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TIFF 2015 Special - Screening times for »Into the Forest« and »Freeheld«

TIFF 2015

The TIFF Group has finally published the complete schedule for the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival yesterday. Check out the screening times for both »Into the Forest« and »Freeheld« after the jump!

Into the ForestSaturday, September 12 - 8:30 PMElgin/Winter Garden Theatres
Into the Forest **Sunday, September 13 - 8:30 AMScotiabank Theatre
FreeheldSunday, September 13 - 9:30 PMRoy Thomson Hall
Freeheld **Monday, September 14 - 11:00 AMScotiabank Theatre
FreeheldMonday, September 14 - 12:00 PMRyerson
Into the ForestMonday, September 14 - 2:15 PMTIFF Bell Lightbox
Into the Forest **Tuesday, September 15 - 9:00 AMScotiabank Theatre
Freeheld **Wednesday, September 16 - 11:15 AMScotiabank Theatre
(** press and industry only)

Individual tickets will go on sale on September 6 at tiff.net/festivals/festival15/tickets!

Date: 08/26/2015 - 15:20:28 Posted by Dominik
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TIFF 2015 Special - All about the post-apocalyptic tale »Into the Forest«

TIFF 2015EPO is pleased to be among the first websites (perhaps even the first one at all) to provide you with brand new insights including facts and quotes relating to Patricia Rozema's »Into the Forest«, as a prelude to the upcoming world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival in September. Read on to find out what the post-apocalyptic tale and its production is all about! (no spoilers included)

In the not-too-distant future, two ambitious young women, Nell and Eva, live with their father in a lovely but run-down home up in the mountains somewhere on the West Coast. Suddenly the power goes out; no one knows why. No electricity, no gasoline. Their solar power system isn't working. Over the following days, the radio reports a thousand theories: technical breakdowns, terrorism, disease and uncontrolled violence across the continent.

Then, one day, the radio stops broadcasting. Absolute silence.

Step by ominous step, everything that Nell, a would-be academic, and Eva, a hard working contemporary dancer, have come to rely on is stripped away: parental protection, information, food, safety, friends, lovers, music - all gone. They are faced with a world where rumor is the only guide, trust is a scarce commodity, gas is king and loneliness is excruciating.

To battle starvation, invasion and despair, Nell and Eva fall deeper into a primitive life that tests their endurance and bond. Ultimately, the sisters must work together to survive and learn to discover what the earth will provide. They find comfort in cherishing the memories of the happy family life they once shared. The natural world, art & memory sustain them. But for how long?

Into the Forest, a raw and elegant "realistic fable," explores the beauty that can come of painful beginnings, the denial we resort to in a world come unhinged and the strength that we find when our plans for our lives have been obliterated.

About the film
Into the ForestWhile spending time in her native town of Halifax, Nova Scotia a few years ago — Ellen Page visited one of her favorite bookstores where a friendly clerk recommended Jean Hegland's book Into the Forest. Page instantly felt the story would make for an incredible film. "The book was so beautifully written, compelling, suspenseful and deeply, deeply emotional that I thought it would be something that I'd really like to see on film," said Page. With that in mind, Page went to work with executive producer Kelly Bush Novak on securing the rights to the novel and presenting their vision for the feature film adaptation to Hegland. With Hegland on board and the rights secured, Sriram Das and Das Films were brought on to help develop Page's passion project.

From there Page sought out writer/director Patricia Rozema who found the story equally moving and immediately signed on to the project. Rozema adapted the novel quickly which allowed the filmmakers to charge ahead with the project. "It was one of these dream scenarios where it's not years and years of preparin — it just had a kind of special force right from the beginning," said Rozema. "Although producers Kelly Bush Novak, Niv Fichman, and Aaron Gilbert have all been incredibly helpful — creatively, it was Ellen who was integral to developing this film." The film marks Page's first producorial venture, and beyond development, Page has been hands-on in post-production. "During the actual process of shooting, Ellen really wanted to concentrate on her performance and put her trust in Aaron Gilbert and myself," said Fichman. "But in completing the film, she has very much been a force in terms of the direction of the editing, and in shaping the release of the film."

Into the Forest steers away from fantastical or science fiction devices and offers a more unsettling and realistic vision of the future. "It's a piece of speculative fiction about survival," says Rozema. Despite it's haunting atmosphere, she hopes audiences come away from the movie with a feeling of comfort. "Even if the worst happens, short of death, if your head is in the right place, you can survive," says Rozema. "I wanted to convey the fact that information would be the hardest thing to find and the hardest thing to live without. The fact that rumors would be all you have when all forms of energy are gone, would be very difficult for me and for most of us. It's more character-based and psychologically motivated than most post-apocalyptic stories." She adds: "Not to get too grand about it, I have thought that it's also about the Buddhist concept of detachment, of letting go." Wood also views the film as a sort of cautionary tale. "I think a lot of the things in this film aren't too far off from where we're headed, which is a scary thought," said Wood. "The film underscores the importance of not taking things for granted, and pushes the audience to hopefully reexamine themselves and how they relate to the world around them."

For Page, who brought this film to life and shepherded the project — the journey has been an incredible one of discovery. What compelled her to want to tell the story is what she hopes the film will inspire in audiences. "The film and its story really get into what it signifies to truly live outside all of the elusive things and expectations we have for life," says Page. "I'd like for audiences to think about what it means to be a human being in this world, what surviving looks like, and what existence actually means to them."

About the casting
Into the ForestOnce Rozema had finished the script, she and Page set out to bring together the rest of the cast which includes Evan Rachel Wood, Max Minghella, Callum Keith Rennie and Wendy Crewson. "These actors are all as authentic as can be," said Rozema. "They would hesitate with anything that seems remotely stagey or setup, and I love that about them because I felt that this story especially needed to be without artifice, as humble and true as possible." Page reached out to Evan Rachel Wood directly, as she was the first actress they considered and hoped would play the role of Eva. "I hadn't been that moved by a script in maybe ten years," said Wood. "I loved it because it really challenged me and I had to put down the script and walk away and really think about what I had just read, what it meant, and how I was supposed to feel. That really excited me."

Page had long wanted to work with Wood, but she recalls it wasn't until she began working with her on Into the Forest that she realized the degree of Wood's talent. "I haven't had an experience with an actor like that in a really long time, where there's just such fluidity," said Page. "Evan is so unbelievably present and wildly committed — she really just blew my mind every single day because she's so extraordinary." Having become attached to the project almost a year before production ultimately began, Wood and Page took time to get to know each other and become friends to prepare for what would be an intimate portrait of the two sisters. They developed a shorthand that comes from really knowing a person and both felt their friendship off-screen helped elevate the performances onscreen. Wood was equally effusive in praise when discussing how it was collaborating with Page to play these two sisters facing the world alone. "Getting the chance to work with someone you admire so much and respect makes you feel safe as an actor," said Wood. "When we got in the room and started acting, I was just blown away by how present she was and how quickly she could turn it on and off."

Max Minghella, who plays Eli in the film, was eager to get to work alongside Page and Wood whose work he admired. "This experience has been rigorous, and very collaborative," said Minghella. "We've all bonded in a pretty intense way because it's a film that requires us to explore a lot of different emotions."

Page had previously worked with Callum Keith Rennie when she was 16 on the film Wilby Wonderful. Of Rennie, Page says, "I think he's one of the most talented people working and was so thrilled that he wanted to be a part of the film."

About the story
In adapting the screenplay, Rozema focused on the second half of Jean Hegland's novel and extracted major themes that were fairly grand in scope, but told from the intimate perspective of the two sisters. The film reveals what Nell and Eva endure to survive and create a new life that has them moving ever further away from modernity and the comforts they once knew. As Page describes, "The film doesn't explain what is behind the collapse of society — but what the sisters are dealing with in terms of the repercussions, such as not having electricity, running water, or access to food supplies."

For Rozema, the story was one she was particularly interested to tell as she felt it was relevant to what is on the world's collective mind. "Maybe the reason we're seeing so many post-­-apocalyptic stories right now is that we're actually wondering how we could handle a return to a primitive state," said Rozema. "In a very simple way, Into the Forest deals with the complex problem of the collapse of our fossil fueled society on a more psychological level. It asks would happen if there was no transportation, food stopped being distributed, taps wouldn't flow and maybe you are one of the last people alive. But you don't even know for sure. Would you cocoon? Would we become depressed or violent or heroic and adventurous? Would people turn on each other or band together? Would you cling to the habits and rituals and memories of the past? Would women or men be especially vulnerable or especially strong? Would you cling to the old structures or tear them down and start anew?"

As the story progresses, layers are peeled back to reveal more about the family life Nell and Eva once shared, and the loss that brings them together. Very much a dramatic film with moments of suspense, Into the Forest is as much about the bond between two sisters as it is about the frightening possibilities of a complete societal collapse. Wood describes the universal themes behind the film as "extreme loss, letting go, family, love, and survival."

About the sisters
Into the ForestNell and Eva had a good upbringing in a loving family. Nell is cerebral, putting emphasis on academics and schooling. As the film opens we see Nell on her computer taking a practice entrance exam. "She is a born reader, hungry for knowledge," said Rozema. "She's kind of lonely and needs to connect with her sister, but can't because Eva is so very focused on her art." Eva is equally intelligent, but her heart and soul are set on becoming a professional dancer. As we're introduced to her character, we find that she allows no one to distract her from practicing in her beautiful mirrored dance studio, striving for perfection. "In the screenplay, I wrote that Eva floats in mind, body and spirit," said Rozema. "She is a dancer, and that's all she wants to think about. She doesn't have the same urge as Nell to connect. She is very self-contained."

When all forms of power are gone, the sisters find themselves struggling to cope with the inconveniences. Nell loses access to electronic information, and Eva is left without music, which is vital to her obsessive rehearsing. Very quickly, the sisters come to realize what was initially a disruption to their daily lives is much more severe and permanent — forcing them to find happiness elsewhere, initially in meeting their basic needs for survival. Nell and Eva use their respective skills to help each other survive this new primitive life they've been thrown into. "Through circumstance, the sisters unite in a way that's very powerful and necessary in order to figure out their next steps," said Page. "We see how they have an extraordinary love for one another, in that sort of inexplicable family way."

As is often the case, family comes together in times of crisis, and that is exactly what these sisters do. To brave this new world, they draw upon their inner strength, love and upbringing to carry them through. While they face devastating blows and stumble in their steps to survive — they ultimately unite in a way that leaves audiences feeling hopeful that the sisters will endure.

About the look
Into the ForestThe film was shot on location in Vancouver and Vancouver Island, Canada, in beautiful old growth forests that were somewhat representative of Northern California, where the book was originally set. Rozema was initially a bit nervous to shoot in the forest, "I'm wary of shooting in nature because on a visual level it can kind of be messy and I love a nice clean graphic image," she said. "But the forest is the heart of the film" so she embraced showing the dichotomy and complication behind the allure and challenges of the forest, capturing the attraction of it, the danger, the thrill, and the quiet of it all. "I knew I had to avoid anything slick or self-conscious." While driving around with production designer, Jeremy Stanbridge, I was in awe of the natural beauty all around. I kept thinking of something my dad would say when we were driving across the country when I was little, 'Look at that mountain', he'd say 'just look. If you had to pay to see it, people would pay millions of dollars. But it's free.' He'd say it about forests and rivers too - so much of which is now under serious threat."

Rozema enlisted cinematographer Daniel Grant, who she chose to work with after being taken by some of the images in his reel. She says Grant, "has a loose, gracious approach and a clear understanding of moment, light and the emotive power of images. He talks about every shot having some mystery to it. I love that." They storyboarded extensively and mostly stuck to the plan, working hard for what Rozema calls the feeling of "accidental beauty". Rozema says, "I had two words "raw" & "elegant" that I repeated a lot. And Daniel would often I speak about 'curious cam'. We avoided anything that smacked of 'ego-cam', something designed to impress but not born organically from the intent of the scene. We had such a wonderful time designing the shots. When we got to set, I felt completely comfortable that we understood each other and I could focus on the nuances of the acting. In editing, his work was an embarrassment of riches."

The house, which Rozema had envisioned as something designed by Frank Lloyd Wright, is almost a character in its own right. She was overjoyed when Stanbridge found a house designed by Frederick Hollingsworth, an icon of west coast modernism, who had actually been a friend of Lloyd Wright's and shared his ensibility. Stanbridge created a state-of-the-art dance studio out of a carport and brought the house through a huge transformation. "Jeremy also handled the fact that the story is set 4 or 5 years in the future very subtly. We decided that this far away from an urban center, only the technology would be noticeably different. I think he did an exquisite job of making it clear but not having it shout 'Hey, look at me, I'm from the future.'"

About the music
Page and Rozema were very excited to work with Max Richter, world-renowned composer based in Berlin. "Max's music is simultaneously intelligent and wrenchingly emotional," says Rozema, "he rides that very difficult line between over-playing a moment and heightening it."

"Into The Forest is a fascinating puzzle of a project, both philosophical and deeply emotional," recalls Richter. "Looking at the texture of the narrative and it's setting, I chose a hybrid acoustic and electronic palette of muted colors. The intense story telling in the film is embedded in abstract analogue drones, reflecting the unknown landscape the characters inhabit, while the instrumental music drives the story forward, articulating the narrative architecture. It was a pleasure to be part of this fascinating voyage of discovery."

Into the Forest"Patricia is exceptional. She has this combination of being incredibly meticulous and so attentive to every detail, but also leaves you feeling absolutely free to explore and discover. We shot this film in a short period of time, and it was remarkable to see her consistently so fantastic and emotionally connected to the story." — Ellen Page on director Patricia Rozema

"Working with Patricia has been a joy on every level and I couldn't imagine doing this film with anyone else. She is fiercely intelligent and open to whatever suggestion you have and really respects the actor's process, especially for a film like this where you have to be so vulnerable." — Evan Rachel Wood on director Patricia Rozema

"Ellen has a rare combination of quiet power and fragility. And she's so damn cool. I never once had to cut around inauthenticity. I think she's one of the best actors of our time." — Patricia Rozema on actress Ellen Page

"Evan is fierce and urgent and entirely committed. There's one scene - I don't want to spoil it for you by saying what happens - where she screams so intensely that she broke all the capillaries around her eyes! I only did one take. And cried after I said cut." — Patricia Rozema on actress Evan Rachel Wood

Source: official press notes, courtesy of Elevation Pictures

The movie will also be screening at the 35th Atlantic Film Festival in Ellen's hometown of Halifax on September 19, 2015!

Date: 08/24/2015 - 14:26:42 Posted by Dominik
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»Freeheld« and »Into the Forest« to world premiere at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival

TIFF 2015Both »Freeheld« and »Into the Forest« have been added to the lineup for September's 2015 Toronto International Film Festival and will make their world premieres through a gala presentation and a special presentation respectively as predicted. It seems director Patricia Rozema just recently finished post-production on her project as she revealed during the press conference today that "it’s so new" and they don’t have any promotional video clip yet. I will update this posting with detailed information on the screenings when the official film schedule becomes available at the end of this month!

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Official synopsis for »Into the Forest« (Runtime: 101 minutes | Rating: 14A)

Two teenage sisters (Ellen Page and Evan Rachel Wood) struggle to survive in a remote country house after a massive, continent-wide power outage, in this gripping apocalyptic thriller from director Patricia Rozema (Mansfield Park, I've Heard the Mermaids Singing)

In the meantime, Ellen went to Kingston to shoot some scenes for her upcoming show »Gaycation« and attended Jamaica's first ever gay Pride festival (PRiDEJA) at Emancipation Park. (Photos courtesy of J-Flag and Ian Daniels)

» PRiDEJA (August 1, 2015) «
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Date: 08/05/2015 - 20:46:36 Posted by Dominik
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#LoveisLove in the first official trailer for »Freeheld« / US release in October / Possible screenings at film festivals

With 2015 being the year that same-sex marriage finally became legal everywhere in the United States, the events of 2005 seem so long ago now. It was the time when Laurel Hester and Stacie Andree started their hard-fought battle for equal rights and representation under the law in the early days of the movement. Yesterday, Lionsgate released the first official trailer for the fact-based drama »Freeheld« which follows the story of the couple portrayed by Julianne Moore and Ellen Page.

The film takes place between 2002 and 2006 when Hester, a highly respected 23-year veteran of the Ocean County Police Department, discovers she has terminal lung cancer. With less than six months to live, she refuses to back down when county freeholders deny her request to leave her pension and death benefits to her domestic partner Stacie, which would happen automatically for heterosexual couples at the time. During their determined court battle the couple receives support from co-workers, close friends and activist allies, including Laurel's straight police partner Dale Wells (Michael Shannon), an empathetic Freeholder (Josh Charles) and a Jewish LGBT activist (Steve Carell) who works on their case.
While Hester definitely deserves respect for being an unlikely activist, driven first by personal necessity and then by robust, full-throated determination, and this film has one of those very inspirational, hopeful and powerful "change the world" messages at the end, the outcome of Hester's own quest will probably leave you with mixed feelings: unfortunately she passed away on the 18th February 2006, just weeks after the court reversed its stance and agreed to extend pension benefits to domestic partners.

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In a recent telephone interview with Kate Aurthur from BuzzFeed News, director Peter Sollett said, "It's not often in the movies that we get to talk about our heroes. And to me, Laurel Hester is a hero — I knew that as soon as I came to know her story. The political story and the personal story are one for me. It's always our own sort of issues that pop up when we're falling in love. But unfortunately, on top of those, these women had to deal with the prejudice and the obstacles set up for them by their local government. But for me, they're one and the same: The personal is the political." Besides, he was drawn to »Freeheld« because it was simply the most beautiful script he had ever read and in his opinion it's a very rare thing to find a piece of material that so accurately expresses one's views about the world."

Sollett also spoke of the three lead actors' different approaches toward connecting to their roles. Julianne Moore was "research-oriented, and took the beautiful documentary and the journalism that was available on the subject and really internalized it. She made it her mission to become an expert on the life of Laurel Hester. And it infused her choices within the scenes, and this is an important guiding light for us because it kept us honest." To play Dane, Michael Shannon spent time with Wells, who was often on set. "It was really Dane's warmth that I think brought Michael to such a large-hearted performance — the type of charismatic performance that I don't think people expect of him," Sollett explained.

When the director first met with Ellen Page, she asked him what he thought the movie was about. The response was simply: "It's a love story" - because Stacie Andree, a local car mechanic, totally falls in love with the older, but less out Laurel. Additionally, Sollett has nothing but praise for his younger leading lady. "With Ellen, an actress we know and love and I think audiences completely embrace, I don't think it's wrong to use the words 'breakthrough performance.' She feels different, her physicality is different — the transformation is new. That was thrilling. She was incredibly excited about that; she was being more honest. I think she was exposing more of her personal life, more of herself," he explained.

Page, who has been passionate about this project ever since her name was linked to it for the first time in 2010, echoed those sentiments in an interview with Entertainment Weekly: "I remember just seeing the trailer for the documentary and I was instantly brought to tears. Tremendous love stories between women have been made, of course. Some of them are my favourite movies. But to have a love story that brings up the civil rights issue, in relation to women - that we haven't seen enough of in the forefront."


Official synopsis

Based on the Oscar®-winning short documentary and adapted by the writer of Philadelphia, Freeheld is the true love story of Laurel Hester [Julianne Moore] and Stacie Andree [Ellen Page] and their fight for justice. A decorated New Jersey police detective, Laurel is diagnosed with cancer and wants to leave her hard earned pension to her domestic partner, Stacie. However the county officials, Freeholders, conspire to prevent Laurel from doing this. Hard-nosed detective Dane Wells [Michael Shannon], and activist Steven Goldstein [Steve Carell], unite in Laurel and Stacie's defense, rallying police officers and ordinary citizens to support their struggle for equality.

Already talked up as potential Oscar contender, »Freeheld« is scheduled to be released on October 2 in limited release before going wide on October 16. Furthermore the movie is expected to be screened at this year's TIFF and will most likely appear in the selection of the festivals in Telluride and New York.

On a personal note: I would like to take this opportunity of expressing my sincere thanks to Lionsgate and its associates, in particular Mrs. Fisher and Mrs. Hackmann, for the great support and the firsthand updates!

Update - 2015/07/28

»Freeheld« will make its world premiere through a gala presentation at the 2015 Toronto International Film Festival!

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Ellen Page set to star in war drama »Lioness« / »X-Men: DoFP - The Rogue Cut« / PHP and MySQL upgrade

Currently filming Sian Heder's comedy drama »Tallulah« in New York City, Ellen Page already has another project lined up. She will be following in the footsteps of Demi Moore, Reese Witherspoon, Jennifer Lawrence and others by playing a female soldier in the upcoming indie drama »Lioness«.

Based on true events, the movie tells the story of Lance Corporal Leslie Martz, a US Marine who was stationed in Haditha, Iraq for some time. Two years after completing her tour of duty, she was re-deployed and sent to Afghanistan as a leader of a Female Engagement Team (FET) — an evolution of the Lioness program she was originally a part of. Their mission is to gain the trust of local Afghan women by equipping them with necessary skills for independence but also secretly finding information about their Taliban partners. The soldier, who now lives in San Diego, was waging a personal war on several fronts. She was hiding the fact that was she was a gay woman in the military and on top of that found herself torn between the desire to prove herself to her superiors and the allegiance she developed toward the women and children whose strength and courage she grew to admire.

In this way, »Lioness« will show an intimate portrayal of a servicewoman waging war for the dignity of the Afghan women, while contending with her own deprivation. It's the story of courage against prejudice, conscience against duty, and love against circumstance, humanizing hero and enemy alike.

Leslie MartzProfile - Lance Corporal Leslie Martz

Born: May 30, 1985
Hometown: San Clemente, California, USA
Military Career: Member of the Marine Corp Reserve / Veteran of Operation Iraqi Freedom
Hobbys: Enjoying the beach, riding motorcycles and hanging out with her family
Favorite quote: "Real integrity is doing the right thing, knowing that nobody is going to know whether you did or not"
(Source: GoAztecs)

While no director has been attached at this stage, THR reported that newcomer Rosalind Ross has penned the script and will join James Dahl on the producers list. I will keep you informed as soon as any further developments arise!

X-Men: Days of Future Past - The Rogue Cut

The official X-Men twitter account teased followers on May 3, 2015 that a big announcement was coming from Bryan Singer, the director behind many X-Men movies. Two days later, he announced that an extended version of his most recent »X-Men: Days of Future Past« was then currently in the making. The so-called "Rogue Cut" features more than 17 minutes of extra material, largely centering on the characters of Rogue (Anna Paquin) and Magneto (Sir Ian McKellen) in a bleak alternate future, and will come out on DVD and Blu-ray on July 14. This particular release date was chosen because it has significance for the franchise - it's the fifteenth anniversary of the first X-Men film's theatrical debut.

If you're curious and don't mind spoilers, here is how Anna Paquin's character fits into the original storyline:

After Wolverine accidentally stabs Kitty Pryde, Professor X and Magneto decide the only way they can keep the clawed mutant's mind in the past is if they can transfer Kitty's phasing powers to another mutant. Along with Iceman, they watch out for Rogue, who is being held captive and experimented on in the old X-Mansion.

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Plopped in the middle of this scenario is another cut storyline with Mystique and Hank McCoy, who catches her trying to break in to the mansion because "she has no place to go." The two have a steamy blue-transforming make-out scene as Mystique tries to convince Hank to deal with his self-loathing mutant issues. But it was all a trick, as the next morning they find out that she has destroyed Cerebro to prevent Xavier from tracking her.

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Meanwhile, the future Xavier telepathically guides Magneto and Iceman (the movie weaves in the young Magneto's break-in at the Department of Defense, which makes for some really satisfying visual parallels) until they finally find Rogue. Iceman dies heroically in the attempt to get her out, which explains why he doesn't really show up past that point in the original. From there the rest of the movie goes pretty much the same way as it did in the theatrical cut, though there are some different moments here and there — Rogue and Kitty share a somber look when she learns that Bobby is dead; Wolverine notices when Rogue takes over; Kitty phases Magneto through a wall during the Sentinels' final attack (in the original version he is saved by one of Blink's portals), which is directly linked to their rescue operation (the Sentinels are led to the X-Men's location via a tracking device left on their ship). And, of course, every scene where Kitty is shown with Wolverine, you will see Rogue instead.

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So is the "Rogue Cut" worth your time and money? If you're a hardcore X-Men fan who liked the first version, or if you've never seen the movie before and want to just jump in with this new edition, then sure! However, don't expect to be completely blown away, because it's not that different compared to the original theatrical cut. While the new scenes play with the juxtaposition between the future and the past in an entertaining, beautifully shot way and Anna Paquin definitely deserves some more screen time, it should also be pointed out that her character really doesn't do all that much and the movie doesn't spend enough time explaining what has happened to her or why we should care. Strictly speaking this alternative cut also "downsizes" Ellen Page's part within the story even further. As a little consolation her fans can look forward to almost 90 minutes of new special features including behind-the-scenes footage and interviews featuring the Canadian actress.

Here is the official press release from 20th Century Fox:

The Version Fans Have Been Waiting For hits Blu-ray™, DVD and Digital HD July 14!
Includes an Alternate, Never-Before-Seen Cut and Nearly 90 Minutes of New Special Features, as well as the Theatrical Version

LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 19, 2015) – Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment will take you back in time for an all new experience as the X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut hits Blu-ray™ and DVD July 14. Fan-favorite mutant Rogue, played by Anna Paquin, finally joins the all-star cast, including Hugh Jackman, Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy, Halle Berry, Jennifer Lawrence, Ellen Page, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart, as they prepare to battle the Sentinels!

With a never-before-seen, alternate cut of the film—plus nearly 90 minutes of all-new, immersive special features, The X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut takes you deeper into the X-Men universe than ever before. Rogue makes her return as the all-star characters from the original X-Men film trilogy join forces with their younger selves and unite to battle armies of murderous Sentinel robots who are hunting down mutants and humans alike!

Packed with an all new cut of X-Men: Days of Future Past and nearly 90 minutes of new content, the Rogue Cut is the ultimate fan collectible! Go behind-the-battle for Earth with the definitive documentary “Mutant vs Machine” or look into the future with a sneak peek of the new Fantastic Four film.

X-Men: Days of Future Past Rogue Cut - Cover Arts

Blu-ray and DVD Features
  • Rogue Cut (with Audio Commentary by Bryan Singer and John Ottman)
  • Theatrical Version of the Film (with Audio Commentary by Bryan Singer and Simon Kinberg)
  • Mutant vs Machine
  • X-Men: Unguarded
  • Gallery
  • Fantastic Four Sneak Peek
Blu-ray Exclusive Features
  • Second Screen App
X-Men: DoFP - The Rogue Cut (Blu-ray)X-Men: DoFP - The Rogue Cut (DVD)
Street Date:July 14, 2015Street Date:July 14, 2015
Prebook Date:June 10, 2015Prebook Date:June 10, 2015
Screen Format:Widescreen 16:9 (2.40:1)Screen Format:Widescreen 16:9 (2.40:1)
Audio:English DTS-HD MA 7.1,
English Descriptive Audio 5.1 (Theatrical Version only),
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1,
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Audio:English Dolby Digital 5.1,
English Descriptive Audio 5.1 (Theatrical Version only),
Spanish Surround Dolby Digital 2.0,
French Surround Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles:English SDH / SpanishSubtitles:English SDH / Spanish
Total Run Time:148 Minutes (Rogue Cut),
131 Minutes (Theatrical Version)
Total Run Time:148 Minutes (Rogue Cut),
131 Minutes (Theatrical Version)
U.S. Rating:Not Rated (Rogue Cut),
PG-13 (Theatrical Version)
U.S. Rating:Not Rated (Rogue Cut),
PG-13 (Theatrical Version)
Closed Captioned:NoClosed Captioned:Yes

About Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment
Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is the industry leading worldwide marketing, sales and distribution company for all Fox produced, acquired and third party partner film and television programing. Each year TCFHE expands its award-winning global product portfolio with the introduction of new entertainment content through established and emerging formats including DVD, Blu-ray™ and Digital HD™. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.

While Ellen was busy with filming »Tallulah« (make sure to check out the daily updated album with behind-the-scenes photos from the set in the EPO gallery) and attended the NYC Gay Pride Parade on June 28 celebrating the Supreme Court's decision to legalize same-sex marriage nationwide across the U.S., some significant changes were made to major parts of the website in the past few weeks. Not only were the guestbook and the fan corner scripts updated, but also PHP and MySQL were upgraded to improve the general performance, security and stability. Due to the fact that there are great differences between the current versions and the ones I formerly used, it was necessary to edit and rewrite some parts of the script's source code in order to make them compatible. Since most of the original authors are no longer maintaining their projects, it was up to me to make things work. Although the whole process required a lot of time and patience, I can proudly say that everything went well at the end and from a technical point of view, EPO is more up-to-date than ever. As a first benefit, the message board was upgraded to phpBB 3.1, which requires PHP 5.3.2 as a minimum. This was a mandatory step since the original 3.0 release will be no longer supported in the near future.
So why am I posting this and boring you with technical mumbo-jumbo? Well, this should show you once again that there is a lot of stuff going on around EPO even if the updates and changes are not visible at first sight. Coming up next is the previously mentioned video/media gallery, which will hopefully be ready by the time of the upcoming movie premieres at the Toronto Film Festival in September!

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Date: 07/09/2015 - 18:51:45 Posted by Dominik
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