News Shorts: February 25th 2011

The first photo of James Franco in Caesar: Rise of the Apes and the first photo from Terrence Malick’s untitled romance drama starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams.

Scans of the first photos from the upcoming “Toy Story” short Hawaiian Vacation, and the first photos from Nick Cassavetes’ ensemble drama Yellow.

There’s also four new posters for Pedro Almodovar’s The Skin That I Inhabit, several new international one-sheets for Sucker Punch, a new poster for Ken Loach’s Route Irish, and a new poster for Winnie the Pooh.

A rather spectacular list (with videos) of the fifty greatest opening title sequences of all time at IFC.com.

“One of the most anticipated video games of the year, “Gears of War 3″, has scored a September 22nd worldwide (except Japan) release date…” (full details)

“”24” producer Howard Gordon says “The ’24’ movie is on hold for now, although conversations are ongoing”…” (full details)

“Simon Pegg has dropped a tweet about the “Star Trek” sequel, saying “Word on the bridge is the new script is AMAZEBALLS and I cannot wait!!!!”…” (full details)

“Nicolas Cage confirms that the upcoming “Ghost Rider” sequel will include an entirely new origin sequence…” (full details)

“”The King’s Speech” director Tom Hooper has revealed he was offered the gig to direct “Iron Man 3”. When he turned it down, Shane Black scored the gig. Hooper is instead focused on a new adaptation of “Les Miserables”…” (full details)

“Warners has a REAL hard-on for 3D, so much so that “Inception” is undergoing 3D conversion for an upcoming 3D Blu-ray release according to filmmaker Jonathan Liebesman…” (full details)

“Stephen Root has signed on to play Arthur Koehler, a wood specialist who was instrumental in the case of the Lindbergh baby kidnapping, in Clint Eastwood’s “J. Edgar”…” (full details)

“Actress Kristin Davis says she’s against the idea of a prequel to “Sex and the City”…” (full details)

“The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences announced today that the Oscars contract with the ABC has been extended for six more years, meaning the show will air on the network through 2020…” (full details)

“A previously unknown novel by British children’s writer Enid Blyton has been discovered. “Mr. Tumpy’s Caravan” is a story of around 200 typed pages and follows the adventures of a caravan with a mind of its own…” (full details)

“Warner Bros. Home Video have announced a June 14th release date for the Blu-ray release of “Supernatural: Season Two”, the last remaining season of the show that wasn’t available in high-definition until now…” (full details)

“Warner Bros. Home Video have announced a May 24th release date for Blu-ray digibook releases of Director’s Cuts of “Gettysburg” and “Gods and Generals”…” (full details)

“Remember Tommy, the Green Power Ranger from that 90’s kids show? Turns out he’s buffed up and out to become a hardcore MMA fighter…” (full details)