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Colin Firth is joining Reese Witherspoon in Atom Egoyan's drama based on the real-life case of the West Memphis Three, "Devil's Knot."

Deadline has the news, and reports that the story centers on Damien Echols, Jason Baldwin and Jessie Misskelley, Jr. who were convicted of the murder of three 8-year-old boys. The case was sensationalized with reports of devil worship and ritualized sacrifice, despite lack of physical evidence. Witherspoon will play a mother of one of the murdered boys, while Firth will take on the role of the heroic investigator who helped the Memphis Three when no one else would, uncovering important evidence for their defense.

Peter Jackson talks West Memphis Three doc!

While truth is usually scarier than fiction, we have some frightening fictional features in this week's Horror Bites that should please. Hit the jump for more of this week's news.


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FROM MTV.COM: "The Wolfman," here at last, is sadly lacking in snarl. There are plenty of bared fangs and flesh-rending claws, of course, and there's much howling at the moon, too. But the movie is essentially an exercise in Gothic atmosphere. It's lavishly produced, sumptuously scored (by Danny Elfman), and beautiful to look at. It's just not very scary.

But how could it be? Is there anyone who doesn't know the simple story, at least in outline? Or who needs to have it told once again? Given the film's troubled production — the last-minute director switch, the re-shoots and re-editing, the year-long release-date delays — it's probably turned out better than anyone might have hoped. But it still feels redundant.

Continue reading 'The Wolfman': Furball, By Kurt Loder

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Is it possible that we'll actually take a return trip to "Jurassic Park" at some point in the future? Judging by the amount of Hollywood remakes, retreads and reboots, it's more or less a certainty that the dinosaur-filled franchise will rear its head again before too much longer.

"Jurassic Park III" director Joe Johnston spoke about the topic at length in an interview with Box Office, during which he also described his upcoming work on "The First Avenger: Captain America." According to the filmmaker, not only will we see future installments of "Jurassic Park," those films will also go in a brand new direction. Read More...

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Maybe that headline is a bit much, but any look at the Benicio Del Toro-starring movie monster revival of "The Wolfman," directed by Joe Johnston, is enough to send me into a rabid frenzy. And the latest trailer brings the goods. It's filled with all sorts of wolf-y goodness. I'm loving the evil vibe I get from these scenes; it actually feels like a real horror movie, not some overly stylized blockbuster a la "Sleepy Hollow." Then again, I suppose that's what happens when you set "Se7en" writer Andrew Kevin Walker loose on your script.

Click the image above to dash off to our newly updated "Wolfman" image gallery and hit the jump for a look at the blood-spattered new trailer.


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