News Shorts: December 17th 2009

Posters for Inception, Tron Legacy, Frozen, Nicolas Cage as Big Daddy in Kick Ass, The Back-Up Plan, The Bounty Hunter, High Life.

The first still from Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, another shot from Toy Story 3, Iron Man 2, and the Black Beauty car from The Green Hornet.

“Shaun of the Dead” director Edgar Wright, along with leads Simon Pegg and Nick Frost retimed for a fun reunion photoshoot at Total Film.

“James Cameron’s Avatar will open in 178 IMAX theaters domestically on December 18th 2009 and 83 IMAX theaters internationally starting on December 16th – making this IMAX’s widest release to date…” (full details)

“Warner Home Video will release “The Lord of the Rings: The Motion Picture Trilogy” will hit Blu-ray on April 6. The nine-disc set contains only the original theatrical versions of the three Peter Jackson-directed ‘Rings’ films along with more than seven hours of special features. The extended editions will make their Blu-ray debut sometime later…” (full details)

“Paramount’s Brad Grey says he wants JJ Abrams to direct another ‘tentpole’ film that has yet to be announced…” (full details)

“Star Trek, Drag Me to Hell, Funny Peoplle, Up in the Air, Chocolate, Observe and Report, Precious and An Education are Quentin Tarantino’s favorite films of 2009. He admits he needs to see Bright Star and District 9 again to see if they’d make his list, and he hasn’t had time yet to see Avatar, Invictus or Lovely Bones…” (full details)

“Frank Miller says his comic book follow-up to “300” will be entitled “Xerxes”. Set ten years before the events of “300”, the film deals with the Battle of Marathon which was the first attempt by Persia to subjugate Greece…” (full details)

“Apparition has picked up North American distribution rights to Floria Sigsimondi’s biopic “The Runaways” starring Kristen Stewart and Dakota Fanning…” (full details)

“With Breck Eisner (“Sahara,” “The Crazies”) no longer attached to the “Creature from the Black Lagoon” remake, its now confirmed he’s switched over to a new version of David Cronenberg’s “The Brood”…” (full details)