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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?”

*pause*

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.

ELLEN PAGE AND EVAN RACHEL WOOD JOURNEY “INTO THE FOREST”
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.

Thanks,
Ross

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«!

Beyond: Two Souls


Date: 10/08/2013 - 22:29:13 Posted by Dominik
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