News Shorts: January 4th 2011

The first photo of the new cast in the Red Dawn remake, two stills from Water for Elephants, and set photos from the Vancouver shoot for Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

“Ewan McGregor is rumoured to be playing Greenpeace activist and ‘eco-pirate’ Captain Paul Watson in the biopic “Ocean Warrior”. Keith Ross Leckie and Julie Allan are writing the script…” (full details)

“Jodie Foster will join Matt Damon and Sharlto Copley in “District 9” director Neill Blomkamp’s next sci-fi feature “Elysium” at Media Rights Capital. Story details are still being kept under wraps…” (full details)

“Warner Bros. Pictures has won the 2010 domestic box-office race with $1.89 billion in revenue. Paramount came in second with $1.67 billion, Fox third with $1.45 billion, Disney fourth with $1.4 billion, Sony fifth with $1.26 billion and Universal sixth with $842.2 million…” (full details)

“Brit rapper Mike Skinner (aka. The Streets) says he’s working with collaborator Ted Mayhem on a “punchy thriller” set in a hospital. Skinner’s sole appearance thus far is a cameo in an episode of “Doctor Who” last year…” (full details)

“Actor/comedian J.B. Smoove has joined the cast of Cameron Crowe’s “We Bought A Zoo”, based on the memoir by Benjamin Mee…” (full details)

“Actress Anne Francis (“Forbidden Planet,” “Honey West”) has passed away at 80 years of age. Francis died on Sunday due to complications from pancreatic cancer in her Santa Barbara nursing home…” (full details)

“IMAX Corporation today announced that global gross box office for the format reached $546 million, more than doubling the previous global box office record of $270 million achieved in 2009…” (full details)

“Shutter Island, The Bounty Hunter, Grown Ups, The Karate Kid and The Blind Side were the five most rented films of 2010 via the Redbox DVD rental service. “Paul Blart: Mall Cop” was the #1 rented film of 2009 on the service…” (full details)