News Shorts: November 16th 2012

Photos from The Conjuring, Movie 43, The Last Exorcism II, Promised Land, behind-the-scenes of The Young and Prodigious Spivet, Brad Pitt doing reshoots on World War Z, and Jared Leto in drag on the set of The Dallas Buyers Club

Posters for The Last Stand, The Mortal Instruments: City of Bones, Admission, Beautiful Creatures, Playing for Keeps, In Our Nature, Gangster Squad, Beautiful Noise, Gambit, The Girl and Identity Thief.

“The midnight screenings of ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ pulled in $30.4 million, just ahead of Part 1’s $30.25 million midnight gross last year…” (full details)

“Jez Butterworth (“Fair Game,” “The Last Legion”) has come onboard to work on the script for the film adaptation of classic Atari video game “Asteroids” at Universal Pictures…” (full details)

“‘Snakes on a Plane’ and ‘The Final Destination’ director David R. Ellis is set to direct the horror thriller ‘Sprawl’ for Blumhouse. Shooting aims to begin early next year…” (full details)

“Bryan Singer has tweeted that he won’t be bringing back the black leather outfits from the original ‘X-Men’ trilogy for the upcoming ‘First Class’ sequel ‘X-Men: Days of Future Past’ – ‘For those of you wondering…no leather suits. #xmen’ said Singer…” (full details)

“Magnolia Pictures has picked up North American rights to Tobias Lindholm’s ‘A Hijacking’ with a Spring release planned. The story follows ordinary men working on a cargo ship that is taken hostage by Somali pirates…” (full details)

“IMAX has closed a deal with 20th Century Fox to release Ang Lee’s “Life of Pi” in 3D IMAX theatres across Asia including China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, India, Japan and Korea. The rollout begins from the end of next week….” (full details)

“Scoot McNairy (“Argo,” “Killing Them Softly”) has been signed to star with Michael Fassbender in “Frank” and opposite Guy Pearce and Rob Pattinson in “The Rover”…” (full details)

“Paramount has picked up ‘Wanted’ co-writer Derek Haas’ ‘Shake’, an online short story, which will be turned into a feature of Jerry Bruckheimer to produce. The story follows an L.A. FBI agent afflicted with Parkinson’s who, during an earthquake, hunts down a long-sought serial killer with his partner…” (full details)

“Focus Features has acquired U.S. distribution rights to the Baltasar Kormakur-directed ‘The Deep’. The film will be released next year…” (full details)

“The Weinstein Company has acquired Michael Gates Gill’s 2007 memoir ‘How Starbucks Saved My Life’. The story follows the author who suffered a professional fall from grace and regained his mojo while pouring coffee at his local Starbucks….” (full details)

“Relativity Media has closed a rights deal for Casey Affleck to write and direct a feature about Texas Rangers baseball slugger Josh Hamilton…” (full details)

“Film Independent have announced that the 28th Film Independent Spirit Awards are set for February 23rd in Santa Monica. The nominees will be unveiled at a press conference on November 27th at The W Hotel in Hollywood…” (full details)

“Tim Miller is attached to direct a feature adaptation of Joe Haldeman’s sci-fi short story “Seasons”. Sebastian Gutierrez will adapt the script. The story follows an ethnographic expedition to an alien world that winds up going terribly wrong…” (full details)

“Integral Film and SBS Prods. are set to co-produce Peter Weir’s film adaptation of Jennifer Egan’s contemporary gothic novel ‘The Keep’. The story follows two cousins, haunted by a childhood prank, who reunite after 20 years to renovate a medieval castle in Germany…” (full details)