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

    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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    Jason Flemyng Joins Ralph Fiennes & Jeremy Irvine In Mike Newell's 'Great Expectations'

    With 2012 marking the 200th anniversary of Charles Dickens' birth, it's no surprise that there's a whole spate of Dickens-related projects in the works. Ralph Fiennes, for instance, is directing biopic "The Invisible Woman," "Oliver Twist" is getting a 21st century spin in British 3D parkour actioner "Twist" (don't blame us, we didn't come up with the thing...) and even Guillermo del Toro wants to get involved at some stage, developing an adaptation of Dan Simmons' novel "Drood," which investigates the horrifying secret behind Dickens' last, unfinished work. And of course, there are straight adaptations on the way too, most notably a pair of versions of "Great Expectations."

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    Brian De Palma Gets Political (again) with "The Key Man"

    Brian De Palma Gets Political (again) with "The Key Man"

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    Trailer Watch: Action Thriller Set in Washington Heights "GWB" - NYILFF Selection

    GWB (George Washington Bridge) is featured this week at the New York International Latino Film Festival. Written and directed by Jonathan Ullman, the film stars Rayniel Rufino, Antonio Ortiz and Luis Antonio Ramos.

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    INTERVIEW: Matt Zoller Seitz on the metaphysical cinema of Terrence Malick

    EDITOR'S NOTE: Press Play would like to thank Alef Magazine, an art, culture and design magazine based in Tehran (Iran), for giving us permission to reprint this interview Matt Zoller Seitz gave to writer Liliane Anjo about the films of Terrence Malick. It was conducted in May 2011, shortly before the release of The Tree of Life. Interspersed amid the text are the five chapters of Matt's video essay series All Things Shining: The Films of Terrence Malick, which he created for the Museum of Moving Image. In addition, Matt introduced Malick's The New World at a showing in the main theater of the Museum of Moving Image on May 15, 2011; video of the introduction is included below.

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    REELING AND SPINNING: Pharrell Williams' DESPICABLE ME soundtrack

    By Craig D. LindseyPress Play Contributor

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    Brian Wilson To Release Album Of Mouse House Tunes With Disc "In the Key of Disney"

    Listen, we love Brian Wilson and no doubt, the man is a genius. But let's also face some hard facts: he's not gonna deliver another Pet Sounds or even another Smile (and yes, that recently completed version is nice, but the original scope and vision is still somewhat lost to the sands of time). He was a pop songwriting whiz with an obsession for the craft that literally drove him mad. And while we applaud his ability to overcome various hardships to return, write and perform, this latest announcement doesn't particularly excite us.

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    "Attack The Block" Expanding To Another 6 More Cities Today! Is Yours One Of Them?

    Congratulations Atlanta, Boston, Dallas, Washington D.C., Orlando and Phoenix! You are the 6 new cities that the British sensation Attack The Block will be opening in this week - today!

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    Shadow & Act Filmmaker Diary Series w/ Matthew Cherry, Weeks 14/15: "Post Production Wk 2/3"

    Here's the latest - covering weeks 14 & 15 - in our ongoing filmmaker diary series featuring writer/director Matthew Cherry, as he continues with post-production work on his feature film debut, The Last Fall, with an ensemble cast that includes Lance Gross, Nicole Beharie, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Keith David and Harry Lenix.

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    The Hedgehog: Quintessentially French Comedy

    I love French comedies that play with the humanity of the characters, so flawed and yet so affectionately rendered. The French seem especially to love depicting the interchange between classes which they do with flair, with a certain Gallic twinkle in the eye on the part of the story teller. The Rules of the Game (Les Regles de Jeux) is the classic example of class depiction told with this certain je ne sais quoi. I think even Bunuel’s depiction of the bourgeoisie in The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie satirizing the French Bourgeoisie displays that quintessentially French touch (and Bunuel's not even French!) as it not only satirizes the middle class but also satirizes the French filmmakers themselves who have always loved depicting the Bourgeoisie. That French caress - light and loving – given with that twinkle in the eye, was also in the recent Colcoa Audience Award winner Service Entrance (Les Femmes du 6e étage). Some of my other favorites are Frances Veber’s The Valet and Ridicule by Patrice Le Conte whose Les bronzés comedy series also featured Josiane Balasco, the star of this film and one of France’s great comediennes as well as a respected director and novelist!.

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