News Shorts: July 10th 2013

New photos including Tom Hanks and Emma Thompson in Saving Mr. Banks, Danny Trejo and Michelle Rodriguez in Machete Kills, Rene Russo and Natalie Portman in Thor: The Dark World, Christian Bale and Zoe Saldana in Out of the Furnace, Sandra Bullock in Gravity, Anton Yelchin in Odd Thomas, and Tilda Swinton amongst others in Snowpiercer.

Posters for The Seventh Son, Filth, Lovelace, Out of the Furnace, As I Lay Dying, Breaking the Girls, The Lifeguard, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Open Grave, The Wolverine, Frozen, Wasteland, Runner Runner, The Boxtrolls, Machete Kills, Jobs, a billboard for Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D., and the poster for Starz’s The White Queen.

“Rumors are swirling that some ‘Star Wars: Episode VII’ actors may be making appearances during Disney’s upcoming D23 Expo in August to confirm their participation…” (full details)

“Robert Rodriguez’s ‘Machete Kills’ will get a hometown premiere during Fantastic Fest in Austin, Texas. This year’s Fantastic Fest runs from September 19th to 26th…” (full details)

“Actor Michael Cera says that despite rumors, no ‘Superbad’ sequel was ever in consideration – ‘The idea has never been discussed. I think it’s not really necessary for that story. But I don’t think people make sequels because they’re necessary. I think there are other reasons’…” (full details)

“Over its first three weeks, Sony’s acclaimed ‘The Last of Us’ video game has exceeded 3.4 million units sold (both on disc and online). That makes it the fastest-selling PS3 title of 2013…” (full details)

“Magnolia Pictures genre arm Magnet Releasing has picked up the U.S. rights to Ruairi Robinson’s sci-fi thriller ‘Last Days on Mars’ starring Liev Schreiber, Elias Koteas, Romola Garai, Olivia Williams and Tom Cullen. An Ultra VOD release later this year is planned…” (full details)

“Actor Chiwetel Ejiofor will make his directorial debut on a film adaptation of William Kankwamba’s autobiography ‘The Boy Who Harnessed The Wind’. The story follows a 14-year-old Malawian boy who built his family an electricity-generating windmill from basic library book plans…” (full details)

“After a social media campaign to attract the attention of the film’s producers, it has been announced that the world premiere of ‘Alan Partridge: Alpha Papa’ will take place in Norwich’s Anglia Square on July 24th…” (full details)

“Michael Jackson was at the top of a list of potential candidates to play The Doctor in a “Doctor Who” movie in the 1980’s that would’ve aimed to bring the character to a U.S. mainstream audience…” (full details)

“After screening the already shot pilot episode, TNT has opted NOT to go forward with its proposed Geena Davis-led drama series based on the life of bounty hunter Mackenzie Green…” (full details)

“Ned Benson (‘The Disappearance of Eleanor Rigby’) has been hired to adapt Steve Martin’s book ‘Object of Beauty’ into a script for Maven Pictures . Amy Adams is already attached to play a young art entrepreneur who climbs from assistant to gallery owner…” (full details)

“Robert Nelson Jacobs (‘Chocolat’) has been tapped by The Weinstein Company to write the script for ‘How Starbucks Saved My Life’, based on the best-selling memoir by Michael Gates Gill…” (full details)

“Amazon Prime has expanded a non-exclusive licensing deal with Miramax. The new agreement provides the streaming service with access to hundreds of Miramax titles including ‘Pulp Fiction,’ ‘Good Will Hunting,’ ‘Life Is Beautiful,’ ‘The English Patient,’ ‘Kill Bill,’ ‘Amelie,’ ‘Reservoir Dogs,’ and ‘Trainspotting’…” (full details)

“CBS and Netflix have announced an extension of its multiyear licensing agreement for select CBS library content streamed instantly to Netflix customers. The likes of ‘L.A. Complex,’ ‘The 4400,’ and ‘CSI: NY’ will also be made available to Netflix subscribers…” (full details)

“Rob Lowe will reprise his guest starring role as eccentric, combustible film star Eddie Nero in one episode of the upcoming seventh season of the hit Showtime comedy series ‘Californication’…” (full details)