Despite being wowed by all of the footage I’ve seen from Ex Machina director Alex Garland’s new sci-fi thriller Annihilation, I became a bit worried about the film not only when I heard Paramount had sold the international distribution rights to Netflix, but also when I saw that the review embargo does not lift until the day before the film opens in the United States.
However, to my surprise, the studio decided to screen Annihilation for a small group of film journalists in both New York and Los Angeles last night and, shortly after the screening was over, they were allowed to share their thoughts on social media, and let’s just say the first reactions I’ve seen have put any worries I had about Annihilation to rest.
Based on Jeff VanderMeer’s best-selling Southern Reach Trilogy, Annihilation follows Lena, a biologist and former soldier, who joins a mission to what happened to her husband inside Area X, a mysterious phenomenon expanding across the American coastline. Once inside, Lena’s expedition discovers a world of mutated landscape and creatures that threatens both their lives and their sanity.
Annihilation stars Natalie Portman, Oscar Isaac, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson, and will open in U.S. theaters on February 23, and will hit Netflix just 17 days later for those of you overseas. You can check out the first social media reactions to the film below and be sure to keep an eye out for the full reviews on February 22.
ANNHILATION is, in wholly inelegant terms, one hell of a mindfuck. Most of the time, I didn't want it to end; occasionally, I was so unsettled I thought I might keel over.
— Kate Erbland (@katerbland) February 8, 2018
— Jenna Busch (@JennaBusch) February 8, 2018
ANNIHILATION: I was lucky enough to get an early peek, and have kept thinking about it for months. Alex Garland has crafted a thrilling, beautiful and scary sci-fi which is progressive by not pointing out the gender of its protagonists. I spent a lot of it hiding behind my hands! pic.twitter.com/1e3Dv0d9pG
— Alicia Malone (@aliciamalone) February 8, 2018
Alex Garland’s #Annihilation is another example of the kind of brainy sci-fi we don’t see enough of. Badass female cast and a story that’s both beautiful and wickedly disturbing, and an ending you will talk about for days. Dug it so much pic.twitter.com/fW77z6xX4v
— ErikDavis (@ErikDavis) February 8, 2018
#Annihilation is big budget Alex Garland with all the head-spinning intelligence of "Ex Machina." It's violent and patient and then suddenly so transfixing you're pinned to your seat.
It'll take time to process. Another auteur studio gamble from Paramoint after "mother!"
— Zack Sharf (@ZSharf) February 8, 2018
This much is clear: #Annihilation is NOT the movie you walk out and take to Twitter for a quick opinion. It's grabs you hard and leaves you frazzled. Hats off to Paramount for letting Garland be himself on a bigger budget https://t.co/1nkKEmuPkF
— Zack Sharf (@ZSharf) February 8, 2018
Alex Garland's #Annihilation is absolutely phenomenal. It's gorgeous and mesmerizing, with brilliant performances from the entire ensemble. It's a remarkable vision, and has a sequence so thrilling that I was left literally dizzy. It will be on my Top 10 of 2018 without question. pic.twitter.com/zGmDGlyh0M
— Eric Eisenberg (@eeisenberg) February 8, 2018
The below image from ANNIHILATION is only mere taste of audacious weirdness that Alex Garland's film offers. By final 15 minutes, I couldn't quite believe what I was seeing on-screen. @jeffvandermeer fans, and anyone looking for big-budget ideas-based sci-fi, will be thrilled. pic.twitter.com/09boC0xx1v
— Barry Hertz (@HertzBarry) February 8, 2018
#ANNIHILATION: This is the type of sci-if we always say we want to see. Bold, challenging, singular, visually dazzling. Would not be the least bit surprised to see it hailed as a masterpiece (and it might actually be one).
— Ben Pearson (@benpears) February 8, 2018
— Drew Taylor (@DrewTailored) February 8, 2018
You know who else annihilates (I’m not gonna get tired of this) their roles? @HereIsGina AND @TessaThompson_x. Can all sci-fi films just have perfect all-female ensemble casts from now on? #Annihilation pic.twitter.com/QugaPYJqxk
— Manuel Betancourt (@bmanuel) February 8, 2018
Disney’s ‘Jungle Cruise’ movie will now set sail 9 months later than expected in July 2020
Hoping to mirror the same success the Pirates of the Caribbean movies has seen all these years, Disney is hoping to launch yet another ride-based movie franchise with Jungle Cruise, one of the studio’s next live-action adventures starring Dwayne Johnson and Emily Blunt.
While the film was originally set to be released one year from now on October 19, 2019, Johnson took to Twitter today to announce that the film has now been moved to July 24, 2020, which is a significantly big delay. So what’s the holdup?
IT’S OFFICIAL – JULY 24th, 2020.
Ladies and gentlemen and children of all ages.
My partner in crime, Emily Blunt and I, lovingly invite you to join us for THE ADVENTURE OF A LIFETIME.
All aboard…😈@DisneyStudios JUNGLE CRUISE
🚢 🗺🌴❤️🥃 pic.twitter.com/DNTnqSb3QD
— Dwayne Johnson (@TheRock) October 19, 2018
Well, at this point, we’re really not sure, but methinks this has to do with Disney vacating its previously announced July 31, 2020 release date for the Untitled Marvel Movie, which was probably either Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 3 or Black Panther 2.
I mean, a Jungle Cruise movie opening in a fall slot? It works. But you know what works even better? A summer slot. And with the Untitled Marvel Movie out of the way, that leaves plenty of room for Jungle Cruise to shine at the box office.
However, that’s just pure speculation on my part and the delay could have to do with something completely different, like Dwayne Johnson’s massively overbooked schedule or director Jaume Collet-Serra just needing more time in the editing room. Who knows at this point!
Tom Holland swings by ‘Jimmy Kimmel Live!’ to show off new Spidey suit from ‘Far From Home’
Jimmy Kimmel has been taping his show in Brooklyn all week, so it would only make sense that our friendly neighborhood Spider-Man would swing on over from Queens for a quick visit to retrieve his mask from Kimmel sidekick Guillermo Rodriguez and show off his fancy new Spidey suit from Spider-Man: Far From Home.
Indeed, Tom Holland appeared on the show last night (not breaking character or accent for even a second) to reveal our best look yet at his costume in the upcoming Spider-Man: Homecoming sequel, which is due out next summer, and it looks pretty damn good!
Frankly, I think it looks a lot like the one we saw in Avengers: Infinity War, just a little sleeker and obviously darker around parts of the upper and lower body, but it looks great nonetheless! The interaction between Guillermo and Tom, ahem, I mean Peter Parker, is really what makes this whole clip, though.
Towards the end of the clip, Kimmel asks if Far From Home takes place before the events of Infinity War because, well, we all know what happens at the end of that movie. But, not wanting to reveal any spoilers, Spidey insists he has to leave to stop Thanos from robbing a bank somewhere because “Thanos is poor.”
Spider-Man: Far From Home will hit theaters on July 5, 2018. You can check out the clip from Jimmy Kimmel Live below.
‘First Reformed’ and ‘The Favourite’ lead the nominations for the 2018 IFP Gotham Awards
The Independent Filmmaker Project announced today their nominees for the 28th annual IFP Gotham Awards, which are selected by a small group of film critics, journalists, festival programmers, and film curators each year, with writer-director Paul Schrader’s First Reformed unsurprisingly leading the pack with the most nominations.
In addition to a Best Feature nomination, the bleak religious drama also landed Schrader a Best Screenplay nod and star Ethan Hawke a Best Actor nod. Yorgos Lanthimos’ The Favourite also scored several nominations, including a Special Jury Award for Emma Stone, Rachel Weisz, and Olivia Colman for their ensemble performance in the period dramedy.
Ari Aster’s Hereditary was another favorite, picking up a Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award for Aster and a Best Actress nomination for Toni Collette and her magnificently unhinged performance. Similarly, Bo Burnham’s Eighth Grade also got a directing nod, while Elsie Fisher picked up a Breakthrough Actor nomination.
The 2018 Gotham Awards ceremony will be held on Monday, November 26 at Cipriani Wall Street in New York City. You can check out the complete list of nominations below.
Yorgos Lanthimos, director; Ceci Dempsey, Ed Guiney, Lee Magiday, Yorgos Lanthimos, producers (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Paul Schrader, director; Jack Binder, Greg Clark, Victoria Hill, Gary Hamilton, Deepak Sikka, Christine Vachon, David Hinojosa, Frank Murray, producers (A24)
If Beale Street Could Talk
Barry Jenkins, director; Adele Romanski, Sara Murphy, Barry Jenkins, Dede Gardner, Jeremy Kleiner, Megan Ellison, producers (Annapurna Pictures)
Josephine Decker, director; Krista Parris, Elizabeth Rao, producers (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
Chloé Zhao, director; Bert Hamelinck, Sacha Ben Harroche, Mollye Asher, Chloé Zhao, producers (Sony Pictures Classics)
Robert Greene, producer; Douglas Tirola, Susan Bedusa, Bennett Elliott, producers (4th Row Films)
Hale County This Morning, This Evening
RaMell Ross, director; RaMell Ross, Joslyn Barnes, Su Kim, producers (The Cinema Guild)
Minding the Gap
Bing Liu, director; Diane Quon, Bing Liu, producers (Hulu & Magnolia Pictures)
Sandi Tan, director; Sandi Tan, Jessica Levin, Maya Rudolph, producers (Netflix)
Won’t You Be My Neighbor?
Morgan Neville, director; Morgan Neville, Caryn Capotosto, Nicholas Ma, producers (Focus Features)
Bingham Ray Breakthrough Director Award
Ari Aster for Hereditary (A24)
Bo Burnham for Eighth Grade (A24)
Jennifer Fox for The Tale (HBO)
Crystal Moselle for Skate Kitchen (Magnolia Pictures)
Boots Riley for Sorry to Bother You (Annapurna Pictures)
The Favourite, Deborah Davis and Tony McNamara (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
First Reformed, Paul Schrader (A24)
Private Life, Tamara Jenkins (Netflix)
Support the Girls, Andrew Bujalski (Magnolia Pictures)
Thoroughbreds, Cory Finley (Focus Features)
Adam Driver in BlacKkKlansman (Focus Features)
Ben Foster in Leave No Trace (Bleecker Street)
Richard E. Grant in Can You Ever Forgive Me? (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Ethan Hawke in First Reformed (A24)
Lakeith Stanfield in Sorry to Bother You (Annapurna Pictures)
Glenn Close in The Wife (Sony Pictures Classics)
Toni Collette in Hereditary (A24)
Kathryn Hahn in Private Life (Netflix)
Regina Hall in Support the Girls (Magnolia Pictures)
Michelle Pfeiffer in Where is Kyra? (Paladin and Great Point Media)
*The 2018 Best Actress nominating committee also voted to award a special Gotham Jury Award to Olivia Colman, Emma Stone, and Rachel Weisz for their ensemble performance in The Favourite. (Fox Searchlight Pictures)
Yalitza Aparicio in Roma (Netflix)
Elsie Fisher in Eighth Grade (A24)
Helena Howard in Madeline’s Madeline (Oscilloscope Laboratories)
KiKi Layne in If Beale Street Could Talk (Annapurna Pictures)
Thomasin Harcourt McKenzie in Leave No Trace (Bleecker Street)
Breakthrough Series – Long Form
Alias Grace, Sarah Polley, Mary Harron, Noreen Halpern, executive producers (Netflix)
Big Mouth, Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Jennifer Flackett, Mark Levin, creators; Nick Kroll, Andrew Goldberg, Mark Levin & Jennifer Flackett, executive producers (Netflix)
The End of the F***ing World, Andy Baker, Murray Ferguson, Petra Fried, Ed MacDonald, Dominic Buchanan, Jonathan Entwistle, executive producers (Netflix)
Killing Eve, Sally Woodward Gentle, Lee Morris, Phoebe Waller-Bridge, executive producers (BBC America)
Pose, Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Steven Canals, creators; Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, Nina Jacobson, Brad Simpson, Alexis Martin Woodall, Sherry Marsh, executive producers (FX Networks)
Sharp Objects, Marti Noxon, creator; Marti Noxon, Jason Blum, Gillian Flynn, Amy Adams, Jean-Marc Vallée, Nathan Ross, Gregg Fienberg, Charles Layton, Marci Wiseman, Jessica Rhoades, executive producers (HBO)
Breakthrough Series – Short Form
195 Lewis, Chanelle Aponte Pearson and Rae Leone Allen, creators
Cleaner Daze, Tess Sweet and Daniel Gambelin, creators
Distance, Alex Dobrenko, creator
The F Word, Nicole Opper, creator
She’s the Ticket, Nadia Hallgren, creat