News Shorts: May 25th 2009

Posters for Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, Terminator Salvation, Grimm, Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen and Adam.

Rian Johnson has recorded an online exclusive audio commentary for his new film The Brothers Bloom. It can be downloaded at and played on your IPod through the film.

Linkin Park’s “New Divide”, the song they recorded for the “Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen” soundtrack, can be purchased at iTunes.

“‘Catch Me if You Can’ and ‘Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull’ screenwriter Jeff Nathanson has been hired to pen Summit Entertainment’s “The Secret Life of Houdini”…” (full details)

“‘Battlestar Galactica’ actress Katee Sackhoff was spotted buying up copies of comics featuring the Marvel villain Typhoid Mary with the ‘hopes to get a part for a Marvel movie’. This has lead to much unfounded speculation of a potential ‘Daredevil’ film reboot as the character is a long-time nemesis of the character…” (full details)

“Actor Bradley Cooper has now denied reports of him playing ‘Faceman’ in ‘The A-Team’ remake, saying his comments were taken out of context – “I haven’t read a script or met Joe Carnahan” says Cooper…” (full details)

“Nickelodeon has ordered a pilot from DreamWorks Animation for a series based on the company’s recent Monsters vs. Aliens. The news comes a week after the pair announced a similar deal for last year’s hit animated CG film ‘Kung Fu Panda’…” (full details)

“The vampire villain Morbius has previously been rumored for the fourth ‘Spider-Man’ film and this week when asked about it, Sam Raimi gave a rather knowing and coy response in a video interview…” (full details)

“Speaking of ‘Spider-Man 4’, Raimi still seems uncertain about Kirsten Dunst’s involvement – “”I think I’m going to have to read the screenplay and make sure everything we’ve talked about is working, before I could honestly tell you absolutely how [Dunst’s possible return] would go.” He adds that the first draft should be complete next month…” (full details)

“IFC Films will be distributing director Lars von Trier’s psychological thriller “Antichrist” starring Wilem Dafoe which caused immense controversy at Cannes with its subject matter and genital mutilation scenes…” (full details)

“Roadside Attractions has picked up the US rights to Mitchell Lichtenstein’s comedy “Happy Tears”. The film stars Parker Posey, Demi Moore, Ellen Barkin and Rip Torn….” (full details)

“Justin Long says that both Anna Faris and Christina Applegate have signed up to play female chipmunks in the upcoming “Alvin and the Chipmunks” sequel…” (full details)

“Bridget Jones is becoming a stage musical with the character’s creator Helen Fielding set to work on the show’s book and lyrics…” (full details)

“Hip hop artist Eminem has revealed that he will appear in a cameo role in Judd Apatow’s upcoming dramedy film “Funny People”…” (full details)

“Film Independent has set Disney’s animated “Ponyo” as the closing night feature on June 28th for the Los Angeles Film Festival…” (full details)