News Bits: Bond 24, Hobbit, Ultron, Home

Bond 24
One of the most acclaimed elements of the most recent Bond film entry “Skyfall” was the look, a visual style that cinematographer Roger Deakins scored an Oscar nomination for.

Sadly Deakins has confirmed he will NOT be returning for the upcoming next film in the series, despite much of the same crew behind “Skyfall” reuniting for the movie which is currently targeting a Fall 2015 release. [Source: Twitter]

The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug
Warner Bros. Home Entertainment have announced that the second chapter in the blockbuster trilogy, “The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,” will come to DVD, Blu-ray and VOD on April 8th.

Versions include a Blu-ray 3-D combo pack, a Blu-ray combo pack, a 2-disc DVD edition, and a ‘limited collector’s edition’ with two Gates of Erebor replica bookends. [Source: The L.A. Times]

Avengers: Age of Ultron
Marvel Studios has finally confirmed that filming on ‘Avengers: Age of Ultron’ will take place in Seoul, South Korea. Marvel Studios president Kevin Feige says in a statement:

“South Korea is the perfect location for a movie of this magnitude because it features cutting-edge technology, beautiful landscapes and spectacular architecture. We’re very excited to have the production in Korea, and also expect this to serve as the footstep of many more opportunities yet to come.” [Source: Marvel Studios]

Coming Home
Sony Pictures Classics have acquired all rights in North America, Latin America, Australia and New Zealand to Zhang Yimou’s currently in post-production “Coming Home”.

The romance drama follows the life of a Chinese dissident (Chen Daoming) from the 1920s to the 1990s. Gong Li also stars. [Source: Sony Pictures Classics]