News Shorts: January 27th 2009

– Posters for G.I. Joe, The Broken, Obsessed, Push, Duplicity.

– Check out these photos of the “Star Trek” toys which will be released in association with JJ Abrams’ reboot. The set includes proper looks at the bridge and a transporter room.

“The first poster for “Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time”, with Jake Gyllenhaal in full-costume as Prince Dastan, will premiere in a scene halfway during the film “Confessions of a Shopaholic” opening next month. The poster appears as a Times Square advertisement alongside the upcoming “G-Force”…” (full details)

“Michael Sheen is tipped for the role of the White Rabbit and Stephen Fry as the Cheshire Cat in Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland”…” (full details)

“Filmmaker Cary Fukunaga (“Sin Nombre”) has scored writing-directing pact at Focus and a writing deal at Universal thanks to winning the directing prize in the U.S. dramatic category at this year’s Sundance Film Festival…” (full details)

“Reliant Pictures has picked up Todd Berger’s script “Isaac Gray, W.D.”. The story follows a witch doctor who uses his otherworldly abilities to stop evil curses from effecting his patients lives. Production is scheduled to begin next year…” (full details)

“Terry Gilliam’s “Zero Theorem” is scheduled to begin shooting on May 1st. Billy Bob Thornton plays a tormented, reclusive genius trying to find final answers to the many enigmas of existence…” (full details)

“Paramount Pictures has offered to cover the print fees for those theaters that can pay for the costly conversion to digital 3-D before the release of DreamWorks Animation’s “Monsters Vs. Aliens” on March 27th…” (full details)

“Capcom representative Toshihiro Tokumaru says that the Avi Arad-produced upcoming film adaptation of their video game “Lost Planet” would cost between $150-200 million…” (full details)

“As expected, the producers of “The Dark Knight” are aiming for the third Chris Nolan-directed Batman epic to hit theaters around Summer 2011…” (full details)

“The retirement home that was a huge part of ‘The Curious Case of Benjamin Button’ is now up for sale for a cool $2.85 million…” (full details)

“Do you have a kid you’re willing to sacrifice to M. Night Shyamalan? An open casting call is out for extras in his upcoming live-action adaptation of the toon series “The Last Airbender”…” (full details)

“The Australian public will finally, for the first time, be able to watch this year’s Oscars ceremony live as it is broadcast. The ceremony begins airing on Channel Nine at noon. Nine will also screen the event in primetime later that night, possibly in a shortened, packaged version…” (full details)