May 3, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Bryan Singer has had a tight handle on the marketing for his “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, mostly by tweeting all casting news and first look photos himself rather than distributing them through a publicity department, and he’s still at it several weeks into filming. Today he gives us our first look at Ellen Page back on set as Kitty Pride, the mutant known as Shadowcat.
Mutants past and errr, even further past are reuniting for Singer’s return to the director’s chair since 2003′s “X2.” “X-Men: First Class” alums James McAvoy (Professor X), Michael Fassbender (Magneto), Jennifer Lawrence (Mystique) and Nicholas Hoult (Beast), who are still living in the 1970s or so, will meet X-Men of the slightly more recent past like Page’s Shadowcat, Anna Paquin’s Rogue, Shawn Ashmore’s Iceman (glimpsed briefly in today’s photo as well), Halle Berry’s Storm and even future versions of themselves in Patrick Stewart’s Professor X and Ian McKellen’s Magneto. But it all comes down to Shadowcat, who took the central time-traveling role in the comics on which this film is based, though we don’t know how it’s been altered for the big screen.
“X-Men: Days of Future Past” is filming now for a July 17, 2014 release date. See the first photo of Page in a variation on her classic black leather X-Men uniform circa the mid-2000s below. Are the slight differences due to the dystopic alternate future she’s trying to prevent? Curiouser and curiouser.
April 29, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij made a splash at Sundance two years ago with their micro-indie “Sound of My Voice”, and Hollywood quickly came calling: The screening for their new film “The East” kicked off at the Newport Beach Film Festival with a program director quipping “let’s see what they were able to do with an actual budget.” Well, what they did with an actual Fox Searchlight-sized budget is something altogether more mainstream than their previous effort, with all the positives and negatives that come with it.
March 15, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard and Ellen Page look properly menacing on the first poster for eco-terrorist Sundance thriller “The East.” Marling’s second collaboration with “Sound of My Voice” director Zal Batmanglij earned mostly praise from Sundance back in January, and is preparing to the slightly more hipster SXSW crowd tomorrow night.
Marling plays a young corporate contractor infiltrating an eco-terrorist organization intent on carrying out destructive acts on companies they believe are committing crimes against nature. Page, Skarsgard, Shiloh Fernandez and more play members of the group, and the film drew muted responses from its first audience at Sundance, most of whom agreed it was great, though perhaps not as great as Batmanglij and Marling’s first film.
“The East” will be released on May 31st. The first poster is below and the first trailer – ICYMI – is here.
March 2, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
Director Bryan Singer has taken to Twitter to announce even more cast additions to sequel “X-Men: Days of Future Past” which, frankly, feels a bit crowded already. Today it’s French actor Omar Sy, who recently broke out in international hit “The Intouchables”, who has come on board the comic book adaptation in an unspecified role.
Thus far only Sy and “Game of Thrones” star Peter Dinklage are fresh faces to the mutant franchise, while the rest of the cast will be a mix of Singer’s original 2000s’ “X-Men” trilogy – Patrick Stewart, Ian McKellen, Ellen page, Shawn Ashmore and Anna Paquin – and last year’s prequel “X-Men: First Class” – Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Nicholas Hoult and James McAvoy. The two disparate time periods these characters inhabit will be traversed with a time travel storyline that’s one of the most iconic from the Marvel comics which should put Page’s Shadowcat character front and center. The film is scheduled for release on July 18, 2014 and filming will begin soon.
Sy, who has been steadily acting in his native France for a decade, moved to Los Angeles last year but will continue to make French movies. He is attached to culinary comedy “Chef” opposite Bradley Cooper as well as “Chocolat”, a biopic of Rafael Padilla, “a former slave born in Cuba who became the first black artist in France during the Belle Epoque era” which will film in early 2014. He’ll next be seen in Michel Gondry’s “Mood Indigo.”
February 8, 2013 | Posted by Araceli Roach
Ellen Page has found her next role, behind the camera in her directorial debut on the film “Miss Stevens,” and according to Deadline, she’s getting right down to business because Anna Faris is already set to star as the lead.
Written by Julia Hart, the film follows a lost and confused high school teacher (Faris) who signs up to chaperone some students on a weekend trip to a state drama competition. Thanks to the experience, plus a lot of love and support from her students, she learns to value herself again.
Page first rose to fame in “Juno”, which garnered her an Academy Award nomination for best actress, before starring in 2010′s blockbuster film “Inception”. She begins filming “X-Men: Days Of Future Past” this spring and will next be seen in the Sundance film “The East” with Brit Marling and Alexander Skarsgård.
Faris is premiering her ensemble comedy “I Give It A Year” at the 2013 South By Southwest Film Festival and will soon reprise her role in the sequel to “Cloudy With A Chance Of Meatballs” with costar Bill Hader.
January 28, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
They were youngsters in the original “X-Men” trilogy, but now Ellen Page (Shadowcat), Shawn Ashmore (Iceman) and Anna Paquin (Rogue) are returning to the franchise as adults in time-travel themed “X-Men: Days of Future Past”, joining a new class of mutants including Jennifer Lawrence (young Mystique), Michael Fassbender (young Magneto), James McAvoy (young Xavier) and Nicholas Hoult (young Beast) who reside in the past. Bryan Singer, also returning to the franchise’s director’s chair for the first time since “X2″, made the trio’s return official on Twitter last week. Thus far, Ian McKellen (Magnento) and Patrick Stewart (Professor X) are also returning from the original cast, with presumably more to come.
Page’s return was probably crucial to this film, as comic fans are well aware that Kitty Pryde aka Shadowcat is central to the storyline which takes place partly in an alternative dystopic future in which all mutants are trapped in internment camps. Shadowcat travels back in time (well, her consciousness does, but let’s not get into that convoluted mess) to meet the younger versions of the X-Men to prevent one fateful event from happening which triggers the gloomy alternate future. With the way the films have messed with comic canon, it’s unclear at this point how to-the-books Singer will stick with this new adaptation. The film is scheduled for release on July 18, 2014 and filming will begin soon.
Page has stayed away from superhero franchises since her last stint as Kitty Pryde in 2006, and is a much respected indie actress after landing an Oscar nomination for “Juno.” She’ll next be seen in Brit Marling’s Sundance premiere “The East.” Paquin has become a franchise queen of a different sort, playing the lead role of Sookie on HBO’s hit vampire series “True Blood”, now in its 6th season. Ashmore is a regular on new Fox series “The Following.”
January 21, 2013 | Posted by Linda Ge
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It’s Sundance darling Brit Marling’s third year in a row back at the Utah film festival, but “The East” is her first return to co-writer as well as star since 2011′s double feature of “Another Earth” and “Sound of My Voice.” Judging by the reactions to her second collaboration with director Zal Batmanglij, she hasn’t lost any of her touch since hitting mainstream Hollywood’s radar.
After playing the enigmatic leader of a secretive, cultish group in “Sound of My Voice”, Marling takes the outsider role this time around, playing a young corporate contractor infiltrating an eco-terrorist organization intent on carrying out destructive acts on companies they believe are committing crimes against nature. Shiloh Fernandez, Ellen Page, Alexander Skarsgard and more play members of the group, and the film drew everything from raves to muted responses from its first audience at Sundance last night.
January 10, 2013 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
She’s gearing up to premiere two new films at next week’s Sundance Film Festival but Ellen Page will soon be back in front of the camera, as Variety tweets she is attached to star in an adaptation of Jean Hegland‘s “Into The Forest“.
There is no information yet on script writers nor who may direct, but The Playlist have uncovered a synopsis and it sounds like the kind of project we love to watch Page in – compelling, understated films with strong female characters.
“Set in the near-future, Into the Forest is a powerfully imagined novel that focuses on the relationship between two teenage sisters living alone in their Northern California forest home. Over 30 miles from the nearest town, and several miles away from their nearest neighbor, Nell and Eva struggle to survive as society begins to decay and collapse around them. No single event precedes society’s fall. There is talk of a war overseas and upheaval in Congress, but it still comes as a shock when the electricity runs out and gas is nowhere to be found. The sisters consume the resources left in the house, waiting for the power to return. Their arrival into adulthood, however, forces them to reexamine their place in the world and their relationship to the land and each other.”
Last seen in Woody Allen‘s “To Rome With Love“, Page will star alongside Brit Marling and Alexander Skarsgaard in the action drama “The East“, and in Lynn Shelton‘s “Touchy Feely” which also stars Scoot McNairy, all of which premiere in the next few weeks at Sundance.
As for “Into The Forest”, we can’t wait to find out who takes on this intriguing plot – and of course, now we can begin to speculate on who could play Page’s sister.
December 3, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
and Linda Ge
Just last week Sundance Film Festival announced their 2013 picks, the films that will be competing against each other to win the coveted Grand Jury prizes and hopefully go on to bigger box office and critical success. Now today Sundance have announced the Out of Competition premieres and there are a lot of familiar and exciting rising stars in attendance.
Some of our most anticipated films of 2013 are included in today’s released line up, including Park Chan-Wook‘s English language thriller “Stoker” starring Mia Wasikowska, and “Breathe In“, the second directorial effort from Drake Doremus. Doremus, who hit the 2010 festival with “Like Crazy” which won him the Grand Jury prize, reunites with Felicity Jones in this new film – which again stars Jones as a foreign exchange students in America.
Brit Marling and writing partner Zal Batmanglij are back again with “The East“, starring Marling as an operative whose loyalties are tested when she goes undercover to infiltrate a mysterious anarchist collective attacking major corporations. The pic also features Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell and Shiloh Fernandez.
Noir film “The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman” with Shia LaBeouf and Evan Rachel Wood will also premiere at the 2013 festival, as will the Amanda Seyfried-starrer “Lovelace“. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who starred in the 2012 festival hit “Smashed“, will be back again in “A.C.O.D“.
For Brie Larson and Elizabeth Olsen, Sundance 2013 will be especially busy, as both have films in and out of competition – “The Spectacular Now” and Joseph Gordon-Levitt‘s directorial debut “Don Jon’s Addiction” for Larson, and Beat pic “Kill Your Darlings” and the Naomi Foner helmed “Very Good Girls“, also starring Dakota Fanning and Boyd Holbrook for Olsen.
Click below for the first images from these films and the official synopses for the featured films.
April 12, 2012 | Posted by Rebecca Lewis
One of my favorite rising actors Scoot McNairy looks set to head towards bigger name recognition as he joins two new high-profile films as leading man – Gus Van Sant’s “Promised Land” and a brand new project from Lynn Shelton, “Touchy Feel”.
After gaining notice for starring in 2010′s “Monsters” and indie favorite “In Search of a Midnight Kiss”, McNairy will be joining Ellen Page in Shelton’s new film. The film has no logline yet and not even Deadline could provide any more information.
Joining McNairy in “Touchy Feely” will be RoseMarie DeWitt, who will also star alongside McNairy, Matt Damon and John Krasinski in Van Sant’s “Promised Land” which she joined earlier this year. Previously described as a “capraesque tale of rival corporate executives”, Deadline is able to provide more details, confirming McNairy’s leading role as his character “leads a group of farmers that stand up when Damon’s character tries to drill on their land.”
McNairy lost out on two big roles last year, in Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus” and the Tim Burton-produced “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter”, but he can next be seen in Ben Affleck’s political thriller “Argo” and Andrew Dominik’s Brad Pitt-starrer “Killing Me Softly” (previously “Cogan’s Trade”).