News Shorts: August 17th 2010

Warners has released nine new hi-res stills from Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows, there’s also the first set photos from Captain America: The First Avenger.

“Marvel’s “The Avengers” film, which starts shooting in February, will be shot natively in 3D…” (full details)

“Max Von Sydow is said to be in talks to play retired industrialist Henrik Vanger in David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” film adaptation…” (full details)

“Noomi Rapace, the star of the Swedish-language film adaptations of “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” films, is in Los Angeles this week meeting with studio representatives and directors like Ridley Scott, Brett Ratner and McG…” (full details)

“Robert De Niro is in final talks to join the third installment of the Italian romantic comedy franchise”Manual Of Love” which Giovanni Veronesi will direct. De Niro will play a divorced American professor living in Rome…” (full details)

“Oddest rumor of late? Sam Worthington is the top pick to star in the remake of Arnold Schwarzenegger’s campy 1985 action film “Commando” which David Ayer (“Street Kings,” “Harsh Times”) is directing/remaking with a much gritter/’real world’ spin on the storyline…” (full details)

“Edgar Wright says his “Ant-Man” film will portray the hero as a a bad-ass secret agent – “it’s essentially a high-tech spy heist film with somebody with a very particular power”…” (full details)

“Daniel Craig says he’s “ready and willing” to return to the James Bond role, and “if I get the call, I’ll be there. I’m really keen to get going, it’s as simple as that. And I’m hoping that, in a while, we will”…” (full details)

“Clint Eastwood’s “Hereafter,” which stars Matt Damon, has been selected to serve as the closing night film at the 48th New York Film Festival…” (full details)

“”Toy Story 3” has become the highest grossing animated film of all time, taking in $920 million worldwide (beating “Shrek 2″ with $919.8 million worldwide). The project currently ranks as the 14th highest grossing movie of all time…” (full details)

“Scribes Jon Lucas and Scott Moore (“The Hangover”) and directors Will Speck and Josh Gordon (“Four Christmases”) are teaming for an untitled holiday comedy at Dreamworks Pictures about an office party that goes completely off the rails…” (full details)

“Kevin Smith has revealed on his Twitter that with his hockey comedy “Hit Somebody” still some way off, his hopeful leading cast member Seann William Scott is looking more likely to opt for the rival hockey comedy “Goon” instead…” (full details)