News Shorts: July 22nd 2012

New photos from Looper, Lawless, Wreck-It Ralph, Pacific Rim, Oz: The Great and Powerful, Beautiful Creatures, End of Watch, Frozen Ground, and The Last Days on Mars.

Posters for Lawless, Life of Pi, Wuthering Heights, The Master, Bachelorette, The Dinosaur Project, The Ambassador, Fun Size, Total Recall, The Last Stand, Silent Hill: Revelation 3D, Gangster Squad, Detropia, Lawless, A Common Man, Resident Evil: Retribution, The Oranges, The Impossible, Item 47, General Education, The Possession, and The Expendables 2.

“Producer Ben Smith says that casting begins next week on the new adaptation of Robert Ludlum’s ‘The Osterman Weekend’ from Lionsgate-Summit…” (full details)

“Canadian screenwriter Arne Olsen (“Mighty Morphin Power Rangers: The Movie”) is to adapt Richard Comely’s iconic masked crusader “Captain Canuck” into a live-action feature for Mind’s Eye Entertainment…” (full details)

“A scene from Zack Snyder’s ‘Man of Steel’ has Superman ‘breaking apart a building and uses the building itself as a weapon in some kind of ‘super martial art’ fashion. ‘Girders as throwing stars’ was the specific example I was given.’…” (full details)

“Two Gerard Butler films due later this year have undergone slight title changes. The surfing movie ‘Of Men and Mavericks’ is now called ‘Chasing Mavericks’, while the soccer themed ‘Playing the Field’ is now entitled ‘Playing for Keeps’…” (full details)

“Mira Nair’s The Reluctant Fundamentalist will open the 69th edition of the Venice International Film Festival in the movie’s world premiere…” (full details)

“IFC Films has acquired all U.S. rights to Eran Creevy’s action thriller ‘Welcome to the Punch’. James McAvoy plays a detective pursuing a former criminal (Mark Strong) who returns to London from a hideaway in Iceland after his son is involved in a heist gone wrong…” (full details)

“A leaked casting call indicates that ‘Mother Russia’ could be the villain in the upcoming ‘Kick Ass’ sequel. Production on the film is slated to kick off in September…” (full details)

“Though he was already linked a few weeks back, ‘Sahara’ director Breck Eisner is now confirmed to be helming the film based on Hasbro’s classic toy ‘Stretch Armstrong’…” (full details)

“Jennifer Jason Leigh has been cast as Emily’s (aka Amanda Clarke) presumed dead mother in ABC’s drama/soap ‘Revenge’. The character will be recurring throughout the upcoming second season…” (full details)

“Neil Gaiman is returning to ‘The Sandman’ for a mini-series prequel to be released next year. The story will deal with what had happened to Morpheus to allow him to be so easily captured in the first issue of the original comic’s run…” (full details)