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Caryn James

Michael Fassbender and The Band From "Frank" Visit Colbert (Video)

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  • August 7, 2014 9:56 AM
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Michael Fassbender and the band from "Frank," including Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleason, performed on "The Colbert Report." Take a look, and hear Colbert pronounce Soronprfbs.

James McAvoy Meets Himself in 'X-Men: Days of Future Past'

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  • May 22, 2014 8:49 AM
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Bryan Singer's bold, entertaining X-Men: Days of Future Past is not as sleek or as clever as X-Men First Class, but it makes up for those lapses with a fiercely emotional performance by McAvoy and some dazzling set pieces.

Miss Piggy Flirts With Jon Hamm, Michael Fassbender on BAFTA Red Carpet (Video)

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  • February 12, 2012 11:10 PM
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As she promised Miss Piggy ruled the Red Carpet at the BAFTA awards – with very litte commentary about clothes and quite a lot about what the stars think of her. Jon Hamm thinks they’re a perfect match because – well, his name is Hamm.

Top Oscar Surprises: Gary Oldman and Demian Who?

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  • January 24, 2012 10:41 AM
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The awards season zooms ahead now that the Oscar nominations have been announced. What didn’t we see coming? And what were those voters thinking? Never mind; a pointless question. Here’s a look at the biggest surprises and how they change the race.

Walloping Action In Soderbergh's Haywire, Plus Fassbender And McGregor

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  • January 17, 2012 11:59 PM
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When a man is contracted to kill kickass undercover agent Mallory Kane, he says with mild curiosity, “I’ve never done a woman before,” and gets the perfect deadpan reply: “You shouldn’t think of her as being a woman. That would be mistake.” That doesn’t even sound sexist, because Kane is as much a lethal machine as she is a person, an approach that works just fine in Haywire, Steven Soderbergh’s walloping (literally; everybody gets walloped) spy-action movie.

Michael Fassbender in Overhyped "Shame"

  • By Caryn James
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  • November 30, 2011 9:30 AM
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Steve McQueen’s dark-and-richly-photographed, descent-into-hell Shame is, I suspect, exactly the film he wanted to make, and I respect and admire him for that. But it arrives with such hyperbolic praise, you might want to lower your expectations. The film is likely to leave viewers unsatisfied and empty,  and not in a way that reflects the emotionally-tortured, sex-addicted character Michael Fassbender plays so powerfully. Shame is not really that daring; nudity on screen isn’t exactly hard to find.  And while, scene-for-scene, it is effective and intense, The film doesn’t come close to being a fully realized drama. McQueen and Fassbender offer episodes from a character’s life, which is no replacement for the sense of character the film sets us up to expect. 

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