“Ex Machina” Is Poised To Be Summer’s Sleeper Hit

Various sites are reporting and speculating that “Ex Machina” is on it’s way to become this year’s Summer sleeper hit at the U.S. box office. Deadline is reporting the following story:

Amid the bang boom of Furious 7 dominating the box office again in its fourth frame with a $320.5M domestic gross, a cult film was percolating on the charts: A24’s sci-fi drama Ex Machina. The film posted the distrib’s best weekend ever with $5.44M at 1,255 playdates, beating the wide weekend expansion of its 2013 release Spring Breakers ($4.9M). Fans around the web are already heralding the movie as Blade Runner meets Social Network.

Ex Machina follows programmer Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson) who is invited to his reclusive billionaire CEO’s (Oscar Isaac) remote, high-tech estate for the week. Caleb has been chosen to evaluate and test Ava, an alluring robot artificial intelligence who proves to be more sophisticated and deceptive than either guy imagines.

On the surface, the film is apt to draw some comparisons to RADiUS teen horror film It Follows in regards to its indie hipness factor, enormous critical acclaim (each title has better than a 90% Rotten Tomato score) and the fact that they’re arthouse crossover successes.
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Domnall In Talks For Doug Lima’s “Mena”

Variety is reporting that Domhnall is in talks to join Tom Cruise and Sarah Wright in Doug Lima’s next feature movie “Mena“.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” actor Domhnall Gleeson is in talks to join Tom Cruise in the Universal, Imagine and Cross Creek co-production “Mena.”

If a deal closes, Gleeson would join Sarah Wright, who is on board to join the cast with Doug Liman set to direct. Brian Grazer will produce for his Imagine Entertainment along with Cross Creek’s Brian Oliver and Tyler Thompson as well as Doug Davidson.

Pic is based on the spec by Gary Spinelli and follows Barry Seal, a TWA pilot recruited by the CIA to provide reconnaissance on the burgeoning communist threat in Central America. Seal finds himself in charge of one of the biggest covert CIA operations in the history of the U.S., one that spawned the birth of the Medellin cartel and eventually almost brought down the Reagan White House through the Iran Contra scandal.

Cross Creek will finance the pic. Kim Roth will exec produce and oversee the project for Imagine, with senior VP of production Kristin Lowe overseeing for Universal. Jason Seagrave will oversee on behalf of Cross Creek.

Gleeson has a busy year ahead with both “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” and “The Revenant,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio, both bowing at Christmas. He can currently be seen in A24’s “Ex Machina” alongside Oscar Isaac and Alicia Vikander.

He is repped by the Agency and Paradigm.

“Ex Machina” DP/30 Interview

Domhnall sat down with David Poland from DP/30 to talk about “Ex Machina” earlier this month. It’s a really nice and in-depth interview and definitely worth the watch. Be aware that it does contain spoilers on “Ex Machina“.

He’s one of those actors who you might kind of recognize now (in spite of 15 feature film credits already), but will soon be hard to avoid with Star Wars, The Revenant (from this year’s Oscar winning director and Leo DiCaprio) and a hot Sundance movie (Brooklyn) on the way. He is one of the three stars of the remarkable Ex Machina. He talks about the film (with some spoilers), his work, and his perspective on a life in film with David Poland. Shot in Los Angeles, April 2015

SiriusXM Studios New York Visit

Domhnall and his co-star Oscar Isaac visited the SiriusXM studios yesterday in New York to promote “Ex Machina“. We have added the first images in our gallery and we are still looking out for more additions.

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Domhnall Visits Extra TV

Domhnall stopped by Extra TV in Los Angeles on Wednesday to promote the release of “Ex Machina” in the U.S. We were able to add the first images in our gallery, but we are still trying to find additions which we can hopefully add soon.

The official video segment of the (mini) interview can be found after the jump.

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Upcoming: Domhnall & Oscar Isaac Reddit AMA

A24 announced yesterday that Domhnall and his “Ex Machina” co-star Oscar Iscaar are set to do a Reddit AMA on Monday at 3PM EST. We Are Movie Geeks is reporting the following story:

On Monday, April 20, join A24 Films for a Reddit AMA with Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson at 12PM PST / 3PM EST.


Alex Garland, writer of 28 Days Later and Sunshine, makes his directorial debut with the stylish and cerebral thriller, EX MACHINA.

Caleb Smith (Domhnall Gleeson), a programmer at an internet-search giant, wins a competition to spend a week at the private mountain estate of the company’s brilliant and reclusive CEO, Nathan Bateman (Oscar Isaac).

Upon his arrival, Caleb learns that Nathan has chosen him to be the human component in a Turing Test—charging him with evaluating the capabilities, and ultimately the consciousness, of Nathan’s latest experiment in artificial intelligence. That experiment is Ava (Alicia Vikander), a breathtaking A.I. whose emotional intelligence proves more sophisticated––and more deceptive––than the two men could have imagined.

“Star Wars: The Force Awakens” Teaser #2

The second “Star Wars: The Force Awakens” was just released during the Star Wars Celebration. You can watch it below:

Lucasfilm and visionary director J.J. Abrams join forces to take you back again to a galaxy far, far away as “Star Wars” returns to the big screen with “Star Wars: The Force Awakens.” Episode VII in the Star Wars Saga, Star Wars: The Force Awakens, opens in theaters December 18, 2015.


“Ex Machina” Tops Specialty Debut

Deadline is reporting that “Ex Machina” is the strongest debut in this weekend’s special box office releases:

This doesn’t happen often: Four of the weekend box office’s top 10 are Specialty releases, while a debuting fifth had the year’s best per-theater average.

Among the top 10, TWC’s Woman In Gold, RADiUS’ It Follows, Bleecker Street’s Danny Collins and A24’s While We’re Young took the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th spots respectively even as the masses continued to crowd in to see Furious 7.

And the weekend also boasted a 2015-best debut. A24 killed it with sci-fi thriller Ex Machina. And also drawing crowds, IFC Films’ Clouds Of Sils Maria, featuring an unprecedented Cesar Award-winning performance by Kristen Stewart, got a solid start in three locations. Not bad for one of the first nice-weather weekends in the Northeast in seemingly forever.
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