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Ranking Best and Worst NC-17-Rated Films, as 'Blue is the Warmest Color' Opens (Video)

It was no surprise when Cannes Palme d'Or winner "Blue is the Warmest Color" earned an NC-17 rating for “explicit sexual content.” Sundance Selects/IFC Films figured that would be the case when they submitted it. They were stirring up some ratings controversy to lure people to see the lesbian romance starring two lovingly photographed nubile French actresses. They could go unrated stateside if they wanted to. They want audiences to know that the film is not trimmed or softened in any way.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 24, 2013 5:36 PM
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Weinstein Company Nabs US and Canadian Rights for 'Macbeth,' Starring Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard

Michael Fassbender is hot. The Weinstein Company has picked up US and Canadian rights to Justin Kurzel's big-screen adaptation of Shakespeare's "Macbeth" from Studio Canal, which will star Fassbender and Marion Cotillard.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 23, 2013 11:55 AM
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In the Works: Michael Fassbender Starring In and Producing Western 'Slow West,' Now Filming in New Zealand

Details have been revealed for a film, currently in production, starring and produced by Michael Fassbender. It is the actor's first film as a producer. "Slow West," a Western helmed by feature newcomer John Maclean, also stars Ben Mendelsohn, Kodi Smit-McPhee and Caren Postorius, and is shooting in New Zealand and Scotland.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • October 21, 2013 1:53 PM
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Watch: EXCLUSIVE Clip from Must-See '12 Years a Slave' with Oscar Contenders Ejiofor, Fassbender and Nyong'o

Since its debut at Telluride, Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" has become the film to beat in the Best Picture Oscar race. Check out an exclusive clip, below, in which Patsey (Lupita Nyong'o) admits to her master Edwin Epps (Michael Fassbender) that she went to a neighboring plantation to get a small bar of soap.
  • By Anne Thompson and Beth Hanna
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  • October 17, 2013 3:10 PM
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Why Michael Fassbender Doesn't Have to Campaign for Oscar Frontrunner '12 Years a Slave' (CHARLIE ROSE VIDEO)

In the November issue of GQ, Michael Fassbender leads the writer on a wild motorcycle race, opens up about his work jag and lets loose on why he won't campaign for "12 Years a Slave." His memorable quote has gone viral: "It's just a grind. And I'm not a politician. I'm an actor." Instead of campaigning, this month Fassbender is heading to New Zealand to shoot his own indie feature, followed by "Macbeth" with Marion Cotillard. On the second viewing of the film, as floored as I was by Chiwetel Ejiofor and Kenyan Yale grad Lupita Nyong'o, I appreciated the nuances of Fassbender's performance as Epps, a ruthless slave driver. As far as I'm concerned Fassbender doesn't have to campaign.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • October 17, 2013 2:23 PM
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WATCH: In New Clip from Ridley Scott's 'The Counselor,' Things Get Stressful Between Michael Fassbender and Javier Bardem

Check out this tense new clip from Ridley Scott's "The Counselor," with Michael Fassbender and Javier Bardem.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 11, 2013 1:51 PM
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WATCH: '12 Years a Slave' Cast and Crew Talk the True Story Behind the Film in New Featurette

In a new featurette available on Yahoo! Movies, director Steve McQueen and the cast and crew of "12 Years a Slave" talk about the true story of Solomon Northup, a free black man abducted and sold into slavery, played here by Chiwetel Ejiofor. Watch below.
  • By Ryan Lattanzio
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  • September 4, 2013 12:09 PM
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WATCH: Terrific New Trailer for Ridley Scott and Cormac McCarthy's 'The Counselor'

A terrific international trailer for Ridley Scott's "The Counselor," starring Michael Fassbender, Penelope Cruz, Javier Bardem, Brad Pitt and Cameron Diaz, has landed. In this new spot for the neo-noir thriller, which was written by Pulitzer Prize winner Cormac McCarthy ("No Country for Old Men," "The Road"), we get more of a glimpse into the kinetic plot.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • August 20, 2013 11:49 AM
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Toronto International Film Festival Launches Oscar Race; 'Fifth Estate' Is Opener, 'Life of Crime' Is Closer

DreamWorks’ World premiere of Bill Condon's "The Fifth Estate" will open the 38th Toronto International Film Festival announced that the world premiere of Festival on September 5; the fest will close on September 15 with the world premiere of Daniel Schechter’s "Life of Crime."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • July 23, 2013 11:38 AM
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WATCH: First Trailer for McQueen's '12 Years a Slave,' Starring Ejiofor and Fassbender

The first trailer for Steve McQueen's "12 Years a Slave" has arrived. The Fox Searchlight title stars Chiwetel Ejiofor as Solomon Northup, a free black man in the pre-Civil War United States who is abducted and sold into slavery. The sprawling cast includes Michael Fassbender, Benedict Cumberbatch, Brad Pitt, Paul Giamatti, Paul Dano, Alfre Woodard and Lupita Nyong'o. Watch below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • July 16, 2013 11:29 AM
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