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Writer-director Alex Garland breaks down the complex story of his new sci-fi thriller Ex Machina in a featurette that includes new footage and interviews with stars Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander. The film landed distribution with A24 Films back in October, with the first trailer debuting shortly after that announcement was made. Alex Garland makes his directorial debut on Ex Machina, after writing hit movies such as 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd 3D.
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, »
A new Ex Machina featurette has gone online, and it has me even more excited for the movie. Written and directed by Alex Garland (writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine), the film stars Domhnall Gleeson as a computer programmer who wins a contest to meet with the CEO of a large search engine company (Oscar Isaac), but when he arrives, he discovers he's part of an experiment to test the artificial intelligence of an android (Alicia Vikander). It's a terrific premise, and in this featurette, the cast and Garland explain the various themes they're trying to explore with the movie. I was hoping the picture would play at Sundance, but sadly, I'll have to wait until April to see it. Hit the jump to check out the Ex Machina featurette. The film opens April 10th. Via IGN. Here's the official synopsis for Ex Machina: Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, »
- Matt Goldberg
A movie we figured would be a sure bet for the Sundance Film Festival, "Ex Machina" will skip Park City, likely because its opening abroad first, just after the events in Utah get underway. No matter. The latest from screenwriter Alex Garland ("Sunshine," "28 Days Later..."), who makes his directorial debut with the picture, packs a premise that already has sci-fi heads curious, and the arrival of a new clip and featurette will only spur that interest further. Oscar Isaac and Domnhall Gleeson star in the film about a young programmer who is invited to the home of the reclusive CEO of the company where he works in order to take part in a unique experiment: interact with the beautiful, AI robot Ava (Alicia Vikander). As the triangle gets more intense, the lines between humanity and technology start shifting. In this clip, you'll learn about the Turing test, which seems to »
- Kevin Jagernauth
The great projected blockbuster war of 2015 is all well and good, but with just over a fortnight left in December, we may already have found the best science fiction movie of the new year.
Set almost entirely indoors with a cast of just four, the film is high concept sci-fi told like a simmering psychological stage drama, its tension built entirely around the characters, their loaded words and their ambiguous intentions towards one another. Domhnall Gleeson is Caleb, a mild-mannered young programmer who's selected to take part in a groundbreaking AI experiment.
Garland was inspired to write about consciousness and robotics by a debate he had with a friend, whose main interest was in neurology.
"The thrust of his argument was that computers can never be conscious, »
First proposed in 1950, The Turing Test is an experiment that allows humans to appropriately gauge the intellectual capacity of a computer and, more importantly, whether it displays signs of artificial intelligence. It was a test that was irrefutably ahead of its time, and one that has become all the more relevant as technology continues to advance at an exponential rate.
Starring Domhnall Glesson and Oscar Isaac — who will both play a part in another sci-fi feature in 2015 that goes by the name Star Wars: The Force Awakens — alongside Alicia Vikander as the ground-breaking sentient A.I., Garland’s directorial debut is undeniably shaping up to be one to watch come next year. Plus, given »
- Michael Briers
No more sweat-drenched survivors trudging through forests! The Walking Dead's companion project is taking the zombie apocalypse out of Georgia. Sources confirm TV Line's report that the as-yet-untitled pilot is set in Los Angeles. The scenery shift to the West Coast adds some intriguing setting possibilities: Beaches and the ocean, Hollywood, iconic landmarks, walker celebrities (though the cable show could likely never top Bill Murray in Zombieland), a nearby desert, and a larger metropolis to play with than the original hit's occasional dips into Atlanta. Just because the setting is Los Angeles doesn't guarantee it will be shot there. »
- James Hibberd
Not long ago we brought you the trailer for Alex Garland's fantastic looking sci-fi thriller Ex Machina. Now today we bring you the first clip from the film. The clip is called "The Turing Test," and it features Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac discussing the ins and outs of the Turing Test, which is a method for ascertaining whether or not a machine is artificially intelligent. This is a test that he and Gleeson are about to perform on Alicia Vikander's robot, and if successful, it would be a huge milestone in "the history of Gods," as Gleeson puts it. Of course, if there's one thing we've learned from playing God in the movies, it's that it comes along with negative consequences.
This is the first film that Garland has directed, although over the years he's written scripts for films such as Sunshine and 28 Days Later. This next »
- Joey Paur
Hollywood zombies? Over the past couple of weeks, casting details for the planned The Walking Dead spinoff series have begun to surface, and now TV Line have learned where this new story set in the aftermath of an undead outbreak will take place: Los Angeles. Since The Walking Dead first premièred fans have wondered how the rest of the world was dealing with the zombie apocalypse, and though this new series won't take things too far afield, there's no doubt that an La setting has the potential to show us how a Very different group of individuals are handling the walkers. The show is penned by showrunner Dave Erickson and Twd comic creator Robert Kirkman, and word is it will actually be a prequel dealing with the early days of the epidemic...though that hasn't been confirmed. So far the cast includes Cliff Curtis (Sunshine), Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and »
Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac may be leading a certain highly-anticipated sci-fi feature later next year, but there’s another that’s near the top of our radar. After working closely with Danny Boyle on films such as Sunshine, 28 Days Later, and The Beach, Alex Garland will make his directorial debut with Ex Machina, and after the impressive first trailer, […] »
- Jordan Raup
This snippet introduces us to Caleb (Domhnall Glesson), a 24-year-old coder at the world’s largest internet company, who wins a competition to spend a week at a retreat with the company’s reclusive CEO, Nathan (Oscar Isaac) – Who looks completely different once again! Described as an intense psychological thriller, Caleb will end up taking part in an experiment with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of robot woman, Ava (Alicia Vikander).
Not only does this contain some of the finest up and coming actors, there’s also a very exciting premise, check it out:
EX_MACHINA opens in the UK on 23rd January, 2015. It’s also written by Garland you’ll also know him as the writer of The Beach, »
- Dan Bullock
The EastEnders actor and his professional partner found themselves in the dance-off against reality star Mark Wright and his partner Karen Hauer, after the judges' scores were combined with viewer votes.
It was the first time that Wood and Manrara had been in the dance-off, while it was Wright and Hauer's third time in the bottom two.
Head judge Len Goodman - left with the casting vote - sent Wood home, explaining: "This is very difficult. The cha-cha-cha had little cha-cha-cha content and the rumba had little rumba content, »
The Walking Dead companion series is beginning to hot up. The other day we got our first confirmed casting announcement and now we have another name joining the fray, veteran New Zealand actor Cliff Curtis.
Curtis is best known for his roles in Live Free Die Hard, Sunshine and Training Day but has also down a slew of television series over the years including Gang Related which aired on Fox earlier this year.
THR are reporting that Curtis will portray Sean Cabrera – the Rick Grimes version of the show – who is a divorced teacher and is being described as a “good man trying to do right by everyone in his life.” The female lead is currently still up for grabs although Anna Torv (Fringe) was once said to be a front runner for the role but has since dropped out.
The pilot of the as yet untitled companion series has »
- Gavin Logan
Actor Cliff Curtis is the latest actor to join AMC's companion series to The Walking Dead, which is known as Cobalt. You might the recognize the New Zealand actor from films such as Live Free or Die Hard, Sunshine, Training Day, Colombiana, Blow, Bringing Out the Dead, Whale Rider, Once Were Warriors, and The Piano.
Curtis joins the previously announced Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam-Carey in the new series. He will play the lead character in the series, which is a male divorced teacher named Sean Cabrera. He's described as "a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life."
The story "takes place during the same zombie apocalypse depicted on The Walking Dead but in a different location." It revolves Sean and a female guidance counselor.
- Joey Paur
New Zealand actor Cliff Curtis ("Whale Rider," "Sunshine," "Gang Related") has scored the male lead role in AMC's "The Walking Dead" companion series. It's expected Curtis will play Sean Cabrera, a divorced teacher trying to do right by everyone in his life.
Frank Dillane and Alycia Debnam Carey have already been been cast as the kids of the female lead character. The untitled companion series only has a pilot order at the moment but is almost certain to go to series.
Meanwhile, "Burn Notice" regular Jeffrey Donovan and "Hollidaysburg" actress Rachel Keller are reportedly in talks to join the second season of FX's anthology series "Fargo". An offer is also out to "Parks and Recreation" regular Nick Offerman to join the cast, whilst Mike Bradecich and Allan Dobrescu are said to be up for roles.
Set in Sioux Falls in 1979, the new season will see some younger iterations of characters from the first season. »
- Garth Franklin
Though we won’t see any new episodes of The Walking Dead until February, news related to the show’s universe hasn’t stopped coming in. Earlier this week we reported that the first two actors had been cast for AMC’s The Walking Dead companion series, aka Cobalt, and now another actor has signed on to the series, one who is likely playing the male lead.
Deadline reports that Cliff Curtis has signed on to play what is most likely the male lead of The Walking Dead companion series. Curtis will portray the role of a divorced teacher trying hard to help those close to him. These details gel with the previously released information for the character of Sean Cabrera, who is described as “a Latino male in his early 40s… a good man trying to do right by everyone in his life.” It’s likely, however, that the »
- Derek Anderson
Deadline is reporting that veteran character actor Cliff Curtis will take the lead role in AMC’s “The Walking Dead” companion series. New Zealander Curtis is recognizable for a wide range of supporting roles, including an FBI agent in Live Free or Die Hard, an astronaut in Sunshine, and an array of criminals in films like…
- Max Evry
A key role has been filled on The Walking Dead companion series. Cliff Curtis (Gang Related, Sunshine) has joined the project in what's described as a male lead role, EW has confirmed. The actor will play a father who's trying do to the right thing. Curtis joins previously cast Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Woods). The Walking Dead companion series is at the pilot stage, written by Robert Kirkman and Dave Erickson, but is almost certainly getting an eventual series order. It's set in the same zombie apocalypse universe as the original hit series, »
- James Hibberd
Earlier this week, The Walking Dead spinoff series began filling out their cast by hiring Frank Dillane (Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince) and Alycia Debnam Carey (Into the Woods) to play brother and sister. Today, Entertainment Weekly is reporting that AMC has found their leading man, Cliff Curtis. He is best known for roles in Live Free or Die Hard, Sunshine, Training Day, Blow and Whale Rider. Curtis' role is described as a "divorced teacher" and "a father who’s trying do to the right thing." The show will take place in The Walking Dead universe but in a different location from wherever Rick and his group are. »
Almost fifty years since it first wowed cinemagoers at the tail-end of the '60s, Stanley Kubrick's 2001: A Space Odyssey is back in the public consciousness thanks to a cinema re-release as part of the BFI's Days of Fear and Wonder sci-fi season and its place in the just-released Kubrick Blu-ray Masterpiece Collection. That's not to mention Christopher Nolan's outer space drama Interstellar, a film that very much hangs in the shadow of its illustrious predecessor.
After destroying mankind at the close of Dr Strangelove in 1964, Kubrick sought to tell a more progressive story about humanity with his follow-up. Teaming with heralded sci-fi author Arthur C Clarke, Kubrick fashioned a screenplay that tracked the evolution of man through encounters with giant black monoliths.
Eventually released in 1968, a year before Apollo 11 touched down on the moon, 2001 was hugely ambitious both in narrative and technical terms. Kubrick reached »
Looking for some less mainstream sci-fi films in the year ahead? Then here's our list of 10 genre movies to look out for in 2015...
If you've been keeping an eye on next year's schedules, you'll probably already know about some of the major sci-fi films due for release in 2015. Ridley Scott will leave Matt Damon stranded on the red planet in The Martian. Colin Trevorrow will unleash a new breed of dinosaurs in Jurassic World. George Miller will be bringing us his belated Mad Max sequel Fury Road, Neill Blomkamp will show off his robot sci-fi comedy Chappie, and then, of course, there's Avengers: Age Of Ultron and Star Wars: The Force Awakens.
But what about the smaller genre films, the ones that don't have the marketing budget of, say, Disney's Tomorrowland, or the brand recognition of Star Wars? Those are the kinds of films we're focusing on here: the lower budget, »
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