News Shorts: February 5th 2009

New photos from:
Astro Boy
Terminator Salvation
Street Fighter: Legend of Chun-Li
Jennifer’s Body
– The tie-in “Watchmen” animated DVD Tales of the Black Freighter.

New set photos including:
– Rachel McAdams shooting Sherlock Holmes.

-A half-naked Orlando Bloom as a rock star in “Sympathy for Delicious” here and here
– Nicole Kidman and Daniel Day Lewis shooting scenes for Nine, Day-Lewis and Penelope Cruz also shooting scenes for Nine.
– What’s purported to be a first look at the alien Na’vi creatures in James Cameron’s Avatar.

New posters from Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, 17 Again, Push, The International, The Horsemen, The Mutant Chronicles.

“Annie Leibovitz has photographed a special cited as ‘ten partnerships that helped generate more than four dozen Oscar nominations this season’ for Vanity Fair. The stunning photos of the likes of Sam Mendes/Kate Winslet or Danny Boyle/Dev Patel can be found at the link…” (full details)

“Want to see a rather interesting concept design of what the new Pinhead might look like in the upcoming “Hellraiser” remake? Check the link for pics and video…” (full details)

“Both Zack Snyder and actress Malin Akerman have denied any plans to shoot a sequel to the upcoming ‘Watchmen’ adaptation. The later says “I don’t really know how [a sequel] would ever be possible. Because ‘Watchmen’ is ‘Watchmen,’ and we covered pretty much the whole novel”…” (full details)

“‘Terminator Salvation’ assistant director and associate producer Bruce Franklin has now gone on record with a proper explanation for what happened in regards to the recently leaked audio outburst of actor Christian Bale on-set…” (full details)

“S. Darko, the Donnie Darko spin-off film that follows Donnie’s sister, will go direct-to-dvd on April 28th though MGM’s home entertainment division…” (full details)

“Dayton Callie (“Deadwood”) has been cast as Coroner Alan Hooks while Richard Brake will play his necrophiliac assistant Gary Scott in Rob Zombie’s upcoming ‘Halloween’ sequel…” (full details)

“A casting call is out for various roles in the upcoming remake of 80’s mini-series ‘V’. Filming takes place starting in March in Vancouver, check the link for details…” (full details)

“Sony Pictures Animation and comics giant Platinum Studios have teamed to produce a new animated feature from Platinum’s 5,600-character library. Platinum currently has “Atlantis Rising” and “Cowboys and Aliens” in development at DreamWorks and Universal…” (full details)

“Universal has set Dean Parisot (“Galaxy Quest”) to direct and Peter Steinfeld to pen a remake of the 1977 Paul Newman-led ice hockey comedy “Slap Shot”. Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall are producing…” (full details)

“MPI Media Group has acquired all U.S. domestic rights to Paolo Sorrentino’s “Il Divo.” Winner of the Jury Prize at the 2008 Festival de Cannes, the film portrays the career and fall from grace of seven-time Italian Prime Minister Giulio Andreotti. “Il Divo” is slated for a spring theatrical release through Music Box Films, followed by the DVD release shortly thereafter…” (full details)

“Pushing Daisies” star Swoosie Kurtz will join “Desperate Housewives” later this season to play a potential love interest for someone on Wisteria Lane. Kurtz will appear from the seventeenth episode which airs in March…” (full details)