News Shorts: December 2nd 2008

Five new publicity stills from “Wolverine” are out, sadly not in high resolution just yet. The first trailer hits cinemas next Friday.

The first publicity stills are out from “Agora” in which Rachel Weisz plays Greek philospher Hypatia who has a dalliance with a slave (Max Minghella).

“A scriptment for a “Speed 3″ is floating around that reintroduces Keanu Reeves’ Jack Traven…” (full details)

“David Fincher is not helping the Oscar chances of “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”. An insider at Paramount says that “he’s so abusive that it’s crushing…whatever we do, it’s not enough”…” (full details)

“Bolt, Kung Fu Panda, $9.99, Wall-E and Waltz With Bashir will fight it out for Best Animated Feature at the 2008 Annie Awards…” (full details)

“Rob Zombie may return to direct a follow-up to his 2007 film “Halloween”. Pre-production commences in January with shooting to start sometime in March. Tyler Mane is expected to be backs as Michael Myers. Zombies’s “Tyrannosaurus Rex” is apparently now on hold…” (full details)

“While it had a disappointing day, Australian moviegoers flocked to “Australia” during its opening weekend with a $7.8 million box-office total in its first five days. It beat out the new James Bond film which took in $4.2M from Thursday-Sunday (it opened the previous week with $11.8 million)…” (full details)

“The “Tron” sequel previously titled “TR2N” is now being titled “TRZ”…” (full details)

“Back to the Future” fans will have a long wait for the Blu-ray version. Producer Bob Gale says “I have no idea what the Blu-ray plan is. I’ve heard both 2009 and 2010. So in other words, later rather than sooner”…” (full details)

“Transporter 2” director Louis Leterrier claims he shot that sequel with Statham’s Frank Martin character as gay – “If you watch the movie and you know he’s gay, it becomes so much more fun”…” (full details)

“After much legal wrangling keeping it off the schedule for almost two years, composer John Murphy’s soundtrack for Danny Boyle’s “Sunshine” has finally become available through iTunes…” (full details)

“Fight Club’s Tyler Durden, Star Wars’ Darth Vader and Han Solo, The Dark Knight’s The Joker, Silence of the Lambs’ Hannibal Lecter and Indiana Jones have been listed as the ‘Greatest Movie Characters of All Time’ in an Empire poll. Check out the other 93 via the link…” (full details)

“Mischa Barton’s length nudity scenes in “Closing the Ring” has been voted the best nude scene of 2008 by Mr Skin. Her nearest rival was former Aussie girl band member turned actress Sophie Monk for her work in “Sex and Death 101″…” (full details)