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New Photos Of Brit Marling, Ellen Page & Alexander Skarsgård In 'The East'

  • By Edward Davis
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  • April 20, 2013 10:35 AM
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Actor/writer Brit Marling and director/writer Zal Batmanglij -- the creative team behind the smart little indie "The Sound Of My Voice" -- are just getting started, but their sophomore effort is about to arrive and it's hopefully the second chapter in a long line of collaborations. The duo employ genre elements and then turn them on their sides with an independent, character-driven perspective and the results, so far, have been certainly worthwhile. The premise of their latest, "The East," is super intriguing as well and centers on an operative for an elite private intelligence firm (Marling) who is tasked with infiltrating an anarchist group known for executing covert attacks upon major corporations. However, personal conflicts arise when she integrates into the group and begins to fall for one of its charismatic members.

Zal Batmanglij's 'The East' To Close SXSW Film Festival; 'The Spectacular Now' Also Added To Lineup

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • February 13, 2013 3:00 PM
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It looks like SXSW is going to be a bit of Sundance South in 2013. With Park City premieres like "Don Jon's Addiction," "Computer Chess," "Prince Avalanche," "Before Midnight" and "Upstream Color" all headed to Austin, one more movie that unspooled at the festival is making its way to the city of BBQ.

We Don't Care How Rich You Are: Chilling First Trailer For 'The East' With Brit Marling, Ellen Page & Alexander Skarsgard

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 21, 2013 1:14 PM
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Cults, rituals and underground movements were explored in Zal Batmanglij's unjustly overlooked "Sound Of My Voice," and this year he returns to the Sundance Film Festival with collaborator Brit Marling for "The East," another picture exploring those similar themes. And following its premiere in Park City over the weekend, Fox Searchlight is using the buzz to drop the first teaser trailer for what looks like an equally gripping experience.

Sundance Review: 'The East' Is A Divisive, But Stylish Thriller & Worthy Companion Piece To 'Sound Of My Voice'

  • By Cory Everett
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  • January 20, 2013 10:25 PM
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The first images in "The East" – the new thriller from Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling, the team who made last year's underrated cult thriller "Sound Of My Voice" – are grainy footage of intruders breaking into someone's home juxtaposed with images of seagulls covered in oil. We are told through voiceover that this is the home of a CEO whose company was responsible for dumping millions of gallons of oil into the ocean.

New Look At Ellen Page, Brit Marling & Alexander Skarsgård In Zal Batmanglij's 'The East'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • January 7, 2013 10:37 AM
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You would think that with the Oscar nominations coming on Thursday we might get a bit of a breather, but alas, just seven days later the Sundance Film Festival will kick off, introducing a whole batch of new movies that will hope to be part of the discussion in 2013. And one of the films we're looking forward to is the sophomore effort from "Sound Of My Voice" director Zal Batmanglij.

First & New Pics From David Gordon Green's 'Prince Avalanche,' 'The East' & 'Lovelace'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • December 3, 2012 5:12 PM
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So, the Sundance Film Festival dropped their Premieres line up and it's a heckuva slate coming in January. And of course, new images for all the movies coming fast and strong, so let's get with it....

Will We See 'Cloud Atlas,' 'Only God Forgives' & Terrence Malick's Latest & More Before The End Of 2012?

  • By Oliver Lyttelton
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  • April 30, 2012 12:02 PM
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We're almost exactly a third of the way through the year, and thanks to the announcement of the Cannes Film Festival line-up a couple weeks ago, we're now a little clearer on the timetable of some of the most anticipated films of the year. We know that "Cosmopolis," "Killing Them Softly," "On The Road," "Mud," "Rust And Bone," "Amour" and "The Paperboy," among others are done, and will be screening in only a few short weeks for critics, and U.S. releases, if not set already, can't be far behind. And the release schedule for the rest of the year is firming up fast, with films like "The Master" and "Seven Psychopaths" getting added to the calendar.

Tom Hiddleston Describes The "Wounded Soul" Of Loki & Ralph Macchio, Toby Kebbell & More Chat At NYC Premiere Of 'War Horse'

  • By Jen Vineyard
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  • December 7, 2011 10:05 AM
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Much of the cast of Steven Spielberg's new epic "War Horse" will be unrecognizable to mainstream American audiences (save for Emily Watson and David Thewlis) -- and that is by design. The director didn't want the distraction of recognizable people in his lead parts, so he instead plugged in a lot of up-and-comers, especially unknowns who had never acted before. And as The Playlist learned at the Sunday night premiere of "War Horse" at New York's Lincoln Center, based on their upcoming projects, they won't remain unknown much longer.

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.

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.

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