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Birdman Actress Andrea Riseborough In Talks To Play The Villainous 'Top Dollar' In The Crow

21 May 2015 5:00 AM, PDT | ComicBookMovie.com | See recent ComicBookMovie news »

According to Deadline, Relativity Studios is in negotiations with Andrea Riseborough to play the villain in Corin Hardy's remake of The Crow, which will star Boardwalk Empire's Jack Huston as the doomed Eric Draven. Riseborough ( Birdman, Oblivion, Disconnect, Made in Dagenham, Never Let Me Go) would play a character named Top Dollar, who was originally written as a man and was played by Michael Wincott in the first adaptation back in 1994. Top Dollar runs a crime syndicate, and is indirectly responsible for the deaths or Draven and his fiancée Shelly (Jessica Brown Findlay). The remake is being produced by Edward R. Pressman, Kevin Misher, Relativity’s CEO Ryan Kavanaugh, and Jeff Waxman. James O’Barr is also on board as a consultant. The Crow will take flight in 2016. »

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A "28 Months Later" Is In The Works

12 May 2015 1:00 PM, PDT | Dark Horizons | See recent Dark Horizons news »

Writer/Director Alex Garland, coming off the success of "Ex Machina," is not a major fan of sequels. Yet one of his earliest writing efforts, Danny Boyle's acclaimed zombie drama "28 Days Later," may be getting another one it would seem.

Garland was not involved in the first sequel "28 Weeks Later" and had no interest in a third for several years. However, he now tells The Playlist that a third film is moving forward with producer Andrew McDonald and it came about due to a random idea:

"The rights to '28 Days' were frozen, effectively, because they were shared between Danny [Boyle], [producer] Andrew [McDonald], myself, and Fox. After the second one, none of us really wanted to do another. Fox may or may not have, I don't know.

[Then] about two years ago, Danny [Boyle] started collaborating on the potential to make 'Trainspotting 2,' another sequel. In that conversation, an idea for '28 Months' arrived. »

- Garth Franklin

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Natalie Portman in Talks for Ex MacHina Director’s Enviro-Horror Thriller Annihilation

7 May 2015 12:31 PM, PDT | Collider.com | See recent Collider.com news »

As a screenwriter, Alex Garland has been doing impressive work for years on films like 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Never Let Me Go. He recently made his directorial debut on a character-driven sci-fi film called Ex Machina which, if you haven’t heard already, is the best movie of 2015 so far. As a result, many have been curious to see what Garland will do next, and it appears that his adaptation of the excellent Jeff VanderMeer novel Annihilation is shaping up to be the winning candidate, with an Oscar winner circling the lead role. Per Variety, Natalie Portman is in early talks to star in the Paramount Pictures film, which is best described as a chilling enviro-horror thriller. The story follows the expedition of four women who are sent into the mysterious “Area X”, a portion of land in the United States that has been secretly quarantined due to abnormal activity. »

- Adam Chitwood

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HBO Series Order For David Fincher’s Video Synchronicity

5 May 2015 4:35 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

Academy Award nominated filmmaker David Fincher is renowned for many things – tense drama, intriguing plot twists, and even the odd Grammy-winning music video – but comedy has, so far, not been one of his signature moves. This is about to change, however, as HBO have handed a series order to Fincher, for his 1980s-set music video comedy series – currently known as Video Synchronicity.

The half hour show is led by Robby – a young, naïve, good-natured college drop-out, who decides to relocate to Hollywood and achieve his dream of shooting an epic science fiction movie. When the situation proves itself to be somewhat more challenging than he had previously assumed, he gets himself a job at a company that produces music videos. His position as production assistant causes him to cross paths with many different characters – from directors to on-screen talent, and from the lowliest crew member to the highest paid executive »

- Sarah Myles

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Listen: 33-Minute Talk With Alex Garland About 'Ex Machina,' VFX, Gender Consciousness, Etc

28 April 2015 10:12 AM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

If you haven’t seen “Ex Machina” yet, then you’re not doing 2015 right. This dazzling, morosely funny power play between a modern-day Dr. Frankenstein, his creation and the unwitting pawn in the story’s sinister game of chess is the one to beat as far as films released so far this year. Directed by screenwriter/novelist Alex Garland —who has explored similar thematic material in pictures like Mark Romanek’s “Never Let Me Go”— owes a degree of its success to its cinematic forebears like David Cronenberg, and specifically the film’s spartan, three-character narrative, claustrophobic air of dread and sexual menace bring to mind the early pictures of Roman Polanski. And yet “Ex Machina” is a true original, if for nothing else due to giving us the year’s most unforgettable dance sequence featuring Oscar Isaac. Garland’s film works simultaneously as a crackerjack genre exercise, an alluringly »

- Nicholas Laskin

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Exclusive Interview: Alex Garland Talks Ex Machina

26 April 2015 5:35 PM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The science-fiction genre can be a hard one to embrace. As screenwriter and director Alex Garland can teach us, it is more important for the characters and ideas to resonate with the audience than the groundbreaking visual effects. Garland wrote a variety of acclaimed sci-fi films, including the zombie thriller 28 Days Later, the Kazuo Ishiguro adaptation Never Let Me Go and recent cult favorite Dredd. In all of those titles, plus his newest film – the brainy sci-fi thriller, Ex Machina – the characters trump the concept.

Ex Machina has been one of the year’s biggest art-house successes, after two weeks in limited release. It tells the story of Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a tech programmer who gets the chance to test out the new work of reclusive genius and company figurehead Nathan (Oscar Isaac). That new creation is a female A.I. named Ava (Alicia Vikander), which soon proves to be more than it seems. »

- Jordan Adler

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Interview with Alex Garland, writer/director of Ex Machina

24 April 2015 8:57 PM, PDT | CinemaNerdz | See recent CinemaNerdz news »

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

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Review: Ex Machina

20 April 2015 9:00 AM, PDT | Slackerwood | See recent Slackerwood news »

Screenwriter Alex Garland is responsible for a number of highly regarded science-fiction screenplays including 28 Days Later, Never Let Me Go and Dredd. With Ex Machina, which opened Friday, Garland for the first time adds directing on top of his writing credits. Ex Machina has taken the film festival circuit by storm and received accolades as a Drafthouse Recommends title. However, the more I think about it, the more I feel this movie is overrated.

Ex Machina is a richly beautiful, smart, thought-provoking work of science fiction that unfortunately suffers from a viciously sexist underlying theme. Oscar Isaac plays Nathan, a charismatic cyber genius who at the age of 13, wrote the software that would eventually become Google. He invites Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), an employee chosen by lottery, to spend a week at his remote estate for a kind of sick Willy Wonka-esque robot nightmare tour.

Nathan explains to Caleb that he »

- Mike Saulters

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Video Interview: Alex Garland Chats Sci-Fi, Filmmaking + 'Ex Machina'

16 April 2015 1:24 PM, PDT | firstshowing.net | See recent FirstShowing.net news »

"Go into a shoot with a bad script, and you're in big trouble." Playing in theaters now is the new sci-fi film Ex Machina, directed by screenwriter turned filmmaker Alex Garland. Garland is making his directorial debut with this film after writing the scripts for The Beach, 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go and Dredd. A few years back I met up with him for an interview about Dredd, and we talked a lot about science fiction, and how the genre pushes itself forward. I met up with Alex Garland again, this time while he was in New York City to promote Ex Machina, and we again chatted about sci-fi and how much he loves the genre. As always, it was fun to sit down and talk with Alex about filmmaking and much more. Fire it up! "Really interesting areas are beginning to exist that only a handful of »

- Alex Billington

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Interview: Director Alex Garland Seeks Humanity in ‘Ex Machina’

16 April 2015 12:59 PM, PDT | HollywoodChicago.com | See recent HollywoodChicago.com news »

Chicago – Who are we anyway, when as inventors of artificial intelligence, we can create a new wave of thought process? That is what writer – and now director – Alex Garland (“28 Days Later…,” “Sunshine”) has been grappling with his entire career. His directorial debut is the stunning and prescient “Ex Machina.”

The film relates a story of Artificial Intelligence and robot/androids, supposedly invented by a Bill Gates type of world conqueror, portrayed by Oscar Isaac. When he brings a low level worker to interact with his new robots – designed to look like beautiful young women – the implications of the brave new world become apparent. The film works on many interesting levels, including the very question of what being alive means.

Lead Actor Alicia Vikander Talks On-Set with Alex Garland for ‘Ex Machina’

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Alex Garland has been an influential novelist and screenwriter for over a decade within the Science Fiction and film industries, »

- adam@hollywoodchicago.com (Adam Fendelman)

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Alex Garland of 'Ex Machina' follows others who took a writing-to-directing leap

11 April 2015 | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

Alex Garland, screenwriter of “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine” and “Never Let Me Go,” makes an impressive directorial debut with cerebral sci-fi thriller “Ex Machina” (in theaters today), but Garland waves off the achievement of leaping to directing as “just next in a continuum.” “The truth was that there was no epiphany moment about directing, because I just don’t dignify the directing role the way we’re supposed to,” the British filmmaker told The Dissolve. “There are a few people — like Woody Allen, he’s an auteur, and I’m cool with that. But for me, directing is about collaboration.” Whether directing is a logical next step or a hard-sought achievement for screenwriters, it’s often done by telling studios, “Hey, here’s my next screenplay. You can have it as long as I get to direct.” Preston Sturges — at the time the highest paid screenwriter in Hollywood — is noted for »

- Emily Rome

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Ex Machina: Cerebral Sci-Fi

9 April 2015 5:00 PM, PDT | Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy | See recent Leonard Maltin's Movie Crazy news »

At last, a science-fiction film that’s more about ideas than explosive visual effects. Alex Garland, the novelist-turned-screenwriter of such films as 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Never Let Me Go makes his directorial debut with this stylish mood piece, set in the very near future. Domhnall Gleeson plays a bright code-writer at a major Internet firm who wins an office pool. The coveted prize: a week’s getaway at his boss’ private compound, nestled in a remote location that’s reachable only by helicopter. The Big Cheese is played by an almost-unrecognizable Oscar Isaac, who adds another exceptional performance to his growing résumé. His extreme physical...

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- Leonard Maltin

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A very deep conversation with Alex Garland about his new Sci-Fi classic 'Ex Machina'

9 April 2015 1:10 PM, PDT | Hitfix | See recent Hitfix news »

For a man whose directorial debut has earned almost uniformly stellar reviews, Alex Garland seems slightly pessimistic about what might come next.  It's likely because of his experiences writing "Sunshine," "Never Let Me Go" and "Dredd."  All three earned some heaping of critical praise, but either disappointed or had middling success at the box office.  "Ex Machina," which has already had success on the other side of the Atlantic, may break that trend. A contemporary science fiction thriller, "Machina" finds a young programmer, Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), dropped off at the remote estate of his company's mysterious and genius founder, Nathan (Oscar Isaac).  Caleb has won a contest at their Google-like company to spend a week with this powerful, Steve Jobs-esque figure, but he soon learns, however, that he's been recruited for a specific experiment.  Nathan has secretly been developing an artificial intelligence that "lives" within a walking and talking robotic body. »

- Gregory Ellwood

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Why Oscar Isaac Channeled Stanley Kubrick for 'Ex Machina' (Exclusive)

9 April 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Moviefone | See recent Moviefone news »

There are good science fiction movies, and there are science fiction movies that realign your perception of the world, while thrusting you into some new or otherworldly space, full of unfamiliar technology or biology. Alex Garland is in the business of making the latter. The British novelist breathed life into the zombie movie with his script for Danny Boyle's "28 Days Later," and took audiences to the far flung reaches of space with their second collaboration, "Sunshine" (if you haven't seen it, please correct the error of your ways -- it's fabulous). Garland also adapted a beloved novel for the cloning saga "Never Let Me Go" and an equally beloved cult comic book for "Dredd" (again: outstanding, especially in 3D).

This week, Garland makes his directorial debut with "Ex Machina," a twisty-turny little science fiction film that stars Domhnall Gleeson as Caleb, a coder for a Google-like monolith called Bluebook. »

- Drew Taylor

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Review: Alex Garland's Gripping, Brilliant, And Sensational 'Ex Machina'

8 April 2015 3:34 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

This is a reprint of our review that ran in January for the U.K. release of the film. After giving new life to the zombie and space opera genres with the Danny Boyle-directed duo of “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine,” and devastatingly adapting Kazuo Ishiguro’s “Never Let Me Go” for Mark Romanek, it seemed inevitable that screenwriter Alex Garland would eventually find his way into the director’s chair (especially after those rumors that he took over from credited helmer Pete Travis in the editing room of “Dredd,” which he also wrote). What was less inevitable is that Garland’s directorial debut, “Ex Machina,” would be any good. If the film fell flat, he’d be far from the first scribe to unsuccessfully attempt directing. As such, it’s extremely pleasurable to report that the picture is a triumph. It's arguably Garland’s tightest and most fascinating screenplay to date, »

- Oliver Lyttelton

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Ex Machina | Review

6 April 2015 8:30 AM, PDT | ioncinema | See recent ioncinema news »

Imitation Game: Garland’ s Compelling Debut Explores Human’s Technological Hubris

Excitingly presented and intelligently written, screenwriter Alex Garland’s directorial debut Ex Machina is certainly one of the more well-versed modern examinations of man kind’s moral struggles as pertains to the symbiotic relationship with the continued honing of artificial intelligence.

Presented as a sort of take on The Island of Dr. Moreau but with a madman amongst gendered machines, Garland manages to create a series of narrative levels within the film. Unconcerned with the how or why of the scenario, Garland glides us straight into a lithe and increasingly intense narrative centered on the concept of manufactured manipulation. Effective without getting hung up on certain questions that would seem impossible (even unnecessary) to answer, Garland achieves his desired outcome, examining the moral quandaries that accompany the possibilities of expanding horizons of intelligence in a future potentially nigh.

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- Nicholas Bell

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Sony Classical To Release Composer Craig Armstrong’s Far From The Madding Crowd Soundtrack On April 28

1 April 2015 1:57 PM, PDT | WeAreMovieGeeks.com | See recent WeAreMovieGeeks.com news »

After his Academy Award nominated film The Hunt (starring Mads Mikkelsen), Danish director Thomas Vinterberg adapted Thomas Hardy’s classic love story Far From The Madding Crowd for the big screen. Grammy award-winning composer Craig Armstrong was enlisted to compose the score for the film.

On April 28, Sony Classical will release the original motion picture soundtrack recording of Far From The Madding Crowd.

In this eagerly awaited drama, Vinterberg has brought together a first class cast, including Academy Award nominee Carey Mulligan (Never Let Me Go, An Education, Drive), Golden Globe nominee Michael Sheen (Kingdom of Heaven, Midnight in Paris, Frost/Nixon), Matthias Schoenaerts (Rust and Bone, Bullhead) and Tom Sturridge (On The Road).

The film will be in theaters on May 1, 2015.

Far From The Madding Crowd tells the story of independent and headstrong Bathsheba Everdene (Carey Mulligan), who attracts three very different suitors: Gabriel Oak (Matthias Schoenaerts), a sheep farmer, »

- Michelle McCue

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The 10 Indie Films You Must See This April

31 March 2015 6:00 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

#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, »

- Indiewire

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Our Favorite Films From SXSW

25 March 2015 6:16 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Kelly and Aaron both had the chance to go to SXSW this year and cover it for Cinelinx, here's their top movie recommendations that they had the chance to see and you need to see once they're released.

Kelly's SXSW Top 3

1. The Final Girls 

This film took me by surprise, in all honestly I was debating on not going but decided last minute to see it and I am glad I did. I was expecting it to be it a little entertaining because it does have an all star comedy cast including Adam Devine and Thomas Middleditch but i was blown away. With hilarious diagloue and a great meta storyline about modern day teens getting stuck in a 1980's sleep away camp horror, be sure to keep this one on your radar for it's release date. It's one of the most original movie concepts I have seen in a long time, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Kelly McInerney)

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Top SXSW Movie Picks

25 March 2015 6:16 PM, PDT | Cinelinx | See recent Cinelinx news »

Kelly and Aaron both had the chance to go to SXSW this year and cover it for Cinelinx, here's their top movie recommendations that they had the chance to see and you need to see once they're released.

Kelly's SXSW Top 3

1. The Final Girls 

This film took me by surprise, in all honestly I was debating on not going but decided last minute to see it and I am glad I did. I was expecting it to be it a little entertaining because it does have an all star comedy cast including Adam Devine and Thomas Middleditch but i was blown away. With hilarious diagloue and a great meta storyline about modern day teens getting stuck in a 1980's sleep away camp horror, be sure to keep this one on your radar for it's release date. It's one of the most original movie concepts I have seen in a long time, »

- feeds@cinelinx.com (Kelly McInerney)

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