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Following its successful theatrical run, Lionsgate Home Entertainment has announced that we'll see an Ex Machina Blu-ray / DVD release on July 14th. Here's a look at the cover art and list of special features:
"Santa Monica, CA (May 20, 2015) - The stylish, psychological thriller Ex Machina will leave audiences enthralled when itarrives on Blu-ray™ (plus Digital HD) and DVD (plus Digital) July 14th from Lionsgate Home Entertainment. After blowing away critics at its U.S.premiere at the 2015 SXSW Film Festival, the highly anticipatedsci-fi film was theatrically released by A24 and has been applauded as "sizzlingly smart, gorgeous and astute" (Wall Street Journal), "a triumph" (The Playlist), and "the year's best sci-fi movie" (Esquire). Rotten Tomatoes Certified Fresh, Ex Machina is about a breathtaking android (A.I.) whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated-and more deceptive-than man could have imagined. Making his directorial debut, Ex Machina was written and directed by Alex Garland (writer of 28 Days Later, »
- Jonathan James
To promote the release of his new movie Tomorrowland, writer Damon Lindelof (the man responsible for Lost, Star Trek Into Darkness and Prometheus) sat down with Flickering Myth’s Oli Davis, where they proceeded to talk about his new movie, but also the new Star Trek 3 film.
Lindelof produced the first two films in the relaunched franchise, writing the second instalment, but working on Tomorrowland and his HBO TV show The Leftovers meant he had to step away from the third. In the interview, Lindelof talks about what he knows of Star Trek 3’s story so far:
“It’s really about the beginning of the five year mission. It’s establishing the crew after they’ve been out there and together for a while. But I don’t know anything about the plot.”
Which is…pretty much what everyone expected, seeing how Star Trek Into Darkness ends with »
- Oli Davis
To promote the release of his new movie Tomorrowland, writer Damon Lindelof (the man responsible for Lost, Star Trek Into Darkness and Prometheus) sat down with Flickering Myth’s Oli Davis, where they proceeded to talk about his new movie, but also the new Star Wars: The Force Awakens and Star Trek 3 movies. Because they’re both pretty geeky (and one of them is best buds with Star Wars director J.J. Abrams).
While getting excited about the impending return of Luke, Leia and Han, Lindelof spoke about whether he would ever take on a Star Wars movie down the line:
“Obviously Star Wars really made me want to be a filmmaker, so the possibility that I could work on one of those films in the future would be truly a dream come true.”
The Star Wars chat starts at 02:09 in the video interview below. See even lower »
- Oli Davis
Sorry, Dredd-heads, but it doesn’t look like director Pete Travis is waiting around in hopes of a green-light for a follow-up to his beloved but low-grossing 2012 comic-book adaptation. The helmer is now lining up kidnap thriller Snatchback, with Oscar-winning actress Rachel Weisz in the lead role.
Weisz (The Constant Gardener) will take on the role of Maureen Dabbagh, a real Virginia woman whose ex-husband kidnapped their two-year-old daughter and fled to the Middle East back in 1992. Dabbagh spent over 10 years tracking the pair across the volatile region before she finally got her daughter back.
In Snatchback, which Travis also scribed, the true story will get a rather Hollywood twist, with Dabbagh becoming a mercenary of sorts, embarking on dangerous missions to help other families to recover their kidnapped children from the Middle East while continuing her own search.
Weisz co-developed and will produce the project, which is currently »
- Isaac Feldberg
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John Wagner continues his Breaking Bad riff with the second instalment of Judge Dredd story ‘Breaking Bud’ this week, a tale about a recently fired Justice League worker turned to crime. Like dear old Walter White, you think Bud Biggard is just out to support his family. Then the revenge against his old boss happens, and all of a sudden, he goes all evil Heisenberg. Pretending to be a force of Spectre-esque vengeance, Bud uses a stolen invisibility bracelet to get his way. The concluding dark turn bodes well for the story going forward…for the slightly disturbed amongst us, anyway.
Speaking of slightly disturbed, 2000Ad can count a new writer droid amonst its ranks – C.B. Harvey makes his debut with the Terror Tale ‘Phase Shift’, a brief story about a mad scientist trying to turn solid matter into gas, and then back again. »
- Oli Davis
By the end of the 2000s, getting number one at the American box office was a valuable marketing commodity. As such, studios pumped more and more money into making sure they at least had a great opening weekend for their product.
The consequence of this was that it was harder and harder for smaller and quirkier films to take a brief spot in the sun. Certainly towards the second half of the decade, it seems that the number one movie each week was pre-ordinained in a marketing meeting somewhere.
Still, there were some films that have since fallen out of public view that clawed their way to number one. How many of these do you remember?
January 2000, one week
Based on Marc Behm's book of the same name, »
The story is based on the life of Maureen Dabbagh, a woman from Virginia whose ex-husband stole away their two year-old daughter and took her to the Middle East in 1992. Dabbagh spent more than a decade searching for her daughter and finally found her.
Weisz will play a mercenary engaged in dangerous missions across the Middle East to help other families recover kidnapped children – while never giving up on her own search.
Weisz and Frida Torresblanco will produce and shooting aims to begin later this year.
Source: Screen »
- Garth Franklin
Rachel Weisz is set to star in and produce Snatchback, a $15 million kidnapping thriller dealing with illegal child recovery from Dredd director Pete Travis. The project is being launched to buyers in Cannes by London-based Protagonist Pictures. The film is inspired by the true story of Maureen Dabbagh, a woman from Virginia whose ex-husband kidnapped their two year-old daughter and took her to the Middle East in 1992. She spent over a decade searching for her child, one of 1,000 children illegally abducted from the U.S. each year, before she finally found her. The
- Alex Ritman
Exclusive: Rachel Weisz to star in and produce true story; Protagonist launches in Cannes.
Snatchback is based on the true story of Maureen Dabbagh, a woman from Virginia whose ex-husband stole away their two year-old daughter and took her to the Middle East in 1992. Dabbagh spent more than a decade searching for her daughter, one of 1,000 children illegally abducted from the Us each year, before she finally found her.
In Travis’s script, Weisz’s character becomes a mercenary engaged in dangerous missions across the Middle East to help other families recover kidnapped children – while never giving up on her »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Andreas Wiseman)
We're not getting a Dredd sequel, but that doesn't mean director Pete Travis is short of work. He'll next direct the true-life thriller Snatchback, in which Rachel Weisz will be taking the lead and acting as a producer.The film is based on the true story of the Virginian woman Maureen Dabbagh, whose daughter was kidnapped and taken to the Middle East by her ex-husband in 1992. Dabbagh spent more than ten years searching for her missing child. She did eventually find her, although most others aren't so fortunate.Hundreds of children are illegally abducted by parents every year, and Dabbagh has become an expert in such cases. She now works as a mediator for the Us Supreme Court, and is the author of two books: The Recovery Of Internationally Abducted Children, and Parental Kidnapping In America.Travis' screenplay turns her into a mercenary undertaking dangerous Middle Eastern missions to help »
“The greatest challenge that we face is to keep evolving,” he said in a recent interview as his company prepped for Cannes with 20 completed titles for the marketplace, including“The Secret in Their Eyes,” directed by Billy Ray and starring Chiwetel Ejiofor, Nicole Kidman and Julia Roberts; “The Free State of Jones,” helmed by Gary Ross and toplining Matthew McConaughey and Keri Russell; and “Silence,” from Martin Scorsese with Andrew Garfield and Liam Neeson.
Indeed, Im Global is among the top tier of sales-financing-production outfits along with FilmNation, Sierra/Affinity and Mister Smith Entertainment. The movie business has undergone deep changes with Hollywood majors focusing more on tentpoles, opening up screen doors to the indie sector, which has seen a steady growth in such sales-financing-producing shingles. »
- Dave McNary
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
Writer/director Alex Garland isn’t a big fan of sequels, but he’s acutely aware that he’s been peripherally involved with at least one (“28 Weeks Later”) and talked about some loose ideas for another (“Dredd”). And he understands that they’re more or less expected. He has no intention for a sequel to “Ex Machina,” his hit indie sci-fi thriller starring Alicia Vikander, Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson (our review), but he empathizes with audiences who might be awaiting one. “The film does end with an ellipses, a sort of dot, dot dot,” he told us in a recent interview about his sci-fi picture that just became A24 Films’ highest grossing film domestically to date. “It’s also ingrained in the audience, like a paradigm. It's just what you're supposed to do. It must be what you want to do. How could you not want to do that? »
- Rodrigo Perez
For film enthusiasts, there are few people working in the medium today more interesting than either Edgar Wright or Alex Garland. So when the auteur of the Cornetto Trilogy told us he wanted a place to interview his friend, the director of the just-released "Ex Machina", we were thrilled to give him a home. You can hear the pair's conversation in the video above. It's a fascinating, free-flowing discussion of filmmaking, the craft of the screenplay, technology, the themes in Garland's film as well as the surprising pick of the writer/director who has had an outsized influence on them both. A stunning amount of the great film work of the past decade has emerged from the minds of the two participants in this conversation – "Shaun of the Dead," "Hot Fuzz," "The World's End" and "Scott Pilgrim vs the World" are among Wright's credits. In his writer's garb, prior to »
- Richard Rushfield
Alex Garland’s break into mainstream filmmaking was on the cards for some time before the arrival of his excellent and cerebral sci-fi, Ex Machina. As the screenwriter behind 28 Days Later, Sunshine and the beloved Dredd reboot, Garland had been honing his skills from behind the camera for quite a while, and his talent is apparent in every frame of his critically-acclaimed debut.
Not one to rest on his laurels, the British director is already eyeing up potential candidates for his next project, and one that has risen to the top of the pack is an adaptation of Jeff VanderMeer’s novel, Annihilation. Remaining in the genre of science fiction, Garland’s latest is currently in the embryonic stages at Paramount; nevertheless, the filmmaker was able to share a few tidbits about VanderMeer’s concept in an interview with Deadline.
“This group of women enter a sealed park to see what is going on inside, »
- Michael Briers
Classics tales of Judge Death—and his brothers Fear, Fire, and Mortis—come to life in this remastered and colourised series!
Out of all the enemies Judge Dredd has, Judge Death and his comrades are the most fearsome and the most troublesome to the citizens of Mega City One. In this current series, Judges Death, Fear, Fire and Mortice have come through to the city after tricking Judge Anderson.
In this issue, Judge Anderson returns from Death World to Mega City 1 to find chaos as Dredd and the other judges try to track down the Dark Judges.
I remember this story when it first came out and it’s just as good and enthralling read now as it was then. It is undeniably a high quality story written by those who know Dredd and his universe the best, Alan Grant and John Wagner. »
- Andrew Newton
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
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
Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac). Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test – charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated, seductive––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined. Ex Machina marks the directorial debut of Alex Garland, the screenwriter behind 28 Days Later, Sunshine and a 2012 Cbm favorite Dredd (the reboot, Not the Stallone flick). The film also stars Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac who will appear in Star Wars: The Force Awakens this December. The clip ends with the »
The sci-fi thriller Ex Machina has been in limited release for a couple weeks now, but this weekend the film featuring future Star Wars actors Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac expands nationwide to theaters everywhere. And with that comes one final trailer to convince audiences to see this worthwhile flick. There's not much new footage, but the trailer uses quotes from respected scientific experts such as Elon Musk and Stephen Hawking about how much of a gamechanger true artificial intelligence would be, though not necessarily for the better. It's something that's on the verge of not being science fiction. Watch! Here's the final trailer for Alex Garland's Ex Machina from A24: You can still watch the previous second trailer for Ex Machina right here. 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
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