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Visual Effects Oscar 2016: 'Mission: Impossible - Rogue Nation' bypassed. Tom Cruise stars. 2016 Visual Effects Oscar semi-finalists: 'Ex Machina,' 'The Revenant' surprisingly remain in the running A couple of weeks ago, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced the semi-semi-finalists for the 2016 Visual Effects Academy Award. There were 20 movies on the list. On Monday, Dec. 21, the Academy announced 10 films as the actual semi-finalists; five of these will be shortlisted for the 2016 Oscar. As found in its press release, the Academy's “Visual Effects Branch Executive Committee determined the shortlist. All members of the Visual Effects Branch will now be invited to view 10-minute excerpts from each of the shortlisted films.” The “viewing” will take place on Sat., Jan. 9, '16. Following the screenings, the members will select the five final nominees. A few surprises Surprises among those that made the cut are Alex Garland's Ex Machina, »
- Mont. Steve
'Jurassic World': Best Visual Effects Oscar contender. 2015 Best Visual Effects Oscar longlist: Spies, superheroes and Gmo dinosaurs Today, Dec. 7, '15, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced that 20 movies are in the running for the 2016 Best Visual Effects Academy Awards. These feature just about everything, from tiny bugs, Tom Cruise, and Jennifer Lawrence to genetically modified giant lizards, groovily clad intergalactic stormtroopers, and (mostly) guys in Halloween costumes performing the usual eye-popping feats. Of the 20 movies listed below, ten will be selected as semi-finalists. These will be made public later this month. (See also: Best Visual Effects Oscar contenders of a decade ago.) Best Visual Effects qualifications = solid box office Of the 20 titles listed below, nine are found among the top 20 domestic box office hits of 2015 and ten among the top 20 worldwide 2015 blockbusters. (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, In the Heart of the Sea, and The Revenant open later this month. »
- Steve Montgomery
Nb. This podcast was originally record in August 2014 ahead of Film4Frightfest 2014.
Shaun Dooley (The Women In Black), George Blagden (Vikings), Anna Skellern (The Descent II) and Corey Johnson (Captain Philips) star in Blood Moon, a werewolf Western set in a remote mining town where a stagecoach full of passengers are held hostage by two outlaws on the run from the law. But events take an unexpected turn when the group fall prey to a mythical creature known to locals as a skin walker. They must settle their differences and combine their strengths if they re going survive the night of a blood red Moon.
Blood Moon is to be released (VOD and Digital HD) on 5 October 2015 by StudioCanal. Ahead of that they »
- Stuart Wright
Director Jeremy Wooding takes festival audiences to a time when the West was also home to werewolves in “Blood Moon.” The film, which features a unique mashup of genres and the second western film shot in the UK, will come to DVD and digital platforms Sept. 1 from Uncork’d Entertainment. The film stars “Vikings” star George Blagden, “The Descent II” star Anna Skellern and “Captain Phillips” star Corey Johnson. In a recent interview, Wooding said more about how he directed the film and what certain challenges were. One of the challenges included learning more about his craft. “On Blood Moon I spent more time in pre-production and more time working [ Read More ]
Start your morning (or afternoon) off with a Q&A with the director of Blood Moon, Jeremy Wooding. Also: a new trailer from the horror video game Until Dawn and an update on the Blood Rage Blu-ray / DVD due out at the end of September.
Blood Moon: Press Release: "Los Angeles, August 4 - Referee the ultimate showdown between gunslinger and lycanthrope when acclaimed western-horror Blood Moon hits DVD and Digital September 1 from Uncork’d Entertainment.
The old west howls when a town is overtaken by skinwalkers. Knowing they’ve got to combine forces if they want to survive the night, the passengers of a stagecoach unite with a heroic gunslinger and a couple of outlaws to battle the beastly enemy under the blood moon.
- Tamika Jones
Referee the ultimate showdown between gunslinger and lycanthrope when acclaimed western-horror Blood Moon hits DVD and Digital September 1 from Uncork’d Entertainment.
The old west howls when a town is overtaken by skinwalkers. Knowing they’ve got to combine forces if they want to survive the night, the passengers of a stagecoach unite with a heroic gunslinger and a couple of outlaws to battle the beastly enemy under the blood moon. Only the second ever western to be filmed in the UK, the award-winning film stars The Woman in Black’s Shaun Dooley, George Blagden (TVs Vikings), Anna Skellern (The Descent II) and Corey Johnson (Captain Phillips). Jeremy Wooding directs from an Alan Wightman script.
We caught up with director Jeremy Wooding to talk his film’s unique mesh of horror and wild west thrills, favorite horror movies and the potential of a sequel.
Okay, tough questions first : Favorite horror movie? »
- Jerry Smith
Hopefully, there won't be a need for paramedics at the Mile High Horror Film Festival which will host, alongside Fangoria, a screening of The Return of the Living Dead. Also: a behind-the-scenes video for From Dusk Till Dawn Season 2, Blood Moon release details, and Kickstarter details for Claymation project, Dagon.
The Return of the Living Dead Screening: Press Release: "August 4th, 2015 -- Denver, Co -- For over 35 years, Fangoria has been a trusted institution in the horror community, offering unique insights into every aspect of horror culture. And in spreading its brand, Fangoria has sought to bring fright fans the latest and greatest in the world of horror, which is why the Mile High Horror Film Festival is proud to announce our media partnership with Fangoria. For our first announcement with this partnership, Fangoria will present the 30th Anniversary Screening of The Return Of The Living Dead with star and »
- Tamika Jones
Cowboys face off against werewolves in Uncork’d Entertainment’s upcoming horror-western mash-up, “Blood Moon.” The creative film comes to DVD and digital platforms Sept. 1. The film is directed by Jeremy Wooding from an Alan Wightman script and stars Shaun Dooley (“The Woman in Black”), George Blagden (“Vikings”) Anna Skellern (“The Descent II”) and Corey Johnson (“Captain Phillips”). The film became a festival highlight at FrightFest and several other high profile film festivals, giving fans a new look at the Old West. This film also bears the unique distinction of being only the second-ever western to be filmed in the UK. The film focuses on a group of mystical beings known [ Read More ]
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Blood Moon is to be released by StudioCanal in the UK on 5th October. Prior to that the movie is coming out in the Us (distributed by Uncork’d), on 1st September. This gothic western, werewolf movie premiered at Frightfest 2014. Funfact: the 19th century Colorado was recreated in deepest, darkest Kent, UK; And Blood Moon is only the second Western to be filmed in the UK, the first being Carry on Cowboy in 1966.
Shaun Dooley (The Women In Black), George Blagden (Vikings), Anna Skellern (The Descent II) and Corey Johnson (Captain Philips) star in Blood Moon, a werewolf Western set in a remote mining town where a stagecoach full of passengers are held hostage by two outlaws on the run from the law. But events take an unexpected turn when the group fall prey to a mythical creature known to locals as a skin walker. They must settle their differences »
- Stuart Wright
Stars: Seanna Pereira, Ed Stoppard, Twinnie Lee Moore, Stephen Rea, Steve Nicolson, Steven Hartley, Chènusè Aïtchédji, Amy McAllister, Corey Johnson, Carolina Poprocka | Written by Luke Garrett | Directed by Evgeny Ruman
Young Ruby Strangelove has a very special secret… she is a Witch! When she discovers her long lost mother was abducted by evil forces she sets out to use all her magical powers to get her back. Ruby Strangelove is a magical story, with amazing special effects, about a young girl journeying through the universe defeating evil to be reunited with the mother she thought she would never see again.
Now, I’m probably over a decade or so older than the target audience for this film so I’m going to have to channel my inner child a bit to review this one. So let’s start with the fun! Ruby Strangelove is a story about eight-year-old Ruby who »
- Richard Axtell
Jinga Films’ werewolf western has also been picked up for distribution in the Us, Middle East and Portugal.
Shaun Dooley, George Blagden, Corey Johnson, Raffaello Degruttola and Anna Skellern star in the film about an enigmatic gunslinger who comes to the rescue of a stagecoach full of passengers held hostage by bank robbers.
Blood Moon has also been acquired by Uncork’d Entertainment for the Us, Italia for the Middle East and Cinema Novo for Portugal. »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Sarah Cooper)
Jennifer Lawrence in a long, red dress at the Oscars Jennifer Lawrence at the Academy Awards Stunning in a red dress, Jennifer Lawrence arrives at the 2011 Academy Awards held on Feb. 27 at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood. Lawrence was a first-time Best Actress Oscar nominee for her first major film role: a near-destitute, young Ozark woman looking for her missing drug-dealing father in Winter's Bone, Debra Granik's generally well-received indie drama. Winter's Bone also earned nominations for Best Picture, Best Supporting Actor (John Hawkes), and Best Adapted Screenplay (Debra Granik and Anne Rosellini; based on the novel by Daniel Woodrell). Jennifer Lawrence's competitors in the Best Actress Oscar race were: Annette Bening for Lisa Cholodenko's The Kids Are All Right. Michelle Williams for Derek Cianfrance's Blue Valentine. Nicole Kidman for John Cameron Mitchell's Rabbit Hole. Natalie Portman, the eventual winner, for Darren Aronofsky's Black Swan. »
- D. Zhea
The best interviews are the interviews were I hardly even have to look at my notes, the questions come easily and the conversation flows as if we're both on the exact same page. Such was the case with my brief, but incredibly fun interview with writer/director Alex Garland whose feature directorial debut, Ex Machina, is in theaters now and it packs a sci-fi wallop with plenty of room for post-screening discussion and we only skim the tip of the iceberg in the following chat. To put it simply, Ex Machina centers on a young programmer (Domhnall Gleeson) chosen to participate in a Turing test for the eccentric Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac), CEO of a tech giant that has just made a significant breakthrough in the realm of artificial intelligence, her name is Ava (Alicia Vikander). Garland and I discuss the story's origins, whether it's fear or hope we see »
- Brad Brevet
Here are the films opening theatrically in the U.S. the week of Friday, April 10. [Synopses provided by distributor unless listed otherwise.] Wide Ex Machina Director: Alex Garland Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Corey Johnson, Deborah Rosan Synopsis: "Caleb, a 24 year old coder at the world's largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company. But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world's first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl." Criticwire Grade Average: B+ (22 reviews) The Longest Ride Director: George Tillman, Jr. Cast: Scott Eastwood, Britt Robertson, Lolita Davidovich, Melissa Benoist, Jack Huston, Oona Chaplin, Alan Alda, Amy Parrish Synopsis: "The lives of a young »
- Steve Greene
#1 Ex Machina (April 10) (Film Page) Director: Alex Garland Cast: Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Corey Johnson, Deborah Rosan Criticwire Average: A- Why is it a "Must See"? This is the first film directed by Alex Garland, the writer behind wonderful projects like "Never Let Me Go," "Sunshine," and "28 Days Later." In "Ex Machina," Garland takes his knowledge and love of sci-fi to new heights. The story focuses on Caleb, a young coder at the world's largest internet company, who is the lucky winner of a competition to spend time at the CEO's exclusive mountain retreat. But when Caleb gets there, he is made to participate in a bizarre experiment with a beautiful robot girl, the world's first true being of artificial intelligence. #2 Clouds of Sils Maria (April 10) (Film Page) Director: Olivier Assayas Cast: Chloe Grace Moretz, Kristen Stewart, »
Following its North American premiere at the South By Southwest Film Festival, A24 Films has released the third trailer for Ex Machina, which hits theaters on April 10. Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson, who will next be seen in the highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, are joined by Alicia Vikander (Seventh Son) in this sci-fi thriller that has been getting rave reviews at SXSW. Screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) makes his directorial debut with this stylish and cerebral drama.
Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company's brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test-charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan's latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That »
Ex Machina Trailer and Clip. Alex Garland‘s Ex Machina (2015) movie trailers 2, movie clip entitled ‘The Turning Test’ star Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander, Chelsea Li, and Corey Johnson. Ex Machina‘s plot synopsis: “Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition [...]
Continue reading: Ex MacHina (2015) Movie Trailer 2, Clip, & Poster: Who is Testing Whom? »
- Rollo Tomasi
Following the first trailer released back in October, A24 Films has released the second trailer for Ex Machina, arriving in theaters April 10. Before Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson can be seen in December's highly-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, the actors play much different roles in this sci-fi thriller about the world's first truly-advanced piece of A.I. technology. Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, Ex Machina.
Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company's brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test-charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan's latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment »
Wide Fifty Shades of Grey Director: Sam Taylor-Johnson Cast: Dakota Johnson, Jamie Dornan, Jennifer Ehle, Eloise Mumford, Luke Grimes, Victor Rasuk, Max Martini, Rita Ora, Marcia Gay Harden, Callum Keith Rennie Synopsis: "A literature student Anastasia Steele meets a handsome, yet tormented, billionaire named Christian Grey." Criticwire Grade Average: C (9 reviews) Kingsman: The Secret Service Director: Matthew Vaughn Cast: "Jack Davenport, Sofia Boutella, Samuel L. Jackson, Colin Firth, Mark Hamill, Mark Strong, Michael Caine, Taron Egerton, Sophie Cookson, Corey Johnson, Neve Gachev, Geoff Bell, Tom Prior, Samantha Zoe Womack, Jaymes Butler" Synopsis: "The story of a super-secret spy organization that recruits an unrefined but promising street kid into the agency's ultra-competitive training program just as a global threat emerges from a twisted tech genius." Criticwire Grade Average: B- (7 reviews) Old Fashioned Director: Rik »
- Steve Greene
Stripping his sci-fi remit back down to basics after the high-profile excesses of Dredd, Alex Garland makes his long-awaited directorial debut with the taut, intimate Ex Machina. A high-concept AI thriller told like a chamber play, Garland's script puts the focus heavily on his powerhouse young cast, their loaded interactions posing questions that are as frequently emotional as existential.
Domhnall Gleeson, who after Frank is becoming known as the everyman thrust into a brave new world, plays a meek young software engineer selected in a competition to take part in a groundbreaking robotics experiment. Transported by helicopter to a remote, sleekly futuristic compound, Caleb is enlisted by reclusive genius Nathan (Oscar Isaac) to test the limitations of a remarkable new AI crafted in the shape of a young woman, »
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