News Bites: January 19th 2012

New photos of Katniss in black leather for The Hunger Games, and a close-up of Johnny Depp as Barnabas Collins in Dark Shadows.

Posters for The Hunger Games, The Flowers of War, Project X, Jeff Who Lives At Home, Friends with Kids, Safe, The Lorax, We Need To Talk About Kevin, and a photo showing off some pre-production artwork from M. Night Shyamalan’s upcoming sci-fi epic After Earth.

“New title Blu-ray dates – “Beneath the Darkness” on February 28th; “Happy Feet Two” and “The Three Musketeers 3D” on March 13th; “A Lonely Place to Die,” “Take Shelter” and “The Muppets” on March 20th; “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” on March 27th …” (full details)

“Classic title Blu-ray dates – the first three “American Pie” films on March 20th, Camelot: 45th Anniversary Edition on April 24th, “Clueless” on May 1st, “Gremlins 2” on May 8th, “Barbarella” on July 3rd, and “Clue” on August 7th…” (full details)

A FCC filing for a Hot Wheels toy confirms the upcoming flying Batwing vehicle seen in Chris Nolan’s “The Dark Knight Rises” is being called ‘The Bat’ (Wireless Goodness).

“Joseph Gordon-Levitt endured three hours a day in the make-up chair to play a younger incarnation of Bruce Willis in the time-traveling thriller “Looper”…” (full details)

“The CW has officially given the pilot order for three previously announced television series – the Green Arrow-themed series “Arrow,” the remake of the 80’s TV staple “Beauty and the Beast”, and the 1980’s Manhattan-set ‘Sex and the City’ prequel “The Carrie Diaries”…” (full details)

“‘It’s a live-action ‘Tinker Bell’ movie sort of in the vein of ‘Elf’ in which I would play a Tinker Bell who gets thrown out of Never Never Land, and it’s about where she goes and who she meets and the adventures she has’ says Elizabeth Banks about the still in development ‘Tink’…” (full details)

“Nicolas Winding Refn is re-hiring his ‘Drive’ composer Cliff Martinez to score his next movie “Only God Forgives” which also stars Ryan Gosling…” (full details)

“StudioCanal, Anolis Entertainment, Pinewood and illuminate Hollywood fka HTV are coming together to breathe new life into the library of titles from legendary British horror production house Hammer with over 30 movies being brought into HD for Blu-ray and streaming…” (full details)

“‘Twilight’ star Christopher Heyerdahl will play another vampire in a recurring role in HBO’s hit supernatural drama “True Blood”. He will portray Dieter Braun, an ancient, powerful vampire who plays a large part in the intelligence of the Authority and especially enjoys enhanced interrogation…” (full details)

“Madeleine Stowe says that despite several years having passed since he was attached, she plans to use Robert Pattinson in her western “Unbound Captives” and would be happy with ‘ageing up’ the 18-year-old character he was set to play…” (full details)