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Ellen in talks for film adaption of »Queen and Country« and Kitty Pryde spin-off / Co-op and app support for »Beyond«

Greg Rucka's Eisner Award winning »Queen and Country« comic series is one step closer to getting a cinematic adaptation at 20th Century Fox. Ellen Page is reportedly in negotiations to star as the female lead in what could become a series of espionage films. According to Variety, the studio has been looking for some time to give the young actress a franchise after working with her on a number of different projects. Word is also that Fox attempted to bring the original graphic novel, which spans 32 issues over the course of 6 years, to the big screen since at least 2007.

Queen and Country

Itself inspired by the 1970s British ITV television series »The Sandbaggers«, »Queen and Country« features modern, completely un-romanticized and fairly realistic spy stories about defusing Middle Eastern weapons deals, ambassadorial kidnappings and scandals, and the hazy deals done between the espionage agencies of supposedly allied countries. It is focused on Tara Chace, an incredibly capable, driven and complicated field agent for England's Special Operations Section of the Secret Intelligence Service (SIS, also known as MI6). She is tough as nails but also dealing with the emotional complications of having a job that requires her to kill and almost be killed on a regular basis, all while also worrying about the tricky bureaucracy and politics behind her missions. In the ongoing series of comics and novels Chace tries to stop an international terrorist plot after her identity is compromised and as her personal demons spiral out of control.

Peter Chernin of Chernin Entertainment (»Oblivion«, »Rise of the Planet of the Apes«) and Jenno Topping (»Charlie's Angels: Full Throttle«) are set to produce. Ryan Condal (»The Sixth Gun TV movie«, »Rock’s Hercules: The Thracian Wars«) has drafted the current script, with previous versions penned by John Rogers (»Transformers«, »Catwoman«) and Greg Rucka. No director has been selected yet, which should not be surprising since the project is still in its early stage of development.

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Should she officially sign on, this would be unlike anything that Ellen has ever done and could bring her into a whole new arena for her career. While she does have some action movie experience, starring in not only two X-Men films but also James Gunn's »SUPER«, those parts were just supporting roles. Here Page will have the spotlight directly on her, and from the plot it sounds like she will be going into full-on Jason Bourne mode. But Ellen showed more than once that she is able to play challenging characters with Hayley Stark from »Hard Candy« being an excellent example. On the other side, the project might benefit from not picking a normal action-ready leading lady and allowing the actress to grow into the role.

Kitty PrydeAnd if this works and Page proves she can draw a big action box office, then maybe a Kitty Pryde spin-off won't seem so far-fetched. American screenwriter, producer and director Joss Whedon has frequently stated in the past that he's a fan of the character and wants to make a dedicated movie some day. Back in 2009, he revealed Fox "don't seem to think a Kitty Pryde movie is awesome. I don't know why." With Ellen being one of the most talented and unique actresses working in Hollywood today and the consistent success of the X-Men franchise, which will without a doubt continue with »X-Men: Days of Future Past«, the chances of a Kitty Pryde movie becoming a reality are better than ever. In any case, Page would be willing to portray the fan-favorite phasing mutant for the third time as she told Vulture in a recent interview: "Well, I'm available! [Laughs.] I love that. Kitty Pryde's awesome. I'm super grateful to be the actress who's gotten to be her, and you only desperately hope that the true fans who have a right to demand what they want and who have been passionate about these stories for a really long time, that you can pull it off for them. I would be so thrilled to play Kitty Pryde again. I really would."

Beyond AppWith the release of »Beyond: Two Souls« only a few weeks away, Sony and Quantic Dream have started to publish several making of videos which provide interesting insights into the development and creation of the game. Both companies were also present at this year's gamescom in Cologne, Germany where they announced the co-op campaign called "Dual Mode" and a "Beyond Touch" app which will allow players to control the game using iOS and Android touchscreen devices. While you can switch between controlling Jodie and the ghostly Aiden in the normal single-player game, the Dual Mode simply lets two players pass off control of the two characters using the triangle button. It's not a typical cooperative mode as both players are never interacting simultaneously. According to Polygon, David Cage explained that Dual Mode seemed like a sensible addition since many gamers experienced »Heavy Rain« with a friend in the same room. When you hook up your smartphone or tablet to your PS3, you will be able to drag your finger to move Jodie or Aiden about, and hold the camera button and drag to look around. Furthermore, you can tap, hold, and swipe to interact with the world of »Beyond«. Any combination of DualShock 3 controllers and mobile devices are possible using Dual Mode.

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On September 3rd, David Cage had the pleasure to deliver this year’s BAFTA Annual Games Lecture in London. There, he shared his views and predictions on creativity in the games industry and discussed the topic "Can Games Become Art?". Shortly after that the CEO of Quantic Dream headed for Japan to promote »Beyond« at the Tokyo Game Show 2013. It appears that the Asian market is very important, the local gamers will not only get a special edition, but also a director's edition of the game. This package includes the game in a steelbook case, a 30 minute DLC scene, soundtrack, dynamic PS3 theme, PSN avatar pack, four making of videos, and a collector’s edition book. Pre-orderers also get two tumbler glasses, a flashlight, and a set of postcards. In comparison, customers who have pre-ordered the game in Italy will also be receiving an art-book while customers in both Germany and Austria will be getting a plain black bag with Beyond written on it. Before the game hits stores in Northern America, China and other regions of Asia on October 8 as well as in Europe on the following day, interested gamers will have the chance to check out a two-level demo at the beginning of October.

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Date: 09/22/2013 - 22:13:53 Posted by Dominik
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Surprise panel for »X-Men: Days of Future Past« at the San Diego Comic-Con / Viral marketing for Trask Industries

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For the weeks leading up to the start of the San Diego Comic-Con International 2013, Twentieth Century Fox had a listing on the Hall H schedule, but nothing about which projects they would be promoting. A day or so prior to the panel on July 20, word was that they would be bringing »Dawn of the Planet of the Apes« and »The Wolverine« to the attendees, but there were still rumors of a huge surprise to come.

Actor Hugh Jackman was already about to leave the stage under frenetic applause at the end of the »The Wolverine« panel, when he unexpectedly turned back to make a plea: "One of the great things about being in a movie like this is the chance to do other things, and particularly being able to do smaller more indie movies, and I'd like to introduce you to the director of a film I've got coming up. It's a small movie, won't take long, hopefully Fox won't mind. Ladies and gentlemen, Bryan Singer!" And that was the beginning of a surprise panel for »X-Men: Days of Future Past«!

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"It's been like a decade. It's been a great journey making »X-Men: Days of Future Past« in Montreal. None of the visual effects are complete and we still have a month of shooting to go, but I've put together a little bit of footage." said Singer on stage before screening a sliver of 3D footage. The biggest news in this context is that unlike in the comics it won't be Ellen's character who goes back in time. Singer will tweak the timeline for his film, given the fact that he has the »X-Men: First Class« cast waiting in the 1970s for Wolverine (and not Kitty Pryde). The video begins with an older Logan, Magneto (Ian McKellen) and Xavier (Patrick Stewart) in a distant, apocalyptic future. "You will do for me what I once did for you. Logan, I was a very different man. Guide me. Have patience with me," says a shaggy haired and defeated looking Professor X in his wheelchair. "Patience isn't my strong suit," replies Logan. Magneto stands in an art gallery, and there are scenes of riots in the streets of London. In the next scenes, President Richard Nixon seems worried, a panic room under the White House is shown and Wolverine gets shot repeatedly in the chest. Back in the future scenario, most of the X-Men, including Storm, Rogue, Ice Man and Kitty Pryde are hiding in ruins underground and hatching a last-ditch plan to return Wolverine to his younger body in hopes that he can convince the younger Xavier to somehow reverse course. A montage of action shots, most taking place in the 1970s with Michael Fassbender and James McAvoy wrestling with the hard truth Wolverine’s trying to sell them, ends with a shot of Stewart's Professor X and his younger ego nose-to-nose in some kind of mind-space. "Please", begs the older one of his embittered younger self, "we need you to hope again."

X-Men: Days of Future Past Panel

"This is a long table," noted Singer as the panel went on and added that "there are a couple of writers and producers who might join us". That was a bit of an understatement as he brought out the full crew of »X-Men: Days of Future Past« under deafening cheers from the crowd, which included screenplay writer Simon Kinberg, the producers Lauren Shuler Donner and Hutch Parker as well as Omar Sy, Ellen Page, Shawn Ashmore, Anna Paquin, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen, Patrick Stewart, Hugh Jackman, James McAvoy, Michael Fassbender, Peter Dinklage, Jennifer Lawrence, Nicholas Hoult and Evan Peters.

The first couple of minutes belonged to the actors who got the chance to introduce themselves and the characters they are playing in the upcoming movie - just in case this wasn't already clear. Evan Peters characterized his Quicksilver is "a bit of a spaz" as well as being fast. "He talks fast, moves fast, and everyone is very slow compared to him. He's like always waiting for the guy at the ATM in front to finish." Peter Dinklage, in a mysterious role that was never officially announced, confirmed what many already thought – he is playing Bolivar Trask, the creator of the mutant-hunting Sentinels. Jennifer Lawrence was the first who revealed some real details while talking about her role as Raven. "She's definitely starting to find her journey to the Rebecca Romijn, later Mystique, that we know. She's still close to Charles - not geographically; she hasn't seen him in a long time."

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"This is an embarrassment of riches," said Hugh Jackman, who tirelessly lauded the fans at Comic-Con, thanking them for their support and for elevating his career to new heights. "To work with people from the very first film I ever did, and then to work with these new people, it's incredible." In fact, many of the cast members used this opportunity to comment on how it was working with people from the other movie. "It's great to be in California, especially now you've repealed Proposition 8," said Ian McKellen. "Now I'm looking for a husband... It's nice to meet you Michael [Fassbender]."

Halle Berry, who is expecting her second child with husband Olivier Martinez, explained the pros and cons of playing Ororo Munroe aka Storm: "What I love about Storm is that she's like the Earth mother of the group, but she's also a badass when she needs to be. What I hate about Storm is she never gets any love! I mean what's up with Storm? You probably know more about the comic than me - is she asexual and nobody's told me? But I love her. When I got the call it didn't take me a half second to say that I'm in." Anna Paquin, who got cast in the first X-Men movie when she was 17, expressed her thankfulness for being a part of the upcoming movie by saying “It’s really amazing to be back." With regard to Iceman, Shawn Ashmore said, "I think there's going to be some really cool stuff that people don't expect to see, and that they've been possibly waiting to see from these characters." Ellen Page is excited to be back in the mutant universe and reprise her first role in a large-scale movie: "When I did the first one, I had never been on a set remotely to that size or scale, so it sort of blew my mind. I was joining a group of people who are already close, but they could not have been more lovely and welcoming, and so sweet. Never did I expect to be back playing Kitty Pryde again and I couldn't be more excited." The introduction round eventually ended with Omar Sy exposing "I play Bishop. He's a guy from the future. He fights for survival, like all of us."

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But it wasn’t only the actors that spoke during the panel. "Being true to the original comics is what's important for us," noted Simon Kinberg. "It's about trying to honor those as best we can." Shuler Donner added, "It's only because the comics were written so well that we can spin these stories." Hutch Parker, in turn, has "never seen a better cast ever assembled anywhere at any time" during his 25 years of making movies.

Kicking off the brief Q&A portion of the panel a fan wanted to know if there was room for the popular Deadpool in the expanding X-Men universe. "Anything is possible," answered Bryan Singer. "Maybe not in this movie ... but anything is possible." Then moderator Geoff Boucher stepped in to bring up the idea of Iron Man vs. Wolverine battle in a future movie. "I don’t want to be responsible for taking down Iron Man, but come on ..." Jackman joked, "I’m open to that, some kind of big mashup ... I’m all for it, but there’s people way above me that have to decide that one." Finally, before the panel turned to a “What X-Man would you be besides the one you are now?" question, Boucher asked about Quicksilver’s immediate popularity through his involvement in »Avengers 2« as well. “Quicksilver was always a part of the story,” commented Singer. “The casting took a while to find the right actor for the role ... I can’t speak to »The Avengers«, but ..." "I don’t know... he moves quick, he talks quick,” continued Peters, to the laughter of those present. “Everyone is slow compared to him."

While Wolverine received three votes, Mystique came out on top with four in the subsequent voting among the panel participants. Patrick Stewart said he would play "any female character in any X-Men movie because then I might stand the chance of winning an Academy Award." The background to this is that both Berry and Lawrence took home statuettes after their initial turns in »X-Men« - though for other roles. McKellen, in turn, regretted that he can't play the younger Magneto anymore. Overall, there was a great spirit between the actors and it looks like the future of the franchise is in good hands.

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Prior to the panel, a press conference for reporters took place in a separate room within the festival area. Asked about the challenges of bringing the original story arc to life, Bryan Singer responded: "The goal was to try and make a film that would bring this cast together by time travel or time displacement of some kind. Basically, the notion is that consciousness of Wolverine of the future is sent into his past self. And it was nice because Hugh was able to play both parts because the character of Wolverine is ageless. And it was great to be able to place him as a character in both these worlds. For me, it was great to reunite the old cast and get to work as a director with the new cast." The director also addressed rumors that the new movie will rewrite the mutant universe he's set up in prior films, specifically changing some of the events from »X2«. "Whenever you're going back in time -- and this is every bit as much a time travel movie as it is an X-Men movie -- there is those risks. I'm not the audience, I'm just the filmmaker, but I do believe in certain continuity that we'll maintain and some things we'll change. When you go back and mess about, things happen. So some of those rumors are probably somewhat true."

X-Men: Days of Future Past Press Conference

There will even be some interaction between the older and younger versions of the characters. "Wolverine is the journeyman," Singer said. "His interaction with the younger cast is primary. There is a moment, where these characters come face to face, older self with younger self. And we tried to do it in a unique way. It's been done before, but with my first opportunity to make a time travel film I want to create this set of rules and stay with them." One of the big surprises in this context is that Professor Charles Xavier (Stewart) is still alive after the events of 2006's »X-Men: The Last Stand«, where his character's body is pulverized by Jean Grey. "My assumption was that it was going to be Ian and Halle and Hugh and everybody back, but it won't be me," Patrick Stewart admitted. "But something happened, which I'm not allowed to talk about -- am I?" "In my own mind I understand how Xavier is alive at the end of »X-Men 3«," Singer responded. "At the end of »X-Men 3« after the credits when his consciousness is inside of this woman in a hospital and you take that and mix it with some powerful mutants - mutants can do a lot of cool stuff - you can imagine that anything is possible."

The new film takes place during several time periods, including the 1970s, which allowed for some interesting costume choices beyond the X-Men suits. "I personally love the moments when I get to wear the '70s clothes," Jennifer Lawrence gushed. "I really enjoy them because I love that time and I like wearing clothes when I can. Some of the Mystique stuff; some of the look is a little bit different. We're still using the same paint. When we left the (last) movie, she was mutant and proud. She was kind of struggling with the problem that a lot of normal human people struggle with, which is how they look. So she was very covered up in the first movie, but this time she is mutant and proud." "It's a very collaborative thing," Michael Fassbender added. "That's a thing that I've found as a whole: The clothes we wear, the Magneto outfit, being on set." "The best thing about playing the older Magneto this time - no helmet," Ian McKellen continued, telling Fassbender, "We'll talk about helmets later."

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Despite the fact the production of the movie is still underway, the viral marketing has already begun. There are a commercial (see below), promo collectibles including a cap and several posters that were given out to the Comic-Con attendees, as well as a (fantastic looking) website for the fictional Trask Industries, the company behind the Sentinel program. Furthermore, fans can find the latest information, images and videos on the official franchise website, the official YouTube channel, Facebook page or official Twitter. Following director Bryan Singer on the latter social network is a great way to stay up to date as well. Considering the popular comic the upcoming movie is based on, the great cast ensemble and the high expectations and hopes of the global fan community, I'm sure we will experience one hell of a marketing campaign until »X-Men: Days of Future Past« is released in the summer of 2014.
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Date: 08/10/2013 - 22:42:40 Posted by Dominik
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»Beyond: Two Souls« live demo at Sony's E3 Press Conference / »The East« gets DVD/Blu-ray release date

Quantic Dream participated in Sony's E3 Press Conference on June 10 to give an overview on its latest work. In addition to »The Dark Sorcerer«, a comedy tech demo for the upcoming PlayStation 4 console, David Cage provided commentary for a new live demo of »Beyond: Two Souls« played on stage by Co-CEO Guillaume de Fondaumière.

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In the scene, which is supposed to take place in the last third of the game, Jodie Holmes has been recruited by the CIA and sent on a questionable mission to assassinate the ruthless Somali warlord Jamaal and return with evidence of his death. As she makes her way through the hostile town with the help of an AK-47 wielding child soldier named Salim, it becomes clearer how the dual gameplay styles will complement each other.

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Due to ongoing firefights, Jodie soon unleashes Aiden to assist her. He can knock over, distract, and outright kill the attackers. The spirit companion can even possess susceptible foes, giving players control of that character in order to do their dirty work. This usually results in the quick death of the assailed enemy, whether through brutal suicide or by drawing the attention of other enemies in the area, who will attack the possessed person. Despite these many possibilities, Aiden is still limited in his scouting range since he can't move too far from the main protagonist. Jodie serves as a kind of anchor for Aiden preventing experienced players from completing the entire level as an all-powerful ghost. Holmes’ movements in turn are at times relegated to quick-time events and a limited range of context-sensitive actions.

This dichotomy is emphasized when the duo finally approaches the mission's target. Since Jamaal is surrounded by high walls and armed guards, Jodie is forced to hide in a nearby building while Aiden finishes the job in his own unique way. He passes through the barriers, simply possesses one of Jamaal's guards and finally shoots the warlord down without regard for losses. But as helpful as having Aiden around might seem, the Somalia scene shows that his actions are not entirely in Jodie's control and his propensity for violence sometimes complicates her mission. While Jodie tries to retrieve photographic evidence of Jamaal's death, Salim enters the scene and finds his father among the dead. Filled with hatred, the young boy turns on Holmes and attempts to shoot her, but Aiden springs up to form an impenetrable shield, leaving the boy with no recourse as he lies at his father's side. There is no time for expressing condolences and profound thought, since the commotion brings the townspeople out. Soon after, Holmes finds herself running for her life while calling desperately for backup. She runs into a house and barricades herself inside, while people outside attempt to break down the doors and windows. Wounded and at the end of her rope, Jodie puts a gun to her head and eventually intends to kill herself. Ironically, it's once again Aiden who offers a way out by providing a ladder that brings Jodie to the rooftop of the house. Encircled by attackers and fearing for her life, she is finally rescued by military forces flying in with helicopters.

As stated previously, »Beyond« is all about decisions and their consequences, and will offer a varying degree of player choice. Although it's not exactly known at this time how Jodie Holmes could have gone through the Somalia sequence in any other manner, Fondaumière stated during a subsequent Q&A session that things can turn out differently. So will Salim show up again later in the story? And if so, will his role change depending on whether his father is alive or dead? Quantic Dream's Co-CEO wouldn't say, instead offering the cryptic response that "there are different ways to kill Jamaal."

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"Characters can live and die and that has a consequence to the story. [...] You are never really going to know at the end of any given scene what you will experience next. You might, at some moments, even discover consequences before their causes." This is pretty much identical to »Heavy Rain«, though it seems that »Beyond: Two Souls« might be even more wide-ranging and open-ended. "Different paths leading to different endings. That's the general idea. [...] There will never be a game over screen, the game ends at the end," he explained.

On the occasion of the Electronic Entertainment Expo, Quantic Dream also released two new trailers introducing some of the key elements and showing a wide range of scenes and locations. As announced in the gameplay trailer, »Beyond« will have animations adapt to the environment, contextual motions and interactions, simple and accessible controls, a new interaction system and a new action system based on bullet time & motion. The second clip begins with Jodie being enrolled into a CIA military school and follows her training and fighting via notably conventional methods. It then ends with a couple of sequences from the aforementioned Somalia mission. Furthermore, reporters were allowed to play this demo sequence as well as a level called "Haunted" where Jodie is on the run and has to escape the police. Detailed reports featuring the testers’ experiences, thoughts and impressions can be found on the websites of Thunderbolt, 2D-X, Gamer Horizon and IGN.

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In other news, the DVD and Blu-ray of »The East« will hit stores in the U.S. and Canada on September 17, 2013. Both editions will come with a couple of making of featurettes as well as deleted scenes, which are quite important to director Zal Batmanglij. For further details please consult the official press release after the jump.

The East - DVD & Blu-raySynopsis:
From producer Ridley Scott and directed by Zal Batmanglij comes a taut, sexy thriller starring Brit Marling (Arbitrage), Alexander Skarsgard (TV's “True Blood”) and Oscar® Nominee Ellen Page. Sarah Moss (Marling) is an ambitious new recruit at an elite private intelligence firm. Her first undercover assignment is to infiltrate “The East,” an elusive activist collective that terrorizes corporate leaders who commit crimes against humanity. The more involved she gets, the more Sarah’s life is in danger in this “great conspiracy thriller” (Joe Neumaier, New York Daily News).

Special Features:

Blu-ray and DVD Features
  • Behind the Scenes
    • Two Brothers: Collaboration
    • Cause and Effect: The Movement of The East
    • Examining the Moral Gray
Blu-ray Exclusive Features
  • Behind the Scenes
    • The East Exposed: The Story
    • Off the Grid: Creating the Story
    • Casting The East
  • Deleted Scenes
  • DigitalHD
The East Blu-rayThe East DVD
Street Date:September 17, 2013Street Date:September 17, 2013
Prebook Date:August 21, 2013Prebook Date:August 21, 2013
DHD Date:September 3, 2013DHD Date:September 3, 2013
Screen Format:Widescreen: 2.35:1Screen Format:Widescreen: 2.35:1
Audio:English 5.1 DTS-HD MA
Spanish Dolby Digital 5.1
French Dolby Digital 5.1
Audio:English 5.1 Dolby Digital
Spanish 2.0 Dolby Digital
French 2.0 Dolby Digital
Total Run Time:117 minutesTotal Run Time:117 minutes
U.S. Rating:PG-13U.S. Rating:PG-13
Closed Captioned:YesClosed 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 DigitalHD™. Twentieth Century Fox Home Entertainment is a subsidiary of 21st Century Fox.

Date: 07/21/2013 - 23:00:02 Posted by Dominik
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»The East« premieres in NYC and LA / Review roundup / Ellen's first "Ask Me Almost Anything" session on Reddit

»The East« premiered in New York City at the Sunshine Landmark Cinema on May 20th and in Brooklyn at the Nitehawk Theater on May 21st. Many guests including »Another Earth« director Mike Cahill, actress sisters Zoe and Maya Kazan, R&B/pop singer Eric West, actress Heather Matarazzo, actor Zachary Levi, actress Lenay Dunn and Vogue's Grace Coddington were in attendance for its big release. The actors of the film posed on the red carpet along with director Zal Batmanglij and were spotted signing autographs and taking photographs with fans before the event.

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Ellen also attended »The East« premiere in Los Angeles at the Arclight on May 28th along with writer/director Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling, Patricia Clarkson and Alexander Skarsgard. According to various reports, the Occupy Wall Street Movement was a huge incentive toward exploring the pulse of the film. Page stated, "I think the movement is reflective of the frustration and anger that’s in our film that a lot of people are feeling right now and don’t know how to deal with it ... It doesn’t always perfectly bloom and create change ... Obviously, the police intervened and said it’s OK to set up a tent on the sidewalk if you want to get an iPhone 4 the next morning, but apparently you can’t when you speak for social justice."

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Reviews for the film have still been seemingly positive as the following roundup shows:

The themes of “The East” are inarguably current, but it is the film’s execution that allows it to feel timeless. Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling can boast their independent roots, but the film feels like a marriage of independent sensibilities and studio ways. The film isn’t breaking any new ground, but is that really a bad thing? Despite an unfortunate end credits sequence, “The East” is a thriller that will hold you close and leave you aching for the next moment, managing to stay a few strides ahead of a pack of mundanity.
» Derek Deskins, The Lonely Reviewer

Equally impressive is Ellen Page’s portrayal of Izzy, one of The East’s more active members. While the immensely likeable Page starts out as cold and distant, she eventually gives her role a soul, especially during one of the more shocking and sad twists toward the conclusion of the mystery. Original, bold and full of thought-provoking ideas, “The East” works as a combination of wonderfully trippy entertainment and a statement involving morality. Be prepared to keep thinking about some of the messages long after the movie is complete.
» David Dixon, The Daily Aztec

Despite the fanaticism of The East, which can lead an audience to condemn their actions as much as its does the corporations that poison us, this film satisfies mostly from its capacity as a thriller. B+
» Harvey Karten, Shockya.com

The East is still a compelling portrait of what gets lost (and found) when a cause becomes an obsession. B+
» Leah Greenblatt, Entertainment Weekly

It’s too much a movie of “types,” and loses track of story elements that would seem important enough to warrant further exploration. The whole Christian conservative law-and-order mantle feels like a fuzzy afterthought on Jane, forgotten far too soon. But “The East” offers a lot to chew on and keeps the viewer on the same fence as Sarah, as bad things happen to bad people, and to “good” people — the dilettantes who see themselves as do-gooders but get just as down and dirty as those corporations they seek to punish. 3 out of 4
» Roger Moore, Movie Nation

Eventually it’s go time, and if The East loses a little steam on the grounds of action mechanics (a skill these plots always require), it’s never dumb on the subject of covert allegiances. Coming in our moment of recent domestic terror, the movie has a boldness in diving into the whys of political violence. These activists aren’t clowns, even if they sometimes bicker like a disorganized family. 4 out of 5
» Joshua Rothkopf, Time Out New York

'The East' is the type of movie that with further thinking, you may like it more. That's what happened to me personally. I saw this movie back in April, and after the film my father and I had a pretty deep conversation about what we had both seen. This is a film that will spark up many conversations, and for good reason too. There are things I picked up on days after seeing the film. This is THE thinker's movie of 2013. Not only is this film thrilling and engaging, but it's also thought provoking and stellar. Big props go out to Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij for writing, starring, and directing in this movie. There are scenes that are strange but intriguing, as well as scenes that may have you scratching your head. 'The East' is one of those movies that requires multiple viewings in order to fully process it. I, for one, can't wait to go see this film again. 4 out of 4
» Zachary Marsh, The Film Wizard's Movie Reviews

Marling and Batmanglij previously collaborated on “Sound of My Voice,” an edgy cult drama, and the contemplative sci-fi thinker “Another Earth.” As the cracklingly cool “The East” shows, they’re the real deal. It’s not easy to make a thriller where brains and guts are so clearly in cahoots. 4 out of 5
» Joe Neumaier, NY Daily News

"The East" is a provocative industrial espionage thriller that pits counterculture revolutionaries intent on exposing corporate villainy against the undercover intelligence specialists paid exceedingly well to keep their compromised clientele clean. By spicing up a complex morality tale marked by sophisticated themes with down and dirty back stabbing and betrayals, the movie turns corporate malfeasance into a spy game that is entertaining without being dumbed down. [...] As the stakes rise and Sarah's choices become more dicey, the philosophical balancing act is harder to pull off. Near the end, their footing gets a little shaky. But for the most part, "The East" is a dizzying cat and mouse game with all sorts of moral implications.
» Betsy Sharkey, Los Angeles Times

The acting is top-tier all the way. Page brims with ferocity and feeling, notably in a piercing scene with her estranged father. And Marling and Skarsgard nail every nuance in locating the secret hearts of characters who pride themselves on revealing nothing. The film’s climax may be clunky and unsatisfying, but it takes us to where the film’s been heading all along, a moral abyss. You leave The East with a hunger to know more and a good idea of where to look. For Marling and Batmanglij that counts as mission accomplished. For audiences, it’s that rare thing these days – a movie that matters. 3 out of 4
»Peter Travers, Rolling Stone

"The East" is a treat for individuals tired of summer blockbusters. Among the high-octane thrillers that move quick enough to cover their plot holes, “The East’s” distributor, Fox Searchlight, is brave in releasing a film that steers away from that archetype. “The East” is briskly paced, intelligently written and realistically frightening.
» Zack Grullon, Washington Square News

[The East is a] Gripping, intelligent and deeply socially conscious thriller — a singular combination — that hits the bull’s-eye both for satisfying entertainment and timely relevance.
» David Noh, Film Journal International

The East is essentially a very entertaining movie for general viewers. It has got the pace to keep you interested throughout. The tension that builds up looks genuine and the proof is that you might hold your breath in many sequences. They do not try to fool the audience based on tricky editing, and appealing sound effects. It is all organic which settles deep inside to make it all look natural. Despite of so many good qualities The East possesses, there are things that could have been improved. There was no room for proper development of the character to start with. So many things were happening that it did not allow much space. Then, it could have gone into the roots of emotions set deep inside but it touches just the surface. The most underwhelming thing was the climax of the movie. The overall package of The East is enough to thrill the audience. With certain improvements it could have however reached to a better position. Watch this if you like watching action thrillers with mystery.
» India, Ripe Movies

While The East is smart and character-driven, it's also an exciting thriller, well-paced and entrancing—perhaps the influence of producer Ridley Scott. It's a film worth putting the politics aside for, in order to pay attention to amazing characterizations of a cult, the gentle acting, strong dialoge, and intellectual themes—all surprisingly and stubbornly subtle in the face of this unsubtle plot.
» Maggie Lange, Gawker

The East possesses a smart social conscience, emotionally picking apart the personal trauma of the victim warriors within the group to explicate how they came to think that doing evil to punish evil is the only legitimate way to forge positive progress. Co-writers Batmanglij and Marling effectively evaluate different approaches to civil disobedience, always emphatically on the side of the preyed upon but never losing sight of how cruelly dealt retribution may unintentionally steal away the humanity all of us need in true heroes.
» Lane Scarberry, Sound On Sight

Movies such as The East are not meant to present sides of an issue as black and white. Through Marling’s character we can see how one can personally identify with The East, even if their form of justice is quite illegal. It is a debate that rages in our society currently, with no end in sight. And don’t look for The East to provide any answers. If anything, the debate only gets as murky and thick as an oil spill. Our The East review cannot recommend this film enough. Marling is a force of nature and it is a delight to see her shine her talent on the natural world and what we as a species are doing to it. 4.5 out of 5.0
» Joel D. Amos, Movie Fanatic

The East is a challenging movie that could prove divisive amongst the passionately political, but to get caught up in the film’s politics is to miss its point -- that humans are complicated creatures whose beliefs can evolve with the information we’re given (or that’s withheld from us), and that those changing viewpoints can have a transformative effect on the way we live our day-to-day lives. If that sounds a bit too heady for a night at the cinema, it should be noted that The East is also a crackling thriller that will keep you guessing until the very last second. 3 out of 4
» Jason Buchanan, TV Guide

The East is a well-crafted thriller that has a few issues here and there, largely with pacing as the 116 minute running time isn't really necessary, but overall it's a film that makes you think and offers some thrills as well. I'm now curious to learn what group Marling and Batmanglij will be infiltrating with their next film to complete the trilogy. B-
» Brad Brevet, Rope of Silicon

Watery plot and unconvincing characters sink what could have been, maybe with a different script, a smartly made movie. 2 out of 4
» John Anderson, Newsday

The film’s handling of issues also can’t help but feel rather thin as well. Even without succumbing to lengthy monologues, the film could have engaged with its ethical issues with greater insight. That missing insight only makes the titular collective more generic. These issues are not helped by the film’s final 20 minutes, which rushes through a number of developments in order to set up its open-ended (and rather pat) conclusion. Somewhere in The East are the seeds of a great, morally complex thriller, one that Marling and Batmanglij will hopefully make in the near future. As the next step in the pair’s evolution as storytellers, however, it can’t help but come up short, even with its more polished aesthetic. The East has competence to spare, yet not nearly enough that is truly exceptional. 3 out of 5
» Jordan Baker, Cineplex Entertainment

The East is the kind of film that says a lot more with a whisper then it does with a scream, and while people may not be able to look past what the film’s ultimate message, in it’s quieter moments all of the emotional punches hit their marks.
» Dave Voigt, Dork Shelf

“The East” is a pretty taut thriller. Will Sarah get exposed before she gets the information her boss wants? And how much of her growing sympathy for the group’s arguments is based on reason, as opposed to her physical attraction to Benji? Marling and Batmanglij are also interested in the moral questions the film raises. Are violent means justified if the end is good? And how much violence? When does deterrence cross the line to spite? With the exception of Benji, the members of The East aren’t ideologues so much as idealists. They allow themselves the luxury of debate, questioning and regret. Also hope. It’s for these reasons that “The East” satisfies, in ways that Marling’s earlier vehicles didn’t. Its head is in the clouds, but its feet are grounded in reality. 3 out of 4
» Michael O’Sullivan, The Washington Post

The film’s ongoing tension is nicely provided by Jane/Sarah’s never-ending quest to hide her true identity. However that becomes further complicated when she gradually begins to become intrigued by the mission of her erstwhile cohorts in The East — whom she initially set out to expose and destroy. While the development of a not-unexpected romance between Benji and Jane/Sarah adds a further complication, the character’s eventual conflicted emotions likely would have arisen anyway. It is that conflict that becomes the crux of “The East,” and it provides a nice twist to this very contemporary tale as it moves to its satisfying and highly believable conclusion. 3 out of 45
» Bill Zwecker, Chicago Sun-Times

If you want more “bang for your buck” go see something else this summer, because that is not what The East sets out to do. However, if you want a film that can keep you thinking with a cast that actually acts out the script, I highly recommend this film. 4 out of 5
» Paul Dennis, News Register Online

The East presents no moral dilemma to the viewer, only to Marling’s character who realizes she may want to belong with the very group she’s infiltrating. The problem is, this group is a fringe cult. They make real cults look bad. They live by the seat of their pants and have no real purpose for doing anything other than revenge. Their focus us unclear and disorganized. D
» Justin Taroli, Lists & Grades

As a fable pondering the nature of personal responsibility, The East reflects our endless hypocrisy with absolute clarity. But as an emotional experience — which is why we go to movies in the first place — The East falls flat because we just don’t care about anyone or anything, which may affirm the movie’s bleak message of environmental ambivalence, but fails to light the bonfire of change.
» Katherine Monk, Canada.com

As low-budget dramas go, The East is technically proficient, and occasionally impressive, in every way, and I wouldn’t say the film ever sinks below the point of watchability. But its political and thematic goals are handled so poorly, with the actual dramatic weight of the piece disappearing as a result, that the film ultimately has very little to offer. I still think Batmanglij and Marling show promise as writers, and Batmanglij can be a sharp, perceptive director, but The East is a leaden and labored misfire, one undeserving of attention in a summer with so many other creatively successful pictures. The East is a wooden and unappealing chore, treading familiar ground for the filmmakers with an additional layer of clunky, drama-killing political soap-boxing. 2,5 out of 5
» Jonathan R. Lack, WeGotThisCovered

Director Zal Batmanglij, working from a script he co-wrote with Marling, keeps the pace at a feverish pitch. The “jam” sequences are full of shocks and suspense that exploit our own conflicts over the group’s actions. We’re alternately rooting for them and hoping that a few of the targets can escape unharmed. But the film also works during the quiet times as Sarah’s eyes are opened to some of the world’s cruelties. This is one of the few thrillers that should inspire some great ethical discussions after the lights have gone up. THE EAST is exciting, complex, full of fantastic actors, and one of this year’s best films. 4,5 out of 5
» Jim Batts, We Are Movie Geeks

I’m not saying that The East is a bad film. It is certainly well made. The acting is strong across the board. Marling is a strange leading lady, but she has an intriguing, indefinable quality and she’s obviously very talented. I was engaged throughout, and a couple of those early cult scenes are pretty great. The problem is that the film lacks focus. There isn’t much progression to the story once it gets going.
» Sean Lass, Playback:stl

The East, admittedly well written and thought provoking with really beautiful cinematography, is still a CliffsNotes version of eco-criticism. It highlights pertinent, timely issues, but in a way that mirrors my Twitter feed. The biggest takeaway from the film was that maybe it is better to have partners in crime because the feelings of guilt and dismay that will inevitably ensue in the struggle of good and evil will be more subdued.
» Jordan Gass-Poore, Slackerwood

The film avoids simplistic moral judgments and tidy resolutions to deliver something compelling and thoughtful. Ultimately, it concludes there are no easy answers but that doesn’t stop it from asking provocative questions.
» Beth Accomando, KPBS San Diego

A tense thriller always intrigues an audience and The East dabbles in cult life, environmental activism and has enough of an of-the-moment hook that if its gets into wide enough release, word of mouth might make this a sleeper hit. [...] Great performances from Marling, Ellen Page, and Alexander Skarsgard almost in and of themselves make this worth checking out. [...] For some, the eco-terrorism angle and the perhaps expected bend the film takes with Marling’s character will strike some as providing a mixed message that is incredibly divisive. [...] When it becomes literal and predictable, The East starts to buckle and fray around the edges. For some, it may literally fall apart right before your eyes with a dicey third act. 3,5 out of 5
» Mike Ward, Should I See It

The East combines two movie genres, a deep undercover spy story with a drama that brings social issues to the discussion, specifically targeting the gray areas. [...] Trying to find a neat ending muddies up what was a marvelous little ride and any ambiguity about big businesses, the environment or who the bad guys are in all of this gets undercut by a mismatched end credits sequence that looks like it was borrowed from one of the Bourne movies. Still The East is worth the time spent to see Marling, Skarsgard and Page working together to tell an original, indie-scaled edition of the popular deep cover. It’s a polished and accomplished work, with imperfections, but that’s what’s exciting about investing the time in emerging talents like Batmanglij and Marling. 7,5 out of 10
» Ernie Estrella, BuzzFocus

As much as “The East” is an espionage thriller, whatever genre patterns I might have detected were swept away by the riveting cast performances. Had the actors not created characters every bit as fascinating as the narrative’s subject matter, “The East” would have never reached its maximum potential, and its plot would now be without a soul to guide it. [...] If you ever get the chance to see “The East” in theaters, I insist you do so. It is not only an exciting thriller guaranteed to satisfy your desire for entertainment, but also a humble self-reflection on topics worth pondering.
» Noah S. Lee, The Coast News

Another Brit hit, plus Batmanglij is beginning to show dash as director. The duo make a tight fist of hot topicality and high tension from an ideas-packed genre piece. 4 out of 5
» Kevin Harley, TotalFilm

The East (for all its familiar undercover-cop tropes) intrigues not with good guy-bad guy shtick, but with the conundrum of how to live morally in an inherently immoral West. 3 out of 4
» Peter Canavese, Groucho Reviews

What I found especially disturbing about The East is its believability. I have no doubt we will see these types of attacks in the very near future. The East ultimately asks the question we’ll all have to answer when that time comes: where will your loyalties lie? 3,5 out of 4
» Shannon, Film Junk

Whatever flaws it may have, there’s something admirable about the film that Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling have put together. With Alan Pakula’s politically laced thrillers of the seventies in mind, one can only hope they’ll keep bringing forth material as great as this, as The East is already a step up from Batmanglij’s debut Sound of My Voice. 4,25 out of 5
» Juan Barquin, YAM Magazine

The East is beautiful but formulaic when you get down to the nuts and bolts of it. There’s nothing wrong with a bit of standard formula though, and it’s good to see a topical but often bypassed issue take center stage. Marling and Batmaglij are a very fine duo indeed.
» Teri Wolfpants, Cinetalk

Such a thought-provoking film works because of Marling's performance. Instead of going the typical routes of her either staying a hard-nosed defender of the law or falling under the spell of the group's leader, her journey is one of self-discovery and transformation. Marling's reawakening from a no-frills, egotistic go-getter to a concerned soul is revealed through every moment of her solid performance.It helps that she works with Skarsgård and Ellen Page. Their performances are equally strong and that makes for emotional moments that resonate with a deep realness. "The East" is the kind of movie that will alienate those who only see the world in black-and-white terms. It is about people who live in the gray, between light and dark, that's played out and written with great power by Marling. B+
» Rick Bentley, The Fresno Bee

The East is a natural progression from many of the ideas presented in Sound of My Voice and feels like the springboard that will launch Marling and Batmanglij into the mainstream. A tense, thoughtful, and compelling film, The East is one of the summer’s few indie, female-centric offerings that’s heavy on ideas and light on computer-generated spectacle.
» FamousMonster, Geeks of Doom

Despite initially promising an exciting and subversive concept, The East is simply a flat and tedious look at the lives of unlikeable eco-hipsters that fails to showcase the readdressing of the balance of power between the social classes. It appears greed really is good. 2 out of 5
» Phil Wheat, Nerdly

A perfectly functional, if somewhat underwhelming thriller, Batmanglij's The East feels all too much like a more grown-up and less naive version of the director's previous outing. Unfortunately, by attempting to appear more serious and mature, the original excitement and imagination has somehow vanished, revealing little more than the hollow shell of two of American cinema's most previously promising prospects. 3 out of 5
» Patrick Gamble, CineVue

In a world where we all can’t help wondering just how much “investigating and infiltrating” is being done these days, “The East” is an exceptionally prescient and smart thriller starring a woman who has now given us some of the more arresting and wily and brainy independent film visions of anyone else around. 3,5 out of 4
» Jeff Simon, The Buffalo News

The movie is full of low-key, effective performances, with Skarsgård especially watchable as a friendly, patient sort of zealot. If you’ve seen Marling carry a film, especially one she co-wrote, you know she prefers to have her characters remain enigmas for as long as possible. Marling plays closed, watchful, smart people who only gradually reveal themselves to others, as Jane/”Sarah” does here, and she’s good at that. B+
» Brittney Cason, Charlotte Observer

Marling and Batmanglij skillfully invests 'The East' with an almost unbearable suspense, combining the emotional dynamics of the group with the kind of top-drawer acting that you’d expect from a cast this stellar. Ellen ‘Juno’ Page is alive with ferocious indignity and clearly unconvinced by Sarah’s skillful infiltration of the group, while the widow spider-like Clarkson effortlessly steals every scene she’s in. Alexander Skarsgård is great as Benji, the unsettling and handsome leader. The film’s ending may be unsatisfying, but only to take us to where the film’s been heading all along, a moral abyss. 'The East' makes you want to know more and gives a good indication of where to look. A rare thing these days – a movie that gives a damn and makes you want to care too.
» Anna Bang, Volt Magazine

Though The East isn't always surprising as it plays with expected suspense and political thriller tropes, it is always engrossing which is more than most films can say. I was with it right from its opening scene up until the frankly terrible flash-forward style ending which gets cold feet about the previously hopeless nihilism and fascinating moral thickets. B
» Nathaniel R., The Film Experience

The finale is equally exciting: Batmanglij delivers a coda which might seem frustratingly banal, yet his full stop only expands on Sarah’s journey for those willing to look. On the whole, The East is another impressive mark on both Batmanglij and Marling’s filmography, who are fast establishing themselves as two of the key members of the American indie scene.
» Evrim Ersoy, Electric Sheep

The East is a conventional thriller, which although not particularly memorable, manages to hold down your attention throughout, telling a good story and blessed with a string of good performances. This may not be one you purchase on DVD, but it’s yet another promising foray into the fledging career of Brit Marling, and we certainly look forward to whichever project she tackles next. 3 out of 5
» Stefan Pape, HeyUGuys

Well-acted and suspenseful, with a great deal of editorial content, this feels a little awkward and earnest, and perhaps not angry enough. 3 out of 5
» Kim Newman, Empire

The East’s treatment of corporate cover-ups of criminal activity cannot help but strike a chord in modern society. The film makes great efforts to remind the viewer of the truths inherent in the story by referencing YouTube and making use of newsreel montages. This technique, however, is inconsistent and in a film that already makes use of several different styles it is perhaps a little unnecessary. Having said this, these criticisms can easily be overlooked as The East is a powerful and riveting film that feels rather unique in contemporary film-making and is a film that not only keeps you guessing, but stays with the you long after leaving the cinema. 8 out of 10
» Holly Turpin, Bring the Noise

The East is far from the powerful masterpiece it wants to be, but charmingly questions the concept of flickering identity; the roots of belief are more to do with personal experiences than one likes to admit. As a thriller with a brain and conscience, it can even find a dramatic climax in a spy eating an apple out of the bin. 7 out of 10
» Nick Chen, The Digital Fix

If The East has a bum note, it's the inclusion of a potential romance between Benji and Sarah that feels rote in an otherwise potent, thoughtful and well-paced thriller. 4 out of 5
» Adam, Seensome

The many, many irritating things about this Fox Searchlight production – yes, that stablemate of our global harbinger of morality, Rupert Murdoch’s News International – detract from the fact that Green politics is deadly serious. The ethics of direct action could be an interesting starting point. This film is pretentious and ill-informed. Forget its faux message, though that is bad enough, it also fails as its action does little to alleviate the long periods of boring, angsty nonsense. 1 out of 5
» Dan Carrier, Camden Review

This anti-corporate espionage thriller is slick and engaging for a while, but in the end leaves you rooting for the bad guy. 3 out of 5
» Henry Barnes, The Guardian

The East isn’t a Baader-Meinhof style affair that details the appeal in attacking consumerist society by any means necessary. The actions of The East are as morally repugnant as the corporations screwing up the planet with nihilistic abandon. Batmanglij’s movie is a level-headed, pragmatic work wary of ranting dogma from both sides. There’s something positively centrist or Third Way about it. Capitalism works as long as it can be held accountable.
» Martyn Conterio, Little White Lies

‘The East’, follows on from Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling's first collaboration, The Sound of My Voice. My hunch is this film will prove another stepping stone for one of independent cinema's great creative teams. There are few films you leave feeling you've just seen a call to action. So do not go west, this summer. Go East. Go now. 5 out of 5
» John Baker and Paul Foreman, Britflicks

Although I didn't entirely fall for The East, it will be interesting to see further collaborations from Batmanglij and Marling. Although the film isn't quite as effective in it's message as say, The Constant Gardener, it certainly raises a lot of questions that should be thought about long after the movie has ended and will pitch at a younger audience who will maybe become more politicised. If it brings these issues to further to the forefront than that's no bad thing.
» Jo, broken shark

What The East does well is engage the brain - something Christopher Nolan keeps in mind when creating cinema for the multiplex - whether that's through tense moments as the group carry out their acts or 'jams' or through Sarah's changing perspective as the film progresses. Throwing in a clever twist once more certainly helps, although perhaps spelt out a little too painstakingly to have the same impact as Sound of My Voice's genuine jaw dropper. Whatever direction Marling takes next, The East shows her film compass is well and truly pointing in the right direction. 3 out of 5
» Dan Clay, Movie Man Dan

Although it might not start any revolutions, The East is a really good underdog movie, definitely worth seeing, combining interesting plot with good characters and some solid acting and directing talent on show.
» Stewart Scott, TVandFilmReview.com

A complicated film (with an oversimplistic ending) for the age of the Occupy Movement, The East probes the ethics of those who would oppose corporate malfeasance through covert action.
» Anton Bitel, Film4

RedditEllen was also just recently a part of the AMAA (Ask Me Almost Anything) forum on Reddit which was linked through her twitter feed on Sunday June 23rd. Here fans of her work were able to gather in a social setting and allowed the incredible opportunity to ask this "tiny Canadian" anything they wanted. I was personally floored by the maturity and professionalism not only in Ms. Page's responses but in many of the questions that were asked. One question that really stood out to me was by a poster that asked Ellen to describe herself as a feminist and whether or not she deliberately chooses her characters based upon their struggles versus their sex appeal. In which Ellen replied, "Considering there are so few roles for women and the roles that do exist can be so narrow in their idea of what a woman can be, it is extremely important to me to be involved with projects where the girl is in charge of her own destiny and is honest and well written."

In my honest opinion: Being a young woman, myself, in the society in which I live; where people have such a skewed perception perhaps more so out of fear than anything else… I think that it is really important to have examples of all kinds of beauty, all kinds of struggles, and all kinds of ways in which we can coexist where the gender boundary is nonexistent. I’m glad to see that there are really positive people like Ellen who are constantly pushing these boundaries out of place and allowing us the chance to step outside of ourselves and live through another’s circumstances. Having that insight is critical, I think, in order to grow and further understand ourselves and others as we continue through our lifetime on this incredible planet.

You can find the complete thread here: www.reddit.com/r/IAmA/comments/1gxgfx/i_am_actress_ellen_page_amaa/

To be continued ....

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

Date: 06/30/2013 - 22:30:09 Posted by Trisha
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Ellen Page's TV promo tour for »The East« - Jon Stewart, Craig Ferguson, Conan and Stroumboulopoulos

Hi, everyone. It's Wayne here. I'm also one of Dominik's proofreaders here at EPO. Just as my colleague Trisha did recently, I wanted to give a further update on some of Ellen's recent activities. Specifically I'm going to talk about her appearances on network talk shows in the past few weeks. (this is right off the ToDo list at the end of the last update.)

First, there was Ellen's guest spot on »The Daily Show with Jon Stewart« on May 20th. Those of us who follow Ellen on Twitter know how much of a fan she is of this show and it showed in the interview. Ellen spoke about »The East« and how it reflects current events, as well as her own passion for the environment. She also spoke about being a Canadian living in the U.S. and one of my fave moments was Jon's reaction to Ellen's comment about Canadians "we aren't perfect". As well she showed off her dry wit with a joke about lox, which led into an exchange with Jon about 'Canadian rabbis'. Overall, a really good interview, IMO.

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Next up was »The Late Late Show with Craig Ferguson« on May 28th. Here Ellen and Craig engaged in a rambling discussion very similar to her past interviews on this show. They barely mentioned »The East«, instead talking about pets, therapy, and so on. The interview ended with one of Ellen and Craig's 'awkward pauses' and the showing of a clip from the movie. A fun interview to watch, especially Ellen's 'breakdown' in their therapy role-play.

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Then it was on to »Conan« on June 3rd. Once again, like in the interview with Jon Stewart, Ellen got to talk about Canada, in an interview that included hockey and the McLobster sandwich that is only offered in Nova Scotia. As well, in discussing »The East«, Ellen explained about the freegan lifestyle and her personal experience with permaculture several years ago at Happy Valley in Oregon. One of the highlights, though, was Ellen juggling some balls that Conan just 'happened to have on hand'. Just like the soccer ball she head-juggled the last time she was on his show. Ellen certainly showed what a good sport she is and handled it all very professionally. She spoke about being nervous … Ellen, if you read this … IT DIDN'T SHOW!

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Finally, Ellen rounded out this current series of talk show appearances with fellow Canadian George Stroumboulopoulos on his new self-titled show on CNN on June 21st. This was the most serious of the four interviews, with Ellen talking about the film choices she makes, how vulnerability affects her work, and more of her views on the way we impact the world and each other. But there were also fun moments like when George showed a clip from 'Pit Pony' (this clip can also be seen in EPO's video archive, along with many others, BTW) and she talked about her relationship with Twitter.

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In my opinion Ellen did really well with these interviews, showing both her professionalism and her good humour. These qualities, along with her awesome acting of course, are the reasons why so many folk back here in Nova Scotia are so proud of her. I hope this update gives you a taste of what these appearances were like. Please be sure to check out the videos in the video section of the site. Just watching these again while preparing this update makes me really anxious to see »The East« when it comes to Halifax this weekend. Take care, everyone and a big thank you to Dominik for all his hard work maintaining this fantastic web-site. I am truly humbled to play a small part in this.

To be continued ....

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

Date: 06/25/2013 - 23:28:25 Posted by Wayne
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