News Shorts: November 13th 2011

Concept art of what Bradley Cooper would’ve looked like in The Crow reboot, the first photo of Jeremy Irvine as Pip in Great Expectations, the Batwing on an NYC skyscraper rooftop on the set of The Dark Knight Rises, and the first photo from the new “Toy Story” short Small Fry.

Posters for Underworld: Awakening, Carnage, Goon, The Flowers of War, Coriolanus, Beauty and the Beast 3D, Think Like a Man, Red Tails, Journey 2: The Mysterious Island, Texas Killing Fields, Contraband, and four character posters for Snow White and the Huntsman.

“Activision has announced that “Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3″ has set the record for the biggest entertainment launch of all time in any medium with 6.5 million copies sold and more than $400 million in revenue garnered from North America and the United Kingdom alone in the first 24 hours of release…” (The Guardian)

“Lionsgate has announced that the trailer for ‘The Hunger Games’ will premiere on Good Morning America this Monday, November 14th…” (full details)

“‘Lady and the Tramp’ and ‘Cinderella’ are to be the next films in Disney’s Blu-ray Diamond Collection line-up. The former will release February 7th 2012, the latter next Fall…” (full details)

“Sony Pictures Classics have announced that they have acquired all US and South African rights to the period British comedy “Hysteria” about the invention of the vibrator. No word on a release date as yet…” (full details)

“CBS Films has picked up the film rights to Sharron Kahn Luttrell’s forthcoming memoir “Weekends with Daisy”. Luttrell is a middle-class freelance New England journalist who volunteered for an inmate dog-training program. She formed a deepening relationship with both the dog and the male convict who was training her in prison. (full details)

“Anchor Bay Films has acquired North American distribution rights to “Mother’s Day”, the horror film remake directed by Darren Lynn Bousman and starring Rebecca DeMornay, Jaime King, Deborah Ann Woll and Shawn Ashmore. The studio is looking into a release next Mother’s Day, which falls on May 13, 2012…” (full details)

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“F. Scott Frazier’s action-thriller script “Autobahn” has been sold to British producer Between the Eyes. The story is described as “Fast and Furious” meets “Taken.” Ben Pugh and Rory Aitken are producing…” (full details)

“Todd Strauss-Schulson has entered early negotiations to take on “Family Getaway” at Warner Bros. Pictues. The story follows a family whose vacation turns into a cross-country car chase after discovering their patriarch is an assassin…” (full details)

“Emmett/Furla Films has come on board to produce and finance the comedy ”Rule #1” together with Brad Epstein of Panther Films and Reese Witherspoon through her Type A Films production banner…” (full details)

An interesting premise with fairly heavy subject matter, “Stigma” is a web series exploring a couple who’re engaged to be married despite both living a lie with secrets that could ostracise them from their friends, family and society. “McLeod’s Daughters” and “Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark” actress Eddie Ritchard along with “Offing David” and “All Saints” actor Adam J. Yeend star in the currently two-part series.