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- Scott Beggs
Screening of “Boulevard,” in which Williams plays a middle-aged married man who encounters a gay hustler on a Nashville street and faces his homosexuality late in life, bowed at Tribeca in 2014.
Pic is getting a theatrical release in the U.S. via Starz digital starting on July 10.
“We are proud to inaugurate the festival with a long-awaited work in which, according to U.S. critics, Williams delivers one of his best performances,” enthused Ischia topper Pascal Vicedomini in a statement.
Other U.S. pics set for Ischia launches include Doug Ellin’s “Entourage,” based on the HBO series; Paul Feig’s comedy “Spy”; James Kent’s First World War drama “Testament of Youth”, and Rob Cohen’s thriller “The Boy Next Door, »
- Nick Vivarelli
This article was originally published on the Film Independent blog and has been republished here with permission. Read More: Why 'Ex Machina' Writer-Director Alex Garland Doesn't Consider Himself a First-Time Filmmaker Grantland writer Kevin Lincoln summed up "Ex Machina" beautifully when he wrote, "It's a story about artificial intelligence, not-artificial intelligence, trust, love, parenthood, sincerity, watching Oscar Isaac exercise, the ethics of surveillance, the future of the human race, and beer." For us at Film Independent, the film—with its incredibly alluring fembot in the leading role—is also a fantastic opportunity to explore the magical world of VFX, and the role of a VFX supervisor. We recently spoke to the film's VFX Supervisor Andrew Whitehurst, who works for Double Negative, the large visual effects company based in London that "Ex Machina" director Alex and his production company, DNA Films, had approached to work on the film. »
- Pamela Miller
Alex Garland’s Ex Machina has been one of the unexpected gems of the year, a strikingly original and modern sci-fi that has already been enshrined as a cult hit. Now, with its UK and Us theatrical releases behind it, there’s an opportunity to lift its shell and examine the wiring beneath. Jock, 2000 Ad luminary and Garland’s Dredd collaborator, was the man responsible for designing Ava and a new book charts her/its creation from the ground up. Here, exclusively, is some of that concept art. Click for a closer look.The book, Ava Evolved, collates Jock’s mood pieces, designs and concept art to show how Alicia Vikander’s AI slowly came together during pre-production. It’s a limited edition tome – there are only 500 copies available – and a fascinating insight into how the robot prototype developed from Vikander 1.0 to the final, big-screen version. Interestingly, it all came »
Warnings: contains mild spoilers for Humans episodes one and two.
A delicious air of tension hangs like cobwebs over Humans, the Channel 4 and AMC co-production which began airing earlier this month. It presents a near-future where a new breed of robots - called Synths - are both cheap and commonplace. They clean our schools, look after our elderly and do our cooking and cleaning.
The Synths carry out their menial tasks with serene eyes and an eerie half-smile, yet not everyone is comforted by their presence. Take Laura Hawkins (Katherine Parkinson), for example: a busy mother of two, she returns home from work one day to discover that her husband Joe (Tom Goodman-Hill) has purchased a Synth called Anita (Gemma Chan) to help with the household chores. »
If you don't know the name Alicia Vikander yet you likely will very soon, as she is on her way to becoming a household name in Hollywood. After wowing audiences with her gripping performance in Alex Garland's sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, Deadline is reporting that Vikander has signed on to star in the next entry of the Bourne franchise known as Bourne 5. She will be sharing the screen with returning cast members Julia Stiles and Jason Bourne himself – Matt Damon. They will be directed by Paul Greengrass, who is also returning to the franchise. The film's villain will be played by Viggo Mortensen, who's reportedly in talks. This is yet another interesting choice for the Swedish-born actress. She had been in talks with star alongside Michael Fassbender in the upcoming adaption of the video game Assassin's Creed but she chose to do the Bourne film instead and passed on Creed. »
- Kevin Olson
Yesterday we heard that Paul Greengrass was seeking out some serious talent for his upcoming Bourne flick with both Viggo Mortensen and Alicia Vikander rumored to be up for leading roles. It looks as though one of them is a sure thing, as Vikander has officially signed on to star alongside Matt Damon. If you had the pleasure of checking out Alex Garland's Ex MacHina this year, you've seen... Read More »
- Sean Wist
An earlier version of this story incorrectly reported that Vikander was Danish, not Swedish. The post has been updated to reflect the change.
Universal’s fifth Bourne installment is casting up, with Matt Damon set to reprise the role of amnesiac CIA assassin Jason Bourne in a new entry again directed by Paul Greengrass (who helmed the first three Bourne pics). Additionally, Julia Stiles has been recruited to again play Bourne’s ally Nicky Parsons. Now, it’s been officially confirmed by Deadline that Ex Machina breakout Alicia Vikander, previously in talks for a key role, has signed on for the tentpole.
The site simultaneously reports that the Swedish actress, who has been courted by just about every major studio in the wake of her star-making performance as A.I. Ava in Alex Garland’s sci-fi hit, will not be appearing in the Assassin’s Creed adaptation alongside Michael Fassbender and Marion Cotillard. »
- Isaac Feldberg
Exclusive: Alicia Vikander has now been set to star in the next instalment of the Jason Bourne saga opposite Matt Damon, Deadline can confirm. She will not, however, be starring in Justin Kurzel’s Assassins Creed pic opposite Michael Fassbender. The Swedish star, currently the equivalent of a cinematic supernova following a starmaking turn in Alex Garland’s sleeper hit Ex Machina, could not get her schedule to accommodate both projects. Deadline also understands she is… »
What it also offers is a gigantic back catalogue of films, from obscure works of artistic genius to classics you haven't thought of in decades.
We dug deep into the Sky Store library to bring you a selection of our favourite hidden gems:
A new addition and Digital Spy favourite is Alex Garland's directorial debut, Ex Machina.
Another recent Digital Spy favourite is Whiplash, a small-budget drama about the intense relationship between an ambitious jazz student and his fearsome instructor.
James Kent follows up on the Testament Of Youth, based on Vera Brittain's World War I memoir, the day of Interview Magazine's première, on and off the red carpet with Alicia Vikander and Kit Harington. We connect Helen Mirren's costume designer, Consolata Boyle, with a Coco Chanel style dictum, he confides what getting Joanna Scanlan meant to him, turning Alicia from Ava in Alex Garland's Ex Machina into Vera, and coming on board with David Heyman, the producer of Paddington, Gravity, and the Harry Potter films.
The ensemble, including Miranda Richardson, Emily Watson, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West, Jonathan Bailey and Alexandra Roach contributes mightily to the impact Brittain's story continues to have. »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
We look at the films that slipped through Hollywood's net, from biblical epics to a time travelling Gladiator sequel...
This article contains a spoiler for Gladiator.
If you're one of those frustrated over the quality of many of the blockbusters that make it to the inside of a multiplex, then ponder the following. For each of these were supposed to be major projects, that for one reason or another, stalled on their way to the big screen. Some still may make it. But for many others, the journey is over. Here are the big blockbusters that never were...
The late Michael Crichton scored another residential on the bestseller list with his impressive thriller, Airframe. It was published in 1996, just after films of Crichton works such as Jurassic Park, Rising Sun, Disclosure and the immortal Congo had proven to be hits of various sizes.
So: a hit book, another techno thriller, »
The migration of filmmakers from the big screen to the small one is not a new phenomenon, but another team was formally inducted this weekend, with the Wachowskis’ Netflix series Sense8 making its debut. The duo join the ranks of others such as Steven Soderbergh, and they are far from the last ones, as Steve McQueen, Baz Luhrmann, and Amy Seimetz are among those who are poised to make the creative leap as well. There are some filmmakers, however, who have displayed a set of talents that make the idea of them moving to television an exciting one. Here are ten filmmakers who would be a great fit on the small screen in charge of a tv show.
1) Alex Garland
- Deepayan Sengupta
Two of our favorite movies of the year so far are Alex Garland's "Ex Machina" and Peter Strickland's "The Duke Of Burgundy," and both directors have taken a bit of time between their next features to dip their toes into the music video world for the first time. For <Kaeb —Portishead instrumentalist Geoff Barrow's "alter ego" spinoff band from his side project Beak> —Garland co-directed "When We Fall" with "Ex Machina" director of photography Rob Hardy, which explains the video's gritty aesthetic. "If the band records something which feels too comfortable with itself, they reject it. Rob Hardy, Sonoya Mizuno, Erline O'Donovan and I tried to make the video for 'When We Fall' on their aesthetic terms: shot one afternoon on an iPhone, held up to the viewfinder of an old Nikon Slr, then cut as instinctively as possible," he told Pitchfork. Read More: Review: Alex Garland's Gripping, Brilliant and »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Read More: Kit Harington on His 'Naughty' 'Game of Thrones' Cast and Going Full-Blown Romantic for 'Testament of Youth' It would behoove any cinephile to learn Alicia Vikander's name, and learn it quickly. The Swedish actor first hit the states in Joe Wright's 2012 "Anna Karenina" and since then she's been working non-stop on an avalanche of films that all hit theaters this year. Earlier this year, she played the robot Ava in Alex Garland's directorial debut, "Ex Machina." Later on this year, she'll appear alongside Academy Award-winner Eddie Redmayne in Tom Hooper's "The Danish Girl," which she couldn't yet discuss. At the moment, she's taking on one of England's most revered World War I memoirists, Vera Brittain in "Testament of Youth." During the "Testament of Youth" press day earlier this week, Vikander welcomed me with a warm smile and, as I prepared to sit across from her at a lengthy table, »
- Casey Cipriani
Interview Magazine's New York première of Sony Pictures Classics’ Testament Of Youth, directed by James Kent, starring Alicia Vikander as Vera Brittain and Kit Harington (Game Of Thrones) as her fiancé, Roland, was held at the Bow-Tie Chelsea Cinemas.
Vikander, right after coming out of Alex Garland's penetrating artificial intelligence tale, Ex Machina, in which she stars with Oscar isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Sonoya Mizuno, entered into this First World War drama, based on Brittain's memoir.
Michael Fassbender was spotted with the cast, producer Rosie Alison, Michael Barker and Tom Bernard at the Hotel Americano after party. Photographer Michael Avedon, grandson of Richard Avedon and Tara Subkoff, »
- Anne-Katrin Titze
In today's roundup of news and views: A new journal on television narratives; a review of a book from Raymond Cauchetier, who photographed Jean-Luc Godard, François Truffaut and other French New Wave filmmakers at work; more long takes on Alex Garland's Ex Machina (and Joe Wright's interview with Alicia Vikander); Boris Nelepo on Manoel De Oliveira; John Powers on The Matrix; Bright Lights on Boyhood; a conversation about Don Hertzfeldt; an appreciation of Federico Fellini; Jaws at 40 and Total Recall at 25; in defense of Cameron Crowe's Aloha; and Bernardo Bertolucci, Wim Wenders, Fernando Meirelles, Walter Salles, Atom Egoyan, Bob Rafelson and Pablo Trapero are among the directors who have pledged their support to Film4Climate. » - David Hudson »
One of the cleverest choices Alex Garland's Ex Machina makes is in its presentation of tech magnate / robot inventor Nathan (Oscar Isaac). He is such a douche. The movie isn't even subtle about it. There isn't a moment Nathan is onscreen where he isn't being abstractly or directly abusive: of Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson); of his robots, Ava and Kyoko (Alica Vikander and Sonoya Mizuno); or of the rights and freedoms of the human race at large via his "Bluebook" search engine. There's something cheap and easy in the caricature of the nerdy 21st century genius, in life and in the movies: Steve Jobs in the real world; Mark Zuckerberg in the real world and The Social Network; or Silicon Valley's Richard Hendricks, if you...
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Picking the best movies that come out in any given year is no easy feat. With over 800 movies released theatrically, there’s plenty to digest. As we reach the halfway point of the year, we decided to publish a list of our favourite movies thus far, in hopes that our readers can catch up on some of the films they might have missed out on. Below, you shall find the list of the top 30 films of 2015 to date, a list that ranges from independent horror films to documentary to foreign films and so much more. Here is part three of our three part list.
The meditative Clouds of Sils Maria weighs the passing of time and the cumulative effect of art in the life of an aging actress. Internationally renowned starlet Maria Enders (Juliette Binoche) goes into an introspective tailspin following the sudden death of the »
★★★★☆ The best science fiction serves as a barometer of the times, a tool with which to gauge the concerns of our age. In Ex Machina (2015), the superb directorial debut of genre polymath Alex Garland, our contemporary technological fear is internalised then cast into the future's void. The consequences of The Age of Information - from Google to Snowden - are taken as given and next steps are considered. It's a film about human possibilities and digital anxieties, positing technological innovation as an endless cycle. The science changes but the moral narratives stay the same; Garland confronts the technological zeitgeist of our day but considers it well within the tradition of late 20th century sci-fi. »
- CineVue UK
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