News Shorts: March 14th 2011

New stills from Rio, The Hangover: Part II, and set photos of Gina Carano beating up Ewan McGregor in a scene for Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire

New posters for Snow Flower and the Secret Fan, Hobo with a Shotgun, Hesher and Courageous.

The first poster for the zero-budget indie feature “Hellacious Acres : The Case of John Glass”, a “minimalist black sci-fi comedy set in a post-apocalyptic world”

Paul Sundstrom’s Argh! Central is offering weekly movie review cartoons.

How much of a pay rise has Snooki and The Situation gotten from doing “Jersey Shore”? Check out this demoralising infographic.

“Aaron Eckhart, who has been consistently saying he doubts he’d return in “The Dark Knight Rises” as Two-Face, even as a potential cameo, is now suddenly playing coy about such an appearance during press for “Battle: Los Angeles”…” (full details)

“Additional information has emerged confirming that Universal’s new direct-to-DVD “The Wolfman” title won’t be a reboot but rather a direct sequel to Joe Johnston’s big-budget remake last year…” (full details)

“The much anticipated sequel video game “Batman: Arkham City” has finally scheduled a release date – October 18th…” (full details)

“Playwright Arthur Laurents says that despite Barbra Streisand’s desire to play Mama Rose, he has cancelled all plans to do another movie adaptation of his musical “Gypsy”…” (full details)

“Sony Pictures has acquired “12 Rounds” scribe Daniel Kunka’s alien invasion spec script “Agent OX” which Neal Moritz will produce for his Original Pictures label. The story follows a human spy living on an alien planet who must stop an invasion of Earth…” (full details)

“Young Australian actor Sebastian Gregory (“Accidents Happen”) has emerged as a contender for the Drew Boley role in New Line’s film adaptation of the Broadway musical “Rock of Ages”…” (full details)

“Trent Haaga has written the screenplay for a sequel to 2009 indie horror feature “Deadgirl”. The first involved two guys coming upon a naked girl and reacting quite differently, the sequel reverses the situation with two girls who find a dead naked guy…” (full details)

“Thomas Dekker (“Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles,” “Heroes”) is set to star in the Kevin Williamson-produced TV series adaptation of L.J Smith’s book series “Secret Circle” for The CW..” (full details)

“J. K. Simmons is set to provide the narration for Jason Reitman’s upcoming comedy “Young Adult”…” (full details)

“Sarah Jessica Parker and Marisa Tomei are in talks to star in Raymond De Felitta’s new comedy “Married and Cheating”. The story follows three married couples struggling to find happiness and is set in New York and Paris…” (full details)

“Sherlock Holmes” producer Lionel Wigram has picked up the film rights to Jeff Smith’s comic book series “RASL”. The story follows an interdimensional art thief who robs paintings from parallel universes…” (full details)

“Graffiti artist Brandon Murphy and his standup comedian brother Phillip have sold the dramedy spec script “The Last Drop” to Mandate. The story follows a charming writer who is a fully functioning alcoholic by day, turned horribly dysfunctional by cocktail hour. While on assignment for The New Yorker, he meets the girl of his dreams, but soon discovers that there’s a lot more at stake than love if he doesn’t clean up his act…” (full details)