News Bits: Machina, 99, Vacation, Von Trier

Ex Machina
A new photo is out of Alicia Vikander in the upcoming sci-fi feature “Ex Machina”. “28 Days Later” and “Sunshine” writer Alex Garland scribe makes his directorial debut on the film which also stars Oscar Isaac and Domhnall Gleeson.

Isaac plays a billionaire programmer who picks a young employee (Gleeson) to help him test out an A.I.-driven, female robot (Vikander) on his estate. No word on a release date as yet. [Source: The Playlist]

99 Homes
Broad Green Pictures has closed a $3 million deal for the U.S. rights to the high-profile Toronto Film Festival title “99 Homes”. Broad Green will reportedly release it next spring and try for Oscar season 2015

Andrew Garfield and Michael Shannon star in Ramin Bahrani’s film about an evicted construction worker who ultimately goes to work for the real-estate broker who forced his family out of their home. [Source: Deadline]

Production has officially begun on “Vacation,” the upcoming part-sequel/part-reboot of the 1980s Chevy Chase-led “Vacation” comedy franchise. Ed Helms, Christina Applegate, Chris Hemsworth, Charlie Day, Skyler Gisondo, Steele Stebbins, Chevy Chase and Beverly D’Angelo star in the new film. [Source: Screen Slam]

Nymphomaniac: Director’s Cut
The five-and-a-half-hour long, uncensored and hardcore director’s cut of Lars von Trier’s erotic epic “Nymphomaniac” is set to score a day-and-date release across multiple platforms in several territories on October 2nd.

The film will score a theatrical and VOD release in North America along with several European countries including Spain, the Netherlands, Poland, the Czech Republic and Denmark. [Source: THR]