News Shorts: October 10th 2011

Sony’s been doing some big promo stuff for David Fincher’s “The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo” over the past few days including some new stills and a new viral site.

Set photos of Arnold Schwarzenegger prepped to shoot The Expendables 2, plus some new shots from One for the Money.

Posters for Shame, J. Edgar, The Divide, A Dangerous Method, a motion poster for Melancholia and a quite controversial one-sheet for The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence.

“Abandoning a break-up plan it announced last month, Netflix said Monday morning that it had decided to keep its DVD-by-mail and online streaming services together under one name and one Web site rather than spinning off the new company Qwikster…” (full details)

“Magnet Releasing have acquired U.S. rights to Michael Nickles’ horror thriller “Playback” starring Christian Slater. Magnet will release the film through its Ultra VOD program in February, launching the film on all digital VOD platforms prior to its theatrical release in March.”

“It’s official, Fox has renewed “The Simpsons” for a 24th and 25th season, bringing the series total to an astonishing 559 episodes and affirming its place as the longest-running scripted show in television history.”

“New Regency has come onboard to co-finance and co-produce the Allen Hughes-helmed drama “Broken City” at Emmett/Furla Films with Mark Wahlberg and Russell Crowe attached to star. Fox will distribute the film about a former cop-turned-P.I. who is pulled into the politics of a corrupt mayoral election…” (full details)

“Cinemark Theaters says that if Universal Pictures moves forward with its ‘Tower Heist’ video-on-demand offering, as announced, Cinemark will decline to exhibit this film in any of its theaters…” (full details)

“CBS Films is set to release Lasse Hallstrom’s “Salmon Fishing In The Yemen” for a limited U.S. theatrical run on March 2nd 2012…” (full details)

l”Lgendary director Bernardo Bertolucci says that he’s ditched plans to make his next project “Io e Te” into a 3D feature and finds the process “expensive and vulgarly commercial”…” (full details)

“Martin Scorsese’s kid fantasy adaptation “Hugo” will have a work-in-progress screening at the New York Film Festival tonight…” (full details)

“NBC is developing a U.S. version of the Australian black comedy series “Laid”. The story follows a woman whose ex-boyfriends/one-night stands start dying under suspicious circumstances, prompting her to launch an investigation to try and stop the murder spree…” (full details)

“”Hustle and Flow” director Craig Brewer says that while he is working on a “Tarzan” film, it’s not a trilogy as rumoured and he has “never thought of it as a trilogy”…” (full details)

“”The Human Centipede II: Full Sequence” pulled in $54,000 from 18 screens over the weekend, that’s despite being restricted to only late shows on Friday and Saturday…” (full details)

“Spanish helmer Paco Cabezas (“Neon Flesh”) is attached to direct “Mr. Right” about a girl who falls for a guy that turns out to be a killer…” (full details)