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A Slew Of New Oscar-Bait Pics Hit The Web (And ‘One For The Money’ Sneaks In There Too)

  • By Ryan Sartor
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  • November 16, 2011 1:02 PM
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As the Oscar season heats up, studios always get stills of their contenders up onto the web, creating buzz, allowing readers to say, “Oh, so that’s what it’ll look like,” and this year is no exception.

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

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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").

The Amazing Race: 'Shame' & 'Tinker Tailor' Lead Noms At British Independent Film Awards

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 31, 2011 5:30 AM
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Paddy Considine's 'Tyrannosaur' Also Wins Seven Nods, 'Kevin' & 'Kill List' Close BehindWhen "Chariots of Fire" writer Colin Weiland announced on stage at the 1982 Oscars that "The British are coming!," it went on to live in infamy; the British failed to come, and the U.K. film industry continued on much as it had before. But if David Seidler or Tom Hooper had exclaimed the same at the Academy Awards this February, there might have been less egg on their face -- the victory, and huge box office success of "The King's Speech" has been a precursor to the best year for British film that we can remember.

In Case You Had Any Doubt, 'Shame' Is Officially Rated NC-17

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 26, 2011 4:47 AM
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Ever since the film first unspooled at the Venice Film Festival, the big question surrounding Steve McQueen's "Shame" was who would decide to take on the risky, explicit film about sex addiction that due to its graphic content was headed for an NC-17 rating. As those who have seen it already know, the picture is a finely honed and paced piece of work and it's difficult to know what McQueen could cut to secure a much more box office and marketing friendly R-rating, but he put the ball back in the distributor's court. If anyone decided to take on the movie, they would have to take "Shame" as is. Well, the always adventurous Fox Searchlight stepped up and acquired it at TIFF and as expected, the movie has officially been given an NC-17 grade by the MPAA.

Watch: Michael Fassbender Wants To Play In First Trailer For 'Shame'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 14, 2011 1:01 AM
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Sex, addiction, attraction, need, loneliness, fear, desire, connection, emptiness. There is so much to discover below the chilly surface of Steve McQueen's "Shame" that it's no wonder the film has been slaying critics and audiences during its fall festival run, which has seen the movie play Venice, Telluride, TIFF, NYFF, BFI London Film Festival and next the Festival Du Nouveau Cinema. Until now, unless you managed to catch one of those screenings, the only taste of the film has come from an array of stills and a couple of clips, but the first trailer, debuted at the Guardian, is a great sampler of what the movie has in store for viewers.
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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.

Michael Fassbender's Dirty Sheets Cover The Teaser Poster For 'Shame'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 6, 2011 10:35 AM
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When our own Oli Lyttleton saw "Shame" in Venice he declared Michael Fassbender's performance a "tour-de-force." When this writer caught up with it at TIFF, I couldn't help but agree and with the rest of the Playlist staffers screening it today at NYFF, one of them said that "Fassbender's performance is easily the strongest male performance of the year." Yes, he's that good in Steve McQueen's "Shame" but the question now to be answered is how the Academy will respond.
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Michael Fassbender's Penis Will Get Released On December 2nd (In 'Shame')

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 4, 2011 9:02 AM
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Yes, that's right ladies. Michael Fassbender's dong guest stars in Steve McQueen's "Shame." It's his very member, along with some pretty graphic sex scenes, that will determine whether or not you'll be seeing this movie at a theater near you.
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Watch: Two Minute, Blondie-Aided Clip For Steve McQueen's 'Shame' With Michael Fassbender

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 20, 2011 1:03 AM
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The best films aren't necessarily the ones you walk out of raving about, but the ones that haunt you, lingering on your mind for the days, weeks and months afterwards. When we saw "Shame," Steve McQueen's follow up to his debut "Hunger," which reteams the director with star Michael Fassbender, we liked it very, very much indeed, but had a few issues with it that perhaps stopped it from reaching the very top tier of films we saw in Venice.

Aleksandr Sokurov's 'Faust' Wins Golden Lion At Venice Film Festival

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • September 10, 2011 6:20 AM
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Michael Fassbender Takes Best Actor, Chinese Surprise Film 'People Mountain People Sea' Wins DirectorWe might have abandoned the Lido a few days ago, but somehow festival organizers felt able to go on with the final awards ceremony without us this evening. With a jury led by Darren Aronofsky that also included David Byrne, Todd Haynes, Mario Martone, André Téchiné, Ejia-Liisa Ahtila and Alba Rorwacher, it was anyone's game, although for much of the week, talk had pegged Steve McQueen's "Shame" and Yorgos Lanthimos' "Alps" as potential front-runners for the big prize, the Golden Lion. However, the winner turned out to be something of a surprise, albeit one that buzz was tipped off to in the run-up to the awards.

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