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It’s hard to find smart, thought-provoking science fiction stories these days, with current trends dictating bigger is better. Writer-Director Alex Garland’s Ex MacHina is small-scale, slow-paced, and breaks no new ground in terms of ideas. Yet thanks to a terrific script, exceptional characterizations, and one super-sexy robot, it’s the best new science fiction film I’ve seen since Under The Skin. Like Garland’s earlier scripts, which gave us fresh takes on the zombie genre (28 Days Later) and the space-flight-to-save-the-earth genre (Sunshine), Ex MacHina takes a familiar sci-fi concept, in this case the replication of human presence via artificial means, and makes it new.
Ex MacHina tells the story of Caleb (geeky Domhnall Gleeson from Unbreakable), a low-ranking worker bee at Bluebook, the world’s “biggest internet search engine”. The film opens with him winning an in-company competition for the opportunity to spend a week at the »
- Tom Stockman
According to The Tracking Board Scarlett Johansson is under the microscope a serious contender to star as the leading lady Universal fans still cherish Julie Adams. Johansson a proven versatile performer certainly has the look and the presence to pull off the role and an Alister like herself certainly wont hurt commercial appeal. Its a smart move from Universal and it could be a very intelligent business decision for Johansson who is already a phoenix in the business thanks to recent hits Avengers (the forthcoming sequel Avengers Age of Ultron isnt going to do anything to damage her momentum for the record) Lucy Under the Skin and Hitchcock four films that were met with warm reception. Why not add yet another major marquee »
Family feature will go head-to-head with Under The Skin and Pride.
The awards, which announced its nominees today, will be hosted by Melvyn Gregg in London on June 7.
The TV comedy category will see Michael Winterbottom’s The Trip to Italy, starring Steve Coogan and Rob Brydon, go up against BBC satire W1A, and Sky Living’s Doll & Em. A film version of The Trip To Italy premiered at the 2014 Sundance Film Festival.
Full list of nominees
A Dream within a Midsummer Night’s Dream - Ballet Black
Lest We Forget - English National Ballet »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Monica Mendoza)
I’m walking to a bar after seeing Jonathan Glazer’s Under the Skin in Berlin’s progressively gentrified neighborhood, Neukölln. Our group of four is unanimously in favor of the sci-fi thriller starring Scarlett Johansson. But by the time we take our seats in the bar, rumblings of an argument have begun. When my challenger brings up male-gaze, I say that its existence in cinema may be fundamentally problematic, but for me, its presence in Under the Skin is necessary in the experience of the film. He says his issue with male-gaze actually relates to the objectification of the male subjects, not […] »
- Taylor Hess
Sci-fi epic Interstellar picked up the best film prize at the Empire Awards in London last night (March 29).
Chastain, who plays Matthew McConaughey’s daughter in the film, was on hand earlier in the evening to present Nolan with the Empire Inspiration honour, which also earned the director of Inception and the Dark Knight Trilogy a standing ovation.
Nolan was back on stage shortly after to accept the best director award.
The awards, voted for by the public, delivered a surprise in the best actor category as Andy Serkis picked up the prize for his performance-captured turn in Dawn of the Planet of the Apes, beating Oscar-winner »
- email@example.com (Michael Rosser)
“Interstellar” took the awards for director and film, and Nolan was also honored with the Empire Inspiration award, presented to him by “Interstellar” actress Jessica Chastain. Star of “Man of Steel” and the forthcoming “Batman V Superman: Dawn of Justice,” both produced by Nolan, Henry Cavill presented the director award, while Kit Harington and Peter Firth, stars of “Spooks: The Greater Good,” presented the film award.
The cast of HBO’s “Game of Thrones” received the Empire Hero Award in celebration of the popularity of the series, marking the first time an Empire Award has gone to a TV show. As previously announced, the Empire Legend honor went to Ralph Fiennes, who received his award from Liam Neeson.
Andy Serkis picked up the actor award for his role as »
- Leo Barraclough
Christopher Nolan's Interstellar was named Best Film and Nolan himself won the award for Best Director, as well as the special Empire inspiration award, while The Imitation Game picked up the prize for Best Thriller.
The full list of winners is as follows:
Best Newcomer - Male
Ian Hultquist, best known for being a founding member of Passion Pit, has moved onto film composition, working on three features over the last couple of years that have played at South By Southwest and Sundance. You may know his work from Animals or Ivory Tower, but his latest project, the horror film The Diabolical, played at SXSW 2015.
After its premiere, we had a chance to sit down with Ian and discuss the project. During the course of our interview, we talked about how he got his start composing, some of his biggest influences, the importance of music to a horror film, and much more.
Check out the full interview below and enjoy!
Wgtc: How’d you originally get involved with the project?
Hultquist: I had just started working with an agency for the first time early last year. This was the first project they brought to me. They had »
- Alexander Lowe
An especially fraught Thanksgiving holiday brings a woman’s troubled, booze-soaked history into blistering yet compassionate focus in “Krisha,” an intimate and unnerving character study that marks a ferociously impressive feature debut for 26-year-old multihyphenate Trey Edward Shults. The winner of the grand jury award for narrative features at SXSW (as well as an elaboration of Shults’ prize-winning 2014 short of the same title), this Kickstarter-funded project reveals an elusive, formally sophisticated storytelling approach that neatly sidesteps the usual addiction/dysfunction cliches, its stylistic experimentation anchored by a subtly wounding performance from Krisha Fairchild in the eponymous lead role. More festival berths await, and while commercial prospects look decidedly modest, critical support should spur select arthouse bookings and discerning-viewer interest ahead of VOD play.
- Justin Chang
Editor Jacob T. Swinney has created a fascinating five minute video featuring the first and final shots from 55 different films. In some cases we can attempt to draw meaning from what we're seeing and in others there doesn't appear to be much rhyme or reason, but that in itself can offer a window into what the director was attempting to achieve. My only complaint with the video is the fact Swinney didn't include the film titles in the actual video, opting instead to list them in the film's description. While the majority of the images are recognizable enough, I did find myself looking at the descriptions here and there, taking me out of the video for a second and ultimately causing me to have to pause the video overall. Not a major complaint, just more a compliment in fact to the engrossing nature of what was created. I personally find the images of Birdman, »
- Brad Brevet
It may have turned out only one Academy Award on Oscar night but Morten Tyldum's "The Imitation Game" led the way with nominations from the Jameson Empire Awards. The Alan Turing biopic landed six mentions, including Best Film and Best Actor, Benedict Cumberbatch. It's joined in the top category by fellow Best Picture Oscar nominee "Boyhood" as well as "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes," "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" and "Interstellar." If you're eager to make your voice heard, you can vote right over here. Check out the full list of nominees below. Winners will be unveiled on March 29. More at The Circuit. Best Film "Boyhood" "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies" "The Imitation Game" "Interstellar" Best Director Richard Linklater, "Boyhood" Matt Reeves, "Dawn of the Planet of the Apes" Peter Jackson, "The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies »
- Kristopher Tapley
On the day after the day after the Oscars, we've still got a bit of cleaning up to do. The Skandies countdown is complete. Landing at #1 in the informal poll of critics is Under the Skin—and Jonathan Glazer is 2014's best director, too. We've also got a fresh list from James Hansen. #1: Jean-Luc Godard's Goodbye to Language. David Bordwell takes a close look at the structure, technique and intentions behind Birdman. Niles Schwartz suggests that Clint Eastwood's American Sniper is an "incoherent text." Plus Serge Bozon on Luc Mullet, Alexander Stille on Paolo Virzì’s Human Capital, Wim Wenders, Joanna Hogg, Darren Aronofsky and Claudia Llosa, Marcel Ophüls and Joshua Oppenheimer in conversation and more. » - David Hudson »
London — “The Imitation Game” leads the race for the Jameson Empire Awards, which is voted for by readers of film magazine Empire, with six nominations.
“The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “Kingsman: The Secret Service” follow with four nominations each. “Boyhood,” “Gone Girl,” “The Theory of Everything” and “Interstellar” were all short-listed in three categories.
Five films have been short-listed in both the film and director categories: “The Hobbit: The Battle of the Five Armies,” “Boyhood,” “Interstellar,” “Dawn of the Planet of the Apes” and “The Imitation Game.”
The winners will be announced at the awards ceremony on March 29.
The Jameson Empire Awards Nominations
- Leo Barraclough
The Imitation Game leads the nominations at this year's Jameson Empire Awards.
There are also multiple nominations for Interstellar and Boyhood, with both Christopher Nolan and Richard Linklater on the Best Director shortlist opposite Peter Jackson, Morten Tyldum and Matt Reeves.
James Nesbitt will return to host the 2015 Jameson Empire Awards, which take place on Sunday, »
Ingmar Bergman leaves his mark the way a nightmare leaves a scar. His films haunt you, they're hard. You confront the difficulty, it mends, and you're stronger for it. He maintained a strict intimacy in his work environment. His cast and crew rarely succeeded more than 30 closely knit members, and even fewer remained while shooting. With this light ensemble he produced classics in surplus that explored grand ideas with minimal means. But when I say classic, I don't mean the way people consider Forrest Gump one. I mean a hard classic, the kind that filmmakers pay their inspirational dues, and critics and historian's sob over with glee.
They're what you'd consider a "Capital-g Great Film", which means the experience can prove grueling for those lacking the trained appetite. And for those initiated, prepared to combat the attrition, there's that hard-earned reward to bask in later. What distinguished films like Persona, »
- firstname.lastname@example.org (Aaron Hunt)
The highly-anticipated 87th Annual Academy Awards were held in Hollywood last night (February 22), with Neil Patrick Harris boldly taking on hosting duties at a star-studded Dolby Theatre.
Winners of the night included Best Actor Eddie Redmayne for his role as Stephen Hawking in The Theory of Everything, and Best Actress Julianne Moore for her part as Alzheimer sufferer Alice Howland in Still Alice.
1. Emma Stone elegant in Elie Saab
2. Scarlett Johansson in emerald green »
There’s awkward, and then there’s awwwwwkward.
Seriously, every single thing about this photo makes you want to cringe. From Travolta’s hand-placement and his unnerving kissy face (to be fair, most people’s kissy faces aren’t exactly attractive) to Johansson’s distant pose and her "I am seriously going to hurt you if you don’t get away from me" face.
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Johansson, whose creepy art house thriller Under The Skin was considered by many to be one of the year’s big snubs, looked stunning in her floor-length hunter green Atelier Versace gown, and didn’t look like she wanted Travolta’s hands leaving weirdly placed fingerprints all over it.
Maybe he tried to say hi and ended up totally »
Good evening and welcome to the 87th Academy Awards, live from the Dolby Theater in Hollywood, Los Angeles.
The biggest movie event of the year is with us once more, and Digital Spy will be bringing you comprehensive live coverage, from the first Manolos on the red carpet to the last teary speech from the stage.
Refresh your memory with this list of all the nominations and compare your prediction cards with our guesses for who will win all the major gongs.
21:15What were your favourite moments from tonight? And what do you think of all the big winners, especially Birdman's victory over Boyhood? Do let us know in the comments box below, and stick around on DS for our full reaction to the ceremony.
21:14Neil Patrick Harris was undoubtedly a bit hit and miss, lacking confidence in the middle more than anything else, but there were »
And the Independent Spirit Awards have revealed the winners and it's looking a lot like the Academy Awards! "Birdman" beat "Boyhood" for the Best Feature trophy but Richard Linklater took away the Best Director award from Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu.
Is this a sign of what's going to happen at the Oscars tonight?
2015 Film Independent Spirit Award Winners (Highlighted) And Nominees
(Award given to the Producer. Executive Producers are not awarded.)
Winner: Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)
Winner: Richard Linklater
Richard Linklater won for Best Director and Patricia Arquette won the Best Supporting actress for team Boyhood, while Iñárritu’s Birdman claimed Best Picture, Best Actor (Michael Keaton) and Cinematographer (Emmanuel Lubezki) at the 30th Film Independent Spirit Awards last night. The split might foreshadow how the Oscars play out tonite, as the Middleweight Saturday ceremony and Heavyweight Sunday gig are more or less interchangeable. The two films that might gain a little further traction from the tent spotlight include Nightcrawler (which picked up Best First Feature and Best Screenplay) and Whiplash, Damien Chazelle’s deservedly won for Best Supporting Actor and Editing categories. Also worth pointing out is a Land Ho! win in the category we love the most: the John Cassavetes Award. Here are the winners and noms.
“Birdman or (The Unexpected Virtue of Ignorance)” *Winner
- Eric Lavallee
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