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'Sound Of My Voice' Star Brit Marling Talks Playing A Cult Leader & Crafting High Concept Popcorn Movies That Make You Think

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 26, 2012 1:00 PM
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From the outside, the idea of joining a cult, of giving yourself to a random stranger who claims to have an answer or a connection that lead you fuller, happier life or offer some kind of salvation from this world seems absurd. And certainly, to Peter, a school teacher and amateur investagtive journalist in Zal Batmanglij's "Sound Of My Voice," he sees it at first as a topic worth of a documentary. Together with his girlfriend Lorna, they infiltrate a group led by Maggie, an enigmatic but utterly compelling young woman who boldly claims to be from future, and promises her followers to keep them safe from something unsaid that's coming down the line.

Review: 'Sound Of My Voice' A Sparse, Sturdy Debut By Zal Batmanglij With A Star Turn By Brit Marling

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • April 25, 2012 1:00 PM
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A sterile basement, untouched by tainted hands. A small coalition of the willing, clean, bright-eyed and brimming with a mixture of fear and optimism. A beautiful woman with a secret, clad in white, attached to a breathing apparatus, telling an outlandish story. Like the listeners, you hang on to every word, you cling to every hidden meaning. This is the world of “Sound of My Voice.”

In Over Their Heads Or Investigative Journalism? New Clip From 'Sound Of My Voice'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 10, 2012 9:44 AM
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What would happen if you discovered that a young woman, claiming to be from the future, was recruiting followers in your neighborhood? Would you go check it out? And if you did, would you want to return to your everyday routine afterward? That's the question at the heart of this new clip from Zal Batmanglij's "Sound Of My Voice."

Sundance Review: Richard Gere Shines In The Gripping Moral Morass Of 'Arbitrage'

  • By William Goss
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  • January 29, 2012 12:02 PM
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Robert Miller (Richard Gere) is celebrating his 60th birthday at the start of "Arbitrage," first with his family – including wife Ellen (Susan Sarandon) and daughter/chief financial officer Brooke (Brit Marling) – and then with his mistress, Julie (Laetitia Casta). As the hedge fund manager’s deep financial woes become apparent to us, one wonders if he isn’t wishing while blowing out two cakes’ worth of candles for the ability to convince every character around that he still has the Midas touch.

Brit Marling Says 'The East' Has An Undercurrent Of "Revolution And Rebellion" In The Story

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 30, 2011 3:58 PM
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Just a year ago, Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij were scrambling to finish their debut collaboration, “Sound of My Voice,” to have it ready in time for the Sundance Film Festival. Speaking last week to Marling from the Shreveport, LA set of their follow-up, “The East,” the multitalented actress seemed enormously grateful for the opportunities she and Batmanglij are currently enjoying, even if Hollywood hasn’t yet quite written them a blank check.

Brit Marling Says She's Learned The Power Of Simplicity From Working With Robert Redford On 'The Company You Keep'

  • By Todd Gilchrist
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  • November 29, 2011 3:20 PM
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If you hadn’t heard of Brit Marling prior to 2011, you’re like most people – she was still a struggling unknown, trying to build a career as an artist using a degree in economics, and not much else. But within the past eleven months, the actress, screenwriter and director has made inroads to Hollywood in ways rivaled only by Jessica Chastain and Michael Fassbender: two films she co-wrote, “Another Earth” and “Sound of My Voice,” premiered at the Sundance Film Festival and were quickly snapped up by Fox Searchlight for distribution, while as an actress Marling found work sharing the screen with Richard Gere, Stanley Tucci, Susan Sarandon, and Shia LaBeouf, for directors of no less stature than Robert Redford. And speaking to The Playlist about the DVD release for “Another Earth,” it seems like she’s learned no shortage of lessons she’ll take with her going forward.

Shiloh Fernandez & Aldis Hodge Board Zal Batmanglij & Brit Marling's Eco-Thriller 'The East'

  • By Simon Dang
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  • November 1, 2011 4:29 AM
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Park City has been the scene of plenty of break-out performances in recent years, but this year's festival looks set to be known as the birth and unveiling of Brit Marling. The actress came to the festival with Mike Cahill's "Another Earth" and Zal Batmanglij's "Sound Of My Voice," and walked away with her name on everyone's lips -- she's since scored roles in "Arbitrage" opposite Richard Gere and Susan Sarandon as well as in Robert Redford's "The Company You Keep," which boasts an all-star cast.

Toby Kebbell Joins Brit Marling, Ellen Page & Alexander Skarsgard In 'The East'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • October 4, 2011 3:05 AM
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There may be no sign of their first collaboration, "The Sound of My Voice," appearing in theaters yet -- the disappointing box office take of "Another Earth" probably means a rethink in marketing -- but that hasn't stopped Fox Searchlight, writer/star Brit Marling and director Zal Batmanglij from planning another venture. Marling and Batmanglij, who have been riding high since their cult thriller dropped at Sundance, sold a new script to the indie label earlier in the year, and they've been busy filling it with all kinds of rising stars in the last few weeks.

Brit Marling, Jessica Chastain, Olivia Wilde, Noomi Rapace & Olga Kurylenko Testing For 'Oblivion'

  • By Gabe Toro
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  • August 26, 2011 3:08 AM
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Film Now Titled 'Horizon'Throughout all the negative PR of the last few years, Tom Cruise remains undeterred, awesomely acting as if he is still Hollywood's biggest star. After the somewhat-dicey "Mission: Impossible -- Ghost Protocol" this holiday season, he's got a no-fail supporting role in "Rock Of Ages" followed by crime picture "One Shot" arriving in 2013, a pretty decent slate for a guy some audiences still consider toxic. After that, Cruise is going big, returning to the genre that served him well in "War Of The Worlds" and "Vanilla Sky" with Joseph Kosinki's "Horizon," formerly titled "Oblivion," and its currently casting two lovely ladies with the opportunity to seduce the practicing Thetan.

Brit Marling Pushes Aside Tom Cruise & Steven Soderbergh For Robert Redford's 'The Company You Keep'

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • August 9, 2011 2:24 AM
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If you're an actor, and you're finding it hard to find the kind of roles you'd really like, the best thing you can do is get behind a typewriter and write them yourself. The latest to follow in the steps of, say, Jon Favreau and Edward Burns is Brit Marling, whose credits were relatively few before her acclaimed pair of films, "Another Earth" and "The Sound Of My Voice," both of which she co-wrote, hit Sundance at the start of the year, instantly making her one of the fastest-rising stars around.

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