Winter and Spring 2018 are packed with everything from Marvel Cinematic Universe movies to X-Men films, Pacific Rim and Tomb Raider installments, and multiple Steven Spielberg projects. Things will cool off a bit at the start of the new year, following December’s barrage of late year awards season contenders and crowd pleasing tentpoles (led by Star Wars: The Last Jedi and Jumanji: Welcome to the Jungle). However, it won’t be long before things pick back up and big franchise movies – as well as buzzed about filmmaker offerings – begin flooding theaters again.Acclaimed storytellers like Ryan Coogler, Ava DuVernay, Wes Anderson, and the king of blockbusters himself, Mr. Spielberg, will be unveiling their latest directorial efforts over the first four months of 2018. The Last Jedi costar John Boyega and Welcome to the Jungle headliner Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson aren’t resting on their laurels either and have fresh … [Read more...] about 2018 Winter & Spring Movie Preview – The 15 Films to See
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The following description uses information from the novel Annihilation, but avoids major spoilers and plot points beyond the initial situation of the novel– Natalie Portman’s upcoming film, Annihilation, has a cryptic trailer that may create more questions than answers. Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s novel of the same name, Annihilation is Alex Garland’s newest directorial project. Garland began his career in film as a screenwriter, writing 28 Days Later and Sunshine among others, before taking on the role of director with Ex Machina. Ex Machina, which embraced and defied science fiction and horror tropes, went on to win an Oscar for its special effects. Annihilation will also explore the relationship between science fiction and horror – and the special effects in the trailer look excellent – but its similarities to Ex Machina may end there. The novel Annihilation is the first of three … [Read more...] about What is Natalie Portman’s New Movie Annihilation About?
Natalie Portman plays a biologist who finds herself in a strange new world in the latest theatrical trailer for the sci-fi drama/thriller, Annihilation. The film is the second directorial effort from author-turned screenwriter-turned filmmaker Alex Garland, following his debut on the Oscar-winning artificial intelligence flick Ex Machina.Based on the novel of the same name written by Jeff VanderMeer and published in 2014, Annihilation tells the story of a scientific expedition to a mysterious environmental disaster zone that has been dubbed “The Shimmer”. Led by a psychologist played by Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight), the mission team also includes a surveyor, as well as a linguist, an anthropologist, and a biologist named Lena (Portman). However, this isn’t the first time that a group of highly-qualified individuals have ventured into “The Shimmer” – a place where the laws of nature no longer apply – and … [Read more...] about Natalie Portman Enters a Strange New World in Annihilation Trailer #2
London-born, Oscar-nominated producer JoAnne Sellar began her career in the late 1980s making music videos, before producing Richard Stanley’s first two features Hardware and Dust Devil. She moved to Hollywood soon after to produce Clive Barker’s Lord Of Illusions and George Sluizer’s ill-fated Dark Blood, which River Phoenix had been shooting when he died in 1993. It was around this time that Sellar met a young writer/director named Paul Thomas Anderson who was making his 1996 debut feature Hard Eight, aka Sydney. The co-producer on Hard Eight was Sellar’s now-husband Daniel Lupi, and all three hit it off to the degree that Anderson showed her and Lupi the script for his next film, Boogie Nights, “which I flipped out for”, and she was asked to produce it.“I think he had a really hard time with Sydney and he got locked out of the cutting room, so he’d gone into Boogie Nights being kind of, ‘It’s not going to happen a second … [Read more...] about ‘Phantom Thread’ producer JoAnne Sellar on Paul Thomas Anderson: “He’s mellowed a lot”
The UK’s National Film and Television School (NFTS) has appointed Oscar and Bafta nominated writer, producer and director Alex Garland as its first associate director.Garland is known for writing the screenplays for Danny Boyle’s 28 Days Later and Sunshine as well as Never Let Me Go and Dredd. He made his feature debut as a writer-director with 2015 sci-fi Ex Machina, which received Oscar and Bafta nominations.His next film is sci-fi Annihilation, which stars Natalie Portman, Tessa Thompson, Jennifer Jason Leigh and Oscar Isaac and is set for release next month.Garland’s time in the NFTS role will last two years. His responsibilities will include acting as a role model and creative figurehead for the NFTS student body, contributing to learning through masterclasses and special events, and acting as an ambassador for the school to promote its achievements and enhance its profile both nationally and internationally.Garland commented on his appointment: “It’s … [Read more...] about NFTS appoints Alex Garland as first associate director