A First Glimpse at the Savage, Psychedelic World of Paramount’s Annihilation

by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

A shellshocked Natalie Portman sits in a glass-walled room, draped in a hospital gown. Surrounding her is a retinue of observers and interrogators tucked into hazmat suits.

“Can you describe its form?” one asks her.

“No,” she answers, as the scene cuts away to savage nightmare jungle world where plants and flesh have intertwined.

“Was it carbon based?”

“I don’t know.”

“Did it communicate with you?”

“It reacted to me.”

“You really have no idea what it was?”

She doesn’t. This is our first look at Paramount Pictures Annihilation, the Alex Garland-directed sci-fi nailbiter based upon author Jeff VanderMeer’s Southern Reach trilogy. It will transport us into a gripping, incomprehensible and frightening realm when it hits theaters on Feb. 23.

Annihilation also stars Jennifer Jason Leigh, Gina Rodriguez, Tessa Thompson, Tuva Novotny and Oscar Isaac.

Take a Gorgeous Stop-Motion Step Into Anomalisa

by Stuart Winchester, Viacom

 

Step into the stop-motion world of Charlie Kaufman (Synecdoche, New York) and Duke Johnson (Community episode, Abed’s Uncontrollable Christmas) this Wednesday, Dec. 30 with their new film Anomalisa. Set in a crisp animated reconstruction of Cincinnati and its environs, the film is a powerful exploration of one man’s longing to escape from the mundanity of his own life. Starring a vocal cast of Jennifer Jason Leigh, Tom Noonan and David Thewlis and a score by Carter Burwell.

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