News Shorts: July 30th 2012

Posters for Machete Kills, Frankenweenie, Keep the Lights On, Cloud Atlas, Chasing Mavericks, Little White Lies, Dredd 3D, Me and My Shadow and Taken 2.

With shooting to kick off in Sydney shortly on James Mangold’s “The Wolverine”, a press conference last week announcing the start of production yielded photos of both some set designs along with some concept art.

“Danny Boyle’s 2012 Olympics opening ceremony scored the biggest UK TV ratings in 14 years for The BBC, and was the most watched Summer Olympics opening ceremony of all time in the U.S. with 40.7 million viewers…” (full details)

“A Chewbacca headpiece used in the original Star Wars trilogy sold for $172,200 ($140,000 plus $32,200 buyer’s premium) at a Profiles in History auction…” (full details)

“Quincy Jones is set to do the score for “Precious” director Lee Daniels’ “The Butler” with the story based on the life of Eugene Allen…” (full details)

“Simon West’s action sequel ‘The Expendables 2’ has officially been given a R rating for ‘strong violence, language and brief sexuality’…” (full details)

“Jonah Hill says the script for a ’21 Jump Street’ sequel is being penned now with shooting aiming to begin next September…” (full details)

“Producer Frank Marshall says that should a fifth ‘Bourne’ film go ahead it would follow Jeremy Renner and Rachel Weisz’s characters from the upcoming ‘The Bourne Legacy’, though the possibility of Matt Damon’s return hasn’t been ruled out…” (full details)

“Frank Marshall also says that a fifth ‘Indiana Jones’ movie is highly unlikely – “I know that yes, we talk about it, but there’s no idea, there’s no MacGuffin (object for Indy to find)’…” (full details)

“Director John Moore says the upcoming ‘A Good Day To Die Hard’ is dialling down the level of humor, however there’s ‘a couple of great gags’…” (full details)