News Shorts: May 3rd 2012

Stills for Looper, Brave, Chernobyl Diaries, G.I. Joe: Retaliation, Peace Love and Misunderstanding, The Expendables 2, and Emma Watson dressed in character on the set of The Bling Ring.

Posters for Rush, Jayne Mansfield’s Car, Lovelace, Snow White and the Huntsman, Men in Black 3, The Amazing Spider-Man, Beasts of the Southern Wild, Peace Love and Misunderstanding, Hotel Transylvania, Chernobyl Diaries, A Fantastic Fear of Everything and the fifth season of True Blood.

What if David Cronenberg had done “Total Recall” before Verhoeven’s adaptation or the upcoming remake, what would that look like? Well now some concept art will give you an idea of what he had planned.

Lionsgate have confirmed that Francis Lawrence will direct “The Hunger Games” sequel “Catching Fire” in an official press release that was published a few hours ago.

“Asked about her character in the upcoming ‘300’ sequel, actress Eva Green says ‘I’m playing Artemisia. She really existed actually. She was commander on a boat, of a whole Armada… She’s a very ballsy character, she’s almost like a man, so that’s fun, (laughs)…it’s my first action film, it’s going to be a challenge, [there will be] lots of training’…” (full details)

“Scribe Jon Spaihts says Gabriele Muccino (“Pursuit of Happiness”) is no longer attached as director on the long-in-development sci-fi romance “Passengers”. A new director is in place (but can not be named) and a financier was recently locked…” (full details)

“Asked about a possible ‘That 70’s Show’ TV reunion, Wilmer Valderrama says ‘I can’t tell you it’s really happening, but we’re thinking that a That ’70s Movie would probably be more appropriate than a ’70s [TV] reunion’…” (full details)

“A UK High Court Ruling has barred Sky, TalkTalk, and Virgin Media from allowing users access to anything from the Pirate Bay website – one of the most popular BitTorrenting sites on the Net. Users however are already finding ways to circumnavigate the ban…” (full details)

“Niels Juul, CEO of recently revived Cecchi Gori Pictures, says Martin Scorsese’s “Silence” project is further has been in pre-production for a while and though no scheduled is yet set, it’s expected to be the company’s first feature since its revival…” (full details)

“MGM’s upcoming remake of Stephen King classic “Carrie” will feature at least some found footage style antics…” (full details)

“Warner Brothers are releasing the ‘Inside the Script’ digital publishing initiative which gives you digital versions of classic film scripts which also include production notes, storyboards, movie posters, set designs and behind-the-scenes photos. The first four getting the treatment are film classics ‘Casablanca,’ ‘Ben-Hur,’ ‘An American in Paris’ and ‘North by Northwest’…” (full details)

“Paramount Pictures and Cinemark theaters are partnering to re-release a newly restored version of “Wings,” the 1927 black-and-white silent film that was the first movie to win the Oscar for Best Picture…” (full details)