News Shorts: November 20th 2008

Posters for Lost: Season Five, Ice Age: Dawn of the Dinosaurs, A Lonely Place for Dying, The Spirit, Underworld: Rise of the Lycans, Moon.

“Both Tim Burton’s “Alice in Wonderland” and Bruckheimer’s “G-Force” will be filmed in 2D and converted to 3D in post rather than actually filmed in 3D” (full details)

“Early media screenings of the WW2 Hitler assassination flick ‘Valkyrie’ have yielded a positive response…” (full details)

“Jeffrey Katzenberg has denied rumors that Paul Mc Cartney will be involved in the upcoming fourth “Shrek” feature…” (full details)

“The opening scene of “Edge of Darkness” was partly filmed last Friday on Washington Street in Boston’s South End. The setup was that Mel Gibson is going to Foodie’s Grocery Store during a rainy night to get some food for his daughter.

“Bryan Singer is proving deliberately vague when asked this week straight up if he’s involved in Warners upcoming “Superman Returns” sequel…” (full details)

“Kevin Munroe (“TMNT”) is looking into developing Dark Horse’s El Zombo comic book series into a film once he’s wrapped “Dead of Night” and “War Monkeys”…” (full details)

“Maya Entertainment will produce and distribute Jonathan and R.M. Robinson’s urban thriller directorial debut “Preparation for a Murder”. The story chronicles the events that unfold as two young men embark on a hit without realizing the repercussions that come with it. Luis Guerrero and Chris Lemos will produce, and shooting is slated to begin in April…” (full details)

“Brandon Camp and Mike Thompson penned and will produce the horror feature “Choose”. The story revolves around a journalism grad student (Katheryn Winnick) who tries to track down a serial killer (Nicholas Tucci), and enlists the help of her father (Kevin Pollack), a police detective and a psychologist (Bruce Dern). Award-winning VFX supervisor Robert Legato makes his directorial debut on the film…” (full details)

“Disney Pictures has picked up Kevin Kopelow and Heith Seifert’s comedy spec “The World’s Most Annoying Man”. The “Planes, Trains & Automobiles”-esque story follows a man and his annoying brother who are forced to travel cross-country to make the man’s wedding on time. Andy Fickman (“Race to Witch Mountain”) will produce and may direct…” (full details)

“Microsoft is adding Magnolia Pictures to its roster of studios contributing to the movie lineup on Xbox 360’s Live Marketplace in the U.S. and Canada…” (full details)

“Zeitgeist Films has nabbed domestic rights to a pair of prestige pics: “Tulpan,” this past May’s Festival de Cannes Un Certain Regard winner, and the Toronto film fest academia documentary “Examined Life”…” (full details)

“Warner Bros. has picked up Tim Kelleher and Danny Zuker’s high-concept spec “Control-Alt-Delete”. The project is described as “Bill and Ted’s Excellent Adventure” meets “The Matrix”…” (full details)

“Tom Shadyac (“Evan Almighty,” “Liar Liar”) will direct a television movie about famed comic Sam Kinison. Dan Fogler will play the comedian who died in an April 1992 car crash…” (full details)