News Shorts: March 3rd 2010

New photos from Prince of Persia: The Sands of Time and Death at a Funeral. There’s also set photos of Isla Fisher and Sacha Baron Cohen shooting Burke and Hare, and both Angelina Jolie and Johnny Depp shooting “The Tourist” in Venice.

“The world premiere of Gela Babluani’s “13”, the Jason Statham and Mickey Rourke-led remake of award-winning French thriller “13 Tzameti”, will take place at the SXSW Film Festival in Austin, Texas this month…” (full details)

“Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the North American distribution rights to Woody Allen’s London-set drama “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger”. The company also distributed his previous film, “Whatever Works,” last summer…” (full details)

“Marvel Comics Editor-in-Chief Joe Quesada says that Zak Penn’s first draft of the script for “The Avengers” has been delivered and is currently being looked over by the studio…” (full details)

“Test shooting on “Green Lantern” kicks off this week for a sequence involving a stunt car in Madisonville, Louisiana…” (full details)

“Ridley is still onboard and wants to be part of this and we’re very excited about this, probably for 2012…13…somewhere in the future” says Hasbro CEO Brian Goldner about the current status of Ridley Scott’s “Monopoly” movie…” (full details)

“”The Runaways” release plans have shifted. It will now open on 220 screens in ten cities on March 19th, then expand to a further 1,000 screen across the country on April 9th…” (full details)

“During the VES awards on the weekend, James Cameron let slip that he doesn’t want to call the “Avatar” sequel “Avatar 2” and let slip the suggestion “Maybe we’ll call it “Na’vi””. He also added that he intends to explore the spiritual aspects of the Na’vi more in the sequel after having to cut back on it somewhat in the first film. He also still very much intends to direct a sequel…” (full details)

“Cameron Crowe (“Vanilla Sky,” “Elizabethtown”) is considering an adaptation of Benjamin Mee’s best-selling memoir “We Bought a Zoo” as his next project. The story follows a family who move into a rundown zoo…” (full details)

“Mickey Rourke has been confirmed to be playing the villain King Hyperion in the Greek mythological action epic “War of the Gods” for Relativity Media. Filming kicks off in April…” (full details)

“”The Hurt Locker” producer Nicholas Chartier, who breached major protocol when he sent out an e-mail to Oscar voters urging them to vote ‘Locker’ first and a certain other major contender last on their ballots, has been denied attendance at the 82nd Academy Awards. AMPAS stopped short of rescinding the ‘Hurt Locker’ Best Picture nomination, but due to the late timing of this minor scandal it’s not expected to affect voting on the film…” (full details)

“Sean Bean, Ving Rhames, Danny Trejo, Luke Goss, Frederick Koehler and Lauren Cohan will all star in the “Death Race” sequel which began shooting last month in South Africa…” (full details)

“Several studios are pursuing the rights to Harry Markopolos book “No One Would Listen” about his investigations which exposed Bernie Madoff’s $65 billion Ponzi scheme – the world’s largest financial fraud scam of all time…” (full details)