News Shorts: December 3rd 2008

– Five new photos of Kristin Kreuk in action on “Street Fighter: The Legend of Chun Li” are online.

– A two-minute clip is out from the season premiere of “Lost” airing January 21st. There’s also a first look at the seasonal cast photo.

– Posters for New in Town, Monsters vs. Aliens and While She Was Out.

“When I talked with Zack Snyder last month, the “300” director said the theatrical cut of “Watchmen” presently stood at 2 hours 43 minutes. This week, he revealed that he’s shaved a further eight minutes off that and though the final runtime is not yet locked it’s “really close”. The full ‘Black Freighter’ version with the DVD release “will be about three hours and 40 minutes”…” (full details)

“Despite online reports indicating that Warner Bros. Pictures was dropping its plans to rerelease The Dark Knight in theaters in January, the studio has confirmed they are still moving forward with the rerelease and that IMAX should be sending out an official announcement soon…” (full details)

“Ben Stiller says he is currently looking at scripts for a “Zoolander” sequel and has been trying to make a deal for it – “I’ve been trying to get Zoolander 2 together and we’ve had a few scripts. I feel that is the sequel I really would like to do some day because I like the original and I would make sure it was something new and worthy of it first.”…” (full details)

“Musician and Faith No More front man Mike Patton is set to score the entire soundtrack for “Crank 2: High Voltage”. Though he contributed lyrics and vocals to Marc Streitenfeld’s score for “Body of Lies”, this marks the musician’s first foray into scoring an entire feature length film…” (full details)

“Neve Campbell has landed a co-starring role in NBC’s South Africa-shot midseason drama “The Philanthropist” about a renegade billionaire (James Purefoy) who uses his wealth, connections and power to help people in need around the world. Campbell will play the wife of his business partner and lifelong friend Phillip (Jesse Martin)…” (full details)

“Frozen River won two of the six prizes at Tuesday’s Gotham Independent Film Awards, taking best feature and breakthrough actor for Melissa Leo. “Synecdoche, New York” won for ensemble performancel “Ballast” helmer Lance Hammer won the breakthrough director prize, and “Trouble the Water” won for documentary. The “Best Film Not Playing at a Theater Near You” honor went to festival favourite “Sita Sings the Blues”…” (full details)

“Juliette Lewis is joining Mark Ruffalo’s social satire “Sympathy For Delicious,” which begins filming in December. The story follows a wheelchair-bound man who has the ability to heal everyone but himself, and so exploits it for money and fame. James Franco also stars…” (full details)

“Producer Gale Anne Hurd says that Valhalla Motion Pictures, Platinum Studios and Top Cow Productions are “currently discussions for a director” on the live action film based on the comic book “Magdalena”…” (full details)