News Shorts: January 14th 2011

A new shot of Chris Hemsworth looking ticked off as Thor, the first still of Rebecca Hall in Nick Murphy’s Awakening, and a new Sucker Punch poster.

A photo of the toy counterpart of Starscream in Transformers: Dark of the Moon, and a photo of a toy ‘Hulkbuster’ version of the Iron Man armor which could be seen in The Avengers.

“Timothy Olyphant, Benjamin Walker, James D’Arcy, Adrien Brody, Oliver Jackson-Cohen, and Josh Lucas are all testing next week for the titular role in the $69 million action tentpole “Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter” at 20th Century Fox…” (full details)

“Paul Dano has landed a starring role in Paul Weitz’s “Another Night” co-starring Robert De Niro and based on Nick Flynn’s 2004 memoir “Another Bullshit Night in Suck City”. The story follows a writer who runs into his homeless father while working at a Boston shelter…” (full details)

“CBS Films has moved Vanessa Hudgens-Alex Pettyfer vehicle “Beastly” forward two weeks to March 4th…” (full details)

“Annapurna Pictures is set to fully finance the untitled black ops drama which is the next effort from “The Hurt Locker” duo of director Kathryn Bigelow and writer Mark Boal. The film has been greenlit and shooting will kick off early Summer…” (full details)

“Kiefer Sutherland and John Hurt have joined the online scripted action series “The Confession”. The series consists of ten 5-7 minute episodes and will be seen on Brad Mirman penned and will direct…” (full details)

“More Titans, more freedom with the story, better 3D and more challenging performances are what Sam Worthington says we can expect with the upcoming “Wrath of the Titans”…” (full details)

“The “Zoolander 2″ script is complete, with the studios and essentially waiting on them to make a decision about what to do with this follow-up set a decade later and mostly in Europe says Ben Stiller…” (full details)

“Colin Farrell says he loved the original “Fright Night” so much that when he read the script for the remake he was hoping he wouldn’t like it, however he “loved it”. He adds that “it’s close enough in structure and story” to the original despite a few changes, notably the Peter Vincent character whom David Tennant is playing…” (full details)

“Namco and Merv Griffin Entertainment are teaming to develop an unscripted TV series based on the popular video game “Pac-Man”. Griffin says “The idea we have is to take what Pac-Man is and bring it to life, to bring what is essentially the world’s biggest game of tag to television”…” (full details)

“ABC has renewed several of its shows for the 2011-2012 season including “Castle,” “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice,” “The Middle,” “Modern Family” and “Cougar Town”. The two notable absences from this list – “Brothers and Sisters” and “Desperate Housewives”, the latter is in the midst of actor re-negotiations though…” (full details)

Last year’s best reviewed XBox 360-exclusive game, “Mass Effect 2”, is finally coming to the PS3 next week. Included in this version are the three previously released DLC missions – Overlord, Lair of the Shadow Broker and Kasumi – along with an interactive Dark Horse comic which explains the storyline of the original PC/360 only “Mass Effect” game.