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Ellen Page comes out as gay at Human Right Campaign's »Time to THRIVE« conference for LGBT teens

Last night, Human Rights Campaign Foundation's first national »Time to THRIVE« conference promoting safety, inclusion and well-being for LGBTQ youth kicked off at Bally's Hotel and Casino in Las Vegas. Its goal is to engage a broad audience of youth-serving professionals, including K-12 educators, mental health providers, pediatricians, religious leaders, recreational athletic coaches, and youth development staff at places like Boys and Girls Clubs and YMCAs. The event also provides a "one-stop-shop" opportunity for these professionals to build awareness and cultural competency, learn current and emerging best practices, and gather resources from leading experts and national organizations in the field.

HRC Time to Thrive

Special guest Ellen Page made a big announcement on stage by coming out publicly in a powerful, emotional speech which was later viewed more than a half-million times within the first 12 hours on YouTube. A full transcript is available after the jump.

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Hello! Wow. Thank you.

Thank you Chad, for those kind words and for the even kinder work that you and the Human Rights Campaign Foundation do every day—especially on behalf of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender young people here and across America.

It’s such an honor to be here at the inaugural Time to THRIVE conference. But it’s a little weird, too. Here I am, in this room because of an organization whose work I deeply admire. And I’m surrounded by people who make it their life’s work to make other people’s lives better— profoundly better. Some of you teach young people—people like me. Some of you help young people heal and to find their voice. Some of you listen. Some of you take action. Some of you are young people yourselves…in which case, it’s even weirder for a person like me to be speaking to you.

It’s weird because here I am, an actress, representing—at least in some sense—an industry that places crushing standards on all of us. Not just young people, but everyone. Standards of beauty. Of a good life. Of success. Standards that, I hate to admit, have affected me. You have ideas planted in your head, thoughts you never had before, that tell you how you have to act, how you have to dress and who you have to be. I have been trying to push back, to be authentic, to follow my heart, but it can be hard.

But that’s why I’m here. In this room, all of you, all of us, can do so much more together than any one person can do alone. And I hope that thought bolsters you as much as it does me. I hope the workshops you’ll go to over the next few days give you strength. Because I can only imagine that there are days—when you’ve worked longer hours than your boss realizes or cares about, just to help a kid you know can make it. Days where you feel completely alone. Undermined. Or hopeless.

I know there are people in this room who go to school every day and get treated like shit for no reason. Or you go home and you feel like you can’t tell your parents the whole truth about yourself. Beyond putting yourself in one box or another, you worry about the future. About college or work or even your physical safety. Trying to create that mental picture of your life—of what on earth is going to happen to you—can crush you a little bit every day. It is toxic and painful and deeply unfair.

Sometimes it’s the little, insignificant stuff that can tear you down. I try not to read gossip as a rule, but the other day a website ran an article with a picture of me wearing sweatpants on the way to the gym. The writer asked, “Why does [this] petite beauty insist upon dressing like a massive man?”


Because I like to be comfortable. There are pervasive stereotypes about masculinity and femininity that define how we are all supposed to act, dress and speak. They serve no one. Anyone who defies these so-called ‘norms’ becomes worthy of comment and scrutiny. The LGBT community knows this all too well.

Yet there is courage all around us. The football hero, Michael Sam. The actress, Laverne Cox. The musicians Tegan and Sara Quinn. The family that supports their daughter or son who has come out. And there is courage in this room. All of you.

I’m inspired to be in this room because every single one of you is here for the same reason.

You’re here because you’ve adopted as a core motivation the simple fact that this world would be a whole lot better if we just made an effort to be less horrible to one another. If we took just 5 minutes to recognize each other’s beauty, instead of attacking each other for our differences. That’s not hard. It’s really an easier and better way to live. And ultimately, it saves lives.

Then again, it’s not easy at all. It can be the hardest thing, because loving other people starts with loving ourselves and accepting ourselves. I know many of you have struggled with this. I draw upon your strength and your support, and have, in ways you will never know.

I’m here today because I am gay. And because… maybe I can make a difference. To help others have an easier and more hopeful time. Regardless, for me, I feel a personal obligation and a social responsibility.

I also do it selfishly, because I am tired of hiding and I am tired of lying by omission. I suffered for years because I was scared to be out. My spirit suffered, my mental health suffered and my relationships suffered. And I’m standing here today, with all of you, on the other side of all that pain. I am young, yes, but what I have learned is that love, the beauty of it, the joy of it and yes, even the pain of it, is the most incredible gift to give and to receive as a human being. And we deserve to experience love fully, equally, without shame and without compromise.

There are too many kids out there suffering from bullying, rejection, or simply being mistreated because of who they are. Too many dropouts. Too much abuse. Too many homeless. Too many suicides. You can change that and you are changing it.

But you never needed me to tell you that. That’s why this was a little bit weird. The only thing I can really say is what I’ve been building up to for the past five minutes. Thank you. Thank for inspiring me. Thank you for giving me hope, and please keep changing the world for people like me.

Happy Valentine's Day. I love you.

Date: 02/15/2014 - 21:34:58 Posted by Dominik
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Evan Rachel Wood and first-time producer Ellen Page will play survival-minded sisters for »Into the Forest«

Ellen Page and Evan Rachel WoodIt’s been ten months since the announcement that Ellen Page is attached to star in an indie adaptation of Jean Hegland's acclaimed post-apocalyptic novel »Into the Forest«. Yesterday, a new press release was issued confirming actress Evan Rachel Wood (»Across the Universe«, »Pretty Persuasion«) has joined the cast and will play the sister to Page’s character.

The story centers on Nell and Eva, two teens growing up in a remote Northern California forest, schooled at home and taught to follow their whims and wishes. Their lives are changed forever following the deaths of their parents and the degradation of the world around them, which falls victim to war, terrorism, erratic weather and an upended economy. Once the power goes out and fossil fuels are used up, the girls are forced to come to grips with the hardships of a life they were never taught how to live.

Though it sounds as if Jean Hegland could have written her novel just a few months ago, it was actually published back in 1996.
The fact that the narrative is still eerily relatable toward our current world, economy and environment, means the film has contemporary relevance and star power going for it. Patricia Rozema (»Mansfield Park«, »Grey Gardens«) will be directing from her own adapted screenplay. At the same time, Ellen is set to make her debut as a producer alongside Kelly Bush Novak and Sriram Das. Haroon ‘Boon’ Saleem will executive produce, while Kristina Sorensen joins the crew as an associate producer.

It is not yet known which actress is playing which role. But with Eva being a ballet dancer, I expect Ellen to portray the younger sister Nell, who is a true bookworm and also the narrator of the story. Since the novel doesn't contain many characters, the casting process shouldn't take too long and filming will probably start in the next few months.

Patricia Rozema Set to Direct Film off Her Adapted Screenplay with Page Producing

LOS ANGELES, CA, OCTOBER 21, 2013) – Academy Award® nominated actress Ellen Page (The East, Juno, X-Men) is set to produce and star opposite Evan Rachel Wood (Mildred Pierce, Thirteen) in the film adaptation of Jean Hegland’s novel of the same name, INTO THE FOREST. Acclaimed director and writer Patricia Rozema (Grey Gardens, Mansfield Park) will direct the feature film from her adapted screenplay. INTO THE FOREST recounts the story of two sisters (Page and Wood) struggling to survive after the collapse of society in the not too distant future. In addition to Ellen Page, Kelly Bush Novak and Sriram Das are set to produce. Haroon (Boon) Saleem will serve as executive producer and Kristina Sorensen as associate producer.

Page recently wrapped on the seventh installation of the X-Men franchise, X-Men: Days of Future Past, and is attached to Fox’s Queen and Country. Additional credits include To Rome with Love, Inception, Super, Whip It, The Tracey Fragments, An American Crime, X-Men: The Last Stand, The Stone Angel, Smart People, and Hard Candy. Page is also attached to star and produce Freeheld, the feature length film based on the Oscar®-winning documentary of the same name. Page will produce the film alongside Endgame’s James D. Stern, Double Feature Films partners Michael Shamberg and Stacey Sher, Vie Entertainment and Cynthia Wade. Page is represented by WME, Barnes Morris Klein Mark and Yorn, and Vie Entertainment.

Emmy® and Golden Globe® nominated Wood will next be seen this November starring in Charlie Countryman opposite Shia LaBeouf and in A Case of You opposite Justin Long. The actress also recently finished filming Andrew Fleming’s Barefoot, which will release in 2014. Other credits include The Ides of March, The Conspirator, Mildred Pierce, The Wrestler, King of California, Running with Scissors, Down in the Valley, The Upside of Anger and Thirteen, among many others. Wood also appeared as Queen Sophia-Ann Leclerq in the critically acclaimed HBO series, True Blood. Wood is represented by CAA.

An internationally respected and award-winning filmmaker, Patricia Rozema’s credits include the Jane Austen feature film: Mansfield Park, When Night is Falling, Tell Me You Love Me, and In Treatment. She also received an Emmy® nomination as a co-writer on HBO’s award-winning movie, Grey Gardens. Rozema is represented by CAA.

Date: 10/22/2013 - 16:08:23 Posted by Dominik
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World premiere event and press junket for »Beyond: Two Souls« in Paris / Game gets censored in Europe

Beyond Two SoulsOn the occasion of its upcoming worldwide release, a special premiere for »Beyond: Two Souls« was held at the Le Grand Rex in Paris last Wednesday. Aside from the invited guests even casual fans and gamers had the chance to get tickets for this event by entering various contests or buying them at advance booking offices or websites like Fnac. Quantic Dream's Co-CEO Guillame de Fondaumiere opened the evening with the introduction of composer Lorne Balfe, Kadeem Hardison, Willem Dafoe, Ellen Page and his partner in crime David Cage, who subsequently took over the microphone and delivered a speech to the audience in the packed theatre. As a special gesture, every game designer, concept artist, sound editor and developer involved in the videogame were brought up to the stage where they received their deserved applause. The event then continued with the screening of some footage and cut scenes, and a panel discussion, comprising Cage and the four stars of the evening. They talked about the development process, but also the challenges and experiences surrounding the ambitious and unprecedented project before a few selected spectators were allowed to ask questions. Parts of the event were streamed live on YouTube for everyone to watch, by the way. The video was removed shortly after though because it was "too long" according to the platform's guidelines.

Beyond: Two Souls World Premiere in Paris on October 2, 2013

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One day prior to the premiere, Ellen arrived in France's capital city to join Cage, Balfe, Hardison and Dafoe in a press junket at the Fnac Saint-Lazare store and an inventive press conference at Quantic Dream's motion capture studio for the local media. Unfortunately, relevant video footage either hasn't been published yet or is mainly in French. In this respect, I didn't see the sense in sharing interviews, in which most of you would understand the answer, but not the preceding question. But I still hope that more stuff will show up in the course of the release of »Beyond: Two Souls« in the next couple of days. While the Tiny Canadian headed for home on Thursday, David Cage and Willem Dafoe kept themselves busy and journeyed on to Rome for a presentation of the game at the Exedra Hotel. But don't worry; Ellen will continue her promotion tour later this month as well. She has already announced that she will be in Japan, where the psychological action thriller hits stores on October 17.

Beyond: Two Souls Press Junket in Paris on October 1 and 2, 2013

Out of nowhere, a rumor popped up at the end of September claiming that the European version of the game will be censored. Since many have been profoundly disappointed by Sony's censorship policy in the past, there was a great outcry within the PS3 community and some people even cancelled their pre-order without knowing further details. The ensuing discussion was exacerbated by SCE Uncut on Tumblr, where information from different sources was gathered. It took almost a week to get a comment from Ross Alexander, Beyond's European Product Manager at SCEE, on the EU Playstation Blog:

There are only two amends between the EU and US versions of the game, amounting to about 5-10 seconds of gameplay that’s not been removed, just edited slightly to be in line with a PEGI 16 rating.

For BEYOND we wanted to make the game available to as many people as possible, hence applying for a PEGI 16 rating. The 5-10 seconds I mention above would have upped our rating to a PEGI 18, so it made perfect sense to make these two VERY minimal changes to get our planned 16 rating.

I can assure you that this does not affect the game’s story at all, and that if you didn’t know these scenes had been amended, you wouldn’t even notice.

Hope the above helps to allay your concern.


VideoGamer picked up the story on October 1 and received an official statement from Sony Computer Entertainment Europe:

"We can confirm that three minor aesthetic changes were made to the PAL version of BEYOND: Two Souls. These changes are purely cosmetic and do not affect gameplay or the overall story. The modifications were made in order to meet the requirements of regional ratings boards in the PAL region, and with the full support of the development team who do not feel that the title has been compromised in any way."

PEGI CensoredIn the end, it was much ado about nothing. The question still remains, however, as to why Sony was struggling to make a statement and deal with the cuts openly. At the same time, there is a similar issue concerning the in-game dialogs and texts/subtitles. For instance, many people wanted to know if the UK version will be multilingual and come with more than one language. But Sony refuses to provide information on this matter down to the present day. This is probably to reduce the amount of imports and push the sale of local copies. However, such a behavior is anything but customer-friendly considering the price ranges from 40 to 70 or even 80 Euros within the European countries that have adopted the PEGI (Pan European Game Information) rating system and therefore usually get the same or almost identical editions. Although the game is scheduled to be out during the latter part of this week, word is that it was already available for sale at retailers this past Saturday. This could be an indirect consequence of the incident that happened on October 2 though. Somehow a release group was able to get their hands on a final copy of the game and leaked it on the internet. That is very inconvenient, but I'm sure it won't have a major impact on sales figures. Many people have been eagerly waiting for this game for months, have pre-ordered their copy a long time ago and are now looking forward to holding the final game in their own hands. It is highly improbable that a true gamer will do an about turn on the home stretch. In this spirit, happy gaming and enjoy the world of »Beyond: Two Souls«!

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Date: 10/08/2013 - 22:29:13 Posted by Dominik
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Ellen in talks for film adaption of »Queen and Country« and Kitty Pryde spin-off / Co-op and app support for »Beyond«

Greg Rucka's Eisner Award winning »Queen and Country« comic series is one step closer to getting a cinematic adaptation at 20th Century Fox. Ellen Page is reportedly in negotiations to star as the female lead in what could become a series of espionage films. According to Variety, the studio has been looking for some time to give the young actress a franchise after working with her on a number of different projects. Word is also that Fox attempted to bring the original graphic novel, which spans 32 issues over the course of 6 years, to the big screen since at least 2007.

Queen and Country

Itself inspired by the 1970s British ITV television series »The Sandbaggers«, »Queen and Country« features modern, completely un-romanticized and fairly realistic spy stories about defusing Middle Eastern weapons deals, ambassadorial kidnappings and scandals, and the hazy deals done between the espionage agencies of supposedly allied countries. It is focused on Tara Chace, an incredibly capable, driven and complicated field agent for England's Special Operations Section of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS, also known as MI6). She is tough as nails but also dealing with the emotional complications of having a job that requires her to kill and almost be killed on a regular basis, all while also worrying about the tricky bureaucracy and politics behind her missions. In the ongoing series of comics and novels Chace tries to stop an international terrorist plot after her identity is compromised and as her personal demons spiral out of control.

Peter Chernin of Chernin Entertainment (»Oblivion«, »Rise of the Planet of the Apes«) and Jenno Topping (»Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle«) are set to produce. Ryan Condal (»The Sixth Gun TV movie«, »Rock’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars«) has drafted the current script, with previous versions penned by John Rogers (»Transformers«, »Catwoman«) and Greg Rucka. No director has been selected yet, which should not be surprising since the project is still in its early stage of development.

Queen and Country - Tara Chase

Should she officially sign on, this would be unlike anything that Ellen has ever done and could bring her into a whole new arena for her career. While she does have some action movie experience, starring in not only two X-Men films but also James Gunn's »SUPER«, those parts were just supporting roles. Here Page will have the spotlight directly on her, and from the plot it sounds like she will be going into full-on Jason Bourne mode. But Ellen showed more than once that she is able to play challenging characters with Hayley Stark from »Hard Candy« being an excellent example. On the other side, the project might benefit from not picking a normal action-ready leading lady and allowing the actress to grow into the role.

Kitty PrydeAnd if this works and Page proves she can draw a big action box office, then maybe a Kitty Pryde spin-off won't seem so far-fetched. American screenwriter, producer and director Joss Whedon has frequently stated in the past that he's a fan of the character and wants to make a dedicated movie some day. Back in 2009, he revealed Fox "don't seem to think a Kitty Pryde movie is awesome. I don't know why." With Ellen being one of the most talented and unique actresses working in Hollywood today and the consistent success of the X-Men franchise, which will without a doubt continue with »X-Men: Days of Future Past«, the chances of a Kitty Pryde movie becoming a reality are better than ever. In any case, Page would be willing to portray the fan-favorite phasing mutant for the third time as she told Vulture in a recent interview: "Well, I'm available! [Laughs.] I love that. Kitty Pryde's awesome. I'm super grateful to be the actress who's gotten to be her, and you only desperately hope that the true fans who have a right to demand what they want and who have been passionate about these stories for a really long time, that you can pull it off for them. I would be so thrilled to play Kitty Pryde again. I really would."

Beyond AppWith the release of »Beyond: Two Souls« only a few weeks away, Sony and Quantic Dream have started to publish several making of videos which provide interesting insights into the development and creation of the game. Both companies were also present at this year's gamescom in Cologne, Germany where they announced the co-op campaign called "Dual Mode" and a "Beyond Touch" app which will allow players to control the game using iOS and Android touchscreen devices. While you can switch between controlling Jodie and the ghostly Aiden in the normal single-player game, the Dual Mode simply lets two players pass off control of the two characters using the triangle button. It's not a typical cooperative mode as both players are never interacting simultaneously. According to Polygon, David Cage explained that Dual Mode seemed like a sensible addition since many gamers experienced »Heavy Rain« with a friend in the same room. When you hook up your smartphone or tablet to your PS3, you will be able to drag your finger to move Jodie or Aiden about, and hold the camera button and drag to look around. Furthermore, you can tap, hold, and swipe to interact with the world of »Beyond«. Any combination of DualShock 3 controllers and mobile devices are possible using Dual Mode.

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On September 3rd, David Cage had the pleasure to deliver this year’s BAFTA Annual Games Lecture in London. There, he shared his views and predictions on creativity in the games industry and discussed the topic "Can Games Become Art?". Shortly after that the CEO of Quantic Dream headed for Japan to promote »Beyond« at the Tokyo Game Show 2013. It appears that the Asian market is very important, the local gamers will not only get a special edition, but also a director's edition of the game. This package includes the game in a steelbook case, a 30 minute DLC scene, soundtrack, dynamic PS3 theme, PSN avatar pack, four making of videos, and a collector’s edition book. Pre-orderers also get two tumbler glasses, a flashlight, and a set of postcards. In comparison, customers who have pre-ordered the game in Italy will also be receiving an art-book while customers in both Germany and Austria will be getting a plain black bag with Beyond written on it. Before the game hits stores in Northern America, China and other regions of Asia on October 8 as well as in Europe on the following day, interested gamers will have the chance to check out a two-level demo at the beginning of October.

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Date: 09/22/2013 - 22:13:53 Posted by Dominik
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Surprise panel for »X-Men: Days of Future Past« at the San Diego Comic-Con / Viral marketing for Trask Industries

X-Men: Days of Future Past

For the weeks leading up to the start of the San Diego Comic-Con International 2013, Twentieth Century Fox had a listing on the Hall H schedule, but nothing about which projects they would be promoting. A day or so prior to the panel on July 20, word was that they would be bringing »Dawn of the Planet of the Apes« and »The Wolverine« to the attendees, but there were still rumors of a huge surprise to come.

Actor Hugh Jackman was already about to leave the stage under frenetic applause at the end of the »The Wolverine« panel, when he unexpectedly turned back to make a plea: "One of the great things about being in a movie like this is the chance to do other things, and particularly being able to do smaller more indie movies, and I'd like to introduce you to the director of a film I've got coming up. It's a small movie, won't take long, hopefully Fox won't mind. Ladies and gentlemen, Bryan Singer!" And that was the beginning of a surprise panel for »X-Men: Days of Future Past«!

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"It's been like a decade. It's been a great journey making »X-Men: Days of Future Past« in Montreal. None of the visual effects are complete and we still have a month of shooting to go, but I've put together a little bit of footage." said Singer on stage before screening a sliver of 3D footage. The biggest news in this context is that unlike in the comics it won't be Ellen's character who goes back in time. Singer will tweak the timeline for his film, given the fact that he has the »X-Men: First Class« cast waiting in the 1970s for Wolverine (and not Kitty Pryde). The video begins with an older Logan, Magneto (Ian McKellen) and Xavier (Patrick Stewart) in a distant, apocalyptic future. "You will do for me what I once did for you. Logan, I was a very different man. Guide me. Have patience with me," says a shaggy haired and defeated looking Professor X in his wheelchair. "Patience isn't my strong suit," replies Logan. Magneto stands in an art gallery, and there are scenes of riots in the streets of London. In the next scenes, President Richard Nixon seems worried, a panic room under the White House is shown and Wolverine gets shot repeatedly in the chest. Back in the future scenario, most of the X-Men, including Storm, Rogue, Ice Man and Kitty Pryde are hiding in ruins underground and hatching a last-ditch plan to return Wolverine to his younger body in hopes that he can convince the younger Xavier to somehow reverse course. A montage of action shots, most taking place in the 1970s with Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy wrestling with the hard truth Wolverine’s trying to sell them, ends with a shot of Stewart's Professor X and his younger ego nose-to-nose in some kind of mind-space. "Please", begs the older one of his embittered younger self, "we need you to hope again."

X-Men: Days of Future Past Panel

"This is a long table," noted Singer as the panel went on and added that "there are a couple of writers and producers who might join us". That was a bit of an understatement as he brought out the full crew of »X-Men: Days of Future Past« under deafening cheers from the crowd, which included screenplay writer Simon Kinberg, the producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutch Parker as well as Omar Sy, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Evan Peters.

The first couple of minutes belonged to the actors who got the chance to introduce themselves and the characters they are playing in the upcoming movie - just in case this wasn't already clear. Evan Peters characterized his Quicksilver is "a bit of a spaz" as well as being fast. "He talks fast, moves fast, and everyone is very slow compared to him. He's like always waiting for the guy at the ATM in front to finish." Peter Dinklage, in a mysterious role that was never officially announced, confirmed what many already thought – he is playing Bolivar Trask, the creator of the mutant-hunting Sentinels. Jennifer Lawrence was the first who revealed some real details while talking about her role as Raven. "She's definitely starting to find her journey to the Rebecca Romijn, later Mystique, that we know. She's still close to Charles - not geographically; she hasn't seen him in a long time."

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"This is an embarrassment of riches," said Hugh Jackman, who tirelessly lauded the fans at Comic-Con, thanking them for their support and for elevating his career to new heights. "To work with people from the very first film I ever did, and then to work with these new people, it's incredible." In fact, many of the cast members used this opportunity to comment on how it was working with people from the other movie. "It's great to be in California, especially now you've repealed Proposition 8," said Ian McKellen. "Now I'm looking for a husband... It's nice to meet you Michael [Fassbender]."

Halle Berry, who is expecting her second child with husband Olivier Martinez, explained the pros and cons of playing Ororo Munroe aka Storm: "What I love about Storm is that she's like the Earth mother of the group, but she's also a badass when she needs to be. What I hate about Storm is she never gets any love! I mean what's up with Storm? You probably know more about the comic than me - is she asexual and nobody's told me? But I love her. When I got the call it didn't take me a half second to say that I'm in." Anna Paquin, who got cast in the first X-Men movie when she was 17, expressed her thankfulness for being a part of the upcoming movie by saying “It’s really amazing to be back." With regard to Iceman, Shawn Ashmore said, "I think there's going to be some really cool stuff that people don't expect to see, and that they've been possibly waiting to see from these characters." Ellen Page is excited to be back in the mutant universe and reprise her first role in a large-scale movie: "When I did the first one, I had never been on a set remotely to that size or scale, so it sort of blew my mind. I was joining a group of people who are already close, but they could not have been more lovely and welcoming, and so sweet. Never did I expect to be back playing Kitty Pryde again and I couldn't be more excited." The introduction round eventually ended with Omar Sy exposing "I play Bishop. He's a guy from the future. He fights for survival, like all of us."

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But it wasn’t only the actors that spoke during the panel. "Being true to the original comics is what's important for us," noted Simon Kinberg. "It's about trying to honor those as best we can." Shuler Donner added, "It's only because the comics were written so well that we can spin these stories." Hutch Parker, in turn, has "never seen a better cast ever assembled anywhere at any time" during his 25 years of making movies.

Kicking off the brief Q&A portion of the panel a fan wanted to know if there was room for the popular Deadpool in the expanding X-Men universe. "Anything is possible," answered Bryan Singer. "Maybe not in this movie ... but anything is possible." Then moderator Geoff Boucher stepped in to bring up the idea of Iron Man vs. Wolverine battle in a future movie. "I don’t want to be responsible for taking down Iron Man, but come on ..." Jackman joked, "I’m open to that, some kind of big mashup ... I’m all for it, but there’s people way above me that have to decide that one." Finally, before the panel turned to a “What X-Man would you be besides the one you are now?" question, Boucher asked about Quicksilver’s immediate popularity through his involvement in »Avengers 2« as well. “Quicksilver was always a part of the story,” commented Singer. “The casting took a while to find the right actor for the role ... I can’t speak to »The Avengers«, but ..." "I don’t know... he moves quick, he talks quick,” continued Peters, to the laughter of those present. “Everyone is slow compared to him."

While Wolverine received three votes, Mystique came out on top with four in the subsequent voting among the panel participants. Patrick Stewart said he would play "any female character in any X-Men movie because then I might stand the chance of winning an Academy Award." The background to this is that both Berry and Lawrence took home statuettes after their initial turns in »X-Men« - though for other roles. McKellen, in turn, regretted that he can't play the younger Magneto anymore. Overall, there was a great spirit between the actors and it looks like the future of the franchise is in good hands.

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Prior to the panel, a press conference for reporters took place in a separate room within the festival area. Asked about the challenges of bringing the original story arc to life, Bryan Singer responded: "The goal was to try and make a film that would bring this cast together by time travel or time displacement of some kind. Basically, the notion is that consciousness of Wolverine of the future is sent into his past self. And it was nice because Hugh was able to play both parts because the character of Wolverine is ageless. And it was great to be able to place him as a character in both these worlds. For me, it was great to reunite the old cast and get to work as a director with the new cast." The director also addressed rumors that the new movie will rewrite the mutant universe he's set up in prior films, specifically changing some of the events from »X2«. "Whenever you're going back in time -- and this is every bit as much a time travel movie as it is an X-Men movie -- there is those risks. I'm not the audience, I'm just the filmmaker, but I do believe in certain continuity that we'll maintain and some things we'll change. When you go back and mess about, things happen. So some of those rumors are probably somewhat true."

X-Men: Days of Future Past Press Conference

There will even be some interaction between the older and younger versions of the characters. "Wolverine is the journeyman," Singer said. "His interaction with the younger cast is primary. There is a moment, where these characters come face to face, older self with younger self. And we tried to do it in a unique way. It's been done before, but with my first opportunity to make a time travel film I want to create this set of rules and stay with them." One of the big surprises in this context is that Professor Charles Xavier (Stewart) is still alive after the events of 2006's »X-Men: The Last Stand«, where his character's body is pulverized by Jean Grey. "My assumption was that it was going to be Ian and Halle and Hugh and everybody back, but it won't be me," Patrick Stewart admitted. "But something happened, which I'm not allowed to talk about -- am I?" "In my own mind I understand how Xavier is alive at the end of »X-Men 3«," Singer responded. "At the end of »X-Men 3« after the credits when his consciousness is inside of this woman in a hospital and you take that and mix it with some powerful mutants - mutants can do a lot of cool stuff - you can imagine that anything is possible."

The new film takes place during several time periods, including the 1970s, which allowed for some interesting costume choices beyond the X-Men suits. "I personally love the moments when I get to wear the '70s clothes," Jennifer Lawrence gushed. "I really enjoy them because I love that time and I like wearing clothes when I can. Some of the Mystique stuff; some of the look is a little bit different. We're still using the same paint. When we left the (last) movie, she was mutant and proud. She was kind of struggling with the problem that a lot of normal human people struggle with, which is how they look. So she was very covered up in the first movie, but this time she is mutant and proud." "It's a very collaborative thing," Michael Fassbender added. "That's a thing that I've found as a whole: The clothes we wear, the Magneto outfit, being on set." "The best thing about playing the older Magneto this time - no helmet," Ian McKellen continued, telling Fassbender, "We'll talk about helmets later."

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Despite the fact the production of the movie is still underway, the viral marketing has already begun. There are a commercial (see below), promo collectibles including a cap and several posters that were given out to the Comic-Con attendees, as well as a (fantastic looking) website for the fictional Trask Industries, the company behind the Sentinel program. Furthermore, fans can find the latest information, images and videos on the official franchise website, the official YouTube channel, Facebook page or official Twitter. Following director Bryan Singer on the latter social network is a great way to stay up to date as well. Considering the popular comic the upcoming movie is based on, the great cast ensemble and the high expectations and hopes of the global fan community, I'm sure we will experience one hell of a marketing campaign until »X-Men: Days of Future Past« is released in the summer of 2014.
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Date: 08/10/2013 - 22:42:40 Posted by Dominik
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