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Danny Boyle finally confirmed to take the helm on Bond 25

After months of speculation, the news has finally been confirmed that Trainspotting and Sunshine man Danny Boyle will direct Bond 25, the next film in the James Bond series.

Boyle’s appointment was only guaranteed if the screenplay he submitted to series producers Barbara Broccoli and Michael G. Wilson impressed the duo. It now seems the pair are more than happy with the result. Boyle had co-written the draft alongside his T2 Trainspotting scribe, John Hodge, who will join him on the Bond team.

Also in the news – John Malkovich will play Poirot alongside Rupert Grint for the BBC’s Agatha Christie adaptation The ABC Murders

Both Michael G Wilson and Barbara Broccoli described Boyle as “exceptionally talented“, they went on to say they were “delighted” to have him on board.

MGM board Charmain (who will be distributing the film in the Us), Kevin Ulrich, said: “We couldn’t be
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Claire Denis on the Emotional Journey of ‘High Life’ and How Filmmaking is Like Murder

Full disclosure: this is not really an interview about Let the Sunshine In. Claire Denis and I met on the day of her new film’s U.S. release, which was, like many cinephiles, on my mind. All the more so because Sunshine has been swimming through parts of the subsoncious since I first saw it nearly seven months back at the New York Film Festival — where I mean to speak with Denis, and finally didn’t on account of her shooting, to our immense fortune, another film: the much-anticipated Robert Pattinson-starrer High Life.

So there many questions about this wondrous, mysterious film had percolated for a long time, and I didn’t get to them — to this interview’s benefit, as I think will soon become clear. Denis is, in her films and both times we’ve spoken, a searching mind, and it’s clear that, a year out from its premiere,
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DJ Avicii Dead at 28

  • TMZ
Avicii -- one of the most famous DJs in the world -- has died.  His rep says Avicii died in the Middle Eastern country of Oman. Details surrounding his death are still unclear.  Avicii's real name is Tim Bergling. He was born in Sweden. His reps issued a statement, "It is with profound sorrow that we announce the loss of Tim Bergling, also known as Avicii. He was found dead in Muscat, Oman this Friday afternoon local time,
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‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland Speaks Out on Screwing With Genre and Studio Panic Attacks

‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland Speaks Out on Screwing With Genre and Studio Panic Attacks
The brainy 47-year-old son of a British political cartoonist, Alex Garland made his name with novels “The Beach” and “The Tesseract” before moving on to a tortuous relationship with Hollywood. After Leonardo DiCaprio starred in Danny Boyle’s movie version of “The Beach” (Fox), Garland turned to screenwriting on two original grim visions of the future for Boyle and Fox Searchlight, zombiefest “28 Days Later” and sci-fi space trip “Sunshine,” both starring Cillian Murphy, followed by 2012 comic-book flop “Dredd” (Lionsgate).

Backed by Focus Features, Garland’s stunning directorial debut “Ex Machina,” a tense sci-fi three-hander starring Oscar Isaac as a genius robot designer, Alicia Vikander as his wily femme bot, and Domnhall Gleeson as the gullible man who falls for her, was inexplicably rejected for theatrical release and was taken on by A24. Focus president Peter Schlessel lost his job when the movie scored $25 million domestic and two Oscar nominations (including
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‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland Speaks Out on Screwing With Genre and Studio Panic Attacks

‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland Speaks Out on Screwing With Genre and Studio Panic Attacks
The brainy 47-year-old son of a British political cartoonist, Alex Garland made his name with novels “The Beach” and “The Tesseract” before moving on to a tortuous relationship with Hollywood. After Leonardo DiCaprio starred in Danny Boyle’s movie version of “The Beach” (Fox), Garland turned to screenwriting on two original grim visions of the future for Boyle and Fox Searchlight, zombiefest “28 Days Later” and sci-fi space trip “Sunshine,” both starring Cillian Murphy, followed by 2012 comic-book flop “Dredd” (Lionsgate).

Backed by Focus Features, Garland’s stunning directorial debut “Ex Machina,” a tense sci-fi three-hander starring Oscar Isaac as a genius robot designer, Alicia Vikander as his wily femme bot, and Domnhall Gleeson as the gullible man who falls for her, was inexplicably rejected for theatrical release and was taken on by A24. Focus president Peter Schlessel lost his job when the movie scored $25 million domestic and two Oscar nominations (including
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Danny Boyle Confirms He is Directing Daniel Craig's Final James Bond Film

Director Danny Boyle (Trainspotting, Sunshine, Slumdog Millionaire) has confirmed that he will be directing the next James Bond film, which will be the final stint for Daniel Craig as James Bond. Boyle was rumored to be wanted for the film a few weeks ago and he talked about the development of the movie during an interview with Metro Us, and said he's working on the script alongside Trainspotting's John Hodge with the script penned by Richard Curtis:

“We are working on a script right now. And it all depends on that really. I am working on a Richard Curtis script at the moment. We hope to start shooting that in 6 or 7 weeks. Then Bond would be right at the end of the year. But we are working on them both right now.

We’ve got an idea, John Hodge, the screenwriter, and I have got this idea, and
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Alex Garland To Deliver FX-Based TV Pilot ‘Devs’

He’s currently wowing Netflix audiences in the UK with his new movie Annihilation, but Alex Garland has already got his sights set on his next project, a new TV pilot named Devs. The planned show, which will go before the cameras later this year with Garland writing and directing the pilot, is based over at FX Networks.

Deadline first reported the news, and added a brief synopsis of what we can expect to their post.

They say that the story will revolve around a young computer engineer named Lily, who investigates the secretive development division of her employer, a cutting-edge tech company based in San Francisco, which she believes is behind the disappearance of her boyfriend.

Related: Annihilation review

“Devs is a captivating series from Alex Garland, building on his track record of groundbreaking work that challenges our notion of humanity amid the seemingly boundless promise of technology,” said Eric Schrier,
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Karl Urban Says Alex Garland Actually Directed ‘Dredd’

The 2012 film Dredd was not a major hit at the box office, but the artful comic book adaptation built up a legion of fans and has now taken on something of a cult hit status. The project originated with writer and producer Alex Garland, who started working on the script while in post-production on his Danny Boyle sci-fi film Sunshine, and reports swirled that Garland had a strong hand in bringing the finished version of Dredd to the screen. Well now the film’s star, Karl Urban, has spilled the beans on one of the worst-kept …
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Little Fires Everywhere TV series: Reese Witherspoon and Kerry Washington sign up

Tony Sokol Mar 4, 2018

A Little Fires Everywhere series, based on Celeste Ng’s bestselling book, is on the way...

“Sometimes you need to scorch everything to the ground, and start over,” Celeste Ng wrote in her best-selling novel Little Fires Everywhere. Other times you just move on to a new role.

Reese Witherspoon, who stars with Nicole Kidman on the HBO series Big Little Lies, will team up with Kerry Washington, whose term on ABC’s Scandal is set to end, in a limited series based on Ng’s book, according to The Hollywood Reporter. The show will be written, run and produced by Liz Tigelaar, who ran the Hulu series Casual. The series is sparking a bidding war among premium cable and streaming companies.

Little Fires Everywhere is set in Shaker Heights, the upscale community in Ohio where Ng grew up, in the 1990s. A single mother and her
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Watch: Alex Garland Talks Annihilation at Google

Writer/director Alex Garland recently sat down with Google Sf to discuss his career writing and directing some great films such as 28 Day Later, Ex Machina, Sunshine and Dredd as well as latest film, Annihilation.

Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling "Southern Reach Trilogy," Annihilation follows a group of soldiers who enter an environmental disaster zone and only one soldier (Oscar Isaac) comes back out alive, though he is grievously injured. In an attempt to save his life, his wife Lena (Natalie Portman), a biologist, voluntee
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Review: Alex Garland's 'Annihilation' is Visually Inventive, Intellectually Ambitious

English novelist, screenwriter, and filmmaker Alex Garland rose to prominence in 1996 with the release of his first novel, The Beach. After Danny Boyle filmed an adaptation of the book (released in 2000), Garland transitioned into screenwriting, with a proclivity for dystopian science fiction. His impressive filmography reads like an abbreviated list of the best sci-fi movies of the 21st century, including 28 Days Later (2002), Sunshine (2007), Never Let Me Go (2011) and Dredd (2012). In 2015, Garland made his directorial debut with the sci-fi thriller Ex Machina, for which his script was nominated for a Best Original Screenplay Academy Award. Garland's second directorial effort, Annihilation, is another mind-bending masterstroke in the writer-director's ambitious oeuvre that will prove profound to some viewers, but polarizing to others. Based on the novel of the same name written by Jeff VanderMeer, Annihilation stars Academy Award-winner Natalie Portman as Lena, a military veteran and biology professor who is mourning the loss
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Annihilation Director Reveals The Beach is Getting a New Adaptation

Annihilation director Alex Garland revealed that his novel The Beach is getting a new adaptation. The Beach first came out in 1997, years before Garland broke into movies as the writer of 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Dredd. Garland’s first film as a director, the 2015 sci-fi movie Ex Machina, scored big with critics and audiences. Garland has followed that up with Annihilation, a sci-fi/horror movie based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer.
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A Guide to ‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland’s Trailblazing Sci-Fi Career

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[Editor’s Note: This article is presented in partnership with Paramount’s “Annihilation” – in theaters February 23rd. Click here for more details.]

From his screenwriting debut, the 2002 sci-fi classic “28 Days Later,” to his directorial debut, the 2015 breakthrough “Ex Machina,” filmmaker Alex Garland has proven himself to be a trailblazing force in modern sci-fi cinema.

His latest, “Annihilation,” follows a biologist (Natalie Portman) who teams up with a group of scientists (played by Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, among others) to explore an environmental disaster zone that has claimed the lives of nearly every other person who has entered Area X — including her husband (Oscar Isaac), who is gravely ill.

First reactions to the film have called it “brilliant,” “riveting,” and “wickedly disturbing” — a worthy follow-up to the critically acclaimed “Ex Machina.” Ahead of “Annihilation,” which debuts this Friday, get up to speed with the rest of Garland’s oeuvre in this quick primer.

“28 Days Later” (2002)

While Garland first achieved pop culture
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Review: ‘Annihilation’ is Beautiful, Horrifying Sci-Fi with a Bold Imagination

More terrifying than any creature Hollywood could dream up is the unraveling of one’s mind—the steady loss of a consciousness as defined by the memories, motivations, and knowledge built up from decades of experience and reflection. With Annihilation, Alex Garland’s beautiful, frightening follow-up to Ex Machina, he portrays this paralyzing sensation with a sense of vivid imagination, and also delivers a cadre of horrifying creatures to boot.

Fans of Jeff VanderMeer’s novel (myself included), will realize right off the bat that this is another beast altogether; there’s more laying of the groundwork to kick off the mission, a deepening of the backstory, no mention of hypnosis or entire locations, a wholly different ending, and more outright humor between our group, who are given names this time around. The Biologist is Lena (an excellent Natalie Portman), a former soldier; The Psychologist is Dr. Ventress (Jennifer Jason Leigh
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Director Danny Boyle is Wanted For Bond 25

It looks like the producers have their sights set on director Danny Boyle to helm Bond 25! According to Variety, no offer has been made yet, but “Boyle has keen interest in the project and has always wanted to direct a Bond film.” Apparently, MGM has also been keen on getting Boyle on board a 007 film for years. It seems like the stars are aligning to make this happen.

Boyle, who has directed Trainspotting, 128 Hours, Sunshine, and Slumdog Millionaire, is a great choice to take on James Bond! If Christopher Nolan isn’t interested in doing it, Boyle is perfect. I’ve always thought that it would be cool to see him make a Bond movie, and now there’s a chance it might actually happen!

Boyle is developing another project at the moment, but there’s no cast attached to it and it can easily be pushed back to make
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Alex Garland is developing a tech-based sci-fi TV series for FX

With his second feature film Annihilation gearing up for a release later this month, filmmaker Alex Garland has revealed to Fandango that he’s turning his attention to the small screen and is currently developing an eight-part sci-fi drama for FX.

“It’s a sort of science fiction, but it’s a much more technology-based sci-fi whereas Annihilation is a more hallucinogenic form of sci-fi and more fantastical form of sci-fi,” said Garland. “This is slightly more in common with projects I’ve worked on like Ex Machina or Never Let Me Go, which are taking something about our world now – not our world in the future, but our world as it is right now – and then drawing sort of inferences and conclusions from it.”

After penning the screenplays for 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go and Dredd, Garland made his directorial debut with 2015’s Ex Machina. His new
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Alex Garland developing new eight-part TV series

Alec Bojalad Feb 11, 2018

Sci-fi movie maestro Alex Garland has revealed some of the details of his upcoming project for FX...

Alex Garland has made his name as one of science fiction's brightest modern voices.

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He got his start with the novel The Beach, which was adapted into the Leonard DiCaprio feature of the same name. He then moved into film, writing movies such as 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Never Let Me Go - not to mention his brilliant directorial debut Ex Machina.

Now with his next directorial effort Annihilation coming soon to theaters in the Us, and going straight to Netflix in the UK, Garland has cast his eye to another medium needing his science fiction expertise. Garland cut a deal back in 2017 to produce a sci-fi TV show for FX.
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Alex Garland’s FX Series Will Be Science Fiction Similar to ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘Never Let Me Go’

Alex Garland’s FX Series Will Be Science Fiction Similar to ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘Never Let Me Go’
Alex Garland is getting ready to make his mark on television. The “Annihilation” director signed a deal with FX Productions last July to develop, write, and produce new television projects, and it appears he’s cracked the idea for his first series. Garland recently told Fandango (via The Playlist) that he’ll be going back to his more intimate science-fiction roots with his new series.

“It’s a sort of science fiction, but it’s a much more technology based science fiction whereas ‘Annihilation’ is a more hallucinogenic form of sci fi and a more fantastical form of sci fi,” Garland said. “This is slightly more in common with projects I’ve worked on like ‘Ex Machina‘ or ‘Never Let Me Go,’ which are taking something about our world now — not our world in the future, but our world as it is right now — and then drawing sort of inferences and conclusions from it.
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‘Annihilation’ Director Alex Garland Says His Upcoming TV Series Is More Like ‘Ex Machina’ and ‘Never Let Me Go’

  • Fandango
There aren’t many people working in the science fiction space right now who are as exciting and as prolific as Alex Garland. The longtime screenwriter behind films like Sunshine, 28 Days Later, Never Let Me Go and Dredd made the transition to writing and directing with 2014’s Ex Machina, a beloved (and super brainy) sci-fi film about the dangers of artificial intelligence that also happened to snag an Oscar for Best Visual Effects (and feature this gem of an Oscar Isaac dance scene)....

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‘Annihilation’ First Reactions: Alex Garland Has Made a ‘New Sci-Fi Classic’ That’s ‘Thrilling’ and ‘Wickedly Disturbing’

‘Annihilation’ First Reactions: Alex Garland Has Made a ‘New Sci-Fi Classic’ That’s ‘Thrilling’ and ‘Wickedly Disturbing’
Alex Garland’s highly anticipated new film “Annihilation” has begun screening for press, and the first group of reactions shared online are extremely enthusiastic. The film is based on the novel by Jeff VanderMeer and marks Garland’s first directorial effort since breaking out with “Ex Machina.” Natalie Portman stars as a biologist who joins a team of female scientists on a mission inside an environmental disaster zone known as Area X. Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tessa Thompson, Gina Rodriguez, and Oscar Isaac so-star.

Anyone familiar with Garland’s brand of disturbing and head-spinning science-fiction (he wrote “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine”) will find much to love in “Annihilation.” Without saying too much, the film is the best kind of challenge and it represents the type of brainy, violent science-fiction most studios wouldn’t dare touch these days. There’s a reason the first round of reactions includes praise like “brilliant,” “riveting,
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