Alex Garland’s Ex Machina Adds Oscar Isaac And Domhnall Gleeson

Alex Garland

Director Alex Garland and producer Scott Rudin’s indie robot thriller Ex Machina has roped in a pair of actors as co-conspirators. Oscar Isaac (The Bourne Legacy) and Domhnall Gleeson (Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, Dredd) are both in talks to join the party.

Also written by Garland (28 Days Later, Sunshine), who is making his directorial debut, Ex Machina is about a billionaire programmer who selects an employee to take part in a test run of his most recent invention. Turns out this super-secret project is an artificially intelligent female robot.

As you may have gathered, this Ex Machina has nothing to do with Brian K. Vaughan’s comic book of the same name — where a superhero becomes mayor of New York City after 9/11—which is also in development. I’m excited about that one, too. Most recently, Garland penned the underappreciated-in-theaters Dredd.

Part of me hopes this takes a Weird Science-style turn into shenanigans, but given Garland’s history of darkness and violence, that’s probably not the way this will all shake out. Still, that’s a grand idea, and in Garland’s hands, he’ll likely be able to pull off something kickass.


Christopher Nolan On His Science Fiction Influences

Christopher Nolan Directing

When Christopher Nolan announced his new film would return to the science fiction genre, many of his fans were happy to see Nolan tackle something that wasn’t comic-book related. His new film is called Interstellar, and while there isn’t much known about the project yet, the film is said to “depict a heroic interstellar voyage to the farthest borders of our scientific understanding.”

In an interview with Entertainment Weekly, the mind-bending director — also joined by director Edgar Wright — reflected on the work of Stanley Kubrick and how it has influenced his movies. Here’s Nolan on his admiration for 2001: A Space Odyssey and other science fiction classics:

I think anytime you look at science fiction in movies, there are key touchstones. Metropolis. Blade Runner. 2001. Whenever you’re talking about getting off the planet, 2001 is somewhat unavoidable. But there is only one 2001. So you don’t want to get too near to that.

Christopher Nolan’s Interstellar will be “getting off the planet,” so will 2001: A Space Odyssey be a direct influence on Nolan’s newest film? Nolan’s work has been historically ambitious, so perhaps the “Kubrickian” label might be apt for Interstellar.


Star Trek Into Darkness Poster And High-Def Images

Star Trek Into Darkness poster
Star Trek Into Darkness is only a month or so away from warping into theaters, and today Paramount released a new UK poster featuring one-man weapon of mass destruction John Harrison (Benedict Cumberbatch), along with the ominous tagline, “Earth Will Fall.” I don’t know about Earth, but Harrison might fall if he doesn’t watch where he’s stepping in all that rubble.

Along with the poster, Paramount announced that folks in the UK will be able to buy tickets for the film beginning tomorrow morning, at 9:05 a.m. (local time, obviously). There’s no word yet on when early ticket sales will begin here in the States, but given that the UK is getting the movie a week before us, I wouldn’t be surprised to see US tickets go up next week.


Guardians Of The Galaxy May Take Place In The Year 2045

The Guardians of the Galaxy movie will be the weirdest offering from Marvel Studios to date. The film will reportedly follow a half-human NASA astronaut named Peter Quill (Chris Pratt) as he pursues his destiny and becomes Star-Lord, the leader of the titular Guardians of the Galaxy. According to Marvel super-producer Kevin Feige, the film will take place almost entirely in space, but new developments suggest that the cosmic superhero team-up movie could also take place in the future.

Guardians of the Galaxy Mos Eisley Cantina


Kirk’s Goofy Phaser Rifle Just Sold At Auction For $231,000

While I’ve always been pretty responsible when it comes to money — mainly because I’ve never had a ton available to blow on frivolous things — I know there is one area where I could blow through a lot of cash fast if I ever become independently wealthy. I’m talking about movie/TV props. They inherently carry a story with them, they bring you a little closer to the shows and movies you love, and they look great up on a mantle or in a display case. But if I am ever going to dive into the prop world head first, I’m gonna have to negotiate one hell of a raise. A phaser rifle Kirk uses in “Where No Man Has Gone Before” just sold at auction for a whopping $231,000.

Kirk and his phaser rifle


Gale Anne Hurd Talks Zombies And Walking Dead Season 4

Zombie Hungry!


Now that The Walking Dead has wrapped up its season three with a disappointing finale, not much has changed in terms of location or motivation on AMC’s widely popular zombie series. While the Governor (David Morrissey) is still out there somewhere and the people at Woodbury are now at the prison with Rick’s (Andrew Lincoln) group, it’s almost maddening to think of how little momentum the series has going into season four.

In an interview with IGN, Walking Dead producer Gale Anne Hurd talked about what to expect from the next season of the show. Hurd contends that the Governor is still a threat, even with only two henchmen and a small arsenal of weapons. Hurd says:

The Governor is still out there with Shumpert and Martinez. They’ve still got significant firepower. If they go to Woodbury, at this point, Woodbury’s not as protected as it used to be. I think everyone was traumatized by what happened, and I think they feel safer in the prison.