News Shorts: March 2nd 2011

A new still from X-Men: First Class, the first photos of George Clooney and Ryan Gosling on the set of The Ides of March, and more shots of Andrew Garfield in and out of costume on the set of The Amazing Spider-Man.

Several leaked pages of an early draft of the script for the “Akira” remake are up at io9. Steve Kloves’ draft is expected to do some major rewrites to it however which has rendered these somewhat useless.

A rather great list of sixteen design traditions for film posters that seriously need to be gone.

“Brian Grazer says Javier Bardem is “locked in psychologically” for “The Dark Tower” film adaptation, and that the actor “really wants to do it, so we’re absolutely rooting for him to do it”…” (full details)

“Former “Lost” star Josh Holloway is set to guest star in the two-part season finale of “Community”. Holloway’s character will emerge as a mysterious figure who shows up on campus during another game of paintball…” (full details)

“Sony Pictures has picked up Howard Overman’s script “The Slackfi Project” which concerns a barista who is told by two soldiers from the future that he alone can save mankind…” (full details)

“The world premiere of “Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows: Part Two” will take place on July 7th at Trafalgar and Leicester Square in London…” (full details)

“Katherine Heigl’s bounty hunter comedy “One for the Money” has been pushed up a month from July 8th to June 3rd where it’ll now open opposite “X-Men: First Class”…” (full details)

“Matt Damon claims scheduling conflicts with the end of filing on “The Bourne Ultimatum” kept him from doing a role in “Avatar”…” (full details)

“Zsa Zsa Gabor apparently wants Nicole Kidman to portray her in a biopic according to Gabor’s husband Prince Frederic Von Anhalt…” (full details)

“Composer Alan Silvestri (“Back To The Future,” “Contact,” “Forrest Gump” and “Predator”) is set to score “Captain America: The First Avenger”. Silvestri will be joined by Alan Menken…” (full details)

“Jeffrey Katzenberg has apparently cooled on his plans for DreamWorks Animation to release three CG animated features every other year, admitting that plan will be revised every year. He’s also planning to reduce each film’s budget by 10% to $130 million each…” (full details)

“Jake T. Austin (“The Wizards of Waverly Place”) has joined the cast of Garry Marshall’s romantic comedy “New Year’s Eve”…” (full details)

“FX had ordered a pilot for “Powers”, to be directed by Michael Dinner from a script by Charles H. Eglee. The story is based on Brian Michael Bendis’ comic book series…” (full details)

“Showtime has renewed its family drama remake of UK hit “Shameless” and the Matt LeBlanc meta-comedy “Episodes” for second seasons…” (full details)

“TV Land’s “Hot in Cleveland” starring Betty White has just been renewed for a third season of twenty-two episodes. The show has been averaging 3.2 million viewers and a 1.6 rating per episode…” (full details)