News Shorts: April 8th 2011

Probably in response to yesterday’s underwhelming small-res debut, Dreamworks have released higher res versions along with a couple of new shots from their upcoming Fright Night remake.

“BioWare will create an anime feature film adapted from one of the video game series “Mass Effect”. Production has already begun with a Summer 2012 release planned…” (full details)

“An animation studio’s managing director has issued a tweet indicating the “Happy Feet” sequel is “experiencing delays”…” (full details)

“Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” is said to be shooting with the accelerated 48 frames-per-second rate that James Cameron plans to employ on his “Avatar” sequels…” (full details)

“In celebration of “Top Gun’s” 25th anniversary, AMC Theatres is re-screening the ’80s action thriller across the country on Saturday, April 30 at 12:30 p.m. and Monday, May 2nd at 7 p.m. Guests will receive a theatre-sized commemorative poster while supplies last…” (full details)

“‘Californication’ star Madeline Zima has nabbed the lead role in the British psychological thriller “Storage” which British director Matt Winn is directing from a script he co-wrote with Chris Denne. The storyline involves a young woman who discovers a terrifying secret when she becomes trapped in an underground storage facility with a group of strangers…” (full details)

“Sony Pictures Classics are tying up a deal to acquire US rights to the Roman Polanski-directed feature adaptation of Yasmina Reza’s Tony-winning play “God Of Carnage” starring Jodie Foster, Kate Winslet, Christoph Waltz and John C. Reilly…” (full details)

“Obviously under fire from his comments the other day, Alec Baldwin now says he doesn’t think “30 Rock” will end after the sixth season after all…” (full details)

“Tim Roth has closed a deal to co-star in the Nicholas Jarecki-directed drama “Arbitrage” about a troubled hedge fund magnate desperate to sell his empire who turns to an unlikely person for help. Roth will play a homicide detective, and shooting kicks off shortly in New York…” (full details)

“Mary McDonnell (“Battlestar Galactica”) is being upgraded to a series regular for the upcoming seventh season of “The Closer” on TNT. McDonnell’s Police Captain Sharon Raydor character has been a recurring one in the fifth and sixth seasons of the drama…” (full details)

“Brian Grazer believes that the “24” movie will be out next year. I doubt the likelihood of that…” (full details)

“”Ice Age” director Chris Wedge and his Wedge Works World Wide production company have acquired the film rights to Paul Hoffman’s tome “Wings of Madness.” The book is a biography of turn-of-the-century eccentric Parisis socialite Alberto Santos-Dumont, a maverick inventor who had an obsession with flight…” (full details)