News Shorts: June 7th 2013

Photos of Michael Fassbender and Nicholas Hoult in his new Beast make-up fooling around on the set of X-Men: Days of Future Past, and Chris Evans and Sebastian Stan duking it out on the set of Captain America: The Winter Soldier.

There’s also the first photo of Theo James as Four in Divergent, an ominous image from the set of the reboot of Godzilla, and James Gunn with an actual racoon on the set of Guardians of the Galaxy.

Posters for Escape Plan, The Family, The Butler, The Killing Season, The Heat, The Frozen Ground, Carrie, banners for R.I.P.D., and a Kristin Scott Thomas-centric poster for Only God Forgives.

“The first trailer for ‘The Hobbit: The Desolation of Smaug,’ the second installment in the prequel trilogy, will premiere online on Wednesday June 12th at 1pm US-EST…” (full details)

“Sony Pictures has revealed that the ’21 Jump Street’ sequel has scored the new title of ’22 Jump Street’…” (full details)

“Benicio del Toro’s role in the upcoming Marvel feature ‘Guardians of the Galaxy’ is rumoured to be that of Taneleer Tivan, aka. The Collector…” (full details)

“Drafthouse Films and Films We Like have jointly acquired North American rights to Ari Folman’s ‘The Congress’ three weeks after it opened Directors’ Fortnight at the Cannes Film Festival…” (full details)

“Well Go USA has acquired U.S. rights to the Australian thriller ‘Mystery Road’ starring Aaron Pedersen and Ryan Kwanten. The story follows a detective who returns to his Australian Outback town to solve the murder of an Aboriginal teenage girl. Well Go plans an early 2014 release…” (full details)

“‘Captain America: The First Avenger’ director Joe Johnston’s new thriller ‘Not Safe for Work’ starring Max Minghella and Eloise Mumford is forgoing a theatrical release in favor of a direct-to-VOD launch…” (full details)

“Universal has scheduled its Peter Berg-directed Afghanistan war drama ‘Lone Survivor’ for a platform release in New York and Los Angeles ahead of a wide bow on January 10th. The shift allows the film to qualify for awards qualification next year…” (full details)

“Paul W.S. Anderson’s historical thriller ‘Pompeii’ and Michael Bay’s found-footage time-travel film ‘Almanac’ and have swapped release dates. They will now open February 21st 2014 and February 28th 2014 respectively…” (full details)

“Sundance Selects has acquired U.S. rights to Roman Polanski’s ‘Venus In Fur’. Emmanuelle Seigner and Mathieu Amalric star in this adaptation of David Ives’ Broadway play about a game of cat-and-mouse between a brilliant director and a pushy actress…” (full details)

“Blu-ray dates include ‘Trance’ on July 23rd, ‘G.I. Joe: Retalation’ on July 30th, ‘Mud’ on August 6th, ‘Emperor’ and ‘What Maisie Knew’ on August 13th, ‘The Walking Dead: Season 3’ on August 27th, ‘The Iceman’ and ‘Spartacus: War of the Damned’ on September 3rd…” (full details)