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The Good, The Bad & The Badass: Helen Mirren

Helen Mirren With a career going back nearly fifty years, it's no exaggeration to say Helen Mirren ranks among one of our most iconic living actresses. Always known for her sharp wit, which has decimated many a poorly prepared chat show host (see her own a leering Michael Parkington during this famously sexist interview ), and even, recently, a theater attendee...
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Review: Our Brand is Crisis

  This was previously reviewed as part of our TIFF 2015 coverage. PLOT: “Calamity Jane” Bodine ( Sandra Bullock ) – a controversial political spin doctor – is recruited to work on a Bolivian Presidential campaign where she'll come face-to-face with her former mentor-turned-nemesis Pat Candy (Billy Bob Thornton). REVIEW: OUR BRAND IS...
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Sandra Bullock gets political for Our Brand Is Crisis trailer

It's hard to avoid politics, even if you wanted to at this point, in the United States. We're still more than a year away from the 2016 Presidential election, and it consumes the news cycle on a daily basis to the point of ridiculousness. It can be downright exhausting for good reason, listening to candidates (many who have no business running) jockey for position among their...
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Exclusive Interview: Maggie Gyllenhaal & Lenny Abrahamson talk Frank!

Lenny Abrahamson follows up his award-winning films Adam & Paul, Garage and What Richard Did with an offbeat comedy about a young wannabe musician, Jon ( Domhnall Gleeson ), who finds himself out of his depth when he joins an avant-garde pop band led by the mysterious and enigmatic Frank ( Michael Fassbender ), a musical genius who hides himself inside a large fake head, and his...
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Review: Frank

This review originally ran as part of our Sundance 2014 coverage. PLOT: A young, aspiring musician (Domhnall Gleeson) finds himself the keyboardist in an avant-garde punk-rock band of misfits led by a front-man named Frank ( Michael Fassbender ), who walks around wearing a giant head-mask, never taking it off. REVIEW: After the first images of Michael...
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Exclusive Interview: Michael Fassbender & Domhnall Gleeson talk Frank!

You haven't lived until you've stared FRANK right in the face. Frank, if you didn't know, is the star of the quirky British comedy of the same name; an eccentric frontman of a band of strange musicians, he never goes anywhere without his gigantic paper mache head. Odd, yes. Odder still when you consider the fact Frank is portrayed by Michael Fassbender , one of the...
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Check out Michael Fassbender's huge head in the full trailer for Frank

When you think of Michael Fassbender , you typically think of Magneto, David from PROMETHEUS, or the powerhouse turns he had in Steve McQueen 's SHAME and 12 YEARS A SLAVE. You think about an actor so damn impressive that there is no doubt he will someday win an Oscar. But, Michael Fassbender will also be known this year as the guy in that crazy movie about the musician in the big...
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See Michael Fassbender like you have never seen him before in the first clip from Frank

It has been a year since we last heard about Leonard Abrahamson 's (WHAT RICHARD DID) comedy FRANK starring Michael Fassbender , Domhnall Gleeson , Scoot McNairy , and Maggie Gyllenhaal . Based on the true story of Chris Sievey who performed as Frank Sidebottom, FRANK is premiering at the Sundance Film Festival this weekend and the first clip has made it's way online. Fassbender...
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Benedict Cumberbatch gets his ass kicked in the brief teaser for short film Little Favour

Benedict Cumberbatch may be the hot actor in Hollywood right now, but he is still willing to take time out of huge projects to help a friend break into the industry. Cumberbatch stars in the short film LITTLE FAVOUR for rookie director Patrick Victor Monroe. Monroe worked as a personal assistant to Tom Hardy on films like THIS MEANS WAR and TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY. It was on...
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Which actor is under this slightly creepy mask for Frank?

Who is under that man helmet? Any guesses? Steve Buscemi ? Matthew Lillard ? Brad Pitt ? Gary Busey ? Nope. None of these. In the first still from FRANK, we can clearly see Maggie Gyllenhaal and Domhnall Gleeson . But who is in the Moral Orel cosplay? That would be Michael Fassbender . The film centers on, "a young wannabe musician, Jon (Gleeson), who discovers he's...
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Would you pony up for a sequel to Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy?

Gary Oldman 's singularly driven and commanding performance aside, I wasn't the biggest fan of TINKER TAILOR SOLDIER SPY.  Being an complete devotee of director Tomas Alfredson 's previous film (LET THE RIGHT ONE IN) and a lover of the last time we saw a John Le Carre adaptation in cinemas (2005's THE CONSTANT GARDNER ), I sloughed off anybody who claimed that they were bored by...
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