News Shorts: March 31st 2009

Posters for Sam Raimi’s new horror flick Drag Me To Hell and the upcoming cable mini-series remakes of classic sci-fi chillers The Prisoner and Day of the Triffids.

Jennifer Aniston has been spotted on the set of her new comedy “Baster” and photos are Spoiler TV.

For those who like their manflesh, check out Ashton Kutcher dressed in a skimpy pair of shorts performing a stunt on the set of “Five Killers” in France the other day at Just Jared.

“Appian Way has picked up Brian Nathanson’s spec script “The Many Deaths of Barnaby James”. The story follows a teenager in a circus for the dead who is trying to bring his true love back to life…” (full details)

“”When we have a complete scene, when we have enough, it will come out and I think it will meet those expectations” said Fox Co-Chair Jim Gianopulos at Showest this week on the prospect of a trailer for James Cameron’s upcoming project “Avatar”…” (full details)

“David Lindsay-Abaire’s script for “Spider-Man 4″ is due for delivery this Summer according to Sam Raimi in a recent interview…” (full details)

“”An All New World Awaits” will be the official tagline for James Cameron’s highly-anticipated Avatar, which will be opening in IMAX 3D on December 18…” (full details)

“Universal Pictures and Strike Entertainment have hired Eric Heisserer to completely rewrite Ron Moore’s screenplay for the sequel (or prequel) to “The Thing”. Heisserer did a similar massive rewrite of the upcoming “A Nightmare on Elm Street” remake…” (full details)

“Kevin Smith’s upcoming comedy “A Couple of Dicks” is set to begin filming at New York City’s Kaufman Astoria Studios in May 2009…” (full details)

“”House of Joel” is the name of the Bill Hader/Simon Rich-penned slasher satire film that Judd Apatow will produce. It was previously called “When A Stranger Calls A Dude”…” (full details)

“Black Note Films and C Plus Pictures have retitled the Jason Behr and Krysten Ritter-led indie “Frost” to “The Last International Playboy.” The film opens June 12th in New York…” (full details)

“‘Veronica Mars’ creator Rob Thomas has sadly confirmed that the big screen version of his small screen sleuth is likely not going to happen – “I don’t think the movie’s dead, right now it’s looking depressing”..” (full details)

“Terry Gilliam has confirmed that the final visual effects shots have just been edited into “The Imaginarium of Dr. Parnassus” this week…” (full details)

“The comic book villains Green Goblin, Carnage, Electro, Rhino, Swarm, and Lixard along with a new creation, Swiss Miss, are set to terrorise the webslinger according to a reporter who snuck into the launch of Julie Taymor’s new Broadway production “Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark”. Reeve Carney is currently considered front runner for the role of Peter Parker…” (full details)

“Any lingering traces from John Carpenter’s ‘Halloween’ score will not make it into Rob Zombie’s upcoming sequel reboot ‘H2’. Rob’s version is also expected to have the main characters realistically reacting to having faced a crazed serial killer – ie. they’ve all gone nuts…” (full details)