News Shorts: April 23rd 2009

The first poster is out for the remake of “The Stepfather” with Dylan Walsh and Penn Badgley.

“Tom Hanks, Tim Allen and John Ratzenberger recently watched a “complete story reel” with animatics, temp voices and music of the entire third “Toy Story” film. Hanks has already had three complete recording sessions for the film, and will probably have one more…” (full details)

“Marcus Nispel (“Friday the 13th,” “Pathfinder”) is attached to direct Lars Jacobson’s thriller spec script “Pacemaker”. No plot details, though the story is described as “Crank” meets “Taken”…” (full details)

“‘G-Force’ looks like utter s**t but if anyone can sell s**t it’s Disney who are potentially giving away a million free tickets to the Bruckheimer-produced kiddie film IF a grand slam is hit during the All-Star Game of Major League Baseball on July 14th…” (full details)

“For every Warner Bros. HD DVD you purchased, you can mail the cover art and $4.95 back to the company, and the company will send you the same movie on Blu-ray. There are 128 HD DVD titles from Warner Bros. that are available for trade, and each user can trade up to 25 discs….” (full details)

“Arnold Schwarzenegger has given the go-ahead to include his likeness in the upcoming “Terminator Salvation”. A body-cast mold of Schwarzenegger made during the filming of the first film provided the basis for a digital-effects version of his famous character…” (full details)

“Fallout 3″ video game developer Bethesda has filed for film and television trademarks for the game meaning a film/TV adaptation could be potentially in the works…” (full details)

“ABC plans to promote its upcoming sci-fi series “Flash Forward” next week using mysterious flashes during the 100th episode of “Lost”. The move is odd as the the network hasn’t officially ordered a series …” (full details)

“Natalie Portman, Rainn Wilson and Joseph Gordon-Levitt are currently in talks to join the Spencer Susser indie comedy “Hesher” about a young teen who just lost his mother and finds a troubled late 20-something becoming a mentor to him, albeit one who gets him in trouble. The kid also becomes enamored with a young grocery clerk named Nicole…” (full details)

“Eric Christian Olsen, who had been attached to play Ralph Hinkley in the film adaptation of classic 80’s comedy superhero series “The Greatest American Hero”, says that financial issues scuttled the project and he’s no longer in contention. Stephen Herek (Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure) was set to direct…” (full details)