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»Freeheld« and »Into the Forest« to world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival

TIFF 2015Both »Freeheld« and »Into the Forest« have been added to the lineup for September's 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and will make their world premieres through a gala presentation and a special presentation respectively as predicted. It seems director Patricia Rozema just recently finished post-production on her project as she revealed during the press conference today that "it’s so new" and they don’t have any promotional video clip yet. I will update this posting with detailed information on the screenings when the official film schedule becomes available at the end of this month!

FreeheldInto the Forest

Official synopsis for »Into the Forest« (Runtime: 101 minutes | Rating: 14A)

Two teenage sisters (Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood) struggle to survive in a remote country house after a massive, continent-wide power outage, in this gripping apocalyptic thriller from director Patricia Rozema (Mansfield Park, I've Heard the Mermaids Singing)

In the meantime, Ellen went to Kingston to shoot some scenes for her upcoming show »Gaycation« and attended Jamaica's first ever gay Pride festival (PRiDEJA) at Emancipation Park. (Photos courtesy of J-Flag and Ian Daniels)

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Date: 08/05/2015 - 20:46:36 Posted by Dominik
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#LoveisLove in the first official trailer for »Freeheld« / US release in October / Possible screenings at film festivals

With 2015 being the year that same-sex marriage finally became legal everywhere in the United States, the events of 2005 seem so long ago now. It was the time when Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree started their hard-fought battle for equal rights and representation under the law in the early days of the movement. Yesterday, Lionsgate released the first official trailer for the fact-based drama »Freeheld« which follows the story of the couple portrayed by Julianne Moore and Ellen Page.

The film takes place between 2002 and 2006 when Hester, a highly respected 23-year veteran of the Ocean County Police Department, discovers she has terminal lung cancer. With less than six months to live, she refuses to back down when county freeholders deny her request to leave her pension and death benefits to her domestic partner Stacie, which would happen automatically for heterosexual couples at the time. During their determined court battle the couple receives support from co-workers, close friends and activist allies, including Laurel's straight police partner Dale Wells (Michael Shannon), an empathetic Freeholder (Josh Charles) and a Jewish LGBT activist (Steve Carell) who works on their case.
While Hester definitely deserves respect for being an unlikely activist, driven first by personal necessity and then by robust, full-throated determination, and this film has one of those very inspirational, hopeful and powerful "change the world" messages at the end, the outcome of Hester's own quest will probably leave you with mixed feelings: unfortunately she passed away on the 18th February 2006, just weeks after the court reversed its stance and agreed to extend pension benefits to domestic partners.

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In a recent telephone interview with Kate Aurthur from BuzzFeed News, director Peter Sollett said, "It's not often in the movies that we get to talk about our heroes. And to me, Laurel Hester is a hero — I knew that as soon as I came to know her story. The political story and the personal story are one for me. It's always our own sort of issues that pop up when we're falling in love. But unfortunately, on top of those, these women had to deal with the prejudice and the obstacles set up for them by their local government. But for me, they're one and the same: The personal is the political." Besides, he was drawn to »Freeheld« because it was simply the most beautiful script he had ever read and in his opinion it's a very rare thing to find a piece of material that so accurately expresses one's views about the world."

Sollett also spoke of the three lead actors' different approaches toward connecting to their roles. Julianne Moore was "research-oriented, and took the beautiful documentary and the journalism that was available on the subject and really internalized it. She made it her mission to become an expert on the life of Laurel Hester. And it infused her choices within the scenes, and this is an important guiding light for us because it kept us honest." To play Dane, Michael Shannon spent time with Wells, who was often on set. "It was really Dane's warmth that I think brought Michael to such a large-hearted performance — the type of charismatic performance that I don't think people expect of him," Sollett explained.

When the director first met with Ellen Page, she asked him what he thought the movie was about. The response was simply: "It's a love story" - because Stacie Andree, a local car mechanic, totally falls in love with the older, but less out Laurel. Additionally, Sollett has nothing but praise for his younger leading lady. "With Ellen, an actress we know and love and I think audiences completely embrace, I don't think it's wrong to use the words 'breakthrough performance.' She feels different, her physicality is different — the transformation is new. That was thrilling. She was incredibly excited about that; she was being more honest. I think she was exposing more of her personal life, more of herself," he explained.

Page, who has been passionate about this project ever since her name was linked to it for the first time in 2010, echoed those sentiments in an interview with Entertainment Weekly: "I remember just seeing the trailer for the documentary and I was instantly brought to tears. Tremendous love stories between women have been made, of course. Some of them are my favourite movies. But to have a love story that brings up the civil rights issue, in relation to women - that we haven't seen enough of in the forefront."


Official synopsis

Based on the Oscar®-winning short documentary and adapted by the writer of Philadelphia, Freeheld is the true love story of Laurel Hester [Julianne Moore] and Stacie Andree [Ellen Page] and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells [Michael Shannon], and activist Steven Goldstein [Steve Carell], unite in Laurel and Stacie's defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.

Already talked up as potential Oscar contender, »Freeheld« is scheduled to be released on October 2 in limited release before going wide on October 16. Furthermore the movie is expected to be screened at this year's TIFF and will most likely appear in the selection of the festivals in Telluride and New York.

On a personal note: I would like to take this opportunity of expressing my sincere thanks to Lionsgate and its associates, in particular Mrs. Fisher and Mrs. Hackmann, for the great support and the firsthand updates!

Update - 2015/07/28

»Freeheld« will make its world premiere through a gala presentation at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival!

Date: 07/23/2015 - 16:54:49 Posted by Dominik
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Ellen Page set to star in war drama »Lioness« / »X-Men: DoFP - The Rogue Cut« / PHP and MySQL upgrade

Currently filming Sian Heder's comedy drama »Tallulah« in New York City, Ellen Page already has another project lined up. She will be following in the footsteps of Demi Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lawrence and others by playing a female soldier in the upcoming indie drama »Lioness«.

Based on true events, the movie tells the story of Lance Corporal Leslie Martz, a US Marine who was stationed in Haditha, Iraq for some time. Two years after completing her tour of duty, she was re-deployed and sent to Afghanistan as a leader of a Female Engagement Team (FET) — an evolution of the Lioness program she was originally a part of. Their mission is to gain the trust of local Afghan women by equipping them with necessary skills for independence but also secretly finding information about their Taliban partners. The soldier, who now lives in San Diego, was waging a personal war on several fronts. She was hiding the fact that was she was a gay woman in the military and on top of that found herself torn between the desire to prove herself to her superiors and the allegiance she developed toward the women and children whose strength and courage she grew to admire.

In this way, »Lioness« will show an intimate portrayal of a servicewoman waging war for the dignity of the Afghan women, while contending with her own deprivation. It's the story of courage against prejudice, conscience against duty, and love against circumstance, humanizing hero and enemy alike.

Leslie MartzProfile - Lance Corporal Leslie Martz

Born: May 30, 1985
Hometown: San Clemente, California, USA
Military Career: Member of the Marine Corp Reserve / Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom
Hobbys: Enjoying the beach, riding motorcycles and hanging out with her family
Favorite quote: "Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody is going to know whether you did or not"
(Source: GoAztecs)

While no director has been attached at this stage, THR reported that newcomer Rosalind Ross has penned the script and will join James Dahl on the producers list. I will keep you informed as soon as any further developments arise!

X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut

The official X-Men twitter account teased followers on May 3, 2015 that a big announcement was coming from Bryan Singer, the director behind many X-Men movies. Two days later, he announced that an extended version of his most recent »X-Men: Days of Future Past« was then currently in the making. The so-called "Rogue Cut" features more than 17 minutes of extra material, largely centering on the characters of Rogue (Anna Paquin) and Magneto (Sir Ian McKellen) in a bleak alternate future, and will come out on DVD and Blu-ray on July 14. This particular release date was chosen because it has significance for the franchise - it's the fifteenth anniversary of the first X-Men film's theatrical debut.

If you're curious and don't mind spoilers, here is how Anna Paquin's character fits into the original storyline:

After Wolverine accidentally stabs Kitty Pryde, Professor X and Magneto decide the only way they can keep the clawed mutant's mind in the past is if they can transfer Kitty's phasing powers to another mutant. Along with Iceman, they watch out for Rogue, who is being held captive and experimented on in the old X-Mansion.

X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut ScreencapsX-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut Screencaps

Plopped in the middle of this scenario is another cut storyline with Mystique and Hank McCoy, who catches her trying to break in to the mansion because "she has no place to go." The two have a steamy blue-transforming make-out scene as Mystique tries to convince Hank to deal with his self-loathing mutant issues. But it was all a trick, as the next morning they find out that she has destroyed Cerebro to prevent Xavier from tracking her.

X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut ScreencapsX-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut Screencaps

Meanwhile, the future Xavier telepathically guides Magneto and Iceman (the movie weaves in the young Magneto's break-in at the Department of Defense, which makes for some really satisfying visual parallels) until they finally find Rogue. Iceman dies heroically in the attempt to get her out, which explains why he doesn't really show up past that point in the original. From there the rest of the movie goes pretty much the same way as it did in the theatrical cut, though there are some different moments here and there — Rogue and Kitty share a somber look when she learns that Bobby is dead; Wolverine notices when Rogue takes over; Kitty phases Magneto through a wall during the Sentinels' final attack (in the original version he is saved by one of Blink's portals), which is directly linked to their rescue operation (the Sentinels are led to the X-Men's location via a tracking device left on their ship). And, of course, every scene where Kitty is shown with Wolverine, you will see Rogue instead.

X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut ScreencapsX-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut Screencaps

So is the "Rogue Cut" worth your time and money? If you're a hardcore X-Men fan who liked the first version, or if you've never seen the movie before and want to just jump in with this new edition, then sure! However, don't expect to be completely blown away, because it's not that different compared to the original theatrical cut. While the new scenes play with the juxtaposition between the future and the past in an entertaining, beautifully shot way and Anna Paquin definitely deserves some more screen time, it should also be pointed out that her character really doesn't do all that much and the movie doesn't spend enough time explaining what has happened to her or why we should care. Strictly speaking this alternative cut also "downsizes" Ellen Page's part within the story even further. As a little consolation her fans can look forward to almost 90 minutes of new special features including behind-the-scenes footage and interviews featuring the Canadian actress.

Here is the official press release from 20th Century Fox:

The Version Fans Have Been Waiting For hits Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD July 14!
Includes an Alternate, Never-Before-Seen Cut and Nearly 90 Minutes of New Special Features, as well as the Theatrical Version

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 19, 2015) – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will take you back in time for an all new experience as the X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut hits Blu-ray™ and DVD July 14. Fan-favorite mutant Rogue, played by Anna Paquin, finally joins the all-star cast, including Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, as they prepare to battle the Sentinels!

With a never-before-seen, alternate cut of the film—plus nearly 90 minutes of all-new, immersive special features, The X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut takes you deeper into the X-Men universe than ever before. Rogue makes her return as the all-star characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves and unite to battle armies of murderous Sentinel robots who are hunting down mutants and humans alike!

Packed with an all new cut of X-Men: Days of Future Past and nearly 90 minutes of new content, the Rogue Cut is the ultimate fan collectible! Go behind-the-battle for Earth with the definitive documentary “Mutant vs Machine” or look into the future with a sneak peek of the new Fantastic Four film.

X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut - Cover Arts

Blu-ray and DVD Features
  • Rogue Cut (with Audio Commentary by Bryan Singer and John Ottman)
  • Theatrical Version of the Film (with Audio Commentary by Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg)
  • Mutant vs Machine
  • X-Men: Unguarded
  • Gallery
  • Fantastic Four Sneak Peek
Blu-ray Exclusive Features
  • Second Screen App
X-Men: DoFP - The Rogue Cut (Blu-ray)X-Men: DoFP - The Rogue Cut (DVD)
Street Date:July 14, 2015Street Date:July 14, 2015
Prebook Date:June 10, 2015Prebook Date:June 10, 2015
Screen Format:Widescreen 16:9 (2.40:1)Screen Format:Widescreen 16:9 (2.40:1)
Audio:English DTS-HD MA 7.1,
English Descriptive Audio 5.1 (Theatrical Version only),
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1,
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Audio:English Dolby Digital 5.1,
English Descriptive Audio 5.1 (Theatrical Version only),
Spanish Surround Dolby Digital 2.0,
French Surround Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:English SDH / SpanishSubtitles:English SDH / Spanish
Total Run Time:148 Minutes (Rogue Cut),
131 Minutes (Theatrical Version)
Total Run Time:148 Minutes (Rogue Cut),
131 Minutes (Theatrical Version)
U.S. Rating:Not Rated (Rogue Cut),
PG-13 (Theatrical Version)
U.S. Rating:Not Rated (Rogue Cut),
PG-13 (Theatrical Version)
Closed Captioned:NoClosed Captioned:Yes

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™ and Digital HD™. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.

While Ellen was busy with filming »Tallulah« (make sure to check out the daily updated album with behind-the-scenes photos from the set in the EPO gallery) and attended the NYC Gay Pride Parade on June 28 celebrating the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide across the U.S., some significant changes were made to major parts of the website in the past few weeks. Not only were the guestbook and the fan corner scripts updated, but also PHP and MySQL were upgraded to improve the general performance, security and stability. Due to the fact that there are great differences between the current versions and the ones I formerly used, it was necessary to edit and rewrite some parts of the script's source code in order to make them compatible. Since most of the original authors are no longer maintaining their projects, it was up to me to make things work. Although the whole process required a lot of time and patience, I can proudly say that everything went well at the end and from a technical point of view, EPO is more up-to-date than ever. As a first benefit, the message board was upgraded to phpBB 3.1, which requires PHP 5.3.2 as a minimum. This was a mandatory step since the original 3.0 release will be no longer supported in the near future.
So why am I posting this and boring you with technical mumbo-jumbo? Well, this should show you once again that there is a lot of stuff going on around EPO even if the updates and changes are not visible at first sight. Coming up next is the previously mentioned video/media gallery, which will hopefully be ready by the time of the upcoming movie premieres at the Toronto Film Festival in September!

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Date: 07/09/2015 - 18:51:45 Posted by Dominik
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Ellen Page and Allison Janney will reunite for the third time on the big screen in Sian Heder's »Tallulah«

Ellen Page and Allison JanneyScreen Daily reports that Ellen Page is set to star opposite her »Touchy Feely«/ »Juno« co-star Allison Janney in the upcoming dramatic comedy »Tallulah«. Sian Heder will direct from a screenplay based on her own short film »Mother« about a neglectful Beverly Hills mom who hires a stranger to babysit her toddler. The project, which has reportedly been in the making since 2005, will also be her feature film debut.

The story revolves around a free-spirited young urban adventurer who rescues a baby girl from her spoiled and reckless mom. Tallulah (Page) quickly learns that the rest of the world thinks she kidnapped the child. She passes the baby off as her own with the mother of her ex-boyfriend, Margo (Janney). By the time the baby is returned to her rightful owner, all three women will forge an unbreakable bond of motherhood.

Sian HederIn an earlier interview with the Los Angeles Times, Heder stated that her film explores a female dilemma: Who is meant to become a mother? "I don't think every woman is a mother. I think there is some idea that because you're a woman, you have the capacity to be a mother. But I think there are women who really shouldn't have kids. That's why I don't have any animosity towards those women. I actually feel sort of feel sorry for them because they probably know they shouldn't have kids, but then they do it anyway," she explained.
"We believe in emotionally charged stories with universal themes," said Route One CEO Russell Levine. "This project has award-winning talents teamed up with a gifted young writer-director who wrote a brilliant script. Ellen Page and Allison Janney will give this film the nuanced comedic and dramatic strength it needs and we’re thrilled to move this project forward."

Filming is scheduled to start in June, with Levine producing alongside Heather Rae (»Frozen River«), Todd Traina (»What Maisie Knew«) as well as Maiden Voyage Pictures' Chris Columbus (»Mrs. Doubtfire«, »Home Alone«) and his daughter Eleanor Columbus. Route One Entertainment and Ocean Blue Entertainment are responsible for the financing, while ICM Partners represents US rights and Good Universe takes care of the international sales.

Date: 05/20/2015 - 11:35:19 Posted by Dominik
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»Freeheld« gets release dates and an early review / »Gaycation« with Ellen Page to air in Fall 2015

FreeheldLionsgate has officially announced a limited release for Peter Sollett's anticipated gay rights drama »Freeheld« on October 2nd, followed by a wide release starting October 16th. Besides, Bankside Films has sold the film rights to various airlines and many distributors including Universum Film (Germany), Selective Films (France), Filmax (Spain), Praesens (Switzerland), Edko Films (Hong Kong), Outsider Films (Portugal), Mis. Label (Scandinavia), Hollywood Films (Greece), Lev Cinemas (Israel), M-Net (South Africa), Rainbow Films (South Korea), Movie Cloud (Taiwan), Filma (Turkey), Front Row (Middle East) and Megalow Media (Eastern Europe). Apart from the one for France (February 3, 2016), no further release dates have been revealed as of yet. But it's likely that the movie will come out in the other mentioned countries around the same time.
Producers of the movie are currently trying to see how the story plays in the burbs. They are doing test screenings in theatres outside of Los Angeles, where audience members are paid $10 to watch and give their feedback on it. Here is a comment from a person who already attended such an event:

Early »Freeheld« review by despicableme
[...] "It's a pretty straight forward drama and if you got the chance to see the promo reel, the movie is just like that only expanded. On the positive side, it was really emotional from the romance angle. Many people sniffled during the movie and we all clapped at the end. It showed how regular audience got really engaged and invested in the story. The film like I predicted based on that reel has many court room scene which gives the chance for the actors from Julegend, Page, Carell, and to Shannon (an even a scene with a priest that got approval from the audience) to shine."

"The performances are excellent from Moore, Page, and Shannon. Not sure on Carell, but he serves as the comic relief that got many people laughing. Moore is excellent as always but unlike Still Alice where the movie solely relies on her, this is like a share field and she got shorter screentime from Alice but my god if it's not super baity from start to finish. Page gives a strong supporting or maybe co-lead performances. She got me teared up a couple times. Moore and Page were believable as this lesbian couple where their big age gap is admitted in the movie. Shannon is solid too."

"If you guys like the reel, then you'll like the movie too. If you're on the meh side, I encourage you to give it a try and look. I don't know how critics will respond to it, but since we will have Carol I think this probably will feel more timely although Carol has the higher chance to be more critically acclaimed given the director's record. But yeah I quite liked it given how emotional and well told the story is plus the strong performances. If the studio doesn't effed up like Paramount (is this Lionsgate?), Moore and Page are easy nominees." [...]

A+E Networks Vice MediaA+E Networks and Vice Media are reportedly working on a new channel. One of the 20 new shows scheduled to debut is »Gaycation« led by Ellen Page, who will travel around the world and explore the local attitudes toward LGBT culture in each city she visits. While an official announcement has yet to be made, it seems the plan is to go on air later this fall.

Date: 05/12/2015 - 16:00:58 Posted by Dominik
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