News Shorts: August 1st 2013

Photos from Parkland, Lee Daniels’ The Butler.

Posters for The Butler, Lone Survivor, Lovelace, Paranoia, Ain’t Them Bodies Saints, Jayne Mansfield’s Car, Haunter, Bad Milo, C.O.G., Walking with Dinosaurs 3D, and a motion poster for 300: Rise of an Empire.

“Denzel Washington reportedly turned down a ‘small role’ in the James Wan-directed seventh ‘Fast and Furious’ film…” (full details)

“Diablo Cody’s directorial debut ‘Paradise’ premieres on DirecTV on August 8th ahead of an October 18th theatrical release date and a VOD release shortly after…” (full details)

“The snack food name ‘Foodles’ is reportedly going to be used as a fake name for the upcoming production of ‘Star Wars Episode VII’…” (full details)

“Netflix has launched ‘Netflix Profiles’, which enables multiple users of the same account to create their own profile page. Profiles starts rolling out on Netflix globally today and will be available to all members within two weeks…” (full details)

A section of downtown Detroit is being used by the upcoming fourth “Transformers” production and video from that set can be seen where an area near Comerica Park was altered to resemble a Hong Kong street. Filming continues there until Saturday August 10th.

“The 57th BFI London Film Festival will open on October 9th at the Odeon Leicester Square with Paul Greengrass’ anticipated thriller ‘Captain Phillips’ starring Tom Hanks. The film then opens in the UK on October 18th…” (full details)

“Lionsgate has closed a deal for U.S. distribution rights to ‘A Most Wanted Man’, the Anton Cobjin-directed adaptation of the contemporary thriller novel by John le Carre…” (full details)

“Ben Stiller’s drama ‘The Secret Life Of Walter Mitty’ will get its world premiere on October 5th as the Centrepiece Gala at the 51st New York Film Festival. The story is an adaptation of James Thurber’s 1930’s story about a fabulist who embarks upon a real adventure when his job is threatened…” (full details)

“Gulfstream Pictures has acquired Chad Hayes and Carey W. Hayes’ action thriller spec script ‘The Feud’. The story deals with two prominent Hong Kong families caught up in a centuries old conflict…” (full details)

“Madonna has acquired the film rights to Andrew Sean Greer’s latest novel ‘The Impossible Lives of Greta Wells’. It’s presently unclear if Madonna will be directing or producing the movie…” (full details)

“Dimension has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Mark Tonderai’s horror thriller ‘Pest’. Discussions are said to be underway for the lead roles to star…” (full details)

“Michael B. Jordan (‘Fruitvale Station,’ ‘The Wire’) is reportedly developing a basketball-themed Detroit-set TV show said to be in the vein of ‘Friday Night Lights’…” (full details)

“Magnolia Pictures has acquired North American rights to ‘The Hero Of Color City’ for a 2014 release. Christina Ricci, Rosie Perez, Wayne Brady and Craig Ferguson star in the animated feature about crayons that come to life…” (full details)

“Entertainment One has acquired rights in English speaking territories to offbeat comedy ‘Teen Lust’ starring Cary Elwes, Kristin Bauer van Straten, Jesse Carere, Daryl Sabara and Annie Clark. Carere plays an awkward high school student who must lose his virginity before being sacrificed by a local religious cult…” (full details)