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Carey Mulligan And Michael Fassbender Shunned One Another On 'Shame' Set

January 22nd, 2012 10:00am EST
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British actress Carey Mulligan refused to strike up a friendship with her Shame co-star Michael Fassbender while shooting the drama so they could remain in character as feuding siblings.

The An Education star plays Fassbender's estranged sister in the Steve McQueen movie and they made sure to keep their distance from one another until filming had wrapped in an effort to enhance their bitter portrayals onscreen.

Mulligan tells the Press Association, "Michael and I decided not to become friends because our characters are so vicious towards each other.

"So we didn't actually spend any time ...
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Review: 'Haywire' Apt Title For Shaky Action Flick

January 20th, 2012 11:00am EST
Haywire
Haywire is an apt title for a film that comes across more as a work in progress than a finished product.

In its promotional spots, the flick seems like another of the tried-and-true "action hero goes on a rampage to right a wrong" films, and there's nothing wrong with that. Many enjoyable movies have come out of that mold. But Haywire bills itself as having "reinvited the espionage thriller" in its production notes. It doesn't just want to be a popcorn flick, but also something more mysterious, and it doesn't succeed in either category.

Mixed martial artist and former American Gl...
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Two Jews' Review 'Haywire' & Only One Finds It Exciting, Action Packed and Sexy (Video)

January 20th, 2012 8:00am EST
Haywire
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin Schwartz: I knew I was going to love 'Haywire' directed by Steven Soderbergh from the first scene.

A girl walks into a coffee shop in the middle of nowhere. She sits down...blows on her hands to warm them. The waitress takes her order.

A few seconds later, a man comes in, sits down opposite her. They briefly chat...and then SUDDENLY...

Its wham...bam...pow-kick-punch....Translation...Girl and Guy get into a very, very exciting, take no prisoners, fight with each other.

And this is no ordinary movie fight...because the girl is Gina Carano, a mixed mart...
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Gina Carano Talks About Becoming A Movie Star In 'Haywire' And Her Reasons For Fighting

January 19th, 2012 1:00pm EST
Gina Carano
Fight fans have been enamored with Gina Carano since she entered the cage as a MMA fighter. Now moviegoers can discover the newest action hero, with a raw, real fighting style that could put the Hollywood heroines to shame.

Haywire stars Carano is Mallory Kane, a betrayed agent who fights to clear her name. The traditional action caper was Steven Soderbergh’s idea to make Carano a star. Carano glammed up for a press conference on the film, although she still looks like she could tap you out in a leg lock.

Q: We’re all impressed by your physicality. How do you see yourself?

GC: I think my...
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Michael Fassbender Is Still Good At Identifying Famous Men's Junk (Video)

January 18th, 2012 1:51pm EST
Michael Fassbender
MTV News' Josh Horowitz quizzed Michael Fassbender on famous celebrity penises on the red carpet at Sunday night's Golden Globe Awards. The actor did a proficient job of identifying which appendage belonged to which star.

Check out Fassbender laughing off the contest in the latest edition of "After Hours: Members Only 2: Fassmember Rises:"

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Fassbender stars in the upcoming film "Haywire." The German-born actor has also starred in "Jane Eyre," "A Dangerous Method" and "Shame."
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Review: Steven Soderbergh's 'Haywire' A Welcome Return To The Fabulous Films Of His Past

January 17th, 2012 11:00am EST
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I’ll come clean - I’m more of an early Steven Soderbergh film fan. "Sex, lies, and videotape" was a stunning five-star debut, "Kafka" a fantastically strange experience and "King of the Hill" a nostalgic favorite. But it was his fourth film, the highly underrated masterwork "The Underneath," where the director not only showed some cinematic savvy, but also began to play with what would eventually become (for better or worse!) a Soderbergh staple – playing with time. Over the years it has had varying degrees of effectiveness on his work including adding charm to the Clooney fest "Out of Si...
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'The Artist' Leads 2012 BAFTA Nominations

January 17th, 2012 8:17am EST
The Artist
Silent movie The Artist looks set to continue its winning streak after picking up a massive 12 nominations for the 2012 British Academy Film Awards (BAFTA).

The critically-acclaimed film, which won a coveted Best Picture prize at the Golden Globes on Sunday, now looks set to dominate the U.K. film awards after the nominations were announced on Tuesday.

The Artist scored 12 nods in categories including Best Picture and Best Director for Michel Hazanavicius, as well as acting honors for its stars Jean Dujardin and Berenice Bejo.

British drama Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy is another major c...
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'The Tree Of Life' Tops Online Film Critics Awards

January 3rd, 2012 10:00am EST
The Tree of Life
Terrence Malick's complex The Tree Of Life has been handed another honor - officials at the Online Film Critics Society have named the movie their Best Picture of the Year.

The film, starring Brad Pitt, Jessica Chastain and Sean Penn, picked up seven awards on Monday, including Best Director for Malick, Best Supporting Actress for Chastain and Best Cinematography for Emmanuel Lubezski.

Other winners included Michael Fassbender (Best Actor for Shame), Tilda Swinton (Best Actress for We Need to Talk About Kevin) and Christopher Plummer (Best Supporting Actor for Beginners).

Meanwhile, W...
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'Prometheus' Trailer Released

December 23rd, 2011 2:25pm EST
Prometheus
Ridley Scott's Prometheus was originally going to tie into the Aliens series before its story grew into something completely different. The trailer, released recently, shows the influence from the Aliens series - but it doesn't show any monsters just yet. Watch it below!

Prometheus stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender, Guy Pearce, Idris Elba, Charlize Theron, and Ben Foster. The movie is due out next summer.
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'Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy' And 'Drive' Lead London Film Critics' Circle Nominations

December 20th, 2011 1:17pm EST
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy
Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy and Drive look set to lead the 2012 London Film Critics' Circle awards after landing six nominations each.

Both movies have been named in the coveted film of the year category, alongside silent movie The Artist and The Tree of Life.

Gary Oldman is up for actor of the year for his role in Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, against other contenders including George Clooney (The Descendants), Michael Fassbender (Shame), and Ryan Gosling (Drive).

Kirsten Dunst (Melancholia), Anna Paquin (Margaret), Meryl Streep (The Iron Lady), Michelle Williams (My Week With Marilyn), a...
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The 37 Hottest Male Stars Of 2011

December 20th, 2011 8:00am EST
Hottest Male Stars of 2011
Let's hear it for the boys! It's that time of year again when we honor the "37 Hottest Male Stars." Our list includes the usual suspects (Johnny Depp, Brad Pitt and George Clooney), as well as a younger crew (Taylor Lautner and Zac Efron).

Robert Pattinson dominated the big screen with "The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1," and Ryan Gosling impressed critics with "Drive." We can't decide between who's the sexier magical creature on "True Blood" - Alexander Skarsgaard or Joe Manganiello.

Let's not forget the musicians: Adam Levine, Justin Bieber, Drake and other heartthrobs also make...
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'The Help', 'The Artist' And 'The Descendants' Dominate 2012 Golden Globe Nominations

December 15th, 2011 10:30am EST
The Artist
The Help, The Artist and The Descendants will be the ones to beat at the 2012 Golden Globe Awards after landing four nominations each.

The Help will go head-to-head with The Descendants in the Best Motion Picture (Drama) category alongside The Ides of March, Martin Scorsese's Hugo, Steven Spielberg's War Horse, and Moneyball.

The Help also received nods in the Best Performance by an Actress (Drama) category, thanks to Viola Davis, and Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role, for Jessica Chastain and Octavia Spencer's work.

The Descendants scooped mentions for Best Performa...
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'The Artist' And 'Hugo' Lead Critic Choice Awards Nominations

December 13th, 2011 2:31pm EST
Hugo
The Artist and Hugo have both been given major Oscars boosts after landing 11 nominations apiece for the 2012 Critics' Choice Awards.

The two films, which have already picked up early awards, will compete for the Best Picture at the 17th annual Critics' Choice Awards, as selected by the Broadcast Film Critics Association in America.

They will be up against Midnight in Paris, Drive, The Help, Moneyball, Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close, The Tree of Life and War Horse.

George Clooney (The Descendants), Jean Dujardin (The Artist), Ryan Gosling (Drive), Brad Pitt (Moneyball), Michael F...
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'Drive' And 'War Horse' Lead 2011 Satellite Awards Nominations

December 2nd, 2011 9:18am EST
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Action thriller Drive and Steven Spielberg's latest epic War Horse lead the International Press Academy's nominations for the 2011 Satellite Awards with eight nods apiece.

Both movies are up for Best Film, alongside The Artist, The Descendants, The Help, Hugo, Moneyball, Midnight in Paris, Shame and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy while Drive's Ryan Gosling and Albert Brooks are among the nominees for Best Actor and Best Supporting Actor respectively.

Competing with Gosling for the Best Actor trophy will be George Clooney (The Descendants), Leonardo DiCaprio (J. Edgar), Michael Fassbender (Sh...
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Stuart Brazell and JoJo Wright's 2012 Oscar Nomination Predictions!

December 1st, 2011 4:20pm EST
Stuart Brazell and JoJo Wright
Who will be nominated this year? We preview 2011′s Oscar worthy pictures: “The Iron Lady,” “We Bought A Zoo,” “Extremely Loud And Incredibly Close” and “A Dangerous Method.” Check out our video below on our Oscar nomination predictions.

All of these movies are amazing! Who do you think will be nominated? Tweet me @stuartbrazell
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Two Jews' Review 'Shame' And Both Are Addicted To Steve McQueen's Erotic Drama (Video)

December 1st, 2011 3:00pm EST
Shame
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin-Schwartz: A good looking man in his thirties sits on a New York City subway starring intensely at a married woman seated across from him. It's obvious to the viewer that he's hitting on her and it's just as obvious, that's she's enjoying it.

The man is Brandon (Michael Fassbender) and he is a sex addict. Thanks to Steve McQueen's brilliant direction, we get to be a voyeur into Brandon's depraved but always fascinating world.

Brandon lives in a sterile New York City apartment...Everything is neat and orderly...which is a sharp contrast to his everyday...
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Trailer Talk: This Week In Movies - 'Shame,' 'Outrage,' & More

November 28th, 2011 11:00am EST
Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies
Writer/directors helm dramas of various sorts in the relatively quiet week following Thanksgiving. This week you’ll have the chance to see the Steve McQueen drama “Shame” about a sex addict, the Takeshi Kitano crime drama “Autoreiji,” the Alrick Brown romantic drama set in war torn Rwanda “Kinyarwanda,” and the Julia Leigh erotic drama “Sleeping Beauty.”

MY PICK FOR THE WEEK: Shame

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Brandon (Michael Fassbender) is a thirtysomething New Yorker who lives a careful private life, in order to satisfy his sexual addiction. His world is turned upside down though, when his younger sis...
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Review: 'A Dangerous Method' Feels Like Watered-Down Cronenberg

November 21st, 2011 2:20pm EST
A Dangerous Method
While there has always been a psycho/sexual theme in various guises throughout the work of famed filmmaker David Cronenberg, he has become a bit more refined with his movies of late. But where "Eastern Promises" was one of his most accomplished pictures to date, "A Dangerous Method" feels stagnate and ends up suffering from a severe case of identity crisis. Is the film a highbrow pseudo-intellectual drama, a tale of twisted sexual practices or just an examination of the deep dark secrets within us all? Problem is on all such levels the boring Method fails – trying to please everyone is d...
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Trailer Talk: This Week in Movies - 'The Muppets,' 'My Week With Marilyn,' 'Hugo' & More

November 21st, 2011 11:00am EST
Trailer Talk
This week Jason Segel brings back everyone’s favorite puppets in The Muppets, Martin Scorsese gives 1930s Paris life in Hugo, Sigmund Freud and Carl Jung feud in A Dangerous Method, Simon Curtis gives us an intimate look at Marilyn Monroe in My Week with Marilyn, Santa’s son Arthur embarks on an adventure in Arthur Christmas, and a silent film star deals with the arrival of talking pictures in The Artist.

MY PICK FOR THE WEEK: The Muppets

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Three huge Muppet fans Gary, Mary, and Walter (Jason Segel, Amy Adams, and voice of Peter Linz) help reunite the Muppets to save their...
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Review: 'A Dangerous Method' 'Two Jews On Film' Only One Is Psyched About Cronenberg's Latest

November 20th, 2011 4:56pm EST
A Dangerous Method
Two Jews on Film - By Joan Alperin-Schwartz: Sigmund Freud... Carl Jung... So what comes to mind when you hear these two names? Certainly not, the director David Cronenberg. who's more known for making twisted, dark horror/scifi ('The Brood', 'Scanners' 'The Fly) than cerebral relationship dramas.

But with his new film, 'A Dangerous Method' that's about to change. This is the story of three people, Sigmund Freud (Viggio Mortensen)...Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender) and their extraordinary, patient/associate, Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley) who eventually came between them.

First, I ha...
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Michael Fassbender Perplexed By 'Shame' Rating

November 19th, 2011 9:45am EST
Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender is baffled by the restrictive rating on his saucy new movie Shame in America, because he is convinced many gory horror films are given lower classifications.

Fassbender stars as a sex addict in the picture, alongside Carey Mulligan, who plays his self-harming sister, and censors in the U.S. branded the movie an NC-17 - meaning no one under the age of 17 will be allowed to view the film.

The actor has now defended the movie's raunchy scenes, insisting they are far less shocking than the gory footage seen in many popular horrors.

He tells The Huffington Post, "(It's) ...
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Fans React To Bradley Cooper Being Named 'Sexiest Man Alive'

November 17th, 2011 11:30am EST
Bradley Cooper
Fans are having interesting reactions to People Magazine's selection of Bradley Cooper as Sexiest Man Alive. Some good and some confused. I'm hearing talk of a facebook group requesting a recall of the winner. Some actors have having their fans go into overdrive posting on the internet how People got it wrong. Here are some possible candidates should People do a California recall on Bradley Cooper:

Michael Fassbender: Cooper is cute but Fassbender is like Adonis! Ironically, they got the wrong Cooper. Fassbender is Cooper in German. Maybe its a mix up?

Gerard Butler: This is Scotland's ...
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Carey Mulligan Angry With 'Shame' Rating

November 10th, 2011 1:24pm EST
Carey Mulligan
Carey Mulligan has blasted movie censors for slapping a restrictive rating on her new film Shame; insisting officials are punishing producers for including "unattractive" sex scenes.

The British actress stars alongside Michael Fassbender in the drama about a sex addict and his self-harming sister. The hard-hitting film features several raunchy scenes, prompting censors in the U.S. to impose an NC-17 rating on the movie.

It means no one under the age of 17 will be allowed to view the film - but Mulligan is angry as she feels the rating would have been less restrictive if the sex scenes w...
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Zombies, Spartans, And Owls: The Strange Journey Of Zack Snyder

November 9th, 2011 3:15pm EST
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You awaken to a rabid 8 year old viciously chewing on your husband’s neck. A dark army, more than a million strong, bears down upon you and your kingdom. A masked man breaks in during the night and throws you out a window. A giant samurai statue engages you in battle, all the while feathery, cartoon owls fly around you. You are in the strange and violent world of Zack Snyder. Hang on; you’re in for a wild ride.

Zack Snyder, the director of the upcoming Superman reboot Man of Steel, has had the strangest start to a career of any director in recent memory. Dawn of the Dead, 300, Watchmen, Le...
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5 Reasons To Watch Michael Fassbender

November 5th, 2011 6:37am EDT
Michael Fassbender
One look into his eyes and you're hooked. Not to mention his distinctive Irish accent almost sings to your ears. All he has to do is flash his large smile and you're infected with desire. Fans who are smitten with his work are said to be afflicted with the "Irish Fassy flu" but they don't want to be cured.

1. He's a chameleon as a method actor

Michael Fassbender never seems to look the same way twice. He is unrecognizable from role to role. You are never bored with this man because he morphs into a character so completely that every performance is unique. Even when he isn't speakin...
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Keira Knightley Threatened To Kill Michael Fassbender During 'Dangerous' Spanking Scene

October 26th, 2011 11:32am EDT
Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley threatened to kill her co-star Michael Fassbender if he touched her during a kinky spanking scene in A Dangerous Method.

The British beauty plays a Russian woman with severe psychological issues who comes between famed psychiatrists Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud, and has admitted she almost turned down the role because of a scene where her character, Sabine, is violently spanked.

And she warned Fassbender she would take revenge if one of the fake slaps actually struck her.

She says, "I actually said to him before we shot the spanking scenes, 'If you touch me I will kill ...
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Carey Mulligan Talks About Naked Shower Scene In 'Shame'

October 26th, 2011 8:37am EDT
Carey Mulligan
British actress Carey Mulligan prepared for a harrowing nude scene in new movie "Shame" by partying with pals and boozing it up for a week.

The star accepts there are better ways to prepare for such a revealing role - but she had a great time.

She tells USA Today, "I ended up going away the week before with friends. We drank a lot of beer, which is about the worst thing you can do a week before doing a nude scene. It was not my finest hour."

But she had very few regrets about stripping off for the shower scene with fellow Brit Michael Fassbender.

The actress, who was honored for her rol...
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Keira Knightley Shows A Tiny Bit Of Skin At 'Dangerous Method' Premiere

October 25th, 2011 9:00am EDT
Keira Knightley
The conservative Keira Knightely wore a cut-out dress to the "A Dangerous Method" premiere in London yesterday. It's not often the actress shows off her tummy.

In the film Carl Jung (Michael Fassbender), a disciple of Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen), uses Freudian techniques to treat Russian-Jewish psychiatric patient Sabina Spielrein (Knightley). But the deeper Jung's relationship with Spielrein grows, the further the burgeoning psychiatrist and his highly respected mentor drift apart.

The film made headlines because in one scene, Knightley's character is violently spanked. The actress ...
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Keira Knightley Drank Vodka Shots Before Spanking Scene In 'Dangerous Method'

September 14th, 2011 8:35am EDT
Keira Knightley
Keira Knightley came close to turning down a leading role in David Cronenberg's disturbing new film "A Dangerous Method" because she feared the movie's spanking scenes would haunt her for the rest of her career.

The British beauty plays a Russian woman with severe psychological issues who comes between famed psychiatrists Carl Jung and Sigmund Freud.

In one shocking scene, Knightley's character, Sabine, is violently spanked, and the star admits she picked up the phone to tell director Cronenberg she didn't feel comfortable accepting the role.

But after the filmmaker insisted the scene wo...
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Michael Fassbender Wins Best Actor At Venice Film Festival

September 11th, 2011 12:45pm EDT
Michael Fassbender
Michael Fassbender has won the top acting honor at Italy's Venice Film Festival for his role as a sex addict in Shame.

Fassbender accepted the Coppa Volpi best actor trophy at a ceremony on Saturday for his performance alongside Carey Mulligan in British director Steve McQueen's latest film.

Accepting his honor, Fassbender told the crowd, "It's just really nice when you take (a) chance and you do something that you think is relevant - you hope is relevant - and people respond the way they did."

But the festival's top prize - the Golden Lion - went to Russian filmmaker Alexander Sokurov f...
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