News Shorts: July 28th 2011

Posters for The Muppets, The Ides of March, Red State, Battleship, Happy Feet Two.

The cover of the new issue of EW features a first look at Josh Hutcherson and Liam Hemsworth as Peeta and Gale respectively in “The Hunger Games” film adaptation.

There’s also four promo posters for Francis Ford Coppola’s Twixt, the Comic Con poster for The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn Part 1 and concept art images from Robert Rodriguez’s Fire and Ice.

“Lee Pace has joined the cast of Steven Spielberg’s “Lincoln” playing opportunistic New York City mayor Fernando Wood who was a prominent early supporter of the Confederate cause. The mayor traded frequent correspondence with President Lincoln (Daniel Day-Lewis)…” (full details)

“It’s official, Glen Mazzara has taken over as showrunner for the second season of AMC’s “The Walking Dead” after Frank Darabont stepped down from the role yesterday…” (full details)

“Sony Pictures Classics has acquired all domestic rights to Lawrence Kasdan’s “Darling Companion” at Werc Werk Works and is planning a 2012 release. Kevin Kline, Diane Keaton, Dianne Wiest and Richard Jenkins star…” (full details)

“Todd Strauss-Schulson (“A Very Harold & Kumar Christmas”) is attached to both produce and direct a Brazil-set untitled action-adventure comedy currently setup at New Line. Strauss-Schulson generated the idea and developed it with Chris Galletta who will write the script…” (full details)

“Ed Gass-Donnelly (“Small Town Murder Songs”) has been set to re-write the action thriller “Inside Passage” at Gold Circle Films. The story centers around a husband waking to find his wife has vanished from their rented boat in the middle of Alaska’s inside passage in what appears to be a violent struggle… (full details)

“Joshua Michael Stern (“Swing Vote”) is set to direct the $20 million R-rated sports comedy “Carnaval” for Stone Village. The story follows a sports scout sent by his boss to Rio during Carnaval to recruit a soccer phenom no one has been able to reach…” (full details)

“A new “Tales From the Crypt” series is in the works with Gil Adler, producer of the original 1989 HBO series, and “Eureka” co-creator Andrew Cosby…” (full details)