Amanda Knox says new Matt Damon movie 'Stillwater' is profiting off her story

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What is Stillwater based on?

She's taking aim at Tom McCarthy's new dramatic thriller “Stillwater” — starring Matt Damon, Camille Cottin and Abigail Breslin — that is loosely based on the Italian murder case. Los Angeles TimesWhy is Amanda Knox calling out 'Stillwater' and Matt Damon?

Is Stillwater on HBO Max?

Is Stillwater streaming on HBO Max? No. Stillwater is distributed by Focus Features, part of Universal Pictures. It's available only in theaters for now. CNETGreen Knight, Stillwater, Jungle Cruise aren't streaming on HBO Max, sorry

Updated 9:55 AM ET, Fri July 30, 2021

I want to pause right here on that phrase: "the Amanda Knox saga." What does that refer to? Does it refer to anything I did? No. It refers to the events that resulted from the murder of Meredith Kercher by a burglar named Rudy Guede.

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Amanda Knox calls out 'Stillwater' director for 'fictionalizing away my innocence'

USA TODAY 31 July, 2021 - 03:40am

Thursday turned out to be a surprisingly good day for folks waiting for news on Marvel Studios and Disney+'s Hailee Steinfeld (Kate Bishop) and Jeremy Renner (Clint Barton)-starring Hawkeye, with perhaps the biggest news being that the series will end up being an early Thanksgiving present. That's right, the series is set to premiere on Wednesday, November 24- and to go along with the news, Renner had some thoughts to share with EW about Steinfeld's Kate as well as Renner & Steinfeld's on-set dynamic. But we would be remiss if we didn't also share the first officially-cleared-by-"The-Mouse" look at Clint meeting his biggest fan (more on that in a second).

Renner shared some thoughts about how he views Kate from Clint's perspective with EW. "[Kate is] a 22-year-old kid and she's a big Hawkeye fan," Renner reveals. "She has a wonderfully annoying and equally charming manner about her because she's such a fangirl of Hawkeye. The relationship grows from that, but the biggest problem for Clint is Kate Bishop and the onslaught of problems that she brings into his life."

But as much as Clint may be taking on the role of "begrudging mentor" to Kate, Renner was more than happy to help Steinfeld get adjusted to working in the MCU. "That was always my role. Outside of acting in the thing, I was protecting her and giving her the CliffsNotes on how it goes with this kind of filmmaking: Green screen, superhero life, all that stuff," Renner explained. "I just wanted to protect her, because there's a lot of physical stuff. She's a wonderful actress, a wonderful human, and I can't wait to see all the cool stuff that she's able to do."

Renner and Steinfeld are being joined by a pretty impressive line-up of names. Vera Farmiga (Bates Motel) is attached to play Eleanor Bishop, mother of Kate Bishop (Steinfeld), while Fra Fee (The Spanish Princess) is set to play Kazi (most likely short for Kazimierz Kazimierczak) aka mercenary villain Clown in the comics. Tony Dalton's (Better Call Saul) Jack Duquesne (aka Swordsman?), a possible mentor for Hawkeye who has lived on both sides of the law throughout this comic book career. Florence Pugh will reprise the role of spy and assassin Yelena Belova, sister of Black Widow, from the Scarlett Johansson-starring film Black Widow. Alaqua Cox's Maya Lopez (aka Echo) is a deaf Native American who is capable of perfectly copying another person's movements, making her a formidable fighter. Zahn McClarnon's (Barkskins) William Lopez is expected to be a take on Maya's father Willie "Crazy Horse" Lincoln from the comics.

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Matt Damon is a dad unmoored in atmospheric drama 'Stillwater'

EW.com 31 July, 2021 - 03:40am

Damon neatly disappears into the role of Bill Baker, a marginally employed Oklahoma oil rigger in stiff Wranglers and wraparound shades. He's the kind of guy whose thousand-yard squint and flying-eagle tattoos look like they were earned the hard way, but he also won't sit down to a sandwich without bowing his head for a proper blessing first. And nearly all the money he makes from his itinerant work goes directly towards trips to France — the same long-haul flight path through Atlanta, Frankfurt, then finally Marseille — to visit Breslin's Allison, a onetime exchange student now more than halfway into a nine-year prison sentence for killing her lover there.

A chance encounter with a bohemian single mother named Virginie (Call My Agent's Camille Cottin) and her young daughter Maya (Lilou Siauvad) offers the first inkling of real human interaction he seems to have had outside his brief and only marginally welcome visits to Allison. (He was not, it is heavily implied, a prime candidate for father of the year before her imprisonment.) Virginie turns out to be a godsend when it comes to navigating the intricacies of a country whose customs and language he can't begin to understand, though it's never entirely clear why such a lovely woman would do so much for a gruff and largely charmless stranger — "Refugees, zero waste… He's your new cause," a friend says to her, bemused — except for the fact that he is, you know, Matt Damon.

McCarthy, an Oscar-winning writer-director whose films include Spotlight and The Station Agent, generally crafts the kind of lived-in adult dramas whose unshowy intelligence belies the need for narrative shock and awe. So it's jarring when his script takes a soapier turn, swerving abruptly into not-without-my-daughter Neeson territory and away from the more patient, almost languid onion-peeling of its setup. Damon and Cottin sell the tone shift better than they should, and Breslin brings an itchy urgency to Allison — who even in her too-brief scenes manages to register not merely as a cipher or a victim of circumstance but a flawed, furious girl with her own hopes and agendas.

A lot will probably be made of Damon's foray into MAGA-Daddy drag, and it's a testament to his tightly coiled performance that Bill comes off as nuanced and sympathetic as he does: Though the intrinsic likability that makes him a movie star may be doing half the heavy lifting, you want to invest in this blunt, difficult man. McCarthy also embeds him so deeply in the daily rhythms of Marseille — the back alleys, grubby kebab shops, and sudden dazzling flashes of sun-dappled Gallic scenery — that the movie becomes a kind of immersive travelogue too. The unhurried rhythms of those scenes feel like their own reward, more compelling and true to life than any notion of third-act reveals or tidy cinematic endings. Grade: B

Amanda Knox blasts film 'Stillwater' for exploiting her case

Associated Press 31 July, 2021 - 03:40am

Amanda Knox says Matt Damon's 'Stillwater' is profiting off her story

Yahoo Entertainment 30 July, 2021 - 05:29pm

“Does my name belong to me? My face? What about my life? My story? Why does my name refer to events I had no hand in?” Knox tweeted Thursday. “I return to these questions because others continue to profit off my name, face, & story without my consent. Most recently, the film #STILLWATER.”

Knox was convicted, and then acquitted, of her roommate Meredith Kercher’s 2007 murder as a student in Italy.

Knox served four years of a 26-year sentence at Capanne Prison near Perugia, Italy, for the murder of Kercher before her conviction was overturned in 2015. She’s written a memoir, “Waiting to be Heard.”

She has a podcast called “Labyrinths.”

Rudy Guede was convicted of Kercher’s slaying after his DNA was found on her body and his footprints were in her blood.

Knox said in several tweets on the topic, how she was wronged in the case by “shoddy police work” and “prosecutorial tunnel vision.” She said that led to the media incorrectly focusing on her. Knox also tweeted how framing a story, and power dynamics in the wake of the Me Too Movement, have a lot of impact.

Knox also invited Damon and the movie’s director, Tom McCarthy, to appear on her podcast.

A representative with the production and distribution company of the film, Focus Features, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday afternoon. Focus Features is a subsidiary of NBC Universal.

The film’s website described the movie as a dramatic thriller about an “American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseille to visit his estranged daughter, in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit.”

Antonio Planas is a breaking news reporter for NBC News Digital. 

Amanda Knox says Matt Damon's 'Stillwater' is profiting off her story

MyNorthwest.com 30 July, 2021 - 05:29pm

“Does my name belong to me? My face? What about my life? My story? Why does my name refer to events I had no hand in?” Knox tweeted Thursday. “I return to these questions because others continue to profit off my name, face, & story without my consent. Most recently, the film #STILLWATER.”

Knox was convicted, and then acquitted, of her roommate Meredith Kercher’s 2007 murder as a student in Italy.

Knox served four years of a 26-year sentence at Capanne Prison near Perugia, Italy, for the murder of Kercher before her conviction was overturned in 2015. She’s written a memoir, “Waiting to be Heard.”

She has a podcast called “Labyrinths.”

Rudy Guede was convicted of Kercher’s slaying after his DNA was found on her body and his footprints were in her blood.

Knox said in several tweets on the topic, how she was wronged in the case by “shoddy police work” and “prosecutorial tunnel vision.” She said that led to the media incorrectly focusing on her. Knox also tweeted how framing a story, and power dynamics in the wake of the Me Too Movement, have a lot of impact.

Knox also invited Damon and the movie’s director, Tom McCarthy, to appear on her podcast.

A representative with the production and distribution company of the film, Focus Features, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday afternoon. Focus Features is a subsidiary of NBC Universal.

The film’s website described the movie as a dramatic thriller about an “American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseille to visit his estranged daughter, in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit.”

Antonio Planas is a breaking news reporter for NBC News Digital. 

Amanda Knox says Matt Damon's 'Stillwater' is profiting off her story

hollywoodstreams 30 July, 2021 - 05:29pm

“Does my name belong to me? My face? What about my life? My story? Why does my name refer to events I had no hand in?” Knox tweeted Thursday. “I return to these questions because others continue to profit off my name, face, & story without my consent. Most recently, the film #STILLWATER.”

Knox was convicted, and then acquitted, of her roommate Meredith Kercher’s 2007 murder as a student in Italy.

Knox served four years of a 26-year sentence at Capanne Prison near Perugia, Italy, for the murder of Kercher before her conviction was overturned in 2015. She’s written a memoir, “Waiting to be Heard.”

She has a podcast called “Labyrinths.”

Rudy Guede was convicted of Kercher’s slaying after his DNA was found on her body and his footprints were in her blood.

Knox said in several tweets on the topic, how she was wronged in the case by “shoddy police work” and “prosecutorial tunnel vision.” She said that led to the media incorrectly focusing on her. Knox also tweeted how framing a story, and power dynamics in the wake of the Me Too Movement, have a lot of impact.

Knox also invited Damon and the movie’s director, Tom McCarthy, to appear on her podcast.

A representative with the production and distribution company of the film, Focus Features, did not immediately respond to a request for comment Friday afternoon. Focus Features is a subsidiary of NBC Universal.

The film’s website described the movie as a dramatic thriller about an “American oil-rig roughneck from Oklahoma who travels to Marseille to visit his estranged daughter, in prison for a murder she claims she did not commit.”

Antonio Planas is a breaking news reporter for NBC News Digital. 

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