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Alex Garland, the writer of such films as "The Beach," "28 Days Later," "Sunshine," "Never Let Me Go" and "Dredd," is making his directorial debut on a sci-fi thriller called "Ex Machina." And today we have a new trailer. Check it out below. Plot: The film follows a billionaire inventor who arranges for a young employee to spend a week at his home to test an artificially intelligent female robot that the inventor has constructed. "Ex Machina" is set to hit theaters on April 10th. Trailer: »
Having dabbled in acclaimed entries into the genre such as Sunshine, 28 Days Later and the beloved Dredd reboot, Alex Garland’s directorial debut was always going to be met with an air of excitement. When Ex Machina made premiered in the UK last month, sci-fi fans were treated to an intelligent thriller that matched brains with brawn, and its overly positive reception has left us longing for the film’s North American release in April.
Essentially, Ex Machina revolves around one key question: what happens to a machine — and indeed humanity in general — when an artificial intelligence becomes sentient? Starring Domhnall Gleeson as budding programmer Caleb, the film will see him travel to the luxurious home of his reclusive boss, Nathan. As the CEO behind the largest Internet search engine in the world (cue the comparisons to Google), Nathan has engineered what he hopes is the most advanced AI in history through Ava, »
- Michael Briers
"You are dead center of the greatest scientific event in the history of man." After writing sci-fi favorites such as Sunshine and 28 Days Later, Alex Garland is behind the camera this time as the director of Ex Machina. The sci-fi thriller stars Oscar Isaac as a reclusive technology CEO who invites Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson) to his massive estate and hidden research facility to test out a new artificially intelligent android named Eva (Alicia Vikander). But soon Caleb doesn't know whether he trusts the creator or the creation as he's manipulated by both. It seems a bit derivative, but pretty intense with solid performances. Watch? Here's the second Us trailer for Alex Garland's Ex Machina from A24: You can still watch both the Us an international teaser trailers right here. Ex Machina is written and directed by Alex Garland (writer of Dredd, Sunshine, 28 Days Later). Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a »
- Ethan Anderton
Screenwriter Alex Garland has had a kind of Midas touch — he’s written and created a string of genre classics including three films directed by Academy Award-winner Danny Boyle (“The Beach,” Garland’s first novel, then the screenplays for “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine”) and one by Mark Romanek (“Never Let Me Go”). Safe to say that looks pretty good on a resume. But Garland's output suffered with the 2012 adaptation of “Dredd” — a box-office flop that couldn’t gross more than $35 million worldwide. Perhaps because of that bomb, Garland decided to take matters into his own hands with “Ex Machina,” his directorial debut that he also wrote. Set in a far future, it centers on a reclusive genius CEO, a A.I. robot and a young tech employee who wins a contest to spend private time with his isolated boss. The movie stars two upcoming actors from “Star Wars: The Force Awakens, »
- Edward Davis
Alex Garland has been kicking ass and taking names with screenplays like 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd. The time has come for him to make his directorial debut, and Ex MacHina looks to be right up the alley of anyone who appreciates a good science-fiction cautionary tale. The story follows that of Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant who wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company's brilliant and reclusive »
- Sean Wist
Alex Garland is the screenwriter behind some awesome films like 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Dredd. His directorial debut Ex Machina is premiering at SXSW and here’s the first one-sheet poster for it, featuring Alicia Vikander’s robot butt. It features some great actors and is being distributed by A24 Films, who were behind some amazing films last year like Enemy, Under the […] »
- Patrick Cooper
Oliver Davis reviews 2000Ad Prog 1919…
Borag Thungg, Earthlets! And Borag Birthday, Tharg the Mighty. 2000Ad celebrates its 38th birthday this issue, an impressive feat for the British institution. Judge Dredd doesn’t have birthday candles, though. Instead, he extinguishes the raging flames of Dark Judge Fire.
John Wagner and Greg Staples continue Dredd’s large-panelled action layouts from last week, including another full-page spread with ol’stoney face’s tremendous line, “The crime is mass murder! The sentence is — corn mash!” as he throws Fire into a combine harvester. The farm setting could fool you about the story’s location. We’re still aboard the Mayflower spaceship colony, just in the agriculture dome. Dredd and Anderson’s next escape is to the Aqua Dome. It’s a bit like the Crystal Maze…just with more people perishing horribly. Greg Staples’ art gets better each week, particularly in the concluding panels »
- Oli Davis
"Power Rangers" producers might morph into mighty angry plaintiffs if one fan-turned-filmmaker doesn't pull down his dark and ultra-violent spoof starring James Van Der Beek ... stat. Here's the deal ... producer Adi Shankar posted a badass dystopian spoof of "Power Rangers" on Vimeo, but Scg Power Rangers LLC -- the company behind the real McCoy -- caught wind and demanded it be taken down. Shankar ... whose previous work includes "The Grey," "Lone Survivor" and "Dredd" -- isn't backing down. »
- TMZ Staff
Ever wondered what happened when the Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers grew up? Well, apparently Adi Shankar did -- so much so that he produced "Power/Rangers," a bootleg short film of the concept (a new installment in what he refers to as "The Bootleg Universe"). Directed by Joseph Kahn, this quick take on the Ptsd-ridden rangers (and the mysterious person killing them off one by one) stars James van der Beek (!!) and Katee Sackhoff (!!!). It's certainly a dark take on the Power Rangers -- as Arts.Mic points out, it's definitely been been hit with some "Bayization" (think "Transformers") -- which makes sense, because it was created for and by '90s children who grew up and "yearn[ed] for something darker and grittier." Read More: Can't Wait for a 'Dredd' Sequel? That's Why The Producer Went Bootleg At any rate, the full film is available online, so make »
- Rosie Narasaki
The Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers are getting the big screen treatment from Lionsgate next year, and while we know nothing about it at this stage, we can be sure it will be nothing like this dark, gritty, and frankly amazing short film from director Joesph Khan (Dentention, Torque) and producer Adi Shankar (Dredd). Starring James Van Der Beek and Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackoff, Power/Rangers is the next in the "Bootleg Films" series, which includes The Punisher: Dirty Laundry, where Thomas Jane put on the skull t-shirt again, and the unofficial animated Dredd spin-off, Superfiend. A pretty grim take on the beloved kids t.v.show, the short was born from Shankar's realistation (as he explains in an accompanying video, that has to be seen for Shankar ripping into Orlando Bloom alone) that the Power Rangers were basically child soldiers who were bound to end up with Post Traumatic »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Tom White)
Adi Shankar continues to be one of my favourite producers. Both The Grey and Dredd were awesome films, he recently hired Adam Wingard and Simon Barrett to write and direct an adaptation of I Saw the Devil and today, he released a kick ass, dystopian re-imaging of the hit kid's show, Power Rangers.
The short was directed by Jospeh Kahn (Detention) who was once tapped to direct the long in development Neuromance, so I'm not surprised to see a ton of Cyberpunk thrown in here including audio nods to Blade Runner.
For more on why Shankar dec [Continued ...] »
In his Bootleg Universe, producer Adi Shankar re-imagines pop culture characters as he sees fit. For his latest work, Shankar has teamed with director Joseph Kahn for Power/Rangers, an extremely dark short film that imagines its titular characters as messed-up adults.
Power/Rangers stars James Van Der Beek as Rocky, one of the Red Rangers from the original 90s version of Power Rangers. In the short film's timeline, Rocky has turned away from his former colleagues and is instead searching for Tommy (the Green Ranger) during a futuristic war. In order to learn about the Green Ranger's whereabouts, Rocky interrogates Pink Ranger Kimberly, played by Battlestar Galactica's Katee Sackhoff.
There's a certain level of silliness to this whole endeavor, but in creating an ultra-gritty version of Power Rangers, Shankar is adding a realistic conclusion to an otherwise fantastical TV series. In a separate video, Shankar explains how messed »
- Sam Gutelle
The big screen reboot of the "Power Rangers" franchise is still a year off, but today "Torque" director Joseph Kahn and "Dredd" producer Adi Shankar have come up with something that should get fans excited and premiered it via HitFix.
In the tradition of Shankar's "Punisher" and "Venom" fan film shorts comes the 14-minute "Power/Rangers," a dark and very adult sequhttp://www.darkhorizons.com/admin/news/edit/35920el to the children’s franchise. Boasting violence and nudity, the film begins with most of the Power Rangers dead and with James Van Der Beek as a traitorous Rocky having taken Katee Sackhoff's Kimberly prisoner. Russ Bain, Will Yun Lee and Gichi Gamba also star.
The "Power/Rangers" short has been removed from YouTube »
- Garth Franklin
"I make unapologetically R-rated, ferociously violent, action & crime cinema," producer Adi Shankar ("Dredd," "Lone Survivor," "A Walk Among The Tombstones," "Killing Them Softly") says in his Twitter profile. Though that seems to presuppose that the only way to do that kind of material is in an R-rated format. We'll leave that debate for another day, but Shankar has been putting his philosophy to use in his ongoing bootleg series of shorts, and today comes the violent, gritty take "Mighty Morphin' Power Rangers" you've always wanted. Uh, right? Rounding up James Van Der Beek, Katie Sackhoff, and Joseph Kahn ("Torque") to direct, this one imagines what would happen if those colorful teenage kids trained to fight turned into adults with Ptsd. Well, it is in a blue palette world of electronic music and choreographed fights. It's an interesting take on the material, though the aesthetic design feels somewhat »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Joseph Kahn is one of the most accomplished and ambitious directors working in the music video and TV commercial industries. To date, he’s also made two feature films, with extremely different results. The first of those pictures, Torque, is almost an art object, the result of a filmmaker who isn’t interested in popcorn spectacle making the most ridiculous motorbike action movie you can imagine. It might well be to The Fast and the Furious what Marcel Duchamp’s Fountain is to a urinal.
And then there’s Detention, a film Kahn made ‘outside of the system.’ It’s a teen time travel horror movie – sort of. It’s also a head-first dive into pop culture ephemera. I’ve seen Detention at least a half dozen times in the last three or four years, and now I’m writing about it, I’m tempted to go get the Blu-ray »
- Brendon Connelly
Dredd and The Grey producer Adi Shankar has released another one of his "bootleg" fan films. This time it's a badass 14-minute short based on the Power Rangers franchise, directed by Joseph Kahn (Detention, Torque) and starring James Van Der Beek and Katee Sackhoff. Before checking it out though, you should know Kahn isn't involved with the planned reboot, and you might want to be careful where you watch the video since it's Nsfw. It's »
- Jesse Giroux
My history with Joseph Kahn is an odd one. So when we spoke on Saturday about the top-secret project he's been working on since I saw him last summer at Comic-Con, I was aware how strange it is that Kahn would trust me with this secret. It is a testament to the way a real conversation with someone can change a relationship entirely, because by all rights, he shouldn't have anything at all to say to me. After all, I was rude to him about his first film "Torque." I didn't review the film, but I did find a way to make sure to take a cheap shot at him at the end of the year. In his second feature, "Detention," Kahn sneaks in a few sideways digs at film critics, but the damnedest thing happened: I enjoyed the film when I saw it at SXSW and I gave it a good review. »
- Drew McWeeny
Based in the world of the cult hit movie Dredd, this collection continues the story of Judges Dredd and Anderson in the dark post-apocalyptic city of Mega-City One. Includes the official Dredd prequel story,Top of the World Ma-Ma! by Matt Smith and Henry Flint.
Put your hands up if you have seen the Dredd film? No, not the Stallone version I mean the Karl Urban version (hence the title). Now, who enjoyed it and thought it was a good portrayal of Dredd and life in Mega City 1? If you are one of the millions who did then this is the comic book for you.
To start with we get a good bit of back story of the film’s antagonist, Ma-Ma. Her life before she gained power is one to be pitied and you actually find yourself cheering for her when she starts fighting back. »
- Andrew Newton
Film scores are pretty ephemeral to a large chunk of the movie-going populace, where music isn’t noticeable unless a triumphant fanfare or sweeping ballad draws enough attention to itself. So if scoring is already the film industry’s unappreciated middle child, how silly is a list about ones that haven’t been released yet? Very silly. Oftentimes, composers don’t even sign with a project until well into production, so speculating on the best film music of 2015, like any year, forces one to work with what’s known. Sound on Sight will offer more in-depth analysis on the most buzzed about music as the year rolls on but for now, here are the ten movie scores I’m most excited to hear in 2015.
Alan Silvestri’s last great score was for a TV show, and his last great film score was for one of the more forgettable Marvel entries. »
- David Klein
An edit of the song 'Hacking/Cutting' has been made available to stream now.
Barrow and Salisbury previously collaborated on an unused score for 2012's Dredd, a movie written by Garland.
The album was later released in May 2012 as Drokk; Music Inspired By Mega-City One.
The tracklisting for Ex Machina is »
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