News Shorts: February 25th 2010

On-set photos of Simon Pegg and Andy Serkis shooting Burke and Hare, Angelina Jolie on the set of the Johnny Depp thriller The Tourist, and a new shot from Tron: Legacy.

There’s also impressive retro poster artwork for BAFTA’s five Best Film Nominees, and a disturbing CG concept sketch of “Toy Story” character Buzz Lightyear as a human at SeagullsFly.

“Zach Galifianakis (“The Hangover”) is attached to the buddy supernatural comedy “Miracle Workers” about a pair of friends who pose as exorcists…” (full details)

“Mickey Rourke is apparently in talks to play King Hyperion in Tarsem’s ancient Greek war epic “War of the Gods”…” (full details)

“‘Watchmen’ and ‘Leap Year’ actor Matthew Goode has confirmed in an interview that he auditioned for the role of Bilbo Baggins in Guillermo del Toro’s two-part film of “The Hobbit”…” (full details)

“Tobey Maguire will produce and potentially star in “Pawn Sacrifice”, a film about chess grandmaster Bobby Fischer and the famed 1972 match with Russian Boris Spassky. Steven Knight (“The Lost Symbol,” “Eastern Promises”) penned the script…” (full details)

“Chris Brochu has joined the cast of the indie drama “Soul Surfer”. Brochu will play the older brother of young surfing competitor Bethany Hamilton (AnnaSophia Robb) who lost an arm in a shark attack and yet continues to this day competing. Dennis Quaid, Helen Hunt, Carrie Underwood, Lorraine Nicholson and Kevin Sorbo also star…” (full details)

“Journey to the Center of the Earth 3D” director Eric Brevig will helm the 3D Korean War drama “17 Days of Winter” for Madmedia Entertainment. Charlotte Huggins will produce…” (full details)

“First Independent Pictures has acquired U.S. distribution rights to Kevin Asch’s Sundance entry “Holly Rollers” with Jesse Eisenberg and Justin Bartha. A Summer release is being targeted…” (full details)

“Elijah Wood says his Mumble character in “Happy Feet 2″ will be a father this time out with a son at his side…” (full details)

“Hyde Park Entertainment and Parkes/MacDonald Productions have picked up Kenny Golde’s spec thriller script “Killer”. The story follows a rogue police investigator several steps behind his prey – a killer who has left a video behind of his acts recorded on hidden cameras…” (full details)

“Despite reports, Peter Berg’s adaptation of the “Battleship” board game will NOT be filmed in 3D…” (full details)

“Benny Boom (“Next Day Air”) is tipped to direct what looks like a direct-to-DVD sequel to 2003’s “S.W.A.T.”, this one set around Detroit and entitled “S.W.A.T.: Fire-Fight”…” (full details)

“Noah Baumbach (“The Squid and the Whale”) has been hired to rewrite Ted Griffin’s script for “Trump Heist”, the ‘black Ocean’s 11’ project Brett Ratner is directing for Universal Pictures…” (full details)