News Shorts: February 17th 2009

Posters for Franklyn, Dragonball Evolution, Fast and Furious, Ghosts of Girlfriends Past, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Hannah Montana: The Movie, Lymelife, The Haunting in Connecticut and Sleep Dealer.

“Wow, that would be fantastic. I would love to do that… I’m still stuck back in the Batman TV show days, that’s what I grew up watching so I never followed the more current stuff. But, The Penguin would be great to do” says Paul Giamatti when asked about Net talk of him playing the signature villain ‘The Penguin’ in future “Batman” films.

“You know, like, we’re gonna do Bloodsport 2, which was my first movie. And I want to do it now in a very mature way, where the guy from Bloodsport is a complete bum, maybe abusing his son” says Jean-Claude Van Damme when asked about

his upcoming projects.

“Brea Grant (Daphne in TV’s “Heroes”) has joined the cast of Rob Zombie’s “H2″ as Laurie Strode’s co-worker Mya, while Daeg Faerch will reprise his role as the young Michael Myers…” (full details)

“Friday Night Lights” star Scott Porter is rumored to be one of the the top two contenders for the role of “The Flash” in the upcoming film version about the DC comics hero…” (full details)

“Thanks to new editing tricks over the last few years, what you thought where impressive tricks weren’t real or were far more manipulated than you might think. Those ‘Children of Men’ unbroken takes were actually several cut together, conversational pauses in ‘Benjamin Button’ were removed, Tom Wilkinson had his arm CG erased and reintegrated in ‘Valkyrie’…” (full details)

“Jason Schwartzman is tipped for the role of the seventh and last evil boyfriend, Gideon Gordon Graves, in Edgar Wright’s big screen adaptation of “Scott Pilgrim vs. The World”…” (full details)

“A great homage to 8-bit video arcade games is up in this “Watchmen” viral site which lets you play as Nite Owl or Silk Spectre who get to beat u p the bad guys…” (full details)

“This year’s Oscars are set to close with a montage of clips from upcoming major films. Studios have apparently been asked to provide 10-second scenes from around two dozen future films according to a request sent to various companies last month. The clips will be run on a split screen with the ceremony’s end credits…” (full details)

“ takes an extensive look at the visual effects used to create the titular character and the various ages of New Orleans in “The Curious Case of Benjamin Button”…” (full details)

“Filming on Martin Scorsese’s ‘Silence’ is expected to take place in New Zealand starting later this year. Art director Dante Ferretti and producer E Bennett Walsh visited the Nagasaki Museum of History and Culture to research the film this past week…” (full details)

“Show creator Shonda Rhimes says previous reports of Katherine Heigl and T.R. Knight leaving “Grey’s Anatomy” aren’t true. Actor James Pickens Jr, to whom quotes suggesting the pair’s leaving were attributed, now says his quotes were taken out of context….” (full details)

“Former “Justice League” candidate Armie Hammer will join the cast of “Gossip Girl” at the end of the season to play Serena’s new beau, European socialite Gabriel Serrano. Hammer will join the cast for three episodes toward the end of the season…” (full details)

“LEGO has set a deal with Disney Pictures to do three new series of the product based upon their upcoming “Prince of Persia” movie along with Pixar’s “Toy Story” and “Cars”. The sets will ship in early 2010…” (full details)

“”Friday the 13th” fans should check out this 2.5 hour podcast featuring exclusive interviews with actresses Betsy Palmer and Adrienne King, actor Ron Millkie, writer Victor Miller, ‘Crystal Lake Memories’ author Peter Bracke, ‘His Name Was Jason’ producer Anthony Masi, and Arlen Escarpeta, co-star of the new ‘Friday the 13th’ re-imagining…” (full details)