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Michael Fassbender Talks Researching Carl Jung For 'A Dangerous Method'

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • November 21, 2011 10:40 AM
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Michael Fassbender recently took some time away from his endlessly busy 2011 to speak with The Playlist about his role as swiss psychiatrist Carl Gustav Jung in David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method,” which opens in limited release this week. The story focuses on the early career of Jung -- considered the founder of analytical psychology -- at a period in his life when his career briefly intersected with Sigmund Freud (Viggo Mortensen). But the story also brings a lesser known influence to light in Sabina Spielrein (Keira Knightley), a figure long lost to the annals of history who may have influenced the work of both Jung and, to a lesser extent, Freud.

Exclusive: Producer Graham King Says He'll Likely Wait For Director Rupert Wyatt To Make 'Londongrad'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • November 20, 2011 3:49 PM
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Michael Fassbender Says He’s Not Part Of ‘Prisoners,’ Says He’s Still Waiting To Hear More About Jim Jarmusch’s Vampire Movie

  • By Jeff Otto
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  • November 11, 2011 5:58 PM
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Steven Soderbergh, Gina Carano, Michael Fassbender & Ewan McGregor Talk 'Haywire' At AFI Q&A

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 7, 2011 7:30 PM
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At film festivals, it’s hardly uncommon for a Q&A to get hijacked when an overzealous audience member decides to compliment the filmmakers and then ask an eight-minute question that almost always boils down to “how did you do _____?” But on Sunday night at AFI Fest, none other than the moderator spoiled a post-screening question and answer session, when “The Informant” actor Joel McHale stumbled through a spectacularly awkward and nonsensical conversation with the cast and crew of “Haywire” after Relativity offered the film for a secret screening (read our review here).

Warner Bros. Want To Pair Up Michael Fassbender & Rupert Wyatt For Alexander Litvinenko Flick

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • November 4, 2011 4:03 PM
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Let's rewind to 2006: Among the headlines that year was the mysterious poisoning of Alexander Litvinenko, an ex-Russian spy who, from his deathbed, accused Russian president Vladimir Putin of being behind the plot to kill him. Unsurprisingly, the story makes for some great movie fare, and in early 2010 it was revealed Mike Newell was in talks to bring the story to the big screen. The project was called "The Terminal Spy" (though that name seems to have dropped off for now) and was set up over at Warner Bros, with a script by David Scarpa ("The Day the Earth Stood Still," "The Last Castle"). Newell at the time said he was trying to get a "dynamite piece of casting" for the developing project but he moved on, and we haven't heard much since.

U.S. Trailer & New Clip For NC-17 Rated 'Shame' Starring Michael Fassbender

  • By The Playlist
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  • November 1, 2011 7:15 AM
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The domestic trailer for "Shame" has arrived, and if you're a keen follower of this film, you'll realize this trailer is pretty much identical to the the U.K. version you've already seen. But the point is spreading the word for a controversial sexual drama that's been stamped with the dreaded NC-17 tag (though some are already posting this could work in the film's favor and calling it a "badge of honor").

Michael Fassbender & Steve McQueen Reteam For '12 Years A Slave' With Chiwetel Ejiofor

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 11, 2011 6:49 AM
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Look out Quentin Tarantino, there's a new slavery movie in town...

NYFF: Michael Fassbender Hopes For A 'De Niro/Scorsese' Relationship With Director Steve McQueen

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 8, 2011 9:11 AM
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And Nine More Things We Learned About 'Shame' From New York Film Festival ScreeningIt's no surprise considering how spectacularly good his feature debut "Hunger" was, but Steve McQueen's "Shame" has marched through Venice, Telluride and Toronto, winning more and more fans along the way. And while there's a few months yet to come, we're almost certain that it'll appear high up on a number of year-end lists of Playlist staffers come the end of 2011. Reteaming the British director with his "Hunger" star Michael Fassbender, along with "An Education" Oscar-nominee Carey Mulligan, it's an immaculately made, firmly controlled, no-holds-barred look at the life of a lonely thirtysomething who seeks solace in a string of anonymous sexual encounters.

The Amazing Race: In A Star-Filled Year, Who Could Break Out In The Best Actor Category?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 23, 2011 6:29 AM
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Last week in The Amazing Race, we talked about the films that had gotten a boost for their Best Picture hopes in the Oscar hunt, and those that had taken a hit, after being unveiled in the awards season. To sum it up: good news for "The Descendants," "Moneyball" and "Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy," not great news for anyone else. But of course, while Best Picture is the big prize, there are waves and ripples far beyond that, particularly when it comes down to the acting awards.

Who Could Be The Men In Steven Soderbergh’s ‘The Man From U.N.C.L.E’?

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 20, 2011 4:29 AM
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'The Killing' Star Joel Kinnaman, Michael Fassbender & Ewan McGregor Among Names Being Considered By The DirectorSteven Soderbergh's latest picture "Contagion" is in its second week of release with a healthy tally thus far of over $45 million, and his next feature, the independent male stripper film "Magic Mike," is currently shooting. And now the director is already mapping out -- at least if he sticks to the current plan -- his penultimate film, "The Man from U.N.C.L.E."

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