News Shorts: January 1st 2010

New photos from Kevin MacDonald’s The Eagle of the Ninth and M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender

“”Moon” director Duncan Jones says Sony Pictures Classics has no plans to send out screener copies of the film for awards contention as they would have to be water-marked and would cost too much…” (full details)

“Nimrod Antal’s action thriller “Armored”, which opened early December in theatres, was accidentally made available for free for five hours through Sony’s Playstation online store…” (full details)

“Sandra Bullock has been considered the top money-making star for 2009 by theatre owners and film buyers due to the success of “The Blind Side” and “The Proposal”…” (full details)

“Marvel stockholders have approved the $4.3 billion merger plans which means Marvel will become a wholly-owned subsidiary of Disney. The merger was completed at close of business on Wednesday…” (full details)

“Disney’s chief executive Bob Iger says it’s considering a television series which will allow them to make use of several characters from the Marvel library”…” (full details)

“Despite poor reviews and lacklustre box-office, The Weinstein Company says it has no plans at this time to pull the movie out of any theaters with the film set to play on 1,412 screens this coming weekend, the same number as last weekend…” (full details)

“Due to a workaround deal with Starz giving them access to studio content, Netflix is finding it very difficult to lock down further deals with Hollywood studios…” (full details)

“DirecTV intends to launch the first 3D HDTV channel early next year, and will make this announcement at the 2010 Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas on January 7th…” (full details)

“Mel Gibson’s production company Icon Entertainment has just announced that it will be co-producing George Miller’s upcoming “Mad Max: Fury Road”…” (full details)