News Shorts: January 4th 2012

New stills from The Hunger Games, new photos of Robert Pattinson making out with various women in Bel Ami, the first photo of the time machine in Looper, the first photo of Jemaine Clement in Men in Black 3, and the posters for Safe House and Return.

“Paramount has locked an October 19th release date for “Paranormal Activity 4″…” (full details)

“Composer Thomas Newman will score the upcoming 007 film “Skyfall”, his first James Bond film and his fifth Sam Mendes effort. Regular series composer David Arnold’s commitments to the 2012 Olympic Games in London has ruled him out for returning…” (full details)

“MPI Media Group has acquired North American rights to writer-director Guillaume Canet’s “Little White Lies”, starring Marion Cotillard. The tale follows a group of friends on a seaside vacation who confront the lies they tell each other. It will be released theatrically during the first quarter of this year…” (full details)

“Christian Bale’s “Flowers of War” has grossed $83 million in 17 days in China, making the Zhang Yimou-directed historical epic already the No. 6 all time in the country…” (full details)

“”Crash” director and writers Paul Haggis and Bobby Moresco are re-teaming for the political drama “Paris”. “After Iraq” doco filmmaker Dawn Kuisma penned the script…” (full details)

“Marvel Studios will be carrying out reshoots on “The Avengers” in Los Angeles this week with a casting call having gone out to extras…” (full details)

“Hugh Jackman will return to Broadway in 2013-2014 to play the world’s most famous conjurer in the new musical “Houdini”. Aaron Sorkin (“West Wing”) is writing the story, which revolves around a battle between Houdini and trio of women who convinced million of people that they could communicate with the dead. Stephen Schwartz (“Wicked,” “Godspell”) is writing the songs while Jack O’Brien (“Hairspray”) will direct…” (full details)

“AMPAS has announced the ten films still in the running in the Visual Effects category at this year’s Oscars – “Captain America: The First Avenger,” “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2,” “Hugo,” “Mission: Impossible Ghost Protocol,” “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides,” “Real Steel,” “Rise of the Planet of the Apes,” “Transformers: Dark of the Moon,” “The Tree of Life,” “X-Men: First Class”…” (full details)

“”The Artist,” “Bridesmaids,” “The Descendants,” “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo,” “The Help,” “Hugo,” “The Ides of March,” “Midnight in Paris,” “Moneyball,” and “War Horse” are all up for the best feature award at the Producers Guild of America…” (full details)

“Paramount Pictures ended 2011 as the top-grossing movie studio with a record $5.17 billion worldwide – $1.96 billion domestically and $3.21 billion internationally…” (full details)

“‘The Shield’ creator Shawn Ryan’s new drama “Last Resort” is awaiting a formal pilot green light from ABC and in the meantime “Casino Royale” helmer Martin Campbell has been hired to direct the pilot…” (full details)

“ION Television has picked up “Flashpoint” for season five, announcing today that production on the Toronto-based drama would kick off again next month…” (full details)

“Alejandro Brugues’ Cuban zombie-comedy “Juan of the Dead” has been picked up for U.S. distribution by Focus World with a 2012 release planned…” (full details)

“Mark Wahlberg has dismissed the “Planet of the Apes” remake in which he starred – “They didn’t have the script right. They had a release date before he had shot a foot of film. They were pushing him [director Tim Burton] and pushing him in the wrong direction. You have got to let Tim Burton do his thing”…” (full details)

“James Franco has sold his first novel to Amazon. Entitled “Actors Anonymous”, the story is reportedly loosely based on his own life…” (full details)

“Martin Scorsese is contemplating the possibility of shooting yet two more of his films in 3D – the historical drama based on the Shusaka Endo novel “Silence”, and his Frank Sinatra biopic…” (full details)

“Paramount’s Tom Cruise-starrer Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol grossed $46.1 million in Imax theaters since debuting in early release on December 16 through until this past Tuesday…” (full details)