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Michael Fassbender reportedly has no shame in “Shame”

Michael Fassbender reportedly has no shame in “Shame” (photo)

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It’s a slow news day here in the States, but across the pond in Italy it’s the end of a big weekend at the Venice Film Festival. And perhaps the, erm, biggest story we’ve been following is the reaction Michael Fassbender‘s new movie “Shame.” Directed by Steve McQueen, who also made Fassbender’s breakthrough movie “Hunger,” the film is reportedly chock full of full-frontal nudity by its hearthrob lead actor. That strange sound you’re hearing is thousands upon thousands of Fassbender fangirls all drooling on their keyboards simultaneously.

While you all go get a bib, allow me to share some choice quotes from Time‘s Richard Corliss, who’s on the ground in Venice and witnessed the spectacle first-hand. He says the film is “not pornographic, but explicit enough that it would surely land the film an NC-17 rating.” Fassbender plays Brendan, a New York office worker and compulsive sex addict. He goes on:

“Courtship…is not crucial to Brendan’s sex life. He studies violent porn on his computers at home and (big mistake) at work; he masturbates in the shower and in the office men’s room; he enlists the services of call girls, pounding his manhood into them with expertise and, in the ferocity of his features, a hint of desperation.”

Mark your calendars, folks: September 5, 2011. The day the phrase “pounding his manhood into them” crossed over from romance novels to Time.

Before you get too excited, you should know that Corliss wasn’t as impressed with the rest of “Shame” as he was with Fassbender’s, um, performance. He describes the movie as “off-putting” and gently criticizes both director and star for keeping its subject’s inner life at a remove from the audience. The film’s going to need strong reviews, since it’s yet to be picked up for American release, and it remains to be seen whether Fassbender’s goodies will remain to be seen when someone does; some potential distributors may demand cuts in order to guarantee an R rating. I’m not necessarily dying to see Fassbender’s Fassbinny myself, but as a huge fan of his work, I do want to see his performance in full. It would be a real shame if we never got to here in the U.S.

Do you want to see “Shame?” Share you Fassbender crush (or man-crush, it’s cool) with us in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.

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The Best Of The Last

Portlandia Goes Out With A Bang

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The end is near. In mere days Portlandia wraps up its final season, and oh what a season it’s been. Lucky for you, you can watch the entire season right now right here and on the IFC app, including this free episode courtesy of Subaru.

But now, let’s take a moment to look back at some of the new classics Fred and Carrie have so thoughtfully bestowed upon us. (We’ll be looking back through tear-blurred eyes, but you do you.)

Couples Dinner

It’s not that being single sucks, it’s that you suck if you’re single.

Cancel it!

A sketch for anyone who has cancelled more appointments than they’ve kept. Which is everyone.

Forgotten America

This one’s a “Serial” killer…everything both right and wrong about true crime podcasts.

Wedding Planners

The only bad wedding is a boring wedding.

Disaster Hut

It’s only the end of the world if your doomsday kit doesn’t include rosé.

Catch up on Portlandia’s final episodes on demand and at

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Your Portlandia Personality Test

The New Portlandia Webseries Is Going Your Way

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Carrie and Fred understand that although we have so much in common, we’re each so beautifully unique and different. To help us navigate those differences, Portlandia has found an easy and honest way to embrace our special selves in the form of a progressive new traffic system: a specific lane for every kind of driver. It’s all in honor of the show’s 8th and final season, and it’s all presented by Subaru.

Ready to find out who you really are? Match your personality to a lane and hop on the expressway to self-understanding.

Lane 10: Trucks Piled With Junk

Your junk is falling out of your trunk. Shake a tail light, people — this lane is for you.

Lane 33: Twins

You’re like a Gemini, but waaaay more pedestrian. Maybe you and a friend just wear the same outfits a lot. Who cares, it’s just twinning enough to make you feel special.

Lane 27: Broken Windows

Bad luck follows you around and everyone knows it. Your proverbial seat is always damp from proverbial rain. Is this the universe telling you to swallow your pride? Yes.

Lane 69: Filthy Cars

You’re all about convenience. Getting your car washed while you drive is a no-brainer.

Lane 43: Newly Divorced Singles

It’s been a while since you’ve driven alone, and you don’t know the rules of the road anymore. What’s too fast? What’s too slow? Are you sending the right signals? Don’t worry, the breakdown lane is nearby if you need it.

Still can’t find a lane to match your personality? Check out all the videos here. And see the final season of Portlandia this spring on IFC.

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Last-Minute Holiday Gift Guide

Hits from the '80s are on repeat all Christmas Eve and Day on IFC.

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