News Shorts: May 4th 2009

Posters for Inglourious Basterds, Ponyo, Harry Potter and the Half-Blood Prince, The Mysteries of Pittsburgh, The Hangover.

EW has new photos from “Public Enemies,” “District 9” and “Inglourious Basterds” at this gallery link.

Robin Morningstar, a British friend of mine who also penned “Running Out Of Time” and the “Wonder Boy” vid game adaptation, has posted a cute little zero-budget digital short film entitled “Emily” over on IceWhole. Well worth a look.

“Comments from British actor Michael Sheen on Twitter have revealed that he’s playing a non-human villain in a secret project currently shooting in Vancouver and that he’s ‘Personally very happy to see so many Tron fans’ indicating he’s likely starring in the currently filming sequel…” (full details)

“The legendary Stephen Fry let slip last week that filmmakers are coming up with ideas to use a fully constructed set of Jerusalem currently sitting dormant in New Zealand and Peter Jackson has come up with an idea in which Nazi zombies go back in time to stop Jesus from being born. Jackson’s manager denies the report saying he’s committed to ‘The Hobbit’ films for now…” (full details)

“Matthew McConaughey says that he’d be up for doing a ‘Dazed and Confused’ sequel but director Richard Linklater has to “pick the right way to do it”…” (full details)

“McG hints that a fifth “Terminator” film could see the various Terminator models of Skynet coming back through time to invade our pre-Judgement Day present…” (full details)

“Vinnie Jones and Howard Chaykin are teaming for a spy action drama, starring Jones, that is eyed as a U.K.-Canada co-production…” (full details)

“Dwayne ‘The Rock’ Johnson is rumored to be replacing Will Smith in Disney’s upcoming “20,000 Leagues Under the Sea: Captain Nemo” project that McG is directing. Filming kicks off later this year in Australia…” (full details)

“Raven Symone is rumored to be up for the role of the Focker’s babysitter in the upcoming third film in the series “Little Fockers”…” (full details)

“Jon Favreau has confirmed that ‘Mad Men’ actor John Slattery has a role in the upcoming sequel…” (full details).

“Clancy Brown has joined the cast of Platinum Dune’s upcoming A Nightmare on Elm Street remake. He will be playing a character named Allan…” (full details)

“Legendary actress Claire Bloom is said to be filming a part for the upcoming “Doctor Who” specials featuring David Tennant’s final stint in the role…” (full details)

“Producer Will Packer is looking to do a sequel to “Stomp The Yard” to go into production early next year…” (full details)

“Adam Arkin has joined FX’s dark motorcycle-gang series “Sons of Anarchy” for a multi-episode arc during the second season. Arkin will play Ethan Zobelle, a white supremacist cigar shop owner. Henry Rollins joined the cast last month as another neo-Nazi baddie…” (full details)

“Dina Meyer, Brooklynn Proulx, Quinn Lord and Riley Steele have joined the cast of “Piranha 3D” in supporting roles…” (full details)