News Shorts: August 8th 2013

New photos today including Orlando Bloom and Evangeline Lily in The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug, the entire cast of George Clooney’s WW2 drama The Monuments Men, Andrew Garfield and Dane DeHaan in The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games: Catching Fire

There’s also Jesse Eisenberg in Night Moves; Joseph Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson in Don Jon; and Christian Bale, Bradley Cooper and Amy Adams in American Hustle,

Posters for Ender’s Game, Don Jon, The Next Spike Lee Joint, Don Jon, Rush, Her, The Family and Haunter.

“The MPAA has just awarded “300: Rise of an Empire” an R rating for ‘strong sustained sequences of stylized bloody violence throughout, a sex scene, nudity, and some language’…” (full details)

“Spike Jonze’s ‘Her’ will have its world premiere as the closing night film at the 51st New York Film Festival this Fall…” (full details)

“Xavier Dolan’s ‘Tom at the Farm’, Michael Dowse’s ‘The F Word’ starring Daniel Radcliffe, and Denis Villeneuve’s ‘Enemy’ starring Jake Gyllenhaal have joined the line-up for this year’s Toronto Film Festival…” (full details)

“Beloved writer Neil Gaiman, who penned two episodes of modern-era “Doctor Who,” revealed that he knows ‘one black actor who was already offered the part of the Doctor [before Peter Capaldi accepted it], and who turned it down’. Gaiman doesn’t mention the name of the actor…” (Screen Crush)

“Charlie Day says the original idea from Guillermo del Toro on the set of “Pacific Rim” was to have Day’s scientist character Newt become come thing of a villain in the second film. That changed though as the production took place…” (full details)

“‘My official opinion is that, if they don’t include me in it, everybody should boycott it. Because it’s stupid not to have me in it. it’s really stupid. That’s my opinion’ says Sean Young about her character not being included in the upcoming ‘Blade Runner’ follow-up…” (full details)

“New release dates include the Seth Rogen and Zac Efron-led comedy ‘Townies’ for May 9th 2014, and the Karl Urban and James Marsden-led thriller ‘The Loft’ for August 29th 2014…” (full details)

“Oscilloscope Laboratories has acquired all North American rights to Sam Fleischner’s ‘Stand Clear Of the Closing Doors’, the story of a 13-year-old boy with Asperger’s Syndrome who gets lost one day in the New York City subway system. A 2014 release is planned…” (full details)

“Visit Films has picked up rights to Joanna Hogg’s third feature ‘Exhibition’ starring Viv Albertine, Liam Gillick and Tom Hiddleston. The story is an intimate examination of a contemporary artist couple whose lives are threatened by the imminent sale of their home…” (full details)

“Focus Features has optioned Nathaniel Halpern’s script ‘Rose’ which was in development at ImageMovers. The story follows a woman who volunteers to physically fashion herself after another woman. She soon loses all sense of identity and begins to covet the other woman’s life…” (full details)

“Bernard Hill (‘Game of Thrones’) will make his feature film directorial debut on the Louisiana-set ‘Sound The Crossing’. The story follows a wisecracking rookie soldier who discovers the pain of deceit through his own actions. Rich DeBaun penned the screenplay…” (full details)