News Shorts: January 16th 2012

A ton of new first look stills today including The Hobbit, The Expendables 2, Prometheus, Abraham Lincoln Vampire Hunter, Men in Black III, I Hate You Dad, Battleship

There’s also new photos from John Carter, This Means War, Hick, Darling Companion, The Monk, The Three Stooges

Finally there’s new shots from Hysteria, Jack and Diane, The Good Doctor, This is Forty, Gangster Squad, The Hunger Games

Posters for Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter & Battleship, new photos of Will Ferrell on the set of Dog Fight, Jim Carrey shooting Burt Wonderstone, and a cool vintage poster for The Woman in Black

“The second season of Downton Abbey will be available on DVD & Blu-ray in the U.S. from February 7th, almost two weeks ahead of the scheduled air date for that season finale in BBC America… . (full details)

“Midnight in Paris, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Moneyball, The Skin I Live In, X-Men: First Class, Young Adult, Attack the Block, Red State, Warrior, The Artist/Our Idiot Brother (tie) and The Three Musketeers are Quentin Tarantino’s best films of 2011. Worst includes Sucker Punch, Miral, Insidious, Rampart, Straw Dogs, Paranormal Activity 3 and Meek’s Cutoff…” (full details)

“Newcomer Daniele Watts has joined Quentin Tarantino’s “Django Unchained” in the small role called ‘Coco’…” (full details)

“American Cinema Editors (ACE) have announced nominations for the 62nd Annual ACE Eddie Awards. Best Edited Feature Film Dramatic – The Descendants, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, Hugo, Moneyball, War Horse. Best Edited Feature Film Comedy/Musical – The Artist, Bridesmaids, Midnight in Paris, My Week with Marilyn, Young Adult. Best Edited Animated Feature – The Adventures of Tintin, Puss in Boots, Rango…” (full details)

“Sycamore Entertainment Group has acquired US rights to the Fred Schepisi film “The Eye of the Storm” with Geoffrey Rush, Charlotte Rampling and Judy Davis…” (full details)

“20th Century Fox and producer Julie Yorn have set Black List alum Melissa Stack to pen an untitled female revenge comedy in the vein of “The First Wives Club” but with younger leads…” (full details)

“Diablo Cody has revealed that the upcoming “Sweet Valley High movie” is going to be a musical with ‘Next to Normal’ writers Brian Yorkey and Tom Kitt penning the songs…” (full details)

“Wrekin Hill Entertainment has acquired U.S. rights to director Ben Palmer’s film version of the hit British TV teen comedy “The Inbetweeners” and plans a spring theatrical release. The movie grossed nearly $70 million at the British box office last year…” (full details)

“‘The Innkeepers’ and ‘House of the Devil’ director Ti West has spent the last six months assembling financing for a sci-fi project (one with spaceships) and he’s got a lead actor, but he is still finalising some things and hopes to begin pre-production after Sundance…” (full details)

“Criterion have announced their DVD & Blu-ray April slate with the Hal Ashby classic “Harold and Maude”, Mario Monicelli’s “The Organizer”, Robert M. Young’s “Alambrista!” and the short film collection “A Hollis Frampton Odyssey” set to debut. Also Yasujiro Ozu’s “Late Spring” gets a Blu-ray jump and 60’s Czech cinema is explored with “Pearls Of The Czech New Wave” (DVD only)…” (full details)