News Shorts: June 22nd 2011

More photos from Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows, The Killer Elite, The Muppets and Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

Photos of Sacha Baron Cohen riding a camel on the NYC set of The Dictator, and posters for Abduction, This Must Be The Place, Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Puss in Boots, Cowboys and Aliens, Rise of the Planet of the Apes, Footloose and four more Immortals posters including Stephen Dorff rocking some abs.

“The George Clooney-directed The Ides of March will open the Venice Film Festival on August 31st. Sony Pictures will distribute the film in Fall…” (full details)

“It seems that it may have been Steven Spielberg, not Michael Bay, who got Megan Fox fired from the “Transformers” franchise. Why? Because she compared Bay to Hitler, a comment which didn’t sit well with the “Schindler’s List” director…” (full details)

“A passage from Simon Pegg’s new book “Nerd Do Well” indicates George Lucas didn’t exactly apologise but did express some very minor regret for the “Star Wars” prequels…” (full details)

“Comedy writer Robert Smigel talks about his 2004 script for a comedic take on “Green Lantern” with Jack Black as the lead…” (full details)

“Warner Bros. Pictures has settled the lawsuit brought by Missouri tattoo artist S. Victor Whitmill over the mark on Ed Helms’ face in “The Hangover Part II”. Terms of the settlment were not disclosed, but Warners will not be required to digitally alter the tattoo for the home video release…” (full details)

“Warner Brothers film division may be skipping out on Comic Con this year, but their television department is filling the shortfall with sixteen Warner-produced series set to have panels including Chuck, Fringe, Supernatural, Vampire Diaries, Nikita, Big Bang Theory, Childrens Hospital, The Secret Circle, Alcatraz, Person of Interest and various animated shows like Thundercats and Green Lantern…” (full details)

“Paramount has purchased a sci-fi action script from “Snakes on a Plane” scribe John Heffernan. The premise is described as “Die Hard” on an alien spaceship…” (full details)

“Angela Bassett says she’d be up for her “Green Lantern” character of Dr. Amanda Waller being to DC/Warner superhero movies what Samuel L. Jackson’s Nick Fury is to Marvel films – a recurring, supporting character…” (full details)

“Filmmaker David Wain says he’s intent on doing a prequel to his 2001 comedy “Wet Hot American Summer” and hopes the cast will be back to play the teenage versions of themselves – “The prequel would be the same summer so they would be 20 years old for the part yeah, but not younger. So it would be 40 year olds playing 16 year olds. And yeah, we’re in the early stages of thinking about that”…” (full details)

“”Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides” has scored a worldwide total of $956.8 million, making it the 10th biggest release of all-time on a worldwide basis – just passing “Harry Potter And The Deathly Hallows: Part One”…” (full details)

“Werner Herzog’s next documentary will be “Gazing into the Abyss” which follows death row inmates…” (full details)

Like to see people in a film studio distribution office goofing off? Then here is something for you. Fox Films Australia have made it into the top entries for “Million Dollar Memo”, a new major competition and are hoping you will view and ‘like’ this video they made before July 1st.

Finally, a few of the team from the recently finished Aussie show “Hungry Beast” have just launched a little web-series called “Coming Sooner”. The idea? They deliver a tongue-in-cheek review of movie trailers instead of reviewing the actual movie. Two episodes will go live each week.