News Shorts: December 4th 2011

The first photos are out of Sam Worthington sporting new hair for the ‘Clash’ sequel Wrath of the Titans, the first photo of Jeremy Renner and Gemma Arterton shooting Hansel and Gretel: Witch Hunters, and Ben Stiller/Vince Vaughn comedy Neighborhood Watch.

Next comes set photos of Elijah Wood getting stab happy on the remake of Maniac, and a photo of Daniel Day Lewis taking a break on the set of Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln.

Posters for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, Cabin in the Woods, All New People, Men in Black 3, The Lucky One, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island and Haywire.

Check out this interactive map showing the various NYC locations Michael Fassbender’s character visits in “Shame”.

“Twilight” fans definitely need to listen to the eighth ‘Team Jack’ podcast at Smodcast. The two hosts worked on “Breaking Dawn Part 1” and now share stories about the production you won’t hear anywhere else.

“Paddy Considine’s debut feature “Tyrannosaur”, about a widower trying to conquer crippling anger, picked up three honors at the British Independent Film Awards including best picture…” (full details)

“Steve McQueen’s haunting sex addiction drama “Shame” starring Michael Fassbender pulled in $361,181 from just ten screens on opening weekend. This equals a per screen average of $36,118, the biggest of any film in the post holiday period…” (full details)

“Terry Gilliam is not a fan of fast-paced action movies it seems – comparing “The Dark Knight” car chase to a video game, and writing off both “Transformers” and “The Adventures of Tintin” as a whole…” (full details)

“New Line Cinema has acquired a new untitled heist film written by Peter Morgan (“The Queen”). The character-driven story is set in America and features two strong male leads in the vein of “Heat” and “The Departed”…” (full details)

“Marion Cotillard is being offered the role of Morgana, the sorceress half-sister to Arthur, in David Dobkin’s “Arthur & Lancelot” at Warner Bros. Pictures… (full details)

“ABC Family’s “Pretty Little Liars” has been renewed for a third season which will feature 24 episodes…” (full details)

“Drafthouse Films has acquired U.S. rights to a documentary about Menahem Golan and Yoram Globus, the Israeli-born cousins who founded Cannon Films. A late 2012 theatrical release is planned with pre-production currently underway in Australia…” (full details)

“New Blu-ray release dates – “Contagion” on January 3rd; “What’s Your Number” on January 10th; “Abduction” and “The Ides of March” on January 17th; Woody Allen’s “Annie Hall” and “Manhattan” along with Hitchcock classics Rebecca” and “Notorious” on January 24th; “The Thing” prequel and the classic “To Kill a Mockingbird” on January 31st; “Anonymous” and “Take Shelter” on February 7th; “The Human Centipede 2: Full Sequence” on February 14th; “The Son of No One” on February 21st; “I Melt with You” on February 28th; and the first season of “Game of Thrones” on March 6th…” (full details)

“Jesse Eisenberg has filed a lawsuit against Lionsgate and Grindstone Entertainment for allegedly turning his less-than-five-minute cameo in the horror flick “Camp Hell” into an above-the-title star turn. Eisenberg demands $3 million in damages, more than the budget of the film…” (full details)

“In the first two weeks of release over two million people have been beaten to death with a giant purple dildo in the recent open worlds game “Saints Row: The Third”, and that’s just in the copies whose owners have signed up to THQ. That number is just a fraction of the estimated 5.8 billion citizens of Steelport in the game who have met their demise in one form or another. One of the rare deaths? A hot dog mascot being immolated by a flame thrower – that’s only happened 650 times…” (full details)

“Variance Films has acquired U.S. theatrical rights to The Trouble With Bliss, the Michael Knowles-directed film that stars Michael C. Hall, Brie Larson, Peter Fonda and Lucy Liu. The film will get a theatrical release on March 23rd 2012…” (full details)