“Annihilation” ‘Making of’ Featurette Video

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Paramount Pictures has released a brief featurette with Natalie Portman and Gina Rodriguez discussing the science fiction thriller, Annihilation. The minute and a half video includes new scenes and focuses on the mutations the characters encounter.

Annihilation was directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina, 28 Days Later) and is based on Jeff VanderMeer’s “Southern Reach Trilogy.” Garland also adapted VanderMeer’s work for the screen. Scott Rudin, Andrew MacDonald, Allon Reich, and Eli Bush served as producers.

In addition to Natalie Portman (Black Swan, Jackie) and Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin, Deepwater Horizon), the cast of the much-anticipated drama includes Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny, and Oscar Isaac.

Paramount Pictures is targeting a February 23, 2018 theatrical release.

The Plot: Lena, a biologist and former soldier, joins a mission to uncover what happened to her husband inside Area X – a sinister and mysterious phenomenon that is expanding across the American coastline. Once inside, the expedition discovers a world of mutated landscape and creatures, as dangerous as it is beautiful, that threatens both their lives and their sanity.

A More Detailed Description of Jeff VanderMeer’s Book: “Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; all the members of the second expedition committed suicide; the third expedition died in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another; the members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within months of their return, all had died of aggressive cancer.

This is the twelfth expedition.

Their group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain and collect specimens; to record all their observations, scientific and otherwise, of their surroundings and of one another; and, above all, to avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers—they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding—but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them, and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another, that change everything.” (Per FSG Originals)

New interview by Expressen

New interview by the Swedish magazine Expressen has been added to the press archive.

Filmaktuella Tuva Novotny, 37, ratar sociala medier och går sällan på premiärer.

– Jag är för påverkbar, förklarar hon.

För att hålla fokus använder hon sig av yoga.

Tuva Novotny skrattar högt och brett, och de blågröna ögonen strålar av glädje.

– Det finns ingen ordning ens på basala fakta säger hon. Hemligheten fortsätter… det är så underbart!

Jag har frågat henne om antalet barn.

– Jag älskar att det i dag faktiskt går att vara helt off the radar, säger hon med ett kvardröjande skratt i rösten. Det är så jävla kul!

Något svar på min fråga får jag inte. Men hon bekräftar att hon fortfarande bor i Köpenhamn med sin ”stora” familj.

Read the full interview here and it’s in Swedish so use the translate function to read it if needed.

Official trailer for “Annihilation” out

In the upcoming sci-fi film Annihilation, a group of scientists set out to explore an area that has been overtaken by a mysterious force and is full of strange sights — and terrors. The film stars Natalie Portman, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tuva Novotny, Gina Rodriguez, and Tessa Thompson as the members of the team, while Oscar Isaac plays the husband of Portman’s character.

Annihilation — which just released its second trailer — is written and directed by Alex Garland (Ex Machina) and based on Jeff VanderMeer’s 2014 novel of the same name.

“I read the book in one sitting,” says Garland, whose screenwriting credits include 2002’s seminal rage-virus horror film 28 Days Later and 2012’s sadly underseen Dredd. “I really enjoyed the atmosphere, and I really enjoyed the prose, and I enjoyed the sheer originality of it. The actors carry a lot of weight in this movie, they’ve got a lot on their shoulders. I’d seen Natalie in a bunch of stuff, and I knew that she had a lot of strength, and a lot of presence of a particular sort. She can portray characters that are very very strong, but also have a kind of inner damage to them, and that was the key to that protagonist.”

The film is not short of eye-popping visuals, as the new trailer makes clear. “Well, essentially, what happens in the film is a group of scientists enter into a zone where there is a very strange phenomenon happening,” says Garland. “And then, once we’re in that zone, it was the responsibility of the production designers, and the VFX team, and the special effects team, to live up to that strangeness. The only way we could make this film was by lots of groups of people working very closely together, so there was a lot of practical effects, there was a lot of visual effects, there’s a lot of lighting effects. We tried to aim for something that was beautiful and disturbing and seductive, all at the same time. And I think that the collective that made the film managed to pull that off.”

Annihilation will receive a theatrical release in the U.S., but it was reported earlier this month that Paramount and Skydance were negotiating with Netflix for the film to be streamed in many foreign territories. What does Garland think about that?

“Well, it was made for theatrical release,” the director says. “It was made with the intention of seeing it in a cinema, and so it was kind of dismaying, and disappointing, that it wasn’t felt that that was the right way forward. But you know, it is what it is. There’s pluses to it. Netflix reaches a lot of people. You don’t have the grief of that terrifying opening weekend, and people talking about box office, or whatever. I don’t know. I guess what I feel is, it is what it is, and I know the film’s being released theatrically in America, and I’m really happy about that. After you’ve made a film, mainly what you hope is just that people will dig it. [But] in my opinion, the right place to watch it would be a cinema, because that’s how we made it, that’s what we made it for.”

Not that Garland has anything against the small screen per se, as the filmmaker reveals when EW asks what he is doing next.

“I know what I’m going to try to do next,” Garland says. “I’m trying to write an eight-part TV series so I don’t have to worry about theatrical releases anymore. [Laughs] I’m trying to write something for FX. You’re always looking for places where you feel like a good fit. I took an idea to FX, and they dug it, and hopefully that’s going to work out.”

Annihilation opens February 23. Watch the new trailer above.

Source: Entertainment Weekly (US)

Miramax to handle world sales on ‘Intrigo’ trilogy

Some information considering the project Intrigo:

Miramax has come on board to sell worldwide rights excluding German-speaking territories to Enderby Entertainment’s Intrigo thriller trilogy directed by Daniel Alfredson.

The films are based on Hakan Nesser’s books take place in an undefined northern European country and deal with the themes of escape, guilt, revenge and atonement.

The trilogy is in post and comprises Death Of An Author starring Ben Kingsley, Benno Furmann, Tuva Novotny and Veronica Ferres; Dear Agnes with Carla Juri, Gemma Chan, and Jamie Sives; and Samaria starring Phoebe Fox, Andrew Buchan, Millie Brady, and Jeff Fahey.

Enderby’s Rick Dugdale produces alongside The Amazing Film Company’s Thomas Peter Friedl and Uwe Schott. Enderby, The Amazing Film Company, Silver Reel, Seine Pictures and Umedia are financing the series.

Executive producers are Silver Reel’s Claudia Bluemhuber and Ian Hutchinson, Daniel Petrie, Jr., and Seine Pictures’ Ivan Orlic and Lauren Mekhael. Fox International handles distribution in German-speaking territories.

Alfredson directed The Girl Who Played With Fire, The Girl Who Kicked The Hornet’s Nest, and Kidnapping Mr. Heineken. The three films are currently in post and the Intrigo novels will be published worldwide in 2018.

“Annihilation” trailer released

Paramount Pictures has released the first trailer for Annihilation, the latest from Ex Machina writer and director Alex Garland. Annihilation is set to be released in theaters on February 23, 2018. You can also view the first photo released from the film at Entertainment Weekly’s site.

The movie is based on author Jeff VanderMeer‘s Southern Reach trilogy, and stars Natalie Portman (Black Swan, V for Vendetta), Jennifer Jason Leigh (The Hateful Eight, Fast Times at Ridgemont High), Gina Rodriguez (Jane the Virgin, Deepwater Horizon), Tessa Thompson (Creed, Westworld), Tuva Novotny (A War, Dag), and Oscar Isaac (Star Wars: The Force Awakens, Ex Machina).

The Southern Reach Trilogy begins with this Nebula Award-winning novel that “reads as if Verne or Wellsian adventurers exploring a mysterious island had warped through into a Kafkaesque nightmare world” (Kim Stanley Robinson).

Area X has been cut off from the rest of the continent for decades. Nature has reclaimed the last vestiges of human civilization. The first expedition returned with reports of a pristine, Edenic landscape; the second expedition ended in mass suicide; the third expedition in a hail of gunfire as its members turned on one another. The members of the eleventh expedition returned as shadows of their former selves, and within weeks, all had died of cancer. In Annihilation, the first volume of Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy, we join the twelfth expedition.

The group is made up of four women: an anthropologist; a surveyor; a psychologist, the de facto leader; and our narrator, a biologist. Their mission is to map the terrain, record all observations of their surroundings and of one another, and, above all, avoid being contaminated by Area X itself.

They arrive expecting the unexpected, and Area X delivers―they discover a massive topographic anomaly and life forms that surpass understanding―but it’s the surprises that came across the border with them and the secrets the expedition members are keeping from one another that change everything.

New interview by Aftonbladet

New interview from Aftonbladet (Sweden) from September 16, 2017 and just use the Google translator here at the site if you don’t speak Swedish.

Succéfilmen ”Borg” handlar inte bara om tennislegendarerna Björn Borg och John McEnroe.
Björn Borgs fästmö och tränare – spelade av Tuva Novotny och Stellan Skarsgård – spelar också en viktig roll i historien.

– Tjejen brukar vara kuttersmycket, här var hon en del av tennisplanen på något sätt, det tyckte jag var jättefint, säger Tuva Novotny om att spela Mariana Simionescu.
Borg sätter betyg på filmen om sig själv

Read full interview here.

New interviews with Tuva

Two new interviews with Tuva to promote the release of Borg, and they are both in Swedish but use the Google translate widget in the sidebar to easily translate them.

Moviezine (Sweden) – September 9, 2017

”Vi måste ha frihet att tolka verkligheten”

MovieZine pratar med Tuva Novotny om bioaktuella ”Borg”, hjälpen hon fick från Björn Borgs exfru Mariana, och det kommande karriärbytet.

Bakom varje framgångsrik man står en kvinna. När Björn Borg spelade sin legendariska Wimbledon-match mot John McEnroe år 1980 satt fästmön Mariana Simionescu i publiken och hejade på. Tuva Novotny har fått stor hjälp av den verkliga Mariana inför rollen i bioaktuella ”Borg”.

Read full interview here

NWT (Sweden) – September 8, 2017

Skådespelaren Tuva Novotny växte upp i värmländska Åmot

Tuva Novotny filmdebuterade för 20 år sedan.
Hon har gjort en hel del humor – den värmländska skrönan ”Smala Sussie” och serien ”Dag”, men också betydligt mer strama och allvarsamma roller som i den norska thrillerserien ”Nobel” och danska filmen ”Kriget”.
Nu är hon aktuell i storfilmen om Björn Borg som har biopremiär i dag.

Read full interview here.