TCM Makes Summer School Cool w/ Free Film Noir Course

TCM Makes Summer School Cool w/ Free Film Noir Course.

Prometheus Star Michael Fassbender on His Robotic Role and Why He Believes in Aliens

No wonder I love Fassbender in Prometheus, his character took one part Bogarde, another part O’Toole and another part Bowie in TMWFTE!

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Michael Fassbender has had a busy couple of years. In 2011 alone, he played everything from a sex addict in Shame and Carl Jung in A Dangerous Method to X-Men’s Magneto and Jane Eyre’s Rochester. And now he’s adding a new kind of character to the already-full stable, as an android spaceship attendant named David in Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, out in the U.S. on Friday. Fassbender caught up with TIME from London, where the film has already been released, to discuss how the character of David came to be—and whether he thinks a real-life David could ever exist.

You’ve said that when you were preparing for Shame, you spent a lot of time building out the character’s biography. Is that kind of character work possible when you’re playing a robot?

He’s got a life history of his own. It’s just probably not relationship-affected. A lot of the…

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The Royal Family of Broadway (George Cukor/Cyril Gardner, USA, 1930)

The Royal Family of Broadway (George Cukor/Cyril Gardner, USA, 1930).

Stars of Vaudeville #14: Bill “Bojangles” Robinson

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The Billy Rose Theatre Collection, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts The Billy Rose Theatre Collection, The New York Public Library for the Performing Arts

Originally posted in 2009. This piece has special meaning for me — it’s actually the first vaudeville biography I ever wrote. I generated it as part of the book proposal for No Applause, which would make it about ten years old now.

Perhaps the best-known African-American in vaudeville (then and now), Bill Robinson left us a confusing hodgepodge of legacies. His life was a mass of contradictions perhaps best exemplified by his stage handle: “The Dark Cloud of Joy.” On the one hand, he is called by African-American scholar Donald Bogle “the quintessential Tom” for his cheerful and shameless subservience to whites in motion pictures. On the other hand, Robinson was in real life the sort of man who, when refused service at an all-white luncheonette, would lay his pearl-handled revolver on the counter and…

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“I didn’t care about the movies really. I was tall. I could talk. It was easy to do.” -Joseph Cotten

“I didn’t care about the movies really. I was tall. I could talk. It was easy to do.” -Joseph Cotten.

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