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

    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.

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Interview Watch: Wood Calls Gosling James Dean, Pinto Reveals Herself, How Del Toro Chooses Projects

    - Evan Rachel Wood's next film, George Clooney's The Ides of March (pictured), sticks to her pattern of choosing gritty roles (think Thirteen, Down in the Valley, Mildred Pierce). Her Ides character is embroiled in a sex scandal. So what does Wood say about politicians in the news? She tells Vulture, "Yeah, politicians are also kinky and some of them cheat on their wives and some of them are gay. Like normal people. It's not really shocking to me." She also admits to loving Justin Bieber "unashamedly" and holds out the possibility of venturing into music. As for her Ides co-star Ryan Gosling: "I get the feeling [when he walks into a room] that that must have been how people felt when James Dean walked into a room. Just like, 'Whoa, what just walked in?' There's something really special here. It's that striking. I think he's the James Dean of now. And he'd better kiss my ass for saying that."

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  • The Lost Boys
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    Jack Layton's Letter To Canadians

    Written two days before his death today, a poignant, inspiring letter from Jack Layton has made its way around the internet. If you haven't got a chance to read it - even if you're not Canadian and have only a vague idea of who Jack Layton is - please do so. It's a powerful message to leave to a county full of people who looked up to Jack as a leader and a political ally. On again, R.I.P.:

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Hey New York - You're Getting Another Chance To See "Yelling To The Sky" This Week!

    A film that probably doesn't need much of an intro around here, given how much we've already written about it, will screen again in New York City this Thursday evening, the 25th of August; so all you New Yorkers who've missed the precious few past screenings of Victoria Mahoney's impressive and, dare I say, *controversial* (given some of the reactions to it I've read thus far), feature film debut, Yelling To The Sky, will have another opportunity to do so.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Giancarlo Esposito On Next Film "This Is Your Death" + His Role As Crime Lord In "I, Alex Cross"

    A worthwhile listen... Giancarlo Esposito chats with local TV anchors in Albuquerque, New Mexico, about the Albuquerque Film Festival, an initiative he heads called Film For Change, his role in Breaking Bad, his process/method in tackling roles, and more... including what he's currently working on... a film titled This Is Your Death, which he describes as "an unflinching look at reality TV"

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  • Thompson on Hollywood
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    Disney D23: Box Office Outlook for 2011-13, John Carter's Marketing Challenge, Muppets Make Comeback

    Disney's weekend of fan love at D23 Expo in Anaheim offered a preview of the studio's fall season as well as its upcoming 2012 and 2013 slate. Anthony D'Alessandro assesses the playability of the studio's upcoming projects.On Saturday Disney trotted out its 2011-2013 film slate, including some major gambles, from The Muppets reboot and the $250 million sci-fi epic John Carter to Pixar’s first femme-led toon The Brave and Sam Raimi’s Oz: The Great and Powerful.

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  • Shadow and Act
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    Watch Trailer for Social Documentary About Cuba "El Sofa de La Habana" (Havana's Sofa)

    El Sofa de La Habana (Havana's Sofa) is currently making its rounds at film festivals in Spain and France. The 52-minute documentary, written, directed and produced by Magda Wodecka and Grégory Szeps, was inspired by the filmmakers first visit to Cuba and their interaction with inhabitants along a stretch in its sea front, also known as "Havana's Sofa" during a period of political change in Cuba.

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  • The Playlist
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    Johnny Knoxville & Patton Oswalt Co-Star In Upcoming David Gordon Green Produced Comedy

    As far as comedy team-ups go this is pretty inspiring, though we have to say, the pairing of Johnny Knoxville and Patton Oswalt is also kind of strange too.

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  • Leonard Maltin
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    Catching Up

    My Houston-based colleague, film critic, teacher and author Joe Leydon, has just turned 59, and feels that with a milestone year in front of him, it’s high time he caught up with famous films he’s never seen. We all have such a list, though some of us are more reluctant to admit it than others. Joe has not only decided to go public, but to publish a weekly diary of his observations. If you don’t read his reviews in Variety, or any number of other outlets, this may be a nice way to catch up with a good writer and lifelong film buff.

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  • REVERSEBLOG: the reverse shot blog
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    Monday Hangover: Fright Night

    Monday Hangover: Fright Nightby Michael Koresky and Adam Nayman

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