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Terrence Malick's The Tree of Life tops Film Comment's list of the "Best Released Films of 2011," an annual year-end survey of film critics, editors, and past and present contributors — over 120 of them this year — so the magazine has put Kent Jones's beautiful essay from the July/August issue online (even if you don't admire the film as much as he does, you'll know that this is a must-read), and the Film Society of Lincoln Center is screening The Tree of Life through Tuesday.
The "Released" list goes as far as 50; the "Best Unreleased Movies of 2011" list runs to 52. At #1 is Jafar Panahi's This Is Not a Film; #2: Béla Tarr's The Turin Horse. There's been some grumbling among the tweeting set, by the way, that this list is too crowded with films that have scored distribution deals and will indeed be seeing a theatrical run sooner or later. »
Academy Award-winning actress Reese Witherspoon has a diverse and versatile list of credits to her name, ranging from her Oscar-winning performance in the Johnny Cash biopic Walk the Line to the more light-hearted comedy fare of Legally Blonde.
Deadline are now reporting that the brilliant actress is the first to be cast in Devil’s Knot, which has Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter, Chloe) at its helm. The original script, based on Mara Leveritt’s book Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three, was written by Paul Harris Boardman and Scott Derrickson, who co-wrote The Exorcism of Emily Rose.
The West Memphis Three were convicted as teenagers in real life in 1994 of killing three boys in West Memphis, Arkansas. Since then, three documentaries have been made about the case, Paradise Lost, Paradise Lost 2, and the upcoming Paradise Lost 3, positioned against the initial verdict, which convicted the three to life imprisonment, »
- Kenji Lloyd
In an interview with the Calgary Herald the acclaimed American novelist of The Sweet Hereafter and the recent Lost Memory of Skin, Russell Banks has confirmed that his novel The Darling will soon be adapted for the big-screen. The project was previously set to be a Martin Scorsese’s follow up to The Aviator in 2004 [...]
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- Nick Martin
Deadline has reported that actress Reese Witherspoon has signed on for the crime drama “Devil’s Knot.” The film is based on the real-life story about three defendants who were sent to prison for the murder of three eight-year-old boys in 1993. The boys were found hog-tied in a drainage ditch. Witherspoon would play the mother of one of the murdered boys, who initially believed the three defendants murdered her son. Eventually, she believed the suspects were innocent and wrongfully accused. The script was originally written by Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman. It is based off the 2003 book “Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three” by Mara Leveritt. The real-life defendants Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr. were released from prison earlier this year. It is not known on who would play the West Memphis Three. The director will be Atom Egoyan (“The Sweet Hereafter, »
Reese Witherspoon (This Means War) has never been afraid to take on a challenging role, and this subject matter will certainly test het mettle. According to THR, Witherspoon is the first official cast member of Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot. Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter) will work from Scott Derrickson and Paul Harris Boardman’s (The Exorcism of Emily Rose) screenplay adaptation of Mara Leveritt’s novel -"Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three." »
- Kerry Fleming
Already this year, there have been two separate documentaries about the West Memphis Three, in the wake of their release after 18 years in jail. And now Variety is reporting that Reese Witherspoon has signed onto a feature film adaptation of the true-crime story, based on the book Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three by Mara Leveritt, and directed by Atom Egoyan (The Sweet Hereafter).
Witherspoon would reportedly play the mother of one of the three young boys Jessie Misskelley Jr., Jason Baldwin and Damien Echols were accused and convicted of murdering, who comes to believe »
- Adam B. Vary
Breaking: Reese Witherspoon will star in Devil's Knot, the Atom Egoyan-directed drama about the West Memphis 3. As Deadline revealed just after the West Memphis 3 murder defendants were released from prison August 19, The Sweet Hereafter and Chloe director Egoyan came aboard to direct a script that was originally written by Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman, the team behind The Exorcism Of Emily Rose. Witherspoon will play Pam Hobbs, the mother of one of the murder victims who initially believes the trio murdered her son, but she is eventually persuaded that the three suspects are innocent and wrongly accused. Filming begins next summer. Egoyan has spent the last six weeks working with Boardman on a rewrite. The script is based on investigative reporter Mara Leveritt’s 2003 book Devil’s Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three, an in-depth chronicle of the sensationalized trials that sent the three to »
- MIKE FLEMING
Mike Leigh will chair the jury of the 2012 Berlin Film Festival. Among the 68-year-old filmmaker's best known efforts are the Oscar-nominated Secret and Lies, New York Film Critics Circle Best Film winner Topsy-Turvy, Naked, Vera Drake, Another Year, and Happy-Go-Lucky. "Over the course of his nearly 40-year film career, Mike Leigh has distinguished himself as one of the most outstanding film-makers of auteur cinema and protagonists of New British Cinema," the festival said in a statement. "Leigh portrays British society in a bluntly realistic but humorous style. His films have received countless international awards and several Oscar nominations." Writing for The Guardian / The Observer, Leigh said the following about Secrets and Lies and the Oscars: Secrets and Lies then went on to be nominated for five Oscars, my first nominations. We lost out on everything to the blimmin' English Patient, which seems horrid to say now that poor Anthony [Minghella] is dead, »
- Anna Robinson
Sarah Polley has tied the knot — and a baby’s on the way.
The actress, director and screenwriter, 32, is “really excited, super excited” to be 3½ months pregnant with her first child with new husband David Sandomierski, she tells Toronto.com.
The pair wed two weeks ago in a small ceremony attended by immediate family members, Polley shares.
There are a couple of reasons for revisiting the Toronto International Film Festival's lineup for its documentary program, Real to Reel. One of them is Aj Schnack's interview with Thom Powers, Tiff's Documentary and Mavericks Programmer, posted just hours after the Mavericks lineup was announced on Tuesday. Discussing the highlights of both programs, they touch on another reason: Paradise Lost 3: Purgatory is making all sorts of headlines. Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's third film chronicling the odyssey of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr, aka the West Memphis Three, through the labyrinth of the Us legal system, follows Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills (1996) and Paradise Lost 2: Revelations (2000). All three films deal with what Powers calls in his Programmer's Note "an 18-year-old murder case that has become an iconic example of a legal witch hunt." In 1993, when all three men were still teens, »
It's the second Paradise Lost story of the morning, but this one is rather different to Alex Proyas' celestial battle epic. Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's trilogy of documentaries detailing the wrongful conviction of the West Memphis Three has just reached its conclusion, with the happy news of the three's release. And now Atom Egoyan (Exotica, The Sweet Hereafter, Adoration) is set to dramatise their story in Devil's Knot.The Three are Jessie Misskelley, Damien Echols and Jason Baldwin, who were accused of murdering three eight-year-old cub scouts in a satanic ritual in 1993. Subsequent investigations, not least in the Paradise Lost films, have cast serious doubt on the original enquiry, however, and the consensus now is that the suspicion of the Arkansas locals due to the boys' heavy metal fandom was what convicted them, rather than much in the way of evidence. Metallica, who all three boys liked, »
Last week saw the dramatic end to the story of Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley Jr., aka the West Memphis Three. The trio were the subject of Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky's documentary Paradise Lost in 1996. That film told of how the three young men had been tried and convicted for the murders of three 8-year old boys in 1993, despite a lack of any physical evidence. (The three were convicted in part because of supposed Satanist leanings and interests in metal and the occult.) The fact that the three are free is wonderful, but that freedom was obtained not through exoneration, but by pleading guilty to the murders and being released with time served for the 18 years each has spent in prison. It's hardly justice. Berlinger and Sinofsky were almost finished with their third documentary about the case, and are talking about how the end of the »
- Russ Fischer
As part of its August slate of titles, The Criterion Collection is releasing Secret Sunshine on Blu-ray, and whether you knew it before just now, you want to win a copy. Though its title makes it sound like a late period album from a pop act desperate for critical respectability, Secret Sunshine is quiet, disarming, and sensitive in its portrayal of the grief process and the ultimate emergence from it. Starring Cannes best acress award winner Jeon Do-yeon as a piano teacher who returns to her husband’s hometown with her son following his death, Sunshine looks at death through the same clear lens that Atom Egoyan did in The Sweet Hereafter; careful, probing, and totally devoid of sentiment. It's an excellent introduction for those of you looking for an introduction to the flourishing world of Korean film-making, and to one of its most prominent artists Lee Chang-dong. We have »
- Lex Walker
Related Documentary, 'Paradise Lost 3' Getting New Ending; Oscar-Qualifying Run Well, that was fast. No sooner were the West Memphis Three freed on Friday that Hollywood struck while the iron was hot. Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan ("Chloe," "The Sweet Hereafter") revealed his intentions to direct a feature-length drama called "The Devil's Knot," based on the true-life story of three teenagers, known collectively as the West Memphis Three, who were convicted of the murder and sexual mutilation of three 8-year-old boys in 1993. As the teenagers were fans of heavy metal music (and especially Metallica), the prosecution in the case suggested… »
This week ended a prison sentence that lasted 18 years for Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin, and Jessie Misskelley Jr., better known as the West Memphis Three. They were accused of killing three young boys in what was described as a Satanic ritual, which led to two getting life sentences in prison, the third the death penalty. Many said that they were innocent of their crimes, but the justice system has kept them in prison until now. Their story is one that’s almost destined to get the movie treatment — it’s not only based on a true story, but also has what most would consider to be a happy ending — which is something that’s now moving forward.
- email@example.com (thefilmstage.com)
Exclusive: After the West Memphis 3 murder defendants were released from prison today after 18 years, it seemed like just a matter of time before the movie crowd got involved because the case is so controversial and became a cause celebre with the likes of Johnny Depp and Peter Jackson and Fran Walsh. Turns out that there is a feature film that already has a screenplay and a major director, ready to start production by the spring. Devil's Knot is an under $20 million feature that has The Sweet Hereafter and Chloe director Atom Egoyan aboard to direct a script that was originally written by Scott Derrickson and Paul Boardman, the team behind The Exorcism of Emily Rose. Egoyan has spent the last six weeks working with Boardman on a rewrite. The script is based on investigative reporter Mara Leveritt's 2003 book Devil's Knot: The True Story of the West Memphis Three, an in-depth »
- MIKE FLEMING
Although Canada was long ignored as a film producing country, it has produced the English-speaking world’s two greatest filmmakers after 1990. If one of these is David Cronenberg, the other is Atom Egoyan, who, like David Lynch, is an artist whose work is compelling but also bewildering. If Lynch’s films attain their effects partly through Angelo Badalamenti’s music, Egoyan has had an equally important collaboration with composer Mychael Danna. The difference is perhaps that while much of Lynch’s cinema is surreal in some sense, many of Egoyan’s films – the earlier ones – are dominated by the absurd. If the ‘surreal’ is more striking, flamboyant and/or wildly comic, the ‘absurd’ is wrier. Both strive for truths that go beyond the ‘real’ but while the ‘surreal’ seeks out metaphysical and/or social truths the ‘absurd’ attempts to find truths of a personal and/or psychological nature.
Although Egoyan »
- MK Raghvendra
Rotten Tomatoes data says Jennifer Love Hewitt is the "worst-reviewed" actress in over 25 years. The 32-year-old actress was found to have none of her movies ranked as 'Fresh' - meaning an average of 60 per cent or higher - on movie review aggregator RottenTomatoes.com and an average ranking of just 18.9. The low score came from flops such as 'Sister Act 2: Back in the Habit', with 7 per cent, 'I Know What You Did Last Summer', which with a 35 per cent ranking was still 28 per cent higher than its sequel, 'I Still Know What You Did Last Summer' and both 'Garfield' films, which ranked 15 and 11 per cent respectively. In contrast, Slate.com, who comprised the footage after studying reviews from 1985 onwards - a period they deemed no longer tinged by nostalgia - found Arsinee Khanjian to be ranked the best actress. Three of her films, 'The Sweet Hereafter', »
There are a handful of similarities between Atom Egoyan's acclaimed The Sweet Hereafter (1997) and Gaby Della's applause-worthy Angels Crest. Both explore the aftermath of children's deaths in self-contained communities, the difference being in the number of tiny coffins: a busload vs. one. Both are also based on well-received novels: the former by the renowned Russell Banks, the latter by the far less known Leslie Schwartz. Additionally, both are extremely well directed and showcase a first-rate cast.
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- Brandon Judell
The Tribeca Film Festival has announced its jurors who will be choosing the winning films, filmmakers and actors from the six competitive Festival categories. The thirty-eight jurors consist of award-winning filmmakers, screenwriters and notorious actors such as Whoopi Goldberg and Michael Cera. Winners will be announced at the Tff Awards Night ceremony on April 28, which will be hosted by Gideon Yago and streamed live on TribecaFilm.com. Below is the press release from Tribeca.
Please visit www.tribecafilm.com for more details. The 2011 Festival runs from April 20 – May 1.
2011 Tribeca Film Festival Jury Announced
David O. Russell, David Gordon Green, Dianne Wiest, Souleymane Cissé, Whoopi Goldberg, Paul Dano, Zoe Kazan, Rainn Wilson, Anna Kendrick, Michael Cera, Denis Leary,Atom Egoyan and Fran Lebowitz are Among the 38 Festival Jurors
New York, NY – April 18, 2010 – The Tribeca Film Festival (Tff), presented by American Express, the Founding Sponsor of the Festival, today announced its jurors »
- Christopher Clemente
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