News Shorts: June 7th 2009

Entertainment Weekly has a big gallery update with a bunch of new stills from Bruce Willis sci-fi thriller “Surrogates”, the Allen Ginsberg drama “Howl”, and the Jason Bateman comedy “Extract”.

A script review of the remake of “Highlander”.

Tickets for “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” are now available online. Go to the official site for purchasing.

The panned Jason Statham actioneer “Crank: High Voltage” will not be released theatrically in Australia, likely due to the film’s poor box-office.

“I wouldn’t want to see it, no. The Kuzuis didn’t do a great job on the movie the first time around. It was Joss’ script at the age of 19, but they changed a lot of it. They said, ‘Look, we know best and we know how to make this movie,’ and it became quite schlocky and high camp” says Anthony Stewart Head on why he has no interest in the upcoming “Buffy” film franchise reboot…” (full details)

“The first trailer for M Night Shymalan’s “The Last Airbender”, which will debut in theaters later his month, is set to hit online on June 24th according to producer Frank Marshall…” (full details)

“Peter Jackson will attend this year’s San Diego Comic-Con to promote the Neill Blomkamp-directed “District 9″…” (full details)

“Dolph Lundgren says the budget for Sylvester Stallone’s upcoming action team-up “The Expendables” is costing a pretty penny – $70 million to be exact…” (full details)

“The DVD/Blu-ray of this weekend’s “Land of the Lost” film will have 35 minutes of deleted scenes according to the director…” (full details)

“Speaking of ‘Land of the Lost’, a paleontologist has given his thoughts on the scientific accuracy of the film and how the dinosaur urine gag is WAY off base…” (full details)

“Tobin Bell says that “Saw 8” is being conceived as the final chapter in the “Saw” series, however ‘Final is a relative word. Especially in entertainment’…” (full details)

“Director Brad Bird (“The Incredibles,” “Ratatouille”) insists that “Lost,” “Up” and “Star Trek” composer Micharl Giacchino score his next film, the live-action feature “1906” set in San Francisco and now in pre-production…” (full details)

“Mickey Rourke went to Russia, visit jails and has been training with a Russian language coach three hours a day for his role as Ton Stark’s tattooed nemesis Whiplash in “Iron Man 2”. Rourke also says “I decided to do half my role in Russian”…” (full details)

A remake of 80’s Arnold Schwarzenegger action classic “Commando” is in early development…” (full details)

“Guillermo del Toro confirms that after a long selection process, the list of four potential contenders to play Bilbo Baggins in the upcoming “The Hobbit” film adaptation has been narrowed down to one and announcement is coming sometime in the next few weeks…” (full details)

“Ray Park (“Star Wars: Episode I,” “X-Men”) and Deanne Bray (TV’s “The L Word”) have joined the cast of NBC’s “Heroes” next season. Park and Bray are set to be seen in multiple episodes…” (full details)