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‘Tales of the Grim Sleeper’ Could Become the Eighth Murder-Related Doc to Land an Oscar Nom

5 December 2014 8:20 AM, PST | Scott Feinberg | See recent Scott Feinberg news »

By Anjelica Oswald

Managing Editor 

Nick Broomfield’s Tales of the Grim Sleeper follows the case of the serial killer in South Central Los Angeles that spans more than 20 years. The first murder took place in 1985, but an apparent 14-year break between murders earned him the nickname of “the Grim Sleeper.” Lonnie Franklin Jr. was arrested in 2010 and is currently awaiting trial for almost a dozen women, though the number could increase. Though the case is a major part of the film, Broomfield also explores poverty, racism and the police investigation that failed to warn the neighborhood that a serial killer was suspected until 2008.

The film made the Academy’s documentary feature shortlist and could land a nomination at the 87th Academy Awards. Here are seven other documentaries about murder in America that scored nominations (in chronological order):

Four Days in November (1964)

Released just a year after President John F. Kennedy’s assassination, »

- Anjelica Oswald

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Devil's Knot Review

14 June 2014 2:51 AM, PDT | www.themoviebit.com | See recent TheMovieBit news »

In 1993, the shocking murder of three young boys rocked the city of West Memphis, Arkansas. The murders were attributed to satanic worship, and three suspects, Damien Echolls, JessieMisskelly Jr., and Jason Baldwin, local teenage boys with an interest in the occult, were quickly tried and convicted. Dubbed the West Memphis Three, aspects of their trial were brought into question, with one of the boys confessions being taken under suspect circumstances, and several pieces of evidence being mishandled and not put forward in the trial at all. Several documentaries, namely the Paradise Lost trilogy and West of Memphis, have been made, declaring the boys innocence, and now Atom Egoyan (Chloe, The Sweet Hereafter) presents us with Devil's Knot, based on the book by Mara Leveritt, a dramatic, but sadly unengaging, retelling of those fateful events. Egoyan succeeds in capturing the horror of these events, and the injustice and controversy surrounding the trial, »

- noreply@blogger.com (Tom White)

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Devil’s Knot Review

10 June 2014 1:30 AM, PDT | The Hollywood News | See recent The Hollywood News news »

Director: Atom Egoyan.

Starring: Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Amy Ryan, Dane De Haan, Alessandro Nivola, Stephen Moyer, Rex Linn, Martin Henderson, Kevin Durand.

Certificate: 15.

Running Time: 114 minutes.

Synopsis: Atom Egoyan’s haunting true mystery about who killed three children in a small town. The police identify three teens, aka the West Memphis Three, as committing the murders during a satanic ritual but the truth may be scarier as a mother (Reese Witherspoon) and investigator (Colin Firth) suspect all is not as it appears.

Devil’S Knot is based on a true story from the early 1990s where a trio of children went missing from their neighbourhood in West Memphis, Arkansas. The three were found horrifically mutilated and bound in a local river the following day, and just a few weeks later, three teenagers were arrested and charged with their murders. Atom Egoyan’s film is a dramatisation of those events of May, »

- Paul Heath

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Watch: Exclusive Scene from 'Devil's Knot' Starring Colin Firth as Defender of the West Memphis Three

12 May 2014 10:57 AM, PDT | Indiewire | See recent Indiewire news »

Editor's Note: This post is presented in partnership with Time Warner Cable Movies On Demand in support of May's Indie Film Month. "Devil's Knot" is currently available to view On Demand. In 1994, Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin were convicted of the murder of three young boys in what was labelled a Satanic ritual. The trio became known as the West Memphis Three. Multiple documentaries have been made about the tragic incident, including Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's "Paradise Lost" series. Atom Egoyan's "Devil's Knot" is a fictional representation of the case focusing on a West Memphis Three lawyer played by Colin Firth. In this exclusive look at the film, Firth is confronted by his ex-wife, played by Amy Ryan, about whether or not he should take on the case.  After checking out the clip below, head on over to iTunes to check out Indiewire's interview »

- Casey Cipriani

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Devil’s Knot Review

10 May 2014 10:49 AM, PDT | We Got This Covered | See recent We Got This Covered news »

The 1993 murders of three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas, has been explored time and time again, in documentaries like HBO’s Paradise Lost trilogy and Peter Jackson’s West of Memphis, but pop culture can’t seem to leave the sensational case alone. The question of whether Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. were actually guilty of the savage crimes seems to destined never to be definitively answered, though most films about the case have emphasized how tenuous links between the trio and the murders actually were.

Devil’s Knot, Atom Egoyan’s dramatization of the investigation and subsequent trials, features bankable Hollywood stars like Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon, and that star power makes this retelling more likely to appeal to the masses than the documentary coverage. That’s why it’s so unfortunate that Egoyan never manages to do right by his powerful source material. »

- Isaac Feldberg

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West Memphis Redux: Atom Egoyan on Devil’s Knot

9 May 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | Filmmaker Magazine - Blog | See recent Filmmaker Magazine news »

The West Memphis Three case was the subject of Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky’s much-lauded Paradise Lost trilogy (1996, 2000, 2011), as well as Amy Berg’s 2012 West of Memphis. Each documentary chronicled the ongoing evolution of a uniquely American tragedy: the wrongful convictions of three teenage outcasts in the grotesque slayings of three eight-year-olds in West Memphis, Ark on May 5th, 1993. In Devil’s Knot, Canadian director Atom Egoyan’s fictionalized retelling of the events, the teenagers who stand accused — Jason Baldwin (Seth Meriwether), Damien Echols (James Hamrick), and Jessie Misskelley Jr. (Kris Higgins) — are clearly railroaded by local law […] »

- Brandon Harris

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Review: Atom Egoyan's 'Devil's Knot' Lacks Insight Into Case Of West Memphis Three

7 May 2014 4:07 PM, PDT | The Playlist | See recent The Playlist news »

It has been twenty years since the horrifically mutilated, murdered bodies of children Steve Branch, Michael Moore, and Christopher Byers were found in a creek in the middle of Robin Hood Hills in Arkansas. And thus started a saga that spanned nearly two decades, with the trials of the accused Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley Jr. and Jason Baldwin gaining national attention, which eventually turned to outrage. Chronicled in great detail via the 'Paradise Lost' trilogy of documentaries as well as Amy Berg's "West Of Memphis," the case of the West Memphis Three soon became one of justice denied, not only to the three young men, but also the victims whose real killer or killers is still unidentified. A controversial Alford Plea agreed to by the trio of boys in 2011 has effectively closed the case, and nearly every angle of the investigation from paths taken to those unexplored has been scrutinized. »

- Kevin Jagernauth

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Exclusive: Atom Egoyan Talks the Challenges and Rewards of Directing Devil's Knot

6 May 2014 8:00 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

As the tagline from the latest Atom Egoyan film, Devil's Knot (review), states, “They say the crimes were satanic. The truth may be scarier.” Based on the convictions of the men accused of the "West Memphis Three" murders, it focuses on the families and legal aspects of the case.

We recently chatted with director Egoyan about how he became involved in the project, which describes how Jessie Misskelley, Jr., Jason Baldwin, and Damien Echols (aka the West Memphis Three) were exonerated and released after serving nearly 20 years in prison.

He also touched on why he chose to focus on some lesser known principals from the case, the challenges of bringing this story to the screen, what he learned about the U.S. justice system while making the film, and more.

Dread Central: So, how did you first become aware of the West Memphis Three story, and what was it about »

- Staci Layne Wilson

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Exclusive: Jason Baldwin Talks Visiting the Set of Devil's Knot, the Film's Horror Appeal, and More

5 May 2014 8:30 AM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

The men known as the West Memphis Three were convicted as teenagers in 1994 of the heinous murders of three little boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. Jason Baldwin, who’s interviewed here, was sentenced to life imprisonment.

Jessie Misskelley, Jr., received a sentence of life imprisonment plus two 20-year sentences, and the so-called ringleader, Damien Echols, was given the death penalty.

During the trial the prosecution declared that the children were slain as part of a Satanic ritual. A number of documentaries have been based on the case, and celebrities, filmmakers, and musicians have spoken out in the belief that they are innocent. Finally, in 2010, the trio were released after striking an unusual legal deal.

And now, there’s a Hollywood movie, Devil's Knot (review). It’s directed by Atom Egoyan and stars Academy Award winners Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon.

Dread Central: One wonders… as someone who lived the story, »

- Staci Layne Wilson

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Beyond Fright Review: Devil’S Knot

18 April 2014 8:35 AM, PDT | iconsoffright.com | See recent Icons of Fright news »

It’s never easy to separate the truth from fiction, or at times, understand why some biopic films make the decision to focus on the wrong individuals instead of the people whose lives were truly affected. While the film itself is somewhat well done in the whole scheme of filmmaking and is an effective court-drama, Devil’S Knot ultimately fails in its priorities, focusing too much on the wrong characters, all while missing the opportunity to spread awareness and shed light on one of American’s biggest judicial mess-ups.

While the story of the 1993 murders of three little boys in West Memphis, Arkansas is widely known at this point, the case which resulted in what many people consider a modern day witch-hunt and a wrongful conviction of three outcast teens, has just now made its way to a narrative film. While the true crime book and four documentaries (the Peter Jackson »

- Jerry Smith

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The Devil's Knot Fastened to This Image Gallery

18 March 2014 3:59 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Image Entertainment is bringing The Devil's Knot to us on May 9th, and right now we have several new images for you cats with a penchant for true crime cases. Guilty? Innocent? Give us your take on who committed these heinous crimes.

Synopsis:

From Academy Award nominated director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) and starring Academy Award winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), comes the true story of a crime that would grip a nation for almost two decades and that continues to be one of the most high-profile trials of all time. Based on the bestseller by Mara Leveritt, Devil's Knot recounts the trial and conviction of teenagers Damien Echols; Jessie Misskelley, Jr.; and Jason Baldwin in the savage murder of three 8-year-old boys in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993.

Dubbed the so-called "West Memphis Three," the defendants, »

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"Devil's Knot" Trailer Examines the West Memphis Three Case

11 March 2014 11:30 AM, PDT | TooFab | See recent TooFab news »

This might be tough movie to watch. Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth star in the "Devil's Knot" based off of Mara Leveritt's book, by the same title, which follows the true story of the infamous West Memphis Three. In 1993, Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. were convicted of killing three young boys in Arkansas as part of a satanic ritual.  The teens later became known as the West Memphis Three ... but were eventually released after being wrongly charged in 2011. In the flick, Reese stars as the grieving mother, Pam Hobbs, who's 8-year-old son was one of the mysteriously murdered boys. Firth plays the private investigator, Ron Lax, who's not convinced that teenagers were responsible for the brutal crimes. There's been a ton of controversy around the trial, and stars like Peter Jackson, Natalie Maines and Johnny Depp are just a few of the celebs who've involved themselves in the case, »

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Devil's Knot Trailer: Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth at Center of Movie About the West Memphis Three

11 March 2014 8:47 AM, PDT | E! Online | See recent E! Online news »

The new trailer for Devil's Knot has been released and, given the subject matter, it can definitely be difficult to watch. Based on Mara Leveritt's best-selling book of the same name, the film follows the true story of three teenagers—Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr.—who became known as the West Memphis Three after they were accused and convicted of killing three young boys in Arkansas in 1993. The movie, however, puts the spotlight on the grieving mother (played by Reese Witherspoon) of one of the murdered boys, as well as a private investigator (portrayed by Colin Firth) who is not convinced the convicted teens are guilty of the crime. In 2011, the Memphis Three »

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Trailer for The Devil's Knot with Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon

11 March 2014 7:00 AM, PDT | GeekTyrant | See recent GeekTyrant news »

This is the second trailer for the Atom Egoyan-directed film The Devil's Knot, which stars Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon. The movie tells the true story Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley, who were wrongly convicted for the May 1993 killings of three 8-year-old boys from West Memphis, Ark. 18 years later they were finally released from prison. I've been following their story for years. There have been a series of documentaries made about this terrible tragedy, but a lot more people will hear about it with the release of this movie.

The film also stars Dane DeHaan, Mireille Enos, Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas, Stephen Moyer, and Amy Ryan. Here's the detailed synopsis.

Atom Egoyan dramatizes the fallout from the notorious 1993 West Memphis murders, focusing on the grieving mother (Reese Witherspoon) of one of the murdered boys as she grows increasingly troubled by the lynch-mob fever that grips the town. »

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The Devil's Knot Untied in New Trailer

10 March 2014 5:12 PM, PDT | DreadCentral.com | See recent Dread Central news »

Image Entertainment is bringing The Devil's Knot to us on May 9th, and right now we have the full trailer for you cats with a penchant for true crime cases. Lord knows they rarely come as compelling as the story surrounding the West Memphis 3.

Synopsis:

From Academy Award nominated director Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) and starring Academy Award winner Colin Firth (The King's Speech) and Academy Award winner Reese Witherspoon (Walk the Line), comes the true story of a crime that would grip a nation for almost two decades and that continues to be one of the most high-profile trials of all time. Based on the bestseller by Mara Leveritt, Devil's Knot recounts the trial and conviction of teenagers Damien Echols; Jessie Misskelley, Jr.; and Jason Baldwin in the savage murder of three 8-year-old boys in the small town of West Memphis, Arkansas, in 1993.

Dubbed the so-called "West Memphis Three, »

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West Memphis Three Thriller 'Devil's Knot' Gets New Trailer

10 March 2014 3:20 PM, PDT | MovieWeb | See recent MovieWeb news »

Image Entertainment has released the second trailer for the upcoming true story adaptation Devil's Knot, following the trailer released in November by the film's Canadian distributor, Remstar Films. Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth star in this adaptation of Mara Leveritt's book which chronicles the true story of the infamous West Memphis Three murder case, where three young men - Damien Wayne Echols, Jessie Miskelly, and Jason Baldwin were wrongfully convicted of murdering three eight-year-old boys in Memphis, Arkansas. Dane DeHaan, Mireille Enos, Kevin Durand and Amy Ryan co-star in director Atom Egoyan's adaptation, arriving in theaters May 9 from Image Entertainment.

Based on the true crime book, Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three by Mara Leveritt, Devil's Knot tells the compelling story of three teenagers accused of the brutal 1993 murder of three 8-year old boys in Memphis, Ark. - two of them sentenced to »

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New Devil's Knot Trailer Online

10 March 2014 11:57 AM, PDT | EmpireOnline | See recent EmpireOnline news »

With one trailer already out there for Devil’s Knot, Atom Egoyan’s dramatized take on the West Memphis Three case, Apple is debuting a second, which features some new footage.The West Memphis Three are Jessie Misskelley (Kristopher Higgins), Damien Echols (James Hamrick) and Jason Baldwin (Seth Meriwether), who were accused of murdering three eight-year-old cub scouts in a satanic ritual in 1993. Subsequent investigations, not least in Joe Berlinger's Paradise Lost films, demolished the original "case", and the consensus now is that moral panic convicted them rather than anything in the way of evidence.While the three are now free, the Arkansas judge responsible stopped short of actually overturning their convictions, meaning that local law enforcement officials have not had to admit to or apologise for their egregious original work, and that Echols in particular is entitled to no compensation for his 17 years spent on Death Row.Scott Derrickson »

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Trailer for 'Devil's Knot' Pretty Much Sums It All Up

10 March 2014 11:26 AM, PDT | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

"What if they did itc" "What if they didn'tc" Oh man, now that's deep. A new trailer for Devil's Knot, which Image Entertainment ponied up some cash to purchase and distribute for some reason, has arrived and it pretty much sums up the entire movie, not that there is much to sum up. If you know the story of the West Memphis Three then you probably know more than the whole of Devil's Knot. Directed by Atom Egoyan with a screenplay by Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson, the film stars Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon and tells the story of three children that were murdered in Arkansas and the three boys charged with the crime. As I noted in my review from the Toronto Film Festival last September, this is the "Cliff's Notes version of the events that lead up to the conviction of Damien Echols, Jessie Misskelley, Jr. »

- Brad Brevet

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The Trailer for Atom Egoyan's West Memphis Three Tale, Devil's Knot

10 March 2014 | Comingsoon.net | See recent Comingsoon.net news »

Image Entertainment has released the first trailer for Atom Egoyan's Devil's Knot , starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon. Check it out in the player below, courtesy of iTunes Movie Trailers . Based on the true crime book, "Devil.s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three" by Mara Leveritt, the film tells the compelling story of three teenagers accused of the brutal 1993 murder of three 8-year old boys in Memphis, Ark. - two of them sentenced to life imprisonment and one to death. The film explores the lives of deeply misunderstood outsiders, their families and communities, and their darkest fantasies. The conviction of the West Memphis Three - Damien Echols, Jesse Misskelley, Jr., and Jason Baldwin - riled the American justice system, shocked a tightly »

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From 'Addicted' to 'Gone Girl' to 'X-Men': 40 Books Adapted into Movies in 2014

14 January 2014 8:30 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

It's rare when a film adaptation lives up the book it was based on so with that in mind I have compiled a list of 40 books that have been adapted for the big screen that we can expect to see in theaters this year. This includes two books from Gillian Flynn, young adult adaptations of work by Veronica Roth, Suzanne Collins and James Dashner, a short story from Dennis Lehane, a Nick Hornby adaptation, and an adaptation written by Nick Hornby, a new John le Carre adaptation and a prequel to the stories written by Tom Clancy as well as a couple comics and graphic novel adaptations from the likes of Frank Miller and Hiroshi Sakurazaka and Alexander O. Smith. I've added everything I could think of and while I'm sure I missed a few, please forgive me and hopefully you'll find something that appeals to your taste on the list. »

- Brad Brevet

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