News Shorts: March 28th 2011

The first photo of Johnny Depp on the set of Martin Scorsese’s Hugo Cabret.

A photo of an unfinished toy of the villainous “Green Lantern” character Parallax, a celestial being that threatens the universe’s existence.

After its dismal performance at the U.S. box-office, “Drive Angry” will be going straight-to-DVD in Australia.

“Terrence Malick’s highly anticipated “The Tree of Life” is set to hit the UK first with a May 4th release…” (full details)

“MGM has dismissed reports that they’re planning to remake “Child’s Play” with marketing head Mike Vollman denying the claim…” (full details)

“Noomi Rapace says that because of her busy schedule, currently shooting Ridley Scott’s “Prometheus”, she’s no longer sure she’ll do David Slade’s “The Last Voyage Of Demeter”…” (full details)

“”The Descent,” “Doomsday” and “Centurion” filmmaker Neil Marshall says that he’s currently writing a World War II-set alien invasion movie…” (full details)

“It’s official, Mila Kunis is set to play Theodora, the youngest sister of three witches, in “Oz, the Great and Powerful” for Disney Pictures…” (full details)

“Woody Harrelson will play Steve Schmidt, John McCain’s senior campaign strategist and advisor, in HBO’s upcoming 2008 election-themed movie “Game Change”…” (full details)

Talks with “Glee” creator Ryan Murphy about him directing a new film version of classic Broadway musical “Annie” have ceased and that Murphy has “dropped out of contention” for the project.

“Burny Mattinson, a veteran of the 1960’s “Winnie the Pooh” animated features and the upcoming new Pooh feature, says he’s working on just an idea of my own which is basically a Mickey, Donald, Goofy feature film. We have to present it first to the bosses to get the green light…” (full details)

“Sony Pictures has picked up S. Craig Zahler’s spec script “The Big Stone Grid” which Michael De Luca will produce. This dark and intense modern-day crime saga begins after a puzzling suicide prompts an investigation that leads two decorated detectives to discover a terrifying extortion ring that operates within the secret underbelly of New York City…” (full details)

“Canadian Sarah Gadon has scored the role of Elise, the estranged wife of Robert Pattinson’s character in David Cronenberg’s “Cosmopolis” which begins shooting this summer in Toronto…” (full details)

Warner Bros. Digital Distribution has made five additional film titles available directly through each film’s official Facebook Page using Facebook Credits – “Harry Potter and the Sorcerer’s Stone,”

“Harry Potter and the Chamber of Secrets,” “Inception,” “Life as We Know It” and “Yogi Bear.”