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»Beyond: Two Souls« to be re-released on the PlayStation 4 next week

As announced on the official PlayStation Blog, Quantic Dream’s »Beyond: Two Souls« will be coming to the PlayStation 4 on November 24 in North America and on November 26 in other parts of the world. It will cost $29.99 (€29.99) and debut exclusively on the PlayStation Network Store as a digital download. There is, however, a physical package called "Heavy Rain and Beyond: Two Souls Collection" planned for March 2016 which also includes - as the name already suggests - a revised version of the cinematic psychological thriller »Heavy Rain«. The PS4 edition of »Beyond« features the following improvements:
  • Enhanced 1080p graphics including motion blur, bloom and depth of field effects, as well as improved lighting and shadows. The game also makes use of the DualShock 4 speaker to improve immersion when playing as the Entity.
  • Decisions are highlighted at the end of each scene and compared with those made by other players.
  • You can now play the game in chronological order right from the start – a much requested feature in the PS3 version!
  • Increased difficulty in certain fight scenes, combined with improved controls for action sequences.
  • Includes the “Enhanced Experiments” DLC.
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Date: 11/20/2015 - 18:01:13 Posted by Dominik
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»Gaycation« to premiere on Viceland in February 2016 / Best of Halifax 2015 survey / All Souls Eve Fete benefit gala

VICE and A&E Networks (a joint venture of Disney, Hearst Corp and NBC Universal Inc.) have released a launch trailer for all of the new shows premiering on Viceland, a 24-hour TV channel coming in February 2016. One of them is the under-the-radar LGBT docu-series »Gaycation« with Ellen Page and her bff Ian Daniel who travel around the world and explore the local attitudes toward LGBT culture in each city they visit. The new channel is going to replace A&E's H2 network on cable and satellite TV and will reach more than 70 million Stateside homes, according to the media group.

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Ellen has once again been voted the "Best Halifamous Person" in The Coast's "Best of Halifax" readers' survey for the eighth year in a row. Unlike the years before, she however did not make it into the top three in the "Best Female Film / TV Actor" category, which was won by actress Jackie Torrens for portraying social worker Drucie MacKay on Thom Fitzgerald's mini series »Sex & Violence«. For those who don't know it: The Coast is a free alternative weekly newspaper that has an estimated circulation of 24,000 copies per week throughout the Halifax Regional Municipality, as well as a large on-line readership. From the first "Best of Halifax survey" in 1995 through today, its readers have cast millions of votes in order to choose thousands of people, places and businesses as the city’s best. It's definitely nice to see that the people have not forgotten about the actress and still consider her the pride and joy of Halifax.

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On Wednesday last week, Ellen and her girlfriend Samantha Thomas attended the 6th annual "All Souls Eve Fête" benefit gala hosted by LAND (Los Angeles Nomadic Division) at the historic Ebell of Los Angeles. The event is described as an immersive, macabre evening of dinner, cocktails, dancing, and live performances, capped off by silent and live auctions. LAND is a non-profit art organization founded in 2009 as a public art initiative and a "museum without walls" whose mission is to provide the public with the opportunity to experience innovative site- and situation-specific contemporary art in their day-to-day lives in order to develop new ideas and ways of thinking about their world. In turn, it also provides artists the opportunity to realize projects, otherwise unsupported, in the public realm.

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Date: 11/04/2015 - 22:55:30 Posted by Dominik
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TIFF 2015 Special - The world premieres of »Into the Forest« and »Freeheld« by Marcela Marquez

TIFF 2015With several news postings on the most recent events still being in the pipeline, we would like to bring you the promised and long-overdue TIFF 2015 update today. Our Sundance 2013 reporter Marcela Marquez went to the festival in September to see both »Into the Forest« and »Freeheld«, and came back with many impressions as well as footage which she is now going to share with us in the following sections. We can't thank her enough for all the support and the effort she put into this in the past few days! May it be an encouragement for others to do the same as we love to post and share such fan contributions here on the site!

My TIFF 2015 by Marcela Marquez

Ready to Roll:
TIFF 2015 - Marcela MarquezI was vacationing in New Jersey when the tickets went on sale. I remember waking up at 8 in the morning to log on to the TIFF site. Tickets were going to go on sale at 9am. As soon as it turned 9, I clicked the purchase button. It immediately took me to a wait list! I was the 798th person! How is that possible!??! This was torture. I was panicking that I wouldn’t get a ticket for either this film or Freeheld! After waiting for about an hour, it was my turn and I was able to purchase both tickets! My excitement was through the roof! On the day of my flight, I honestly don’t know what I packed. I knew I wasn’t going to sleep or eat. I was just focusing on these two flicks and hoping to see my favourite human in the world: Ellen Page.
I currently live in Los Angeles, CA so I flew from LAX to TX to TOR. The travel time was pretty rough and I barely slept since I went to the airport straight from work. Once I got to Texas, I got a bit nervous because the two gates beside me had destinations to Alberta and Montreal and they were getting canceled due to weather. Everything was running smoothly, but my gate was hard to locate. I finally just sat and waited until an attendant came on shift with information. They finally announced that they would start boarding for the Toronto flight in a few minutes. I was so relieved. As I waited for the plane to arrive, I became friends with a cute old couple who were traveling to Halifax for the first time! I told them I’ve been there twice and told them the best human was from there and gave them a 101 course on Halifax and Ellen Page. They were even more excited for their trip! I finally landed and rushed to my friend’s place to drop my luggage and get a schedule of the festival. I attempted to take a power nap so I wouldn’t fall asleep in the film or by walking. I failed. I was too excited to sleep, so I headed to the theatre.

TIFF 2015 - Red Carpet - Roy Thompson Hall

Into the Forest (Saturday, September 12th - 8:30 PM)

Venue and Ellen Entrance
TIFF 2015 - Marcela MarquezI came into a rainy, chilly day in Toronto. Found my way as if I was there the day before. I began lining up for the first Ellen flick »Into The Forest« directed by the wonderful Patricia Rozema. I lined up about 3 hours in advance to get a good seat. People were already showing up to line up too, but I was still in the front so that was a relief. It was already around 8PM and Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood were running late. All of sudden Evan arrived. The crowd went wild! She stepped across the street to greet some fans. By then it was around 8:15 or so. Ellen Page arrived; the roar seemed to be much louder. Fans across the street were going nuts! Everyone by me was commenting on how tiny she is, how beautiful she is etc.
“She’s so cute!”, “Aw, she even says hi in the rain”, “She’s so awesome getting wet to say hi to her fans”, “She’s perfect”, “You think she will come to our side?”, “Aw she’s stepping on the curb to take a picture! So cute!” “Ellen I love you!” “Hi Ellen!”
These are some comments I heard from strangers on the line that stuck with me. Something creepy did happen though. When Ellen entered the theatre everyone kept hearing a loud chant in the back. The noise got louder and louder, the crowd got bigger and bigger. Turns out, we were getting hit with a protest. Around 200 people entered the blocked pathway where only Ellen and Evan were allowed. Police couldn’t even control this, but the protesters didn’t seem threatening so we just waited this out which delayed the premiere even more. It was a Middle Eastern protest holding up disturbing messages and images to stop violence in their countries. They just wanted us to hear them out and I am glad we did. We finally got the green light to enter the theatre around 9:30 PM, I was power walking with a friend to get a good seat. Of course, who is right in front of me? Ellen Page. That’s the second time this has happened. Where I walk and she’s like right there. She was giving an interview, I could see her wet hair, and noticed we were practically wearing the same jacket! So that was super cool. I then walked towards the stairs where they told us to go and got distracted when I saw her girlfriend, Samantha Thomas, her friends, Ian Daniel and Alia Shawkat (Whip It) standing right next to the step I was about to take. I remember stopping awkwardly and just staring at her girlfriend, then she noticed me looking at her and I ran like crazy. That was so embarrassing. The venue was absolutely beautiful. It felt like you were in the forest. There were branches above, trees everywhere, it was a small theatre but gorgeous. Just perfect for the showing! I happened to be in the front row, so I got a great view. I wore my Evan Rachel Would shirt and Evan immediately pointed at me and smiled while Patricia spoke. In the video clip sent to you, you can see the director (Patricia Rozema) introducing her cast one by one and Ellen Page being the last, the crowd goes wild again. All dressed in black and with a huge smile on her face, her producing debut! She looked adorable as ever!

Gallery update: TIFF 2015 - »Into the Forest« World Premiere (TeamEPO)

Film
This film was so different, so great, so believable, so artistic. This film caught me by surprise because there were scenes shown that I never imagined Ellen would do. It has been a while since she had been the main character of a film so this was just perfect. I was Ellen drunk. It was fabulous. The film seemed to take place in the future where technology revolved in everyone’s daily routine. Air screens would appear as phone calls or as TV etc. Eva (Evan) was the older sister, very quiet, to herself and a struggling dancer trying to make an audition. She would lock herself in a room and dance her routines repetitively (Not to mention the song she dances to is absolutely spectacular). Nell (Ellen) would be the young one trying to pass her SATs. She was also the flirt who falls for this guy and skips town to be with him, leaving her sister all by herself, talking back to her father, a very needy person. She goes from a slightly difficult person to an extremely mature person once they lose their father in a freak accident. Other intense things happen in between of course. I could go on and on about this movie. It is a must see.

Here are some parts of the film that I found to be brave and different from all of Ellen’s movies. Some parts she has played in the past to give you a whole perspective of this new role: (Victim of torture, archictect, pregnant teenager, anarchist, typical girlfriend, action figure, Sporty rollerskater, Young mother, bipolar teen, Torturer, foster child.)



Q&A
TIFF 2015 - Marcela MarquezEllen was pretty much in every single scene and her performance was intense going from funny, stubborn, intelligent, flirty, emotional and more. Not only was she starring in the film, but also this was her first producing gig. When the film ended, a huge applause occurred when Ellen’s name appeared on screen. The cast was brought back on stage to get ready to answer some questions from the audience. To be honest throughout the entire movie my heart was racing due to the excitement, then it started to race because of what was happening in the film. The film kept me at the edge of my seat until the end. I was bit nervous and shaky when the film ended but I still wanted to see if I can have a moment and talk to the ladies and ask them a question. I had about 30 seconds. I was literally going blank. Then I finally thought of one. I asked my friend Chloe who I met in the line to videotape my question if I got picked. I don’t know how I got lucky to get picked but I did. Here is how the dialogue sort of went: (Trying to remember):

Me: This film was great but left me quite shaky, I’m actually terrified of the woods. –cutoff
Patricia: Then this must have been a nightmare for you! Look where you are, this venue looks like the forest haha! (Laughter)
Me: I know! –cutoff
Ellen: Wait, did you not read the title of this film…? (Laughter)
Me: I did! Haha anyways! There were a lot of intense scenes happening so I was wondering if there were any injuries behind the scenes maybe bugs? or splinters? Broken bones?

I don’t remember the response because it was so hectic and Ellen and Evan seemed to answer the question together so they overlapped in talking. (All videotaped).

Ellen: OH YES! Evan got attacked by mosquitoes. I have never seen so many bug bites in my life before.
Evan: All those calluses in the movie were real. It hurt a lot.
Patricia: Can you stand up for me? I want everyone to see your shirt. Me: OK, but I am having a terrible hair day. (I was. I was jetlagged). (Laughter)

Patricia also made me stand up in front of everyone, I showed them my Evan Rachel Would shirt Friends of the Children, and she explained the meaning of it. That was pretty rad.



Heard A24 is picking up this film. Thank goodness! I hope there will be more theatre releases of this movie. It was really effin good. Excuse my French.

TIFF 2015 - Theatre

Freeheld (Sunday, September 13th - 9:30 PM)

Hi Ellen
TIFF 2015 - Marcela MarquezThis was a gala held at the Roy Thompson Theatre - Famous for being super glamourous. Top celebrities come here all the time, however it’s extremely difficult to meet them in person. I gave myself about 3 hours to line up, so I had a bit of time. I walked into the red carpet area to check out the place to find myself a spot to stand where I would see Ellen. Turns out by 3PM the entire TIFF rail was full! People had been waiting since morning! I can’t believe I didn’t step my game up. I had to figure out how to squeeze in somehow. I was losing hope, but eventually I stuck my arm somewhere and squeezed my way into a great spot! 6 hours later, no Ellen sighting, no one really. They were running so late! And there was a rumor that if I didn’t get seated by 9:30 they wouldn’t let me in the theatre. So I was panicking. I really wanted to see her and see the film! Michael Shannon arrived first, then Peter Sollett, then the real Dane Wells and Stacie Andree, then Julianne Moore. Ellen arrived at 9:15 haha! Her huge entourage stepped out of the black car. She came to the rail to sign some autographs and greet fans. My chances of my seeing her were slimming because her publicist was shuffling her from rail to rail so many fans were being skipped. All of sudden a huge chant began from both sides of the rails!
“ELLEN! ELLEN! ELLEN!” I was joining the chant so I forgot to videotape (Living in the moment). I got so lucky. The publicist had turned Ellen to the other side then switched her back to my side and her and I made eye contact right away. I gave her this look like ‘Please don’t skip me’ it worked! But she looked at me looking pretty overwhelmed with all the loud cheering, like in a good way. She seemed surprised. And she’s like “Whoa! Hi!” And then we took a selfie together. I remember her perfume smelling really good too haha. She was so cute! I found Ellen to be incredibly elegant. So well dressed, her tie was perfect, her hairstyle was so perfect, and most importantly this woman was smiling so hard. This was such a 360 compared to the last time when I saw her at Sundance when she looked so depressed. So sad to know what was hurting her back then, but glad to see her smiling and actually enjoying the red carpet and all of celebrity stuff now that she is herself. There was a big crowd behind me trying to get a glimpse of Ellen, it was actually getting a bit uncomfortable. It literally felt like a mosh pit. After I said my hello to Ellen, I rushed to the theatre to be let in. I regret doing that because I missed the rest of Ellen on the red carpet especially her debut with her girlfriend or with Stacie Andree. Such. A. Bummer!

Film
TIFF 2015 - Marcela MarquezLuckily people weren’t let in yet, so I had to go to the very back of the line. And it took me around the entire building. It was so packed! They had Kleenex as their sponsor, which was intimidating. They were handing out tissues. I’m like is it seriously that sad?? I took 2. This theatre is beautiful, and so huge, but a small screen I must say. I got a balcony seat. Ellen, Julianne Moore, Peter Sollett, and Michael Shannon sat together under me to the right on another balcony. The introduction began with Peter introducing the present cast on stage. They gave the spotlight to the family they were portraying and everyone gave a standing ovation (even before the film had started).
Thank you Kleenex. They were right. This was absolutely needed. There were 3 scenarios that hit me in the heart real good. I felt like the film was a bit rushed though, I wish there was more scenes of the relationship between Stacie and Laurel about how they met and life in the house for a bit before the diagnosis. I can see how squeezing everything that happened in those years into a 90 min feature would be challenging of course. It’s devastating to see what happened to this couple. I feel like many people won’t see this film because it’s ‘Gay’ flick. I already experienced that in asking people about the film and talking about it. It’s frustrating to know that because it gives them a bigger reason to see this film!!! Once the film finished, everyone stood up and gave another standing ovation with the spotlight on the family and the cast.

These were the main points that hit the core emotionally.



Gallery update: TIFF 2015 - »Freeheld« World Premiere (TeamEPO)

The Feels
TIFF 2015 - Marcela MarquezI was under the impression this had a Q&A but there wasn’t! Totally understandable though. People were so great throughout the film. The crowd felt the same feelings. We all rooted when Stacie (EP) kicked the guy’s ass in changing the tires, people were laughing out loud when Laurel pulled a gun in front of her first date with Stacie, then there was a huge clap when a cop came out to everyone at work and said “I’m going to the meeting to support people like me.” Looking around you see people weeping towards the end. I remember going to see this the 2nd time at the Arclight in Los Angeles and just out of curiosity I was staring at the people in front of me to see how they were taking this film. All I saw were people weeping. When the movie finished, I walked out of the theatre where I saw a lovely couple standing and the man asked his boyfriend/husband “So what’d you think?’ He answered, “Um…(sigh) yeah that was really emotional. That was really hard to watch…just everything that happened”. I couldn’t listen anymore because I didn’t want to make myself obvious.
I remember not understanding homosexuality back then, I wasn’t too exposed to it until college. I befriended a really nice, sweet, gay friend of mine. I didn’t know the abuse and discrimination it came with until he spoke to me about it. Since then I have felt nothing but love for the LGBT community. This film can affect anyone whether you’re straight, gay, trans. Imagine the love of your life leaving this world. I think what touched me the most was watching how protective and concerned Stacie was towards Laurel which I found to be so adorable. To know she is going to lose her partner any moment now and to have this pension issue occur in the middle of everything is incredibly hard to take in. Even if Ellen weren’t in the film, I would still watch this. This is so important to see and so heartbreaking.
We’ve come a long way though for the LGBT community which is a great sign. A big part of it is owed to Laurel Hester.


I’ve already seen this 3 times since TIFF. It’s amazing. It’s a must watch.


Date: 10/21/2015 - 13:38:18 Posted by Dominik
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Off Camera with Sam Jones / Ellen Page attends the 10th edition of the Rome Film Fest

On Monday two weeks ago photographer and director Sam Jones sat down for a special, more than one hour long one-on-one interview with Ellen for his "Off Camera" show, which can certainly be considered a highlight of the »Freeheld« promotional tour. They discussed the benefits of missing her "sitcom years" while enjoying a pre-fame career in Halifax with all of the ambition but none of the delusions that can derail a young actor in Hollywood, how filming this particular movie dovetailed with her own life situation, her concerns about playing a real-life character for the first time, one of the most personally special scenes in the film, her conflicted feelings about being closeted and depressed while at the same time enjoying the privileges of being a successful actress, the toxicity of not being true to herself and it's impact on her work as an actor, why doing a French video game was one of the most challenging and fulfilling acting experiences of her career and more.

The complete interview in HD is available for $1.49 USD on offcamera.com, where you can also find a 16 page limited print run collector's edition copy of Ellen's episode featuring a full transcript of the conversation as well as full-page photos for $5.95 USD excluding shipping. Furthermore, you can download and listen to the podcast for free on soundcloud.com!


While appearing on "Conan" just one day later, Ellen spoke about her nickname (The Tiny Canadian, which she originally got from her roommates in New York City) and the Twitter phenom of random people asking to rename their pets, plants and all kinds of other things in response to the actress' confessional tweet revealing that she loves "renaming her friends dogs like a total jerk". The host also took the opportunity to air a five years old standup audition tape for O’Brien’s show which Ellen had put together with help from her comedian friend Steve Agee when she was 23 years old. In the video, the Nova Scotia native tries out her routine using a hairbrush for her microphone and makes jokes about bees and the hilarity of Canadian money – one side of the penny is a picture of Queen Elizabeth II, while the other side is a picture of a beaver. "I posted it on YouTube. Clearly it was a submission for your show. I was about 23," Page joked. "So, it’s taken a while for you to talk about it." "We're very busy here. We got a lot going on here," O’Brien said in his defense before eventually moving on to »Freeheld« and showing the "Can I have your number?" clip from the movie.


In the course of the same week Ellen attended a screening of »Freeheld« at the Castro Theater in San Francisco hosted by the San Francisco Film Society and did an interview alongside co-star Julianne Moore for "Talks at Google" at the companies' local headquarters. The duo also participated in a special live chat taking place at Twitter Inc's headquarters on October 8, where users of the online social networking service could send in their questions and the two actresses responded to them in short video clips posted on Freeheld's Twitter account. Just one day later they then did a similar thing with the collaboration of IMDb on Facebook, although the replies were made in a written form this time. On both occasions our lovely Mireille contributed several questions and even got some of them answered, which made her day complete!

Gallery update: »Freeheld« - San Francisco Film Society Screening
Gallery update: »Freeheld« - San Francisco Press Junket

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Ellen DeGeneres had her namesake on her show on Friday, October 16 to chat about »Freeheld«, falling in love, and the challenges of surfing. In fact, the two got into pretty honest detail about Page's experience of coming out, the effect being closeted had on her life and career, and how special her relationship with her girlfriend, artist and surfer Samantha Thomas, is to her. Samantha was even in the audience to offer support and to bear witness to the host passing off maybe the best and coolest gift ever to the actress in the form of a personalized surfboard with her name on.

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Following the tremendous press junket in the United States, Ellen headed to Europe to present »Freeheld« at the 10th edition of the Rome Film Fest. It was her third business trip to the Italian capital after promoting »Juno« at the festival in October 2007 and filming Woody Allen's »To Rome with Love« in summer 2011. In spite of the jetlag, Ellen and her travel companion Samantha Thomas wasted no time and started exploring the beauty of the Eternal City on the day of their arrival. The couple also accepted an invitation by Vanity Fair Italy and attended a dinner gala held under the motto "Ellen Page, A Tribute To Commitment" at the Palazzo Pallavicini-Rospigliosi. This event also gave Page the opportunity to reunite with her »To Rome with Love« co-star Alessandra Mastronardi and meet other Italian actors as well as Maria Elena Boschi, the Italian Minister for Constitutional Reforms and Parliamentary Relations.

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The following day was kicked off by a brief press conference and a panel inside of the Auditorium Parco Della Musica and ended with an obligatory screening of »Freeheld« at the theatre of the aforementioned venue. Although the weather wasn't kind to participants on the red carpet, it allowed some magnificent photos like the one posted above. Furthermore, it didn't prevent the numerous fans coming out in order to meet their favorite actress in person, get an autograph and take a selfie as you can see through the collage of many happy faces composed by Mireille. According to reports of several fans, some of whom waited for almost 13 hours under an intermittent rain, Ellen not only stopped to sign autographs for every single person, but she also was kind enough to take pictures with everyone and took the time for small talk. La ringrazio molto, signorina Page!

Gallery update: Rome Film Festival - »Freeheld« Photocall
Gallery update: Rome Film Festival - »Freeheld« Press Conference
Gallery update: Rome Film Festival - »Freeheld« Screening



Date: 10/19/2015 - 18:46:32 Posted by Dominik
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Ellen Page continues her »Freeheld« promotional tour in the USA and receives HRC's National Vanguard Award

In the previous update we hoped Ellen would have the chance to get some rest. Well, we can tell you now that this opportunity didn't occur. Following her short trip to Europe, Ellen returned to the United States and continued her tireless »Freeheld« promotional tour in New York City. Together with actress Julianne Moore and director Peter Sollett she first stopped by the AOL Studios on September 28 for an AOL BUILD interview, which took place in front of an audience and was live-streamed at aol.com. The trio also attended the NYC premiere of their movie held at the Museum of Modern Art at the end of the day. On the next morning, Ellen took a detour to Washington, D.C. and paid a visit to the local Sirius XM radio station, where she had a great conversation with host Larry Flick about her latest project, her career, and her life since being out. Back in the Big Apple, the Canadian actress made an appearance on "The Late Show with Stephen Colbert" which turned out to be a surprisingly serious, but still easy going talk about the cause she is fighting for.

Gallery update: AOL BUILD presents »Freeheld«
Gallery update: »Freeheld« - New York City Premiere
Gallery update: The Late Show with Stephen Colbert

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"Is it striking to you that in 2006, when this movie takes place, it was not legal to be gay married in 41 states ... and now less than 10 years later it's legal all across the United States" asked Colbert at the beginning. Page attributed the change in attitudes to LGBT people becoming more visible in the country while also crediting the women her current movie was based upon. "Incredible activists like Laurel and Stacie ... it really changes people's minds, it touches people's hearts and makes it shift from *other* or *different* to of course realising that we are all the same and all we're asking for is equality," she replied. "All we're asking for is to grow up in a society that doesn't make us feel less than, doesn't make us feel shame."

After showing a clip from the movie Colbert joked: "That's very sweet, it's almost as if lesbian couples are like all other couples." "Incredible isn't it?" smiled Page. When asked about the topical schism between religious liberty and marriage equality she lauded the need for religious freedoms for all. "What's unfortunate is that, throughout history, religious liberty has been used to justify discrimination based on gender or race and now it's the LGBT community. Often people just aren't exposed, they've had no interaction with LGBT people."

"Do you feel a burden?" asked the host then, noting her perceived responsibility as a gay woman in the public eye, whereupon Ellen replied that being publicly honest about her sexuality had fundamentally changed her life for the better. "I feel so grateful for it. I feel so grateful to feel how I feel now, compared to how I felt when I was a closeted person. It's not a nice place to be. I was sad ... it is toxic, and I wish that no one would have to live that way," she added with her voice cracking with emotion. "I'm a very privileged gay person, and those who are affected the most in our community are the most vulnerable. And I feel very grateful to be able to talk about things or share stories and meet incredibly inspiring people and have connections with people."

"Is it easier to be gay in Canada than in the USA?" Colbert finally wanted to know since gay marriage has been legal in Canada since 2005 and added "Has it destroyed marriage in Canada?" "Not in the slightest," Ellen responded with a grin on her face.


The following days she was briefly seen on "Good Morning America" as well as "The Today Show" and then concluded her NYC trip by appearing on "Late Night with Seth Meyers" on Thursday. There, she of course talked about »Freeheld«, what the real Stacie Andree thought about Ellen portraying her and what it was like working with Julianne Moore, but also about receiving HRC’s National Vanguard Award at the 19th annual National Dinner on the upcoming weekend. "Are you nervous about giving a speech?" Meyers asked, whereupon she replied: "I think people think actors maybe are more comfortable in those situations. I think I can pretend I’m more comfortable, but I definitely get nervous." Instead of the humble message that everyone would expect, the host suggested that the actress blow everyone's mind by giving a pompous, stuck-up speech. "I think you should take the mic and say, 'A lot of you said I could never do this!'" he said. "And then just find someone in the front that you've never met and look at them and say, 'You know who you are.'" "Seth, I’m liking it. Making a call right now" she responded while also adding that "it’s a complete honor" and she feels incredibly humbled.

Gallery update: Good Morning America
Gallery update: Late Night with Seth Meyers

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Prior to the aforementioned event, Ellen did a press junket in Washington, D.C., where she spoke to several local newspapers and websites as well as the radio station WTOP-FM (Washington's Top News) about »Freeheld«, its emotional relevance to her personal life and her career.

Gallery update: »Freeheld« - Washington Press Junket

On Saturday, the Human Rights Campaign eventually honored Ellen Page with its National Vanguard Award for her role as an icon and inspiration to LGBT youth at the Walter E. Washington Convention Center with seven-time Emmy winner and valued companion Allison Janney doing the presenting. Despite of Seth Meyers' speechwriting tips, Page stuck to a nearly 9 minute long and deeply inspirational speech recapping her own experience before and after publicly coming out at HRC’s Time to THRIVE conference on Valentine's Day of 2014, the freedom she has experienced being able to go out publicly with her girlfriend Samantha Thomas, and the steps people must take in order to achieve more progress for members of the LGBT community in the future.

"There was a time when I thought it would be impossible to be out," the actress told the crowd. "Everything changed for me and I’m still feeling the effects of that moment today. And I know how lucky I am to be in this position. I acutely remember the pain I was in before I was out. And I have been able to experience a lot of things for the first time in the last year and a half." Page added she feels lucky that she can now hold the hand of her girlfriend Samantha on the red carpet with her, walk down the street wrapping her arm around her, or kissing her in the ocean while they surf. "Yes, she has taught me to surf," she laughed while also noting: "And getting to say, in public, I am in love."

Gallery update: »Freeheld« - HRC's 19th annual National Dinner

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U.S. Vice President Joe Biden also took the opportunity to give Ellen props by calling her a gifted actress on stage. "Takes the limelight on her and shines it on something bigger than herself. And, by the way Ellen, you won that debate at the Iowa State Fair, you won that debate. There was a clear winner in Iowa," he noted with regard to her debate with presidential hopeful Ted Cruz in August this year where the two sparred over gay rights and religious freedom.

According to HRC president Chad Griffin, the Canadian actress was always an obvious choice for the award. "Ellen Page has been an inspiration for LGBT youth around the world," he said in a statement on the HRC website, "Her willingness to speak her truth for all to hear, and to confront injustice against LGBT people, has made her a role model and there is no one more deserving of HRC's National Vanguard Award."



Date: 10/04/2015 - 20:40:45 Posted by Dominik
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