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A successful agent (Brit Marling) for an elite private intelligence firm gets the gig of infiltrating an anarchist group known for covert attacks on major corporations. However, she finds her priorities changing as she befriends the rebels and develops romantic feelings for its leader. Marling hooks up with writer-director Zal Batmanglij for their second offering after The Sound of My Voice. »
Today we have seven new photos from Zal Batmanglij‘s (Sound of My Voice) thriller The East. Batmanglij’s follow up to Sound of My Voice stars collaborator Brit Marling as Sarah, a corporate spy tasked with infiltrating the ranks of an eco-terrorist group that goes by the name “The East.” Her goal is to find out what they’re up to and from the looks of it, stop them before they do any real damage. You can hit the jump and check out the photos. Along with Brit Marling the film also stars Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Aldis Hodge, Danielle Macdonald, Patricia Clarkson, and Hillary Baack. »
- Allan Ford
Writer/director Mike Cahill's new drama sci-fi offering 'I Origins' has moved into post-production and has a whole host of talent in the mix to tell his latest high concept tale. This is Cahill's directorial follow-up to his highly praised project 'Another Earth' from back in 2011. 'Another Earth' starred William Mapother ('Lost') and co-writer Brit Marling ('Sound of My Voice') who are both back working with Cahill on 'I Origins'. Michael Pitt ('Funny Games'), Steven Yeun ('The Walking Dead'), Archie Panjabi, Cara Seymour and the gorgeous French model turned actress Astrid Berges-Frisbey -below ('Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides') also star. Check out the plot details below. »
If you grow up in Washington D.C., you're bound to come to a realization that for most people, happens only in the movies: Eventually, you'll discover that someone you know — a friend's quiet mom, or that fit college buddy of your dad's — is a spy. Perhaps that's why director Zal Batmanglij, who hails from the U.S. capital, is so fascinated with the notion of double agents: In his first movie, last year's nifty little thriller Sound of My Voice, he cast his cowriter Brit Marling as the leader of a cult whose two newest acolytes secretly intend to expose her as a sham, and in his upcoming film The East (which bows May 31), Marling flips the script as a corporate spy tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group called the East, which counts among its politically vengeful members Alexander Skarsgard and Ellen Page. "When Brit and I were »
- Kyle Buchanan
With "Sound Of My Voice," director Zal Batmanglij, and co-writer and star Brit Marling, delved into the world of infiltration, exploring the repercussions of going down the rabbit hole and what happens when expectations are upended, and sympathies to cult behavior start to emerge. And it seems to be a theme that fascinates them as their latest collaboration in the upcoming thriller "The East" also dives into similar territory. Marling leads the the film as former FBI agent Sarah Moss who takes up a job at an elite private intelligence firm headed up by Sharon (Patricia Clarkson). Sarah is assigned to go deep undercover to infiltrate the Anonymous-esque anarchist collective The East, who target major corporations guilty of criminal, moral and ethical crimes. Sarah successfully becomes one of them, but soon the lines between the responsibility to her job and her commitment to the cause begin to blur. And in »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars
The East is a schizophrenic film. It’s a thriller, yet it’s final act feels more like a whimper than a bang. It asks big questions, then gives small answers. It wants to force serious thought, but has a handful of clunky, laughable scenes.
Yet still it is entertaining throughout, so I cannot call it a failure.
Co-written by star Brit Marling, The East plays out as an ethical and moral questionnaire. Marling plays an agent at an independent security firm who is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist, eco-terrorist group known as The East. The East is responsible for attacking major corporations and turning their supposed crimes against them; an early scene shows them flooding the home of a major oil corporation’s CEO with oil after they experience a Bp-esque spill. Sure enough, Marling finds the group, but soon finds herself not only connecting with their message, »
- David Braga
Fox Searchlight has infiltrated our mainframe with a featurette from their upcoming thriller The East. Writer-actress Brit Marling stars as former FBI agent Sarah Moss who has begun working at an elite private intelligence firm that ruthlessly protects the interests of its A-list corporate clientele. When selected to go undercover to infiltrate The East, an elusive anarchist collective seeking revenge against major corporations guilty of criminal activity, Sarah finds herself torn between the two worlds. Get an inside look at the film's story, which was co-written and directed by Zal Batmanglij (Sound of My Voice).
The East - Infiltrate Featurette
The East comes to theaters May 31st, 2013 and stars Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Aldis Hodge, Danielle Macdonald, Hillary Baack. The film is directed by Zal Batmanglij. »
Women in Film is once again honoring women and those who support women in an industry that tends to be more of a boys club. The Los Angeles-based organization announced the recipients of their 2013 Crystal + Lucy Awards this week, and among the honorees are Laura Linney, George Lucas, and Hailee Steinfeld.
The awards will be presented at Wif’s Annual Benefit Gala on Wednesday, June 12. The event will also celebrate the organization’s 40th anniversary.
“Our six honorees illustrate the wide spectrum of creative innovation coming from women, and it’s a privilege to be commemorating all of their successes, »
- Emily Rome
Watch a featurette on the story of The East, starring Brit Marling, Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgard. Zal Batmanglij directs the thriller as well as writing alongside his Sound of My Voice co-scribe Marling, also distributed by Fox Searchlight Pictures. In The East, which includes Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez and Patricia Clarkson, Sarah Moss (Marling) is a brilliant operative for an elite private intelligence firm whose top objective is to ruthlessly protect the interests of their A-list corporate clientele. She is assigned to go undercover to infiltrate an anarchist collective known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. Living amongst them in an effort to get closer to their members, Sarah finds herself unexpectedly torn between two worlds as she starts to fall in love with the group's charismatic leader, finding her life and her priorities. irrevocably changed. »
• Things are about to get animated for Jon Hamm. The Mad Men actor will lend his voice to Minions, Universal’s spinoff of their Despicable Me movies that is capitalizing on the little yellow creatures that stole the show in the first film in 2010 (Despicable Me 2 comes out this summer). Hamm will voice the inventor Herb Overkill, husband of stylish super-villain Scarlet Overkill (Sandra Bullock). His previous voice acting work includes such TV shows as Robot Chicken and Archer. [Deadline]
- Emily Rome
There are few films that I’ve come around on as much as I’ve come around on Mike Cahill‘s Another Earth. When the film bowed at Sundance 2011, it was as one half of the buzzed-about “arrival” of star and co-writer Brit Marling, who quite memorably debuted yet another film at the festival that she also co-wrote and starred in (the still far superior Sound of My Voice). While Somv instantly captivated me (and continues to do so), Another Earth frustrated and, quite frankly, angered me. Its unique plot – a twin Earth is discovered heading towards our own Earth, and it soon becomes obvious that said twin Earth also contains a twin of everything else, including Marling’s unlucky Rhoda Williams – seemed utterly wasted, with Cahill and Marling more concerned with mining the non-drama of Marling’s inappropriate relationship with a guy whose family she accidentally killed. Another Earth only came, well »
- Kate Erbland
Deadline report that he’ll be reuniting once more with Brit Marling, who will star alongside Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), Astrid Bergès-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), and Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife).
Pitt plays a molecular biologist who, together with his brilliant lab partner (Marling), uncovers startling evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.
Cahill’s debut was one of the best and most memorable sci-fi movies I think I’ve ever seen. So naturally, I cannot wait to see what he has for us next.
Cahill co-write that first film with Marling, but it sounds like he’ll be directing from a script he wrote solo for I Origins.
- Kenji Lloyd
The first teaser trailer debuted earlier in the year, followed by a great new poster last month. And with its release in the Us fast approaching at the end of May, Fox Searchlight have debuted a new trailer and poster to raise the anticipation that much higher.
In The East, Sarah Moss (Marling) is a brilliant operative for an elite private intelligence firm whose top objective is to ruthlessly protect the interests of their A-list corporate clientele. She is assigned to go undercover to infiltrate an »
- Kenji Lloyd
While it is doubtful the phrase .Academy Award winner Sam Worthington. is going to sincerely come out of someone.s mouth anytime soon, the guy definitely has an enviable career, mixing gigantic budget affairs like Avatar and Wrath of the Titans with low-budget flicks like Texas Killing Fields. Put him in anything, and he.ll be serviceable. So why not a Civil War thriller? Deadline reports he's the latest to join The Keeping Room, the second film from Harry Brown director Daniel Barber - and I think it.s safe to call him the male lead. He joins Brit Marling (Sound of My Voice), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit) and Nicole Beharie (42) in the film, which was written by Julia Hart. In The Keeping Room, Worthington will play a soldier in the last days of the Civil War who breaks off from the impending Union Army and stumbles upon a group »
Director Mike Cahill has assembled the cast for his follow-up to his 2011 Sundance hit Another Earth. Deadline reports that Michael Pitt (Boardwalk Empire), Brit Marling (Sound of My Voice), Astrid Berges-Frisbey (Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides), Steven Yeun (The Walking Dead), and Emmy-winner Archie Panjabi (The Good Wife) will star in I Origins. Cahill wrote the screenplay, which centers on a molecular biologist and his brilliant lab partner who uncover “startling evidence that may fundamentally change society as we know it.” Pitt will star as the biologist, and the premise sounds like it will tread territory similar to Another Earth, which was a grounded, character-centric story that was told within the confines of a sci-fi premise. Marling co-wrote Another Earth with Cahill, but this one appears to be written solely by Cahill. The actress will next be seen in the thriller The East, which she co-wrote with her »
- Adam Chitwood
We’ve got a couple of casting stories to share this evening. First up, Deadline reports that Sam Worthington has joined the cast of the Civil War drama The Keeping Room. Set in the final days of the Civil War, the story centers on three southern women—two sisters and one African American slave—who are forced to defend their home against an onslaught of soldiers who have broken off from the approaching Union Army. Brit Marling (Sound of My Voice), Hailee Steinfeld (True Grit), and Nicole Beharie (Shame) are set to star as the female leads, with Marling filling the elder sister role that was previously occupied by Olivia Wilde. Daniel Barber (Harry Brown) is directing from a script by Julia Hart, and production is set to get underway in June. Details regarding Worthington’s character aren’t given, but the actor most recently wrapped David Ayer’s thriller Ten. »
- Adam Chitwood
The summer season has, over the past few decades, become synonymous with movie blockbuster season, as studios have found the months of May to August to contain the most profitable release dates for big-budget tentpole features, leading to the summer of recent years being filled with superhero films, big budget CGI features, and other tentpole movies that draw in huge crowds. This year is no different, as Marvel’s Iron Man 3 is set to kick off the summer movie season as May rolls around. However, this doesn’t mean non-blockbuster features don’t make their way to theatres during this time, and for those looking for smaller features, there are plenty of viewing options. Here are ten of our most anticipated non-blockbuster features set to be released over the next few months.
Author’s note: All films were selected based on their release date in American theatres. »
- Deepayan Sengupta
Olivia Wilde was originally attached to star but she is no longer involved with the project which follows three Southern women forced to defend their home from a band of civil war soldiers who have broken off from the fast approaching Union Army.
Hailee Steinfeld and Nicole Beharie co-star in the project. Julia Hart penned the 2012 Black List script, while Jordan Horowitz Judd Payne, Matt Williams, David McFadzean and Dete Meserve will produce.
Source: The Wrap »
- Garth Franklin
Olivia Wilde has dropped out of Daniel Barber’s The Keeping Room (apparently that title is being changed) and replacing her in the Civil War-era dramatic thriller will be up and coming actress Brit Marling, who is starting to make quite the name for herself. Co-starring Hailee Steinfeld and Nicole Beharie, the film will see Marling and Steinfeld play sisters who, “along with an African-American slave (Beharie), are forced to defend their Southern home from soldiers who have broken off from the fast-approaching Union Army.”
It’s unknown why Wilde had to drop out but it’s most likely due to scheduling conflicts. Personally, whatever the reason is, it doesn’t matter to me. I’m just thrilled to see Marling in another film. After breaking out with the indie darling Another Earth, the young actress has been taking Hollywood by storm. She was terrific in the recently released Robert Redford film, »
- Matt Joseph
The story centers on a group of students whose technological invention has far-reaching ramifications that these young minds cannot fully comprehend. While the project isn't set up at a studio yet, both Jason Blum and Chris Morgan have first-look deals at Universal Pictures, so it seems likely that the movie may end up there. No production schedule was released.
Christopher Denham played one of the houseguests in last year's Best Picture Argo. He has also appeared in The Bay, Sound of My Voice, and had a three-episode arc on the Fox series The Following. On the other side of the camera, he wrote and directed the 2008 feature Home Movie, and wrote the script for director Oren Peli's Area 51. »
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