News Shorts: April 1st 2011

The first photo of Robert De Niro in the upcoming thriller Red Lights from “Buried” director Rodrigo Cortes, and a dragon-themed banner for Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows Part II.

Set photos of Benjamin Walker and Dominic Cooper shooting Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton filming Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, and James Franco and a bunch of naked women shooting a street gang short film.

“Russell Brand is eyeing a move behind the camera, insisting he wants to direct his next two movies – “They’re both comedy vehicles and I really want to direct them because I think it’s a good way, as a comedian, to showcase what you do”…” (full details)

“Sony Pictures Classics will release Gus Van Sant’s new drama Restless in North America in the Fall…” (full details)

“Lionsgate has announced that it will release “The Expendables 2″ in the US on August 17th, almost two years to the day after the original…” (full details)

“James L. Brooks’ Gracie Films has made preemptive deal for Kelly Fremon’s spec script “Besties”, a spec script by Kelly Fremon described as a John Hughes-style comedy about two high school girls who are best friends until one dates the other’s older brother. Fremon is attached to make her directing debut…” (full details)

“HBO has set its summer schedule with the fourth season of “True Blood” beginning Sunday June 26th, and the final season of “Entourage” on Sunday July 24th…” (full details)

“Though first linked back in 2009, “Juno” writer Diablo Cody has confirmed she’s finished the script for a film adaption of Francine Pascal’s “Sweet Valley High” book series…” (full details)

“NBC has picked up twelve half-hour episodes of “Betty White’s Off Their Rockers”, a new hidden-camera comedy which White will host and executive produce. Based on the Belgian series “Benidorm Bastards”, the premise follows a band of seven senior citizens who make it their mission to play pranks on unsuspecting younger people…” (full details)

“Dan Scanlon (“Mater and the Ghostlight”) has been confirmed as director of Disney-Pixar’s “Monsters, Inc.” prequel “Monsters University” which Kori Rae is producing. Scanlon worked as story artist for “Cars” and “Toy Story 3″…” (full details)