News Shorts: May 12th 2009

Stills for The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, Robert Downey Jr. on the set of Iron Man 2, robotic wallpaper from Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, the set of Piranha 3D, and an anaglyph 3D shot of Alice in Wonderland.

Posters for Gamer, District 9, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen, Pandorum, The Princess and the Frog and H2. There’s also character one-sheets for Til Schweiger, Diane Kruger and Melanie Laurent in “Inglourious Basterds”.

A bunch of Cannes poster artwork for the likes of “Shutter Island,” “A Christmas Carol” and “The Lovely Bones” is up at firstshowing.net.

“Despite its animated nature, Wes Anderson’s “The Fantastic Mr. Fox” adaptation will be released through Fox Searchlight in the US…” (full details)

“Mickey Rourke is currently undergoing a slimming program to lose his “The Wrestler” weight to play the Crimson Dynamo in “Iron Man 2″…” (full details)

“Rapper and “Terminator Salvation” actor Common is close to winning the role of B.A. Baracus for the film remake of classic series “The A-Team”…” (full details)

“Yvonne Strahovski (TV’s “Chuck”) will join Richard Roxburgh, Jacinda Barrett, James Nesbitt and Kodi Smit-McPhee on an untitled Aussie family drama for 20th Century Fox. Nadia Tass and David Parker (“Malcolm”) penned and direct the project which will shoot in Melbourne…” (full details)

“I have a half-written prequel ready to go if this movie’s a smash” says Quentin Tarantino if his upcoming WW2 caper flick ‘Inglourious Basterds’ is a hit. It’d likely involve the subplot about African-American soldiers stuck behind enemy lines…” (full details)

“Michael Emerson says there are not one but TWO big ‘game changing’ shocks in store for the season finale of “Lost” which airs this Wednesday…” (

“The reality competition series “American Gladiators” will be turned into a live-action feature film. The story will take place inside the world the show’s creator Johnny Ferraro will make-up…” (full details)

“Michael Madsen, Rachel Hunter and Jennifer Tisdale are starring in the horror thriller “Nictophobia”, Doug Elford-Argent directs the story follows a murderer (Madsen) who terrorizes a trio of people who, in real estate parlance, flip properties…” (full details)

“”There are more shots of Michael Myers running around in his mask in this movie than in any of the other movies. I don’t think anybody has to worry” says Rob Zombie in regards to rumors of the upcoming ‘Halloween’ sequel featuring a mask-less Michael Myers…” (full details)

“J.J. Abrams says the season finale of ‘Fringe’ will mark “a really interesting shift in the fundamental paradigm of the show in a very cool way… the first year is about learning there is an enemy … I would argue Season 2 is about getting to know the enemy”…” (full details)

“USA Today has published an extensive report on a train tour that will go cross country for Disney’s A Christmas Carol, starting on May 22nd in Los Angeles and ending in New York on November 1st…” (full details)

“International rights to Cannes market title “Don McKay” have been acquired by upstart Lighting Entertainment. Jake Goldberger’s drama, which premiered at the Tribeca Film Festival last month, stars Thomas Haden Church and Elisabeth Shue as former lovers who reunite after a long absence but soon uncover a series of dark secrets…” (full details)

“Sam Mendes has confirmed that John August’s film script for the “Preacher” film is ‘half complete’. Due to stage commitments, Mendes won’t be helming another film til sometime next year at the earliest…” (full details)

“Both the Amy Poehler comedy “Spring Breakdown” and the Sarah Michelle Gellar/Lee Pace thriller “Possession” are now confirmed to be going straight-to-DVD…” (full details)

“Fox’s “Dollhouse” hit its lowest rating ever for its season finale. Joss Whedon’s series was seen by 2.8 million viewers and earned a 1.0 national adults 18-49 rating. The chances of Dollhouse getting a second season are extremely slim at this point…” (full details)

“Todd Lincoln (“The Nye Incidents”) will write and direct “The Apparition” for Dark Castle. The story is being kept under wraps, but the plot is said to be based on true events…” (full details)