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Ellen on the »Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson« / Decent box office start for »SUPER« / Press comments

Continuing her promo tour for »SUPER«, Ellen headed back to LA and stopped by the »Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson« last Wednesday. The interview was refreshingly long with the actress spending more than 15 minutes on the show. It started off with casual small talk about her eating habits, minimalist lifestyle, her mother's tattoo, facing mortal fear on a camping trip as well as the special attraction of the circus Ellen attended while filming »Mouth to Mouth« in Portugal. When she explained that her super hero character is "a bit of a psychopath" and "a little bit of a sexual predator," something unexpected happened. Instead of saying "Go and see that movie" or "Check it out in theaters now" as usual, Ferguson quipped "I don't think I want to see this film." Although the host was clearly joking in this case, it wasn't the best way to support his guest’s project. Also next time it might be helpful to tell the audience what to expect and why they should actually see the movie. But that's just my humble opinion. Since that was probably Ellen's last public appearance for a while, I hope you enjoy the video.

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On the same day, Star critic Roger Ebert of the Chicago Sun-Times failed to follow his own own code of behavior and gave away a major spoiler in the very first paragraph of his »SUPER« review. While it's surely not okay to reveal important details and I can understand James Gunn being upset about that, I also think he and his people should point the fingers at themselves. Without any warning, they posted links to the track list of the soundtrack in late March, which basically has the same spoiler in the title of the 15th track. Poetic justice if you ask me.

(Source: Box Office Mojo)

According to Box Office Mojo, the superhero movie grossed $46,549 at 11 locations for a per-theater average of $4,232 on its opening weekend. At first sight this doesn't look like a great result, but it's still a satisfying and solid start compared to Ellen's previous independent movie »Whip It« which made an estimated $5,966,058 at 1,721 locations for a weaker average of $3,467. But let's be realistic. James Gunn stated more than once that "SUPER won't be a movie for everyone" and it was never expected to be a box office smash. And this will also be reflected in its earnings. However, I'm certain the movie will find its way when it becomes available via VOD this week and opens in more and more US cities throughout the month. Besides, it's not the money that matters and I can imagine that an actress like Ellen could care less about box office numbers. Of course, everyone feels happy if a film does well, gets attention and is a financial success. But there are many other factors that need to be considered. Fact is Ellen had a blast on the set, got to work with many fantastic people and even made (close) friends with some of them. She once again pushed the envelope and was able to challenge herself on multiple levels by taking on a completely new role that we have never seen her in before. And the best thing is her crazy, immature and deeply disturbed Libby/Boltie is an absolute scene stealer as has been confirmed in nearly every review. By portraying such a controversial character, Page also proves she is perfectly capable of transforming herself in unforeseen and electrifying ways, which, in turn, will certainly be noticed by other directors and producers and will help her to get other different and challenging roles in future.

I haven't watched the movie yet and will have to wait until it comes out on DVD and Blu-ray later this year. Just like Ellen, I can’t stand extreme violence and gore in movies either. That's why I skip movies like »SAW« or »Hostel« and dislike »Piranha« for example. I will probably have a difficult time watching some scenes like the one spoiled by Roger Ebert, but I will definitely give it a shot! Ellen always makes good decisions when it comes to picking up worthwhile projects and I believe »SUPER« will be no exception in this regard. On that note, go and see »SUPER«! Check the US release schedule (here, here or here) to see if it's playing in a theatre near you. Download the »SUPER« app for iPhone and Android, buy the official soundtrack on Amazon and iTunes and support James Gunn's super hero comedy in every way you can!

Press Comments

Although Rainn Wilson is a fantastic lead role, Ellen Page is an absolute scene stealer as an ADD sadist with a fetish for role play sex. [...] The script was absolute perfection, and I don’t ever remember being so grossed out but laughing so hard I could barely breathe at exactly the same time. Other nods go to the soundtrack which fits perfectly, the magnificent costumes of The Crimson Bolt and Boltie, and the unforgettable special effects.
Vicki Isitt, HeyUGuys
Best of all, Gunn did it within the confines of a meticulously structured genre film – ignore all the subtext, and it's still one of the most emotionally wrenching (no pun intended) films in years. So whether you go the cinema for great characters, strong direction, intellectual subtext, a great story or simply a good time you can trust me, "SUPER" won't disappoint you.
Jake Mulligan, The Suffolk Voice
I like "Super." I like that James Gunn is trying new things within the genre as he did with the also-strong "Slither." He’s an interesting director because he’s not approaching his material in the same way as most of his peers. I wish the film was ultimately a bit more refined and a bit more consistent in its message. "Super" is saying something. I’m just not quite sure anyone knows what.
Brian Tallerico, Hollywood Chicago
James Gunn's "Super" mixes and mismatches genres to confounding effect. "Super" becomes both a crude celebration and sharp criticism of violence, both an embrace and rejection of the staid superhero conventions, and both a comic romp and serious exploration of obsessive love.
Dann Gire, Daily Herald
Super is an awesome film, and one whose dark humour never truly overtakes it. Wilson and Page are amazing in their roles, and the rest of the supporting cast does a great job backing them up. I just hope everyone can experience and have as much fun as I did.
In the final moments of Super -- when the true stakes of what Frank has been fighting for are finally revealed -- the film gets its heart, and the drama truly resonates. The reason it works is not only because Frank earns it -- but by sticking with the film through all of its graphic violence, disturbing psychology, and twisted humor, the audience does as well.
Jason Buchanan, TV Guide
Super is the film Kick-Ass so thoroughly failed to be: A perverse and engrossing superhero satire. That it’s absurd, bipolar, and overwhelmingly violent, there can be no question. But if you stay with it, you may find that there is a method to writer/director James Gunn’s madness. There are moments that are intensely funny, moments that are not funny at all, and moments so gloriously bizarre that describing them would hardly do them justice.
Chris Pandolfi, Popzara
This is not everybody’s cup of tea and I can definitely anticipate some people walking out but if you like comedy with a side of crazy, a whole lot of gore and quite a bit of "they did not jut go there" inappropriateness, then you’re going to really enjoy this film. BEWARE: if you do go see this movie, DON’T BUTT IN LINE.
Matthew Fong, Advancescreenings.com
In any case, if you want to see something that's like Watchmen mixed with Pulp Fiction then you should see Super.
archphoenix, Culture Brats
Replete with bizarre hallucination scenes, extreme punishment for line-cutters and lame religious superheroes, Super is a flawed, but ultimately fun and interesting film. James Gunn, in span of his career, from his work with Troma Entertainment to Slither, has never been one to show a great deal of restraint.
Eric Eisenberg, CinemaBlend
Super is a fantastically directed film with phenomenal performances. This gets into heavy drama territory, but it’s still pretty fricking funny. It’s also got a great score and soundtrack, and some cool animation. I can’t stress enough Rainn Wilson’s awesome acting in this. If you want a darker version of Kick-Ass, this is the movie for you.
Dan Cohen, Pop-Break
"Super" represents another nail in the coffin for the consciously impotent fanboy culture that hijacked Hollywood since the Lord of the Rings trilogy. Avoid this movie like the plague and say goodbye to petulance.
Cole Smithey, colesmithey.com
The heartbreaking part about Super is that there are so many awesome moments. [...] Gunn takes his characters to some fucking dark, DARK moments. I’m not trying to deter people. I think if you want to see Super, you still should. I just found it to be disappointing. It catapaults from really silly gore action and wacky hijinks into Frank weeping in a corner because he just wants to see his beautiful wife again.
Brian Prisco, Pajiba
In the end, Super is a fine little small budget effort that has a lot to say about the genre. The film’s reality is close to our own and the grounded nature raises the stakes and elevates Crimson Bolt’s challenges. The film’s third act is perfect and isn’t afraid to break off what you think will happen. Bold and brutal, Super isn’t for everyone, but if you are up for something different, even for the superhero genre, then I think you will find a lot of fun in Super.
Zac Oldenburg, Review St. Louis
It’s not perfect. The seams show and the tone shifts wildly from scene to scene. The characters could have done with a bit more fleshing out and not all of the jokes work. But Super has an energy about it and a delight in its audacity that’s refreshing in this day of cookie-cutter, by-the-numbers movie-making.
Suicide Blonde, Horrorview
Those looking for a poor man's Kick-Ass will find a few laughs, but Super fails to figure out what kind of movie it wants to be and ultimately what point it's trying to make.
Travis Hopson, Punch Drunk Critics
So while Super isn’t going to win any major awards, it’s definitely a great superhero film you can enjoy on different levels-and for once, not just the self-serving kind.
ningen31, cityonfire.com
Super is remarkably audacious, with something to shock pretty much everyone. And it is troubling to the very end, refusing to pass judgment on Frank’s vigilantism. This film takes itself quite seriously, and ultimately seems to share Frank’s belief in his means-to-an-end rampage. Super will undoubtedly be remembered as one of the most unexpected and provocative films of the year.
Jason LeRoy, Spinning Platters
Super is a thoroughly satisfying movie, revolving around the very real theme of inadequacy and societal pressure. [...] From its incredibly hilarious opening title sequence of the cast as animated characters performing a Broadway-like number, to its poignant and moving (and unexpected) end, "Super" is not just the much needed spark for the uncertain film industry, but the story of the kind of moral hero and person that we should learn to become.
Ryan Rojas, TonightattheMovies
What SUPER is may be far from perfect, but it’s a good, flawed, personal movie. And I enjoy that it’s messy. Relationships are messy. Breakups are messier. And SUPER isn’t simply about breakups or any one thing. I’m sure I’ll read reviews about its religious undertones and other subtexts. SUPER just feels like a project where the filmmaker had something inside him that he passionately needed to convey.
Allan Dart, Fangoria
Darker and more emotionally grim than Kick-Ass, IFC Films has the rare superhero movie that appeals to bith genre buffs and adult specialty film fans simply because Super has a real hero with flaws and down to earth problems. Like the recent Swedish horror film Let The Right One In, Gunn's Super is a bold reminder to art-house audiences that sometimes a genre film arrives smart enough and emotionally rich enough to please those moviegoers who avoid superhero and fantasy tales. For once, fan boys and specialty films buffs can agree on a film.
Steve Ramos, Movie Jungle
Without spoiling major plot points, SUPER does address the issue of unintended consequences, but by then, we can’t tell how we’re meant to feel about it – it seems to be going for a gut punch and instead results in the viewer wondering what effect is intended, rather than having any actual emotional impact. SUPER gets points for originality and for attempting wild shifts in tone. Sometimes it works to embrace the absurd and the tragic – in its way, SLITHER achieved this. However, in SUPER, the ingredients just don’t mesh.
Abbie Bernstein, AssignmentX
The film, like Kick-Ass, builds to a hyperviolent end, but Super doesn’t exchange its heart for shoot-outs and big explosions; it ends on melancholy note, lending the narrative a more realistic, if sinking, oomph. Its sentiment is surprising—almost as much as the first time Gunn counters a laugh with bloodied brains.
Tricia Olszewski, Washington City Paper
"Super" starts off feeling like a cult comedy you might catch during a midnight film festival. But since Gunn never nails his tone, the concept makes more sense than the execution.
Elizabeth Weitzman, NY Daily News
The main thing about this film is that it works. Everything feels real, every move feels correct and all the characters are dynamic.
Sam Morgan, Hollywood.com
One thing about fanboys: Often they're so in love with a concept that they are willing to overlook shoddy execution. Hence the groundswell of misplaced enthusiasm for James Gunn's "Super," a spoof of you-know-what that's a lot less funny than it sounds.
Lou Lumenick, New York Post
With "Super," you could conjecture that Gunn's making a statement about how religion spawns violence, but the film's too much fun to go there, even with its Christian values front and center. This pitch black comedy is destined for cult status.
Reeling Review
Super has hilarious moments, but Gunn is less equipped to handle its serious implications, and proceeds with an ending that feels like a mathematical average of every possible interpretation of Taxi Driver, to which this movie bears a passing thematic resemblance. It makes a decent pass at bringing superheroes into the real world, but on some level, Super still plays like the comic-book version of this material.
Jesse Hassenger, Filmcritic.com
But where Gunn's last feature "Slither" was an enjoyably icky, funny riff on schlocky horror tropes, the split-personality "Super" merely repels with half-baked ideas, Wilson's and Page's scorched-earth overacting and atonal bursts of jokey gore. To this "Kapow" and "Bam" world, please add "Bleccch."
Robert Abele, The Los Angeles Times
It may sound like "Super" is trying too hard to shock, trying too hard to be edgy or weird. But it has such a low-budget charm, it's pretty hard to resist. Besides, if you don't, you risk incurring the wrath of The Crimson Bolt. And you don't want that.
Christy Lemire, The Associated Press

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Date: 04/11/2011 - 22:49:22 Posted by Dominik
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Ellen Page on the »Late Show with David Letterman« / Theatrical release of »SUPER« / Some useful links

Last Thursday Ellen returned to the Ed Sullivan Theater in New York City, where she made her very first talk show appearance in January 2008. Put another way, she went on the »Late Show with David Letterman« to do a little promotion for »SUPER«. She chatted about her move out of the former brothel in Halifax after learning that even a homeless gentleman in the neighbouring park knew that Ellen Page lives there and her "absinthe adventures" during the month-long backpacking trip through Eastern Europe. Eventually, the actress briefly discussed her role as Boltie and presented a clip from James Gunn's superhero comedy.

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The following day Ellen hosted her own Q&A session following the »SUPER« screening at the Sunshine Cinema. Prior to that, tons of new reviews and interviews were published online in conjunction with the theatrical release on April 1. If you would like to learn more about the film and what the actors think of it, I recommend you take a look at EPO's press archive which probably contains the largest collection of articles anywhere on the internet. Here are a couple of links that might be helpful to you as well:

General information
TheCrimsonBolt.com | IFCFilms.com | JamesGunn.com

Release Schedule
SUPER @ Facebook | JamesGunn.com | EPO Message Board

Showtimes and Theaters

SUPERTheMovie | IFCFilms | JamesGunn | RainnWilson | EllenPage

SUPERTheMovie | JamesGunnFans | RainnWilson | EllenPage | SUPER-The-Movie

Date: 04/03/2011 - 16:43:04 Posted by Dominik
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Ellen Page on »Real Time with Bill Maher« / Two new clips from »SUPER«

Ellen Page appeared on »Real Time with Bill Maher« last night and joined the panel in the second half of the show with David Brooks, a columnist from New York Times, Ed Rendell, former Pennsylvania Governor and Democratic National Committee Chairperson and Tina Brown, editor-in-chief of DeailyBeast.com and the Newsweek magazine. Although she was announced as the actress from »SUPER«, the conversation was focused solely on environmental things like the disappearance of bees, her permaculture experiences at the eco-village in Eugene, Oregon or the growing and alarming disconnect between economy and environment. Earlier that day Ellen shared via Twitter that she was excited to be on Bill Maher, but also "a wee bit nervous." My impression, however, is that she held it together and sold herself very well considering it was her first time on a roundtable political show like this. Admittedly, she seemed a bit lost at times when they switched to politics which became apparent during the "Overtime" part, where questions from the audience were answered and she did not say a single word. On the other hand, she was wise to keep quiet during the political talk and just comment on the areas of her expertise. All things considered, I think Ellen did a great job nonetheless, made some decent points and proved that she's not only an outstanding actress, but also a person who has well considered views and is aware of what is happening in the world. Here is a video in case you missed it:

» Real Time with Bill Maher - 25th March 2011 «

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» Real Time with Bill Maher - Overtime - 25th March 2011 «

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Two new clips from »SUPER« made their way on the internet via ComingSoon.net and io9 in the past days. Check them out below but be warned, the content of the first one is very graphic and may not be suitable for younger audiences. Although the movie is unrated, please be aware that it contains strong bloody violence, strong language and some sexuality/nudity!

» SUPER - Web Clip 6 - Divine Inspiration - 18th March 2011 «

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» SUPER - Web Clip 7 - Introducing Boltie - 23rd March 2011 «

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On a personal note — Sevenload has recently restricted access to its content, which means streaming video clips are only available for visitors from these countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, France, Belgium, Netherlands, Luxembourg and USA.
I will try to find a solution for this problem and make all 800 clips accessible for everyone again as soon as possible!

Date: 03/26/2011 - 19:55:25 Posted by Dominik
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»SUPER« premiere in Los Angeles / Ellen set to appear on »Bill Maher«, »David Letterman« and »Craig Ferguson«

Along with her friends Alia Shawkat, Steve Agee and Har Mar Superstar, Ellen went to the American Cinematheque's Egyptian Theatre last night for the Los Angeles premiere of »SUPER«. Also in attendance were director James Gunn with his girlfriend Mia Matsumiya, producers Ted Hope and Miranda Bailey as well as members of the cast, including Rainn Wilson, Liv Tyler with her father Steven 'Aerosmith' Tyler, Michael Rooker, Mikaela Hoover, Nathan Fillion and Linda Cardellini. Judging from the photos, the event was a blast and helped Gunn's almost-no-budget superhero comedy to get the local premiere it deserves.

» SUPER Los Angeles Premiere - 21st March 2011 «

» Maximo TV - SUPER Los Angeles Premiere - 21st March 2011 «

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As mentioned in the previous post, the leading actors will visit some late night shows in the next couple days to promote »SUPER«. Rainn Wilson and Liv Tyler have already kicked off the promo tour with their recent appearances on »The Tonight Show with Jay Leno« and »Jimmy Kimmel Live!« (see videos below). Ellen, in turn, is scheduled to be on HBO's »Real Time with Bill Maher« next Friday (March 25) and on »The Late Show with David Letterman« one day before the movie finally opens in theatres (March 31). Furthermore, she will be on »The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson« on April 6. So set your DVRs and TIVOs, tell your friends and mentally prepare yourself for all the excitement!

» Real Time with Bill Maher - 25th March 2011 @ 10:00 pm ET / 09:00 pm CT [HBO] «

» The Late Show with David Letterman - 31st March 2011 @ 11:35 pm ET / 10:35 pm CT [CBS] «

» The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson - 6th April 2011 @ 12:35 am ET / 11:35 pm CT [CBS] «

» The Tonight Show with Jay Leno - Rainn Wilson - 17th March 2011 «

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» SUPER - Web Clip 5 - Superpowers - 17th March 2011 «

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» Jimmy Kimmel Live! - Liv Tyler - 21st March 2011 «

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Stay tuned for new »SUPER« stuff including interview clips from yesterday's press junket in LA!

» All US release dates for SUPER at a glance «

4 Options to Stay Up to Date
[ Official Twitter Profile ]
[ Gunn's Twitter Profile ]
[ Official Facebook Page ]
SUPER The Movie
[ EPO's Facebook Fan Page ]

Date: 03/22/2011 - 23:43:55 Posted by Dominik
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Help Japan! / »SUPER« panel / US premiere / Q&A at SXSW / Facebook Live Interview / »SUPER« Panel at the ECCC

There are no words that can describe what happened in Japan last week. On March 11, an earthquake measuring approximately 8.9 in magnitude struck off the coast of northern Japan, triggering massive tsunami waves and causing great destruction. Powerful aftershocks as strong as 6.0 to 7.0 in magnitude continue to be felt in eastern parts of the country. As a result of the earthquakes and the ensuing tsunami, 7,000 people are dead, more than 10,000 are still missing, and many residents remain in desperate need of food, water, medicine and shelter.

Our deepest thoughts and prayers are with the Japanese people and all those affected by this terrible tragedy. We all know, it will take years to rebuild what was destroyed in seconds, even more years, if that's even possible, to erase those horrific images. But despite all that, we should not give up hope! As human beings we have to stick together and help each other in times of great need. We are all brothers and sisters of this planet, race may separate us, but the most basic element of who we are connects us together. Please let the people in Japan know that we are with them and support the local and international relief agencies and organizations which are acting to provide aid right now. Every penny counts and any donation, however small, will make a difference! For more information on how to help, please refer to the following websites:

American Red CrossCanada Red CrossAustralia Red Cross
China Red CrossHong Kong Red CrossJapan Red Cross
UK Red CrossGerman Red CrossWorld Vision Hong Kong
Google Crisis Response CenterThe Japan Society in NYGlobalGiving.org
The Salvation ArmySave the ChildrenGive2Asia

What would be the world without sushi, Gameboy and Wii, animes and mangas or the Godzilla movies? These are just a few simple examples, but I hope you understand what I am trying to say. We need Japan as much as they need us!

Although I already made a donation, I will launch two charity auctions (Japanese DVD of »Whip It« + Japanese Blu-ray of »Juno«) on eBay this weekend and post the links here. All the money raised will go directly to the Red Cross!

Update 03/20/2011 @ 11:18 AM GMT

»»» Juno (Blu-ray) (Japanese Edition) [ebay #200588687842] «««
»»» Whip It (DVD) (Japanese Edition) [ebay #200588689138] «««

Now back to business... After the world premiere at the Toronto Film Festival last year which was followed by a few other - mostly private - screenings, James Gunn's »SUPER« made it's official U.S. premiere at South by Southwest (SXSW) Festival in Austin, Texas last weekend. The first thing on Saturday's agenda was a standing-room-only panel with the director and the movie's superheroes at the Austin Convention Center. Unfortunately, Ellen was unable to attend the discussion because her flight to Austin was delayed, so it was up to both men to answer the audience's questions. To keep the disappointment of the fans who travelled from all over the US to a minimum, Rainn called Ellen and briefly put her on speaker phone to chat with the crowd of more than 650. Besides this spontaneous action, the star from »The Office« was as hilarious as always and didn't mind joking around. He stopped mid sentence several times to either go into full on Dwight mode and harass the guys who got up to leave ("Hey! You! Got something better to do buddy? We don’t need you!") or pull out his iPhone and say "Hold on…I gotta Tweet this shit". Check out the video below to see what else happened there.

» SXSW Film Festival - SUPER Panel - 12th March 2011 «

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A couple of hours later, James Gunn and Rainn Wilson went to IFC's Crossroads House for an interview with Matt Singer. Those conversations were definitely a highlight of the festivals because they were streamed live to the web with the opportunity for the online audience to send in questions via chat, Facebook and Twitter. Apart from a description of the main characters as well as the basic plot, we got some background information and IFC premiered a brand new scene from the movie.

» IFC Crossroads House - James Gunn & Rainn Wilson Interview - 12th March 2011 «

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» SUPER - Web Clip 4 - Sidekick - 12th March 2011 «

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Without a doubt, the main event of the day was the US premiere of »SUPER« that played to sold-out houses at the Paramount Theatre. Meanwhile Ellen had arrived in Austin and joined her colleagues on the red carpet wearing an all-black ensemble.

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As a matter of course the writer/director and the stars of the movie stuck around for a Q&A with the audience after the showing. On the first question - "What superpower you would like to have" - Ellen magnificently answered "I’d just like to be able to tolerate gluten." Rainn honestly added "I’m sorry, but that is a horrible question" and went on to say that he gets asked that question all the time, but he had never heard an answer as good as Page’s. Gunn shared he had written the first draft of the script in 2002 and sat on it for a long time because he couldn’t find the right person to play the lead. He also pointed out once again there are certainly some similarities to »Kick-Ass« like both films being about ordinary people putting on costumes to fight crime and the female side kick stealing the show, but »SUPER« is ultimately no copycat film due to the given reason. Thanks to EPO's forum member Glee Plane and some kind movie fans who shared their video footage, we have recordings from this Q&A session.

Credit to Glee Plane

» SXSW Film Festival - SUPER Premiere Q&A - 13th March 2011 «

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To no surprise, it took only a few hours for some (positive) reviews to show up on the net. Although Rainn Wilson/The Crimson Bolt is the center point of the story and delivers a very enjoyable performance, it's clearly Ellen Page's Libby who steals the show. Faith Korpi from Popmatters thinks "Ellen is magnificent and the best part of the movie without question [...] SUPER is at its best when she is on screen and struggles when she’s not. "The picture really takes off when Ellen asserts herself as Boltie in the second half" wrote Jordan Hoffman in a review on ugo.com. Film School Rejects' Rob Hunter adds "Ellen Page is ridiculous fun" and Jonathan Sullivan from The Film Stage, who describes himself as not "not the biggest fan of Ellen", has to admit that "she gives an equally-brilliant performance, gets what she has to do and has the talent to also make her character funny in the face of some dark actions." Katrina Hill mentions in her article on actionflickchick.com that "Ellen Page ruled Super! Her performance was energetic and spot on. Boltie exhibited guts mixed with a healthy portion of craziness to give the audience a loveable, funny, yet empowering female character."

One of the mostly mentioned points of critique remains the ending, which "lacks any sort of punch" and "absolutely lays flat on screen and fails to pay off on both the narrative, as well as the overall tone of the film the movie." At the same time, the Tarantino-inspired ultra-violence is "often very gory and just as often ludicrously excessive" and described as "graphic, shocking and, above all, realistic" and therefore may be too intense for some people. But hey, it's a James Gunn movie after all and everyone who plans watching this flick should expect something violent, twisted and darkly comic.

Hopefully, »SUPER« can use the current festival buzz to keep working its way up into the spotlight and do well enough at the box office to re-coup its small budget. But appearances of the major cast on various shows including Jay Leno, David Letterman, Craig Ferguson and Jimmy Kimmel in the next couple of weeks are definitely the right way to get people's attention. And with sites like EPO as well as thousands of Facebook & Twitter users promoting the film online, nothing should go wrong.

» All US release dates for SUPER at a glance «

By the way, the night following the premiere was a rather short one for Ellen as she joined a self-funded soil conference in Halifax via live feed at 10:30 AM (local time). Later that day she went to the Mashable House for an interview on Facebook, where she talked about her own FB site, memorable moments while promoting her movies, how long she was staying in Austin, what kind of music she had on her iPod and so on. Watch the complete chat after the jump and see how she handled her first live stream interview. Despite her busy schedule, she was luckily able to relax, watch Miranda July's »The Future« and attend concerts of her favourite bands playing at the festival.

» SXSW Film Festival - Facebook Live Interview - 13th March 2011 «

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The day after the premiere, Rainn Wilson donned his Crimson Bolt suit once more to kick some unsuspecting criminal ass in Austin. His plan was to roll up to some highly trafficked downtown spots in an SUV and then jump out to surprise would-be criminals. This funny promotion action was part of a viral video, which will be released on the film’s April 1 release. Watch the video below for a sneak peek on "The Crimson Bolt in Action."

» SXSW Film Festival - The Crimson Bolt in Action - 13th March 2011 «

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One week earlier, Rainn Wilson and James Gunn did a panel for »SUPER« at the Emerald City Comicon in Seattle followed by another screening. After being brought on stage, Rainn almost immediately asked if his mother was somewhere in the room, leading everybody to think it was one of his usual jokes. Turns out it wasn’t. His mother had been in the back of the room, not realising that the front row was reserved for friends and family. Gunn, in turn, explained how Wilson got involved and that the actors were all paid at scale rates which is unlike a typical Hollywood movie. After premiering the first official trailer, the panel was interrupted by the entrance of two figures in superhero costumes. It was real life Seattle crime fighters »Phoenix Jones« and »Pitch Black«. Gunn and Wilson talked to them for a few minutes asking Jones where he patroled and why he does what he does before the original panel continued. Overall, it looks like both had a great time and enjoyed presenting the movie there. Thanks to the awesome guys over at omfg.fm, we have a full recording of this panel as well as the Q&A after the screening!

» Emerald City Comicon - SUPER Panel - 5th March 2011 «

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» Emerald City Comicon - SUPER Q&A - 5th March 2011 «

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That's all for the moment. There are still many new videos underway/ in preparation, so please keep checking the event and screening clip sections for additions. I hope you feel well informed now with this update! ~Dominik

Date: 03/17/2011 - 23:20:30 Posted by Dominik
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