News Shorts: May 31st 2011

Photos of Alec Baldwin and Russell Brand on the set of Rock of Ages, Will Smith shooting Men in Black III at Coney Island, and two more posters here and here for “Real Steel”.

Alan Rickman has written a rather sweet letter expressing thank you to J.K. Rowling for allowing him to play Severus Snape in the “Harry Potter” film series. There’s also more character posters out this week including Neville Longbottom, Draco Malfoy and Voldemort.

“At least two of the actors from the recent sequel say that they’re guess is Amsterdam as the location for a potential third film in “The Hangover” film series…” (full details)

“A tweet from ‘The Wire’ and ‘Luther’ actor Idris Elba has led to speculation that he’s up for the titular role in Quentin Tarantino’s upcoming western “Django Unchained”…” (full details)

“Disney Pictures has withdrawn an application to trademark the term “SEAL Team 6″, the name of the military unit that took out Osama bin Laden. The company became the butt of jokes for its greed and annoying the Navy who filed its own trademark claim…” (full details)

“Director David Slade dropped the tweet “Daredevil is ongoing, official news will break next week. Can’t say more” indicating he’ll be involved in the upcoming reboot of the superhero character…” (full details)

“Wes Craven says he has no immediate plans to make “Scream 5”, the comment coming a week after producer Harvey Weinstein says he was “sure” the director would oversee a fifth entry in the franchise….” (full details)

“Skydance Productions has acquired Tom O’Connor high-concept action script “The Hitman’s Bodyguard”. Plot details are being kept under wraps, while David Ellison is producing…” (full details)

“Universal Pictures has picked up an untitled family action comedy which Larry Stuckey (“Little Fockers”) is penning, Jay Roach (“Austin Powers”) is producing and Dean Parisot (“Fun with Dick and Jane”) is directing…” (full details)

“‘Mad Men’ star Jon Hamm is set to direct the season five premiere of the 1960s-set cable drama…” (full details)

“Time Warner Inc.’s premium pay TV channel HBO said Thursday that it will carry the movies of “Twilight” maker Summit Entertainment after the studio’s current deal with Showtime expires…” (full details)

“IFC Films has picked up the rights to “Carlos” director Olivier Assayas’ next film “Something in the Air”, a 70’s-set social/political drama…” (full details)