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'The East': Marling, Batmanglij's Bold, Provocative Eco-Thriller

Directed by: Zal Batmanglij; Runtime:116 minutes Grade: B+ In Sound of My Voice and Another Earth, writer/actress Brit Marling and her creative teams focused on fairly abstract emotional topics and themes, from how a cult community manipulates...Show More Summary

Commentary: Motion Picture Prayer

An overlooked summer thriller finds a new cinematic use for prayer. Spoiler alert: In Zal Batmanglij's recent political thriller The East—which may be this summer's best movie that you'll have to watch on DVD, because it lasted barely...Show More Summary

Alexander Skarsgard ‘Friends’ With Ellen Page, Doesn’t Use Career To Score Dates

True Blood hunk Alexander Skarsgard has poured cold water on the rumor that he is secretly dating Ellen Page, 10-years his junior and standing in his armpit 13-inches below him. The two were linked after filming Zal Batmanglij’s The East together earlier this year. Show More Summary

Inside The East With Filmmakers Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij

The East is an engaging eco-terrorism espionage thriller that has everything going for it: a fantastic cast, thought-provoking script, and most importantly, a beating heart at the core. Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij wrote the film together (in wh... via

The Making Of “The East” And How a Good Collaboration Is Like Meditation

Zal Batmanglij, director and co-writer of The East and Sound of My Voice, explains how collaborating with actress and co-writer Brit Marling has taught him trust, authenticity and the true nature of storytelling. Zal Batmanglij grew up in a house where creative collaboration was part of everyday life. Show More Summary

Alexander Skarsgard Caught Kissing Ellen Page on the Trucker Hat

Post by Jacqueline Burt Another day, another cutesy image of Alexander Skarsgard and Ellen Page to overanalyze. Today's pic? This cuddly shot posted on the Twitter feed of The East director Zal Batmanglij with the following explanatory text: “This reminds me of shooting. Show More Summary

Alexander Skarsgard Dating Ellen Page [Report]

Rumor has it True Blood hunk Alexander Skarsgard is dating Juno actress Ellen Page. It is often said that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” and a tweeted image from director Zal Batmanglij is certainly worth its share in gossip. The photo, which shows Skarsgard kissing a blissful Page on the head, was taken on the set [...]Show More Summary


Are ‘The East’ co-stars Ellen Page and Alexander Skarsgard Hollywood’s hottest new couple?  Well, the picture above, that was tweeted out by The East director Zal Batmanglij that shows Ellen and Alexander in what looks like a pretty intimate moment, … Continue reading »

Alexander Skarsgard And Ellen Page Are Dating (Photo)

Alexander Skarsgard and Ellen Page are officially a real couple! The director of their movie The East, Zal Batmanglij, posted [...]

Just Friends? Alexander Skarsgård Cuddles Ellen Page During The East Promotions

Alexander Skarsgård shared a snuggle with his The East costar Ellen Page on Saturday. Their director, Zal Batmanglij, tweeted a photo of the onscreen couple nuzzling each other and wrote, "This reminds me of shooting. When we'd lie on...Show More Summary

Alexander Skarsgard & Ellen Page Embrace During 'East' Promotion

Alexander Skarsgard and Ellen Page arrive back at LAX Airport accompanied by their The East director Zal Batmanglij on Sunday (Jun 9) in Los Angeles. The 36-year-old actor and 26-year-old actress promoted their film in San Francisco the day before at a screening. Zal posted a cute pic of the duo on Twitter enjoying the [...]

"The East": How Two Filmmakers' Freegan Summer Road Trip Became a New Political Thriller Starring a "True Blood" Vampire

The East Fox Searchlight Pictures 116 minutes The East, a new thriller directed by relative newcomer Zal Batmanglij, follows an eco-terrorist collective that finds elaborate ways to punish CEOs and pharmaceutical companies for committing...Show More Summary

The East

In their followup to Sound of My Voice, co-writer-director Zal Batmanglij and co-writer-star Brit Marling infiltrate another insular community, shifting their attention from a kind of sci-fi cult to activist anarchists who live off the...Show More Summary

Laura Shamas, Ph.D.: Hit and Myth: The East

The direction of east is linked to light. The sun rises from the east, ex oriente lux, a sign of dawn. The East, a new eco-terrorism thriller, written by Zal Batmanglij and Brit Marling, and directed by Batmanglij, taps into this "rising" motif.

The Lone Ranger Featurette: Atop the Spirit Platform

The man with the third coolest name in show business (after Rip Torn and Zal Batmanglij), Armie Hammer, performs a stunt in the new The Lone Ranger featurette. Check it out: The Lone Ranger Featurette Hammer stars as John Reid, who turns...Show More Summary

‘The East’ Filmmakers Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij: How to Put One Foot In Front of the Other

Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij left a positive impression on me a few years ago at South by Southwest. Not only with Sound of My Voice, their first full-length feature film together, but also in person during the brief time I spent sitting down with them. Show More Summary

Review: ‘The East’ Is a Slight Sophomore Effort

Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij stepped onto the indie scene in a prominent way with Sound of My Voice. The collaborators made a surprising movie that truly engaged in a conversation with its audience, asking plenty of questions and giving you the proper amount of clues to form your own answers. Show More Summary

Badass Beverage: THE EAST, Organic Wine And Biodynamics

2 years agoHumor : Badass Digest

In honor of Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij's THE EAST, our Badass Sommelier delves into organic wines.

How a Summer Off the Grid Inspired the Eco-Anarchy of The East

Back in 2009 filmmakers Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij spent a summer on the road living with collectives. Now they've turned those experiences into the eco-activist thriller The East.

Interview: Filmmaker Zal Batmanglij On The Outside Looking In For ‘The East’

Most of the time filmmakers will put an immense amount of research before taking on a feature. For director and co-writer Zal Batmanglij, the research was already there as he dove into his latest feature with its star Brit Marling.  Long before receiving buzz for Sound of My Voice, Batmanglij and Marling found themselves penniless [...]Show More Summary

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