News Shorts: July 12th 2013

A first look photo of Judi Dench and Steve Coogan in Philomena, Anthony Hopkins and Jeffrey Dean Morgan in the supernatural serial killer thriller Solace, and some beautiful concept art from Thor: The Dark World and Elysium.

There’s also two new one-sheets for Mandela: Long Walk to Freedom, character posters for Seventh Son, and a new one-sheet for 300: Rise of an Empire.

“A breakdown of the ‘Man of Steel’ novelisation reveals one key scene that didn’t make the cut – a young Clark going to the doctor’s for a hearing test and in the process blasting out the medical center’s windows when he screams too loud…” (full details)

“Universal Pictures is pushing back the release date of Ron Howard’s racing rivalry drama ‘Rush’ by one week to September 27th…” (full details)

“Despite reports, Liev Schreiber says he will NOT be playing wrestler Chris Benoit in the biopic ‘Crossface’ about the man’s life…” (full details)

“Sidney Kimmel Entertainment is set to finance and produce a film based on Gregg Hurwitz’s spec drama-comedy ‘Legacy’. Thea Sharrock will helm the story of a single mother whose 12-year-old son persuades her to commit the perfect crime…” (full details)

“The SpongeBob SquarePants film sequel will shoot in the Savannah area this September through November…” (full details)

“Sony Pictures Classics announced today that they have acquired the North American rights to Frank Pavich’s documentary Jodorowsky’s Dune…” (full details)

“20th Century Fox has acquired Matthew Mather’s sci-fi novel ‘CyberStorm’. The story is described as a frighteningly realistic depiction of what would happen in the event of a global digital meltdown from an organized attack…” (full details)

“Alcon Entertainment and China’s DMG Entertainment are teaming on a deal to co-finance, produce and distribute several pictures together. The deal stars with Wally Pfister’s ‘Transcendence’ starring Johnny Depp, and the reboot of ‘Point Break’…” (full details)

“ARC Entertainment has picked up D.J. Caruso’s adaptation of Brock Cole’s young adult novel ‘The Goats’. The story follows a boy and girl who run away from bullies at summer camp and embark on a journey of self-discovery. A limited theatrical and VOD release is planned for August 16th and 20th respectively…” (full details)

“Gravitas Ventures is set to release Chris Nelson’s lowbrow road-trip comedy ‘Ass Backwards’ on VOD on September 30th ahead of a limited theatrical run on November 8th. Casey Wilson and June Diane Raphael play two self-proclaimed stylish New Yorkers with a fragile grip on reality who take a road trip back to their hometown…” (full details)

Finally, the first set photo of Johnny Depp and Rebecca Hall filming “The Dark Knight” trilogy cinematographer Wally Pfister’s directorial debut “Transcendence”.