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Watch: First Trailer For Atom Egoyan's 'The Captive' Starring Ryan Reynolds Headed To Cannes

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • April 17, 2014 7:24 AM
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Are we possibly looking at a career rebound for Ryan Reynolds? Kicking off the year with good notices for the Sundance oddball comedy "The Voices," the actor will be packing his bags shortly for Cannes where Atom Egoyan's "The Captive" will premiere. And now the first trailer has arrived.

Watch: New Trailer For West Memphis Three Drama ‘Devil’s Knot’ With Colin Firth & Reese Witherspoon

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • March 10, 2014 2:02 PM
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The mystery is still unsolved, but the boys known as the West Memphis Three are now free, after being railroaded by a justice system perverted by the pursuit to find an answer, even if it wasn't the truth. And after a handful of documentaries and extensive media coverage, the saga is now getting the dramatic feature treatment thanks to Atom Egoyan.

Watch: New Trailer, Poster & Pictures For Atom Egoyan’s ‘Devil’s Knot’ With Colin Firth & Reese Witherspoon

  • By Charlie Schmidlin
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  • November 20, 2013 9:02 AM
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A case so multifaceted and controversial that four documentaries—The “Paradise Lost” trilogy and Amy Berg’s “West of Memphis”—have been produced to unpack it, the West Memphis Three killings have nevertheless gained their first fictional retelling courtesy of Atom Egoyan. As the “Sweet Hereafter” director’s drama premiered at TIFF this year (where it was picked up for distribution by Image Entertainment), it seems it may have benefited from letting non-fiction have its day—the film garnered quite a few unfavorable reviews, including ours—but now a new trailer and poster have hit the web to let those interested decide.

Atom Egoyan's 'Queen Of The Night' With Ryan Reynolds Now Called 'The Captive'; New Photo & Full Synopsis Revealed

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • October 8, 2013 3:18 PM
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With "Devil's Knot" out of the way after premiering at the Toronto International Film Festival, Atom Egoyan is working at a Steven Soderbergh-like pace and already has another movie in the can, this one starring Ryan Reynolds. But it has undergone some slight modifications.

Watch: 'Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded' Short Films By Claire Denis, James Franco, Paul Schrader & Many More

  • By Cain Rodriguez
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  • September 24, 2013 10:45 AM
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Not all of us have the luxury of being able to drop everything and head off to world’s most prestigious film festivals, but that doesn’t mean you have to miss out on all the fun. In celebration of its 70th anniversary, the Venice International Film Festival commissioned “Venezia 70 - Future Reloaded,” a series of seventy shorts from directors all over the world. Lucky for you, a sizable chunk of those shorts have landed online for your viewing pleasure.

TIFF Review: Atom Egoyan's West Memphis Three Drama 'Devil's Knot' Starring Reese Witherspoon & Colin Firth

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • September 9, 2013 2:05 PM
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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.

Ryan Reynolds To Star In Atom Egoyan's Next Film 'Queen Of The Night'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 8, 2012 12:48 PM
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Oh hey, Ryan Reynolds...there's a name we haven't heard in a while. Dude has been keeping his head way down since last year's flop "Green Lantern," shooting next summer's blockbuster hopeful "R.I.P.D.," lending his voice to two animated films ("Turbo" and "The Croods"), hanging out with Blake Lively, and watching "Safe House" open earlier this year to some pretty decent numbers. But now he's going to be heading back home to Canada to take on a movie by one of the nations's most well-known filmmakers.

Jason Reitman's 'Labor Day' Adds Three; Jena Malone Is A 'Go Getter'; Creed From 'The Office' Joins 'Liz & Dick' & More

  • By Simon Dang
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  • June 11, 2012 12:20 PM
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With "Young Adult" barely out of our minds, lensing is excitingly already underway on Jason Reitman's next directorial effort, an adaptation of Joyce Maynard's coming-of-age story "Labor Day." The project has now added a trio of talent with Alexie Gilmore ("World's Greatest Dad"), Lucas Hedges ("Moonrise Kingdom") and Brooke Smith ("Grey's Anatomy") all joining in unnamed supporting roles. The story centers on an escaped convict (Josh Brolin) who is taken in by a depressed single mother (Kate Winslet) and her teen son (Gattlin Griffith) over a Labor Day weekend with Clark Gregg, Tom Lipinski, Maika Monroe, Brighid Fleming and James Van Der Beek also co-starring. [Variety]

Atom Egoyan Says His West Memphis Three Film 'Devil's Knot' Will Be Similar To 'The Sweet Hereafter'

  • By Kevin Jagernauth
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  • August 22, 2011 5:44 AM
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If bittersweet justice wasn't swift for the West Memphis Three, who were finally freed on Friday after spending eighteen years behind bars for a crime they didn't commit, then Hollywood certainly is, as the same afternoon it was announced that Canadian filmmaker Atom Egoyan was moving right along with a feature film about the case entitled "The Devil's Knot." In case you somehow missed anything about this case, the West Memphis Three were three teenagers 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 the motive behind the slayings was part of a Satanic ritual. Even with incredibly questionable police work—which many felt to be outrageous—sensationalized media, fear and panic from the satanism angle in the trial led to the teens’ conviction and sentence of life imprisonment (with one being sentenced to Death Row). With the help of the "Paradise Lost" documentaries by filmmakers Joe Berlinger and Bruce Sinofsky, their story became a cause célèbre, with support pouring in from around the world as it became very clear they did not commit the crime. But for those expecting that Egoyan's dramatization will track the full course of the story over the past two decades or so, they may be in for a surprise.

Atom Egoyan Ready To Shoot A Feature Based On The West Memphis Three Called 'Devil's Knot'

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  • August 20, 2011 1:15 AM
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Related Documentary, 'Paradise Lost 3' Getting New Ending; Oscar-Qualifying RunWell, 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 the motive behind the slayings was part of a Satanic ritual. Even with incredibly questionable police work -- which many felt to be outrageous -- sensationalized media, fear and panic from the satanism angle in the trial led to the teens' conviction and sentence of life imprisonment.

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