News Shorts: July 22nd 2009

Posters for Shutter Island, The Box, the Comic-Con exclusive Kick Ass, Zombieland, the surprisingly hunky Storm Shadow unmasked for GI Joe, Spread, Veronika Decides to Die, I Can Do Bad All By Myself, Bright Star, Saw VI

The teaser trailer for Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland leaked online a day early but has been removed. A good quality version will hit tomorrow at 4pm PDT.

“”Jennifer’s Body,” “Daybreakers,” “George A. Romero’s Survival of the Dead” and “Solomon Kane” will have their world premieres during the Toronto Film Festival’s ‘Midnight Madness genre program starting September 10th…” (full details)

“The Michael Jackson project announced yesterday, which will use concert rehearsal footage from the late singer’s now defunct ‘This Is It’ concert tour, has scheduled an October 30th release date with Sony Pictures finalizing details for distribution…” (full details)

“Fox Searchlight has picked up worldwide rights to the Jeff Bridges film “Crazy Heart” about an alcoholic country music singer who is able to get his life and career back on track through his relationship and experiences with a female reporter (Maggie Gyllenhaal). A Spring release is planned…” (full details)

“The re-building of Hobbiton has begun in New Zealand for the upcoming film version of “The Hobbit” with “an extension to the path that passes in front of Bag End has been marked out” and various plantings…” (full details)

“Warner Bros. Interactive Entertainment has announced a video game tie-in to the upcoming “Where the Wild Things Are” film. The game will be released on the Wii, PS3, XBox 360 and Nintendo DS in October…” (full details)

“”Fifty Dead Men Walking” has been picked up by Phase 4 Films for US theatrical release. The film stars Jim Sturgess and Ben Kingsley star in the story about a spy undercover in the IRA who is exposed, captured and tortured. After escaping, he still lives in hiding today. An August 21st limited release has been set…” (full details)

Rand Ravich (“The Astronaut’s Wife,” TV’s “Life”) is set to pen the script for a new film based on the classic TV series “The Twilight Zone” for Warner Bros. Pictures and Leonardo DiCaprio’s Appian Way…” (full details)

“”Resident Evil: Afterlife” is planning an 8-week shooting schedule at Cinespace Film Studios in Toronto, that is set to begin on September 28th. Paul W.S. Anderson is writing the script, and Milla Jovovich is set to reprise her signature role as Alice. No director has been attached…” (full details)

“Morgan Spurlock and Dark Horse Productions are teaming up to turn his film Super Size Me into a graphic novel to be published this Spring…” (full details)

“The first teaser poster and trailer for ‘Saw VI’ will premiere with the panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con tomorrow. Also the film’s writers, Marcus Dunstan and Patrick Melton, have been hired again to pen the seventh film…” (full details)