News Shorts: March 6th 2009

A third photo from Salt and six character photos from Wolverine.

“”Watchmen” pulled in $4.6 million from 1,595 midnight showings last night. As a comparison, Zack Snyder’s “300” had a Thursday midnight gross of $2.5 million, albeit on notably fewer screens. “Watchmen” is expected to top the $70.9 million opening weekend haul that film made however…” (full details)

“Diane Keaton will join Harrison Ford & Rachel McAdams in the comedy “Morning Glory,” Roger Michell will begin filming in New York this May…” (full details)

“French electronica duo Daft Punk has been signed to write the original music score for Tron 2.0, Walt Disney’s upcoming sequel to the groundbreaking 1982 animation cult hit which was scored by electronic music icon Wendy Carlos. Daft Punk’s members Guy-Manuel de Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter have been involved in various films before, but Tron 2.0 will be their first complete feature film score…” (full details)

“We have some great new writers working on a new script, but Judd isn’t involved” says Columbia Pictures president Doug Belgrad who confirms that Judd Apatow is NOT involved in the new ‘Ghostbusters’ film despite reports to the contrary.

“Both the new synopsis of the official book tie-in, and the new trailer, hint that the catalyst for Eric Bana’s villain in the upcoming “Star Trek” film is the destruction of a planet – quite possibly Romulus itself…” (full details)

“Seinfeld” cast members Jerry Seinfeld, Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Jason Alexander, and Michael Richards will be featured in a multiple-episode story arc on HBO’s “Curb Your Enthusiasm” this fall. The cameos will mark the first time that all four actors have appeared together in a scripted TV show since “Seinfeld” went off the air nearly eleven years ago…” (full details)

“There’s a fantastic sequence where we duel to the death on a half-built Tower Bridge. it’s a perfect way to end the movie, Robert and I hammering seven bells out of each other on top of this swinging bridge with Victorian London as a backdrop. it’s going to be amazing” says actor Mark Strong about what his villainous character Blackwood gets up to in Guy Ritchie’s “Sherlock Holmes” feature.

“In order to stall the mid-week dropoff at cinemas, Carmike Cinemas is offering 16-ounce sodas and 46-ounce popcorns for $1 each on Tuesdays…” (full details)

“”I just talked to Frank [Miller] about it though and said he finished it a couple of months ago so I’m really excited to get it going. Supposedly it’s going to happen in 2009. I get to wear a mask in this one” says Rosario Dawson about her role in the upcoming “Sin City” sequel…” (full details)