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Watch: Go Behind The Mask With New Clip From 'Frank' Plus 10-Minute Featurette With Michael Fassbender & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • May 7, 2014 2:21 PM
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Frank, Gyllenhaal, Fassbender
As you might already we know, we've fallen for "Frank." In our review out of Sundance, we called the film "an off-the-wall and terrific paean to the misfits and freaks of the world," but even that doesn't quite begin to scratch the surface of this wildly original movie. But today, a couple of helpful pieces of video are here to give you a sense of the tone of the upcoming movie.

First Listen: Michael Fassbender Sings "I Love You All' From Offbeat Comedy 'Frank'

  • By Rodrigo Perez
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  • May 1, 2014 10:19 AM
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Frank, Michael Fassbender
OK, in case you haven’t heard, earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival, Michael Fassbender starred in a movie called “Frank” about an outsider rock band that crosses paths with an ambitious young wannabe musician and how that chance meeting changes both their lives forever. Oh, yeah, and it’s easily one of the best movies of the year. Much will be made about how Fassbender wears a papier-mâché head for about 95% of the movie, but somehow, the genius of it all, is that it’s still one of his finest performances.

Michael Fassbender's 'Frank' Coming This Summer, Adam Sandler's 'Pixels' Next Summer

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 28, 2014 7:31 PM
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Frank, Michael Fassbender
How do you like your summer served up? Perhaps you dig the indie films that offer a nice alternative to Hollywood's seasonal explosion fest? Or maybe you don't mind a piece of greasy, buttered entertainment. Well, release dates have been set for movies that tickle either fancy.
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Posters: Sprawl On The Grass For Richard Linklater’s ‘Boyhood’; Michael Fassbender's Head Gets Gigantic For ‘Frank’

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 11, 2014 1:23 PM
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Boyhood, Frank
We’d heard back around Sundance that the title for Richard Linklater’s “Boyhood” would likely change. Guess that’s not happening. “Boyhood” now has a poster and it’s, well…. not very different from the three scant photos we’ve seen. In fact, it’s the exact photo of the boy in question (Ellar Coltrane), just in poster size. Still, Linklater’s movie is worth celebrating. Shot over the course of 12 years with the same four actors Ethan Hawke, Ellar Coltrane, Patricia Arquette and the filmmaker’s daughter, Lorelei Linklater, “Boyhood” is a terrific cinematic experience chronicling the life of a family over more than a decade.

Interview: Director Lenny Abrahamson on Michael Fassbender’s Giant Head, Faking SXSW in 'Frank' & More

  • By Kristin McCracken
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  • March 12, 2014 4:05 PM
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Frank, Fassbender
Obscuring the terrifically expressive and sometimes terrifying (“12 Years a Slave”) face of actor Michael Fassbender may seem like sacrilege, but that’s just what director Lenny Abrahamson (“What Richard Did”) does in “Frank,” a film that premiered atSundance but is—appropriately, for reasons that will be explained—also playing this week at South By Southwest. Screenwriters Jon Ronson (“The Men Who Stare at Goats”) and Peter Straughan (“Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy”) have expanded on a memoir by Ronson to create a wholly unique, comi-tragic portrait of one band’s evolution.

Watch: First Trailer For Art Rock Comedy 'Frank' Starring Michael Fassbender, Domnhall Gleeson & Maggie Gyllenhaal

  • By Edward Davis
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  • March 6, 2014 1:39 PM
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Frank, Sundance
An unexpected little treat has arrived on the eve of SXSW: the trailer for “Frank,” one of our favorite films from the Sundance Film Festival. Starring Michael Fassbender, Domhnall Gleeson, Maggie Gyllenhaal and Scott McNairy, “Frank” is a wickedly funny yet poignant look at outsider art, misfits, freaky rock n’ roll and more. Directed by Lenny Abrahamson (“What Richard Did”), the film is loosely based on the story of Chris Sievey, aka Frank Sidebottom, an English musician who became notorious for always wearing a giant papier–mache head whenever he played live.

Say Hello To 'Frank' With New Pics From The Musical Comedy Starring Michael Fassbender

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 3, 2014 4:01 PM
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Frank, Fassbender
While the Sundance Film Festival seems like a distant memory, one film we can't stop talking about is "Frank." One of the best films we saw in Park City, and a definite highlight among our writers on the ground, the Michael Fassbender-starring musical comedy is a distinct, odd, unique and highly entertaining take on being a musician and the process of creating art. And now we've got a batch of new images to take you further inside the zany world of the movie.

2014 SXSW Film Festival Adds 'Boyhood,' 'Frank,' 'Joe,' Wes Anderson Q&A, Promising TV Lineup & More

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 30, 2014 3:00 PM
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SXSW 2014 line-up
It’s always a tough act to follow-up the Sundance Film Festival each year when it comes to the world of independent cinema, but the SXSW Film Festival generally does a good job of mixing the high and low, the populist with the brainy, and the docs with the midnight madness section. Generally a more relaxed festival aiming for a good time, the Austin-based fiesta has already announced some of its heavy hitting premieres—the “Veronica Mars” movie and Jon Favreau’s “Chef”—and now they’ve unveiled their main line-up.

Podcast: The Playlist Talks The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

  • By Erik McClanahan
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  • January 29, 2014 1:37 PM
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Sundance 2014
The podcast is back for a rundown of this year's Sundance Film Festival. Host Erik McClanahan is joined by Editor-in-Chief Rodrigo Perez and contributor Cory Everett, our two staff writers on the ground once again for this year's fest, to talk all things Park City. Don't forget to check out all our coverage this year (seriously, we covered a lot of ground), especially our wrap-up feature on the best films from Sundance '14.

The Best Films Of The 2014 Sundance Film Festival

  • By The Playlist Staff
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  • January 27, 2014 3:02 PM
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Best of Sundance 2014
The film writing community is still catching up on sleep, getting over festival flu and showering off the stink of their blogger condos, but there's no escaping it: the Sundance Film Festival is over for another year. For over thirty years, the festival has provided a welcome opportunity to shake off awards season, and to start to look over some of the movies and faces that we'll be talking about for the next twelve months.

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