Ex Machina (1)

After years of scripting and producing sci-fi movies, Alex Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine) is finally trying his hand at directing one. Ex Machina features Star Wars Episode 7 castmates Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson as two men working on an artificially intelligent robot played by Alicia Vikander. As is always the case in movies about AIs, things don’t go quite the way they expect. Watch the first Ex Machina trailer after the jump.

UPDATE: Another new Ex Machina trailer has been added after the jump.

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Ex Machina poster

Alex Garland is known as a screenwriter (28 Days Later, Sunshine) and producer (Dredd, which he also wrote) and now he is a director. The first feature from Garland is called Ex Machina, in which Alicia Vikander (above) plays an AI which interacts with a scientist and a businessman (Domhnall Gleeson and Oscar Isaac) in ways the two couldn’t expect. A trailer for the film is coming tomorrow; for now get a gander at the great Ex Machina poster below. Read More »

Ex Machina image

As a writer, Alex Garland has been behind some of our favorite sci-fi films of the past several years including Sunshine, Never Let Me Go, and Dredd. But it’s only now, with Ex Machina, that he’s trying to make one as a director.

He’s already got a great cast assembled for the project, including Domhnall Gleeson, Oscar Isaac, and Alicia Vikander. Now a trippy new image of Vikander as a half-formed android has arrived to give us a better idea of what exactly Garland has in mind. Get an eyeful at new Ex Machina images after the jump.

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Star Wars Rebels troopers

Want more Star Wars Bits? We’ve got more Star Wars Bits. It starts with some big time Star Wars Rebels updates and ends with some potentially massive Episode VII spoilers. (Don’t worry, they’re well hidden.) Below, read about the following:

  • Watch three new commercials from Star Wars Rebels.
  • Here are the top 10 fights in Star Wars, according to Lucasfilm.
  • Read Dave Filoni‘s foreword to Star Wars: A New Dawn.
  • The titles of the first episodes of Star Wars Rebels has been revealed.
  • J.J. Abrams talks Apollo 11 from the set of Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Latino Review drops some potentially major Episode VII spoilers.

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New Millennium Falcon Toy

We’ve already covered the rumors of Harrison Ford’s injury potentially delaying Star Wars Episode VII, but that’s far from the only thing going on in the world of Star Wars. You can read more at that link and, below, you can read about the following:

  • Two well-known Star Wars “groups” could appear in Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Domhnall Gleeson expertly avoids talking Star Wars Episode VII.
  • Watch Super 8 animation test footage from The Empire Strikes Back.
  • Matt Reeves says J.J. Abrams is doing something “exciting” with Episode VII.
  • Could Jango Fett himself, Temuera Morrison, play Boba Fett in a spinoff film?
  • Think you’re a big Star Wars fan? You haven’t seen these superfans.
  • See images of a brand new Millennium Falcon toy release.
  • Rumored details of Gwendoline Christie‘s Episode VII role have been released.
  • Anthony Daniels confirms Simon Pegg‘s visit to the Star Wars Episode VII set.

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new Frank trailer

Frank is so great. I want to show it to everyone, but right now I’ll settle for sharing a new Frank trailer. The film is easily in my favorites of 2014 so far, and not because it has Michael Fassbender wearing a giant fake head, or because Maggie Gyllenhaal is a deliciously brittle musician, or because Domhnall Gleeson plays a picture-perfect vision of the wannabe artist.

The film is a fave because, as weird as the movie gets, Frank is totally honest, gleefully odd, and unusually perceptive about the process of making music and art. It feels totally right. And, ok, Fassbender’s performance as Frank is stellar, and the rest of the cast rises to his challenge. The Frank US trailer is out now, and you can see it below. Read More »

bearded mark hamill with lightsaber from disneyworld video
In today’s edition of Star Wars bits, I round up all the latest Star Wars information including a confirmation from Mark Hamill that the bread he is sporting in the recent photos is a beard he grew for his appearance in Episode VII, a bunch of new Episode VII rumors which includes a possible female villain, we find out if James Earl Jones have an appearance or a voice appearance in the new film, the lengths JJ and crew are taking the preserve the secrecy of the production are revealed by Domhnall Gleeson and the Healer Twins, Disney Store responds to fan requests for Princess Leia merchandise, and a quick photo from screenwriter Gary Whitta who is currently busy in development on the first Star Wars spin-off film. All this and more, after the jump.

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Frank featurette Michael Fassbender

One of my favorite films so far in 2014 is Frank, the movie in which Michael Fassbender plays a musician who spends every minute of every day wearing a giant fake head. That’s a pretty good way to get some attention for the film, but Frank is a very funny and genuinely wonderful movie about the process of creativity, and the fact that some of us are simply no good when it comes to making music and art.

Still, it’s a weird concept to get your, um, head around to some extent, so how about a clip featuring Fassbender’s title character in conversation with the musician (Domhnall Gleeson, of About Time and soon of Star Wars Episode VII) who desperately wants to be his musical equal? That will get across the tone of the film pretty well. If you still have questions (and you will) there’s also a great ten-minute featurette that gives a lot of background without giving too much away. Read More »

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