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'Prometheus' Celebrates Fassbender's Fascinating Robot; Fox Confirms Film Not Yet Rated

While Fox confirms to TOH! that Ridley Scott's "Prometheus" (June 8) has not yet been submitted for a rating (dashing rumors of a PG-13), the studio has released a new video celebrating the birthday of David the robot, played by the ever-fascinating Michael Fassbender. (Think HAL on steroids.) Matt Mueller, who attended the London "Prometheus" preview, warns that Fassbender "appears in serious danger of walking away with the movie."
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • April 17, 2012 2:02 PM
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'Prometheus': Blow by Blow on London's Footage Screening and Q & A with Scott, Theron, Fassbender, Rapace

This morning in London, Twentieth Century Fox held the world’s first screening of 3-D footage from “Prometheus,” treating an early-morning crowd to three scenes and thirteen minutes followed by a Q&A session with director Ridley Scott (“Please stop calling me Sir Ridley”) and stars Noomi Rapace, Michael Fassbender and Charlize Theron.
  • By Matt Mueller
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  • April 10, 2012 12:46 PM
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Fassbender May Climb A Mountain, Steal More Hearts, in Naranjo's 'Mountain Between Us'

Swoon alert. Michael Fassbender is in talks to star in Gerardo Naranjo's "The Mountain Between Us," adpted by J. Mills Goodloe from Charles Martin's novel for 20th Century Fox.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • March 15, 2012 12:29 PM
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Michael Fassbender Joins Ridley Scott's Your Film Festival as Juror and Co-Executive Producer; Video

Ridley Scott just got a mighty fine partner in crime for his new Your Film Festival, naming its first winner at this year's Venice Film Festival; Michael Fassbender will help the director-producer co-executive producer and choose the Grand Prize Winner of the Your Film Festival competition...
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 28, 2012 12:57 PM
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McQueen on Fassbender's 'Shame' Snub: Americans Are 'Too Scared of Sex'

If you wondered why Michael Fassbender was passed over for an Oscar nod this year, his "Shame" director has the answer. "In America they're too scared of sex, that's why he wasn't nominated," he told The Press Association. (Fassbender was also snubbed for well-reviewed performances in "A Dangerous Method" and "Jane Eyre.")
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 21, 2012 2:45 PM
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Trailer Watch: Action-Packed 58-Second Teaser for Ridley Scott's 'Prometheus'

In case you missed this, check out Ridley Scott's "Alien"-inspired "Prometheus" whirlwind of a 58-second teaser trailer. Fox's teaser adds new material to shots from the first trailer, while retaining a shroud of mystery.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • February 17, 2012 2:02 PM
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In The Works: More Fairy Tales -- From Seydoux's Beauty & Cassel's Beast to Disney's 'Seven'

Hollywood can't get enough of fairly tales and mythic heroes. They're branded, for one thing. News of a few noteworthy projects dropped over a crowded awards weekend.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • February 13, 2012 3:50 PM
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McQueen Talks the Masculinity and Femininity of Fassbender in Interview Magazine

Michael Fassbender - the most egregious snub of the 2012 Oscar nominees - covers Interview Magazine's February issue. His day will come, we're not worried about that. "Prometheus" will increase his mainstream appeal this June, and he'll team with Steve McQueen for a third time (and Brad Pitt for the second) in 2013's "Twelve Years a Slave." Check out our interview with him here.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 30, 2012 1:46 PM
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Best Performances of 2011: Standouts, Duos, Ensemble & Most Underrated

Standouts are just that -- performances with so much depth and subtlety that they could have college research papers written on their characters alone. Duos are two exceptional performances that are best considered together. Ensembles are those rare films whose entire primary casts are woven so finely that it's hard to tell where one performance begins and the other starts. There's also the Best Peformance Despite a Terrible Film and The Most Underrated Performance. Check them out below:
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • January 3, 2012 6:02 PM
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Fassbender Talks Six Films in 20 Months: Exposing Shame, Healing Jung and Rochester, Ridley Scott's Android, Giving 110%

Michael Fassbender has been so busy that it's tough for him to keep up with all the talking that goes with movie openings. He's up for awards consideration for all the performances he gave in the 2011--from "X-Men: First Class" and "Jane Eyre" to "A Dangerous Method" and "Shame." But it's the latter, a Fox Searchlight acquisition from Telluride, that is most likely to yield awards attention during Oscar season. The Academy steakeaters may not catch up with a romantic women's picture like "Jane Eyre"; voters tend to look down their noses at a big-budget genre prequel like "X-Men"; and Fassbender's performance as the uptight analyst Carl Jung--who winds up spanking one of his patients because he loves her--is not as literally exposed and vulnerable as his conflicted sex-addict in the NC-17-rated "Shame." 
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • November 21, 2011 8:23 PM
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