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The East is the name of a anonymous terrorist group that treats devious corporate bosses with eye-for-an-eye justice. Spill oil in the ocean, we’ll flood your mansion with the same material. The title group is led by Benji (Alexander Skarsgaard), and features members played by Ellen Page and Toby Kebbell. Brit Marling plays Sarah, a Christian woman hired by a secret company to infiltrate the East, in order to understand and stop their efforts.
Batmanglij and Marling have collaborated before, having co-written Batmanglij’s first feature, 2011′s Sound of My Voice. Marling also starred in Another Earth from co-writer/director Mike Cahill in 2011, and has recently appeared in The Company You Keep, Arbitrage, and an episode of “Community.”
In a roundtable interview, I sat down with this creative duo to discuss ideas from the film, the influence Voice had on their second project, the film’s most shocking scene, »
- Nick Allen
An anarchist group referring to themselves as The East has just performed their first act of terrorism by flooding the Hampton home of an oil company exec with the very crude his company spilled into the ocean, destroying the wildlife and environment without consequence. Their identities and whereabouts are unknown as is their next target. Sarah Moss (Brit Marling) works for a private investigative firm and she's been assigned to track down and infiltrate this group, and learn what she can so as to prevent such attacks and negative exposure from occurring to the firm's corporate clientele. The battle lines are clear, but the grey area between right and wrong remains daunting. The East takes a good hard look at the idea of right and wrong and through Sarah we're presented with point/counterpoint and asked "What would you doc" and then all that's left is to ask, "But will »
- Brad Brevet
Directed by Zal Batmanglij
A taut thriller invested in its characters’ complex moral decisions, The East demands we see how easily white-collar crime escapes culpability and provocatively questions how a people’s revolution can better civilization without resorting to explosive ends. The ruthless, money-hungry businesses in director Zal Batmanglij’s second feature operate without repercussion and turn a blind eye to the suffering they create. Are humiliation and violence the only methods that can effectively encourage accountability in such companies? Can society be compelled to make the well-being of civilians a priority over corporate profit? Brit Marling (Another Earth, Arbitrage) plays a bright undercover operative contracted to protect corporations and their CEOs from sabotage, embarrassment or physical harm. She infiltrates The East, a shadowy cult that’s hell bent on exposing large-scale corruption. Marling’s character Jane becomes a drifter »
- Lane Scarberry
Brit Marling first got the idea for the new eco-thriller "The East" four years ago. She just didn't know it then. It was 2009 when Marling and director Zal Batmanglij decided to travel around the country for what Marling calls an "adventure."
"We had been reading a lot about the anarchist movement and freeing collectives. The ideas were so interesting," Marling, 29, told HuffPost Entertainment. "I remember reading an anarchist manifesto online that was so beautifully written and so impacting and it had no byline. They just did not care about credit or ego or vanity. It was just about sharing ideas. I was like, 'Who are these people? I want to know these people.'"
Marling and Batmanglij spent the summer of 2009 doing just that, sleeping on rooftops, train hopping and meeting with anarchist collectives. By September, they were back in Los Angeles, where they decided to turn their experiences into screenplays. »
- Christopher Rosen
Emirati helmer Ali F. Mostafa (“City of Life”) will shoot “A to B,” a road movie about three Western-educated Arab youths who travel 1,500 miles from Abu Dhabi to Beirut in memory of their deceased best friend whose presence is felt throughout.
A rare case of a truly pan-Arab project, in terms of both narrative and production, “A to B” marks the collaboration of a trio of young producers with fresh outlooks: Saudi Arabia’s Mohammed Al Turki (“Arbitrage”), Egypt’s Mohamed Hefzi (“My Brother the Devil”) and Lebanon’s Paul Baboudjian (“Here Comes the Rain”).
“A to B” is the first Emirati feature co-financed by Abu Dhabi’s government-backed TwoFour54 media hub, headed by Wayne Borg, whose mission is to build a film and TV industry with international standing in the Emirati capital, and, by extension, in the UAE.
“A to B” will have mostly English dialogue, reflecting the reality »
- Nick Vivarelli
The first woman to report live from the floor of the New York Stock Exchange is now with Creative Artists Agency. CNBC anchor Maria Bartiromo will be represented by the agency in all areas. Presently the anchor of CNBC’s Closing Bell with Maria Bartiromo as well as host and Managing Editor of The Wall Street Journal Report with Maria Bartiromo, the journalist’s latest deal with the business news network is set to expire at the end of this year. Bartiromo has been on-air with CNBC since 1993, after several years as behind the camera at CNN. As well as reporting on the Street, Bartiromo has had a side career playing herself on the big screen. She has appeared in features Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps, Inside Job and Arbitrage among others. A frequent talk show guest and pundit , news footage of Bartiromo also appeared in a 2003 episode of The Sopranos. »
- DOMINIC PATTEN
Hollywood and L.A. literati are joining forces May 5 to shine a spotlight on censorship, as nonprofit Pen Center USA gears up for its Forbidden Fruit: Readings From Banned Works of Literature fundraiser.
Good eats, drinks and a silent auction kick off the party at 4:30 p.m. Helmer John Landis, Los Angeles Review of Books founder and editor Tom Lutz and “NCIS: Los Angeles” co-star Renee Felice Smith will read aloud from formerly taboo tomes “Catch-22″; “Huckleberry Finn”; “To Kill a Mockingbird”; “The Catcher in the Rye”; “The Color Purple” (pictured above) and “Of Mice and Men.”
“Banned books have ranged from the political to the provocative, from the sexual to the surprisingly benign,” says Pen Center USA board member Laura Bickford (also producer of “Traffic” and “Arbitrage”). “What they have in common is the controversy surrounding them.”
- Sean Fitz-Gerald
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
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
Juno has been a bad, bad girl. Ellen Page gets all fanatic-like in a brand-new trailer for Fox Searchlight's "The East," a forthcoming thriller that stars Brit Marling ("Sound of My Voice," "Arbitrage") as a young intelligence agent tasked with infiltrating an anarchist collective - only things get complicated when she falls in love with group leader Benji (Alexander Skarsgard). Also starring Patricia Clarkson, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Julia Ormond and Jason Ritter and directed by Zal Batmanglij ("Sound of My Voice"), the film premiered to generally positive notices at this year's Sundance (read Guy Lodge's review) and also screened at »
- Chris Eggertsen
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 18, 2013
Price: DVD $29.98, Blu-ray/DVD Combo $39.99
Studio: 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment
Movie 43 might have the distinction of featuring the most movie stars in a film that’s not a documentary about Hollywood.
The comedy stars Hugh Jackman (Real Steel), Justin Long (Going the Distance), Dennis Quaid (The Words), Greg Kinnear (The Kennedys), Emma Stone (Gangster Squad), Kate Winslet (Contagion), Liev Schreiber (Salt), Naomi Watts (Fair Game), Anna Faris (What’s Your Number?), Gerard Butler (Playing For Keeps), Halle Berry (Cloud Atlas), Terrence Howard (The Ledge), Elizabeth Banks (The Next Three Days), Richard Gere (Arbitrage), Kate Bosworth (Straw Dogs), Kristen Bell (Big Miracle), Jason Sudeikis (Horrible Bosses), Josh Duhamel (Life As We Know It), Uma Thurman (Pulp Fiction) … Phew!
Robert Redford’s Jim Grant speaks a poignant line in his latest film, The Company You Keep, stating, “Secrets are dangerous things. We all think we want to know them, but if you’ve ever kept one yourself then you understand to do so is not just knowing something about someone else, it’s discovering something about yourself.” As the film’s ominous title suggests, The Company You Keep is about uncovering secrets and what doing so can mean for the people keeping them and those desperate to reveal them. Driven by dynamic performances from an all-star cast, The Company You Keep is as much about what is said as what is not said, all underscored by a restrained, but moving score from Cliff Martinez. Martinez’s rock band roots have made him no stranger to electrifying his scores and pushing the boundaries of standard orchestration. Unlike the thriller pulse Martinez created for last year’s Arbitrage »
- Allison Loring
Blu-ray & DVD Release Date: June 11, 2013
Price: DVD $30.98, Blu-ray $39.99
Johnson stars as John Matthews, the owner of a construction company, who learns his son faces 10 tough years in a Federal prison for drug possession. Convinced it was a set-up, he volunteers to become an undercover informant and infiltrate a ruthless cartel headed by the nefarious “El Topo” (Benjamin Bratt, La Mission). With his back against the wall and a web of tricky legalities and growing danger tightening around him, his life totally on the line, Matthews must expose the true criminals before they discover his identity.
The Us war on drugs has cost one trillion dollars and resulted in 45m arrests. And yet nothing has changed, argues film-maker Eugene Jarecki, a polemical campaigner to reform America's drugs laws. So what did the prisoners in a New York jail think when he showed them his documentary?
Once consigned to the fringes of libertarianism, the argument for the legalisation of drugs has received an unlikely boost in America in recent months with the release of a documentary entitled The House I Live In. Coinciding with the decision by the states of Colorado and Washington to legalise marijuana, the film won the Grand Jury prize at the Sundance film festival last year and has arrived at a moment when Americans are beginning to reconsider the efficacy of their nation's drug policy.
Packed with facts, stories and polemics, the film traces the history of America's changing attitudes to drugs and »
- Andrew Anthony
The Weinstein Company (TWC) officially announced their acquisition of the U.S. distribution rights to the upcoming Grace of Monaco, produced by Yrf Entertainment’s Uday Chopra. The film is directed by Olivier Dahan (La Vie En Rose) with a screenplay by Arash Amel. Pierre- Ange le Pogam of Stone Angels and Arash Amel also produced.
Grace of Monaco is set to have a December 27th limited release based on the model the company used for the Academy Award® winning Iron Lady.
Commenting on the deal, Dahan said: “It has been a wonderful experience to be working with Nicole, Tim, Frank, and the whole group. I am very happy now to share the experience with Monsieur Weinstein and the whole team at TWC. This
- Press Releases
Deadline reports that the company, founded by Bob and Harvey Weinstein, are thought to be paying a $5m. minimum guarantee for the film, with a P&A commitment of around $10m., with at least an 800-screen run.
The studio of course had big successes last year, »
- Kenji Lloyd
At the First Time Fest, accomplished filmmakers came to teach and advocate new filmmakers how to get their film made and how to make their film popular. As part of the How They Did It Panel Series, the “We Need A Bigger Boat-Producing Independent Cinema” panel had producers speak about the struggles they had not only making their first films, but also the films they’re working on right now.
Guests of the Producers Panel were Josh Astrachan, who produced Gosford’s Park, as well as Rose Ganguzza, whose latest and widely distributed film was Margin Call. Jonathan Grey was in attendance as well, having produced not only Margin Call but Machete as well recently. Dolly Hall, who produced 54, was there as well, with Bob Salerno talking about Arbitrage and Tim Perell, who produced The Rebound. The six producers spoke about their work as producers and how they had their films made with major problems, »
- Catherina Gioino
Susan Sarandon is in some serious negotiations to join previously announced Melissa McCarthy in the upcoming movie titled Tammy! And yes, we are talking about a completely new road trip comedy, which comes from McCarthy and her husband Ben Falcone who is on board to direct the whole thing! At this moment we know that McCarthy and Falcone stand behind the Tammy script which will reportedly revolve around: …a woman who is laid off from her job at a fast food restaurant, discovers her husband is having an affair and decides to go on a road trip with her alcoholic, foul-mouthed, diabetic grandmother. So, we... Related posts: Brit Marling Joins Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon for Arbitrage Melissa McCarthy and Ryan Lee Join Knocked Up Spin-Off Susan Sarandon To Star In Wall Street 2 Sandra Bullock and Melissa McCarthy to Star in Paul Feig’s The Heat Susan Sarandon, Bill Pullman »
- Jeanne Standal
Zal Batmanglij‘s latest thriller simply titled The East is set to hit limited theaters this May. But I’m sure you already know that, right? You probably also remember that the movie has an awesome cast on board, which includes Brit Marling, Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgard? Ok then, it’s time for us to share a brand new poster for the whole thing – head inside to take a better look! Batmanglij directed the movie from a script he co-wrote with Brit Marling, and as we previously reported, the whole thing centers on Marling’s character – Sarah Moss, an operative for a private intelligence firm called... Related posts: First Look At Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård & Ellen Page In The East! The First Trailer And Poster For The East Brit Marling inTalks for Robert Redford’s The Company You Keep Ellen Page will play Jane Eyre Brit Marling Joins Richard Gere »
- Jeanne Standal
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