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Last week David Fincher dropped out of negotiations for Sony Pictures' Steve Jobs biopic. He and screenwriter Aaron Sorkin would have made an amazing team, but the studio is moving forward and looking to hire a new director. According to THR, that director might be Slumdog Millionaire and Sunshine director Danny Boyle, and apparently he's already reached out to Leonardo DiCaprio to possibly star in the film. The two talents previously worked together on The Beach.
There are no official deals set in place, but this would make a very interesting team. I like the idea of Fincher and Christian Bale making the movie more, though. It's not that I don't like Boyle's work because I do! I absolutely love it, but it's hard to imagine his kind of directing style for a movie like this. I also think DiCaprio is talented as hell, but I can't see him playing Jobs at all. »
- Joey Paur
Writer Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) is getting ready to make his directorial debut with Ex Machina, a sci-fi film set in the not-too-distant future. Starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander, today we have our first photo (seen above) from the promising project, along with an official plot synopsis, which you can check out below:
Ex Machina is an intense psychological thriller, played out in a love triangle between two men and a beautiful robot girl. It explores big ideas about the nature of consciousness, emotion, sexuality, truth and lies.
Not only does that sound like an incredibly intriguing premise, but Isaac has also said in the past that the film will be “a great three-hander with people torturing each other with their brains, in rooms.” I don’t know about you, but I’m sold.
No release date has been announced as of yet but you can »
- Matt Joseph
The first image has arrived from 28 Days Later and Sunshine screenwriter Alex Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina. The psychological thriller revolves around a billionaire programmer who invites a young employee to spend a week at his remote estate and to participate in a test involving an artificially intelligent female robot that he invented. Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson star, and based on this first image it appears that Isaac is playing the inventor. The actor previously told us that the pic is a “provocative, sci-fi sexual thriller” and described it as “a great three-hander with people torturing each other with their brains, in rooms.” It’s certainly a fascinating premise, and Garland’s track record as a screenwriter (which also includes Never Let Me Go and Dredd) is great so I’m eager to see how he fares in the director’s chair. Hit the jump to check out the first Ex Machina image. »
- Adam Chitwood
Though Dredd may not have fared as well as some hoped, writer Alex Garland is set to redeem himself by taking a turn directing with the sci-fi flick Ex Machina. Garland behind the scripts for Never Let Me Go, Sunshine and 28 Days Later, all unique films with great stories. As for Ex Machina, this one follows a love triangle between two men and a beautiful robot girl. That's definitely unlike anything we've seen before, and now we have a first look at the film with stars Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Domhnall Gleeson (About Time). No sign of the robot girl (Alicia Vikander) just yet, but we're certainly intrigued. Here's the first look at Alex Garland's Ex Machina (via The Playlist): Ex Machina is written and directed by Alex Garland (writer of Dredd, Sunshine, 28 Days Later). Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a 24 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company, »
- Ethan Anderton
"Oh man, I'm so excited to see that movie," Oscar Isaac told us last fall about his role in the upcoming "Ex Machina." And we're pretty excited too. It's the directorial debut of "28 Days Later," "The Beach" and "Sunshine" writer Alex Garland, with Domhnall Gleeson and Alicia Vikander co-starring. Here's more from Isaac on what to expect from the film, with the first look emerging today. "It's [set] in the not-too-distant future—it actually could very well be the present, it's a little bit undefined—and it all takes place in a house, or at least in a facility. I play a billionaire programmer who's developing algorithms for the most popular search engine in the world and no one's seen him or heard from him in quite a long time and one of his employees wins a raffle to come to his place in Alaska and test his newest invention, which »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Universal Studios Home Entertainment released the samurai action-thriller 47 Ronin on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and, DVD today, April 1st. Keanu Reeves brings his martial arts skills back to the silver screen as Kai, an outcast who bands together with a group of samurai warriors to take on a horde of mythical creatures and evil witches as they fight to reclaim their homeland. In honor of the Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and, DVD release, we have an exclusive featurette that takes fans behind-the-scenes with Keanu Reeves, as he explains where his character is coming from on the set, along with director Carl Rinsch, who gives us more insight into the mythical style of this story.
Based on an epic story, this extraordinary tale of inspiring courage has its origins in the early 18th century. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and reclaim their honor. »
On April 1, Universal Studios Home Entertainment will release 47 Ronin on Blu-ray 3D, Blu-ray and, DVD. Director Carl Rinsch's action-adventure stars Keanu Reeves as Kai, an outcast who joins a small group of samurai warriors to battle mythical beasts, shape-shifting witches and other creatures to avenge the death of their master and take back their homeland. We have a giveaway lined up where fans can take home this action-packed film, co-starring Hiroyuki Sanada, Kou Shibasaki, Tadanobu Asano and Rinko Kikuchi. These prizes will be gone quicker than you can swing a samurai sword, so find out how you can win below.
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In an exclusive with Variety magazine, the news comes suddenly that actor Chris Evans, most recently known for his role as Captain America in the Marvel universe, is ready to leave acting behind in pursuit of a career as a director. Worry not though, Marvel fans, he wants to give his six film contract everything he’s got before he hangs up the shield.
“If I’m acting at all, it’s going to be under Marvel contract, or I’m going to be directing,” he says. “I can’t see myself pursuing acting strictly outside of what I’m contractually obligated to do.”
Evans’ six-picture deal with Marvel is in the process of nearing completion, with Captain America: The Winter Soldier being his newest addition. With Captain America: The First Avenger and The Avengers under his belt already, with the additions of Captain America: The Winter Soldier and Avengers: Age Of Ultron, »
- Matthew Ceo
There’s no escaping Captain America — especially for the actor behind the blue mask. That’s not just a career assessment. It’s a physical reality. To gear up as the iconic Marvel superhero, Chris Evans, the star of the upcoming “Captain America: The Winter Soldier,” once again dons his trademark patriotic suit, which requires the actor to wear a snug latex undergarment that keeps the uniform from clinging to his sculpted muscles.
Given the confines of the zip-from-the-back costume, Evans jokes that there’s one thing audiences won’t see Captain America do — head to the bathroom. “Not to get too graphic,” he says, “but you’d better hope you’re on a nice schedule in that thing. There are all these zippers and buttons.” And he only sheds the suit with the help of a wardrobe entourage. “You could fight all day; you’re not getting out of it. »
- Ramin Setoodeh
Dissatisfaction: Burger Launches the Next Ya Dystopia to Unwieldy Lengths
Director Neil Burger joins genre courting/sci-fi alum Andrew Niccol’s dip into the abscessed pool of the Ya cash cow with Divergent, an adaptation of the first in a series of novels by Veronica Roth. A little of this, a little of that, and you’ve got a veritable mash up recent adolescent themed portraits of the future grim in the vein of (the already derivative) Hunger Games trilogy, and even Ender’s Game. Things don’t get better, only increasingly worse, an adage fitting for not only post apocalyptic Western dystopias but the rigidly formulaic and repetitive narratives that are now distended and stretched to epic proportion. Rising star Shailene Woodley gets outfitted with her own treatment of Chosen One Syndrome and delivers a serviceable performance that’s hampered by a ceaselessly workmanlike set-up that obviously thinks its »
- Nicholas Bell
Edited by Bob Joyce for the Society of Camera Operators 2014 Lifetime Achievement Awards where Peter Taylor (Gravity) won Camera Operator of the Year for Feature Film and Don Devine ("Mad Men") won Camera Operator of the Year for Television the following four minute video, featuring the past, present and future of the motion picture camera was shown. Set to the tune of John Murphy's "Sunshine (Adagio in D Minor)", the video is sure to feature some familiar faces and films from Louis Lumiere's Workers Leaving the Lumiere Factory to the likes of Buster Keaton and Charlie Chaplin and on through the years. It includes the introduction of Cinerama and VistaVision, the Red camera and IMAX up to and including films such as Zodiac, Collateral, Avatar, Gravity and Her. Give it a watch, I bet you'll enjoy it. »
- Brad Brevet
The Afca has about 75 members. .All our members voted on the Awards and the majority clearly felt Ivan Sen's gripping outback noir was the best Australian film from the last 12 months,. said Afca chair Richard Haridy, whose outlets are ABC Radio Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast, »
- Don Groves
Keanu Reeves (The Matrix trilogy, The Day the Earth Stood Still) stars in a reimagining of one of Japan's timeless tales, 47 Ronin, available on Blu-ray 3D and Blu-ray Combo Packs, DVD, Digital HD including UltraViolet and On Demand on April 1, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.­­­
Based on an epic story, this extraordinary tale of inspiring courage has its origins in the early 18th century. After a treacherous warlord kills their master and banishes their kind, 47 leaderless samurai vow to seek vengeance and reclaim their honor. Transformed into a thrilling, visually stunning 3D film by director Carl Rinsch, 47 Ronin tells the story of a small group of warriors, or ronin, on a quest to avenge the death of their master. Battling across a savage world of mythical beasts, shape-shifting witches and wondrous terrors, the ronin must seek help from Kai (Reeves), an enslaved half-breed they once rejected - in their ultimate fight for redemption. »
Here’s all the information you need to secure your copy of Keanu Reeves latest action adventure, 47 Ronin. If you need a refresher on the amazing warrior tale, here’s the trailer, followed by the official press release.
Trailer: 47 Ronin
Keanu Reeves Stars In The 3D Epic Action-Adventure 47 Ronin Be The First To Own It On Digital HD March 18, 2014 And Bring Home The Blu-ray™ Combo Pack Including Blu-ray, DVD & Digital HD With Ultraviolet™ On April 1, 2014 Now Movie Fans Can Watch 47 Ronin Anywhere On Their Favorite Devices
Universal City, California, February 4, 2014— Keanu Reeves (The Matrix trilogy, The Day The Earth Stood Still) stars in a reimagining of one of Japan’s timeless tales, 47 Ronin, available on Blu-ray™ 3D and Blu-ray™ Combo Packs, DVD, Digital HD including UltraViolet™ and On Demand on April 1, 2014, from Universal Studios Home Entertainment.
Based on an epic story, this extraordinary tale of inspiring courage has its »
- Jess Orso
Some directors have their niches and genres that they like to focus on, while others are free to move around and do all sorts of projects. It is hard to think of a better example of the latter than Danny Boyle, the British director who can do everything: sci-fi (Sunshine), horror (28 Days Later), family drama (Millions) and inspirational true story (127 Hours). He’s pretty much done it all and now, he’s looking to add sports biopic to that eclectic list.
Reports are surfacing that say Boyle may be reuniting with his Oscar-winning team from Slumdog Millionaire – producer Christian Colson and screenwriter Simon Beaufoy – for a biopic of tennis icon Billie Jean King. According to the New York Post’s Page Six column, Boyle was in town to meet with King to discuss his involvement with the project, which will focus on King’s “Battles of the Sexes” match against Bobby Riggs. »
- Jordan Adler
With last year’s “Trance” ending up a financial disappointment — it made roughly only $250,000 more than his theatrical debut “Shallow Grave” — Danny Boyle has gone into TV’s warm embrace for the time being with his pilot for the police series “Babylon” (read our review here). While we wait for updates on his fictionalized adaptation of the documentary “Smash And Grab” and the long-discussed “Trainspotting” sequel, why not take a stroll down memory lane with Boyle as he talks about “Sunshine.” In a Q&A panel for the winter edition of the Shuffle Festival last December, Boyle sat down with physicist Brian Cox — who acted as a consultant on the film — and BBC film critic Mark Kermode to parse the questions raised by the 2007 science fiction film. The panel lasts just over an hour and finds Boyle in top form as he slags “fantasy sci-fi” like “Star Wars” and “Star Trek »
- Cain Rodriguez
What if a new intelligence was born asks the offical teaser poster for the Wally Pfister helmed sci-fi thriller 'Transcendence'. The Warner Bros production, starring Johnny Depp as a researcher who pushes Articial Intelligence to the very boundaries of scientific endeavour, marks Pfister's directorial debut. 'Transcendence' also stars Cillian Murphy ('Sunshine'), Morgan Freeman ('Now You See Me'), Paul Bettany ('Legion'), Rebecca Hall ('The Awakening'), Cole Hauser, Kate Mara ('House of Cards'), Josh Stewart ('The Collector') and Clifton Collins Jr. with Christopher Nolan ('Interstellar', 'Inception') attached as producer. Check out the new poster below. »
Odd List Ryan Lambie Simon Brew 6 Feb 2014 - 06:08
Our series of lists devoted to underappreciated films brings us to the year 2007, and another 25 overlooked gems...
For some reason, the number three was a common factor in several blockbuster movies of 2007. The third film in the Pirates Of The Caribbean series (At World's End) dominated the box office, Spider-Man 3 marked Sam Raimi's last entry as director in the series, while Mike Myers went for a hat trick of hits with Shrek The Third.
I Am Legend was the third and most financially successful attempt to bring Richard Matheson's classic novel to the big screen, Rush Hour 3 marked Jackie Chan's last action pairing with Chris Tucker, while Zack Snyder's musky sword-swinger 300 was notable for having the number three in the title.
Iffy attempts at numerology aside, 2007 was also a superb for year for movies in general - particularly underappreciated ones, »
Feature Ivan Radford 23 Jan 2014 - 06:21
Ivan's latest column explores what music can tell us about a character through two new UK soundtrack releases
Music is a powerful thing. It can be used to express authority or portray identity. The very act of playing music defines us, as both performers or listeners. That relationship we have with it makes for two extremely powerful soundtracks currently accompanying movies in UK cinemas: Inside Llewyn Davis and 12 Years a Slave.
"Play me something from Inside Llewyn Davis," manager Bud Grossman (F. Murray Abraham) challenges Oscar Isaac's lead in the middle of the Coen brothers' film. Llewyn responds with The Death of Queen Jane, an old ballad from the 1500s that recounts the tale of King Henry losing his wife, Jane Seymour, to gain a son. It's not a happy song.
It's also a clear statement from Llewyn: he's not afraid of sadness. »
Director Danny Boyle first came to the attention of film fans with 1996′s Trainspotting, following that up with critically acclaimed features such as 28 Days Later…, Sunshine, and Slumdog Millionaire. Many fans of the director were intrigued to learn that he would be moving back to television, where his career began. Titled Babylon, Boyle is onboard as a director and executive producer, the series is created by Four Lions and Peep Show writers Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, and stars Brit Marling, James Nesbitt, Adam Deacon, and James Robinson. The first trailer for the series, which will make its debut on February 9 on Channel 4, has now been released, and can be seen below.
(Source: The Playlist)
- Deepayan Sengupta
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