News Shorts: January 7th 2010

Photos from MacGruber, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, Your Highness, Alice in Wonderland, Cop Out.

“The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Conference and Festival has announced it will host the world premiere of Lionsgate and Marv Films’ “Kick-Ass” for its 2010 Opening Night on March 12th in Austin, Texas.”

“Jon Favreau’s 3D comic adaptation “Cowboys & Aliens” at DreamWorks is apparently slated to start shooting in July…” (full details)

“Shooting is scheduled to kick off tomorrow on Marvel Studios’ “Thor” at Raleigh Studios in Manhattan Beach…” (full details)

“The two Guillermo del Toro-directed Hobbit films will begin filming this June for a 14-month shoot in New Zealand…” (full details)

“In less than a month, ‘The Hangover’ has become the #1 comedy of all time on the DVD charts. Combined consumer and rental sales have topped 8.6 million units, 1.5 million of which were Blu-ray purchases…” (full details)

“Producers on ‘The Wolf Man’ have denied reports of two competing cuts of the film, one by the studio itself. Progress wise the producer says they’re “mixing and scoring and putting in our final effects right now”…” (full details)

“Films expected on Blu-ray in 2010 include: Alien anthology, Back to the Future trilogy, Collateral, Dr. Zhivago, Excalibur, Indiana Jones trilogy, Mars Attacks, The Maltese Falcon, National Lampoon’s Vacation, Saving Private Ryan, Shrek, Shrek 2, Stardust, War of the Worlds (2005), Where Eagles Dare…” (full details)

“A screenwriter has been hired by Paramount Pictures to begin work on the script for the sequel to “G.I. Joe: Rise of the Cobra”…” (full details)

“Rock band Muse is tipped to be doing the film score for the upcoming “Clash of the Titans” remake…” (full details)

“Warner Bros. Home Entertainment Group and Netflix, Inc. have announced new agreements in which new release titles on DVD and Blu-ray will be made available to Netflix members after a 28-day window. The renewed and expanded license for Warner Bros. streaming content will allow Netflix to offer its members more movies they can watch instantly…” (full details)

“Terrence Malick’s “The Tree of Life” could be heading for a Cannes Film Festival premiere and a Fall release…” (full details)

“Obama’s State of the Union address is picking between January 26th and February 2nd to air, the problem with the latter is that it could interfere with the season six premiere of “Lost”…” (full details)

“Alan Cohen and Alan Freedland (“Due Date”) have sold an untitled pitch to Universal Pictures and producer Brian Grazer. The story involves a man who was unpopular as a kid. When he returns home, he is mistaken for a popular classmate and experiences the glory he missed in his formative years…” (full details)

“Luke Goss (“Blade 2,” “Hellboy II”) will star in Roel Reine’s “Death Race: Frankenstein Lives”, a direct-to-DVD prequel to Paul W.S. Anderson’s 2008 remake of “Death Race”. Goss will play Luke, the man that donned the ‘Frankenstein’ mask prior to Jason Statham’s character in the first film…” (full details)

“Three-time Grammy Award winner Pharrell Williams will write original music for Universal Pictures’ upcoming 3-D CGI feature “Despicable Me”. This marks the first time The Neptunes and N.E.R.D. artist will compose music for a film. Oscar winner Hans Zimmer and Heitor Pereira are also composing the score…” (full details)

“Sandra Bullock has made box office history as the first female to headline a film crossing $200 million in U.S. box office receipts with “The Blind Side”. The closest a film has previously got to the record was Julia Roberts with “Pretty Woman”…” (full details)

“Flixster.com, the world’s largest online movie community, today announced that it has acquired Rotten Tomatoes from News Corporation’s IGN.com. The combination of Flixster and Rotten Tomatoes reaches a huge global movie audience of an estimated 30 million monthly visitors worldwide across multiple platforms: on the Internet, through web-based social networks, and via mobile apps for the iPhone, Blackberry and Android devices…” (full details)