News Shorts: March 30th 2011

A new poster for Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides focuses on the mermaid creations made for the film.

What could be the first photo of Martin Freeman on the set of The Hobbit.

An extended description of the first two reels of “Cowboys vs. Aliens” is up at IGN.

“”Hoodwinked” director Cory Edwards, who has long been attached to the “Fraggle Rock” movie, says it’s up to The Weinstein Company to make a decision on what to do next, but he hasn’t heard anything from them in almost a year and right now the project is in a “deep coma”…” (full details)

“First details of the story of “Piranha 3DD” show that it will revolve around piranha making their way into swimming pools, pipes, and plumbing at a newly opened waterpark named Wilderness Waters…” (full details)

“”It’s part personal film, part Gothic romance, part Halloween show. If I can present it the way I want to, it is something that’s never been done before” says Francis Ford Coppola of his new film “Twixt Now and Sunrise” which he is currently editing…” (full details)

“Famed film composer Clint Mansell is set to score the BBC TV production “United” which tells the story of the Busby Babes, the winning young Manchester United team who lost eight members in 1958 in a Munich Air plane crash. David Tennant and Sam Clafin star…” (full details)

“”Doctor Who” star Karen Gillan is to star as Sixties cover girl and supermodel Jean Shrimpton – the supermodel of her day – in a new BBC Four film entitled “We’ll Take Manhattan” to air later this year. The story follows the four-year love affair between the iconic model – known as ‘The Shrimp’ – and photographer David Bailey…” (full details)

“Life of Agony bassist Alan Robert is set to produce a film adaptation of his own horror/crime graphic novel “Wire Hangers”. Robert has formed a new film production company called Wasted Talent Entertainment through which he and Jeff Mazzola will produce the film. Writers and directors are currently being sought…” (full details)

“Director Michael Caton-Jones (“Rob Roy,” “The Jackal”) has signed on to direct “World Without End”, the sequel to “The Pillars of the Earth”. The $43 million, eight-part TV epic begins filming July 4th in Budapest…” (full details)

“Sarah Silverman will guest-star on an upcoming episode of “The Good Wife”. The 40-year-old comedian will appear in Episode 22 of the CBS legal drama’s second season…” (full details)