News Shorts: November 9th 2011

Photos of Daniel Radcliffe in The Woman in Black, Robert Pattinson in Cosmopolis, Jennifer Lawrence in The Hunger Games, and set photos galore from The Expendables 2.

Posters for Man on a Ledge, Into the Abyss, Big Miracle, We Bought a Zoo and The Darkest Hour.

The official “Shame” website starts with Michael Fassbender naked in bed and surprisingly gets better from there. What’re you waiting for? foxsearchlight.com/shame.

“The six-minute prologue to “The Dark Knight Rises” has been given an official MPAA rating of PG-13 for ‘some violence’…” (full details)

“Robert Zemeckis is no longer officially involved in Legendary Pictures’ “Here There Be Monsters”. The story mixes Revolutionary War naval hero John Paul Jones with a tale of sea monsters. Zemeckis was never formally linked but was thought to be the front runner back in July…” (full details)

“The Meryl Streep-led Margaret Thatcher biopic “The Iron Lady” has scored a December 30th limited platform release (to qualify for awards consideration) with a wider opening in January. Streep is expected to be a front runner for lead actress…” (full details)

“Mickey Rourke has dropped out of ‘In Bruges’ helmer Martin McDonough’s “Seven Psychopaths”. Asked why, Rourke said “the director was a jerkoff. He wanted a whole lot for nothing… He can go play with himself”…” (full details)

“Mimi Rogers has been tapped to guest star as the mother of Walden (Ashton Kutcher) in at least two episodes of the veteran CBS comedy series “Two and a Half Men”…” (full details)

“Vittorio Storaro, cinematographer for Bernardo Bertolucci’s “The Last Emperor”, has revealed that the film will be undergoing a new 3D transfer. A few scenes of the Oscar winner have already been converted and “Bernardo is thrilled with it” says Storaro…” (full details)

“Martin Scorsese says that not only is 3-D the future of storytelling, but he hopes the movies over the next few years will become ever-more interactive – “If everything moves along and there’s no major catastrophe were headed toward holograms”…” (full details)

“The upcoming Blu-ray sampler release of “Star Trek: The Next Generation” has been forced to upconvert 13 seconds of SD videotape footage for the episode “Sins of the Father” as the original film elements for those seconds of footage are missing. This has lead to a question as to whether this problem will re-occur on other episodes in the seasonal box sets…” (full details)

“Rob Reiner is developing a film based on the court challenge to Proposition 8, the California initiative that banned same-sex marriage and was found unconstitutional by a federal district court judge. Reiner himself was involved in the real life challenge at one point…” (full details)

“Wrekin Hill Entertainment and Row 1 Productions have acquired the North American distribution rights to award-winning Chinese director Zhang Yimou’s “The Flowers of War” starring Christian Bale – this year’s official foreign language entry for China at the Academy Awards. The film will open the film in New York, Los Angeles and San Francisco in late December 2011 and the film will then expand through early 2012…” (full details)

“Myriad Pictures has scored worldwide rights, outside the U.K., to the new high-profile ensemble drama “Seconds of Pleasure” which Neil LaBute penned, Mike Figgis will direct and the likes of Matt Dillon, Julia Stiles, Brendan Fraser, Kristin Scott Thomas and Christina Hendricks are starring in…” (full details)

“Premiere Casting have announced that 1,000 extras will be required for filming of “Iron Man 3″ in Wilmington, North Carolina with shooting from May 2012 until January 2013. Click the link for details” (full details)

“The Weinstein Company has acquired U.S. rights to the comedic drama ‘Song for Marion” starring Vanessa Redgrave, Gemma Arterton and Terence Stamp. The story follows a crotchety pensioner who gets talked into joining an unconventional local choir …” (full details)

“Ron Howard’s racing drama “Rush” has been snapped up by StudioCanal for UK distribution. Penned by Peter Morgan (“Frost/Nixon”), the film stars Chris Hemsworth…” (full details)

“Myriad Pictures has signed with Asia Digital Entertainment to distribute the action thriller A Common Man starring Ben Kingsley and Ben Cross…” (full details)