News Shorts: June 21st 2010

First photos of Johnny Depp in The Rum Diary, John Cusack in The Factory, and Kellan Lutz in a loincloth on the set of Immortals.

Posters for The Social Network, Legend of the Guardians, The American, Flipped, Conviction, Animal Kingdom and Tomorrow When the War Began,

Sketches from the 3D animated musical Dorothy of Oz, a piece of concept art currently on display on the Warner Bros. lot in Los Angeles from Green Lantern, and the first artwork from Dreamworks Animation’s spin-off Puss In Boots.

Jerry Bruckheimer has confirmed that filming on “Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” has begun filming in Hawaii and the first photos from the set are up on his Twitter account

Scoring a lot of attention this weekend is Aaron Schoenke’s $27,000 30-minute short film “Batman: City of Scars” which can be watched here.

“24-year-old actress Amanda Bynes has announced that she is retiring from acting through her Twitter account, saying “If I don’t love something anymore I stop doing it. I don’t love acting anymore so I’ve stopped doing it”…” (full details)

“Magnolia Pictures is in talks for the distribution rights to the mockumentary that Casey Affleck directed on the peculiar hip hop career of his brother in law, Joaquin Phoenix…” (full details)

“Kristen Stewart, who was previously rumoured to be a part of the “Wanted” sequel, says she’d actually be keen on doing the job “as long as it was good”…” (full details)

“The Vatican’s official newspaper “L’Osservatore Romano” has named 1980 comedy “The Blues Brothers” as a “Catholic classic” and said it should be recommended viewing for Catholics everywhere…” (full details)

“Universal Pictures has acquired writer/actor Ben Schwartz’s script pitch “Would You Rather”. The storyline is being kept under wraps, but Brian Grazer will produce…” (full details)

“Tom Sierchio (“Untamed Heart”) has sold the supernatural romantic comedy “Taravella” to Winchester Capital Management. The story follows an eccentric young woman with amnesia who falls out of the sky one day into the life of a young man…” (full details)

“Hustler has just wrapped principal photography on their highest-budgeted film, “This Ain’t Avatar XXX 3D”, a porn parody of James Cameron’s sci-fi epic. A September release date is planned…” (full details)

“Paramount Pictures has agreed to provide its movies to Redbox on the same day they go on sale…” (full details)

“Anthony Anderson and Marielle Jaffe have been added to the cast of Wes Craven’s “Scream 4″. Their roles have not been disclosed, while production kicks off later this month in Michigan…” (full details)