News Shorts: February 1st 2011

This one sheet is a seriously great bit of marketing for “Madea’s Big Happy Family” that riffs on another iconic poster.

Stills from Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, posters for Scream 4 and A Better Life, heaps of hi-res images of the toy line tie-in for Thundercats, and the logo artwork for The Muppets.

A beauty-sucking Queen and battle-hungry dwarves are the highlights says a script review of the upcoming “Snow White and the Huntsman” at Universal Pictures.

A fun video comparing scenes from both versions of “True Grit”.

Warner Bros. Pictures has announced an April 15th release date for “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part One”. The film will be available as both a Blu-ray combo (Blu-ray + DVD + Digital Copy) release and a single-disc DVD.

“Emily Cook & Kathy Greenberg have been hired to write the ensemble romantic comedy “The Gaggle” for New Line. The story aims to explore the intricacies of modern romance and is based on the site wtfisupwithmylovelife.com…” (full details)

“James Franco and Columbia College Hollywood are teaming for an innovative course through which 12 of the private film school’s best editing students will create a 30 minute documentary film from videographic footage from Mr. Franco’s own career…” (full details)

“An ad that has since disappeared indicates that Amazon is working on an unlimited instant streaming service akin to Netflix and could become the latter’s major competitor…” (full details)

“Baz Luhrmann says he’ll make a decision within the next three days about whether to do his planned adaptation of “The Great Gatsby” or skip it and move on. He expects there to be news by the end of the week…” (full details)

“Katherine Heigl is set to replace Halle Berry in the Garry Marshall-directed ensemble romantic comedy “New Year’s Eve” for New Line. No official reason has been given for Berry’s departure though it’s said to be due to an upcoming legal battle over the custody of her young daughter. Filming kicks off this week…” (full details)

“Kodi Smit-McPhee (“Let Me In”) says he’s set to star in “Waltz with Bashir” director Ari Folman’s sci-fi project “The Congress” based on Stanislaw Lem’s “The Futurological Congress”. Currently in rehearsals, he joins a cast that includes Robin Wright, Danny Huston, Harvey Keitel and Paul Giamatti…” (full details)

“HBO has ordered a pilot for Aaron Sorkin’s cable news show drama “More As The Story Develops.” Scott Rudin will produce and shooting is slated to kick off later this year for airing in 2012…” (full details)

“Haley Joel Osment has joined the cast of the comedy “Sassy Pants”. The story follows a homeschooler (Ashley Rickards) with an overbearing mother…” (full details)