News Shorts: December 3rd 2010

The first photos are out for Terrence Malick’s long-awaited The Tree of Life along with a short review of the trailer. Also out today are the first photos from Kevin Smith’s Red State.

Posters for Rabbit Hole, The Resident, Sanctum, The King’s Speech and And Everything Is Going Fine,

“Out doing “Rabbit Hole” awards promotion, actor Aaron Eckhart says that Chris Nolan has now directly confirmed to him that he will not be reprising his Harvey Dent/Two-Face role (in any capacity) in “The Dark Knight Rises”…” (full details)

“Guillermo del Toro says he’s currently buried in script work on his Lovecraft adaptation “At the Mountains of Madness” and if all goes well “we’ll be shooting by June next year for a 2012 release”…” (full details)

“Despite the project being scuttled by MGM’s financial issues, “Black Swan” director Darren Aronofsky says he’s “still interested” in doing the “Robocop” reboot…” (full details)

“Swedish actor Mikael Persbrandt (“Everlasting Moments”) has reportedly joined the cast of “The Hobbit” in a role that has “Nordic ties”…” (full details)

“The ever smiling Ray Wise (“Twin Peaks,” “Reaper”) is set to play the U.S. Secretary of State in the upcoming “X-Men: First Class”…” (full details)

“”Mad Men” actress Abigail Spencer will play the ex-wife of Tom Hardy’s character in McG’s upcoming action comedy “This Means War”. Filming is currently underway in Vancouver…” (full details)

“”Blue Valentine co-writer and director Derek Cianfrance says his next project is called “The Place Beyond the Pines” and is all about “fathers and guns, and it has motorcycles and guns in it”…” (full details)

“Chris Hemsworth and Tom Hiddleston have signed on to voice their roles of Thor and Loki respectively in the upcoming “Thor” video game tie-in…” (full details)

“David O. Russell has given some comments about his story ideas for the film adaptation of video game hit “Uncharted: Drake’s Fortune”. Russell says “This idea really turns me on that there’s a family that’s a force to be reckoned with in the world of international art and antiquities … [a family] that deals with heads of state and heads of museums and metes out justice… You take that and put it on the bigger, more muscular stage of an international action picture, but also put all the character stuff in it”…” (full details)

“Ben Affleck says he’d love to make a film about the Congo but Hollywood folks tell him “nobody wants to see a movie about Africa”…” (full details)

“Dimension Films has scheduled the sequel “Piranha 3DD” for a September 16th 2011 release, just two weeks after David R. Ellis’ “Shark Night 3D” on September 2nd…” (full details)

“Jake Gyllenhaal-led thriller “Source Code” has moved up two weeks to an April 1st 2011 release, while Andrew Niccol’s sci-fi thriller “Now” starring Justin Timberlake and Amanda Seyfried will get a September 30th 2011 release…” (full details)

“Magnolia Films has acquired all U.S. rights to Jacob Tierney’s thriller “Good Neighbours”. Jay Baruchel, Scott Speedman and Emily Hampshire star as three residents of a small apartment building who are threatened by a serial killer…” (full details)