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Ellen Page, actor Sam Keeley and director David Freyne team up for the world premiere of »The Cured« at TIFF2017

TIFF 2017 LogoAccompanied by her girlfriend Emma Portner, Ellen Page headed for Toronto International Film Festival last weekend and teamed up with co-star Sam Keeley and director David Freyne for some promotion work for their movie »The Cured« prior to its world premiere on Saturday night. The trio made visits to the studios of Variety, IMDb, The Hollywood Reporter, Deadline, People, Entertainment Weekly and Instyle for interviews about the zombie thriller as well as portrait sessions before walking the red carpet at the Ryerson Theatre for the main event in the evening.

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Thanks to the YouTuber dafilexAtMovies and PASSi'ON PROJECTS, we have recordings of both the introduction and the following Q&A which are embedded after the jump. A noteworthy incident happened after an hour during a crucial scene in between, when an alarm started sounding and the lights were turned on. The movie initially continued playing but staff soon appeared and told audience members to evacuate the cinema auditorium immediately causing some confusion as well as traffic jams outside. Fortunately, the building reopened around 30 minutes later and the premiere screening resumed from where it left off.

Reviews for Freyne's debut feature have been quite good so far considering its rather controversial genre. Fionnuala Halligan from ScreenDaily thinks the low-budget film is "at its sharpest when drawing acute political parallels. As a zombie film, the shocks are few – if effective – until The Cured lifts itself out of its porridgey aesthetic during the final act and its depressed cast of characters remembers to get their flesh-eating game on." The Hollywood Reporter's Jordan Mintzer describes it as "an intriguing horror-thriller" and says the "performances are strong, with Page fully committed to playing the major non-zombie character and Sam Keeley rather convincing as a young man too shocked by his blood-thirsty past to move ahead. Everyone is extremely serious, which can be a bit of a drag at times, but as a study in trauma The Cured has its moments and the film plays best when it remains intimate." And genre expert Joe Lipsett over at Bloody Disgusting agrees with this while stating "performances are uniformly good, particularly Vaughan-Lawlor, whose Conor walks a thin line between justifiable outrage and deranged narcissism. Leads Kelley and Page aren’t given too much heavy lifting to do, though wary audiences can rest assured that Page, who also executive produces, does not attempt an Irish accent." Furthermore, he adds that "The Cured may not be the killer new zombie film that horror enthusiasts are thirsting for, but it clearly still has its brains" and gives it a solid score of 4 out of 5. The audience, in turn, can probably be divided into two camps; those who don't like this kind of genre at all and therefore won't enjoy »The Cured« no matter how good it actually is and the others that are more open-minded and going to watch it without any prejudice. Here are some reactions from people probably belonging to the latter group:

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Olia (@olia.m.g)
"Great film #thecured #tiff #tiff17 #ellenpage #samkeeley #movie #film #cinema"

D.S.V.E (@d.s.v.e)
"Had the pleasure of checking out the movie The Cured last night. And to my surprise I also got to do a Q&A with cast. It was a fantastic movie and if you get the chance you should go and see it. #thecured #ellenpage #davidfreyne #tiff #toronto #filmfestival #zombie #zombiemovie"

"David Freyne did a fantastic job with this movie. I can’t wait to see what he does next. It is one of my favorites of the year. A solid 9/10"

Lesley McKimm (@lmckimmdublin)
"Congrats to team @tiltedfilms for great screening of The Cured at #TIFF17 on stage with Ellen Page & Sam Keeley"

Tara (@tara_taralynn)
"#TheCured was one of the most brilliant and beautiful zombie films I've ever seen, all from a girl who doesn't like zombie films. @ellenpage and @_samkeeley were absolutely amazing and #DavidFreyne did a wonderful job directing. #thecuredfilm #TIFF17 #TIFF #samkeeley #ellenpage"

Matt Campagna (@mattcampagna)
"Enjoyed the hell out of #DavidFreyne's #TheCured at #tiff17, a modern, political zombie thriller starring @_SamKeeley & @EllenPage, who also is a producer on it. You should definitely see it once a wise North American distributor buys the rights."

James Wilkinson (@jay.wilk)
"Ellen Page! #TheCured was a pretty good zombie movie."

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Doesn't sound too bad, don't you think?! We believe it's safe to say the movie is worth a look. This can also be underlined by the fact that »The Cured« has secured several distribution deals across Asia and the Middle East before it was even screened for the first time. According to Variety and The Hollywood Reporter, Bac Films, which handles international sales, confirmed deals with Fox for pan-Asia pay TV, Spentzos in Greece, Filmdom in Turkey, Falcon for the Middle East, Bravos in Hong Kong, Tanweer in Malaysia and Indonesia, Shaw in Singapore, Caichang in Taiwan, Sahamongkol in Thailand, Skyline in Vietnam and Silverline in the Philippines. With this in mind, it should only be a matter of time until the movie gets picked up by multi-territory distributors or streaming services for a wider release across the globe.

Update (09/13/2017): IFC Films has scooped up North American distribution rights to »The Cured«. The deal was in the seven-figure range, and the movie will receive a robust theatrical release in the spring of 2018, as Variety reports.

Date: 09/12/2017 - 12:12:12 Posted by Dominik
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»My Days of Mercy« and »The Cured« to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017

TIFF 2017 LogoWe have some exciting news to share with you! Both Tali Shalom-Ezer's »My Days of Mercy« (working title: »Mercy«) and David Freyne's »The Cured« (formerly known as »The Third Wave«) are going to premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival 2017 next month (September 7-17). You can already check out some basic information as well as brand new movie stills below. Stay tuned for August 22 when the world premiere dates and additional screening times will be officially announced!

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My Days of Mercy

Directed by Tali Shalom-Ezer
USA | 103 minutes | 2016 | STC | colour | English | World Premiere
World premiere: September 8
Additional screenings: September 11, September 15, September 16, September 17

The daughter (Ellen Page) of a man on death row falls in love with a woman (Kate Mara) on the opposing side of her family's political cause.

Oscar nominee and powerhouse Canadian Ellen Page stars in a love story for our times. Made with passion, commitment, and an expert eye for the shadings in relationships, My Days of Mercy is a revelation.

Sisters Lucy (Page, also seen at this year's Festival in The Cured) and Martha Morrow (Amy Seimetz, also appearing at this year's Festival in Lean On Pete) are regular attendees at state executions across the Midwest, where they demonstrate in favour of abolishing the death penalty. At one such event, Lucy spots Mercy (Kate Mara, also at the Festival in Chappaquiddick), daughter of a police officer whose partner was killed by a man about to receive a lethal injection. Mercy is there to celebrate justice served.

Lucy and Mercy could be bitter enemies, yet they share an undeniable connection. Their relationship grows from hostility to curiosity to intense, physical passion. But eventually Lucy must confess her reasons for getting involved in the cause: her own father (Elias Koteas) was convicted of murder and now waits on death row. Can Lucy and Mercy overcome their intense differences, or will these differences consume them?

My Days of Mercy brings remarkable empathy and respect to all sides of a debate as divisive as the death penalty. By staying attentive to the details of her characters and what they want, director Tali Shalom-Ezer bridges intractable differences. She shows us that if anything can bring us together, it's love.

Source: www.tiff.net

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The Cured

Directed by David Freyne
Ireland, United Kingdom, France | 95 minutes | 2017 | STC | colour | English | World Premiere
World premiere: September 9
Additional screenings: September 10, September 13, September 16

Ellen Page stars in this gloriously terrifying yet thought-provoking horror thriller about the fraught process of reintegrating formerly infected flesh-eaters into society in the aftermath of a zombie plague.

If the past 50 years of zombie movies have taught us anything, it's that there are fates worse than death. But how are we to feel when the dead come back to us as — seemingly — the same old neighbours, colleagues, and loved ones we once knew? Starring Academy Award nominee Ellen Page (also at this year's Festival in My Days of Mercy) and Sam Keeley, David Freyne's accomplished first feature presents an unfathomable dilemma: what happens after a zombie plague has been contained and cured, and those once infected attempt to reintegrate into society?

Senan (Keeley) has been through hell. When the plague swept across Ireland he was among the thousands afflicted and rendered into rabid ghouls. Senan did horrible things he cannot forget — and neither can the public, nor the authorities charged with policing those released from captivity. Senan's sister-in-law Abbie (Page), however, is willing to give him a second chance. She lets him live with her and her young son, believing that Senan's actions while infected were beyond his control. But as an angry anti-cured movement burgeons in tandem with an increasingly radicalized pro-cured movement, Abbie is forced to question just how far her trust should be pushed.

Like any great zombie flick, The Cured works on several levels: it's a gloriously terrifying horror-thriller packed with enough jump scares to satisfy genre fans, yet it also displays an intellect and heart that provoke empathy even as it takes aim at the ways in which humans beings fail each other.

Source: www.tiff.net
(Last Update: September 8, 2017)

Date: 08/16/2017 - 21:47:19 Posted by Dominik
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Columbia Pictures releases the second trailer for »Flatliners« / »Gaycation« gets second Emmy nomination

Columbia Pictures just released the second trailer as well as two new posters for the upcoming »Flatliners« sequel.

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Meanwhile, VICELAND's »Gaycation« received its second nomination for "Outstanding Unstructured Reality Program" and is up against "Born This Way", "Deadliest Catch", "Project Greenlight", "Intervention" and "United Shades of America" at the 69th Annual Primetime Emmy Awards. The ceremony will be held on Sunday, September 17, 2017 at the Microsoft Theater in Downtown Los Angeles, California, and will be broadcast in the United States by CBS.

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In a post on Instagram, executive producer and host Ian Daniel shared his thoughts about being nominated for an Emmy:

"We feel truly honoured to be recognised and supported by the Television Academy. Gaycation would not be possible without the amazing team at Viceland who work tirelessly to ensure this show represents the integrity, perseverance, and vibrancy of the LGBTQ+ community. We most importantly want to thank LGBTQ+ people around the world for their strength and bravery in sharing their stories, who at times risked their lives to speak their truth. This show would not exist without your courage and love. We hope the show helps educate and shift perspectives on the discrimination people face around the world, how people persevere and love in the face of that, and how we can all work at opening our hearts and minds to others’ experiences globally. Thank you for all your support."

Ellen Page added on her own Instagram page:

"Thank you @televisionacad for recognising #gaycation with an Emmy nomination. Thank you to @viceland for the support. Love and gratitude to all the extraordinary, generous and courageous individuals who share their stories with us. Much much much love #lgbtq+ @ianjamesdaniel."

Date: 07/27/2017 - 18:53:18 Posted by Dominik
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Columbia Pictures releases the official US trailer, movie stills and poster for »Flatliners« (2017)

Just a few hours ago, Columbia Pictures dropped the official US trailer as well as the first press material for »Flatliners« directed by Niels Arden Oplev. The forthcoming sequel to the eponymous 1990 American science fiction psychological horror thriller stars Nina Dobrev, Ellen Page, Kiefer Sutherland, Diego Luna, Kiersey Clemons and James Norton and hits theaters in several countries including the United States, the United Kingdom, Norway, Poland, Sweden and Turkey on September 29, 2017, with the world premiere possibly taking place at this years Toronto International Film Festival (September 7 – 17, 2017).

In Flatliners, five medical students, obsessed by the mystery of what lies beyond the confines of life, embark on a daring and dangerous experiment: by stopping their hearts for short periods of time, each triggers a near-death experience – giving them a firsthand account of the afterlife. But as their experiments become increasingly dangerous, they are each haunted by the sins of their pasts, brought on by the paranormal consequences of trespassing to the other side.

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Date: 06/13/2017 - 22:23:05 Posted by Dominik
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3-year-old Instagram star Scout dresses up as her favourite female icons / Scans of OUT's May 2017 issue

Today we would like to introduce you to 3-year-old Instagram star Scout Penelope Larson from Niceville, Florida, who has almost 48,000 followers and dresses up as her favourite female icons in order to cope with her grandmother's breast cancer diagnosis. In a recent article for Bored Panda, her mother (and personal photographer) Ashley wrote about why she chose to start these photoshoots which are spread using the lovely hashtag #ScoutStoleMyStyle:

The project all started when Scout's grandma, her Nonnie, was diagnosed with breast cancer. We were looking for a way to keep our minds busy during a really hard time.

When Nonnie's hair started to fall out, Scout got very concerned and I wanted to put both of our minds at ease. I needed to teach her and remind myself that women are fighters! We chose famous & fierce women to teach her about the strength that women have.

We had put together a list of people to shoot and I taught Scout a little bit about each person. We then chose the photo we wanted to replicate together. We worked on the project for a little under a year - throughout the diagnosis, treatment, and mastectomy surgery.

Nonnie was diagnosed with breast cancer in April of 2016 and she had 6 rounds of intense chemo from June to September that year. After she had finally regained some strength, there was another bump in the road… a double mastectomy.

Scout was learning first hand just how amazing and strong women can be. So we just kept shooting. We planned that at the end of it all, we'd make a picture book for both Scout and Nonnie. We made sure to pick a few of Nonnie's favorites as well, like Ellen. And Scout has a list of her Disney heroes we're shooting as well!

The entire project was such a godsend for Scout and myself. And showing my mom the end result- priceless. Every single minute I spent planning, styling, shooting, and editing was 100% worth it.

This project has probably taught me just as much or more than it taught my daughter. I truly want Scout to be able to look back at this and know that women are just as strong as any man. And to be quite honest, my fingers are crossed that by the time she's old enough to understand the strength she's portraying- women won't be seen as delicate and dainty anymore, anyway. And I hope that when Scout looks back on this, she is proud of who she is and who she will become.

Although Scout has emulated so many amazing people, I fiercely encourage her to become exactly the person she wants to be. No matter what, I think she's amazing.

Oh and Nonnie? She is cancer free! So of course.. she had to get in on the photos, too! She is such an inspiration and we are so lucky to have her in our lives! You're our hero!

Source: boredpanda.com

In the photo posted below, Scout recreates James Dimmock's 2007 photoshoot with Ellen Page for Entertainment Weekly. Thanks for being you, Scout! We are sure that women of the world will definitely appreciate it!

Scout recreates 2017 Entertainment Weekly Photoshoot featuring Ellen Page

We have also added scans of Out Magazine's May 2017 issue featuring the Ellen Page cover to our gallery. Make sure to check them out and read the complete cross interview between Ellen and Janet Mock!

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Date: 05/31/2017 - 21:14:27 Posted by Dominik
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