News Shorts: July 16th 2009

Posters for An Education, 9, Taxidermia, 500 Days of Summer, It Might Get Loud, Brothers, Gamer, Spread, A Christmas Carol, District 9, Brothers, Jennifer’s Body.

Early reviews are out and quite good for “GI Joe”. They can be found at CC2K and AICN. The film kicks off its global tour with a premiere in Sydney, Australia this coming Monday.

A review of the script for Aaron Sorkin’s Facebook film can be found at Script Shadow, while one for the proposed film version of the video game “God of War” is at CC2K.

CHUD has done a full breakdown of all the new scenes added into the “Watchmen: Director’s Cut”.

The first nine pages from the upcoming graphic novel adaptation of horror flick “Jennifer’s Body” is out.

“The BBC is planning a contemporary take on the classic Arthur Conan Doyle “Sherlock Holmes” stories. Benedict Cumberbatch and Martin Freeman play Holmes and Watson, while Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss are producing…” (full details)

“”Dune” mini-series writer/director John Harrison is penning a four-hour mini-series based on Stephen King’s 2006 novel “Cell”. Eli Roth had been previously attached to direct a feature film version at The Weinstein Company…” (full details)

“Diretor Alex Turner (“Dead Birds”) has purchased the film rights to Sean Doolittle’s 2006 award-winning novel “The Cleanup”. The story follows a cop whose life has fallen apart, and one night finds things get far worse when he helps a supermarket girl and ends up driving a stolen car with a corpse in the trunk…” (full details)

“Further details on the six weeks of reshoots on ‘The Wolfman’ we first reported about a few months back have come out. Most of the scenes involve making the werewolf more realistic and able to move around on four paws rather than just two legs…” (full details)

“Allen H. Arrow, attorney for the estate of Frank Loessner, insists the tabloid rumors of a Guy Ritchie-helmed, Jason Statham and Justin Timberlake-led film based on the classic musical “Guys and Dolls” is pure fiction. They are open however to a version with Hugh Jackman that the Aussie actor has previously mentioned interest in…” (full details)

“Kate Beckinsale has accepted £20,000 libel damages over a newspaper claim that she was going to miss out on her dream role as Barbarella…” (full details)

“Hossein Amini (“Jude,” “The Four Feathers”) was commissioned last year to pen an untitled script to ‘reboot’ the Jack Ryan franchise. The draft is about to be delivered which is why the Clooney talk began the other day…” (full details)

“Mandate Pictures has bought a comedy pitch by D.V. DeVincentis (“High Fidelity,” “Grosse Point Blank”). The untitled comedy will follow a nice guy thrust into a series of unusual circumstances after a blind date goes awry. The project is based on Bob Powers’ book “You Are a Miserable Excuse for a Hero”…” (full details)

“Director David Yates says though they looked into it, they will probably NOT be using “Benjamin Button” style aging technology for the final scene of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows”. He does however confirm that it will be the original kids themselves though playing their adult selves…” (full details)

“An official casting call has confirmed that Stephen Chow is out of the running as Kato in the ‘Green Hornet’ film adaptation with Seth Rogen…” (full details)

“Jennifer Garner’s Vandalia Films has scored a first-look production deal with ABC Studios. Garner and Janes said they’re looking toward developing female-driven material for television such as “Grey’s Anatomy…” (full details)

“Unlike other companies which have been releasing their 3D films on DVD & Blu-ray with the old school red/blue anaglyph technology, Dreamworks Animation has officially said they refuse to follow the trend. “Monsters vs. Aliens” will thus only be available in 2D for home release…” (full details)

“An open casting call in Los Angeles takes place this Saturday for martial arts experts to audition for the upcoming “Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles” movie, penned by John Fusco, which is aiming for release in 2011.The best from the auditions will be selected to be a part of the Turtles’ stealthy nemesis, the Foot Clan. Details can be found at…” (this link.)

“Rose Byrne says in the upcoming Russell Brand comedy “Get Him to the Greek”, she plays a “British pop star, kind of like a Lily Allen, Victoria Beckham-esque pop star. And she’s Russell Brand’s girlfriend. it’s a very small role. I literally have four or five scenes in the film”…” (full details)

“Clare Bennett (Hayden Panettiere) is set to share a lesbian kiss on the next season of “Heroes”…” (full details)

“Paul Wernick and Rhett Reese (“Zombieland”) confirm they’ve written a cameo role for Stan Lee into the script for the “Spider-Man” spin-off movie “Venom”…” (full details)

“‘Y: The Last Man’ creator Brian K. Vaughan will not be returning for the sixth and final season of “Lost”. The acclaimed scribe became involved in the series mid-way through the third season…” (full details)

“Screen Media Films will be distributing “The Private Lives of Pippa Lee” starring Robin Wright Penn. A limited theatrical release in October is planned…” (full details)