News Shorts: August 16th 2011

More new photos of Daniel Radcliffe in The Woman in Black, Naomi Watts and Leonardo DiCaprio in J. Edgar, Charlize Theron in Young Adult and both Johnny Depp and Amber Heard in The Rum Diary.

The Toronto International Film Festival website has trotted out new stills from a bunch of films screening there including shots of Saoirse Ronan and Alexis Bledel as assassins in Violet and Daisy, Maggie Gyllenhaal in Hysteria, Channing Tatum in Ten Year, the first photos from Wuthering Heights, Nic Cage and Nicole Kidman in Trespass.

Posters for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, Machine Gun Preacher, Carnage, Vehicle 19, Safe, We Need To Talk About Kevin and Puncture.

“David Cronenberg’s “A Dangerous Method” has finally set a North American opening – a November 23rd limited release. Meanwhile Roman Polanski’s “Carnage” has now settled on a limited December 16th release…” (full details)

“Edgar Wright will serve as executive producer on the dark comedy “Sightseers” about a pair of psychotic caravaners. Ben Wheatley (“Down Terrace,” “Kill List”) will direct…” (full details)

“Criterion is planning an ambitious November release slate with Krzysztof Kieslowski’s “Three Colours” trilogy and Sidney Lumet’s “12 Angry Men” getting DVD & Blu releases, a DVD Eclipse box set involving Indian actor Sabu, and Blu-ray upgrades for Ingmar Bergman’s “Fanny & Alexander”, Jean Renoir’s “The Rules of the Game” and Wes Anderson’s “Rushmore”…” (full details)

“Billy Crystal says he’s just finished his fourth recording session for “Monsters University”, the prequel to “Monsters Inc.”, and describes the story as “college pranks with monsters. And I wear a retainer. Mike has a retainer”…” (full details

“”Resident Evil: Retribution 3D”, the fifth installment of the video game-to-movie franchise, will shoot at Cinespace’s Kipling studio facility in west Toronto from mid-October to through until just before Christmas…” (full details)

“Jerry Cavallaro’s geeky romantic comedy “Stuck Like Chuck” will be released for free tomorrow for streaming & download at Nearly 10 hours of bonus features will also be made available to anyone who donates $1 or more at…” (full details)

“Guillermo del Toro recently spoke about Alfonso Cuaron’s upcoming sci-fi epic “Gravity”, having orchestrated a meeting between Cuaron and James Cameron. del Toro says of the film “What Alfonso was trying is so insane! And Jim said, ‘You’re about five years into the future. it’s too early to try anything that crazy’… They are absolutely pushing a new boundary in film-making. it’s absolutely mind-blowing. The way they are making that movie I think will change the making of other productions”…” (full details)

“Billy Crystal has hinted that he’s open to potentially returning as the Oscars host at the ceremony in February…” (full details)

“Well received Aussie family film “Red Dog” grew its takings in its second weekend of domestic release and with $4.75 million in gross thus far it has become the top-grossing Australian film of the year to date…” (full details)

Finally today comes a trailer for the David Hare-directed BBC dramatic TV movie thriller “Page Eight” which will get a special gala screening at the Toronto Film Festival next month ahead of a UK TV premiere in October/November. Bill Nighy, Rachel Weisz, Ralph Fiennes, Michael Gambon and Judy Davis.