News Shorts: April 22nd 2012

New photos of Zac Efron, Nicole Kidman, John Cusack and Matthew McConaughey in Lee Daniels’ new drama The Paperboy; some beautiful shots from Carlos Reygadas’ Mexican-set drama Post Tenebras Lux; and the first photo from the Laurence Fishburne and Kevin Zegers-led sci-fi thriller The Colony.

There’s also set photos of Logan Lerman shooting Percy Jackson: Sea of Monsters and some general large shots of a locale being used for The Lone Ranger.

Numerous “G.I. Joe: Retaliation” character posters – Storm Shadow, Roadblock, Captain Duke Hauser, General Joe Coulton, Snake Eyes, Lady Jaye, Cobra Commander and Jinx along with a more generalised international poster.

Loki himself, Tom Hiddleston, has penned a passionate editorial in defence of superhero movies for The Guardian.

Kevin Feige tells Blogomatic 3000 that the extra scene shot last weekend for ‘The Avengers’ is “not a scene. It was not a scene. There’s little things. It’s been blown out of proportion… There is the potential that there will be one little change. People might not even notice it. It’s not a big thing.”

“Up to ten minutes of Peter Jackson’s first ‘The Hobbit’ film will be screened at 48 frames per second at this week’s CinemaCon, the annual gathering of North American theater owners in Las Vegas…” (full details)

“Johnny Depp says his make-up and look as Tonto in Gore Verbinski’s upcoming “The Lone Ranger” was inspired by artist Kirby Sattler’s painting ‘I Am Crow’, though he added the touch of a dead crow on top of his head…” (full details)

“Paramount Pictures and New Regency Productions have issued a press release confirming the already well-known news that Russell Crowe has been cast in Darren Aronofsky’s Biblical epic “Noah”. Production is slated to kick off this July in New York and Iceland for a March 28th 2014 release…” (full details)

“Red Granite Pictures and Appian Way have issued a press release confirming an August start of shooting date on Martin Scorsese’s ‘The Wolf of Wall Street’ starring Leonardo DiCaprio, the pair’s fifth feature collaboration…” (full details)

“Seth Gordon (‘Horrible Bosses’) is attached to direct the rom-com ‘Ground Control To Major Tom’ at Disney Pictures. ‘Butter’ scribe Jason Micallef penned the script while Michael De Luca, Josh McGuire and Trevor Engelson will produce…” (full details)

“David Linde’s Lava Bear is developing an untitled supernatural thriller based on an original idea by David S. Goyer (‘Blade,’ ‘Batman Begins’). A writer will be hired shortly, while the log line is being kept under wraps…” (full details)

“‘The Last Exorcism’ has revealed its upcoming sequel’s title – ‘Beginning of The End – The Last Exorcism II’. Production is currently underway in New Orleans…” (full details)

“Former ‘Buffy’ and ‘Dollhouse’ actress Eliza Dushku is taking on the role of She-Hulk in Marvel’s upcoming “Hulk and the Agents of S.M.A.S.H”, an animated series that will air on Disney XD. At the same time Marvel is considering cancelling the Avengers cartoon “Earth’s Mightiest Heroes”… .” (full details)

“Roadside Attractions has acquired North American rights to Jamie Bradshaw and Alexander Doulerain’s futuristic thriller ‘Branded’. The distributor plans a nationwide theatrical rollout in September…” (full details)