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Alex Garland Wants You to Know ‘Annihilation’ is the Anti-‘Ex Machina’: ‘It Demands an Open Mind’

Alex Garland Wants You to Know ‘Annihilation’ is the Anti-‘Ex Machina’: ‘It Demands an Open Mind’
Alex Garland has been one of the most reliable names in science-fiction cinema over the last decade, first as the screenwriter of titles such as “28 Days Later” and “Never Let Me Go” and later as the breakthrough director of “Ex Machina.” The latter was one of the big critical hits of 2015, winning an Oscar for VFX and recently being named one of the best sci-fi films of the century by IndieWire. All of this is to say expectations are sky high for Garland’s new sci-fi offering, the studio-funded “Annihilation.”

Read More:‘Annihilation’ New Trailer: Natalie Portman Leads A Mind-Bending Science-Fiction Survival Mission

Annihilation” is based on the novel of the same name by Jeff VanderMeer. Natalie Portman leads the cast as a biologist who must enter an ecological disaster zone in North America to try and figure out what is threatening her husband’s life. The supporting cast includes Gina Rodriguez,
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Alex Garland’s sci-fi Annihilation heading straight to Netflix in the UK

Director Alex Garland’s upcoming sci-fi Annihilation, starring Natalie Portman, is set to be released straight to Netflix in the UK and other territories outside North America and China.

The film, which is Garland’s highly anticipated follow-up to his Oscar-winning debut Ex Machina, is due for its Us release on February 23 and will now arrive on the streaming service less than three weeks later, Deadline reports.

Paramount is handling the release of the film in the USA, Canada and China, with Netflix in control for other territories.

See Also: Watch the first trailer for Alex Garland’s Annihilation

The deal is similar to a recent agreement made between Netflix and New Line Cinema for their Shaft sequel.

Annihilation is an adaptation of the first novel in Jeff VanderMeer’s sci-fi trilogy Southern Reach and has been building buzz as a result of its director.

Garland made his directorial debut with Ex Machina,
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Caitlin FitzGerald, Paul Sparks Board Starz's 'Sweetbitter' Adaptation

Starz's Sweetbitter adaptation is rounding out its cast.

Caitlin FitzGerald (Masters of Sex), Paul Sparks (House of Cards) and Tom Sturridge (The Hollow Crown) have signed on for the pay cabler's drama series, The Hollywood Reporter has learned.

Evan Jonigkeit (X-Men: Days of Future Past), Daniyar (Claws), Eden Epstein (In Between Men) and Jasmine Mathews (Blue Bloods) have also joined the series-regular cast.

Described as Kitchen Confidential meets Bridget Jones, Sweetbitter centers on a young woman's coming-of-age story that takes place in the world of exclusive restaurants. It centers on 22-year-old Tess (Never Let Me Go's Ella Purnell), who shortly after arriving in...
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The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us

The New Golden Age of Studio Science-Fiction is Upon Us
“Blade Runner 2049” is going to struggle to make it past the $100 million mark at the domestic box office, hardly the response Warner Bros. was looking for given the film’s estimated $300 million production and marketing budget. In a way, the odds were always against “2049” given that its predecessor was also a financial disappointment and only went on to become a cult classic with a very specific demographic of moviegoers. “Blade Runner” is no multi-generational favorite a la “Star Wars” or “Jurassic Park.”

But while the sequel is a box office dud, it’s unquestionably a huge step in the right direction for studio filmmaking.

Read More: ‘Blade Runner 2049’ Was Never Going to Be a Blockbuster, But It Can Become Something Cooler: a Cult Classic

In a blockbuster age dominated by comic book fare and endless cash-grabbing sequels, it has become increasingly rare to see a big-budget studio film
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New to Streaming: ‘Dawson City: Frozen Time,’ ‘Marjorie Prime,’ ‘Lady Macbeth,’ ‘Landline,’ and More

With a seemingly endless amount of streaming options — not only the titles at our disposal, but services themselves — we’ve taken it upon ourselves to highlight the titles that have recently hit platforms. Every week, one will be able to see the cream of the crop (or perhaps some simply interesting picks) of streaming titles (new and old) across platforms such as Netflix, iTunes, Amazon, and more (note: U.S. only). Check out our rundown for this week’s selections below.

Abundant Acreage Available (Angus MacLachlan)

Faith-based cinema is as diverse a genre as there is, from the extreme, often violent portraits of devotion from established directors like Martin Scorsese and Mel Gibson, to the attacks on logic in the God’s Not Dead and Left Behind pictures. Angus MacLachlan, a great storyteller of the not-too-deep south, offers a nuanced example of what this genre can bring, returning with the moving Abundant Acreage Available.
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The confrontation by Anne-Katrin Titze

Benedict Andrews' Una star ‪Rooney Mara‬ on Ben Mendelsohn's Ray: "She can't take her eyes off of him." Photo: Anne-Katrin Titze

Benedict Andrews' harrowing debut feature Una, screenplay by David Harrower, based on his play Blackbird (on Broadway with Michelle Williams and Jeff Daniels), stars Rooney Mara, Ben Mendelsohn and Ruby Stokes with Riz Ahmed and Tara Fitzgerald. The costumes are by Steven Noble (Danny Boyle's T2 Trainspotting, Jonathan Glazer's Under The Skin and Mark Romanek and Alex Garland's adaptation of Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro, winner of this year's Nobel Prize for Literature, announced today).

Una (as in either the one and only or the first of many) is a young woman (Rooney Mara) who as a teenager (played by Ruby Stokes) was the victim of a sex offender. A decade and a half after the trial that sent him, Ray (Ben Mendelsohn) to prison,
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‘Remains of the Day’ Author Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature

‘Remains of the Day’ Author Kazuo Ishiguro Wins Nobel Prize in Literature
English novelist and screenwriter Kazuo Ishiguro has been awarded the 2017 Nobel Prize for Literature.

Ishiguro is best known for writing “The Remains of the Day” and “Never Let Me Go,” two acclaimed best-sellers that were later adapted for the screen. The prize committee in Sweden said Ishiguro’s works contained “great emotional force” that “uncovered the abyss beneath our illusory sense of connection with the world.”

The Nobel Prize is considered to be literature’s top honor. Past recipients include Toni Morrison, William Faulkner, Pablo Neruda, Gabriel García Márquez, and Ernest Hemingway. Last year’s honoree, Bob Dylan, was a controversial selection, because he was best known for his music, and because he opted not to attend the ceremony to pick up his prize in person.

Ishiguro’s most recent novel, 2015’s “The Buried Giant,” was a departure for him. It was set just after the fall of the Roman empire and involved mystical creatures. The
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‘Annihilation’ First Trailer: ‘Ex Machina’ Director Alex Garland Returns With a Major Science-Fiction Vision

‘Annihilation’ First Trailer: ‘Ex Machina’ Director Alex Garland Returns With a Major Science-Fiction Vision
Alex Garland first made a name for himself in Hollywood as the screenwriter of “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine,” “Never Let Me Go,” and “Dredd,” but it wasn’t until he decided to step into the director’s chair with “Ex Machina” that he became a household name for cinephiles. His 2014 directorial breakthrough was a thrilling and cerebral slice of science fiction that earned massive critical acclaim and an Oscar for Best Visual Effects. IndieWire even named it one of the greatest sci-fi movies of the 21st century.

Read More:‘Annihilation’ First Look: Alex Garland Returns With A ‘Very Weird and Very Beautiful’ Science-Fiction Drama

Garland is finally returning early next year with “Annihilation,” an even bigger science-fiction movie based on the Jeff VanderMeer novel of the same name. The film stars Natalie Portman as the head of a group of female scientists who venture into an environmental disaster zone in order to save her husband,
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Natalie Portman in first trailer of Alex Garland's sci-fi thriller Annihilation

Portman plays a biologist looking for answers to her husband’s strange condition in the hotly anticipated new film from the Ex Machina director

The first footage from Annihilation, the new thriller from Ex Machina director Alex Garland, has hit the internet. Starring Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Oscar Isaac, Annihilation is adapted from the award-winning novel by Jeff VanderMeer about a biologist who embarks on a research expedition after her husband returns from a similar one in a bizarrely altered state.

Garland, himself a successful novelist whose book, The Beach, became the 2000 Leonardo DiCaprio film, has made a smooth transition to film making: he wrote scripts for 28 Days Later, Sunshine and Never Let Me Go, while his first film as director, Ex Machina, won an Oscar for best visual effects.

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What’s Coming to Netflix in October 2017

What’s Coming to Netflix in October 2017
As October nears, Netflix is all treats and not tricks, and will be bringing some new spooky content to help viewers get in the mood for Halloween.

Netflix will kick off the month of haunts and horrors by adding to its repertoire films and television shows like Season 2 of “Stranger Things,” “Cult of Chucky,” “Raw,” and Season 1 of “The Mist.” Viewers who aren’t fans of horror needn’t be afraid, and can look forward to offerings like “Blood Diamond,” “Hateful Eight,” and “Meet the Robinsons.”

Oct. 1

88 Minutes

A Cinderella Story: Once Upon a Song

Before Midnight

Blood Diamond

Boogie Nights

Charlie and the Chocolate Factory

Cleverman, season 2

Death Sentence

Don’t Be a Menace to South Central While Drinking Your Juice in the Hood

Eagle vs. Shark

Eyes Wide Shut

Generation Iron 2

Ghost Patrol

I Love You, Man

Ice Guardians

Lockup: Disturbing the Peace, collection 1

Made of Honor

Miss Congeniality

Miss Congeniality 2: Armed and Fabulous

Must Love Dogs
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‘Annihilation’ First Look: Alex Garland Returns With A ‘Very Weird and Very Beautiful’ Science-Fiction Drama

‘Annihilation’ First Look: Alex Garland Returns With A ‘Very Weird and Very Beautiful’ Science-Fiction Drama
Easily one of the most anticipated titles of next year is “Annihilation,” which marks the return of “Ex Machina” writer-director Alex Garland. Entertainment Weekly has debuted the first official image from the science-fiction drama, which finds Natalie Portman’s character facing down the mouth of a very large mutated alligator. Portman plays a scientist named Lana, who Garlands explains “finds a very strange, dream-like, surrealist landscape, and goes deeper and deeper into that world, and also into that mindset.”

Read More:‘Annihilation’ Author Says Alex Garland’s ‘Mind-Blowing’ Adaptation Evokes Stanley Kubrick and ‘2001’

Annihilation” is based on the Jeff VanderMeer novel of the same name and co-stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson. Oscar Isaac, who played a memorable scientist in Garland’s “Ex Machina,” plays Portman’s husband in the movie. The plot centers around a group of female scientists who head out on a mission to
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A Double Dose of Noah Baumbach Comes to Netflix Next Month, Plus ‘Before Midnight,’ ‘Donnie Darko,’ and More

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A Double Dose of Noah Baumbach Comes to Netflix Next Month, Plus ‘Before Midnight,’ ‘Donnie Darko,’ and More
While October usually signals the arrival of all sorts of spooky, creepy, scary, and otherwise appropriately Halloween-themed films to both theaters and streaming services, this month’s batch of new titles on Netflix offers up a delightfully wide variety of choices that aren’t all tied to the year’s primary celebration of fear. Sure, those titles are there — from more mainstream chillers like “Cult of Chucky” and the new original “The Babysitter,” to more offbeat picks like the cannibal coming-of-age tale “Raw” and the seminal “Donnie Darko” — but this month’s incoming list has more than enough for movie fans who don’t want to shriek at their televisions.

Read More:’30 Rock’: The 25 Episodes You Need to Watch Before Tina Fey’s Iconic Comedy Leaves Netflix

Oh, and it’s also a month we’re going to deem Official Unofficial Noah Baumbach Month on Netflix, as the filmmaker
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'Ex Machina' director Alex Garland, FX Productions enter overall deal

'Ex Machina' director Alex Garland, FX Productions enter overall deal
Writer-director of Ex Machina and upcoming Annihilation to develop and produce television projects.

FX Productions (Fxp) has signed Alex Garland to an exclusive overall television production deal.

Under his overall production deal Garland will develop, write and produce television projects exclusively for Fxp.

Garland was nominated in 2016 for an Academy Award for best original screenplay for Ex Machina, whichstarredOscarIsaac and Alicia Vikander.

He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director for Ex Machina, and received three BAFTA Award nominations including Best British Film.

Garland has worked in film, books and video games since the publication of his first novel, The Beach.His screenplay credits include 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go, Dredd, and the upcoming Annihilation.

“Alex’s gifts as a writer have long been apparent, and he made a huge impression with his directorial debut Ex Machina. We are thrilled that he is bringing his talents as a writer
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‘Ex Machina’ Writer-Director Alex Garland Inks Overall Deal With FX Productions

FX Productions has signed Oscar-nominated Ex Machina filmmaker Alex Garland to an exclusive overall deal to develop, write and produce television projects. Garland scored a 2016 Academy Award nom for his original screenplay for Ex Machina, which he also directed and produced. He also won the DGA Award for a first-time feature film and received three BAFTA Award nominations for the film. His other film credits include 28 Days Later, Sunshine, Never Let Me Go, Dredd and…
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‘Ex Machina’ Writer, Director Alex Garland Inks Overall Deal With FX Productions

Alex Garland has signed an overall television production deal with FX Productions, Variety has learned.

Garland was nominated in 2016 for an Academy Award for Best Original Screenplay for “Ex Machina,” which starred Oscar Isaac, Domhnall Gleeson, and Alicia Vikander. Garland also made his directorial debut with the film.

He won the DGA Award for Outstanding Directorial Achievement of a First-Time Feature Film Director for “Ex Machina,” and also received three BAFTA Award nominations. He has worked in film, books, and video games since the publication of his first novel, The Beach. His other film work includes “28 Days Later,” “Sunshine,” “Never Let Me Go,” “Dredd” and the forthcoming “Annihilation.”

Under his overall production deal with Fxp, Garland will develop, write and produce television projects exclusively for FX Productions.

“Alex’s gifts as a writer have long been apparent, and he made a huge impression with his directorial debut Ex Machina,” said Eric Schrier, co-president
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It and Mama director, Andy Muschietti replaces Scott Derrickson on Locke & Key

Author: Zehra Phelan

Doctor Strange director, Scott Derrickson, has been forced to step down from the helm on Hulu’s horror Fantasy Drama, Locke & Key due to a scheduling conflict; however, a key horror filmmaker has already stepped into his shoes.

Related: Andy Muschietti, It news

The Mama and It director, Andy Muschietti has quickly replaced Derrickson on the one-hour long Idw comic adaptation which is written by none other than Stephen King’s son, Joe Hill and artist Gabriel Rodriquez.

Locke & Key tells the story of three siblings who, after the gruesome murder of their father, move to their ancestral home in Maine only to find the house has magical keys that give them a vast array of powers and abilities. Little do they know, a devious demon also wants the keys and will stop at nothing to attain them.

The comic book narrative of Locke & Key was structured in three acts,
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Carey Mulligan to Star in War Correspondent Movie ‘On the Other Side’

Carey Mulligan to Star in War Correspondent Movie ‘On the Other Side’
First Look Media’s newly branded entertainment studio has come on board to co-produce and finance “On the Other Side” with Carey Mulligan attached to star.

The pic tells the true story of Kate Webb, the war correspondent who was held in captivity during the Vietnam War.

Mulligan will also produce the film, alongside Margot Hand of Picture Films and Edet Belzberg of Ebm Productions. First Look Media’s Adam Pincus, executive vice president of programming and content, and Annie Marter, senior vice president of narrative film, will oversee for Topic.

“As one of the few women reporters to cover the Vietnam War, Kate Webb endured and ultimately survived the most harrowing experiences a war correspondent could ever face,” said Michael Bloom, president of First Look Media. “In a time where journalism is being tested today, we’re excited that Carey will portray this fearless woman and look forward to partnering with her,
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Scott Derrickson to Direct ‘Locke & Key’ Pilot for Hulu

Scott Derrickson to Direct ‘Locke & Key’ Pilot for Hulu
Joe Hill and Gabriel Rodriguez‘s Locke & Key is getting a second chance at the small screen. Over five years ago, Mark Romanek (Never Let Me Go) directed a Locke & Key pilot for Fox, but they decided not to move forward with the series. Now, Hulu has ordered a Scott Derrickson-directed and Carlton Cuse-produced Locke & Key pilot. Below, learn more about […]

The post Scott Derrickson to Direct ‘Locke & Key’ Pilot for Hulu appeared first on /Film.
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Recommended Discs & Deals: ‘Paterson,’ ‘Rogue One: A Star Wars Story,’ ‘Three,’ and More

Every week we dive into the cream of the crop when it comes to home releases, including Blu-ray and DVDs, as well as recommended deals of the week. Check out our rundown below and return every Tuesday for the best (or most interesting) films one can take home. Note that if you’re looking to support the site, every purchase you make through the links below helps us and is greatly appreciated.

Paterson (Jim Jarmusch)

Jim Jarmusch proved he was back in a major way with Only Lovers Left Alive a few years ago, and the streak continues with Paterson, a calm, introspective drama with such positive views on marriage and creativity that I was left floored. In following the cyclical life of Adam Driver‘s Paterson, a bus driver in Paterson, New Jersey, who also has dreams of being a poet, Jarmusch superbly shows that one’s own life
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