News Shorts: August 15th 2011

Teaser posters for American Reunion and A Very Harold and Kumar 3D Christmas, and international posters for Drive, Father of Invention, In Time and Carnage.

New stills of Jason Patric in the pilot for FX’s Powers, several new shots from The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1.

Lots of new character details for the upcoming third “Riddick” film are up at Moviehole.

“Anchor Bay Films has acquired Robin Hardy’s “The Wicker Tree”, the long awaited sequel to the original 1973 classic “The Wicker Man”. An early 2012 theatrical release in the U.S. is planned…” (full details)

“Universal Pictures and Working Title Films have given the official green light for production to get underway on a third film in the Bridget Jones franchise. Author Helen Fielding is working on the third book and film simultaneously which will have Bridget facing a mid-thirties baby crisis…” (full details)

“Mark Urman’s Paladin made a U.S. distribution deal for Boy, the Taika Waititi-directed film that became a sleeper hit on its home turf in New Zealand…” (full details)

“Those worried about “Captain America” struggling in foreign markets because of the character’s patriotic overtones needn’t fear. The film has passed $100 million during its second weekend of international release. Estimates put it on track to gross around $200 million offshore – about the same as “X-Men: First Class”…” (full details)

“Viola Davis (“The Help,” “Doubt”) and her production company JuVee Inc. look to be optioning the film rights to Ann Weisgarber’s 2008 book “The Personal History of Rachel DuPree”. The story follows an early 20th-century Chicago African-American woman who leaves home to become a rancher’s wife in South Dakota’s Badlands. During 1917’s crippling summer drought she is isolated by both race and geography and struggles to survive and provide for her family…” (full details)

“Toby Scammell, the boyfriend of a former Walt Disney intern, faces insider dealing charges after the US Securities and Exchange Commission accused him of overhearing his girlfriend’s business dealings and using price-sensitive information to profit from Disney’s takeover of the comic book company Marvel in 2009…” (full details)

“Punk rock singer Patti Smith will collaborate with scribe John Logan on a film adaptation of Smith’s memoir “Just Kids” about her close relationship with photographer Robert Mapplethorpe as both came of age in their respective art forms in New York City during the ’60s and ’70s…” (full details)