As talented as Atom Egoyan is, he undertook an incredibly difficult task in making a film about the West Memphis Three. The disturbing and fascinating yet ultimately redemptive true story of three young boys convicted of a murder they didn’t commit has already been told near perfectly in no-less-than four documentaries. So right off the bat, Devil’s Knot faces an uphill battle.
The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival and buzz was quite mixed. Still, with a cast that includes Colin Firth, Reese Witherspoon, Dane DeHaan, Mireille Enos, Bruce Greenwood, Elias Koteas, Stephen Moyer Amy Ryan, Devil’s Knot is undoubtedly a film that deserves some attention.
Check out the first trailer and poster for the film, which doesn’t have a US release date yet, below. Read More »
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Briefly: Nancy Meyers (What Women Want, Something’s Gotta Give) wrote the comedy script The Intern, and will now direct the film with Robert De Niro and Reese Witherspoon starring. The deal came together at the American Film Market this week, and Meyers will produce with Scott Rudin; Worldview Entertainment is financing, and Universal, The Weinstein Company and Warner Bros are reportedly circling to distribute. This is in the wake of Paramount putting the same project in turnaround a while ago. Read More »
As much milage as Disney gets out of their princesses, the company still loves to subvert them. Films like Brave, Enchanted and the upcoming Maleficent are good examples of how Disney likes to take the classic fairy tale princess storyline and give it new twists. Which is exactly what they’ll do with Happily Ever After, a pitch just purchased for star Reese Witherspoon.
Nahnatchka Khan, the creator of Don’t Trust the B—- in Apartment 23, came up with the idea for the film, which picks up 10 years after some typical, magical Disney-esque adventure. The film will explore if the beautiful princess and handsome prince, who we just accept live “happily ever after” actually do. Spoiler alert – marriage isn’t easy. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, August 22nd, 2013 by Angie Han
As Dallas Buyers Club prepares for its world premiere at TIFF, director Jean-Marc Vallée has booked his next gig. He’s just signed on for Wild, the Nick Hornby-scripted, Reese Witherspoon-starring adaptation of Cheryl Strayed‘s bestselling memoir. Hit the jump for plot details and more.
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Oscar-winner Reese Witherspoon has just been attached to Wild, based on a booked by Cheryl Strayed and adapted by Nick Hornby. Fox Searchlight will distribute the film, which will start production later this year once a director is attached. Wild is the story of one woman who, seemingly out of options, decides to hike more than 1,000 miles on the Pacific Coast all by herself. Read the full press release below. Read More »
Just this morning there were gossip rag reports about Ben Affleck having a meeting with David Fincher, and here’s the result: the director has offered the actor a plum role in Gone Girl. Fincher is directing an adaptation of the Gillian Flynn novel for Fox, with an eye towards production this fall. With the role being tossed Affleck’s way, the big question is how this works with Affleck’s plan to direct his own new movie, Live by Night.
Affleck would play a man who becomes a suspect in his wife’s disappearance, after she goes missing on their fifth wedding anniversary. Reese Witherspoon is among the film’s producers, leading to suspicion that she might play the missing woman. That casting isn’t confirmed at this point.
Variety reports that the current idea is to push back Affleck’s directorial effort so that he can shoot the lead role in Fincher’s film this fall. Then he’d go into Live by Night in January. Read More »
Posted on Thursday, May 16th, 2013 by Angie Han
Paul Thomas Anderson has a habit of getting his stars Oscar nominations, so it’s no wonder he’s got some big names interested in his next project Inherent Vice. Reese Witherspoon has just boarded the Thomas Pynchon adaptation, joining Joaquin Phoenix, Owen Wilson, and Benicio Del Toro. Jena Malone and Martin Short round out the cast. Get the details after the jump.
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(Note: This is a reprint of our Mud review from Sundance 2013. The film opens in a limited run today.)
For his follow-up to Take Shelter, director Jeff Nichols smartly casts Matthew McConaughey as a violent drifter who slides into the lives of two young boys whose families eke out a bare existence on the Mississippi River. Using the gift for gab that any character played by McConaughey must automatically possess, this outlaw wraps the boys up in his plan to achieve true freedom.
While Take Shelter trafficked in heavy ambiguity, Mud does away with uncertainty, at least with respect to the story. This is a straightforward tale that rides on the shoulders of McConaughey and two excellent young actors, Tye Sheridan (The Tree of Life) and newcomer Jacob Lofland.
Mud is a riff on Mark Twain, and an exploration of the relationships between generations of men. It could be a Tom Waits song, perhaps a long-lost cut from Swordfishtrombones, revolving as it does around a man with a dark past who seeks to build an escape engine out of cast-off parts, with love as his fuel. The film casts a keen eye on people living a mostly bygone lifestyle, and wraps those observations in a rollicking little adventure that you might find in the yellowing pages of an old pulp novel.
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