News Shorts: July 11th 2011

Some beautiful new photos of Michelle Yeoh as Aung San Suu Kyi in Luc Besson’s The Lady, a new photo of Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher in The Iron Lady, and the first photo of Al Pacino as Phil Spector in HBO’s upcoming biopic of the infamous music-industry producer.

There’s also a new poster for The Muppets, new stills for Griff the Invisible and the official artwork for the upcoming Blu-ray and DVD release of Marvel Studios’ “Thor”.

“Its been confirmed that the upcoming Blu-ray release of “Mimic” will be Guillermo del Toro’s new director’s cut which may only be seven minutes longer but features a whole new edit free of Weinstein interference…” (full details)

“Starz’s ‘Torchwood: Miracle Day’ drew a combined 1.5 million viewers Sunday night for two showings of the premiere episode in the United States. The launch is similar numbers to that of its now defunct ‘Camelot’ which also started strong but fizzled out after a few episodes…” (full details)

“Filmmaker Joe Carnahan says he’s “almost locked” filming on “The Grey”, his outdoor thriller focusing on stranded Alaskan pipeline workers who are being hunted by a pack of rogue wolves…” (full details)

“James Franco says much of the writing was to blame for his poor job as Oscar hosts, writing he said he vocally questioned during rehearsals. Judd Apatow also apparently wrote material for the show which wasn’t used…” (full details)

“Aussie actress Teresa Palmer says that she’s commissioned a script, with a starring role for herself and set around corruption in the pharmaceutical industry. She’s meeting with DreamWorks shortly about the project…” (full details)

“Megan Fox has a short cameo in the Sacha Baron Cohen-led “The Dictator”. Fox has a role short enough she is only required to do one day of shooting – today in fact…” (full details)

“CBS Interactive today announced the launch of the official “Star Trek PADD” app, based on the iconic television franchise. The app features an authentic reproduction of the LCARS interface the fictional computer operating system depicted in the Star Trek television series as well as a rich, interactive database of Star Trek television series information, including images and an episode guide…” (full details)

“TIME magazine has put together their list of the best animated films of all time with Pinocchio, Wall-E, The Bugs Bunny/Road Runner Movie, Dumbo, Spirited Away, South Park: Bigger Longer and Uncut, Up, The Triplets of Belleville, Finding Nemo and The Little Mermaid making up the top ten…” (full details)

Fangoria will be hosting a live-streamed Q&A with the “Insidious” writer/director team and masters of horror James Wan and Leigh Whannell on Monday, July 11th at 9pm US-PT.