News Shorts: November 23rd 2010

The first photo of Karl Urban as Judge Dredd in the upcoming comic adaptation “Dredd” currently shooting around South Africa is up at 2000 AD Online. Also out today are new stills from The Fighter.

Photos of the two key villains in the upcoming “Green Lantern” film have emerged. The first is a photo of Peter Sarsgaard as Dr. Hector Hammond, a scientist whose exposure to meteorite radiation causes his brain to grow to a huge size and grants him psionic powers allowing him to control the minds of others. The second is a concept art shot of Parallax, a parasitic entity that causes fear and paranoia on the worlds it travels between.

Posters for Apollo 18, No Strings Attached, Hop, Blue Valentine, Green Lantern, Dead Awake and Brighton Rock.

“With no “Saw” sequel and the shine definitely off the “Paranormal Activity” franchise, Universal is staking out an October 14th release date for their prequel to “The Thing”…” (full details)

“First rumoured earlier this year, Gore Verbinski is now officially signed to direct “The Lone Ranger” for Disney Pictures…” (full details)

“IFC Films has grabbed U.S. rights to Pierre Thorentton’s documentary “Yves Saint Laurent L’Amour Fou”. The indie distributor plans a release next year…” (full details)

“Sony Pictures have locked in a September 23rd release date for Bennett Miller’s baseball drama “Moneyball” with Brad Pitt and Philip Seymour Hoffman…” (full details)

“”The Lord of the Rings” composer Howard Shore has confirmed that he’ll be returning to do the score for both “The Hobbit” movies…” (full details)

“Two great films – Miyazaki’s “Nausicaa of the Valley of the Wind” and Dario Argento’s “Deep Red” – are set to get Blu-ray releases on March 8th and April 26th respectively…” (full details)

“Jeremy Renner has partly confirmed that he’s being groomed to ‘take over’ from Tom Cruise as the lead in the “Mission: Impossible” franchise, saying “it’s a franchise to potentially take over. I can’t predict the future, but that’s certainly the idea”…” (full details)

“Director Ruairi Robinson will make his feature debut on Qwerty’s anticipated sci-fi-thriller “The Animators”, which is due to shoot in the first quarter of 2011…” (full details)

“William Sadler has scored a small role in the upcoming Sam Worthington-led thriller “Man on a Ledge”…” (full details)

“No surprises, Christian Bale confirms that the upcoming “The Dark Knight Rises” will be the last time he plays Batman…” (full details)

“Director D.J. Caruso (“Disturbia,” “Eagle Eye”) says there’s no plans for a film based on cable series “The Shield”, the film adaptation of video game “Dead Space” is still very much stuck in scripting, and confirmed he’s no longer involved in adapting the comic “Y: The Last Man”…” (full details)

“Anna Faris, Will Forte and Bill Hader have all emerged as potential candidates to join the cast of “Ghostbusters 3″…” (full details)