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Ellen Page attached to post-apocalyptic adaptation »Into the Forest« / EPO reporting first-hand from Sundance 2013
At the moment Ellen is probably preparing for one of the biggest events in this still-young year of 2013 with both »Touchy Feely« and »The East« debuting at the Sundance Film Festival next weekend. Meanwhile, another interesting project has surfaced on the horizon. Variety’s Jeff Sneider tweeted last Thursday that she is attached to an upcoming adaptation of Jean Hegland's post-apocalyptic novel »Into the Forest«. The story centers on two teenage sisters, Nell and Eva, living alone in a remote Northern California forest when society begins to decay and collapse around them. Reports of a distant conflict are followed by a loss of power that leaves the pair struggling to survive in their altered circumstances. Here's the full synopsis taken from the back cover of the latest paperback release (Dial Press Trade Paperbacks, published in September 2005):
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Eva, eighteen, and Nell, seventeen, are sisters, adolescents on the threshold of womanhood — and for them anything should be possible. But suddenly their lives are turned upside down, their dreams pushed into the shadows, as sickness and anarchy rage across a country on the brink of collapse. In a time of suspicion and superstition, of anger, hunger, and fear, Eva and Nell are left to forage through the forest, and their past, for the keys to survival. They must blaze a new path into the future as pioneers and pilgrims — not only creatures of the new world, but creators of it. Gripping and unforgettable, Into the Forest is a passionate and poignant tale of stirring sensuality and profound inspiration—a novel that will move you and surprise you and touch you to the core.

Unfortunately, that’s basically all we know about the project right now. There is no mention of a possible director, screenwriter or actress playing the other sister. As for the latter, here's a brief roundup of promising talents who could be considered for this part: Abigail Breslin, AnnaSophia Robb, Brittany Robertson, Dakota Fanning, Elizabeth Olsen, Emily Browning, Emma Watson, Evan Rachel Wood, Hayley McFarland, Imogen Poots, Jena Malone, Jennifer Lawrence, Juno Temple, Liana Liberato, Lily Collins, Mia Wasikowska, Olivia Thirlby, Saoirse Ronan, Seychelle Gabriel, Shailene Woodley, Sophie Lowe, Teresa Palmer and Willa Holland. Who should star opposite Ellen in your opinion? Feel free to share your thoughts in the comments section!

On the occasion of the two aforementioned movie premieres, I have an exciting announcement to make today. For the first time in this website's history, EPO will be covering an important festival first-hand. During the next couple of days Marcela, the most recent member of the team and Sundance fan, will be taking as many photos as possible and bringing us the latest information straight from the very first screenings in Park City. You can also expect to get comprehensive reviews of both films as well as videos of the cast introductions and Q&A sessions in the following weeks. I believe I speak on behalf of Marcela when I say that we will do our best to ensure an unique and enriching experience for all of us. At the same time, any form of help, input and support is more than welcome. No matter if you are going to attend the festival yourself and take some photos and videos you would like to eventually share with other fans or you just stumble across interesting and related articles, reviews, pictures or clips on the net, please send your stuff to "sundance [at] ellen-page.net" and make sure to include your name or the original source so we can give credit where credit is due!

I'm looking forward to some great days ahead and hope you will enjoy the updates posted here as well as on EPO's Facebook page (www.facebook.com/ellenpageonline), the Facebook fan page for The East (www.facebook.com/theeastmovie) and Twitter (twitter.com/ellenpagenet)!
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Date: 01/12/2013 - 21:09:29 Posted by Dominik
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»The East« and »Touchy Feely« to premiere at Sundance 2013 / Ellen supports »Defend Our Coast« / Best of Halifax
Sundance 2013 LogoWe have been eagerly waiting for some information about Ellen's latest projects »The East« and »Touchy Feely«, and today I finally have exciting news to pass along. The Sundance Institute announced that both movies are premiering at the Sundance Film Festival next year. While Lynn Shelton's »Touchy Feely« has been selected for the U.S. Dramatic competition, »The East« will play out of competition in the Premieres section. The latter is no surprise considering there already have been test screenings in Pasadena, California earlier this year and the 11-day festival in Utah has proven to be a good circuit for director Zal Batmanglij and his colleagues. With the premiere dates set, it's probably only a matter of days or weeks until we get to see more stills and the first trailers.

The East / U.S.A. (Director: Zal Batmanglij, Screenwriters: Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling, Cast: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Patricia Clarkson, Runtime: 116 minutes) — Someone is attacking big corporate CEOs and forcing them to consume harmful products they manufacture. An elite private intelligence firm is called into action and contracts ex-FBI agent, Sarah Moss to infiltrate a mysterious anarchist collective, The East, suspected to be responsible. Skilled, focused, and bent on success, Sarah goes undercover and dedicates herself to taking down the organization. She soon finds, however, that the closer she gets to the action, the more she sympathizes with the group’s charismatic leaders.

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Touchy Feely / U.S.A. (Director: Lynn Shelton, Screenwriter: Lynn Shelton, Cast: Rosemarie DeWitt, Allison Janney, Ron Livingston, Scoot McNairy, Ellen Page, Josh Pais, Runtime: 90 minutes) — What happens when a family’s delicate psychic balance suddenly unravels? Abby is a free-spirited massage therapist. Her brother, Paul, an emotional zombie, owns a flagging dental practice, where he enlists the assistance of his equally emotionally stunted daughter, Jenny. Suddenly, transformation touches everyone. Abby develops an uncontrollable aversion to bodily contact, which seriously hinders her chosen profession and the passionate love life she once shared with her boyfriend. Meanwhile, rumors of Paul’s “healing touch” begin to miraculously invigorate his practice. As Abby navigates through an identity crisis, her brother discovers a whole new side of himself.

The 2013 edition of the Sundance Film Festival runs January 17-27, 2013 in Park City, Salt Lake City, Ogden and the Sundance Resort in Utah. It will screen 115 feature-length films representing 32 countries. The haul includes projects from 51 first-time filmmakers, including 27 films that are in competition. These projects were selected from 12,146 submissions, 429 more than last year. To purchase tickets, or for more information on the festival and its line-up of films, please visit www.sundance.org.

Update - 12/15/2012

The festival schedule has been released on the official website. Check the listing below for details on »The East« and »Touchy Feely« screenings. If you can't make it to Park City, the films will also be shown in a selected city on January 31st as part of the Sundance USA program. There will be a special screening for »Touchy Feely« at the Music Box Theatre in Chicago, Illinois and another one for »The East« at the Michigan Theater in Ann Arbor, Michigan.

DateTimeVenueMovie
January 1912:00 PMEccles Theatre, Park City, UTTouchy Feely
January 1909:30 PMRose Wagner Performing Arts Center, Salt Lake City, UTTouchy Feely
January 2003:30 PMEccles Theatre, Park City, UTThe East
January 2006:00 PMSundance Screening Room, Sundance, UTTouchy Feely
January 2108:30 AMLibrary Center Theatre, Park City, UTThe East
January 2109:00 AMEgyptian Theatre, Park City, UTTouchy Feely
January 2305:30 PMThe MARC, Park City, UTTouchy Feely
January 2408:45 PMLibrary Center Theatre, Park City, UTTouchy Feely
January 2506:00 PMSalt Lake City Main Library, Salt Lake City, UTThe East
January 2603:30 PMPeery's Egyptian Theater, Ogden, UTThe East
January 2710:00 AMSundance Screening Room, Sundance, UTThe East
January 3107:30 PMMusic Box Theatre, Chicago, ILTouchy Feely
January 3108:00 PMMichigan Theater, Ann Arbor, MIThe East
Defend Our Coast LogoIn mid-late October Ellen was among a string of celebrities and entertainers from Canada and the United States who added their names to a growing number of supporters of the »Defend Our Coast« rally and sit-in on October 22 to oppose pipelines from Alberta's tar sands to the B.C. coast. Organizers, however, made clear from the beginning the actors, actresses, singers and musicians would not be attending the event in Victoria, but instead were offering their written support in advance. The protest was against the proposed Enbridge Northern Gateway Pipeline and the proposed new Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline, both of which would bring tar sands oil to the coast where it would be loaded onto oil tankers. Over 400 oil tankers would then be plying the sensitive and spectacular coastal waters of British Columbia. The Enbridge pipeline would travel through the Great Bear Rainforest and the Kinder Morgan Pipeline would travel through the city of Vancouver. Aside from the danger of accidents involving the tankers, there is real concern about pipeline breaks and leaks doing serious harm to fragile eco-systems on the pipeline routes. This initiative was not just about pipelines however, but about the Canadian government’s efforts to rapidly expand the tar sands while eliminating many environmental protections implemented over many years, thus putting at risk the land, air and particularly the water on which local people have survived for generations. All this is set against the backdrop of the Canadian government’s abysmal record on climate change and the fact that the tar sands companies are aggressively lobbying for the expansion of the tar sands while fighting any action on climate change.

"We stand in solidarity with our northern neighbours who are gathering in Victoria to defend the coast and wisely oppose the equally toxic and destructive threat that is the Enbridge Northern Gateway and Kinder Morgan tar sands pipeline," said actress and longtime environmental activist Daryl Hannah in a statement issued by Greenpeace Canada, which helped to organize the movement. Actor Mark Ruffalo added that "real energy independence would be moving ourselves to wind, water and sun and get rid of the toxic, outdated and antiquated fossil fuel paradigm that continues to trample First Nation and land owner rights and destroy fresh water, fresh air and farm land."

Was the venture a success? One of the goals with »Defend Our Coast« was to empower local community leaders to take the message home where they lived, showing the unbroken wall of opposition across the whole province. Organizers were indeed wildly successful at getting actions into newspapers across the province from Terrace to Abbotsford and Prince Rupert to Prince George. With more than 5,000 people (3,500 according to the police) showing up on a Monday at the provincial legislature in Victoria to voice their concerns, more than 3,500 people having signed an online pledge and hundreds of people participating in more than 70 actions in different communities shows that the people of BC are committed to doing whatever it takes to stop these pipelines. Eventually, it's a small success in a big fight, which will not be over until Canada's provincial and federal governments start working toward a green energy future that respects First Nations right to free, prior and informed consent and promotes and protects the health of the environment and local communities!

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On a side note, although she has made herself scarce in the past months, Ellen remains the most popular export in her hometown of Halifax. She was voted "Best Halifamous Person" for the fifth time in a row by the readers of the local weekly newspaper "The Coast". Congratulations!

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Date: 12/04/2012 - 23:12:28 Posted by Dominik
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7 minutes of »Beyond« gameplay from the Gamescom 2012 / Update on »Freeheld« / »Nocturnal Emotions« podcast
Gamescom 2012Some fans of »Beyond: Two Souls« visiting this year's Gamescom in Cologne, Germany were likely a bit disappointed. Although Sony and Quantic Dream had a stand at the trade fair, most of the new stuff was revealed during several special demonstrations behind closed doors. David Cage attended these press-only events, recapped the behind-the-scenes video shown at the Comic-Con in July, and presented brand new gameplay footage. Luckily, journalists were allowed to make recordings, so we can have a look as well.

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In the new sandbox walkthrough clip we see Jodie Holmes being cornered by a group of SWAT officers and how Aiden is helping her get away. At the same time we learn what it is like to control the ghostly figure of Aiden and what his abilities are. As a ghost-like being he isn't affected by physical laws and can freely move around the area as well as through solid material. There is, however, one restriction in this context since Aiden always has to keep a certain distance from his human companion. Objects and living things he can interact with will be highlighted with a glowing aura of light around them. This, in turn, means the player has no real freedom of action - at least in this demo - and only can choose between the predefined options given by the game itself. Put another way, it likely won't be possible to use the same car as a weapon twice or influence the crash site of the helicopter. For these reasons the optically spectacular rescue operation appears to be rather static and less challenging, although it should be said that the choices made (or not made) will have an impact on the general outcome of a sequence. All in all, the developer team will hopefully do some further fine-tuning on this and add a time limit as well as wider possibilities of interaction to make the whole thing more dynamic and innovative.



On the fringes of the event and in talks with various online and print media Quantic Dream's CEO admitted that he wrote the entire 2000 page long script himself, with hundreds of pages specifically written for Ellen and her character of Jodie Holmes, and had nothing but praise for his leading actress. "What I really appreciate about Ellen is that she is absolutely sincere. She didn't give the minimum, thinking it was 'just a game'. She worked very hard, learning hundreds of pages by heart. She did her best on-stage, ending long days physically and emotionally exhausted. She didn't cheat: she truly gave everything she had for her character, the same way she would have worked on a film." In the September 2012 issue of Edge he pointed out that the female main protagonist should not be considered a sex object: "A lot of games take place in a teenager's fantasy world where the player has a gun and big muscles to save the world, where the bad guy will lose in the end and where women are sexual objects. They have big breasts and wear provocative clothes, but most of the time they never correspond in explicit sexual activity. [...] I wanted to write about this female character who is not a Barbie doll, but a human being - someone who has feelings, doubts and fears. Sexuality is a part of her life, like everyone else, but it is not her reason to live. [...] But I think that Ellen Page is someone incredibly charming, clever, complex, surprising, full of life - much more appealing than a doll with big breasts."



Despite the fact that »Beyond« will be a cinematic interactive movie game, David Cage stated that he isn't a fan of extensive cutscenes. "I'm really not into having 30-minute cutscenes in a game and you're just showing films. If you played Heavy Rain, there are very few cutscenes and very few moments where you don't have control. I'm interested in being able to tell the story through interactivity and how you can be an actor in the experience." Moreover, the story will have a strong focus on growing and relationships, especially the one between Jodie and Aiden. "I liked the idea that Aiden wouldn't be a pet or an obedient entity, but rather a wild beast that could be protective of Jodie, or jealous, possessive and violent. Aiden doesn't have any clue about human rules. He has a different understanding of life and death - he thinks that Jodie is his thing." While the game is going to have a multi-faceted ending, Cage believes that experiencing every possible outcome would dilute the actual experience. "It's the same approach as for Heavy Rain: Play it once and then don’t replay it. You can if you want, but I think the best way to experience the game is really to make choices and then never know what would have happened if you’d made a different choice. Because life is like this, and Beyond is the life of Jodie Holmes. For me, it’s more interesting to have players defining the life of Jodie – this is your version of the life of Jodie. And you can talk to other people and see their versions, and compare what you did, what you missed, what you saw, but never know what would have happened if… I think that’s the beauty of the thing." I can definitely see the point he is trying to make, but I doubt that the casual gamer is willing to pay 60-70 U.S. dollars for a PS3 game just to play it once. Even if the second or third run will be full of "let's see what happens" or "go to the right instead of the left" moments, I think it is still interesting to learn the alternative ways certain scenarios play out. Overall, we will know whether all the hype surrounding »Beyond« was justified, when the game is released in early 2013.

Look Who’s Coming to Dinner

According to I'm Not Obsessed, Ellen has been cast alongside Daniel Radcliffe, Jonah Hill, Emma Stone and Liam Hemsworth in »Look Who’s Coming to Dinner«, to be produced by comedian/actor Ben Stiller. The horror-meets-musical comedy will start production in the fall of 2013 or early 2014 and centers on two business men (Jonah Hill and Donta Storey) who seek out a wealthy banker (Daniel Radcliffe) for financial assistance. After being denied a loan, the banker’s assistant (Ellen Page) invites them to dinner… one that they’ll never forget! However, since only one single website reported about this project and there is no official word from either Paramount Pictures or any other source yet, take everything with a grain of salt at the moment.

FreeheldOn August 22 Deadline brought us a new update on the feature film adaptation of Cynthia Wade's Oscar-winning documentary »Freeheld« that has been planned for a while. Incognito Pictures, a new production company led by Ex-PayPal executive / financier Jack Selby and producer Scott Stone, has come through with the money needed to produce the film. Only a few days later screenwriter Ron Nyswaner then revealed on his official website that Peter Sollett (»Nick and Norah’s Infinite Playlist«) will be the new director, replacing the formerly attached Catherine Hardwicke. Although the status on the project has already been changed to "pre-production" on IMDb, it is unlikely that shooting will begin soon due to a lack of other cast members such as the second leading actress playing Stacie Andree’s older partner Laurel Hester.

Nocturnal EmotionsIn the middle of last week Har Mar Superstar released the second episode of his »Nocturnal Emotions« podcast entitled "O Canada" featuring a tiny actress from The True North. Ellen joins him to share her love of »Degrassi«, get really real about her first movie role in »Pit Pony«, and drops a little Halifax history lesson. She also tells us about her recent embarrassing moment on Chelsea Lately and plays a game of Let Me Ruin Your Favorite Song. You can download and listen to the 50 minutes long podcast on earwolf.com and iTunes.


Date: 09/24/2012 - 20:06:36 Posted by Dominik
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