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WATCH: Two Alternate Endings to 'The East' with Brit Marling and Alexander Skarsgard

Zal Batmanglij's "The East" could have ended dramatically differently, judging from one of the two alternate endings to the punkish episonage thriller, both posted below.
  • By Maggie Lange
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  • September 16, 2013 7:01 PM
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Interview: Brit Marling Writes and Toplines Anarchist Thriller 'The East,' "an action film for a girl" (EXCLUSIVE VIDEO)

Brit Marling is a fascinating example of a brainy talent who in 2009 turned her back on the financial security of Wall Street to follow her yen to make movies. She and her Georgetown buddy Zal Batmanglij, while they were unable to get work in film, spent that first summer trawling around the country with backpacks living off the grid with anarchist collectives, direct action groups and freegans, dumpster diving and train hopping, which later became rich fodder for their current film, their second together, the terrorist thriller "The East" (May 31). See our flipcam interview and trailer below.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 30, 2013 2:14 PM
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'The East' Director Zal Batmanglij Narrates Pivotal Scene

Writer-director Zal Batmanglij narrates a pivotal scene with an undercover agent (co-writer Brit Marling) trying to infiltrate anti- corporate terrorist group in "The East." Via The New York Times. Our interview with Marling is here. Her Georgetown senior convocation speech is here.
  • By Anne Thompson
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  • May 29, 2013 1:29 PM
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Sundance Review Roundup: Batmanglij and Marling's 'The East' Dividing Critics

Critics are divided on director Zal Batmanglij ("The Sound of My Voice") and co-writer-star Brit Marling's newest collaboration, "The East." While some find the film a relevant, absorbing eco-terrorist thriller, others deem it overlong and "deeply silly." Review highlights below.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • January 22, 2013 11:56 AM
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Wes Bentley and Brit Marling Join Malick Collaborator AJ Edwards' Lincoln Drama, 'The Green Blade Rises'

Wes Bentley and Brit Marling have boarded "The Green Blade Rises," about Abraham Lincoln's early years. The film, from writer-director AJ Edwards and producers Terrence Malick, Nicolas Gonda and Charley Beil, will also star Diane Kruger and Jason Clarke as Lincoln's step-mother and father. Bentley will play Lincoln's first teacher and Marling will play his biological mother.
  • By Sophia Savage
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  • September 28, 2012 5:10 PM
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Trailer Watch: Richard Gere Pulls a Bernie Madoff in 'Arbitrage'

The trailer for Nicholas Jarecki's Sundance screw-turner "Arbitrage" has just landed, featuring Richard Gere as a Bernie Madoff-like investment "oracle" quickly losing his funds and defrauding auditors right and left.
  • By Beth Hanna
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  • June 26, 2012 8:30 PM
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