News Shorts: January 18th 2011

The L.A. Times has posted a big gallery of new photos from upcoming films including Abduction, Hangover 2, Source Code and Water for Elephants.

Photos from the set of The Muppets which Kathy Griffin has tweeted.

Another new Smallville poster teasing the series’ end, a second Hobo with a Shotgun poster, and a fourth Dylan Dog: Dead of Night poster.

“Robert Downey Jr. says he has three more weeks of shooting to go on the “Sherlock Holmes” sequel in London…” (full details)

“Despite New Mexico’s 25% rebate program being cut back to 15%, “The Avengers” still plans to shoot there starting in April and Marvel announced the crew call this past weekend…” (full details)

“Following Fox Searchlight’s lead, Focus Features and Paramount Pictures will be issuing award screeners to SAG voters online via iTunes…” (full details)

“The previously rumoured moniker of “Underworld: New Dawn” for the upcoming fourth film has now been confirmed by casting notices that have just been sent out. Shooting kicks off in March in Vancouver…” (full details)

“”127 Hours” scribe Simon Beaufoy has talked about an alternate ending with “127 Hours” that was shot but soon discarded – “There’s a long scene with his mother in the hospital, there’s a long scene with the ex-girlfriend where she told him a few hard truths, there was a scene at his sister’s wedding, which he referenced in the movie. So we had this very unusual movie, and we resolved it in this very Hollywood way”…” (full details)

“The British Academy Of Film and Television Award nominations have been announced with “The King’s Speech” scoring 14 nominations followed by “Black Swan” with twelve, “Inception” with nine, “127 Hours” and “True Grit” after that. “The Social Network” scored just six noms…” (full details)

“The upcoming Blu-ray sets for “Star Wars” will NOT include ‘digital copy’ versions of the films for your PC/Mac…” (full details)

“Mark Duplass has joined the cast of Alex Kurtzman’s directorial debut “Welcome To People”…” (full details)