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Man’s ambitions to play God are enduring and timeless. Alex Garland’s Ex Machina transposes this concept—the urges to dominate and control technology, nature, and women—into a sci-fi narrative about Nathan (Oscar Isaac), a seemingly narcissistic (or is he?), reclusive genius who creates what he hopes is the first true A.I., a robot with real consciousness,…
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- Samuel Zimmerman
Thanks to Entertainment Weekly, we’ve got a few new stills from December’s hugely-anticipated Star Wars: The Force Awakens, which give us another look at Daisy Ridley’s Rey and new droid Bb-8, as well as a shot of J.J. Abrams directing the British actresss…
See Also: Watch the latest trailer for Star Wars: The Force Awakens here
Star Wars: The Force Awakens is set for release on December 18th 2015 and sees returning stars Mark Hamill (Luke Skywalker), Harrison Ford (Han Solo), Carrie Fisher (Princess Leia), Anthony Daniels (C-3Po), Kenny Baker (R2-D2) and Peter Mayhew (Chewbacca) joined by Adam Driver (Girls), Oscar Isaac (A Most Violent Year), Andy Serkis (Avengers: Age of Ultron), Domhnall Gleeson (Ex Machina), John Boyega (Attack the Block), Daisy Ridley (Silent Witness), Gwendoline Christie (Game of Thrones), Lupita Nyong’o (12 Years a Slave), Miltos Yerolemou (Game of Thrones), Max von Sydow »
- Gary Collinson
Universal’s “Furious 7″ is racing toward its fourth straight victory at the U.S. box office with an estimated $16.5 million weekend.
In second place, Sony’s “Paul Blart 2″ should earn over $13.5 million after grossing $3.8 million on Friday.
Logging in for the second time, Universal’s cyber-thriller “Unfriended” is looking at an estimated $5.8 million from 2,775 theaters. The Jason Blumhouse-produced feature has grossed nearly $25 million on a $1 million budget.
A24’s “Ex Machina” is performing solidly in its U.S. expansion. The Oscar Isaac sci-fier earned over $1.5 million on Friday for roughly $4.5 million this weekend. »
- Variety Staff
Alex Garland’s résumé reads like a laundry list of recent sci-fi and horror cult hits, with screenplay credits including 28 Days Later (2002), Sunshine (2007), and Dredd (2012). His latest, Ex Machina, may stand to follow that same path of cult adoration – although hopefully for Garland, its box office will follow more in the footsteps of 28 Days Later than those of Dredd. The sparse, character-driven sci-fi film follows Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), an office drone at a major tech company who wins the opportunity to spend a week at the secluded home of his employer, Nathan (Oscar Isaac). Caleb discovers Nathan has recruited him to test the behavior of an android, Ava (Alicia Vikander), that Nathan has developed. As Nathan begins to display a more megalomaniacal side and Ava proves even more emotionally developed than expected, Caleb’s big week with the boss starts to slide unsettlingly south.
Director Garland made his first big »
- Patrick Dunn
"Things that happen in one film are acknowledged in other movies," he said. "The aftermath of… Apocalypse is something that will alter the course of history, and much the same way that Days of Future Past did because the end of Days of Future Past was from the end of 1973 forward."
The producer continued: "The world knew about mutants [after X-Men: Days of Future Past]. A mutant took a football stadium and dropped it on the White House.
"That's not the history that we were raised on. »
Perhaps a no-brainer move considering the toplining acting talent, but nonetheless a head-scratcher acquisitions deal when considering the amount of critical flak it received since its Tribeca Film Fest debut, Deadline reports that A24 have landed Mojave in a sweet seven figure deal. Starring Garrett Hedlund, Oscar Isaac with supporting players in Mark Wahlberg and Louise Bourgoin, William Monahan’s sophomore feature appears to have bitten the dust much like London Boulevard did. This desert dish will likely debut sometime this year.
Gist: The brilliant, near-suicidal artist, Thomas (Garrett) attempts to escape his privileged existence into the desert only to encounter a homicidal, chameleon-like drifter—Jack (Isaac). Their first encounter at a campfire sets up a nonstop, violent duel of physical and intellectual equals.
Worth Noting: This is a second Monahan-Wahlberg outing: the actor previously worked on the Monahan’s penned remake of The Gambler.
Do We Care?: A B-movie with A-grade ambitions, »
- Eric Lavallee
Following his adventure in a galaxy far, far away this December in Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Oscar Isaac is set to take on the role of the titular villain in Bryan Singer’s X-Men: Apocalypse, and during an interview with IGN to promote his latest film Ex Machina, Isaac shared a few thoughts on Apocalypse’s motivation, and his recruitment of the Four Horsemen.
“Without giving anything away, the recruitment of the Four Horsemen is very cool. It’s very interesting the way that he does that. You know the idea of – the way that cult leaders do – they find people that are in need of something and try to fulfill that thing in them – as it relates to every one of the Horseman… On an individual level he’s able to reveal the true power of his Horsemen and what’s true to them. And I think »
- Gary Collinson
A24 has sealed a seven-figure deal for U.S. rights to Mojave, writer-director William Monahan’s drama that world-premiered at Tribeca last week. The story: Armed with little more than a knife and some vodka, an on-edge Hollywood director (Garrett Hedlund) sets out for the Mojave Desert, where he finds a drifter (Oscar Isaac) brandishing a rifle and claiming to be the devil. Mark Wahlberg, Louise Bourgoin and Justified alum Walton Goggins also star in Mojave, the second… »
Fresh off its well-received premiere at the Tribeca Film Festival, A24 and its partner DirecTV have closed a deal to acquire U.S. rights to writer-director William Monahan‘s thriller “Mojave,” which stars Oscar Isaac and Garrett Hedlund, TheWrap has learned. Monahan produced “Mojave” with Atlas Independent’s William Green and Aaron Ginsburg, as well as Justine Suzanne Jones. The film was executive produced by Jason Spire, Andy Horwitz and Nick Quested. Dale Johnson’s Mica Entertainment and Atlas Independent co-financed the film, which was produced by Atlas Independent. “Mojave” is an intense, classical thriller about a brilliant artist, Thomas »
- Jeff Sneider
Ex Machina, 2015.
Written and Directed by Alex Garland.
A young programmer is selected to participate in a breakthrough experiment in artificial intelligence by evaluating the human qualities of a breathtaking female A.I.
Desire, lust, and love are undoubtedly some of the strongest emotions that humans come equipped with, but can artificial intelligence become so sentient that it can experience those feelings too? Ex Machina (the directorial debut from Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine) asks this and many more bold questions that raise so many provocative thoughts about the society we live in today, that it is hard not to call this one of the most intelligent and thought-provoking sci-fi thrillers of the current generation. You could probably go one step further and argue that it is one of the most original films ever made.
- Robert Kojder
It really will be a terrifying end to the world it when artificially intelligent machines choose to rise up and take us over. Until that day, though, we'll have to make due with films like Ex Machina to keep us up late at night staring at our computer while wondering, "Is it watching me back?" Alex Garland, screenwriter of some of the best modern sci-fi has to offer, makes his directorial debut with this terrifying, futuristic thriller that puts the fear of A.I. into you in ways you never even imagined. Intelligent, sleek, and with a small, thermal charge of a cast, Ex Machina is a can't-miss, future classic work of science fiction. That small, thermal charge of a cast begins with Domhnall Gleeson as Caleb, a computer programmer for a social networking site - the future's hottest social, networking site, mind you - who wins a trip to »
- Jeremy Kirk
Ex Machina may not be quite as profound an “ideas” movie as writer-director Alex Garland thinks it is, but I’m willing to cut it some slack for at least taking the shot. Garland’s film is intimate and intensely character-driven, with essentially only three main characters bouncing off each other in a very confined space. The film raises some interesting questions about human emotion, our desire to control it and what happens when we get that control. But most importantly it’s a science-fiction movie, given a wide release and starring some notable actors. It’s refreshing to see a mainstream sci-fi flick that doesn’t follow Hollywood’s Star Wars-on-crack approach, throwing as much money as possible at creating as many explosions and spaceships and eye-popping creatures as possible. For that reason it’s easier to forgive Ex Machina’s shortcomings and celebrate its many strengths.
- Patrick Dunn
It’s hard to find smart, thought-provoking science fiction stories these days, with current trends dictating bigger is better. Writer-Director Alex Garland’s Ex MacHina is small-scale, slow-paced, and breaks no new ground in terms of ideas. Yet thanks to a terrific script, exceptional characterizations, and one super-sexy robot, it’s the best new science fiction film I’ve seen since Under The Skin. Like Garland’s earlier scripts, which gave us fresh takes on the zombie genre (28 Days Later) and the space-flight-to-save-the-earth genre (Sunshine), Ex MacHina takes a familiar sci-fi concept, in this case the replication of human presence via artificial means, and makes it new.
Ex MacHina tells the story of Caleb (geeky Domhnall Gleeson from Unbreakable), a low-ranking worker bee at Bluebook, the world’s “biggest internet search engine”. The film opens with him winning an in-company competition for the opportunity to spend a week at the »
- Tom Stockman
Alex Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina may have opened here in the UK back in January, but over in the States it is gearing up for its wide release this weekend, and distributor A24 has now dropped a brand new U.S. trailer, which you can see right here after the official synopsis…
See Also: Read our Ex Machina review here
Ex MacHina is an intense psychological thriller in which Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a 24 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a retreat belonging to the company’s reclusive CEO, Nathan (Oscar Isaac). But when Caleb arrives he finds that he will have to participate in a fascinating experiment with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot woman, Ava (Alicia Vikander). Truths, emotions and motives are blurred as the relationship between Caleb, »
- Gary Collinson
It.s safe to say that X-Men: Apocalypse.s titular villain may very well be the most powerful single being the X-Men have ever faced in the film series. The millennia-old mutant has antagonized the superhero team time and time again in comic books, animated shows and video games, and now he finally gets the chance to shine on the big screen. Although the film doesn.t start shooting until next month, actor Oscar Isaac already has a good handle on what makes Apocalypse unique, such as his charisma and powers. Isaac told IGN that Apocalypse.s recruitment of the Four Horsemen, i.e. his four mutant servants, will be very cool, and compared the villain to a cult leader in how he gets these people to join him. As Isaac puts it: It's very interesting the way that he does that. You know the idea of - the way »
"Oscar, we can't have you here without talking to you about Star Wars," Corden slyly said as he began his interrogation.
However, Corden went off the rails seconds later with a barrage of questions: "What can you tell us about it? Have you seen it? Can you give us some juicy gossip? What's it about?"
"Nothing. No. Not really. No," Isaac replied.
Ever the tenacious interviewer, Corden pressed on: "Is it set in a galaxy far, far away?"
Star Wars Celebration spotlights The Force Awakens: What we learned
"It is, »
Age Of Ultron is about evil AI, and Ex Machina’s about a sentient robot. Ryan explores the link between these and other modern Sf films.
It’s an idea as old as literature itself: a lifeform is created, only for it to behave in a way its maker hadn’t anticipated - and sometimes with fatal consequences.
Writer-director Joss Whedon has drawn attention to the parallels between Mary Shelley’s classic novel Frankenstein and Avengers: Age Of Ultron, the latest opus in the Marvel Cinematic Universe. In Whedon’s reading of Marvel comics lore, Bruce Banner and Tony Stark create Ultron - an artificial intelligence intended as a global defence program, but instead turns against the Avengers and humanity in general.
Brought to life by a peformance-captured James Spader, Ultron’s a charismatic example of a recent wave of AI characters in the movies. We’ve seen sentient, mutant »
Good lord, this is the most joyous scene of the year. It won't be beat. The Ex Machina dance scene makes everything just a little bit crazier.
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- Scott Beggs
Currently in cinemas with "Ex Machina" and set to appear in the year's biggest film with "Star Wars: The Force Awakens" at Christmas, actor Oscar Isaac is also readying himself to play the titular villain in Bryan Singer's "X-Men: Apocalypse" which begins production this month in Montreal.
Speaking with IGN UK this week, the outlet asked him about Apocalypse's relationship with his Four Horsemen. He says:
"Without giving anything away, the recruitment of the Four Horsemen is very cool. It's very interesting the way that he does that. You know the idea of - the way that cult leaders do - they find people that are in need of something and try to fulfill that thing in them - as it relates to every one of the Horseman."
In the comics, the character is able to change his form at will. Will we see that in the film and how that impacts his character? »
- Garth Franklin
If you're like us and value your sleep, you probably nodded off into your Ambien dreamland before the party started on post-prime time TV. Don't worry; we've got you covered. Here's the best of what happened last night on late night.
Jimmy Fallon and Russell Crowe celebrated Earth Day by performing Jimmy's protest song about the Bp oil spill, which is basically a work of poetry. Both Jimmy and Russell need to abandon their careers and become full time folk singers immediately. Also the name of this song is "Balls In Your Mouth," so there's that....
Time for another edition of Obama Expressions on "The Tonight Show!" It's pretty simple, really: Jimmy Fallon analyzes and names Potus's lesser-known expressions. This week's favorites include the "'Sup, Bae" and the "Bitch, please."
Speaking of Obama, Blake Lively visited "Late Night" and dished about the super-awkward time she met Potus and completely word-vomited. »
- Mehera Bonner
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