FLICKS AND BITS – Ahead of the release of film’s first trailer, this poster has arrived online for Alex Garland’s directorial debut ‘Ex Machina.’ The film is an intense psychological thriller in which Caleb (Domhnall Gleeson), a 24 year old coder at the world’s largest internet company, wins a competition to spend a week at a retreat belonging to the company’s reclusive CEO, Nathan (Oscar Isaac). But when Caleb arrives he finds that he will have to participate in a fascinating experiment with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot woman, Ava (Alicia Vikander). Truths, emotions and motives are blurred as the relationship between Caleb, Ava and Nathan intensifies.
Writer-director Alex Garland previously penned ’28 Days Later,’ ‘Dredd,’ and ‘Sunshine.’ Universal releases ‘Ex Machina’ on January 23rd in the UK. Expect word on a US release shortly.
FRANCHISE HERALD – The upcoming fantasy film “The Seventh Son” movie release date has been delayed again as distributor changes from Warner Bros. to Universal Studios. The cast talks about filming the movie in an interview.
“The Seventh Son” is an adaptation of a young adult novel titled “The Spook’s Apprentice” written by Joseph Delaney. The synopsis according to Amazon states, “A wonderful and terrifying series by a new writer about a young boy training to be an exorcist. Thomas Ward is the seventh son of a seventh son and has been apprenticed to be the local Spook. The job is hard, the Spook is distant and many apprentices have failed before Thomas. Somehow Thomas must learn now to exorcise ghosts, contain witches and bind boggarts. But when he is tricked into freeing Mother Malkin, the most evil witch in the Country, the horror begins…”
Thomas Ward is portrayed by Ben Barnes known as Caspian in “The Chronicles of Narnia”, and as Dorian Gray in the self-titled movie. He is joined by legendary actor Jeff Bridges who plays John Gregory, the Spook, as well as award-winning actress Julianne Moore who portrays the evil Mother Malkin. Other cast members include Alicia Vikander (“Anna Karenina”), Kit Harrington (“Game of Thrones”), and Djimon Hounsou who plays original character Rady.
Jeff Bridges talks about the movie during Comic-Con: “I’m a big fan of myth and mythology, and I saw this as a chance to make a modern-day myth. It also talks about good and evil. My idea is that good and evil are really different sides of the same coin.”
Kit Harrington shares his experience working with big names like Bridges and Moore: “I wanted to do this film ’cause I got to work exclusively with Jeff Bridges and Julianne Moore, which is something I really wanted to do when I found out the casting. It was a really exciting, action-packed role. It was a lot of fun.”
Originally, “The Seventh Son” movie release date was set on February 22, 2013, but was pushed back to October due to production issues. As Legendary Pictures separated from Warner Bros., the rights to distribution also shifted to Universal Studies. This resulted to “The Seventh Son” movie release date to be set the following year, January 17, 2014. However due to Universal Studios scheduling, “The Seventh Son” movie release date is currently set further away, with a February 6, 2015 release date.
FLICK AND BITS – Making its World Premiere tomorrow (October 14th) at the BFI London Film Festival, ‘Testament of Youth’ is a powerful story of love, war and remembrance. The film is based on the First World War memoir by Vera Brittain, a story that has become the classic testimony of that war from a woman’s point of view. A searing journey from youthful hopes and dreams to the edge of despair and back again, it’s a film about young love, the futility of war and how to make sense of the darkest times. ‘Testament of Youth’ is led by Alicia Vinkander as Vera Brittain, and the stellar cast also includes the likes of Kit Harington, Taron Egerton, Colin Morgan, Dominic West, Emily Watson, Joanna Scanlan, Hayley Atwell, Jonathan Bailey, Alexandra Roach, and Anna Chancellor.
Set for January 16th, 2015, ‘Testament Of Youth’ is directed by James Kent (The Thirteenth Tale, The White Queen) and produced by David Heyman (Gravity, the Harry Potter movies) and Rosie Alison (Paddington, The Thirteenth Tale) for Heyday Films. Award-winning writer Juliette Towhidi adapted the screenplay. Tickets are still available for public screenings on the 14th and 16th of October at the London Film Festival.
First of all, how did you come to be cast as Vera Brittain?
Alicia Vikander: I attended the premiere of ‘Anna Karenina’ two years ago and my agent, a friend and I were all talking about what scripts we had read recently when he told me about a book called ‘Testament Of Youth’ being made into a film. He said it was one of the most amazing roles for a young woman out there. Initially the timing was wrong on both sides but when I heard last autumn that it was all systems go to get made, I immediately got a hold of a copy and read it.
I was already in love with the script and had read the book and so did all I could to be a part of it. When I met Rosie Alison and James Kent and the other creative people involved that’s the point when I knew how much I wanted to play this part. I need to meet the people that want to create the project and feel the whole aura and energy around it. Rosie and James were so passionate and wonderful that I knew I wanted to be a part of it.
I have added posters of ‘Seventh Son’, in cinemas February 6, 2015.
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New ‘Son of a Gun’ stills and one poster have been added to the gallery.
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INDIEWIRE – A movie we hoped would appear somewhere on the fall festival slate—it seemed like a no brainer for TIFF’s Midnight Madness or Austin’s Fantastic Fest—”Ex Machina” continues to be one that intrigues us. Not only because it marks the directorial debut of “28 Days Later,” “The Beach” and “Sunshine” writer Alex Garland, but also because it rounds up Oscar Isaac, Alicia Vikander and Domhnall Gleeson to lead the movie. The first image arrived this spring, and now a tantalizing new look has dropped.
Moviezine has uncovered this latest look, which is an eye-popping peek at Vikander’s robot character. And the movie’s premise has some real potential for a great sci-fi tale, following a billionaire programmer (Isaac) who picks a young employee (Gleeson) to help him test out an AI-driven, female robot (Vikander) on his estate.
Again, no word yet on when we’ll see it, but the movie is already set to open in Sweden on March 20, 2015. Maybe Sundance?
We finally have our first look at ‘The Man from U.N.C.L.E’ and ‘Ex Machina’ in the latest issue of Empire magazine. You can find two scans in our gallery!