Movie News in 60 Seconds: Reese Witherspoon as Murder Victim’s Mom, Robert Redford May Battle Nature, Christian Bale Punched in China

Movie News in 60 Seconds: Reese Witherspoon as Murder Victim’s Mom, Robert Redford May Battle Nature, Christian Bale Punched in China

Dec 16, 2011

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Southern Belle in a Sad Tale: Reese Witherspoon will play the mother of a murder victim in Devil’s Knot, to be directed by Atom Egoyan. The film revolves around the real-life case of the so-called West Memphis 3, who were convicted of the murder of three boys in Arkansas in the early 90s, and recently released. (Variety)

Sundance Kid May Head Back to Nature: Robert Redford is in talks to star in All is Lost, described as a “man vs. nature” drama. Director J.C. Chandor, who debuted with the excellent Margin Call, met Redford at the Sundance fest early this year and promptly wrote the movie around him. (Deadline)

Batman Punched in China: Christian Bale was punched by guards while attempting to visit blind activist Chen Guangcheng, who has been confined to his home by authorities since his release from prison more than a year ago. Reportedly, “nearly all would-be visitors have been turned back, often violently, by plainclothes police and local thugs,” and there’s no evidence the guards recognized Bale, who is in China to promote his new film The Flowers of War. (CNN)

Indie Thriller Picked Up: Padraig Reynolds’ Rites of Spring has been acquired by IFC Films for distribution in the U.S. The film stars A.J. Bowen (The Signal, You’re Next) in a tale of remorse, as a group of kidnappers become divided after snatching a rich socialite and hiding out in the woods, where a creature seeking sacrificial victims also complicates things. A release date has not yet been announced. (Indiewire)

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