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Up-and-coming actress Brit Marling came on HuffPost Live to discuss her role in the environmental activism thriller, "The East" opening in theaters May 31. Marling stars as an FBI agent assigned to infiltrate a group of extreme environmental activists called "The East" led by Alexander Skarsgard and Ellen Page.
Director Zal Batmanglij and Marling discussed a scene of bonding between the cult members where the members of "the East" play spin the bottle and freely kiss one another regardless of their sexual identities. Marling at one point kisses Ellen Page and director Zal told host Ricky Camilleri the inspiration for this scene came from an actual experience both Zal and Marling had while playing spin the bottle together on the road.
Marling said the cast were so comfortable with each other that they just began spinning and kissing each other freely. "It was amazing because nobody knows where the bottles going »
- Ricky Camilleri
Zal Batmanglij's "The East" premiered at the 2013 Sundance Film Festival in January. Its positioning this summer has me interested in giving it another look amid the surrounding blockbuster noise. The film is about an operative for a private intelligence firm embedded in a corporation-focused anarchist group who sees her priorities tested. It is the follow-up to Batmanglij's debut, "Sound of my Voice." Patricia Clarkson and Brit Marling are featured in the clip above, the former reminding of how she can lift a character right off the page. Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page and Toby Kebbell also star. As with "Sound of »
- Kristopher Tapley
Fox Searchlight has released a batch of new high-resolution images from director Zal Batmanglij’s (Sound of My Voice) eco-terrorist thriller The East. Brit Marling co-wrote the script with Batmanglij and stars as an undercover operative for an elite private intelligence firm who infiltrates a domestic terrorist organization in order to protect her corporate clientele. Once she starts living as part of the anarchist collective, though, she finds that her loyalties aren’t as solid as she believed them to be. I caught the film at Sundance and it’s a very solid thriller that poses some fascinating questions that don’t exactly have easy answers. It has a lot to say about the world we live in, but the film still manages to work very effectively as commercial entertainment, as evidenced by the most recent trailer. Hit the jump to check out the images, click here to read Matt’s review, »
- Adam Chitwood
"I didn't know for that long," she told Collider. "I knew they were kind of doing it, but I didn't expect it.
"I didn't expect to play Kitty Pryde again, so when that came up and I met with Bryan [Singer], because I didn't work with Bryan I worked with Brett Ratner, it was just awesome.
"I feel so grateful to be back... Really, truly, it's not like something I've known for a year by any means. I really didn't know that long before we went to shoot."
Page starred as Pryde in Ratner's poorly received X-Men: The Last Stand.
Her character played a central role in the original, two-issue 'Days of Future Past' storyline. It is unclear how closely the film will follow the »
The East Fox Searchlight Pictures Director: Zal Batmanglij Screenwriter: Zal Batmanglij, Brit Marling Cast: Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgard, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez, Julia Osmond, Patricia Clarkson Screened at: Fox, NYC, 5/14/13 Opens: May 31, 2013 The Department of Homeland Security lists the Animal Liberation Front as a domestic terror organization. This group would go further than the more moderate animal rights organizations like PETA and the Humane Society by breaking into laboratories and freeing monkeys and other animals are kept for experimentation. The Alf is an example of a well-meaning group driven to extreme measures under the belief that anything more moderate will not work. In the film [ Read More ]
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- Harvey Karten
New shots of Orlando Bloom in Zulu, Tilda Swinton and Tom Hiddleston in Only Lovers Left Alive, Henry Cavill in Man of Steel, Natalie Portman and Christian Bale in Terence Malick's Knight of Cups, Colin Farrell and Jessica Chastain in Miss Julie, Clive Owen and Mila Kunis in Blood Ties, Brit Marling in The East, and Nicole Kidman in Grace of Monaco.
"The upcoming 3D Blu-ray release of 'Star Trek Into Darkness' will come with a limited edition phaser (non-working of course). No official date has been announced, though unofficially »
- Garth Franklin
As you’re probably well aware if you follow director Bryan Singer on Twitter, production is currently underway on the highly ambitious sequel X-Men: Days of Future Past. While the film is very much a sequel to 2011’s X-Men: First Class, it also bridges the gap between the younger versions of the X-Men characters and their grown-up counterparts that were seen in the previous three X-Men films. The story of Days of Future Past involves time travel and alternate realities, and Singer has amassed an all-star ensemble of actors that includes a large amount of the original trilogy cast in addition to the First Class stars. One of the returning characters in Dofp is Ellen Page’s mutant Kitty Pryde, who was last seen in X-Men: The Last Stand. Pryde plays a pretty substantial role in the comics storyline for Dofp, and so Pryde is expected to be a crucial character in Singer’s film. »
- Adam Chitwood
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
ComingSoon.net has your exclusive first look at five new photos from director Zal Batmanglij's The East , starring Brit Marling, Alexander Skarsgård, Ellen Page, Toby Kebbell, Shiloh Fernandez and Patricia Clarkson. Co-written by Batmanglij and Marling, the May 31 release stars Marling as former FBI agent Sarah Moss. Moss is starting a new career at Hiller Brood, an elite private intelligence firm that ruthlessly protects the interests of its A-list corporate clientele. Handpicked for a plum assignment by the company.s head honcho, Sharon (Clarkson), Sarah goes deep undercover to infiltrate The East, an elusive anarchist collective seeking revenge against major corporations guilty of covering up criminal activity. Determined, highly-trained and resourceful, Sarah soon ingratiates »
Brit Marling has been given a very important assignment in this exclusive clip from the new thriller "The East." Marling plays Sarah Moss, a former FBI agent now working at Hiller Brood, an elite private intelligence firm that protects the interests of A-list corporate clientele. In the clip, Moss sits down for a chat with her boss, Sharon (Patricia Clarkson), and, after a little suspense, learns she has been chosen for a special mission. "The East" follows Moss as she begins her new career at Brood and goes undercover to infiltrate The East, an elusive anarchist group looking to bring down major corporations guilty of covering up criminal activities. Alexander Skarsgard and Ellen Page also star. "The East" hits theaters May 31. »
- Dana Taddeo
While this summer will see big films like "Pacific Rim," "Elyisum" and “Man Of Steel” stomping their way into theaters. they’ll be brushing elbows with indies like the latest film from Sundance darlings Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij, the thriller “The East.” And Fox Searchlight has released a new clip alongside two new TV spots. Co-written by Marling and Batmanglij, the thriller follows Marling as a private intelligence firm operative who infiltrates an anarchist organization led by Alexander Skarsgard and begins to question her ideals. The clip focuses on Marling changing her appearance in the lead up to her undercover assignment alongside a speech made by Patricia Clarkson to potential clients. Lean and mean, this looks like a no-frills thriller in the vein of Paul Greengrass’ work on the 'Bourne' films. Next up are two effective, if a bit disorientating, TV spots that do a nice job of drawing you in without. »
- Cain Rodriguez
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Hello fellow queer cinephiles! As we enter the long, hot days of summer, everyone wants to cool off in a theater and watch other people try to save the world. The summer tends to be a pretty testosterone-soaked season for movies, so I’m here to help you sort the films you want to be in the front row for from those you just use as an excuse to cuddle in the back.
Editor's note: * denotes a film that includes openly lesbian/bi actresses or lesbian/bi characters.
Venus and Serena
You’re there to see: Venus and Serena Williams, obviously.
In a nutshell: Who doesn’t want to know more about the two sisters who changed tennis forever? This one’s a must-see for any lesbian with a pair of athletic shoes.
- Elaine Atwell
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
The East, remember that suspenseful and provocative espionage thriller? Sure you do, things are pretty clear with Zal Batmanglij‘s latest flick: spy on us – we’ll spy on you! Anyway, the movie is set to hit limited theaters this month, so we’re back to give you another look at Brit Marling, Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgård and a brand new featurette from the whole thing. Check it out! Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling stand behind the movie script which revolves around Marling’s character – Sarah Moss, a former FBI agent and an operative for the private intelligence firm Hiller Brood who infiltrates an anarchist collective...
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- Jeanne Standal
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
Caesar the ape will be back on our screens next year in Dawn Of The Planet Of The Apes. Forthcoming details on the plot have been sparse, and little marketing material has been leaked out by the studio. The tiny amount revealed up until now confirmed that the film takes place fifteen years after the events of its predecessor, but that’s all we know.
As the production of Dawn is well underway, the powers that be have decided it’s time to memo the world on the official storyline. Yesterday Fox unveiled their synopsis, which reads as follows:
A growing nation of genetically evolved apes led by Caesar is threatened by a band of human survivors of the devastating virus unleashed a decade earlier. They reach a fragile peace, but it proves short-lived, as both sides are brought to the brink of a war that will determine who will »
- Gem Seddon
"X-Men: Days of Future Past" has become like a high school reunion for past graduates from Dr. Xavier's School for Gifted Youngsters.
Director Bryan Singer has reunited most of the cast from the original two "X-Men" films that he directed with actors from Brett Ratner's "X-Men: The Last Stand" and Matthew Vaughn's "X-Men: First Class" for the new film. That means Hugh Jackman, Halle Berry, Ian McKellen and Patrick Stewart are sharing the same IMDb page as Michael Fassbender, James McAvoy and Jennifer Lawrence. (The "X-Men: Days of Future Past" storyline deals with time travel and alternate dimensions, which accounts for the presence of old and young "X-Men" characters.)
Singer has frequently used Twitter during the "X-Men" production process to break news about the film (sometimes, ahem, false news), and the director took to social media once again on Friday to unveil a first look at Ellen Page's "X-Men" return. »
- Christopher Rosen
On this week's episode of The Golden Briefcase, Tim and Jeremy are joined by Brian Salisbury of Spill.com and Film School Rejects to go through their latest picks of the week, the newest in DVD & Blu-ray releases, new trailers for Zal Batmanglij's The East and Eli Roth's Chilean horror Aftershock and much more. The main topic of the night was a discussion on the movies coming in Summer 2013, in honor of Marvel's Iron Man 3 hitting theaters this weekend. The guys go over all the movies they are most excited for, what they are dreading and which filmmakers will be recognized at the end of the summer. Listen in! The Golden Briefcase is also broadcast Live on Wednesday nights starting ~7:30Pm Pst. You can listen in via our Ustream page or by visiting our own live page right here on Fs. The podcast is just as »
- Tim Buel
He was recently reported to have been offered the lead role in the remake of James O'Barr's cult comic.
"No, I'm not attached to anything right now after True Blood," Skarsgård told MTV when asked about the rumour.
Avengers star Tom Hiddleston is another name that has recently been mentioned in connection to the film.
Watch a trailer for the original The Crow below: »
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
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