News Shorts: August 18th 2012

The first photo of former Bond girl Olga Kurylenko in Michael French’s $100 million 3D undersea epic Empires of the Deep, several new shots from The Perks of Being a Wallflower, a shot of Dwayne Johnson on the set of Fast Six, and photos of Gary Oldman and Harrison Ford on the set of Paranoia.

Posters for Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall, Seven Psychopaths, Resident Evil: Retribution, On the Road, The Sessions and The Last Stand.

Sony Pictures has posted an interactive website for Rian Johnson’s sci-fi action film “Looper” which allows fans to sign on and create digital Loopers.

“Vin Diesel recently changed his Facebook profile pic to Marvel comics character ‘Vision’, prompting talk that he’ll be starring in ‘The Avengers’ sequel. Diesel quickly changed it back…” (full details)

“He starred as He-Man in the 80’s, now Dolph Lundgren says if the casting were up to him for the reboot – he’d pick either Channing Tatum or Chris Hemsworth…” (full details)

“A 56-year-old American man accidentally shot himself in the buttocks this past Tuesday night during a screening of ‘The Bourne Legacy’. No one else was hurt…” (full details)

“Kino Lorber has acquired North American rights to ‘Violeta Went to Heaven’, Andres Wood’s biopic of the South American folksinger and poet Violeta Parra, which won the World Cinema Dramatic Jury Prize at this year’s Sundance Film Festival…” (full details)

“‘Steven Spielberg says he’s going to do an IMAX camera test in 2D and 3D for ‘Robopocalypse’ next month as right now he hasn’t decided in what format he’ll shoot the film….” (full details)

“Lionsgate and Roadside Attractions are in advanced discussions to acquire U.S. rights to Jeff Nichols’ ‘Mud,’ starring Matthew McConaughey, for a release in 2013…” (full details)

“Shooting has gotten underway in Vancouver on Warner Bros. Pictures’ ‘Hidden’ starring Alexander Skarsgard and Andrea Riseborough. Matt and Ross Duffer, who wrote the original script, make their feature film directorial debut…” (full details)

“Asked whether he’d be up for ‘Crank 3’, Jason Statham said ‘of course’ and would love to work with filmmakers Mark Neveldine and Brian Taylor again…” (full details)

“Grace Shalhoub Yazbek and Rob Shalhoub are on board to write a biopic of ‘The Prophet’ author Kahil Gibran that will chronicle Gibran’s early life in Becharreh and follow his family’s departure to America…” (full details)

“20th Century Fox Home Entertainment have announced that James Cameron’s “Avatar” will arrive as a “Collector’s Edition” Blu-ray 3D on October 15th globally and in North America on October 16th…” (full details)

“Phase 4 Films has acquired the North American rights to coming-of-age comedy “Sassy Pants” with a limited theatrical and VOD release planned for this Fall. The story follows a teen girl who leaves her domineering mother behind to live with her father and his much younger boyfriend. Ashley Rickards, Haley Joel Osment and Anna Gunn star….” (full details)