the new TV series: "The Honourable Woman is scintillating drama: it is both a tightly plotted international political thriller and a superbly wrought character piece about hope, compromise, guilt and families." 

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Maggie Gyllenhaal With Husband Peter Saarsgard.

According to The Guardian, "BBC2 is reaping the rewards of a decision three years ago to invest an extra £10m a year in drama, doubling the channel's budget in the genre", which has given us programs such as The Hour, Shadow Line, The Line of Duty. The BBC's drama controller, Ben Stephenson, described upcoming The Honourable Woman as "really grown up" and "complicated," and anticipated mixed reactions to the coming host of new BBC dramas, including gangster drama Peaky Blinders, and Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall: "Some people are going to love these pieces, some people are going to hate them." The Honorable Woman is set to start filming in London next month but will take the cast all over the UK, the USA and the Middle East.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal With Daughter Ramona, 6, And Gloria Ray, 1.

After starring in the recent political thriller White House Down, Maggie Gyllenhaal will appear in the lead role in The Honorable Woman:a new BBC2 thriller that deals with the Israeli-Palestinian conflict. 35 year-old Gyllenhaal, who is married to fellow actor Peter Saarsgard, is best known for her roles in films such as Donnie Darko, Secretary, and The Dark Knight, as well as her Oscar nomination for Best Supporting Actress in 2009's Crazy Heart.

Maggie Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal Takes Lead Role In BBC2's The Honourable Woman.

The Honourable Woman, created by The Shadow Line's Hugo Blick, will follow Gyllenhaal who plays Nessa Stein: the daughter of a Zionist arms procurer who is recognised for her peace promotion between Israel and Palestine by being made a life peer by the UK government. Sarah Barnett, the president of Sundance Channel demonstrated the growing excitement for the new TV series: "The Honourable Woman is scintillating drama: it is both a tightly plotted international political thriller and a superbly wrought character piece about hope, compromise, guilt and families." 

Peter Saarsgard Maggie Gyllenhaal
Maggie Gyllenhaal With Husband Peter Saarsgard.

According to The Guardian, "BBC2 is reaping the rewards of a decision three years ago to invest an extra £10m a year in drama, doubling the channel's budget in the genre", which has given us programs such as The Hour, Shadow Line, The Line of Duty. The BBC's drama controller, Ben Stephenson, described upcoming The Honourable Woman as "really grown up" and "complicated," and anticipated mixed reactions to the coming host of new BBC dramas, including gangster drama Peaky Blinders, and Hilary Mantel's Wolf Hall: "Some people are going to love these pieces, some people are going to hate them." The Honorable Woman is set to start filming in London next month but will take the cast all over the UK, the USA and the Middle East.

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Maggie Gyllenhaal With Daughter Ramona, 6, And Gloria Ray, 1.

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