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Aug 2013
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Universal Pictures International (UPI) and Film4 have announced the start of principal photography on DNA production Ex Machina.

Written and directed by Alex Garland, the film is produced by DNA’s Andrew Macdonald and Allon Reich with Scott Rudin and Eli Bush and Film4’s Tessa Ross as executive producers.

The psychological thriller stars Domhnall Gleeson (About Time), Oscar Isaac (Inside Llewyn Davis) and Alicia Vikander (A Royal Affair).

The film is fully financed by Universal Pictures International and Film4 with Universal distributing worldwide. Filming will take place at Pinewood Studios in London and on location in Norway.

The story centres on Caleb, a young coder at the world’s largest internet company, who wins a competition to spend a week at a private mountain retreat belonging to Nathan, the reclusive CEO of the company.

But when Caleb arrives at the remote location he finds that he will have to participate in a strange and fascinating experiment in which he must interact with the world’s first true artificial intelligence, housed in the body of a beautiful robot girl.

Garland’s screenwriting credits include 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go and Dredd. He also wrote the novel The Beach and The Tesseract, both which have adapted as films.

Joining Garland are director of photography Rob Hardy (Blitz), production designer Mark Digby (Slumdog Millionaire), costume designer Sammy Sheldon Differ (X-Men: First Class), make up designer Sian Grigg (Never Let Me Go) and editor Mark Day (About Time).

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Aug 2013
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SCREENDAILY – Alicia Vikander in talks to join period love story Ali and Nino, adapted by Oscar-winner Christopher Hampton.

A Royal Affair star Alicia Vikander is in talks to join love story Ali and Nino.

As previously announced, Christopher Hampton’s script, currently in early stages, has Asif Kapadia on board to direct. Kris Thykier-produces for PeaPie, while IM Global handles sales. Leyla Aliyeva is executive producer.

The novel source material, written under the pseudonym Kurban Said and first published in German in 1937, is set against the historical backdrop of the First World War on the eve of the Bolshevik Revolution and the beginnings of the Soviet Union.

It tells the love story of Ali Khan Shirvanshir, the male descendant of a royal Muslim family and Nino Kipiani, a beautiful, Christian, Georgian princess.

The production is aiming for a 2014 shoot.

Rising star Vikander most recently starred in Bill Condon’s The Fifth Estate, Sergei Bodrov’s Seventh Son and Julius Avery’s Son of a Gun.

Kapadia won BAFTAs for 2010 doc Senna and his first feature, The Warrior.

Hampton won the Best Adapted Screenplay Oscar in 1988 for Dangerous Liasons and went on to write Atonement and A Dangerous Method among others.

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Aug 2013
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UP AND COMERS – Looks like she’s taking her big break and running with it. Elizabeth Debicki was barely out of drama school in Australia when Baz Luhrmann cast her as Jordan Baker opposite Tobey Maguire in his “The Great Gatsby”, and Hollywood has clearly taken notice. Variety reports Debecki has now landed another major role in a major Hollywood production, signing on for Guy Ritchie’s “The Man From U.N.C.L.E.” opposite fellow up and comers Henry Cavill, Armie Hammer and Alicia Vikander.

This is the 1960s buddy cop comedy style spy series that Warner Bros has been trying to put together for the big screen for some time, with previous iterations featuring Soderbergh behind the camera, Clooney in front, etc. Cavill is taking the Napoleon Solo role, with Hammer in line for his sidekick Illya Kuryakin. The two work for United Network Command for Law Enforcement (or U.N.C.L.E.) and use their charm, wit and advanced spy technology on missions. Vikander is taking the role of a British agent with U.N.C.L.E. who “has a thing for cars,” while Debicki’s role – which she was chosen for after the studio considered much more famous actresses like Rose Byrne and Charlize Theron – is described as being a femme fatale.

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Jul 2013
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The Toronto International Film Festival announced their full list for this year and ‘The Fifth Estate’ will have its World Premiere during the festival, which runs Sept. 5 to 15.

The Fifth Estate
Bill Condon, USA – World Premiere
Triggering an age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. This dramatic thriller based on real events reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world’s most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of modern time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society — and what are the costs of exposing them? The film also stars David Thewlis, Stanley Tucci, Laura Linney, Anthony Mackie and Dan Stevens.

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Jul 2013
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Triggering our age of high-stakes secrecy, explosive news leaks and the trafficking of classified information, WikiLeaks forever changed the game. Now, in a dramatic thriller based on real events, “The Fifth Estate” reveals the quest to expose the deceptions and corruptions of power that turned an Internet upstart into the 21st century’s most fiercely debated organization. The story begins as WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange (Benedict Cumberbatch) and his colleague Daniel Domscheit-Berg (Daniel Brühl) team up to become underground watchdogs of the privileged and powerful. On a shoestring, they create a platform that allows whistleblowers to anonymously leak covert data, shining a light on the dark recesses of government secrets and corporate crimes. Soon, they are breaking more hard news than the world’s most legendary media organizations combined. But when Assange and Berg gain access to the biggest trove of confidential intelligence documents in U.S. history, they battle each other and a defining question of our time: what are the costs of keeping secrets in a free society—and what are the costs of exposing them?

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Jul 2013
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Alicia Vikander Comic-Con poster for ‘The Seventh Son’ was released yesterday and is now added to the gallery. Opening in 3D, 2D and IMAX theaters on January 17, the fantasy adventure also stars Jeff Bridges, Julianne Moore, Ben Barnes, Djimon Hounsou, Antje Traue and Olivia Williams.

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Jul 2013
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Talk about long-gestating! “The Seventh Son” cast its young leads back at the beginning of 2011 and filming took place in the beginning of 2012, but over two years later and…. we’re still several months away from its release. Further bad news: The release date it finally landed on is in the barren desert of January 2014. There might be cause for concern here, but for now, the first trailer has dropped.

Ben Barnes plays the seventh son of the seventh son, which means he’s The One to help Jeff Bridges take on the evil witches, led by Julianne Moore, who are also apparently part dragon. Lots of Medieval battles go down, and Barnes meets a beautiful young witch in Alicia Vikander, who tries to convince him that not all witches are evil. The footage looks like standard period fantasy action flick stuff to me, and really dark (screen brightness-wise), so we’ll see how Barnes’ second attempt at leading a big budget blockbuster fares.

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Jul 2013
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Alicia Vikander is preparing to tiptoe through the tulips. The Swedish-born actress has helped put the bloom on a screen project that had been put on the manure heap.

Alicia, who won recognition for her performances in the films A Royal Affair and Joe Wright’s under- appreciated Anna Karenina, is in the final stages of negotiations to play the lead in the much delayed screen version of Deborah Moggach’s novel Tulip Fever.

It’s the story of a 17th-century love affair in Amsterdam, set against the backdrop of tulipmania, when the bottom fell out of the lucrative tulip market (during which a single bulb could be worth flower tubs of money).
The picture has come close to getting made several times. On one occasion, a couple of years ago, Keira Knightley and Jude Law were involved; but a tax credit deal soured, causing the production to be cancelled. Some sets had already been constructed and 12,000 tulips had to be dead-headed.

Now director Justin Chadwick, whose film of Nelson Mandela’s life Long Walk To Freedom with Idris Elba and Naomie Harris is likely to be a major awards season contender, has been signed to have another go.

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