Alex will be attending the premier of “Disconnect” at the Regal Union Square Monday the 8th. Also premiering in this movie is the famous clothes designer Marc Jacobs, who has dressed Alex in many of those wonderful tuxes we have all seen him in over the years.
Marc Jacobs on his experience: “Firstly, I don’t speak the language of movies. I didn’t understand 90 percent of what they were saying, so I really felt like I was in a foreign land where I didn’t speak the language. There are some similarities in putting on both productions, especially when it comes to the tedium. I’m used to the tedious aspects of putting together a fashion show.
“Your beliefs are always coming into question; it’s a hallmark of our time; it’s very hard to believe fully in something,” said director Zal Batmanglij, who in the last year has emerged as one of the most exciting and innovative voices in a new wave of American film. With a style that blends both intimate drama with high-concept thrill, his evocative debut Sound of My Voice—a film that mixed science fiction, psychological drama, and ethnographic study—left us eagerly awaiting just what he would have in store for us next. And to our delight, we didn’t have to wait long. His sophomore feature The East premiered this January at Sundance to a warm reception and, thanks to Fox Searchlight, his wholly important eco-thriller will be hitting theaters this May.
Penned by Batmangij and Brit Marling, his collaborator and star, the film explores similar themes as Sound of My Voice, with investigation of identity, the allure of charismatic leaders, and questions of personal belief. Batmangij and Marling seem to share a cinematic language; while Batmanglij has a knack for exploring the anxieties that plague our modern age, harkening back to a bygone era of political and social thrillers, Marling possesses an ineffable grace and intelligence that’s as fierce in her writing as it is in performance, both capturing the metaphysical nature inherent in human connection.
And with The East, we follow Marling as Sarah, a young ex-FBI agent now working for an elite private intelligence firm who is hired to infiltrate an anarchist collective that is rumored to be attacking big corporate CEOs and forcing them to come in contact with the harm they’ve inflicted on the masses. But in her time spent with the collective known as The East, her beliefs begin to waver as she starts to sympathize with the group’s leaders and opens her eyes to the wrong doings that so easily go unnoticed.
But what makes the film so exciting is that Batmanglij has made something totally important to our generation that speaks to where we’re at and where we’re going in a way that hasn’t been touched on in modern cinema. The East feels like the first film to breathe a young voice into an issue so embedded in our current society, but in a way that’s more personal than polemic. There’s an emotional authenticity behind the thrill, making it something you can feel as well as enjoy.
“We’re not trying to hit anyone over the head with these ideas,” Batmanglij told me. “We’re trying to plant these seeds so they will grow, because I think it’s much more important that these ideas grow inside of people than it is that they come out changed. A film shouldn’t be too intellectual in the making of or the watching of, but much later they can be—little seeds that just pop up and make you question things.”
And today we’re pleased to share the new poster for The East highlighting Marling as well as her striking co-stars Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgård. In addition, you can now explore the film’s awesome official website here at WeAreTheEast.com.
By Nellie Andreeva
Mark Hudis’ tenure as True Blood showrunner was a short one. Hudis, who succeeded True Blood creator Alan Ball at the helm of the HBO vampire drama at the beginning of Season 6, is stepping down, with co-executive producer Brian Buckner taking over as new showrunner. Hudis was a somewhat surprising choice when he was named Ball’s successor as he only joined True Blood in Season 4. Meanwhile, Buckner, who had been considered a leading candidate for the job, had been with the show since after the pilot. Rumors about a potential showrunner change on True Blood started circulating early this year, though such a move is very rarely made while a series is in production as it indicates urgency; showrunner changeovers usually happen between seasons. True Blood is still early in production of Season 6, with episode 4 currently filming, so the “righting of the ship” is being done with most of the episodes yet to be filmed. There will be no stop in production during the transition. Hudis’ appointment as True Blood showrunner was part of an overall deal he signed with HBO last spring. He will now “focus on development under his overall deal,” the network said.
Source: deadline Hollywood
As showrunner Alan Ball bows out to run his newest creation Banshee for Cinemax, many have wondered where that leaves True Blood. It looks like it is going to be in goodhands with co- executive producer Mark Hudis who is stepping up after two years in his current position to be top vamp.
This last fall Hudis gave an interview to his alumni magazine Haverford. He has dropped some hints at what might be in store, like more action centered in Bon Temps with more characters there (I take this to mean a tighter central cast with fewer B story lines). Below are screen caps of the articles clicky to read them and see what you think.
Damn he looks good in a suit coat!
It has been confirmed that Alexander will be attending the showing of The East at the Sundance Film Festival in Park City, Utah. The film will debut on January 20th. If you are in the Salt Lake City area be on the look out for our favorite actor you might get lucky.
From Fox Searchlight
New Image from Alexander’s latest film The East which is about eco-terrorism at the corporate and digital level. Alexander plays the part of Benji an terrorist bent on bringing down those who pollute the planet. The movie is due out in 2013.
It is being distributed by Fox Search Light Pictures