News Shorts: February 17th 2012

Photos from John Carter, The Raven, Snow White and the Huntsman, Project X, The Amazing Spider-Man, and set photos of Jaden Smith shooting After Earth along with Van Damme shooting Welcome to the Jungle.

Posters for Wrath of the Titans, Marley, Lockout, and John Carter, the second season of Game of Thrones, and the novelisation of Snow White and the Huntsman.

“Liam Neeson is reportedly being lined up to play Lyndon B. Johnson in Lee Daniels’ “The Butler”, joining a cast that potentially includes John Cusack, Hugh Jackman, Mila Kunis and David Oyelowo…” (full details)

“Cirque du Soleil will deliver a one-time-only performance at the 84th Academy Awards, one that will feature the largest Cirque cast ever assembled for a single act and accompanied by music by Danny Elfman…” (full details)

“‘Star Trek’ actor Chris Pine is being subjected to a lawsuit by his former talent agency SDB Partners who claim they are being denied millions of dollars in commissions…” (full details)

“‘Mysterious Skin’ and ‘Kaboom’ director Gregg Araki’s next film will be a “twisted police thriller” set in Los Angeles and will shoot as early as this Summer…” (full details)

“Criterion have announced their May titles which will include DVD & Blus of Spike Jonze’s “Being John Malkovich,” Abbas Kiarostami’s “Certified Copy,” Mathieu Kassovitz’s “La Haine,” Ingmar Bergman’s “Summer Interlude” and “Summer With Monika”, and a DVD only Eclipse box set of five films by filmmaker Robert Downey Sr. (yes Downey Jr.’s dad)…” (full details)

“”Sons Of Anarchy” scribe Brett Conrad has sold the spec sci-fi action drama “The Dover Agenda” to SyFy. The thriller follows a young man who is recruited by a future version of himself to work for a secret branch of Military Intelligence specializing in parapsychology and future tech…” (full details)

“Peter Berg talked about potential ideas for a follow-up to the Will Smith-led superhero comedy “Hancock” – “We’ve come up with like 40 different storylines. We all change our minds all the time so we’re like hyperactive little kids. Like, ‘Oh man, it would be cool if the Internet started a competition on how to kill Hancock?’ That was one idea we had”…” (full details)

“Recent release date changes include – the Jennifer Garner-led comedy “Butter” opening, Andrew Dominik’s “Cogan’s Trade” opening September 13th, “Scary Movie 5” opening January 2013, the supernatural love story “Beautiful Creatures” now opening February 1st 2013…” (full details)

“Billy Bob Thornton says the script for the “Bad Santa” sequel is almost done and a Christmas 2013 release date is being targeted…” (full details)

“Filmmaker Michael Moore has settled his multi-million dollar legal battle with Harvey and Bob Weinstein over profits from the mega-grossing documentary “Fahrenheit 9/11″…” (full details)

“NBC has ordered the pilot for the opulent soap “Notorious” from Liz Heldens (“Friday Night Lights,” “Prime Suspect”). The story follows a female detective returning undercover to the wealthy family she grew up in, as the maid’s daughter, to solve the murder of the notorious heiress who was once her closest friend…” (full details)

“New Blu-ray dates include “The Adventures of Tintin” on March 13th along with “We Bought a Zoo” and “Torchwood: Miracle Day” on April 3rd…” (full details)