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Having injected life into the zombie genre with the bold and high-octane thriller, 28 Days Later, before guiding Judge Dredd to the screen in style back in 2012, Ex Machina marks Garland’s first foray behind the camera, and it’s certainly shaping up to be an eye-catching debut.
In essence, the film follows a young coder named Caleb (played here by Star Wars Episode VII star, Domhnall Gleeson), who is invited to the lavish home of his reclusive boss to partake in an experiment that would see the world’s first artificial intelligence planted into the body of a woman. Oscar Isaac plays the part of the reticent CEO.
Expect philosophical questions aplenty when the film hits in the early stages of next year, »
- Michael Briers
The teaser posters for Ridley Scott's latest epic, Exodus: Gods & Kings, left plenty to be desired since they made the film look like some kind of Las Vegas stage show. Thankfully, these new posters for the film are better, though still uninspired. Both Christian Bale and Joel Edgerton each get their own poster with a unique tagline. And then there's one more that has them facing off in battle, and they each get a different tagline. They're nothing special, but few posters are nowadays. But clearly Ramses (Edgerton) was born into his role while Moses (Bale) is just following his destiny, so do with that information what you will. Here's the new posters for Ridley Scott's Exodus: Gods & Kings from IMDb: If you haven't seen it, watch the full theatrical trailer for Exodus: Gods & Kings right here. Exodus: Gods and Kings is directed by Ridley Scott (Gladiator, Robin Hood, »
- Ethan Anderton
Directed by: Gabe Ibáñez
Following up 2009’s Hierro, Gabe Ibáñez goes from domestic to sci-fi mystery with Automata. Set in 2044 Ad, when solar storms turn Earth into a radio desert and reduces the human population, robots have become a staple for survival. A corporation called Roc, in particular, creates a line of robots called the Automata Pilgrim 7000s to assist humans in their quest for living, building the walls needed to protect mankind. Security protocols have been programmed to prevent robots from harming any form of life, and from altering themselves altogether. In this dark and dystopian future, plucked from a chapter of Ridley Scott’s Blade Runner or Danny Cannon’s Judge Dredd, the audience follows Roc insurance investigator Jacq Vaucan (Antonio Banderas). Burnt out and pessimistic, »
- Christopher Clemente
What are the greatest sci-fi movies ever made? That's the question we asked two weeks ago through the site and social media, and after wading through your many responses we've compiled a list of the landmark genre movies that you admire the most.
Now the task is simple - vote for the one movie below you think trumps all others and next month we'll reveal the winner ahead of the release of Christopher Nolan's latest sci-fi blockbuster Interstellar.
Is Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey science fiction's greatest moment on the big screen? What about the Ridley Scott-directed double of Alien and Blade Runner? Cast your vote below then scroll down to the comments section if you have more to say on the matter. »
In David Cronenberg’s world, sex hurts so good; it’s innately disgusting and primeval but at the same time beautiful and becoming. (Kind of like sex in the real world, when you think about it.) Bodies degenerate and mental states corrode under the influence of lust, and yet something new is engendered by the collision of bodies, bodily fluids, the ripping of flesh and the mangling of organs. Through the carrion of ugly comes the attractive flesh, the new flesh. Videodrome, as Jonathan Lethem once quipped, remains Cronenberg’s most penetrative film; he creates a world at once rooted in modernity circa 1983–a world afraid of the advent of television usurping our humanity, over-stimulated times ushering in the end times–and existing in a timeless, placeless vacuum. It’s vast and claustrophobic, prescient and paranoid, of the same lineage as early James Cameron »
- Greg Cwik
The Terminator was released 30 years ago this weekend—but our Hillary Busis hadn’t seen it until this past week. (Of course, she's not alone; everyone has at least one shameful gap in their pop cultural knowledge. So we opened up the question to our staffers: What’s a classic (or "classic") film that you’ve missed? Read through our choices—and feel free to chime in with your own. Kyle Ryan, EW.com editor: It won Best Picture in 1962 and is No. 7 on the AFI's "100 best films" list, but not only have I never seen Lawrence of Arabia, I »
- EW staff
In the gritty, sexy and scary old school tradition of exploitation and grindhouse art comes the kick-ass poster for Blanc/Biehn Productions’ latest fright flick, Fetish Factory, created by Los Angeles based artist Aaron Kai.
Aaron Kai’s meticulously executed, photorealistic film-inspired artwork has been featured globally from Hollywood to Tokyo to commemorate high-profile landmark events including Blade Runner: The Final Cut 25th Anniversary, The Bette Davis Centennial, and the Jules Verne Film Festival.
Fetish Factory is written and directed by Staci Layne Wilson, based on a story by Lony Ruhmann. The plot centers on pin-up vixens vs. bloodthirsty zombies, and is set in post-apocalyptic Hollywood. The film stars Carrie Keagan (Reno 9-1-1!), Chase Williamson (John Dies at the End), Jennifer Blanc (Everly, Havenhurst, Hidden in the Woods), Daniel Quinn (Rubber), Stephen Wastell (Criminal Minds), Jenimay Walker, (Serpent’s Kiss), Tristan Risk (American Mary), Emma Julia Jacobs (Hitchcock »
- Phil Wheat
Talks of a Prometheus 2 hit the moment the end credits rolled for the first one, although as time goes on, that sequel seems to inch further and further from a reality. Ridley Scott is lined up to shoot The Martian next, which is looking at a November 25, 2015 release. That's all fine and dandy, but what about the slot in 2016 that 20th Century Fox made for a currently unannounced Ridley Scott project? It's been debated whether or not it could be Prometheus 2 or Blade Runner »
- Sean Wist
Thanks to an erroneous posting over on IMDb, moviegoers around the world assumed that Ridley Scott’s upcoming sword and sandals epic, Exodus: Gods and Kings, had an appropriately massive run time to match, with the page pegging the film’s length at an eye-watering, bum-numbing three hours and twenty minutes.
However, 20th Century Fox took to the movie’s official Twitter account and verified the correct length of Scott’s biblical motion picture, stating that the film will run for a much more reasonable two hours and twenty minutes.
— Exodus (@ExodusMovie) October 21, 2014
Well, we say correct when it should be not-quite-finalized; after all, there’s every chance that the final cut of Exodus: Gods and Kings could dip below or indeed balloon past that aforementioned run time »
- Michael Briers
Following episode five of this series of Later comes episode six featuring up-and-coming beat combo U2
As I said earlier, Bono did seem like someone trying to make a point which I guess is what you should be doing if youre in the self-appointed biggest band in the world.
I think Bono proved a point there. Not that he should have to really... #LaterJools
Oh is that it? I was so intent on finding some amusing tweets that I didnt realise it was finished. Well, that was a solid 7/10 wasnt it. U2 were slightly better than expected, Sam Smith was solid, Interpol were a bit dull, Zola Jesus did some dancing, the Alvin brothers gave Jools something to do and Slaves were brilliantly unhinged. Not bad for half an hours worth of your license fee.
This new U2 stuff sounds good. When's it out? »
- Michael Cragg
Sean Bean has just been cast in Ridley Scott’s latest film, The Martian. He joins an already awesome cast which includes Matt Damon, Jessica Chastain, Kate Mara, Jeff Daniels, Michael Pena, and Kristin Wiig. Based on an e-book by author Andy Weir, which was published in 2012 and then published in paperback this year, the film will follow the first man on Mars. Bean will play the Nasa flight director.
Of course, all us Bean fans are wondering how the man of many deaths will meet his maker. Research shows that Bean’s film’s box office correlates directly with whether or not he dies, and the more gruesome his death, the higher the box office (*statistics yet to be verified by anybody of any importance). So how will Bean die in this latest offering from the Prometheus and Blade Runner director?
Well, it sounds as though Bean will remain on Earth, »
- Luke Ryan Baldock
Blu-ray Release Date: Dec. 9, 2014
Price: Blu-ray $27.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Father James (Gleeson) is a good priest who feels sinister forces closing in after being threatened by a mysterious parishioner. As he continues to comfort the troubled members of his community, including his own fragile daughter (Kelly Reilly, Flight), Father James begins to wonder if he will have the courage to face his own personal Calvary.
Also starring Chris O’Dowd (Frankie Go Boom), Aiden Gillen (TV’s Game of Thrones) and M Emmet Walsh (Blade Runner), the R-rated British film was well-liked by the critics, earning an impressive 7.6/10 rating at Rotten Tomatoes based on 143 reviews. It rang up a not-bad $3.6 million at the domestic box office during its limited release to theaters in August, »
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It has been over a month since the release of Destiny and much has changed since Bungie’s latest released. Several events have come and gone, particular weapons have risen to fame and faded into oblivion, and the Crucible has been tailored and balanced several times over. Now seems as ideal a time as ever to reevaluate the new title from the developers of Halo.
In the month that I’ve spent with the game, one thing holds true; Destiny is massive. The initial play through of the campaign and the journey to level twenty is a straightforward one. In about the same time it takes to complete the story I both reached level twenty with my first character and soon after fully upgraded my first subclass, the Warlock’s Voidwalker class. Several things changed at this point. The first thing is »
- Tim Maison
This week, X Factor introduced its contestants to the 1980s and then eliminated two of them. Heres the whole weekend as it happened, with Stuart Heritage.
And that really is it. Four down, twelve to go. So, as we say goodbye to Stephanie and Chloe, let me quickly just thank you for coming along and making me miss the first 15 minutes of Homeland because Ive got to read all your comments now.
The liveblog returns next Saturday, for X Factors Songs From The Movies night, where the contestants are almost guaranteed to sing a selection of songs from plays and TV shows and adverts but not from actual films. If this deluge of gibberish inexplicably isnt enough for you, follow me on Twitter (Im @StuHeritage). If it is, though, then who could possibly blame you? See you next week!
In her best bits package, Chloe Jasmine »
- Stuart Heritage
We’re back with another edition of the Indie Spotlight, highlighting recent independent horror news sent our way. Today’s feature includes new details on Found Footage 3D and Mania, photos from Refuge and a poster from Fetish Factory, release dates announced for Skypemare, Soulmate, and The Inside, a trailer for When Black Birds Fly and Zombie Hood, and more:
New Details on Found Footage 3D: “…the producers of upcoming horror film Found Footage 3D announced the launch of their Indiegogo campaign to obtain additional funding for post-production and marketing expenses.
Produced by Kim Henkel, co-creator of The Texas Chain Saw Massacre, Found Footage 3D tells the story of a group of filmmakers who set out to make “the first 3D found-footage horror film,” but find themselves in a found-footage horror film when the evil entity from their movie escapes into their behind-the-scenes footage.
“What Scream did for slasher films, »
- Tamika Jones
In the gritty, sexy and scary old school tradition of exploitation and grindhouse art comes the kick-ass poster for Blanc/Biehn Productions' latest fright flick, Fetish Factory.
Bbp commissioned Los Angeles based artist Aaron Kai to come up with a throwback concept and create artwork that would tell a story - using scenes from the film and building intrigue through visuals just like they did back in the 60s and 70s.
Aaron Kai's meticulously executed, photorealistic film-inspired artwork has been featured globally  from Hollywood to Tokyo to commemorate high-profile landmark events including Blade Runner: The Final Cut 25™ Anniversary, The Bette Davis Centennial, and the Jules Verne Film Festival. Prominent collectors of Kai's original works include Ridley Scott, Harrison Ford, and Clint Eastwood.
The playlist to tonight’s column? Revocation‘s new brutal thrash metal masterpiece “Deathless.” Landing right smack in the middle of October, I have to mention how much energy this record instills in me. The thing about “Deathless” is that it marks an absolute highwater mark for Revocation, nailing the insanely technical flair they were previously known for while stepping up the songwriting a full notch, producing some of their most intense, melodic and catchy work since their inception. This isn’t a review because I’m a casual metal fan and that’s why I mention this album; outside a Dethklok album (or maybe High On Fire), “Deathless” truly embodies the best that modern metal has to offer. Listening to it is akin to snorting a line of demon cocaine off the butt of Satan itself.
So if this week’s column seems a little more aggressive than usual, »
- Chris Melkus
Once Ridley Scott wraps up the final touches to his epic, Exodus: Gods And Kings, he’ll be turning his attention to The Martian. It’s to be expected, as that’s his next slated project and one that’s gathering steam at an alarming rate. However, if you were to ask any fan of the director which of his upcoming titles they’re most looking forward to, you’ll likely be presented with two options: Blade Runner 2 or Prometheus 2. The latter of which is still some ways off, but is never out of the news due to a massive amount of interest in the sci-fi sequel.
Scott threw a damp squib into proceedings last month when he announced flat out that there’d be absolutely No xenomorphs in the movie. After this particular writer finally stopped blubbing, it became clear that the move is to distinguish the follow-up »
- Gem Seddon
Director Ridley Scott continues to be a busy man, particularly with his latest ventures into old material, including the Alien/Prometheus and Blade Runner franchises. Now, he's jumping back into a lesser-known property; The Hot Zone, a TV limited series for Fox TV. Back in 1992, Scott was hired to direct Crisis In The Hot Zone, based on the novel "The Hot Zone" by Richard Preston, which chronicled the initial outbreak of the Ebola virus. Producer Lynda Obst won a »
- Paul Shirey
Lyon – Martin Scorsese has influenced generations of new filmmakers. But who and what films influenced Scorsese? One front-runner: “The Tales of Hoffmann,” Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger’s 1951 adaptation of Jacques Offenbach’s opera, which liberated the duo from the constraints of early 1950s’ sound cinema.
In a video presentation made for and screened at the Lyon Lumière Festival Monday, Scorsese admitted that he became “rather obsessed” by the movie.
That could be an understatement. Attending Lyon on Tuesday Thelma Schoonmaker, Scorsese’s three-time Oscar winning editor and Powell’s widow, took a captivated audience through the film, shot in only 17 days, its singularity and huge impact on not only Scorsese but also George Romero. Cecil B. DeMille was another large admirer. Bertrand Tavernier pointed to “Blade Runner” as just one movie that channeled “Tales.”
Starring Robert Rounseville as Hoffmann, Moira Shaerer in a double act- an automated doll Olympia »
- John Hopewell
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