News Shorts: August 5th 2011

Posters for A Dangerous Method, Dark Horse, Terra Nova, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Tower Heist, and the first photo of Dwayne Johnson as Roadblock in G.I. Joe: Retaliation.

“Bubba Smith, a former All-Pro football player turned actor and “Police Academy” regular cast member, was found dead Wednesday at his Los Angeles home. He was 66…” (full details)

“Alfred Hitchcock’s first film, “The White Shadow,” thought to have been lost, has been found languishing at the New Zealand Film Archives. The first three rolls of the 1923 melodrama have been discovered in the Wellington, New Zealand…” (full details)

“Alexandre Aja (“Mirrors,” “Piranha 3D”) is the top choice to direct the newest adaptation of Stephen King’s “Pet Sematary” with Paramount actively trying to get him to sign…” (full details)

“The deal hasn’t been made yet but the upcoming fifth and final season of “Breaking Bad” could be extended and broken up into two parts (ala “Sopranos,” “Entourage”), meaning instead of a standard thirteen more episodes there could be as many as twenty…” (full details)

“‘CSI: Crime Scene Investigation’ star Marg Helgenberger has said she plans to leave the long-running crime drama at the end of the forthcoming 12th series. Helgenberger’s character, Catherine Willows, has been in the show since it began in 2000…” (full details)

“The CW has ordered extra episodes for some of their shows this season, meaning “Gossip Girl” and “90210” will have 24 episodes while “Supernatural” and “Nikita” will have 23 episodes – all up on the usual 22 episode standard season run…” (full details)

“”Fish Tank” director Andrea Arnold’s adaptation of Emily Bronte’s classic love story “Wuthering Heights” will open on November 11th in the UK through distributor Artificial Eye…” (full details)

“Momentum Pictures will release “Hunger” director Steve McQueen’s sexual thriller “Shame,” starring Michael Fassbender and Carey Mulligan, on January 13th in the UK…” (full details)

“Reports that Darren Aronofsky’s Protozoa Pictures has acquired Daryl Gregory’s novel “Pandemonium” have been officially denied by his reps…” (full details)

“Brett Ratner and Don Mischer will produce the 84th Academy Awards telecast. This will be Ratner’s first involvement with the Oscar show; Mischer will for the second year in a row serve as a producer and as the telecast director…” (full details)

“Syfy has ordered six more episodes of “Eureka” beyond the currently filming thirteen episodes of the fifth season. The show is currently airing Season 4.5…” (full details)