Shakespeare's Scottish play returns to the big screen with earthy energy, visual style and roaring performances. Acclaimed Australian filmmaker Justin Kurzel (Snowtown) takes an artistic approach that makes terrific use of sweeping landscapes and harsh weather, which allows the cast to put their guts into their roles. Yet while the film looks absolutely amazing, the sound mix is so muddled that anyone unfamiliar with the play will find it difficult to follow.
Michael Fassbender plays Macbeth, an 11th century general who has just triumphed on the Highland battlefield but is struggling internally after he and Lady Macbeth (Marion Cotillard) lost their infant child. So when three witches tell him that he is destined to become king, his wife encourages him to make it happen sooner rather than later. In secret, Macbeth murders King Duncan (David Thewlis) and pins the blame on his son Malcolm (Jack Reynor), who flees in fear, raising suspicion. Now on the throne, King and Queen Macbeth are overwhelmed by paranoia about any hint of a threat to their power, raising distrust of loyal friends like Banquo (Paddy Considine) and Duncan's defender Macduff (Sean Harris). Meanwhile, Malcolm has raised an army in England and is coming back to claim his title.
This is one of Shakespeare's bleakest, leanest plays, and Kurzel gives it an intriguingly expansive tone by setting most of the action outdoors in the elements rather than in shadowy castle corridors. In addition to adding a gritty, muddy kick, this allows the battle sequences to take on a Lord of the Rings-scale intensity. So the effect of this violence on the characters is that much more resonant. Lady Macbeth turns inward, tormenting herself in an extended dream sequence, while Macbeth goes the other way, killing anyone who seems even remotely shifty. But of course they also understand that their ambition and guilt are causing these extreme reactions.
Continue reading: Macbeth Review
Michael Fassbender ('Inglourious Basterds', 'Prometheus') plays Steve Jobs in the upcoming biographical drama of the same name directed by Danny Boyle; a movie which details the trials and tribulations of the computer pioneer in terms of both his flourishing career, and his floundering personal life.
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Fassbender will be in Scotland today (September 27th) for the film’s premiere.
Michael Fassbender hopes his Macbeth will inspire a whole new generation of schoolchildren who are studying the classic play. The actor stars opposite Marion Cotillard in Justin Kurzel’s adaption of the Shakespeare play which premieres tonight (September 27th) at Edinburgh’s Festival Theatre.
Michael Fassbender in Macbeth.
“Shakespeare is a genius. The one thing I kept saying to Justin is, ‘If we can inspire the kids, that would be wonderful,” Fassbender said. “It’s an arrogant thing for me to presume that they weren’t already inspired by it but I’m talking from my own experience.”
After 'Prometheus 2' in 2017, there will be another two sequels before the plotline links up with 'Alien', the veteran director says.
Fans of the Alien franchise who were left slightly confused by Prometheus a few years ago can rest easy that everything will be explained – eventually. Director Ridley Scott has claimed that he wants to make three sequels to Prometheus, at the end of which the storyline will link into the Alien narrative.
Scott, 77, told German entertainment website FilmFutter that the two franchises would eventually dovetail into one another when he was asked about Prometheus 2, which is not due for release for another couple of years. It will see Michael Fassbender and Noomi Rapace return to reprise the roles they occupied for the 2012 original.
“It will not be the next [film]” the director said. “It will be in the next but one Prometheus or perhaps even in a later film, before we are, in a sense, back in the Alien franchise.”
Continue reading: Ridley Scott Intends To Make Three More 'Prometheus' Movies
Steve Jobs is widely regarded as a pioneer in the age of technology, making the computer accessible to all with his billionaire organisation Apple Inc. Though as much as he was a genius, he made a lot of enemies on his way to fame, fortune and recognition while relying on his skilled best friend Steve Wozniak. He refused to co-operate with much of the staff at Apple including CEO John Sculley, and henceforth detached himself from the company, but meanwhile his personal life was no more amicable. Refusing to be a father to his college girlfriend Chrisann Brennan's daughter Lisa and denying all paternity shone a bad light on him in the eyes of his family, his colleagues and the public especially when paternity was proven. But upon his return to Apple came a new man, humbled by his previous behaviour and willing to be both a father and a fair businessman. But of all the sacrifices he made to make Apple great, his health suffered most of all.
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She took a break from filming 'X-Men: Apocalypse' in the Canadian city.
Hollywood A-list star Jennifer Lawrence took some time out of her manic filming schedule to visit a children’s hospital in Montreal, Canada and surprise some young patients. Obviously, there were pictures taken of her with the kids and chatting to staff, which is another reminder of why everybody loves J-Law. As if we needed another reason.
The 24 year old Hunger Games star is in the Canadian city filming X-Men: Apocalypse alongside James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender and her ex-boyfriend Nicholas Hoult. It’s rumoured to be the last time she stars as Mystique in the franchise before it’s refreshed with new blood next time around.
Continue reading: Jennifer Lawrence Pays Surprise Visit To Montreal Children's Hospital
Steve Jobs stars Michael Fassbender, Kate Winslet, Seth Rogan and Jeff Daniels.
Danny Boyle’s Steve Jobs, the biopic on the late Apple founder, has been announced as closing this year’s BFI London Film Festival on October 18th. It will mark the third time a feature of Boyle’s has closed the annual festival, with Slumdog Millionaire receiving the honour in 2008 and 127 Hours in 2010.
Michael Fassbender as Steve Jobs.
The October 18th screening will mark the film's European premiere, while on October 3rd it will premiere at the New York Film Festival before opening in the US on October 10th. The film is based on Walter Isaacson’s best-selling biography on the Apple founder, Steve, and was written by Aaron Sorkin.
Continue reading: Danny Boyle's 'Steve Jobs' Biopic To Close London Film Festival
The two stars joined Olivia Munn to read the classic script during the Just for Laughs Festival in Montreal, Canada.
Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender and Olivia Munn were among the stars who participated in a special live reading of the script for cult classic movie The Big Lebowski at the Just For Laughs comedy festival in Montreal. But it all very nearly ended in disaster when a flub by Olivia Munn almost threw the whole star-studded cast off.
Jennifer Lawrence has participated in a live reading of The Big Lebowski.
According to Mashable, Munn who was playing Bunny, Maude's stepmother, managed to stop the entire cast in their tracks when she accidently read Lawrence’s opening line. Lawrence, who had been assigned the part of Jeffrey Lebowski's daughter Maude and seemed equally confused when Munn said her lines.
'Slow West' has received critical acclaim.
Slow West is kind of a slow burner. In terms of the attention it's receiving in Hollywood anyway. The release of John M. McLean's modern western has snuck up on us with little fanfare, though the critics are lauding the movie, which boasts a particularly strong performance from one Michael Fassbender.
Michael Fassbender[L] and Kodi Smith-McPhee [R] in Slow West
Set at the end of the nineteenth century, Slow West follows 16-year-old Jay Cavendish (Kodi Smit-McPhee) journeying across the American frontier in search of the woman he loves. Fassbender plays Silas, Jay's fellow traveller.
Continue reading: Wait, Is 'Slow West' The Best Movie Of 2015 So Far?
Fassbender finally gets to be in a Western.
Michael Fassbender has always wanted to be in a cowboy movie, so he leapt at the chance to reunite with first-time feature writer-director John Maclean. The two previously worked together for three days on the 2009 short Man on a Motorcycle, so Fassbender came on board Slow West not only as an actor but also as a producer.
Michael Fassbender has always wanted to play a cowboy in a Western
Maclean wrote the role specifically for Fassbender, who helped develop the script before filming began. "It was nice to see that journey through," Fassbender says, "as this was an idea that he'd had brewing for a good few years."
Continue reading: 'Slow West' Channels Michael Fassbender's Energy
First-time feature filmmaker John Maclean takes a strikingly original approach to the Western, creating a realistic road trip for two very different men. Genre fans might wish it was more of a shoot-em-up (the massive final gun battle is astonishingly earthy), but it more than makes up for that with a strong sense of its characters and settings. And by shooting it in New Zealand, Maclean found an unspoiled, spectacular landscape that has its own memorable impact.
The story centres on Jay (Kodi Smit-McPhee), a tenacious 16-year-old travelling from Scotland to find his beloved Rose (Caren Pistorius), who has moved to the Wild West with her father (Rory McCann). As Jay enters dangerous bandit country in Colorado, he meets bounty hunter Silas (Michael Fassbender), who offers to accompany him through the perilous forests and mountains ahead. What Jay doesn't know is that Silas used to be in the most feared gang in these hills, led by his old pal Payne (Ben Mendelsohn). And as they traverse the landscape, meeting various robbers and some angry Native Americans, Payne is never too far behind, because he's hoping they'll lead him to Rose and her father, who have a $2,000 bounty on them, dead or alive.
What makes this movie so engaging is the growing connection between Jay and Silas, who aren't quite as different as they seem to be on the surface. Smit-McPhee plays Jay as soft and naive, and yet his fearlessness shows a steely inner strength that should never be underestimated. Meanwhile, Fassbender gives Silas a jaded charm as the stranger who doesn't want anyone to know who he really is. While Jay wears his emotions on his sleeve, Silas clearly feels them just as strongly but has learned the hard way to keep them bottled inside. Especially while living in a place like this, where any true sense of civilisation has yet to take root.
Continue reading: Slow West Review
Macbeth is a Scottish Duke who is greeted by three witches following a victorious battle. They reveal to him a prophecy which speaks of him one day becoming King of Scotland, and not only that, but he shall not be killed by any of woman born. Poisoned by greed, he confides in his wife Lady Macbeth, who is equally consumed with fantasies of riches and royalty. She convinces him to kill the current King to gain power and succeeds, though not without a price. From that moment on, this noble man transforms into a tyrant bound by guilt and paranoia and willing to do anything to maintain his throne and keep his dark secret hidden. But the more he tries to find peace within himself, the more danger he is faced with.
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After a long, hard battle, a Scottish Thane learns of a prophesy that will change his life forever. Macbeth (Michael Fassbender) is confronted by three witches, who inform him that he shall one day be king, and that no man born by a woman shall ever kill him. When another of their prophecies comes true, he confronts his wife (Marion Cotillard), who convinces him that he must murder King Duncan (David Thewlis). From there, Macbeth falls into the darkest depths of the human soul, as he betrays those he loves for power, and abandons his friends for the love of prophesies.
Continue: Macbeth - Teaser Trailer
Michael Fassbender looks Oscars bound for Macbeth.
Michael Fassbender is likely to have to pretty hectic awards season. He's been here before, of course, having scored major nominations for Hunger, Shame and 12 Years a Slave - all of which were directed by Steve McQueen. This time, it is the directorial talents of both Justin Kurzel and Danny Boyle that could define wins an Oscar, for his performances as Macbeth and the Apple entrepreneur Steve Jobs respectively.
Michael Fassbender stars as Macbeth in Justin Kurzel's retelling of Shakespeare's classic play
It is Macbeth that carries with it the most buzz. Kurzel crashed onto the scene with the magnificent and equally bleak and brutal Snowtown and the new trailer for Macbeth appears to carry with it the same brooding intensity. It co-stars Marion Cotillard as Lady Macbeth, as well as Elizabeth Debicki and David Thewlis.
Continue reading: Macbeth: Could This Be Michael Fassbender's Oscar Winning Role?
Directed by Justin Kurzel, Macbeth is earning rave reviews at Cannes.
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 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.
He will star in the forthcoming adaptation of the Shakespearean epic.
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.
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.
Continue reading: Michael Fassbender Explored The Effects Of PTSD For 'Macbeth' Role
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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Yes, another one.
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 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.
MTV Movie Awards bring out the stars, as does the Avengers 2 premiere in Los Angeles. Matthias Schoenaerts is accompanied by costars Kate Winslet and Carey Mulligan at two London premieres. And we get further glimpses of a Western with Michael Fassbender, the next Terminator action romp and Paul Rudd as a tiny superhero in Ant-Man...
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.
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.
Michael Fassbender's latest action thriller western is an exciting watch
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.
Fassbender 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.
Continue reading: The Trailer For Slow West Is An Impressive Teaser
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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'X-Men: Apocalypse' comes out in May 2016, but it will apparently be the final one for Jennifer Lawrence.
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.
J-Law at the 'X-Men: Days of Future Past' premiere in 2014
Universal unveiled plans for a sequel to last summer's comedy blockbuster on Friday, which will reunite the original cast and take a female twist on the original.
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.
Rogen is to team up with Zac Efron once more for a sequel to 2014's Neighbors
Continue reading: Seth Rogen And Zac Efron Set For 'Neighbors 2' In 2016
Filming is well underway for the Steve Jobs movie, and the picture hits in October 2016.
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.
Michael Fassbender plays Steve Jobs in Danny Boyle's biopic
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.
Continue reading: 'Steve Jobs' Movie Gets Oscar-Bait Release Date, October 9, 2016
October 9th release date for the Boyle / Sorkin collaboration, just in time for awards season.
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.
Michael Fassbender will portray the Apple co-founder Steve Jobs in the forthcoming movie
Continue reading: Release Date For 'Steve Jobs' Movie Confirmed
Rose Byrne will reprise her role as CIA Agent Moira MacTaggert in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'.
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 Byrne will reprise her role as Moira MacTaggert in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Read More: X-Men: Apocalypse Casts Three New Faces.
Continue reading: Rose Byrne Reprising Her Role As Moira MacTaggert In 'X-Men: Apocalypse'
Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen will probably not be making an appearance in 'X-Men: Apocalypse'. Stewart explained the next film in the Marvel franchise focuses on the younger versions of the X-Men characters including his character Dr. X and McKellen's Magneto.
Patrick Stewart, appearing on a US talk show, stated that he and his co-star Ian McKellen are unlikely to appear in the next X-Men film, X-Men: Apocalypse. 74-year-old Stewart appeared on Larry King Live, due to be broadcast on Wednesday (21st January), and discussed the possibility of reprising his role in the next instalment in the X-Men franchise.
Patrick Stewart and Ian McKellen will not be reprising their roles in X-Men: Apocalypse.
Aaron Sorkin wanted Tom Cruise to play Steve Jobs and said he didn't know who Michael Fassbender was.
Is it time to suggest Aaron Sorkin is no longer the relevant screenwriter he was during The West Wing years? No, No, It probably isn't. In recent years, Sorkin has offered up some of the finest scripts in Hollywood - Charlie Wilson's War, The Social Network, Moneyball - as well as working on HBO's The Newsroom.
Aaron Sorkin wanted Tom Cruise to play Steve Jobs
But still, the latest leak of the Sony emails suggests Sorkin's propensity for the glittering A-list casts instead of looking at the bigger picture. The 53-year-old has written the script for the forthcoming Steve Jobs biopic - a movie that plays out in just three long scenes each documenting one of the Apple creator's famous product launches - and recently announced landing the "best actor", Christian Bale for the job.
Continue reading: Aaron Sorkin On Jobs Movie: "I Don't Know Who Michael Fassbender Is"
Natalie Portman would add some much needed star power - and good PR - to the beleaguered Steve Jobs movie.
Despite the loss of Christian Bale and change of studios, it seems there's still life in the Steve Jobs biopic yet. We reported earlier this week that Universal Pictures had paid around $30 million to take the unwanted movie off the hands of Sony, though Aaron Sorkin and Danny Boyle were staying on-board.
Natalie Portman is in talks for a major role in the Jobs movie
Michael Fassbender has been hired to play the Apple genius - a definite plus point if not a little underwhelming - though things just got even better. According to Deadline, Oscar-winner Natalie Portman is in talks to play a major role in the movie.
Continue reading: Natalie Portman In Talks For Major Role In Sorkin's Steve Jobs Movie
Michael Fassbender has reportedly signed on to play Steve Jobs, though Sony have pulled out the project.
Six months ago, the Jobs movie looked a certain Oscar winner. Written by The West Wing's Aaron Sorkin, it was set to have David Fincher in the director's chair and probably Leonardo DiCaprio as the Apple genius himself. Then things changed a little - Fincher left, apparently over money, and DiCaprio passed on the project to take a break from acting.
The replacements were all-star substitutes. Oscar winner Danny Boyle - the man behind Slumdog Millionaire, 127 Hours and that Olympics opening ceremony - came in as director, while Christian Bale - probably the greatest actor on the planet today - agreed to play Jobs. Sorkin's screenplay was typically...well, Sorkin. Eschewing the regular conventions of a biopic, it would tell Jobs' story in just three extended scenes, each documenting one of the tech creator's famous product launches.
Continue reading: Steve Jobs Movie In Turmoil As Sony Pulls Out, Universal On The Prowl
Michael Fassbender Saturday 11th February 2012 The Irish Film and Television Awards 2012 at the Dublin Convention Centre - Arrivals
Michael Fassbender Friday 14th October 2011 The BFI London Film Festival - Vue Cinema Leicester Square - 'Shame' - Photocall The BFI London Film Festival - Vue Cinema Leicester Square - 'Shame'
Michael Fassbender Thursday 18th February 2010 The London Critics' Circle Film Awards at the Landmark Hotel - Press Room London, England
Michael Fassbender Monday 11th January 2010 2009 New York Film Critics Circle Awards at Crimson - Outside Arrivals New York City, USA
Date of birth
2nd April, 1977
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