News Shorts: January 1st 2012

New photos from Spike Lee’s Red Hook Summer, production sketches from a stunt sequence in The Hunger Games, and concept art for Cloud Atlas,

Posters for Casa De Mi Padre, Mirror Mirror, The Paperboy, The Baytown Disco and the 2012 Academy Awards.

“New Blu-ray release dates – “The Big Year,” “Dream House” and “In Time” on January 31st, “A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas” on February 7th, “The Rum Diary” on February 14th, “Martha Marcy May Marlene” on February 21st, “Puss in Boots” on February 24th, “Johnny English Reborn” on February 28th, “The Skin I Live In” on March 6th, “A Dangerous Method” and “Melancholia” on March 13th, “Happy Feet Two” on March 17th, “The Muppets” on March 20th, “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked” on March 27th …” (full details)

“Rooney Mara has hinted that Terrence Malick’s “Lawless”, co-starring Ryan Gosling and Christian Bale, will not start filming until September…” (full details)

“Speaking of Terrence Malick, Michael Sheen has revealed he has a cameo in the filmmaker’s already shot Ben Affleck/Rachel McAdams drama. Sheen will play Affleck’s boss…” (full details)

“After nearly a decade at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood, last week the Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences exercised a clause in its contract and notified the CIM Group, which owns the venue, that it may move the Oscars elsewhere after the 2013 show…” (full details)

“George R. R. Martin has just released a previously unpublished sample chapter from “The Winds of Winter,” the upcoming sixth instalment in his “A Song of Ice and Fire” series (the basis of HBO’s “Game of Thrones”). A release date has not been set for that book or its successor, “A Dream of Spring,” which will cap off the series…” (full details)

“It looks like Bruce Greenwood’s Captain Christopher Pike will make an appearance in the upcoming “Star Trek” sequel, however Greenwood hasn’t yet agreed to reprise the role…” (full details)

Roger Ebert has penned a logical essay on why film box-office revenue is down this past year – the chief culprits being a lack of must-see movies, high ticket prices, movie theatre experience (ie. cellphones), and a lack of choice – especially for small film lovers outside major cities.

“Producer Andrew Kosove says a writer for the “Blade Runner” follow-up will be announced in the next two months, while an offer is presently out to a famous director (whom he won’t disclose) for the “Point Break” remake …” (full details)

“The Cure, Linkin Park, The Naked And Famous, Evanescence, Lacuna Coil, Ministry, Aiden’s William Control and Wes Borland’s Black Light Burns are all featured on the soundtrack for “Underworld: Awakening” in stores January 17th…” (full details)

“25 more film were added to the Library of Congress’s National Film Registry last week. Amongst them were “Forrest Gump,” “Bambi,” “The Silence of the Lambs,” “The Lost Weekend,” “Porgy and Bess,” “Norma Rae,” “The Big Heat”…” (full details)

“Abel Ferrara (“Bad Lieutenant”) is working on a film about political sex scandals partly inspired by the one that engulfed Dominique Strauss-Kahn, the former International Monetary Fund chief and one-time French presidential hopeful…” (full details)