News Shorts: August 24th 2012

Photos of a blood-covered Chloe Moretz in Carrie, Tom Cruise in Jack Reacher, Richard Armitage in The Hobbit, Penn Badgley in Greetings from Tim Buckley, Jamie Chung in The Man with the Iron Fists, Forest Whitaker in The Butler, Suraj Sharma in Life of Pi, Vin Diesel and Paul Walker on the set of Fast Six and Ashton Kutcher as an older Steve Jobs on the set of Jobs.

Posters for Life of Pi, Lincoln, Wreck-It Ralph, Solomon Kane, Killing Them Softly, RED 2, and character portraits for The Walking Dead.

“New Line’s found footage tornado thriller, starring Richard Armitage and Sarah Wayne Callies, has finally scored a title – ‘Black Sky’…” (full details)

“A recent wild British tabloid rumour has Johnny Depp set to score a $95 million payday to do a fifth ‘Pirates Of The Caribbean’ film…” (full details)

“He was never officially confirmed, but now sources say that ‘House’ actor Hugh Laurie is no longer in talks to play the villain in ‘Robocop’ remake. Laurie was to play the evil and ultra-rich CEO of Omnicorp, the company that makes Robocop…” (full details)

“Netflix and RADiUS-TWC have announced a multi-year output deal in the United States which starts in early 2013. U.S. Netflix members will be able to watch a whole bunch of their films instantly beginning in early 2013 with titles including ‘Bachelorette,’ ‘Only God Forgives,’ ‘Butter,’ ‘Lay the Favorite’ and ‘The Details’…” (full details)

“Poverty Row Entertainment has finalized a title for its upcoming Mary Pickford biopic, “The First,” which shows the importance of the legendary actress and studio system co-founder in early Hollywood…” (full details)

“‘Hairspray’ and ‘Chicago’ producing duo Craig Zadan and Neil Meron have been chosen by AMPAS to produce the 85th Oscar awards in February next year…” (full details)

“Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all U.S. rights to director Robert Redford’s political thriller adaptation of Neil Gordon’s 2003 novel ‘The Company You Keep’. Redford also stars as a former Weather Underground militant wanted for bank robbery and murder. After hiding for three decades, he’s exposed by an aggressive young reporter (Shia LaBeouf)…” (full details)

“IFC Midnight has acquired all North American rights to director Franck Khalfoun’s thriller remake ‘Maniac’ which stars Elijah Wood as a serial killer…” (full details)

“Magnet releasing has picked up the rights to Don Coscarelli’s adaptation of “John Dies At The End”. The film will get a VOD window in December, with a theatrical engagement set for early 2013…” (full details)

“Unlike with 3D for which there’s a premium, theaters are not expected to enact a surcharge for the 48 frames per second screenings of ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ when it opens nationwide in December…” (full details)

“Universal’s ‘Despicable Me’ spin-off movie featuring the yellow ‘minions’ has been given a December 19th 2014 release date…” (full details)

“Kristofer Ryan Huff, age 19, was charged with the assault after he allegedly used a set of replica/prop Wolverine claws to attack his roommate. His mother also got stabbed with the Wolverine claws after trying to wrestle him off of the 20-year-old victim…” (full details)