Brit Marling in The OA

It’s been almost two weeks since Netflix dropped The OABrit Marling and Zal Batmanglij‘s sci-fi thriller oddity. Which means a bunch of you have probably finished it by now. And if you’ve come to the end, you likely have some questions, starting with “Wait, what?” In a series of recent interviews, Marling and Batmanglij have offered their thoughts and their defenses of that shocking season finale — and to reassure you that it’s okay to laugh at it a bit.

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Netflix has announced a new television series from Brit Marling and Zal Batmanglij called The OA. I was a huge fan of their films Sound of My Voice and The East. In fact, Sound of my Voice was supposed to be the start of a digital series but instead became a film. I’m excited to see what they can do with a longer storytelling format.

Along with the announcement of this new series, which airs on Netflix this Friday, they have released a trailer. Watch The OA trailer now after the jump and find out more about this new show.

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Brit Marling in The East

Brit Marling emerged as the darling of Sundance 2011 thanks in a large part to Sound of My Voice, a chiller directed by Zal Batmanglij. The pair continued their professional relationship with 2013’s eco-terrorism thriller The East, and now they’re preparing to reunite yet again.

Only this time, it won’t be for an indie film, but for a new Netflix drama titled The OA. More on the Brit Marling Netflix project after the jump.  Read More »

‘Babylon’ TV Trailer: Danny Boyle Makes a Cop Show

Babylon

Before Danny Boyle jumps into Jobs, he’s taking a detour into television with Babylon. The British dramedy centers around the London police department, which is suffering from some serous public image issues. So Chief Constable Richard Miller (James Nesbitt) brings in some outside help in the form of Liz Garvey (Brit Marling), an American PR expert. She quickly discovers she has her work cut out for her, between a disgruntled, distrustful police force and a scandal-hungry media.

Babylon was written by Peep Show creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, and also stars Jill Halfpenny, Paterson Joseph, Bertie Carvel, and Adam Deacon. Watch the first Babylon trailer after the jump.

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We’ve seen plenty of movies about Abraham Lincoln — including, most recently, Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln — but none quite like this. The Better Angels takes place long before all of the stuff Lincoln got famous for, focusing instead on his childhood in the Indiana wilderness.

Jason Clarke and Brit Marling play the parents of the future U.S. president (played as a kid by Braydon Denney), and Diane Kruger another maternal figure. It looks a bit like Tree of Life if it were shot in black and white, and Hunter McCracken grew up to be Abraham Lincoln instead of Sean Penn. No surprise, then, that director A.J. Edwards is a Terrence Malick protégé and Malick himself produced the film.

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Better Angels trailer

The Better Angels is a “young Abraham Lincoln” story seen through the eye of director Terrence Malick. Or, in actuality, seen through the eye of Malick’s associate A.J. Edwards, here making his directorial debut with a feature that employs Malick’s visual hallmarks. Braydon Denney plays young Abe, while Brit MarlingJason ClarkeDiane Kruger and Wes Bentley round out the cast to explore the story of the President’s formative years. See the new The Better Angels trailer below. Read More »

Rosario Dawson

True Detective Season 2 already has a great male cast in place, with Colin Farrell, Taylor Kitsch, and Vince Vaughn all signed on for major roles. But it’s had a tougher time trying to pin down the female lead.

Elisabeth Moss and Rachel McAdams have both been named as possibilities in recent weeks, but neither’s clinched the role quite yet. Now seven more actresses are entering the mix, including Rosario Dawson and Jessica Biel. Hit the jump for the latest on the True Detective Season 2 female lead casting.

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i origins trailer

The first trailer for the Sundance sci-fi hit I Origins is now online. Written and directed by Mike Cahill (Another Earth), it stars Michael Pitt and Brit Marling as scientists studying the evolution of the human eye. They make a discovery that raises some serious questions involving God, the afterlife, science and more.

After its Sundance premiere, Peter said it was “a haunting film that explores the idea of a supreme maker, the afterlife and the concept of souls through the eye of a science-grounded sceptic, delivers more successfully on that mind-bending premise.” Fox Searchlight bought the rights and will release the film July 18. Below, check out the first I Origins trailer. Read More »

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Produced by Terrence Malick, The Better Angels tells a slightly different “young Mr. Lincoln” story than the one we’re used to. The film, written and directed by A.J. Edwards (who worked for Malick on films such as The Tree of Life and To the Wonder) has a very obvious visual influence from the film’s producer, and a strong cast that includes Jason ClarkeDiane KrugerBrit MarlingWes Bentley and Braydon Denney.

Does it all come together? Reviews out of Sundance were mixed, with some praising the aesthetic and mood, and others opining that the film never measures up to its aspirations. A teaser trailer will give you some idea of what’s in store; check it out below. Read More »

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Babylon

Danny Boyle has a new project out this year, but it won’t be found in theaters. Instead, it’ll be premiering later this year on television.

Babylon stars Brit Marling as Liz Garvey, a PR manager hired by Chief Constable Richard Miller (James Nesbitt) to give the London police department an image makeover. Of course, that’s easier said than done, as she’s dealing with outspoken, taser-happy cops, a bloodthirsty media, and a staff none too thrilled to take orders from an American with little law enforcement experience.

But as tough as those challenges are for her, they should be great fun for us watching at home. Between Boyle’s direction and a biting script by Peep Show creators Sam Bain and Jesse Armstrong, Babylon promises to be sharp, energetic, and very funny. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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