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Guest DJ Project featuring Ellen on KCRW / First US trailer for Lynn Shelton's »Touchy Feely«
Hi y’all this is Trisha, one of the proofreaders for this site. Dominik has been dealing with some unforeseen technical issues with his computer lately so I thought that I would take a chance to post some newer information for you guys.

Ellen has been keeping busy with continuous support for her latest film »The East«. Although most of her interviews as of late have been on a more serious scale promoting the idea of freeganism and social activism, she was able to let her hair down in a more intimate setting for an interview with Eric J. Lawrence at KCRW for their Guest DJ Project.

KCRW - Guest DJ Project - Ellen Page (06/12/2013)

Here Ms. Page was able to further share her love of music giving us a sampling of a few of her favorite tracks such as "Fool" by Cat Power and "Stone Bridge" by Adam Hurst. When asked if music played an important role in preparation for her acting Ellen replied, "Oh, absolutely. And sometimes different records or specific songs I'll have for whatever character I'm playing, and Cat Power is always around. Arcade Fire is a big one … And also I played a character once who had no music and that was sort of sad. I couldn't find music, I couldn't find music for this character, and I was like, 'oh, it's because she has no music in her life! She's that sad." I don't know about you, but I think regardless of the characters in which she portrays we're able to get a sampling of that character's track list through her ability to take you there in any element of her acting ability.

You're able to view a full transcript of this interview as well as download/listen to the whole podcast through KRCW’s website (or the audio clip section here on EPO).

In other news »Touchy Feely« is already sure to be reaching a larger audience with last week's release of its official trailer.

» Touchy Feely - US Trailer (06/14/2013) «

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Although there were mixed reviews with the screening at SXSW I know that many of us are already huge fans of Ellen and will be watching the film regardless of previous comments. According to the trailer released by Huffington Post Entertainment: »Touchy Feely« will premiere first via iTunes on August 1st, 2013 before opening in theaters September 6th, 2013.

Until more news arises in regards to Ellen's filming career, what projects are you most excited about reaching the big screen? I know that I personally cannot wait until »Freeheld« finally gains some much needed leverage. And I'm on the bandwagon for »Beyond: Two Souls«; Although, I sadly do not own a PlayStation 3. (I’m a little bit of an Amish person when it comes to technology. lol! Can’t wait until Ellen writes a book … I love books) ;-) )

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Be sure to check out the continuous updates by Dominik in the video section or through his personal twitter account for this website at www.twitter.com/ellenpagenet. I'm sorry there is not much to report but writing this update has been a fun experience for me. Hopefully I did it some justice. Hope that you guys are having fun, staying safe, being active and enjoying some rays. Take care –Trisha.

To be continued ....

The Top of Our Current Todo List
- New York and Los Angeles Premiere of "The East"
- Beyond: Two Souls at E3 - Electronic Entertainment Expo
- Review summary for "The East"
- Ellen on Conan, Ferguson and Stroumboulopoulos

Date: 06/23/2013 - 23:14:07 Posted by Trisha
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»Beyond: Two Souls« at Tribeca / Promotion tour for »The East« / Sneak Peeks from the set of »X-Men: DoFP«
Tribeca Film Festival 2013At this year's Tribeca Film Festival in New York, Quantic Dream's upcoming PS3 game »Beyond: Two Souls« was shown in a two-hour screening honoring the common bonds of storytelling shared between cinema and videogames. The event featured a 35-minute video called "Homeless in a nutshell" with new gameplay footage followed by the reveal of a new trailer and a panel discussion with Harold Goldberg, founder of the New York Videogame Critics Circle, David Cage and a trio of the game's digital actors including Ellen Page, Kaddeem Hardison and Eric Winter.

The walkthrough demo was taken from one segment of the game where Jodie Holmes has run away from her CIA mentors, winds up alone on the harsh winter streets and joins a group of homeless people living in an abandoned building. The footage was filled with small heart-warming moments, like when one of Jodie's newfound friends takes her out on the streets to try and raise money to buy food for a homeless woman who is pregnant. The game gives players control of Jodie on the street, with a number of interactive action points that only become apparent as you freely wander around. Walking toward a bar will trigger an offer from a treacherous-looking man who solicits the young girl to go into the back with him for money; likely for a sexual proposition. The person playing the demo declined this suggestive offer and instead wandered to the end of the street, borrowed a busker’s guitar, and began performing Beck's "Lost Cause". "I suggested it and then I played it, and then David liked it, and then we used it," Ellen joked. "That’s about the extent of my guitar skills, though. OK, I sang in »Juno« but it was a two-chord song so it was pretty easy. I wish I was a talented musician."

In another scene we get to see a dispirited Jodie standing on a ledge over a freeway while giving the options to either jump or back away. Since there is no classic "Game over", the game won't end at this point though. When you decide to jump, Jodie will be lifted by the mysterious spirit Aiden and pushed back the ledge, prompting an emotional speech in which Jodie begs him to leave her alone and just let her die. But don't start to think that it doesn't matter what the player is going to select in such situations. In the words of David Cage: "The whole idea is to put you in the shoes of the main protagonist and let you make decisions, let you make choices that will have consequences on the plot. So you decide what you want to do, where you want to go or what you want to say. And the story changes accordingly." In this way you will make your own story and become the actor, but also the writer and the director of this experience.

» Tribeca Film Festival - Tribeca Talks: After The Movie Beyond: Two Souls (04/27/2013) «

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"It's really the story of a life," the CEO of Quantic Dream told the audience. "It's a journey in someone's life, and we'll see Ellen Page's character Jodie Holmes in different moments - when she's happy and sad - in her life and just be with her and share a life." The extremely high-end choose-your-own adventure story and the format of storytelling was also the key factor that attracted Ellen to the project. "I didn't know how to wrap my head around it," she said. "What does it mean to be in a videogame? I had no concept. I hadn't really even played videogames in 10 years; I sort of stopped at »Crash Bandicoot«. It completely intrigued me. I got »Heavy Rain« and was completely blown away. I had such a limited gaming experience in that time and technology had moved away and then to see what was happening -- this combination of interactive gameplay with cinematic scope of narrative. It was fascinating. Then to sit down with David and have him explain to me this female protagonist and this journey she goes on -- I was just completely blown away."

The year-long process of shooting was done in a motion capture studio with nothing but behind-the-scenes equipment and the most rudimentary of props; animators created the rest of the environment in the post production process. Cage said it was “funny” to see the actors’ reactions to the set, which were unanimous: "On the first day they were really lost, because the set is empty. They felt they look silly in the motion-capture suit covered with 90 markers all over the place. They asked, ‘Where’s the camera?’ There is no camera. There are cameras 360 degrees around you, so you don’t have to look at something in particular. ‘What about the lighting?’ There’s no lighting. 'What about the marks on the floor?' There is no mark on the floor." That eventually led to the final question: 'What am I doing here by the way?' Although the actors were lost at sea on the first day, Cage explained it didn’t take long for them to find their legs. "On the second day, they all had the same reaction: ‘What a minute. That means that I’m free. No one is asking me to look in this direction, to be careful with the light… We can just act with other actors and focus on the script and my role.’ So they realized how free they are compared to a film sometimes."

However, this freedom was essential since the filming process turned out to be really challenging and emotionally and physically exhausting as Page explained. Although she called it "a great exercise," she noted, "Everyday you’re doing thirty-plus pages." For the most part, studios film from one to five pages a day on the average, depending on the complexities of the project. With absolutely no breaking down and resetting of lighting and sound equipment, motion-capture shoots can run at a much higher speed. Actors on a motion-capture set therefore must memorize a whole TV episode’s worth of dialog each day by comparison. “It’s nonstop,” she said. At the same time, Ellen stars in every scene and therefore had to memorize multiple lines for each moment in the narrative and then deliver them, one after another, without a break and - the hardest part for an actor - with complete emotional believability. Switching a character’s arc on a dime is hard enough, but doing it multiple times for a single take, again and again and again, is phenomenal, and Cage, Hardison, and Winter each in turn praised Page's virtuosity and dedication, all by saying it was the best performance of her career. Critics, in turn, are already calling her performance the most convincing digital acting display so far, while also praising the game's photorealism.

»Beyond: Two Souls« will be available this October in North America and Europe with the special edition featuring a premium steel book, an exclusive extra game scene, the game soundtrack, dynamic themes, an avatar pack and Making of Featurettes that have only being announced for America and the United Kingdom so far.

» Beyond: Two Souls - Gameplay Footage (04/27/2013) «

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» Beyond: Two Souls - Tribeca Trailer (04/27/2013) «

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In the lead-up to its upcoming theatrical release in the US on May 31, Fox Searchlight has released the second trailer for »The East« and has started to reveal new clips, tv spots, featurettes and movie stills on an almost daily basis. As you may imagine it's not easy to have an eye on the whole Internet and everything that is going on, but I'm really trying to do my best in order to provide you with the latest information. At the same time, screenings at numerous US film festivals as well as several free advance screenings and special events took place in different US cities including Washington, Boston, Chicago and Dallas with Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling and various members of the cast being in attendance for Q&A sessions and interviews. Ellen attended one of these free screenings in Toronto, along with Zal and Brit.

In addition, she will be contributing to the current promotion tour by appearing on »The Daily Show with Jon Stewart« on Monday, May 20th at 11:00 PM ET/10:00 PM CT and »The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson« on Tuesday, May 28th at 12:35 PM ET/11:35 PM CT to talk about the eco-thriller. Please find all of the available stills to date in the gallery and make sure to check out the video clips and the official list of play dates with information on the US theatres in which the film will open below!

» The East - Second US Trailer (04/25/2013) «

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» The East - Web clip - Going Undercover «

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» The East - Web clip - New Mission «

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» The East - Featurette: The Story «

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» The East - Featurette: Casting The East «

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May 31New York, NYAMC Lincoln SquareWWW
May 31New York, NYSunshine CinemasWWW
May 31Los Angeles, CAThe LandmarkWWW
May 31Hollywood, CAArclight HollywoodWWW
June 7Bethesda, MDBethesda Row CinemaWWW
June 7Washington, DCE-Street CinemaWWW
June 7Bronxville, NYBronxville TriplexWWW
June 7Manhasset, NYManhasset TriWWW
June 7Montclair, NJClaridge 6WWW
June 7Bethel, CTBethel Cinema and CádizWWW
June 7Brooklyn, NYBrooklyn Heights CinemasWWW
June 7Norwalk, CTGarden CinemaWWW
June 7Rocky Hill, NJMontgomery CinemasWWW
June 7Kew Gardens, NYKew Gardens CinemasWWW
June 7Malverne, NYMalverne Cinema and Art CenterWWW
June 7Philadelphia, PARitz at the BourseWWW
June 7Toronto, ONTIFF Bell LightboxWWW
June 7Evanston, ILEvanston 18WWW
June 7Chicago, ILCentury Centre CinemaWWW
June 7Dallas, TXAngelika Film CenterWWW
June 7Santa Barbara, CAPaseo Nuevo CinemaWWW
June 7Pasadena, CAPlayhouseWWW
June 7El Segundo, CAArclight Beach CitiesWWW
June 7Sherman Oaks, CAArclight Sherman OaksWWW
June 7Irvine, CAUniversity Town CenterWWW
June 7Palo Alto, CAPalo Alto TwinWWW
June 7Pleasant Hill, CACentury's/Pleasant HillWWW
June 7San Jose, CASantana RowWWW
June 7San Rafael, CARegency 6WWW
June 7Berkeley, CAShattuck Art CinemasWWW
June 7San Francisco, CAEmbarcadero Art CinemaWWW
June 7San Francisco, CAKabukiWWW

Out ThereOn April 19, IFC aired the season finale of its coming-of-age animated series »Out There« with Ellen and Sarah Silverman in guest roles. They lent their voices to Amber and Amy, two girls from the "cool kid" yearbook staff who invite the main character Chad to join their inner circle for ulterior reasons. Although the show received positive reviews from Bubbleblabber, the Los Angeles Times and the New York Times, there hasn’t been any recent news on if it will be returning for a second season.

» IFC - Out There - S01E10 - Ace’s Wild (04/19/2013) «

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Since the last update, the production of »X-Men: Days of Future Past« has started in Montreal, Canada. While director Bryan Singer is frequently using Twitter to share the latest casting updates and photos from the set, there isn't much information about the upcoming mutant adventure itself so far. What we know is that many actors from both »X-Men: The Last Stand« and »X-Men: First Class« are going to reprise their roles with even the heavily pregnant Halle Berry making a (likely short) appearance as Ororo Munroe aka Storm. Newcomers to the franchise include Peter Dinklage, Omar Sy, Booboo Stewart (James Proudstar/Warpath), Fan Bingbing (Clarice Ferguson/Blink) and Evan Peters (Quicksilver). »X-Men: Days of Future Past« comes to theaters July 18th, 2014.

And finally, for those who care, EPO had its 7th anniversary on April 30, 2013!

Date: 05/20/2013 - 22:55:20 Posted by Dominik
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New gameplay footage from »Beyond: Two Souls« / David Cage and Ellen Page to attend the Tribeca Film Festival
Beyond: Two SoulsDavid Cage and his team over at Quantic Dream have released new gameplay footage comprising three different scenes from the upcoming PS3 game »Beyond: Two Souls«. While each segment is only a few minutes long, they demonstrate the overall abilities the active player is able to obtain throughout the psychological action thriller.

The first scene takes place when Jodie Holmes is eight years old, and is being tested in a research facility to discover the breadth of her psychic abilities. She is held alone and tasked with guessing what card someone is holding up in an adjacent room. To successfully accomplish this task, the player can take control of Jodie’s spiritual companion Aiden and is then able to see through walls and over the female tester's shoulder revealing the correct card. After picking up the right card, Jodie loses control of Aiden. He then begins to frighten and torture the woman in the adjoining room by throwing large objects and locking the door. The video ends with the supernatural entity possessing one of the lab technicians observing the test.
Next, an action gameplay tutorial introduces the now grown and recognizable main protagonist in a training sequence with a striking countenance of Ellen Page. It shows how Jodie is trained to be a CIA agent, with her deflecting blows and eventually taking over her sparring partner before he is able to point a prop gun at her. Giving the player more time to react, combat is slowed immediately before each hit as she grapples with and punches her pretend attacker.
Concluding these segments in an impressive sequence titled the "Condenser scene", Holmes tries to escape a burning hospital. She uses Aiden to get to the lowest floor as he then proceeds to guide her through a safe path, offering help by means of removing an object that prevents the elevator from operating, breaking glass and tossing her a fire extinguisher.

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Earlier last week, 100 journalists from around the world visited Quantic Dream's studio in Paris for an exclusive event. In the backdrop of the very motion capture room where Ellen’s and Willem Dafoe’s performances were recorded, founder and CEO David Cage showcased several new sequences from the game, featuring both the Jodie Holmes and entity gameplay. Here’s a rundown of the features and moments that stood out the most:
  • While there are still a few stilted performances among the supporting cast, the average caliber of voice talent is noticeably higher across the board compared to Quantic Dream's previous project »Heavy Rain«.

  • If you belong to the group of people who think of »Heavy Rain« as a ten-hour Quick Time Event, you will be thrilled to know that »Beyond: Two Souls« does away with long, uninterrupted combinations of arbitrary onscreen button prompts. There are button and six-axis prompts making isolated appearances here and there though. Basic interactions and combat now rely on pushing the right stick in the direction that seems most natural for the current action you need to perform. Want to press a button in game? Just press up on the stick to reach the corresponding hand out. If someone’s swinging a baseball bat at you, you just move the stick in the appropriate direction to block it. These are some interesting ideas, provided the final game can ensure that every required gesture is simple and immediately intuitive. If not, fights could quickly be reduced to difficult guessing games, which could be more annoying than the Quick Time Events were.

  • Even on the most basic level, »Beyond« represents a huge step in terms of gameplay diversity. Being able to swap between Jodie Holmes and Aiden delivers a unconventional game mechanic that will pave the way for much deeper puzzles and complex situations. However, the game will take things a step further with bigger, more action-oriented moments. The scenes presented at the event featured snippets of Jodie galloping through the desert on horseback, sniffing around for clues at a supernatural crime scene, and riding a motorcycle down a rainy highway on the run from the cops. All this hints at a surprising amount of action.

  • One of the biggest frustrations in casual adventure games is when you can’t figure out the action that is required to continue. Quantic Dream has always done a neat job avoiding that in its games by creating multiple solutions that are rooted in the logic of everyday life. Let's say you need to get through a glass pane. You can have Jodie chuck a chair through it or you can switch to Aiden and have him smash it with his telekinetic powers. But these are probably just two of the simplest actions the player can perform.

  • On the tech side, »Beyond« uses a new engine which allows cloning living actors, handling significant volumes of motion capture assets, and delivering high quality at the lowest cost. The 180-employee-strong team has nurtured ambitions towards bridging the gap between videogames and film, toiling away at the visual fidelity of its virtual performers while avoiding the AAA nexus of jingoistic shooters, space marines, zombies, and whatever other ready-made pitches other developers are chasing to reach those multi-million unit sales counts. According to director David Cage, many of the videogame’s graphic tricks only came about after the team started working for Sony’s next gen system, PS4, and then realized they might be able to apply some of the same techniques to the PS3.

  • »Beyond« is centered on questions about what happens after death. It lets the player take Jodie Holmes through 15 (8-23) years of her life on a journey to discover the true meaning of the entity, Aiden, who is alongside her throughout the story. She will get around 40 unique looks representing her at different points in time, which in turn means we are going to experience dozens of moments such as homelessness, pregnancy, an interactive birth sequence, parental worry, desperation, hunger, fear, pain, violence, suicide, camaraderie, hope, elation, horror, coldness, warmth and sadness. Rather than presenting these events as a straightforward narrative story, the game will jump around in time and leave it up to the player to fit together all of the given pieces.

  • Perhaps the most shocking revelation is that Willem Dafoe, an actor who made his name taking on menacing villains, will be playing one of the good guys. The relationship between his character, Nathan Dawkins, and Jodie Holmes seems complex, nuanced, and tender.

Additional articles on the latest developments can also be found on the websites of MTV Multiplayer, VG247 and The Verge.

In related news, »Beyond: Two Souls« has been chosen as an Official Selection by Tribeca Film Festival. Sony Entertainment will host a screening on April 27 with a new one-hour scene, a major trailer, a behind the scenes look and a "Tribeca Talks" panel featuring Ellen and David Cage. The session will be livestreamed on the PlayStation Blog.

Date: 03/25/2013 - 23:31:23 Posted by Dominik
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Screening of »The East« at the South by Southwest Film Festival / Magnolia picks up »Touchy Feely« for distribution
South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival
As mentioned previously, the South by Southwest Film Conference and Festival chose »The East« as this year's closing night film. For this occasion Ellen headed to Austin, Texas last weekend, where she reunited with her friends and co-stars Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling and Alexander Skarsgård to promote the movie a second time. The audience at the Paramount Theatre greatly enjoyed the event which is mirrored through numerous comments that were posted on various social networking sites such as Twitter, IMDb and other websites. Not only the eco-thriller itself was met with a positive response, but also the Q&A session following the screening was reportedly one of the best sessions out of the whole festival. After the official part of the event, the group moved on to Stubb's BBQ and stayed out until 4 o'clock in the morning, dancing and partying to the live music of HAIM as well as Zal's brother Rostam's band Vampire Weekend. Entertainment Weekly was invited to join director Zal Batmanglij and his three companions for the long night of celebration. An in depth article can be found on EW’s website.

From all the reviews I have read in the past couple of days, I liked the one written by Alicia Malone for IGN the most. She rated »The East« 8.5 out of 10 and thinks that "the filmmakers behind the great Sound of My Voice deliver another well-acted, thought-provoking thriller". While praising the ingenuity behind the script and the timely story as well as the fast pace of the movie, Malone explicitly mentioned Ellen Page's strong performance. The only negative point in her review is that Brit Marling's character Sarah is apparently a little too easily swayed into switching sides than is believable. But this doesn't change much of the overall positive impression.

In preparation for the SXSW screening, Fox Searchlight released a new poster and launched an interactive viral website at WeAreTheEast.com, which tests whether visitors meet the requirements to join the group. After you connect to the site through your Facebook account, a number of your own photos are put on display, and you must answer a series of questions honestly. Do you have what it takes to become a part of The East?

On a side note, Magnolia Pictures has acquired world distribution rights to »Touchy Feely«. "We are so happy to be working with the exquisitely talented Lynn Shelton again," said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. "Her mastery of character and generous understanding of real human emotions is as great as anyone’s working in film today." No release date has been given yet, but considering the company's moderate distribution policy, I would be actually surprised if the movie will hit the theatres in the course of this year. The complete press release is after the jump.

NEW YORK, NY (March 7, 2013) – The Wagner/Cuban Company’s Magnolia Pictures announced today that they’ve acquired world distribution rights to TOUCHY FEELY, the latest film from acclaimed writer/director Lynn Shelton. The acquisition marks a reunion between Shelton and Magnolia, the distributor of Shelton’s hit 2009 comedy HUMPDAY in 2009. TOUCHY FEELY, which made its world premiere in competition at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival, is Shelton’s follow-up film to the award-winning YOUR SISTER’S SISTER.

TOUCHY FEELY also marks the second collaboration between Lynn Shelton and Rosemarie DeWitt, who received an Independent Spirit Awards Best Supporting Actress nomination for her role in YOUR SISTER’S SISTER. The talented ensemble cast of TOUCHY FEELY also includes Josh Pais, Ellen Page, Scoot McNairy, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston and newcomer Tomo Nakayama (of the indie rock band Grand Hallway).

A closely observed examination of a family whose delicate psychic balance suddenly unravels. TOUCHY FEELY centers on Abby (Rosemarie DeWitt), a sought after massage therapist and a free spirit, while her brother Paul (Josh Pais) thrives on routine and convention, running a flagging dental practice and co-dependently enlisting the assistance of his emotionally stunted daughter Jenny (Ellen Page). Suddenly, transformation touches everyone. Abby develops an uncontrollable aversion to bodily contact, which not only makes her occupation impossible but severely hinders the passionate love life between her and her boyfriend (Scoot McNairy.) Meanwhile, rumors of Paul’s “healing touch” begin to miraculously invigorate his practice as well as his life outside the office.

TOUCHY FEELY was filmed on location in Shelton’s hometown and urban muse of Seattle. The film was produced by Steven Schardt.

“We are so happy to be working with the exquisitely talented Lynn Shelton again,” said Magnolia President Eamonn Bowles. “Her mastery of character and generous understanding of real human emotions is as great as anyone’s working in film today.”

"Who said you can't go home again? My experience with Magnolia on the release of HUMPDAY was magical, so I couldn't be more thrilled that we have found the perfect distribution partners for TOUCHY FEELY," said Shelton. "We look forward to collaborating with Eamonn and their entire team to share the film with audiences everywhere."

The deal for the film was negotiated by Dori Begley, Senior Vice President of Acquisitions at Magnolia, with Submarine and UTA on behalf of the filmmakers. Magnolia’s Christina Rogers will handle sales for the world.

Date: 03/19/2013 - 23:32:12 Posted by Dominik
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Exclusive Sundance 2013 Special by Marcela / »Beyond: Two Souls« gets release date and Willem Dafoe

Good things come to those who wait. Here finally is EPO's long announced »Sundance Special« featuring an exclusive report and reviews of both »Touchy Feely« and »The East« written by Marcela Marquez. She served as volunteer for the festival and agreed to share her experiences and provide some exclusive photos and videos from the event that you can check out below as well as in the gallery. We hope you like what we have put together for you!

Marcela Marquez Sundance 2013Hi there, I'm Marcela Marquez, a graphic designer/filmmaker from NY. As mentioned to Ellen Page in a note, I discovered my passion for filmmaking and indie movies around 2009 while attending college in Massachusetts. During that time, I would glance at some Ellen Page films such as »An American Crime« and »Wilby Wonderful« and her »SNL« skit. Her work always exceeded my expectations, but at the time I was too busy to watch movies and had to focus more in school. It wasn’t until last fall where I rekindled my fascination with Ellen's work. I ended up watching EVERY.SINGLE.MOVIE she has acted in. Every time I heard her name on TV, late night show, trailers, I’d get so pumped and drop everything I was doing and watch an EP film to get my fix. I was hoping one day I could meet her at this point! I was ecstatic to find EPO where I found exclusive material and news about Ellen Page (Thanks Dom!!).

Marcela Marquez Sundance 2013Around August of 2011 I decided to be more involved with film, so I took up volunteering at the Sundance Film Festival. The festival is about 10 days long and located in the beautiful Park City, Utah. I watched about 31 films in two weeks, developed insomnia, and made new friends. There were stars all around the little city it was nice to see a few familiar faces. I saw Katherine Heigl getting mobbed by fans/paparazzi I actually felt pretty bad. Yikes! I was placed in a theatre to work night shifts where many films were shown including »Touchy Feely«! While I was dosing off from working a 14 hour shift, out of all the people in the festival Lynn Shelton startled me. She was hilarious! Needless to say the best thing at Sundance was meeting my idol, Ms. Ellen freakin’ Page! I came to Sundance not thinking she would be there or if I did, I’d see her from a mile away or something. I was lucky enough to catch her right when she was about to hop in a car after The Touchy Feely premiere. There was a tiny rumor that Ellen would come out of these doors... I took a risk and waited there. It looked about right since there were private cars parked there. I was more towards the end. There were plenty of people ready to see this Tiny Canadian. So many people were excited. My eyes were glued to the door and bam, there she was she came out, quick hi and bye I was the last person though my chances of any type of interaction was so small.

Marcela Marquez Sundance 2013From the looks of it, she seemed either tired or overwhelmed. Totally understandable. I didn't want to be that person that would make her roll her eyes. (Not that she would?) anyways I was right I was skipped. She was about to hop in the car. What are the odds of that! I'm her biggest fan but words cannot come out of my mouth to say anything. I was able to crack this: "Excuse me Ellen?" I didn't think she would hear me. But she immediately turned around and started walking towards me. At this point I was so red and forgot what to do or say. I was so stunned. I told her how amazing she was and how she inspired little filmmakers like me. I shook her hand and told her I got you something: handed her a rolled up photograph (A photograph I took in college of a pretty tree where I used to sit and doodle stories in my sketchbook and pretend Ellen would play the parts) along with a cool note. She was so thankful. We said goodbye and she got in the car. My friends were really happy I got to do that they know how much it would make my day. My back was facing Ellen's car and my friend that I'm talking to can see her opening the gift I gave her and Ellen is smiling so hard at me but I missed it! Ah well it's the thought that counts. Trying to remember meeting her appears to be very vague, because I guess this is the first time I ever got star struck. Usually I’m pretty okay with celebrities, but this was my idol...I felt like one of those Bieber fans...just lovely. The only unforgettable thing I could remember was when I met her again the following day during »The East« premiere. I asked her if she liked her gift, She responded with “that was you!?” and gave me a nice big thank you as she leaned over and hugged me! Yup, I died... Like twice. She is the sweetest/prettiest woman. No one can top this night. Nope. I can’t wait for more Ellen movies! Sundance was definitely a great success all around!!! I think... I might do it again.

Love, Marci
(February 2013; revised in September 2015)

Touchy Feely - Review

Sundance 2013 - Touchy Feely Premiere TicketI was lucky enough to be the first ticket holder in line to attend the premier for Touchy Feely. I have been anxious to see it for a long time same with “The East”. Touchy Feely is premiered at the Eccles Theatre in Park City, UT at 12:00 PM on January 19, 2013. The director of Sundance introduces the film and Lynn Shelton onto the stage as she gives a little intro about the film.

Character info:

Rosemarie Dewitt -- Abby [Paul’s sister and Jenny’s aunt]
Ellen Page -- Jenny [Paul’s daughter]
Josh Pais -- Paul [ Dentist/Jenny’s father ]
Allison Janney -- Bronwyn [Abby’s masseuse/therapist/friend]
Tomo Nakayama -- Henry [First patient/singer]
Scoot Mcnairy -- (no character name given) [Abby’s boyfriend]

Ellen Page’s character (Jenny) starts off in the beginning of the scene looking very gloomy, lonely and continues to look that way throughout the entire film. Paul (Josh Pais) who plays Jenny’s father is blinded by his daughter’s livelihood which seems to be dismal by being his assistant at his dental clinic. Jenny is happy when it comes to cooking that in fact she insists in making the best homemade calzone for the man she crushes on who happens to be her aunt’s boyfriend (Scoot McNairy).

Jenny and Paul have the sweetest father/daughter relationship, yet they both have something in common, they are both lost. Paul and Jenny are not used to more than two patients a day until Jenny invites her good friend Henry (Tomo Nakayama) for a free cleansing. He complains about experiencing some pain and just by a touch from Paul he is magically cured. Thinking maybe that was out of the blue, Henry refers many of his friends and family to go to Paul’s dentistry to see him cure more people. Henry praises Jenny and Paul constantly for curing his pain after suffering for two years, which kept him from singing. Soon Paul and Jenny see there is a huge waiting line for patients to see the dentist to get “cured”.

Jenny is striving to be a chef in the future and in fact, she fills out plenty of Culinary College Applications, but does not send them out, due to money shortage and the fear of having to leave her father behind. Abby’s (Rosemarie Dewitt) character on the other hand brings more confusion to the film but at the same time she is rather intriguing. Abby plays a masseuse who all of a sudden gets scared of commitment when asked to move in with her boyfriend. She begins to feel strange about skin and isn’t able to touch him or anyone else. Abby goes to her personal masseuse, Bronwyn (Allison Janney) this hippy, bubbly friend who advises Abby to take Ecstasy to relieve some stress. Abby is a mother figure to Jenny and encourages her to explore the world, but Jenny refuses. Henry meets with Jenny to give her debut tickets to see him perform live after 2 years, along with a gift that puts the only smile on her face during the film. Henry performs an amazing song, playing guitar where you see the emotion in each of the character’s faces. Tomo Nakayama (Henry) brought great attention during the Q&A session at Sundance where audience members were dying to find out where his song can be downloaded. Henry is from Washington, where Lynn Shelton had first heard him play in a café and casted him immediately.

The movie was sweet, and caring, but at the same time the ending was a little ‘lost’. It ended with a lot of unanswered questions, but during the Q&A Lynn Shelton pointed out that she purposely left it ‘mysterious’ so that the audience could speculate what would happen next ... I guess they can imagine their own ending for this film? I was lucky enough to ask Ellen a question that was recommended by Domink Keppner the author/designer of the EPO website since I was too nervous to think of one myself.

Q: This is for Ellen Page, I know you play a dentist’s assistant ... I’m wondering how scared you are from the dentist in real life?
A: I can’t say I’m particularly afraid of the dentist. I’d say I’m neutral about the dentist. I wouldn’t say there was some sort of incredible excitement (Laughter) about going to the dentist. But I guess I’m not afraid. But I’d say it’s like a fair neutral. It's like you know how I am about needles it's also like a neutral ... like a neutral zone. (Laughter)

» Sundance 2013 - Touchy Feely Premiere Screening (01/19/2013) «

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The East - Review

Sundance 2013 - The East Premiere TicketThe ticketholder line for The East was so long! Sundancers were ready to see this Eco thriller that Zal has been teasing us about and finally the day had come! The East premiered at the Eccles Theatre in Park City, UT at 3:30 PM on January 20, 2013. Zal gave a small intro before showing his film as we all waited anxiously on the edge of our seats.

Character info:

Brit Marling -­ Sarah [Detective Spy]
Ellen Page -­ Izzy [The East member/Benji’s lover]
Alexander Skarsgard -- Benji [The East leader/ Izzy’s lover]
Wilbur Fitzgerald -- Robert McCabe [Leader of community/The East’s target]

The film starts off with a bang as Izzy (Ellen Page) narrates what sounds like the ritual that her anarchist gang follows ... which goes something like this:

"We don’t care how rich you are...We want all those who are guilty to experience the terror of their crime ... it’s easy when it’s not your life ... easy when it’s not your home but when it’s your fault, it shouldn’t be so easy to sleep at night especially when we’ll know where you live. Lie to us, we’ll lie to you. Spy on us, we’ll spy on you. Poison us, we’ll poison you. We are The East". While Izzy chants this ritual, the opening scene is a bit daunting with synchronized images of a house being broken into and ultimately destroyed by oil being dumped in its living room along with the shattering of windows etc. by The East. The film continues with scenes of damage being done to the community as well; such as pharmaceuticals generating poisoned pills that are sold to the country which are ultimately killing people. Robert McCabe (Wilbur Fitzgerald) is stated as a leader in the community who’s at fault for throwing bad water, and oil spills into the lakes/rivers killing their animals and poisoning the community. Sarah (Brit Marling) who is one of the writers of the film and lead actress plays a young detective who yearns to go undercover and finds out who this gang of terrorists really are. As an audience member you feel for "The East" and want to side with them but at the same time they are secretly committing heinous crimes by going after anyone involved in the area of production.

Brit Marling gets the chance to spy on them and reports to her boss. She lies to her boyfriend about going to Dubai when really she is going a few blocks away into the wilderness to be with The East. Benji (Alex Skarsgard) plays the main leader who oversees all of the group’s decisions. The East has their own way of life, by living in a dark cabin away from society, yet they still manage to have human recreation with one another. Ellen (Izzy) who happens to be Benji’s lover comes off very cold towards Sarah and wants nothing to do with her. One of the most talked about scenes after the film was when Izzy meets Sarah in a closed room and asks her to wear a white straight jacket otherwise she couldn’t have dinner. Sarah looking rather puzzled does as Izzy desires, and proceeds to the dining room where everyone is staring at her. Benji asks her to begin eating. As an audience member, this kept me at the edge of my seat wondering what the heck she is going to do next! And I found myself asking myself: how can someone eat with their arms strapped with a huge wooden spoon and a bowl on the table?! It’s not possible; unless you attempt to eat like a dog. And that’s exactly what Sarah did. She began to stuff her head in the bowl because she was unable to maneuver her arms. She stops and then Benji gives the cue for the rest of the gang to dine. You begin to see everything unfold so beautifully with every other person picking up the wooden spoon with their mouth scooping the food and then feeding it to the next person, in an impressively systematized fashion. It brought to my attention that Ellen’s character was a mix of Hard Candy with a touch of Super except she never smiled or laughed. She was very fierce, a fighter, and extremely demanding all because she is heartbroken by what McCabe has done to their land.

The East has "Jams" which means attack. They plan out who has done what and appear innocent only as a means to poison/hurt the people involved. One of the jaw dropping jams was when Ellen is looking drop dead gorgeous in a dark blue dress to have "dinner" with her father who she hasn’t seen in years. Meanwhile the rest of her crew is keeping an eye on her and the father for what they have planned next. Overall this movie was so amazing! It had a great flow, each scene had its own unique intensity, and nothing was tedious. Ellen as always did a great performance as well as the other cast mates.

» Sundance 2013 - The East Premiere Screening (01/20/2013) «

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South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW)
Meanwhile, »The East« has been selected to screen as the closing night film at the South By Southwest Film Conference and Festival (SXSW), which runs from March 8-16 in Austin, Texas. Word is that Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård and Ellen are scheduled to attend this event. The movie will also be in US theatres starting May 31, 2013 in a limited release.

At this point I would like to thank everyone who contributed to this special news article. In particular, Marcela for all her efforts, her commitment, the nice conversations and for grabbing some collectibles in Park City. Also my proofreaders Wayne and Trisha for their tireless work as well as Ryan Burton for contributing a photo from the Chicago screening of »Touchy Feely«. Concluding thanks to myself for spending almost 2 days (the entire weekend) with formatting and coding this article, editing and converting the video clips and uploading all the stuff you can access here.

It has become apparent that the rumors are true regarding Willem Dafoe's involvement in the upcoming PS3 video game »Beyond: Two Souls«. Last Friday Quantic Dream released a new trailer and new gameplay footage showing the actor as Nathan Dawkins, a government scientist who works with Jodie Holmes to analyse her powers. He apparently becomes a mentor and father figure to the main protagonist and will play an emotional and likely tragical part within the story.

In this context, Sony has confirmed that the game will be released on October 8, 2013 in North America (with details on additional territories still to come) and announced preorder bonuses. Those who reserve a copy at GameStop (or EB Games in Canada) will receive an exclusive 30-minute playable additional scene DLC. And while supplies last, all pre-ordering customers will get a free upgrade to the special edition of the game, which includes a steelbook packaging, a behind-the-scenes video feature, the game's soundtrack, a PS3 dynamic theme, and a PlayStation Network avatar bundle.

» Beyond: Two Souls - Willem Dafoe Gameplay Trailer (03/01/2013) «

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» Beyond: Two Souls - Behind The Scenes Footage (03/01/2013) «

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Date: 03/03/2013 - 17:20:23 Posted by Dominik
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