News Shorts: February 2nd 2012

New photos from Snow White and the Huntsman, Savages, Prometheus, Dredd, Argo, and The Hunger Games.

Set photos from Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained will look mighty familiar to “Deadwood” fans. There’s also concept art for John Carter and cartoon promo art for The Expendables 2.

New posters from Resident Evil: Retribution, Bel Ami, The Island President, Friends with Kids, Hysteria, 21 Jump Street, Bullhead.

“Focus Features and Participant Media are in negotiations to acquire Gus Van Sant’s $15 million “Promised Land” project written by Matt Damon and John Krasinski. Damon and Krasinski plan to star in the story of a salesman whose life is changed after he enters a small town…” (full details)

“New Blu-ray release dates have been announced – “The Adventures of Tintin” on March 13th, “In the Land of Blood and Honey” on April 3rd, “The Darkest Hour” on April 10th, “Young Adult” and “The Innkeepers” on April 24th…” (full details)

“Two major features have had big release date changes this week. Oliver Stone’s “Savages” has been moved up several months from September 28th to July 6th. The Meryl Streep & Tommy Lee Jones marital dramedy “Great Hope Springs” from December to August 10th…” (full details)

“Jennifer Lawrence says she begins training for the ‘Hunger Games’ sequel “Catching Fire” in July ahead of a shoot in the Fall. Hawaii looks likely to be the location for a lot of filming…” (full details)

“Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all North American, Latin American and Eastern European rights to Jacques Audiard’s romantic suspense tale “Rust & Bone” starring Marion Cotillard and Matthias Schoenarts…” (full details)

“Actress Nora Arnezeder says that Alexandre Aja’s upcoming remake of “Maniac” will be told and shot from the P.O.V. of Elijah Wood’s unstable killer character, and it will take a “very different direction” to the original…” (full details)

“Scribe Matt Wheeler will adapt Thomas Perry’s novel “The Informant” for Sony Pictures. The story revolves around a hit man avenging his father’s death and a Department of Justice official who wants to dismantle the mafia…” (full details)

“Piper Perabo will star opposite Billy Bob Thorton, James Marsden and Thomas Jane in director David Hackl’s thriller “Red Machine” about camping couples terrorised by a bear…” (full details)

“DreamWorks Animation said Monday that “Puss in Boots” has earned about $507 million to date at the worldwide box office…” (full details)

“Asked about recent rumours, ‘Chronicle’ director Josh Trank says “I really have nothing to say about the ‘Fantastic Four’ reboot because I know as much about this as everyone else. I’m just working on my own original stuff right now”…” (full details)

“Kate Winslet will not be in Charlie Kaufman’s musical media satire “Frank Or Francis”…” (full details)

“Sony Pictures has set up an action-comedy at Neal H. Moritz’ Original Films from an untitled pitch from “Kitchen Sink” scribe Oren Uziel. The story is described as “Die Hard” meets “Home Alone”…” (full details)