News Shorts: May 1st 2010

The first official photo is out of Colin Farrell in William Monahan’s London Boulevard, the first set photo of Hank Azaria as Gargamel in The Smurfs, and some behind-the-scenes photos from the Coen Brothers remake of True Grit.

Artwork wise there’s a fourth billboard for Tron Legacy, a poster for the upcoming remake of I Spit on Your Grave, and new one-sheets for Shrek Forever After, The Karate Kid, Sex and the City 2.

“Tommy Lee Jones is rumoured to be in negotiations to appear in Marvel’s “The First Avenger: Captain America” though the role is unspecified…” (full details)

“The script is still being written for a “G.I. Joe” sequel and though no dates are yet set, a Summer 2012 release seems to be the rough target…” (full details)

“Warner Home Video’s Blu-ray and DVD release of “Clash of the Titans” will include a sneak peek at “Green Lantern” according to the press release…” (full details)

“Summit Entertainment has officially picked up North American distribution rights to Doug Liman’s “Fair Game”, the only U.S. title in main competition at Cannes this year. A late 2010 release is planned…” (full details)

“John Singleton has signed on to direct the thriller “Layover” for Sierra Pictures. Jay Longino and Michael Browning’s script follows an ex-con whose family is kidnapped at an airport during a seven-hour layover…” (full details)

“Noah Baumbach (“The Squid and the Whale”) looks to have dropped out of talks to direct a film adaptation of the children’s classic “Mr. Popper’s Penguins” due to creative differences. The departure has raised questions as to whether Ben Stiller will remain involved…” (full details)

“A Newsweek column by Roger Ebert calls the new wave of 3D “a waste of a perfectly good dimension. Hollywood’s current crazy stampede toward it is suicidal. It adds nothing essential to the moviegoing experience. For some, it is an annoying distraction. For others, it creates nausea and headaches. It is driven largely to sell expensive projection equipment and add a $5 to $7.50 surcharge on already expensive movie tickets”…” (full details)

“A quote from producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura suggests that some of James Cameron’s “Avatar” was converted into 3D rather than being 100% shot/generated in 3D…” (full details)

“Josh Lucas will star in Kriv Stenders’ “Red Dog”, a drama about an Australian kelpie dog who unites a mining community in the ’70s and ’80s. Rachael Taylor, Noah Taylor, Keisha Castle-Hughes and Luke Ford also star…” (full details)