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»Beyond: Two Souls« panel at the Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego / New behind-the-scenes featurette
Comic-Con 2012On Thursday last week, a panel discussion for »Beyond: Two Souls« took place at the Comic-Con 2012 in San Diego. Indigo Prophecy / Heavy Rain creator David Cage was present at the event alongside the star of the video game, Ellen Page, and newly revealed co-star Kadeem Hardison (»A Different World«). He will be playing a character named Cole Freeman, a U.S. government official who investigates paranormal activity and eventually ends up raising Ellen's character Jodie Holmes. While the rumour concerning actor Willem Dafoe's involvement was finally disproved, a new behind-the-scenes clip showed Page with another actor, Eric Winter, both in full performance-capture suits and in a range of scenarios, from conversing around a dinner table to maneuvering in what appeared to be an earthquake. The identity of Winter's character has not been disclosed, but judging from the video footage he could be a close friend or even a love interest for Jodie.

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Although the panel was pretty restrictive with in-depth details regarding content of the game itself (except the fact that Jodie will pilot a submarine at some point), the three participants onstage took the opportunity to talk about the process of weaving together an emotional gameplay experience that has a deep narrative and even shared some private stuff like their video game experience. David Cage revealed that Hardison outed himself as a serious video game fan while talking for 45 minutes about his experience playing Heavy Rain during their first meeting. Ellen in turn admitted that, outside of playing around with the original Playstation console, she is a lapsed gamer. "Other than a very intense relationship with the Sega Genesis when I was a kid, video games ended for me when I was 16. That was a product of school, work, life," the Canadian actress said in response to a fan question about her interest in taking on a video game acting role. "When it came along, my brain didn't even know how to process this opportunity," she added with respect to the wonderful chance of being a part of this unique project. "At first it was perplexing, just what it meant and what David was doing. But I was fascinated." In fact, she couldn't have envisioned two years prior to her work on »Beyond« what she would even been doing: Acting on a virtual set in Paris, surrounded by 70 cameras and covered in body-tight performance capture gear. But after reading the script, the filming turned out to be an incredible experience, "it completely exceeded my expectations and was completely fulfilling as an actor. [...] I was so blown away and so moved, truly moved, by what they have created and the world they had created, the scope of the technology and the beauty of the game." At the same time, she thinks that what Cage has written is so powerful and so beautiful.

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Speaking of that story, David let loose that he spent a full year simply writing the 2000-page script of the game, and that it required 160 actors over the course of ten months to film in its entirety. From the outset, he pictured Ellen’s disturbed character of Sherry from »Mouth to Mouth« as inspiration. By the time he was done writing, Cage once again confirmed he could not see anyone else playing the part. During the Q&A session, a fan inquired about the inspiration behind Cage's story for »Beyond«. Whereas Heavy Rain's narrative was inspired by his experiences as a new father, he said that the upcoming game was partly inspired by the death of a family member. "I lost someone in my family that I was really close to. It was a shock. This was the first person I lost that way. People who have lost someone close will know what I'm talking about. I've never been a religious guy, don't really believe in god, but I guess I needed to find some meaning to this experience. For me, writing this story was a way to do that." Overall, he wants to write games that are more personal and have more meaning than the regular video games out there. While Heavy Rain's theme was, “How far would you go to protect the one you love?,” »Beyond: Two Souls« goes a little deeper and will answer the question "What’s beyond?".



The gameplay is described as "fully interactive," and not something to idly watch. You will switch back and forth between Jodie Holmes and Aiden, the entity from beyond that has possessed her from the time of her childhood, over the course of 15 years of Jodie’s life. Aiden will be able to walk through walls, possess people, and interact with the environment. Gamers will not only participate in this experience, but also direct it with in-game decisions having an impact on the course of the game. Furthermore, there will be lots of dialogue between characters to flesh them out and make them more real to the player. In this way, David Cage and his development team at Quantic Dream hope to create a truly unique and emotional experience for all gamers combining the latest in performance capture technology and amazing acting talent.



Later that day, Ellen and David Cage met with journalists including IGN's Greg Miller and X-Play’s Blair Herter to chat about »Beyond«, which is currently slated for release in early 2013 exclusively for the PlayStation 3. Check out the videos below to learn about overwhelming challenges of bringing the world and characters of this ambitious, next-gen ghost story to life.

» IGN - Ellen Page & David Cage Comic-Con Interview (07/12/2012) «



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Due to the lack of new in-game scenes during the Comic-Con presentation, I also strongly recommend taking a look at the following video provided by Vorzocker. It features 16 minutes of gameplay and some sequences which weren't part of the other 23 minutes long video leaked in June. [ Video removed at the request of Sony ]

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Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's HopeIn line with the current Comic-Con festival, I would like to draw your attention to Morgan Spurlock's »Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope«. While the documentary explores the amazing cultural phenomenon by following the lives of five attendees as they descend upon the ultimate geek mecca at San Diego Comic-Con 2010 in the first place, there are also extended interviews with some of the folks seen in the professional interview portions of the film – and even some that were actually cut out of the final version. Running a few minutes each, the subjects include Joss Whedon, Stan Lee, Felicia Day, Kevin Smith, Ellen Page, and many more, some talking specifically about Comic-Con, some more about geek culture and their connection to it in general. Check the reviews on The Blu-ray Blog and IGN for more information!


Date: 07/15/2012 - 21:44:42 Posted by Dominik
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US premiere of »To Rome with Love« / Ellen on promo tour in Los Angeles and New York / Willem Dafoe in »Beyond«
First of all, I would like to apologize for the late update. But a strained ring finger (a remembrance of my recent adventures at a highwire park) is affecting my daily work at the moment and prevented me from writing extensive texts.

In view of the forthcoming US release of »To Rome with Love«, some of the cast members made appearances on different talk shows to promote Woody Allen's latest project. Ellen was scheduled to appear on »Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson« as well as on »Chelsea Lately« in this context. While the conversation with Ferguson immediately drifted into trivial small talk, Chelsea Handler at least wanted to know how the Canadian actress handled the top-secret script and what working with Allen was like. Apart from that there isn't much else to report because Ellen started giggling all of a sudden and thus was hardly able to complete a sentence after accidentally grabbing a nut from a nearby platter. This was funny, entertaining and very human to a certain extent, but it also remains to be seen whether it was appropriate in a promotional interview. The reactions on the web range from "she was f***ing adorable" to "absolutely awkward" and "was she nervous?" I believe the latter could be true as her last TV appearance was in April 2011 and Ellen may be a bit out of practice. But don't take my word for it – have a look below and make up your own mind!
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Even the aforementioned US premiere of »To Rome with Love« on June 14 led to a certain disillusionment. Despite the fact the romantic comedy had the prestigious honor of being the opening film of this year's Los Angeles Film Festival and received particular attention, only five actresses eventually attended the event. With none of the film's male cast members being there, Woody was the man of the hour and fully enjoyed the presence of Penelope Cruz, Greta Gerwig, Alison Pill, Alessandra Mastroianni and Simona Caparrini that evening. While introducing his ode to the Italian city, the filmmaker was completely in his element and paid tribute to the whole ensemble, "I was blessed with a great cast. A cast I'm counting on to make me look good. I would have played Jesse's role if I was 50 years younger, but there's nothing I can do about that." Furthermore he joked to the audience before the lights went down, "If you like the picture, I'm thrilled. If you hate it and think it was a waste of time coming, don't let me know 'cause I get depressed easily."



His wry sense of humor didn't prevent the critics from writing and publishing their honest reviews over the following days, of course. “All things considered,” notes Todd McCarthy from The Hollywood Reporter, “it’s a relief to learn that Allen’s next production will be set in New York and San Francisco, as he would seem to have played out his string in Europe for the moment. Although the character he portrays here is a reluctantly retired opera director who discovers a brilliant tenor, Allen the writer-director has gone tone-deaf this time around, somehow not realizing that the nonstop prattling of the less than scintillating characters almost never rings true.”

The critique by Variety's Peter Debruge goes in a similar direction. He complains "By juggling such a large ensemble, Allen doesn't really have the time or space to flesh out characters, who remain almost cartoonishly one-dimensional. But the film feels like 15% too much as it is, with each of the strands coming in slightly longer and loopier than necessary." In his point of view "Allen is now making movies for the very pseudo-intellectuals his characters have long derided, as if the multihyphenate's lifelong preoccupation with death must necessarily become more profound the nearer he gets to the end. Instead, Allen seems increasingly relaxed, as if determined to meet that tall dark stranger with a chuckle, an attitude borne out by this relatively casual Roman holiday." Emma Bernstein, writing for the Playlist, points out that "To Rome With Love feels like four minor stories that Allen found in a pile and loosely stitched together in a narrative tied to Rome. That said, Rome is beautiful, and a mouth watering set for any director. Unfortunately, you can’t build a movie on a set alone.” Samuel Kleinman is rather diplomatic and concludes in his article for Filmophilia "not Woody Allen’s greatest work, but not his worst either. Allen wins brilliant performances by several of his main actors and even creates memorable characters delivered by some of his Italian actors. The creativity and originality of Allen’s artistic expression is once again there, as his ideas do not fail to impress or humor. However, the execution of the film is far from great, as the stories move from hysterical to redundant. By the end the jokes and character become tiresome. To sum, if you want Allen, you will get Allen. If you want Great Allen? Well, you might want to pass on this one."

Both David Denby and Richard Brody apparently enjoyed the film and published positive reviews in The New Yorker. According to Denby, “To Rome with Love is light and fast, with some of the sharpest dialogue and acting that Allen has put on the screen in years." He also praises Ellen who "gives a restrained but brilliantly satirical performance as an intellectual and emotional faker" and describes her as "one of the greatest of Allen’s female creations". Brody goes even further by pointing out that "young actress Monica, played by Ellen Page, steals the film. Allen invests her with a capricious charm and an untapped power akin to that of Dianne Wiest in “Hannah and Her Sisters,” and suggests a wisely classical notion of art and life—of the dangerous emotions and reckless behavior that are at the core of the artistic impulse, the actor’s allure, and that are both the essential inspiration and the constant theme of art itself. Monica’s divine madness is right at home in a movie that is one of Allen’s wildest, most scattershot, and frivolous." Kent Turner shares the same opinion and states in his article for Film-Forward, "Ellen Page takes narcissism to new heights. Coldly manipulative, Monica is not quite an all-out villain, but she’s close. And as far as I can recall, she’s the first character in Allen’s universe to shatter decorum and drop an F-bomb since Allen himself did so in Deconstructing Harry. Yet she fits right into Allen’s repertory of over-intellectualized characters, who have no idea what they really want, or reject it once they get it." Some nice closing words come from Frederic and Mary Ann Brussat, who summarize the film on Spirituality & Practice in this way: "To Rome with Love is Woody Allen's latest warning to us about the dangers and the delusions of love, marriage, fame, and the need to control everything that shows up in our lives."

However, these occasional bright spots should not blind us to the fact that »To Rome with Love« continues to receive mixed reviews, ratings and grades at best. This is also reflected by a 53 percent average on Rotten Tomato's so-called "Tomatometer" (a rating that is automatically calculated by the percentage of approved critics who recommend a certain movie) and a Metascore of 56 out of 100 points based on 19 critics on Metacritic. If you would like to read additional comments on the movie, I strongly recommend checking David Hudson's ultimate review summary on fandor.com! Moreover, take a look on Television Without Pity for an in-depth description and analysis of all four vignettes!



Continuing their promo tour, Woody Allen and some of the actors went to New York City last week. First, Ellen and Greta Gerwig were on-air guests on the »On Point with Tom Ashbrook« radio show where they chatted about the movie as well as how women are depicted in the media nowadays. On the same day the actresses, alongside Alec Baldwin, Penelope Cruz and producer Letty Aronson, did an interview on »Charlie Rose« before heading off to a press conference held at the Park Regency Hotel. Subsequently, selected members of the press got the chance to sit with the actors at a press junket and ask their questions. In the evening, Ellen once again stayed away from the red carpet and didn't attend the NYC premiere and screening at the Paris Theatre. Back in LA, she tentatively finished the promotion work by making an appearance on ABC's daytime chatfest »The View«. Unfortunately the panel of female hosts was mostly interested in unraveling the past and reminding the audience about Ellen's most popular performance to date, rather than talking about Woody Allen's dance with the Eternal City.

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The box-office gross during the opening weekend, however, proves that »To Rome with Love« deserves a little bit more attention and that a critics' opinion doesn't necessarily reflect the one of the actual moviegoer. Released in only 5 theatres in Los Angeles and New York City, the Italian romance managed to gross $361,359, averaging $72,272 per screen. That is among the 35 best per-theater-averages of all time, and the second best for both 2012 (after »Moonrise Kingdom«) and Allen himself (after »Midnight in Paris«). Overall, as already stated in the first paragraph, it's probably best to make up your own mind about a movie and give it a chance. Sony Pictures Classics currently plans to expand to more US cities starting July 6 — which makes sense, after all: As we all know, Rome wasn’t built in a weekend either. You can check the official website to find out if the movie will be playing at a theatre near you. For all other locations, you should take a look at the constantly updated listing here on EPO, and also check here for information on the upcoming releases in other countries!

Willem DafoeOn a side note, a new rumour floating around suggests that Willem Dafoe (»Spiderman«) will be lending his talents to the »Beyond: Two Souls« video game. According to BroGamer, an unspecified “source familiar with the project” said that there are more stars in the game with the well-known actor being one of them. This would come as no surprise considering he already voiced the Green Goblin in the Spider-Man game and the main antagonist in »James Bond 007: Everything or Nothing«. It’s important to take the rumour with a grain a salt, however, as neither Quantic Dream nor Sony have confirmed the report and the latter responded to Joystiq's request in this way: "We don't typically comment on rumors or speculation about our products so nothing to share at this time." As always, I will keep you posted on that, especially since creator David Cage mentioned in a recent interview with 3 News New Zealand that there are "many other things to announce in the coming months".


Date: 06/28/2012 - 23:27:25 Posted by Dominik
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Update 06/12/2012

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» Chelsea Lately - 14th June 2012 @ 11:00 ET/PT [E!] «

The news has arrived that Ellen will also make an appearance on »Chelsea Lately« this week. Watch the show on Thursday, June 14, 2012 at 11 p.m. ET/PT on E! Channel. Thanks to Bifrons for the note!


Date: 06/09/2012 - 15:08:02 Posted by Dominik
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