News Shorts: May 20th 2010

New stills from Brad Anderson’s Vanishing on 7th, Cairo Time, Get Him to the Greek and a unique full frontal nudity viral photospread for MacGruber.

“Blake Lively revealed during an interview that she’ll be playing Star Sapphire after all in the upcoming “Green Lantern” film adaptation…” (full details)

“The producers of “Captain America: The First Avenger” say that they’re shooting in London rather than Los Angeles because of the tax breaks and the story is partially set in the city…” (full details)

“The shape-changing alien race The Skrulls are rumoured to be the main villains in “The Avengers”. Their role is expected to be largely clandestine, similar to the way S.H.I.E.L.D. operates…” (full details)

“Gerard Butler is the top contender for the male lead in the “A Star is Born” remake. Russell Crowe was previously attached to the role…” (full details)

“Tom Welling says he’d love to see Lex Luthor return to “Smallville” for its final season, however actor Michael Rosenbaum has already stated he has no plans to return to the series. Welling also says “I don’t know if you’re going to see me in tights”…” (full details)

“Justin Bieber could gets squeezed into Garry Marshal’s “New Years Day” much like the way Taylor Lautner’s storyline was grafted onto “Valentine’s Day”…” (full details)

“British scribe Frank Cottrell Boyce has signed on to adapt his own children’s novel “Cosmic” for Walden Media. The story follows a boy who gets mistaken for an adult after a growth spurt. Posing as his best friend’s father in order to get a seat on an experimental spaceship ride, he ends up having to save the crew when the journey goes awry…” (full details)

“Fox 2000 has scored the film rights to the upcoming young adult supernatural adventure novel series “The Secret Journeys of Jack London.” Christopher Golden and Tim Lebbon are penning the books and adapting the script about the young author Jack London who uncovers monstrous legends in the Yukon Territory during the Gold Rush…” (full details)

“Magnolia Pictures has announced that it has acquired US rights to Oscar-winner Alex Gibney’s untitled Eliot Spitzer documentary…” (full details)

“Magnet Releasing has picked up the U.S. distribution rights to “Rubber”, the Cannes film festival entry about a a murderous tire with telepathic powers…” (full details)

“IFC Films has picked up U.S. rights to Abbas Kiarostami’s “Certified Copy”. Juliette Binoche stars in the film which played in competition at the Cannes Film Festival…” (full details)

“Jason Barnes, the creator of the digital graphic novel “Carnival of Souls”, is suing NBC Universal for $50m claiming the final series of ‘Heroes’ ripped off his storyline…” (full details)