News Shorts: January 11th 2011

FOX’s new big-budget family adventure-drama series “Terra Nova” will premiere with a special two-night event Monday, May 23rd at 9pm US-EST and Tuesday, May 24th at 9pm US-EST. The series will then screen in full starting in the Fall, and a heap of new photos are up at The Live Feed.

A pretty nice French poster for Thor, and set photos of Tom Cruise on location in Vancouver shooting Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

One of my fellow old school online scribes, the indomitable Drew McWeeny, has penned a short story entitled “The Interview” which is up at Popcorn Fiction.

“The Weinstein Company has acquired domestic distribution rights to Andrew Dominik’s “Cogan’s Trade” and has already made a $20 million promotional and publicity commitment…” (full details)

“Short of ill health preventing him, actor Christopher Lee is now set to return as Saruman in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit”…” (full details)

“Queen guitarist Brian May says that scribe Peter Morgan has delivered a first draft of the script for the Freddie Mercury biopic and previously linked Sacha Baron Cohen is still very keen to play the Queen frontman. Shooting would kick off late this year for release late 2012…” (full details)

“Branding PR consultant Gregory Littley says the first trailer for “Captain America” has been delayed as they want to ensure the footage is very strong when it finally hits…” (full details)

“James Cameron says that Universal’s $200 million upcoming film adaptation of the board game “Battleship” is a sign of “pure desperation…this degrades the cinema”…” (full details)

“Brendan Fraser has joined the cast of Neil LaBute’s “Seconds of Pleasure” which begins shooting in March in the UK. Kristin Scott Thomas also stars…” (full details)

“Director Frank Coraci (“Zookeeper”) will re-team with comedian Kevin James on the upcoming untitled mixed martial arts comedy penned by Allan Loeb…” (full details)

“The Anne Hathaway and Jim Sturgess rom-com “One Day” has been moved up from a Fall release to a July 8th bow…” (full details)

“Sony Pictures Classics, who’ve distributed the last three Woody Allen films in a row, have confirmed they’ll do the same with his next effort “Midnight In Paris”. No specific release date is yet locked down…” (full details)

“Zhang Yimou’s “Nanjing Heroes”, starring Christian Bale, has been renamed “13 Flowers of Nanjing” and has begun production…” (full details)

“Michel Gondry takes over the director’s chair at “Jimmy Kimmel” tomorrow in an episode featuring an interview with the film’s star Seth Rogen…” (full details)

“FOX has renewed freshman comedy “Raising Hope” for a second season…” (full details)

“Mathieu Weschler has spent two years culling and assembling footage from “Grand Theft Auto IV” into “The Trashmaster”, a full-length feature about a garbage man who wants to clean up the city of scum, Travis Bickle in “Taxi Driver” style. You can now watch it online…” (full details)