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Posts Tagged ‘Michael Fassbender’

Newspaper Runs Buzzsaw Through Latest ‘Sexiest Man Alive’ Selection

AdamLevinePeopleIs Houston Chronicle features Web editor Dana Guthrie more of an authority on sexy men than the editors at People magazine? We might need a The Voice-style reality TV show to properly answer that rhetorical, but in the meantime Guthrie – who bills herself on Twitter as a “lover of awesomeness” – has given it her best shot with “19 Men Who Are Sexier Than Adam Levine.”

One aspect that the brief intro to Guthrie’s slideshow fails to mention is the key role here played by the words, “No thanks.” FishbowlNY can only imagine how many times People has begged, pleaded and groveled at the foot of Ryan Gosling‘s reps.

The Canadian-born actor is the perennial name now that comes up each year as the individual who should have been S-chosen. There is also a vocal group that had been lobbying this year for upcoming Man of Sexy Steel Henry Caville.

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Michael Musto, Tom O’Neil Concoct Some Juicy Michael Fassbender Rumors

Did you hear the whispers about 12 Years a Slave being based on a much more recent tome by Rush Limbaugh and Paula Deen? How about the rumor that the film’s title is an insider’s wink to what it’s like to work for Harvey Weinstein… for a week.

MichaelFassbender12Years_SmallThese and other ridiculous notions were floated by goldderby.com maestro Tom O’Neil and podcast guest Michael Musto to poke fun at the “smear campaigns” that creep into each film awards season. Given how competitive the field is this year, that aspect of the proceedings is already off to a vigorous running start. From O’Neil, Musto’s convo:

Musto: I hear for the 12 Years a Slave DVD, they’re going to do it in 3D and they’re going to add naked scenes of [Michael] Fassbender. It’s really going to jut out from the screen.

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Richard Roeper Makes a Very Good Oscar Nominations Point

There’s no shortage, as usual, of exasperated critics this morning in the wake of the announcement of nominees for the 84th Academy Awards. Our quick first favorite is the rant from the eminently qualified Richard Roeper.

He starts off his look a this year’s Oscar snubs with an always welcome Shawshank Redemption reference, followed by a salient media observation:

Amazing, but these guys still think the best way to announce the Oscar nominations is to hold a press conference at 5:30 a.m. Pacific time in order to get maximum coverage from the morning chat shows.

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December Release Could Reduce Shame of NC-17 Rating

It seems like a stigma that should have been broken long ago, and yet, an NC-17 rating for a U.S. theatrical release remains a perceived kiss of commercial death. However, per a great look at this issue from AP writer Jake Coyle, the arrival stateside on December 2 of the critically acclaimed sex addict drama Shame could mark the beginning of an adult ratings marketplace shift.

National Association of Theatre Owners president John Fithian tells Coyle the idea that NC-17 films cannot be advertised in newspapers is something of a myth. As long as the materials are tasteful, it’s not really a problem he argues. (Online, there are no real restrictions.) Also, somewhat surprisingly, he suggests filmmakers are ultimately the ones feeding the stigma:

In surveying 100 theaters, the theater owners’ group found that 97 would play a NC-17 film… “What we currently have is a system that’s slightly flawed in the reluctance of filmmakers and distributors to use the NC-17,” Fithian says. “What they’ll do is cut and trim and try to cram a movie into the R rating category so that it escapes the NC-17, and that’s not a legitimate use of the system. We end up with a very broad R category.”

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