News Shorts: June 4th 2009

New posters for 9, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Whatever Works, I Come With The Rain, Shrink, Homecoming, The Goods.

A script review is out for Robert Rodriguez’s “Machete” spin-off feature film.

“Much like James Bond, Australian fans of “Tintin” will have to wait longer than everyone else as Spielberg’s upcoming film version will be released on December 26th 2011, a week behind the US and well over a month behind Europe.”

“The first trailer for “The Twilight Saga: New Moon” scored 5.8 million views combined from its first 24 hours of launching on MySpace and MTV. The final trailer for “Twilight” received just 3.2 million views in its first 48 hours as a comparison…” (full details)

“Will Ferrell confirms his next project will be Adam McKay’s PG-13 buddy cop comedy “The B-Team” starring him and Mark Wahlberg as two desk cops, the latter finds the lack of action frustrating…” (full details)

“‘Torchwood: Children of Earth’ will have a US premiere on the week of July 20th. It will screen each night on BBC America at 9pm ET/PT from Monday through to Friday. The two ‘Doctor Who’ specials – ‘The Next Doctor’ and ‘Planet of the Dead’ will screen on Saturday June 27th @ 9pm, and Sunday July 26th @ 8pm respectively.”

“Robert Rodriguez says he has reached out to Arnold Schwarzenegger to be part of “Predators”, his upcoming reboot of the Predator franchise. Arnie hasn’t yet responded…” (full details)

“Anna Paquin says she’d certainly be up for reprising her role of the mutant Rogue for spin-off feature “X-Men: First Class”…” (full details)

“Horror legend Clive Barker says that Pascal Laugier (“Martyrs”) will NOT be directing the remake of Barker’s classic “Hellraiser”…” (full details)

“Universal Pictures is holding an online casting call to play the role or Zac Efron’s younger brother in “The Death and Life of Charlie St. Cloud”. 11-14 year-old boys described as “regular, natural, non-actory, and unaffected” who’re available to work from July 2009 through October 2009 can apply at IAmSamStCloud.com which has more details…” (full details)

“”Thirst,” Park Chan-wook’s vampire flick and a recent Cannes jury prize winner, will be released in the US on July 31st via Focus Features. Screenings start in Los Angeles, San Francisco and New York before expanding wider…” (full details)

“Tony Scott confirms that his upcoming remake of “The Warriors” will indeed look at the gang culture in Los Angeles of today rather than the New York City of the original…” (full details)

“Ben Karlin (“The Colbert Report”) and Stu Zicherman (“Elektra,” TV’s “Six Degrees”) will adapt fourth-grader Alex Greven’s self-help book “How to Talk to Girls” into a feature for 20th Century Fox…” (full details)

“Madeline Zima (TV’s “The Nanny,” “Californication”) has joined the cast of NBC’s “Heroes” for its upcoming fourth season. In a multi-episode arc Zima will play Gretchen, an edgy outsider and quirky college roommate to Claire Bennet (Hayden Panettiere)…” (full details)

Jaron Pitts, the man behind that fan made “Green Lantern” movie trailer that got the Net all buzzing last week, talks about the work to Popdose.

“Film Movement has acquired North American distribution rights to Hans-Christian Schmid’s political thriller “Storm.” A late Fall release is planned and will also be available via video on demand…” (full details)

“”Slumdog Millionaire” director Danny Boyle has acquired the film rights to Suketu Mehta’s 2004 book “Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found” which Boyle said was a big influence on him while filming the Best Picture winner…” (full details)

“A&E drama “The Beast” has been cancelled after thirteen episodes. The show starred Patrick Swayze as a rogue FBI cop in Chicago with the last episode having aired on April 23rd…” (full details)