Lately, Hollywood’s been mining its own past, rebooting or remaking old titles as entirely new movies. The results, however, have been disappointing. New versions of Footloose, Ghostbusters, Red Dawn and Total Recall have not lived up to the originals, either critically or commercially, and even the last few Superman movies have been poorly received. That hasn’t kept the studios from trying, though. The latest attempt? A reboot of Flatliners, the 1990 thriller that starred Julia Roberts, Kiefer Sutherland, Kevin Bacon and Oliver Platt. Sutherland returns to the movie in his original role, joined by Ellen Page, Diego Luna and Nina Dobrev. The plot is essentially the same: A group of medical students perform “near death” experiments, but the results take a very dark turn. Take a look at the trailers for both trailers — the 1990 and 2017 versions — and let us know which one you think looks better.
Whether you’re reading a novel, watching a movie, or even playing a video game, a kiss is still a kiss and a story is still a story.
Although naysayers scoff at the thematic and narrative value of video games, creative ventures like Beyond: Two Soulsaim to broaden the genre’s ever expanding horizons.
Last week, critics and movie fans were buzzing about Sandra Bullock and George Clooney opening up Gravity, and maybe one day that same buzz will focus on A-list actors who are featured in the latest video game.
Ellen Page and Willem Dafoe are featured in Beyond: Two Souls, and the Playstation 3 title, which was released today, has received its share of excellent reviews. Director David Cage, who was the writer behind the acclaimed PS3 effort Heavy Rain, continues to bring a sense of cinematic aesthetic to video games with his latest effort. Centering on 15 years in the life of a girl named Jodie Holmes, Beyond: Two Souls isn’t a point and click adventure or a straight ahead shoot ’em up.
By giving gamers the chance to explore Jodie’s connection with a spirit named Aiden, their choices are not based on a one-dimensional action driven mechanic. Instead, consider this PS3 title as a choose your life adventure. How will you navigate Jodie through her years, and will that road take her straight to death’s door or a completely different avenue?
We interviewed Ellen Page today in Los Angeles, and she described her experience in Beyond: Two Souls as “incredible.” It’s that sense of creative gratification which should bring even more thespians into the video gaming universe.
“I knew it was going to be cool,” said Page, who was featured earlier this year in The East. “I knew it was going to be challenging. I knew it was going to be a lot of things. I had no idea that it was going to be one of the most fulfilling acting experiences I’ve ever had. It was really incredible. It was very challenging, sort of relentless in how challenging it was. But (it) was so much fun. I don’t think I would have thought that two years ago.”
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Brit Marling (Another Earth) co-writes and stars in The East, a thriller about a former FBI agent whose new job at an intelligence firm leads her to infiltrating an organization that wages war on what they deem as corrupt corporations. Ellen Page, who co-stars in the film as one of the members of the group, says one of the reasons she joined the project was her love for Sound Of My Voice, a 2011 feature that was headlined by Brit Marling and directed by The East filmmaker Zal Batmanglij.
“Their passion and their creative drive is just palpable, and just infectious and contagious,” said Page. “I just wanted to be a part of their work.”
Click on the media bar to hear Ellen Page talk about her return to the X-Men universe with X-Men: Days of Future Past.
The East, co-starring Alexander Skarsgard, opens May 31st.
Video game developers Quantic Dream, the makers behind the critically beloved title Heavy Rain, are continuing their passion for cinema inspired narratives with Beyond: Two Souls.
The game’s director, David Cage, as well voice actors Ellen Page (Juno), Willem Dafoe), Kadeem Hardison (A Different Worlds), and Eric Winter (TheMentalist) participated at a Saturday panel discussion at the Tribeca Film Festival to talk about the game, which was recognized as an official selection at the fest for its impact on the “Future of Film.”
“This has been a really intense and exciting experience for me, and one that I am extremely proud of,” said Page. “I’m excited to see everyone’s reaction to the extended scene we are going to be screening – and to feel the powerful emotion that David Cage instills in all his games.”
Beyond: Two Souls centers on 15 years in the life of a youth named Jodie Holmes (Page), a girl who has an inextricable connection to a mysterious entity. The sequence featured at the fest, titled “Homeless,” has Jodie struggling to survive the next meal without a roof over her head or a family to depend on.
“This is a momentous event both in the world of gaming and in the history of the Tribeca Film Festival,” said Dafoe. “Beyond: Two Souls tells a beautiful story and the players can wholly participate in each scenario and choose the characters’ action. This game is unlike any project that I’ve ever been involved with before.”
The game comes out October 8th, 2013 for the PlayStation 3.
Being released theatrically today, TO ROME WITH LOVE is iconic movie-maker WOODY ALLEN’S latest romantic comedy entry and, like last year’s MIDNIGHT IN PARIS, makes good use of one of Europe’s most glamorous cities to tell its tales. Written and directed by ALLEN (who also stars), the cast includes ALEC BALDWIN, JESSE EISENBERG, ROBERTO BENIGNI, JUDY DAVIS, PENELOPE CRUZ, CAROL ALT, ALISON PILL and ELLEN PAGE. Like most of ALLEN’S films, music plays an important role and he makes liberal use of everything from pop classics to classical selections. At the press conference to promote the film, ALLEN talked about the importance of music in his films. (CLICK ON THE MEDIA BAR FOR AUDIO)