Michael Fassbender

Michael Fassbender Will Play The Dude in ‘The Big Lebowski’ Live-Read, Allegedly Quotes the Film Daily

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Michael Fassbender can, it seems, play anything: he’s made a convincing sex addict, hunger striker, rocker-with-paper-maché-head, German mutant and Rochester. But can he do The Dude? Such is the question you’ll surely be asking on hearing the news that Fassbender will, indeed, be playing The Big Lebowski‘s central character. Fortunately (and perhaps surprisingly) this is not news of a remake, but rather of another of Jason Reitman’s Live-Reads (he’s actually done the Coen Brothers classic before, more conventionally — almost too conventionally — starring Seth Rogen as The Dude). 
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The 5 Best Movies to Buy or Stream This Week: ‘Maggie,’ ‘Slow West’

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This week’s new release shelf contains two movies that I wish we could count among spring’s sleeper hits — but in spite of their high quality and genre trappings, they never found an audience at the art house. But that’s what home video is for, right? Also out this week: a terrific period thriller, and a pair of catalog titles, new to Netflix and worth a second look.
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Watch: Michael Fassbender and Kate Winslet Yelling About Apple Products Is the Most Exhilarating Thing You’ll See All Day

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The teaser trailer for the Danny Boyle-directed, Aaron Sorkin written Steve Jobs was a minute of pure tension (and almost no other content) leading up to the reveal of Michael Fassbender’s face as Apple cofounder, chairman and CEO Steve Jobs. Now that the face has indeed been revealed, the face is able to bask — in the just-released first full trailer — in all its different Jobsian hairdos, each demarcating the passage of Jobsian time (the movie spans 16 years across three 30-minute scenes). 
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Does Tinder Make You Feel as Much Like a Slab of Meat as This Slab of Meat? Links You Need to See

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“All good things must come to an end” is a truism that, of late, the film and TV industries have been proving to be a false-ism. Until each and every granule of history and previously made art is plucked from its resting place and forced into contemporary “relevance,” we won’t have to face the fearful idea of…new ideas. And, unfortunately, it’s hard not enjoy a lot of these revisitations. Earlier, we ecstatically reported on the release of new images from the upcoming Wet Hot American Summer Netflix prequel, and, on the very same day, photos of the cast from the remake of the O.J. Simpson trial (okay, that was a real-life event) — aka Ryan Murphy’s American Crime Story: The People vs. O.J. Simpson — were released. Check out Paper‘s comparison of these images of the trial’s new cast members to those of the original cast…right, of real people. 
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The Good, the Bad and the Unknown: ‘Slow West’s’ Perfectly Alien Vision of America

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In 2013, Michael Agresta wrote for The Atlantic, “For a century plus, we have relied on Westerns to teach us our history and reflect our current politics and our place in the world. We can ill afford to lose that mirror now, especially just because we don’t like what we see staring back at us.” Slow West, the debut feature by former Beta Band member John Maclean, is indeed a Western, but it isn’t so much a mirror image of America as it is a curiously bright, vivid and locationally distorted daymare — and it’s all the better for it. It’s been a while since a Western this good has been released, and it’s by a Scottish director, about a Scottish boy, and filmed on the opposite end of the world. A mirror, it seems, isn’t exactly what we needed.
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Flavorwire’s Guide to Indie Flicks to See in May

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As you may have noticed from the giant 50-megaton tentpole movie hitting theaters today, summer movie season is in full swing. Thankfully, a robust release slate in the hotter months isn’t solely a studio pursuit; this month’s lineup of independent releases is one of the best in recent memory, with a four-star mix of foreign pictures, oddities, genre flicks, and documentaries. Here are a few to put on your radar:
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