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The first still featuring Reese Witherspoon ('Cruel Intentions') in the role of Pam Hobbs has been revealed by the Hollywood Reporter. The pic comes direct from Worldview Entertainment's new crime thriller 'The Devil's Knot' based upon the real life murders and wrongful imprisonment of the West Memphis Three. The new still features Witherspoon and Alessandro Nivola ('Jurassic Park 3') and the movie also stars Colin Firth ('The King's Speech') as private investigator Ron Lax. The project is due for release later this year and was helmed by Atom Egoyan who directs from a script penned by Paul Harris Boardman ('The Exorcism of Emily Rose') and Scott Derrickson. Head below to check out the still. »
It.s only been a year and a half since Damien Echols, Jessie MIsskelley and Charles Jason Baldwin . collectively known as the West Memphis Three . were released from prison, having spent over half of their lives behind bars for three child murders that no one could actually prove they committed. The story of the trio of unfortunate sons has been told both in book form and in the three Paradise Lost documentaries that tracked the well-known case over the years, as well as Amy Berg.s recent doc. Atom Egoyan.s upcoming feature film Devil.s Knot is based on the book of the same name by Mara Leveritt, and Hollywood Reporter has given us the very first look at the film, seen above. While it would have been awesome . if anticipating anything about a film with such ugly subject matter at its core can be awesome . to have seen »
The first still from the true-crime tale Devil's Knot, which is based on the tragedy surrounding the now freed West Memphis Three, is here, and it offers your first look at Reese Witherspoon as Pam Hobbs, the mother of Steve Branch, one of the three children savagely murdered in Arkansas in 1993.
Worldview Entertainment's dramatic crime thriller Devil's Knot, filmed in the greater Atlanta, Georgia, area under the direction of Atom Egoyan, stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth with a screenplay by Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson. Elizabeth Fowler, Richard Saperstein, and Clark Peterson produced Devil’s Knot alongside Worldview Entertainment CEO Christopher Woodrow. Worldview’s Molly Conners, Sarah Johnson Redlich, Maria Cestone, and Hoyt David Morgan executive produced alongside actual defendants Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. Devil’s Knot is a Fowler-Saperstein-Peterson Production.
Following the release from prison of the West Memphis Three, after nearly 20 years of incarceration, »
- Uncle Creepy
Those fascinated, angered and equally disturbed by Bruce Sinofsky and Joe Berlinger’s acclaimed trio of Paradise Lost documentaries, as well as Amy Berg’s recent West Of Memphis, may be intrigued to see how fact-based crime biopic Devil’S Knot plays out. The film, directed by Atom Egoyan, is based on the same-titled book by Mara Leveritt, centring on the harrowing case of the three young boys murdered in Arkansas, 1993 and the subsequent controversial incarceration of the West Memphis Three (Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr.).
The official first image of the true-crime thriller features Reese Witherspoon as Pam Hobbs, the mother of Steve Branch (who was one of the three children so brutally butchered) alongside Alessandro Nivola as Terry Hobbs, her husband and Steve’s stepfather. The film also stars Colin Firth, Bruce Greenwood, Dane DeHaan, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand, Stephen Moyer and Elias Koteas.
- Craig Hunter
With the Cannes Film Festival nearing the finishing stretch, the independent film business is turning its attention to the fall festival circuit. One title that’s likely to make an appearance is Atom Egoyan’s much-anticipated Devil’s Knot, loosely based on Mara Leveritt’s 2002 nonfiction book about the infamous West Memphis Three case. Photos: Radiant 'X-Men' Star Fan Bingbing Honored at Glittery Cannes Fest From Worldview Entertainment, the crime thriller stars Reese Witherspoon as Pam Hobbs, the mother of Steve Branch, one of the three children savagely murdered in Arkansas in 1993. Alessandro Nivola plays Terry Hobbs, her husband and
- Pamela McClintock
Worldview Entertainment has optioned the Marilyn Monroe biopic, Blonde, from writer-director Andrew Dominik (“Killing Them Softly,” “The Assassination of Jesse James by the Coward Robert Ford”). The screenplay was adapted from the Joyce Carol Oates fictionalized biography of the late starlet. Wild Bunch is handling international sales on the project, while CAA, who arranged financing, will be packaging and representing the domestic rights.
“Andrew is an extremely talented writer and director and we are big fans of his work. ‘Blonde’ is a fantastic project and we are looking forward to seeing it come to life,” said Worldview CEO, Christopher Woodrow.
Dominik is represented by CAA.
Worldview’s 2013 slate includes the upcoming drama, “Song One,” starring Academy Award winner Anne Hathaway; Zach Braff’s drama, “Wish I was Here;” David Gordon Green’s drama, “Manglehorn,” starring Academy Award winner Al Pacino; and two studio co-financing deals: Academy Award nominee Alejandro Gonzalez Innaritu’s comedy, »
- Michelle McCue
The project is an adaptation of novel by Thomas Pynchon and follows private investigator Doc Sportello (Joaquin Phoenix). He becomes involved in an investigation surrounding the disappearance of his ex-girlfriend's current flame and billionaire land developer, Mickey Wolfman. Owen Wilson will be portraying musician Coy Harlingen with Benicio Del Toro playing the P.I.'s attorney. No word on who Reese Witherspoon will be playing.
A press release from Worldview Entertainment has confirmed Al Pacino will headline David Gordon Green’s next feature Manglehorn. The film will have the Oscar-winner lead as the eccentric small-town title character, who is still learning to live with his decision to choose a life of crime, which ultimately cost him the love of his life. All the details of the deal, which was confirmed at Cannes today, can be found below.
May 14, 2013 (Cannes)—Academy Award winner Al Pacino has signed on to star in David Gordon Green’s drama, “Manglehorn,” financed and produced by Worldview Entertainment. Pacino will play the lead character of A.J. Manglehorn from a screenplay written by Paul Logan, based on an original story by Green and Logan. This is Worldview’s second collaboration with Green and his production team, following the drama, “Joe,” starring Academy Award winner Nicolas Cage. Worldview CEO, Christopher Woodrow, and COO, »
- Craig Hunter
That chunk o’hunk, Ryan Reynolds proves he’s not afraid to cry. Or wear a hat. At least in this first image from the upcoming thriller, Queen Of The Night he isn’t. The latest from director Atom Egoyan tells the story of a grieving father struggling to come to terms with the fate of his missing daughter. Reynolds is joined by Scott Speedman, Rosario Dawson, Mireille Enos and Kevin Durand.
From the looks of this photo, it might turn out to be…well, a bit of a spoiler. Scope it out below, then judge for yourself after reading the film’s official synopsis:
In Atom Egoyan’s new thriller, Queen Of The Night, Ryan Reynolds plays Matthew, the father of an abducted child, Cass. Eight years after his daughter’s abduction, a series of disturbing clues surface, convincing Matthew that Cass, now 17, is still alive. In a terrifying race against time, »
- Gem Seddon
It's been four years since Atom Egoyan's last feature, the sleazy erotic thriller "Chloe," but he's making up for that absence by being very, very busy. He's got two movies on the way -- the already shot and in post-production West Memphis Three drama "The Devil's Knot," which he quickly followed up with "Queen Of The Night," lensed earlier this year. And now, the first image from the film has arrived. Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman, Mireille Enos and Rosario Dawson star in the film about the father of an abducted child who still thinks she's alive. E1 has the distribution rights for Canada, but this will be repped in the market at Cannes, where it's likely to get some attention. No release dates, but perhaps we'll see it at Tiff? Here's the official synopsis: In Atom Egoyan’s new thriller, Queen Of The Night, Ryan Reynolds plays Matthew, the father of an abducted child, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
Desplechin adapted the screenplay based on Georges Devereux’s book “Psychotherapy of a Plains Indian” about Jimmy Picard, a Blackfoot Indian who suffered from psychological distress after fighting in WWII.
The film will make its world premiere in competition at Cannes Film Festival. CAA negotiated the deal on behalf of Worldview.
Worldview also announced this week that it is producing and financing “Manglehorn,” from writer-director David Gordon Green. It’s the second collaboration with the filmmaker following family drama “Joe.”
- Dave McNary
The star and director of 2005's The Upside of Anger will re-unite for Black and White, an on-the-nose title for a drama centering on racial issues. Written and directed by Mike Binder, Black and White is an indie that will star Kevin Costner as a man left widowed after his wife died in a car crash. He's then left alone to raise his bi-racial granddaughter when his own daughter dies during childbirth. The plot thickens when the child's paternal grandmother begins to wage a custody battle and raises questions about race and where the child should grow up. Deadline reports that the indie will start shooting in New Orleans this summer. Hit the jump for more casting news concerning Colin Firth (The King's Speech) in Woody Allen's next picture and Chris O'Dowd (Bridesmaids) in talks for The Coward. Deadline also reports that Firth is in talks to join Allen's next picture, »
- Dave Trumbore
Last month, we reported that director Matthew Vaughn (X-Men: First Class) was set to adapt Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons' comic The Secret Service. The story is about a veteran secret agent who takes his ruffian nephew from the streets of London and into a British spy school that molds its students into suave 007-types. According to Heat Vision, Colin Firth is being courted for the role of the uncle. Vaughn was looking to reteam with his Kick-Ass star Aaron Taylor-Johnson for the role of the nephew, but the actor was unavailable due to a scheduling conflict. Hit the jump for more. Firth will next be seen in Atom Egoyan's West Memphis Three drama, Devil's Knot. The Secret Service is set for release on November 14, 2014. Heat Vision reports that the comic book was made with a Hollywood adaptation in mind, and Vaughn was involved in crafting the story. »
- Matt Goldberg
As an actor, Colin Firth has proved remarkably resilient over his thirty-year career. After breaking through in 1984's "Another Country," a series of strong performances followed that never quite saw him become a huge star. But suddenly, 1995's TV version of "Pride & Prejudice" made him a heartthrob, and led to roles in Oscar-winners "The English Patient" and "Shakespeare In Love." Just as the roles started to dry up again, he played another seminal romantic lead in "Bridget Jones' Diary." And then, as his career seemed to creep into self-parody with the likes of "Mamma Mia" and "St. Trinian's," he got back-to-back Oscar nominations for "A Single Man" and "The King's Speech," winning for the latter. And it looks like another reinvention for Mr. Firth might be on the way. Aside from "Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy," his immediate post-Oscar roles, in "Gambit" and "Arthur Newman," have been disappointing, but he's »
- Oliver Lyttelton
Matthew Vaughn's Secret Service adaptation of the Mark Millar and Dave Gibbons comic book may star Colin Firth. Sources say that the Oscar-winning actor of The King's Speech, is in talks to star in the film scripted by Vaughn, alongside Jane Goldman. Vaughn also produces and finances by his Marv films, as he did with the excellent Kick-Ass, a film who's sequel opens on August 16th. Distributed by 20th Century Dox with a release date of November 14th, 2014, Secret Service follows a ruffian from a bad neighborhood in London who's drafted into a British spy school; the kind that develops suave, 007-type spies. Firth would play the uncle. Firth's currently in Cinedigm's Arthur Newman comedy alongside Emily Blunt, Anne Heche and Sterlin Beaumon. The Dante Areola film opened in limited areas with little response from viewers. Prior to that, he was in the less-than-well-received Gambit with Cameron Diaz, Stanley Tucci and Alan Rickman. »
Rosario Dawson - you know her: beautiful lady, was in Trance and Sin City, was once on Sesame Street - will soon be showing off another side of her formidable arsenal. According to Deadline, she'll be appearing in Chris Rock's so-far untitled romantic-comedy, a lead role that will see her playing opposite Rock himself.The film is penned by Rock, his first screenplay since 2007’s I Think I Love My Wife (not including a thus-far unmade redo of David Mamet’s take on Kurosawa’s High And Low). It’s billed as an edgy romantic-comedy set in New York’s showbiz world. Rock lined up a deal with uber-producer Scott Rudin when he signed up for potty-mouthed Broadway show The Motherfucker With The Hat, and Rudin will oversee things with his long-time production partner Eli Bush when the shoot kicks off in the Big Apple this June. Media mogul »
Tarsem, the man behind movies "The Cell," "The Fall" and "Immortals," has always had bold visuals to with his ambitious films, but the ends results always seem to fall just a little short. He's a master stylist to be certain, and even something like the somewhat absurd-sounding "Selfless" opens the door to plenty of opportunities for creativity. The director is teaming with Ryan Reynolds for picture, penned by Alex and David Pastor ("Carriers"). And strap in, because this premise is a little loopy. The thriller would find an older wealthy man, transplanting his mind into the body of younger person. The twist? Turns out the younger body was murdered, and now he has to go on the run from the killers who offed him in the first place, while trying to sort it all out. Umm....yeah....it will at least look good, right? For Reynolds, it's another move to work with an auteur, »
- Kevin Jagernauth
In “Bluebird,” the audience is the sole witness to the unexpected avian visitor that distracts a bus driver from discovering the student left sleeping among her empty benches. Separated from its flock, the poor bird should have flown south long ago; the boy, meanwhile, goes overlooked until morning, when he is rushed to the hospital with severe hypothermia. Examining all those “responsible” for the child’s well-being, Lance Edmands’ fragile, arthouse-bound debut stands in direct contrast with its weary, working-class characters and the subzero Maine winter against which their story unfolds — a mournful throwback to more poetically inclined times.
Had “Bluebird” been accepted into Sundance, the attention might have given this modest, minutely observed salt-of-the-earth portrait a shot in a theatrical scene relatively unforgiving toward regional mood pieces (“Ballast,” “Shotgun Stories”). Premiering instead at Tribeca, it’s a diamond in the rough, and will rely on the attention of critics »
- Peter Debruge
Exclusive: Trance star Rosario Dawson is in talks to play the female lead opposite Chris Rock in the untitled comedy that Rock wrote and will direct for Scott Rudin and Barry Diller The picture, an edgy showbiz-themed comedy with romance, will shoot in New York this June with Rudin and Eli Bush producing, and Diller funding. Rock linked up with Rudin after he signed on to star on Broadway in The Motherfucker With The Hat, and this is their first screen collaboration together. Rudin and Diller are currently working together on Brightline, the e-publishing business formed with a big investment from Diller’s Iac/Interactive. Dawson, repped by CAA and Untitled, is reprising her memorable character in the sequel Sin City: A Dame To Die For. She’s also starring alongside Ryan Reynolds, Scott Speedman and Mireille Enos in the Atom Egoyan-directed Queen Of The Night. »
- MIKE FLEMING JR
Comparisons to Atom Egoyan’s The Sweet Hereafter will likely plague Lance Edmands’ Bluebird, thanks to the films’ similar subject matter – both are set in snowy small towns, both center on a tragedy that occurs on a school bus, both find their drama in the aftermath – but Edmands’ new feature quickly finds its own footing and announces the arrival of a talented new independent filmmaker. Bluebird approaches its seemingly familiar plotline with a tighter focus than Egoyan’s, as Edmands spends the majority of his film with school bus driver Lesley (Amy Morton), a kind and well-intentioned woman whose life is destroyed by a minor moment of distraction. During an end-of-shift bus check, a trilling bluebird draws Lesley’s attention away from the task at hand, with the hautning consequences of her bird-watching not revealed until late the next morning. Lesley is, however, not the only person at fault in Bluebird (the accident at the center of »
- Kate Erbland
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