First EX MACHINA Trailer Starring Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander

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“To erase the line between man and machine is to obscure the line between men and gods.”  Thus begins the first Ex Machina trailer, projecting an ominous tone for the psychological thriller.  The script by Alex Garland centers on a billionaire programmer (Oscar Isaac) who invites a young employee (Domhnall Gleeson) to his remote estate to be the human component in a Turing test to evaluate his new artificial intelligence robot, Ava (Alicia Vikander).  This is Garland’s directorial debut, and I am curious to see what he can do after contributing to great ambivalent science fiction like 28 Days Later, Sunshine, and Never Let Me Go.  Plus, Isaac is quickly becoming one of my favorite actors.  I’ll watch anything he’s in, especially if he plays a shady genius with a great beard.

The A24 release opens April 10, 2015.  Watch the Ex Machina trailer after the jump.

Poster Round-Up: Michael Mann’s BLACKHAT, Bennett Miller’s FOXCATCHER, and Alex Garland’s EX MACHINA

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Some new posters have landed online.  Briefly:

  • BlackhatChris Hemsworth‘s head looms large in the poster Michael Mann‘s upcoming film about cyberterrorism.  The movie opens January 16, 2015 also stars Viola Davis, Tang Wei, and Wang Leehom.
  • FoxcatcherSteve Carell takes center stage as the creepy John du Pont in Bennett Miller‘s tragic story of ambition and failure.  The film opens November 14th, and also stars Channing Tatum and Mark Ruffalo.  Click here to read my review from TIFF.
  • Ex MachinaAlicia Vikander has a case of robot-neck in the U.K. poster for Alex Garland‘s new sci-fi film.  The movie opens on April 10, 2015, and also stars Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson. [We've added the U.S. teaser poster as well as the official synopsis]

Hit the jump to check out the posters.

SEVENTH SON Rises with New Trailer, Posters, and Images Starring Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes

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Universal and Legendary Pictures have released a new Seventh Son trailer and poster along with some new images.  The plot follows mystical knight Father Gregory (Jeff Bridges) and his apprentice Tom Ward (Ben Barnes) and their fight to defeat the evil witch, Mother Malkin (Julianne Moore) and her followers.  If you feel like you’ve been vaguely hearing about this movie off and on the past several years, it’s because you have.  Seventh Son was originally scheduled to open on February 15th…2013.  After being pushed back three times, the movie is now (probably) going to finally come out.  That’s a big build up for a movie where the Dude and Prince Caspian fight monsters, but we’ll see if it was worth the wait.

Hit the jump to check out the Seventh Son trailer, poster, and images.  The film also stars Alicia Vikander, Kit Harington, Olivia Williams, Antje Traue, and Djimon HounsouSeventh Son opens February 6, 2015.

First SON OF A GUN Images and Poster Featuring Ewan McGregor and Brenton Thwaites in the Aussie Crime Thriller

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Just ahead of its debut as the Cinefest Oz’s opener, the first Son of a Gun images have landed online.  Julius Avery‘s directorial debut stars Brenton Thwaites (The Giver) as JR, a young man who becomes a protégé of Australia’s most notorious criminal Brendan Lynch (Ewan McGregor).  “Locked up for a minor crime, JR quickly learns the harsh realities of prison life. There is no survival guide. Keep your head down, do your time, get out. Protection – if you can get it – is paramount.”  These images don’t look like they show much of the lockup, but I’m still intrigued by the premise, and hopefully we’ll get to see the film in the U.S. soon.

Hit the jump to check out the Son of a Gun images and poster.  The film also stars Alicia Vikander, Jacek Koman, Matt Nable, and Tom BudgeSon of a Gun opens in Australia in October, and although A24 has the U.S. distribution rights, they haven’t set a domestic release date yet.

Alicia Vikander Stars in THE LIGHT BETWEEN OCEANS and THE DANISH GIRL; Bruce Greenwood in SPECTRAL; Ken Jeong Causes an INTERNATIONAL INCIDENT

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Here’s today’s latest casting news:

  • Alicia Vikander has landed a pair of leads: Opposite Michael Fassbender in Derek Cianfrance’s The Light between Oceans, and opposite Eddie Redmayne in Tom Hooper’s The Danish Girl.
  • Bruce Greenwood will join James Badge Dale in Nic Mathieu’s directorial debut, the supernatural thriller Spectral.
  • Ken Jeong will star in International Incident, a comedy that has Steve Carell in negotiations to produce.

Hit the jump for more on each project.

Dane DeHaan Might Join TULIP FEVER; Colin Firth and Kate Winslet in Early Talks for Drama about Yacht-Racing Cheat

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Casting is heating up as the American Film Market (AFM) approaches.  Production companies at AFM are trying to package stars in an effort to shore up international funding for their movies.  First up, Dane DeHaan might join Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) in Justin Chadwick‘s Tulip Fever.  The movie centers on the affair between a young couple, but the twist is that the story takes place during 17th century Holland, during a period where tulip bulbs became hot trading items, and a single bulb could sell for as much as ten times the average annual salary.  While some economists and historians believe this simplification to be somewhat misleading, it still created the notion of economic bubbles.  I’m not sure how a romance fits into that, but I’m curious to find out.

Hit the jump for details on why DeHaan might have to pass on the role plus casting news on an intriguing true-life story focusing on the outlandish attempts of a yacht-racer to deceive the world.

TIFF 2013: THE FIFTH ESTATE Review

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Our modes of storytelling change with technology.  As we see in the opening credits of Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate, we’ve gone from cave paintings to hieroglyphics to the written word to the printing press to the typewriter and currently to the computer.  But as The Fifth Estate shows, some stories stay the same, and in the case of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, the story is “power corrupts”.  Through the structure of a fast-paced, high-stakes thriller, Condon paints a compelling portrait both of Assange and the brave new world created by his controversial brand of journalism.  The film is occasionally beset with bursts of editorializing, both on the character of Assange and how WikiLeaks changed the world.  But Condon also raises fascinating questions regarding privacy and transparency, power and responsibility, and seeking “truth” in the digital age.

First Trailer and New Images for THE FIFTH ESTATE Starring Benedict Cumberbatch and Daniel Brühl

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The first trailer for director Bill Condon’s (Kinsey) WikiLeaks film The Fifth Estate has been released online.  The film centers on the relationship between Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) and Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch), as the story follows the early days of WikiLeaks, culminating in the release of a series of controversial and history changing information leaks.  It’s tough to suss out the arc of the story from this trailer, and it ends up making The Fifth Estate look like an HBO movie; it an important event or person but somewhat directionless (e.g. Too Big to Fail).  But I have faith in Condon and this cast is too good to ignore.

Hit the jump to watch the trailer and check out the new images.  The film also stars Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie, David Thewlis, Peter Capaldi, Dan Stevens, Alicia Vikander, and Carice van HoutenThe Fifth Estate opens on October 11th.

New Comic-Con Character Posters for I, FRANKENSTEIN and SEVENTH SON

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San Diego Comic-Con week is upon us, folks, and that means there will be plenty of geek-friendly content breaking over the next six days or so.  Ahead of SDCC panels for both films, new character posters for the graphic novel adaptation I, Frankenstein and the fantasy/adventure pic Seventh Son have landed online.  I, Frankenstein stars Aaron Eckhart as a modern-day version of the creature who is being hunted by demons who want to learn the secret of his creation, while Seventh Son finds Jeff Bridges and Ben Barnes going after a witch played by Julianne Moore.  The Frankenstein posters give us a look at Eckhart and couple of interesting-looking creatures, while we get Seventh Son character posters for Kit Harington, Djimon Hounsou, and Alicia Vikander.

Hit the jump to check out the posters, and check back here on Collider later this week for our recaps of both Comic-Con panels.  I, Frankenstein opens on January 24, 2014 and Seventh Son opens on January 17, 2014.

Dominic Cooper May Join DRACULA, Alicia Vikander in Talks for THE MAN FROM U.N.C.L.E. and Pierce Brosnan Leads HOW TO MAKE LOVE LIKE AN ENGLISHMAN

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Here’s more of today’s casting news:

Hit the jump for more on each casting announcement.

Alicia Vikander Gets Artificial in EX MACHINA

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Alicia Vikander (Anna Karenina) is in talks to star in Ex Machina, the upcoming directorial debut from screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later).  The story centers on a billionaire programmer who invites a young employee to spend a week at his remote estate and to participate in a test involving an artificially intelligent female robot that he invented.  Oscar Isaac (Drive) is set to play the billionaire and Vikander’s Anna Karenina co-star Domhnall Gleeson will play the employee.  Of course, this leaves Vikander with the role of artificially-intelligent female robot, as The Wrap reports.  Filming is set to begin later this year.

Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson to Star in Alex Garland’s Directorial Debut, EX MACHINA; Felicity Jones or Alicia Vikander May Co-Star

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Rising stars Oscar Isaac (Drive) and Domhnall Gleeson (Anna Karenina) are set to lead Ex Machina, the directorial debut from screenwriter Alex Garland (28 Days Later).  As we reported last week, the story centers on a billionaire programmer who invites a young employee to spend a week at his remote estate, participating in a test involving an artificially intelligent female robot that he invented.  At this point, I assume the theme from Weird Science kicks in.  According to The Wrap, Isaac would play the billionaire and Gleeson would play the employee.

Hit the jump for more.  Filming is set to begin this summer or fall.

Disney Eyes Saoirse Ronan, Gabriella Wilde and Alicia Vikander for CINDERELLA Lead

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Just after Cate Blanchett was reported as being in negotiations to play the evil step-mother in Disney’s Untitled Cinderella Story, we now have a trio of international actresses being eyed for the lead role. The contenders for the coveted glass slipper are the Irish-born Saoirse Ronan (Hanna), Britain’s Gabriella Wilde (The Three Musketeers) and Swedish Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair). Originally pitched by Aline Brosh McKenna (The Devil Wears Prada), Disney picked up the project for a substantial sum in 2010. Chris Weitz (About a Boy) wrote the script and Simon Kinberg (X-Men) will produce. Hit the jump for more.

ANNA KARENINA Review

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[This is a re-post of my review from the 2012 Toronto International Film Festival.  Anna Karenina opens today in limited release.]

Joe Wright is a gifted director. His direction is daring, inventive, captivating, and unforgettable. But that doesn’t make him a great director. A great director finds a way to take the material he’s given and bring it to its maximum potential. Joe Wright doesn’t elevate his movies; he exceeds them. Pride and Prejudice and Hanna are marvelous, but Atonement and The Soloist are terrible. Granted, any director can only do so much with a script he’s given, but Wright seems content to leave his poor stories in the dust so that we can sit in awe at his bold direction like the long take of Dunkirk in Atonement or the musical colors in The Soloist. In his new film, Anna Karenina, Wright has once again blown past his story by using a melodrama to wrap his fascinating framing device rather than the other way around. Anna Karenina is a wonder to behold, but it leaves you wondering what you’re holding.

TIFF 2012: ANNA KARENINA Review

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Joe Wright is a gifted director.  His direction is daring, inventive, captivating, and unforgettable.  But that doesn’t make him a great director.  A great director finds a way to take the material he’s given and bring it to its maximum potential.  Joe Wright doesn’t elevate his movies; he exceeds them.  Pride and Prejudice and Hanna are marvelous, but Atonement and The Soloist are terrible.  Granted, any director can only do so much with a script he’s given, but Wright seems content to leave his poor stories in the dust so that we can sit in awe at his bold direction like the long take of Dunkirk in Atonement or the musical colors in The Soloist.  In his new film, Anna Karenina, Wright has once again blown past his story by using a melodrama to wrap his fascinating framing device rather than the other way around.  Anna Karenina is a wonder to behold, but it leaves you wondering what you’re holding.

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