News Shorts: January 9th 2012

New stills from Lovelace, The Impossible, The Raid, This Means War, concept art of the Quinjet in The Avengers, and the apparent first poster from The Bourne Legacy.

“Kiefer Sutherland says that he begins work shooting the “24” movie in April with events a direct continuation set within six months from the end of the last episode…” (full details)

“J.J. Abrams confirms that he begins a four month shoot for the ‘Star Trek’ sequel starting this Thursday and they’re shooting on film in anamorphic so it will “match the look of the first one”. Also “24” str Nazneen Contractor has been cast to play the wife of Noel Clarke’s ‘family man’ character…” (full details)

“Joe Carnahan says he’s talked to Ray Liotta about a possible sequel to his 2002 thriller “Narc”…” (full details)

“Sam Worthington says he’s seen a cut of “Wrath of the Titans” and is very pleased with the result, claiming it fixes up all the issues he had with the first film…” (full details)

“Fox 2000 has picked up “The Incredible True Story of Jessica & Drew Who Accidentally Boned on the Way to the Wedding”, a comedy spec by Erin Simon and Kimberly Karp. The story centers on two people who, while on the way to a destination wedding and with other partners on their minds, hook up and fall in love…” (full details)

“The National Society of Film Critics named Lars von Trier’s “Melancholia” as the winner of Best PIcture with 29 votes, just one ahead of “The Tree of Life” with 28 and “A Separation” with 20. Brad Pitt, Kirsten Dunst, Albert Brooks, Jessica Chastain and Terrence Malick were also winners …” (full details)

“Edward Brown, 34, was arrested by Chicago police last week after stripping off his clothes and parading his naked body at a recent screening of “Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked”…” (full details)

“Rhona Mitra (“Doomsday,” “Boston Legal”) is finalizing a deal to land the new female lead on Cinemax’s “Strike Back” in the action drama’s upcoming 10-episode second (or rather third) season. Mitra plays Capt. Rachel Dalton of the British military who is offered the position of head of Section 20 after a long stint working in North Africa…” (full details)

“The Writers Guild have announced their annual award nominations. Original Screenplay: 50/50, Bridesmaids, Midnight in Paris, Win Win, Young Adult. Adapted Screenplay: The Descendants, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, The Help, Hugo and Moneyball. The list isn’t being taken that seriously as due to the regulations the likes of The Artist, Shame, Beginners, Drive, Martha Marcy May Marlene, My Week With Marilyn, The Iron Lady, Like Crazy, Margin Call, Take Shelter and Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy were ruled out of the running…” (full details)

“Leonardo DiCaprio will NOT be involved in promotions of the upcoming 3D re-release of “Titanic”. A source says “He’s proud of Titanic but it was 15 years ago. He doesn’t relish having to go back and promote that movie all over again, especially as it probably won’t need it.”…” (full details)