Opening this weekend, in limited release, is director/co-writer 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 and becomes conflicted when she starts falling for the charismatic leader (Alexander Skarsgard). The impressive ensemble cast also includes Ellen Page, Patricia Clarkson, and Julia Ormond, and you can click here to watch the trailer and here is Matt’s review.
Last week I landed an extended video interview with Ellen Page. She talked about wanting to work with Marling and Batmanglij, the parallels of the film to real world issues, whether or not the script changed during production, the process of shooting the film in only four weeks, premiering at Sundance, and much more. In addition, Page talked about the popularity of Inception and if she’s still asked about it, does she censor herself on Twitter, X-Men: Days of Future Past and having Bryan Singer tweet out a picture of her on set, upcoming projects like Freeheld and the video game Beyond: Two Souls, doing a voice on Family Guy, and more. Hit the jump to watch.
With director James Gunn’s superhero flick Super opening this weekend, I recently got to sit down with Ellen Page to talk about how she got involved with the project. As you might expect from Gunn (Slither, PG-Porn), the film is violent, twisted, and darkly comic. During the interview, Page talked about the six degrees of Kevin Bacon, what’s her karaoke song, does she have an opinion on the ending of Inception, the violence in Super, upcoming projects like Freeheld (which will be written by Ron Nyswaner) and Stitch and Bitch with Alia Shawkat.
Finally, if you’re a fan of Page, you definitely need to see Super. The reason I say this is you’ve never seen Page like this. When I saw Super, she had the entire theater laughing at some of the insane stuff she does on screen. It was great. Hit the jump to watch the interview:
Before going any further, to all the people nervous if you watch my video interview with Ellen Page it’ll somehow ruin Inception…don’t worry. I made sure to only ask questions about parts of the movie that were featured in the trailers, that way you can watch the interview and still walk in spoiler free. And trust me…that’s what you want to do. The less you know about Inception the better.
Anyway, at the recent Los Angeles press day for the film, I was able to speak with Miss Page after the press conference ended. During the extended interview we talked about what it was really like to make the movie, working for Christopher Nolan and alongside Leonardo DiCaprio, the paparazzi, does she read online sites, and we talked about future projects like HBO’s Tilda, Freeheld (which Catherine Hardwicke is attached to direct), Super, the Michel Gondry project Return of the Ice Kids, and a lot more.
If you’re a fan of this talented actress, you’ll love the interview, as it really turned out great. Hit the jump to check it out:
Ellen Page will star in the drama Freeheld, which is based on Cynthia Wade’s Oscar-winning short documentary of the same name. According to THR, the documentary “centered on the true story of New Jersey car mechanic Stacie Andree and her police detective girlfriend Laurel Hester, who both battled to secure Hester’s pension benefits after she was diagnosed with a terminal illness.” Page will play Andree. Oscar-nominated screenwriter Ron Nyswaner (Philadelphia) will pen the script.
Hit the jump to see a brief news piece on the film. Page will next be seen this summer in Christopher Nolan’s Inception.