A new trailer for director Atom Egoyan’s real-life drama Devil’s Knot has been released online. The film is based on the story of the West Memphis Three, who were wrongfully accused and convicted of the murder of three young boys in Arkansas in the 1990s. Reese Witherspoon stars as the mother of one of the victims while Colin Firth plays a private investigator hired to look into the defense case. I caught the pic at TIFF last fall and found it to be a massive disappointment. The film has no real focus and the performances—by talented actors, mind you—are bafflingly atrocious. Moreover, the story of Witherspoon’s character verges into exploitation territory.
Hit the jump to watch the trailer, and click here to read Matt’s review. The film also stars Alessandro Nivola, Stephen Moyer, Dane DeHaan, Mireille Enos, Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas, and Amy Ryan. Devil’s Knot opens in theaters May 9th.
The first trailer for Atom Egoyan’s West Memphis Three drama Devil’s Knot is now available. The film stars Reese Witherspoon as the mother of one of the victims and Colin Firth as the private investigator who worked for the accused. Devil’s Knot follows the true story of the case in which three teenagers were wrongfully charged with murdering three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in the 1990s. You can read up on Matt’s review of the film from TIFF here.
The film also stars Dane DeHaan, Mireille Enos, Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas, Stephen Moyer, Alessandro Nivola, and Amy Ryan. Hit the jump to watch the trailer.
The injustice perpetrated against The West Memphis Three—three teenagers who in 1994 were wrongly convicted of the brutal slayings of three young boys in Memphis, Arkansas—was powerfully revealed in the 1996 documentary Paradise Lost: The Child Murders at Robin Hood Hills. Directors Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky proceed to keep interest in the case alive with their two sequels, and the accused were finally released from jail in 2011. Berlinger and Sinofsky did the hard work and compelling filmmaking that captured the drama and tragedy of the case. Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot takes that hard work and turns it into a based-on-true-events movie that’s not only pointless, but also exploitative and disrespectful.
New images have been released from Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot. The film stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth and follows the true story of the West Memphis 3 case, in which three teenagers were wrongfully charged with murdering three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in the 1990s. The new images provide a first look at Firth, who plays Ron Lax, a private investigator hired to look into the case. Devil’s Knot will be making its debut at the Toronto International Film Festival, and it will be one of the higher-profile pictures due to the Oscar-winning lead actors and the subject matter. Adam doesn’t believe that the picture will be entering this year’s crowded awards field, and unless it breaks out big at TIFF, I agree with him.
Hit the jump to check out the images. The film also stars Dane DeHaan, Mireille Enos, Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas, Stephen Moyer, Alessandro Nivola, and Amy Ryan. Devil’s Knot will make its public debut at the Toronto International Film Festival on Sunday, September 8th.
It’s that time of year again, folks. The explosion-filled summer blockbusters will soon be fading from multiplexes, and in will flow a number of smaller, more dramatic films poised to dominate the Oscar conversation as the awards machine gets up and running. Some will meet high expectations, some will be disappointing, and some will come out of nowhere to take everyone by surprise. We here at Collider ran a few awards-centric articles last fall that examined the Oscar race as it drew closer, but this year we’re happy to expand our awards coverage to a regular column titled “Oscar Beat.”
We’ll be covering anything and everything Oscar up through the 86th Annual Academy Awards on March 2nd, and if years past are any indication, there will be plenty to discuss. In our inaugural installment of Oscar Beat, we’ll be taking a look at the upcoming Fall Film Festival circuit, which is where the heavy hitters of awards season traditionally premiere. Hit the jump for more.
Earlier today, the Toronto International Film Festival announced its line-up for their Galas and Special Presentation programs. Among the films with new images and synopses are:
- Devil’s Knot (Directed by Atom Egoyan) Starring Reese Witherspoon, Colin Firth, Kevin Durand, Bruce Greenwood, Mireille Enos, Dane DeHaan, and Stephen Moyer.
- You Are Here (Directed by Matthew Weiner) Starring Owen Wilson, Zach Galifianakis, Amy Poehler, and Laura Ramsey.
- Can a Song Save Your Life? (Directed by John Carney) Starring Keira Knightley, Adam Levine, and Mark Ruffalo.
- Dallas Buyers Club (Directed by Jean-Marc Vallée) Starring Matthew McConaughey, Jennifer Garner, and Jared Leto.
Hit the jump to check out the images and synopses. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th. [Update: We have removed the image from Labor Day at the request of the studio]
The Toronto International Film Festival has announced part of its line-up for 2013. The festival will kick off with Bill Condon’s Julian Assange movie, The Fifth Estate, and close with Daniel Schecter’s Jackie Brown prequel, Life of Crime. In between, you have the premieres of Ron Howard’s Rush; Jason Reitman’s Labor Day starring Josh Brolin and Kate Winslet; Steve McQueen’s 12 Years a Slave starring Chiwetel Ejiofor and Michael Fassbender; Richard Ayoade’s The Double starring Jesse Eisenberg; David Gordon Green’s Joe starring Nicolas Cage; Atom Egoyan’s West Memphis Three movie Devil’s Knot starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon; the North American premiere of Alfonso Cuaron’s Gravity, and many more. Even the Mike Meyer’s documentary Supermensch that we reported on yesterday will be on hand, so it looks like he’s already completed it. Unfortunately, I’m sure TIFF will front-load their schedule like they always do, so there will be plenty of tough choices, but Gravity and 12 Years a Slave are the must-sees that immediately jump to mind.
Hit the jump for a list of the Galas and Special Presentations. Please note that there are plenty of other categories that will be announced soon including the full Midnight Madness, Documentary, and Masters line-up so stay tuned. The 2013 Toronto International Film Festival runs from September 5 – 15th.
I have mixed feelings about the fall festival season. On the one hand, I love going to the Toronto International Film Festival (very well-run and great venues), and getting a jump on the awards season movies because a fair share of them are going to be damn good. On the other hand, there’s less room for the joyful discovery I’ll find at Sundance, SXSW, and Fantastic Fest. Nevertheless, studios like to begin their awards season maneuvering in the fall, and that usually starts at the Venice Film Festival, and then those films then move on to Telluride and TIFF. Variety has begun their predictions for what they believe will debut at this year’s Venice Film Festival. Among the predictions are Alfonso Cuaron‘s sci-fi drama Gravity, Paul Greengrass‘ Captain Phillips starring Tom Hanks, and Steve McQueen‘s star-studded Twelve Years a Slave. The only confirmed title thus far is Paul Schrader‘s The Canyons, which isn’t particularly noteworthy since it will debut on VOD in the U.S. weeks before.
Hit the jump for more films that might show up at Venice this year. The 2013 Venice Film Festival runs from August 28 – September 7th.
On the red carpet at tonight’s Saturn Awards, I was able to interview Bruce Greenwood. We talked about J.J. Abrams Star Trek sequel, Robert Zemeckis’ Flight, Derek Cianfrance‘s The Place Beyond the Pines with Ryan Gosling, Atom Egoyan‘s Devil’s Knot (which also stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth and follows the true story of the West Memphis Three case), and more.
For fans of Star Trek, I asked Greenwood about filming with IMAX cameras, what the first few days were like on set, lens flairs, what it was like being on a fully constructed Enterprise bridge, and the size of Pike’s role in the sequel. Hit the jump for what he had to say.
Production has officially commenced on two upcoming projects. First up, filming is underway in Atlanta on the real-life drama Devil’s Knot, directed by Atom Egoyan. The film stars Reese Witherspoon and Colin Firth and follows the true story of the West Memphis 3 case, in which three teenagers were wrongfully charged with murdering three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in the 1990s. Witherspoon plays the mother of one of the victims, while Firth plays the private investigator hired to look into the case. The cast also includes Amy Ryan, Dane DeHaan, and Stephen Moyer.
Additionally, production has begun in New York on the relationship drama Very Good Girls. Directed by Naomi Foner, the film stars Dakota Fanning and Elizabeth Olsen as two best friends determined to lose their virginity, only to fall for the same boy. The cast also includes Boyd Holbrook, Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin, Richard Dreyfuss, Peter Skarsgaard, and Clark Gregg. The score will be composed by Jenny Lewis. Hit the jump to read press releases for both films.
We’ve got a few set photos to share this afternoon. Briefly:
- Taylor Lautner and Patrick Schwarzenegger were spotted on the set of Adam Sandler’s first-ever sequel, Grown Ups 2. The young duo were seen doing regular “cool guy” stuff like fiddling with a football, wearing tight jeans, and sporting super neato sunglasses. The two play members of a fraternity, so the bro-ing out may or may not be in keeping with their characters.
- Rachel McAdams was seen filming a labor scene for director Richard Curtis’ (Love Actually) time travel romantic comedy About Time.
- A pregnant Reese Witherspoon looks eerily like her real-life counterpart in set photos from Devil’s Knot. The film also stars Colin Firth and follows the true story of the West Memphis 3 case, in which three teenagers were wrongfully charged with murdering three young boys in West Memphis, Arkansas in the 1990s.
Hit the jump to check out the set photos.
More casting additions for you today. Here they are in brief:
- Stephen Moyer (True Blood) is set to join director Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot, a feature starring Colin Firth and Reese Witherspoon based on the true life tale of the West Memphis Three.
- Rose Byrne (X-Men: First Class) will star in Shawn Levy’s The Internship, which reunites Wedding Crashers comics, Vince Vaughn and Owen Wilson.
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
What would you say to a few casting notices?:
- Catherine Keener will star opposite Keira Knightley and Mark Ruffalo in the music drama Can a Song Save Your Life?
- Dermot Mulroney and Josh Henderson will star in the indie thriller Swelter
- Kevin Durand joined the ever-growing cast of Devil’s Knot, a true crime drama about the West Memphis 3.
Hit the jump for details on each project.
Some brief casting notes for you here with more details after the jump:
- Angela Bassett (Malcolm X) is set to join Gerard Butler (300) and Aaron Eckhart (The Dark Knight) in Antoine Fuqua’s Presidential thriller, Olympus Has Fallen.
- Derek Luke (Antwone Fisher) will star opposite Paula Patton (Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol) in Baggage Claim, from writer/director/producer David Talbert.
- Robert Baker (Out of Time) and Brian Howe (The Pursuit of Happyness) are the most recent additions to the cast of Atom Egoyan’s Devil’s Knot, based on the true life saga of the West Memphis Three.
Hit the jump for more on each picture.
A trio of actors have landed some pivotal roles in director Atom Egoyan’s drama Devil’s Knot, which centers on the West Memphis 3 murder case. For those unaware, three teenagers were convicted of killing three boys in Arkansas in 1993 despite the absence of physical evidence; they were eventually released in 2011 after countless private investigations. Reese Witherspoon stars as the mother of one of the victims, while Colin Firth plays a private investigator hired to take on the case. THR reports that Bruce Greenwood (Star Trek) and Michael Gladis (Mad Men) have joined the cast, with Greenwood set as the controversial judge who put the West Memphis 3 away and Gladis poised to play the defense attorney for suspect Jessie Misskelly, Jr.
Additionally, Deadline reports that Matt Letscher (Scandal) will play the defense attorney for suspect Jason Baldwin. Production on Devil’s Knot begins next month, with Amy Ryan, Dane Dehaan, Mireille Enos and Alessandro Nivola rounding out the cast.