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»The Cured« Press Junket in LA / Movie review round-up: What critics think about Freyne's feature film debut

Prior to her birthday, Ellen Page joined »The Cured« director David Freyne for a press junket of his first feature film in Los Angeles. The Irish/Canadian duo sat down with The Hollywood Reporter for an interview and answered fan questions during live chats for Yahoo! Entertainment and distributor IFC Films. You can watch the videos below where you will learn about their favorite horror movies, Ellen's first time of playing a traditional mother, the best days of shooting, the atmosphere on set considering the dark material, the "Time's Up" movement, green tea, upcoming projects including Netflix's »The Umbrella Academy« as well as Ellen's recent marriage and what it's like working with her wife Emma Portner.






Most critics thankfully realized and accepted that »The Cured« isn't a typical zombie flick and rather that it takes a fresh look at the genre; focusing on the aftermath of a zombie apocalypse when former infected people are trying to reintegrate themselves into society. As a result, reviews have been mostly positive so far as you see in the following roundup.

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Glenn Kenny, writing for rogerebert.com, says the movie comes with "a very creepy, suspenseful story that’s also a better-than-average character study" and "Freyne is a filmmaker to watch, to be sure, and »The Cured« is going to be a genre film to beat in 2018." Haleigh Foutch's review for Collider goes in the same direction as he speaks about an "impressive debut feature" which "gives us something different; a glimpse at society’s attempts and failures to pick up the pieces after a viable cure to the cannibalistic infection is discovered." Film School Rejects' Rob Hunter even calls it "28 Months Later", a possible sequel to Danny Boyle’s "28 Days Later" and "Juan Carlos Fresnadillo’s "28 Weeks Later" and comes to the conclusion "»The Cured« is a terrifically tense thriller that works both as a simple genre effort and a deeper exploration of how we treat those who’ve trespassed against us."

Michael Klug of Horror Freak News highlights the "noteworthy performances and an insanely cool take on the zombie sub-genre," in which "Page nails several “Oscar-clip” moments – notably when Senan tells Abbie some hidden details about his time under the sickness’ influence – and "Keeley is a solid lead." He just feels "there’s something missing in the film’s handling of what should be a hearty and heartfelt emotional center; something’s a bit off and the film suffers slightly because of it", but still rates it with 4 out of 5 stars. The same rating comes from Gamesradar's Kevin Harley who believe the film is "over-ambitious perhaps, but Freyne's intensely executed ‘infected’ fable packs tension, resonance, and clout."

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Eli Fine from The Playlist underlines the "truly impressive cinematography by Piers McGrail" as well as the "good performances here" mentioning "Page is quite good even as she doesn’t have a whole lot to do." However, he eventually sticks to a rather average C grade. Watching the movie on behalf of Geek Culture, Drew Pan states it's "a zombie movie that wants you to think" and comes with "two strong leads" whereby "Ellen Page is excellent as usual, convincingly playing a woman who wants to do the right thing, yet is also tormented by the horrors she’s lived through." At the same time, he stats "the real problem of this movie is the third act," which includes "a very predictable outcome." A similar point of view is shared by Houston Chronicle's Cary Darling, who comments the film "becomes less cerebral and more predictably action-oriented in its third act and the ending is slightly unsatisfying." Still, "»The Cured« is intriguing enough to make Freyne someone to watch and the late Romero proud."

Reviewing for the Irish website Independent.ie, Chris Wasser believes director David Freyne abandons a "promising premise in place of one too many jarring and derivative action shenanigans" and describes his feature film debut as "bitterly disappointing." His Irish colleague Brian Lloyd, in turn, enjoyed the screening a lot more and writes on Entertainment.ie "»The Cured« is an ambitious attempt to bring genre horror into the Irish film landscape and while it may be lacking in the execution, it more than makes up for it with a fascinating premise and strong performances by the ensemble cast."

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In his review on Flickering Myth, Matt Donato remembers Page's performance the best while "David Freyne creates something so genuinely provocative that‘s not tarnished nearly enough to dismiss, but an open-ended, self-serving finale fails to capitalize on bigger conversations initiated in earlier views of persecution." Drew Tinnin from Dread Central heads in the same direction by pointing out "Page’s performance is the emotional core of the film as she goes from understanding to fear to dealing with the ultimate betrayal. It’s important for a slow-developing story like this to have an actress with some star power, and director David Freyne and his team were fortunate to have a high caliber actress ready to deliver in some of the film’s quieter, more intense moments." Overall, "The Cured is a gritty take on the genre that fits nicely into the new type of storytelling that these stories need to embrace in a post-Romero world" in his opinion.

Film Journal International's André Hereford regrets that "the film's sleepy second act eventually gives way to a savage, chaotic finale, with some decent fights and foot chases, that doesn’t truly compensate for the general listlessness and relentlessly downbeat ambience." David Fear from the Rolling Stone thinks "it's a moody horror movie that favors metaphor over mayhem until its violent, chaotic final third, at which point the screaming starts in earnest. A bit more balance between gnawing guilt and plain old gnawing would have done this scare-parable wonders," while still giving it a fair rating of 3 out of 5 stars.

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Date: 03/03/2018 - 23:47:26 Posted by Dominik
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Dear Ellen Page, we wish you a very happy 31st birthday and hope you will
enjoy continued success, health and happiness together with your wife Emma!
Also the best of luck for the movie releases this year and all your future projects!
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Leave your birthday message for her on 31stbirthday.ellenpage.org!


Date: 02/21/2018 - 10:28:04 Posted by Dominik
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IFC Films releases first trailer and poster for »The Cured« / Production on »Umbrella Academy« starts in Toronto

IFC Films and Tilted Pictures unveiled the first official trailer and poster for David Freyne's directorial debut »The Cured« and announced they are releasing the movie in theaters, on demand, and via digital HD on February 23, 2018. Apart from this, the zombie thriller will also be screening at the Audi Dublin International Film Festival on February 25, 2018.


Official synopsis:

“What happens when the undead return to life? In a world ravaged for years by a virus that turns the infected into zombie-like cannibals, a cure is at last found and the wrenching process of reintegrating the survivors back into society begins. Among the formerly afflicted is Senan (Sam Keeley), a young man haunted by the horrific acts he committed while infected. Welcomed back into the family of his widowed sister-in-law (Ellen Page), Senan attempts to restart his life—but is society ready to forgive him and those like him? Or will fear and prejudice once again tear the world apart? Pulsing with provocative parallels to our troubled times, The Cured is a smart, scary, and hauntingly human tale of guilt and redemption.”

Ellen Page's other TIFF17 movie »My Days of Mercy« has recently been rated in the US by the MPAA and received an 'R' rating for "strong sexuality/nudity, and for language". While there hasn't been any news since its world premiere in September, the rating could indicate that the very first distribution deal for director Tali Shalom-Ezer's drama is in sight and the long wait for a release date could be over soon. In any event, fans from Australia get an early chance to see it on February 20, 2018, where it will screen as part of Queer Screen's 25th Mardi Gras Film Festival in Sydney. You can get your ticket at tix.queerscreen.org.au.

Meanwhile, the production on Netflix's »Umbrella Academy« kicked off in Toronto in early January with the entire cast gathering together for a table reading of the first episode. Watch out for the hashtag #umbrellaacademy on Twitter and Instagram to catch the latest updates on this interesting project!

Back in the United States, Ellen, her wife Emma Portner as well as ex-girlfriend Samantha Thomas joined millions of women and men around the world for a second year of the Women’s March and were spotted in the streets of Los Angeles last Saturday. What began as a simple Facebook invitation to protest the election of president Donald Trump has become that and a whole lot more, with this year’s event also standing as a symbol of the global #MeToo movement and the Time’s Up initiative.


Date: 01/26/2018 - 17:24:39 Posted by Dominik
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Ellen Page and Emma Portner just got married!

The new year just started and we already have the first big surprise in 2018 to announce:
Ellen Page and Emma Portner just got married!
We wish them a very happy & healthy future together!

Ellen Page and Emma Portner just got married


Date: 01/03/2018 - 22:06:16 Posted by Dominik
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Ellen Page shares her own #MeToo experiences on Facebook and joins Netflix's »The Umbrella Academy« series

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After the Los Angeles Times first published accusations of sexual harassment or misconduct from six women against filmmaker Brett Ratner in early November, Ellen Page released an in-depth statement on Facebook this Friday detailing her own experiences with the abusive landscape of Hollywood and opening up about the »X-Men: The Last Stand« director's "homophobic and abusive behavior" on the set.

In her lengthy posting Page describes how Ratner "outed" her during a cast and crew "meet and greet" where he allegedly encouraged an older woman to have sex with her, saying: "You should f*ck her to make her realize she’s gay." This story, in particular, has been corroborated by fellow Canadian actress and X-Men co-star Anna Paquin who tweeted, "I was there when that comment was made. I stand with you." This public, aggressive outing also happened with no regard for Page's well-being and left the actress with long standing feelings of shame as it occurred at a time when she was trying to figure out her own sexuality. "I was a young adult who had not yet come out to myself. I knew I was gay, but did not know, so to speak. I felt violated when this happened ... This man, who had cast me in the film, started our months of filming at a work event with this horrific, unchallenged plea," she continued. Unfortunately for the entire film team, she says this wasn't the only incident of misconduct from Ratner during filming. "I proceeded to watch him on set say degrading things to women. I remember a woman walking by the monitor as he made a comment about her "flappy pussy."

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The Canadian actress also discussed further instances in which men in a position of power took advantage of the situation. "When I was sixteen a director took me to dinner (a professional obligation and a very common one). He fondled my leg under the table and said, 'You have to make the move, I can't,'" Page recounts. "I did not make the move and I was fortunate to get away from that situation. It was a painful realization: my safety was not guaranteed at work." Furthermore Ellen revealed she was sexually assaulted by a film crew member months later, and asked by a director to sleep with a man in his late twenties and to tell them about it. She did not.

In her post, Page also admitted that making a Woody Allen movie is the biggest regret of her career. "I am ashamed I did this. I had yet to find my voice and was not who I am now and felt pressured, because 'of course you have to say yes to this Woody Allen film.' Ultimately, however, it is my choice what films I decide to do and I made the wrong choice."

Although she didn't directly make use of the famous hashtag, Ellen Page eventually added her name to the growing list of Hollywood stars who have joined the #MeToo movement with this brave step. Her words not only hit the headlines of various websites including Forbes, People, Deadline and the Los Angeles Times and became a trending subject on Twitter with over 20.000 reactions, but also led to a wave of sincere condolences, sympathy and solidarity expressed by companions and loyal fans alike. We are deeply saddened that Ellen has gone through all this and thank her for speaking out about her experiences! It would be naive to think that this is just a Hollywood thing or a political thing. It's also not a male thing or a female thing, this is a human thing in the first place which happens in the workplace, in families and basically all places over the world. Still, Page's story demonstrates the corruption - some are already calling it the conspiracy Of inaction - at the heart of Hollywood: a place of intense power imbalance and zero oversight, where young actors are told their future career rests on pleasuring incredibly rich and influential people.

Although the current ongoing flood of revelations must be horrible for the victims, we strongly believe it's important to speak out and not be shamed by anyone. Otherwise offenders and other confidants involved will never receive their deserved punishment! Here is also another thing this decision accomplishes: the knowledge that you are probably sparing someone else from going through what you went through. If people in powerful positions get the message that there are consequences for being abusive and manipulative, then they will think twice or three times about behaving this way. What has led to this sort of toxic culture in politics, law, entertainment and essentially all parts of society is the fact that those who had the power knew there would be no consequences whatsoever. Nothing is going to change until that changes, and what we are experiencing at the present time is hopefully just the beginning of something much, much bigger!

We will give the last word on the subject to Ellen Page herself here, who says it better than we ever could:

"Don't allow this behavior to be normalized. Don't compare wrongs or criminal acts by their degrees of severity. Don’t allow yourselves to be numb to the voices of victims coming forward. Don't stop demanding our civil rights. I am grateful to anyone and everyone who speaks out against abuse and trauma they have suffered. You are breaking the silence. You are revolution."

Ellen Page's full statement:

“You should fuck her to make her realize she’s gay.” He said this about me during a cast and crew “meet and greet” before we began filming, X Men: The Last Stand. I was eighteen years old. He looked at a woman standing next to me, ten years my senior, pointed to me and said: “You should fuck her to make her realize she’s gay.” He was the film’s director, Brett Ratner.

I was a young adult who had not yet come out to myself. I knew I was gay, but did not know, so to speak. I felt violated when this happened. I looked down at my feet, didn’t say a word and watched as no one else did either. This man, who had cast me in the film, started our months of filming at a work event with this horrific, unchallenged plea. He “outed” me with no regard for my well-being, an act we all recognize as homophobic. I proceeded to watch him on set say degrading things to women. I remember a woman walking by the monitor as he made a comment about her “flappy pussy”.

We are all entitled to come into an awareness of our sexual orientation privately and on our own terms. I was young and although already a working actor for so long I had in many ways been insulated, growing up on film sets instead of surrounded by my peers. This public, aggressive outing left me with long standing feelings of shame, one of the most destructive results of homophobia. Making someone feel ashamed of who they are is a cruel manipulation, designed to oppress and repress. I was robbed of more than autonomy over my ability to define myself. Ratner’s comment replayed in my mind many times over the years as I encountered homophobia and coped with feelings of reluctance and uncertainty about the industry and my future in it. The difference is that I can now assert myself and use my voice to to fight back against the insidious queer and transphobic attitude in Hollywood and beyond. Hopefully having the position I have, I can help people who may be struggling to be accepted and allowed to be who they are –to thrive. Vulnerable young people without my advantages are so often diminished and made to feel they have no options for living the life they were meant to joyously lead.

I got into an altercation with Brett at a certain point. He was pressuring me, in front of many people, to don a t-shirt with “Team Ratner” on it. I said no and he insisted. I responded, “I am not on your team.” Later in the day, producers of the film came to my trailer to say that I “couldn’t talk like that to him.” I was being reprimanded, yet he was not being punished nor fired for the blatantly homophobic and abusive behavior we all witnessed. I was an actor that no one knew. I was eighteen and had no tools to know how to handle the situation.
I have been a professional actor since the age of ten. I’ve had the good fortune to work with many honorable and respectful collaborators both behind and in front of the camera. But the behavior I’m describing is ubiquitous. They (abusers), want you to feel small, to make you insecure, to make you feel like you are indebted to them, or that your actions are to blame for their unwelcome advances.

When I was sixteen a director took me to dinner (a professional obligation and a very common one). He fondled my leg under the table and said, “You have to make the move, I can’t.” I did not make the move and I was fortunate to get away from that situation. It was a painful realization: my safety was not guaranteed at work. An adult authority figure for whom I worked intended to exploit me, physically. I was sexually assaulted by a grip months later. I was asked by a director to sleep with a man in his late twenties and to tell them about it. I did not. This is just what happened during my sixteenth year, a teenager in the entertainment industry.

Look at the history of what’s happened to minors who’ve described sexual abuse in Hollywood. Some of them are no longer with us, lost to substance abuse and suicide. Their victimizers? Still working. Protected even as I write this. You know who they are; they’ve been discussed behind closed doors as often as Weinstein was. If I, a person with significant privilege, remain reluctant and at such risk simply by saying a person’s name, what are the options for those who do not have what I have?

Let’s remember the epidemic of violence against women in our society disproportionately affects low income women, particularly women of color, trans and queer women and indigenous women, who are silenced by their economic circumstances and profound mistrust of a justice system that acquits the guilty in the face of overwhelming evidence and continues to oppress people of color. I have the means to hire security if I feel threatened. I have the wealth and insurance to receive mental health care. I have the privilege of having a platform that enables me to write this and have it published, while the most marginalized do not have access to such resources. The reality is, women of color, trans and queer and indigenous women have been leading this fight for decades (forever actually). Marsha P. Johnson, Sylvia Rivera, Winona LaDuke, Miss Major, Audre Lorde, bell hooks, to name a few. Misty Upham fought tirelessly to end violence against indigenous women, domestic workers and undocumented women. Misty was found dead at the bottom of a cliff three years ago. Her father, Charles Upham, just made a Facebook post saying she was raped at a party by a Miramax executive. The most marginalized have been left behind. As a cis, white lesbian, I have benefited and have the privileges I have, because of these extraordinary and courageous individuals who have led the way and risked their lives while doing so. White supremacy continues to silence people of color, while I have the rights I have because of these leaders. They are who we should be listening to and learning from.

These abusers make us feel powerless and overwhelmed by their empire. Let’s not forget the sitting Supreme Court justice and President of the United States. One accused of sexual harassment by Anita Hill, whose testimony was discredited. The other proudly describing his own pattern of assault to an entertainment reporter. How many men in the media – titans of industry - need to be exposed for us to understand the gravity of the situation and to demand the fundamental safety and respect that is our right?

Bill Cosby was known to be predatory. The crimes were his, but many were complicit. Many more chose to look the other way. Harvey was known to be predatory. The crimes were his, but many were complicit. Many more chose to look the other way. We continue to celebrate filmmaker Roman Polanski, who was convicted of drugging and anally raping a young girl and who fled sentencing. A fugitive from justice. I’ve heard the industry decry Weinstein’s behavior and vow to affect meaningful change. But let’s be truthful: the list is long and still protected by the status quo. We have work to do. We cannot look the other way.

I did a Woody Allen movie and it is the biggest regret of my career. I am ashamed I did this. I had yet to find my voice and was not who I am now and felt pressured, because “of course you have to say yes to this Woody Allen film.” Ultimately, however, it is my choice what films I decide to do and I made the wrong choice. I made an awful mistake.
I want to see these men have to face what they have done. I want them to not have power anymore. I want them to sit and think about who they are without their lawyers, their millions, their fancy cars, houses upon houses, their “playboy” status and swagger.

What I want the most, is for this to result in healing for the victims. For Hollywood to wake up and start taking some responsibility for how we all have played a role in this. I want us to reflect on this endemic issue and how this power dynamic of abuse leads to an enormous amount of suffering. Violence against women is an epidemic in this country and around the world. How is this cascade of immorality and injustice shaping our society? One of the greatest risks to a pregnant woman’s health in the United States is murder. Trans women of color in this country have a life expectancy of thirty-five. Why are we not addressing this as a society? We must remember the consequences of such actions. Mental health issues, suicide, eating disorders, substance abuse, to name a few.

What are we afraid to say and why can’t we say it? Women, particularly the most marginalized, are silenced, while powerful abusers can scream as loudly as they want, lie as much as they want and continue to profit through it all.

This is a long awaited reckoning. It must be. It’s sad that“codes of conduct” have to be enforced to ensure we experience fundamental human decency and respect. Inclusion and representation are the answer. We’ve learned that the status quo perpetuates unfair, victimizing behavior to protect and perpetuate itself. Don’t allow this behavior to be normalized. Don’t compare wrongs or criminal acts by their degrees of severity. Don’t allow yourselves to be numb to the voices of victims coming forward. Don’t stop demanding our civil rights. I am grateful to anyone and everyone who speaks out against abuse and trauma they have suffered. You are breaking the silence. You are revolution.

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The Umbrella AcademyDue to the latest developements, another exciting news almost became a minor matter. According to Deadline and Variety, Ellen Page has been tapped for one of the leads in Netflix's »The Umbrella Academy«, a live-action series based on the popular graphic novels by Gerard Way and illustrated by Gabriel Bá.
The show is set for a 2018 premiere and follows the estranged members of a dysfunctional family of superheroes – Luther, Diego, Allison, Vanya, Klaus and Number Five – as they work together to solve their father’s mysterious death while coming apart at the seams due to their divergent personalities and abilities. Page will play Vanya, the black sheep of her family who is the only one of Reginald Hargreeves’ adopted children with no supernatural abilities. A meek and insecure wallflower, Vanya struggles to find her place in the world.


Date: 11/11/2017 - 12:26:17 Posted by Dominik
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