News Shorts: October 15th 2008

Posters for Australia, Easy Virtue, Changeling, The Haunting in Connecticut.

– James Cameron was interviewed by CBC’s “The Hour with George Stroumboulopoulos” and talked about Avatar.

“The SCREAM 2008 Awards will feature exclusive world premiere footage from two of Warner Brothers’ most highly anticipated releases of the coming year – “Watchmen” and “Friday The 13th”. A test screening is taking place Watchmen at the Regal Lloyd Center 10 Theater in Portland Oregon this Thursday evening…” (full details)

“Magnolia Pictures has nabbed North American rights to the Tribeca-premiered Vegas heist drama “Yonkers Joe,” starring Chazz Palminteri, Christine Lahti and Tom Guiry…” (full details)

“Harrison Ford has officially quashed fears of Shia LaBeouf taking up the lead role mantle in future “Indiana Jones” sequels – “No, that’s never been (the idea)… I think it just doesn’t work that way. And there’s definitely a distinction between passing the fedora and someone picking it up”…” (full details)

“Screen Media Films has nabbed U.S. rights to producer/star Alec Baldwin’s drama “Lymelife.” Cynthia Nixon, Timothy Hutton, Jill Hennessey, Rory Culkin, Kieran Culkin and Emma Roberts also star in the late-’70s tale of a teen and his family whose Long Island town gets hit hard by Lyme disease…” (full details)

“Iran’s foreign-language feature Oscar entry “The Song of Sparrows” is heading to U.S. theaters this spring from Regent Releasing. Majid Majidi’s drama focuses on an ostrich farmer whose firing leads him to Tehran. His new job as a motorcycle taxi driver and big city life threaten to change his honest nature…” (full details)

“Showtime has picked up the dark comedy pilot “The End of Steve”. Perry, who co-wrote and co-produced the film with Peter Tolan, plays an unhappy, egomaniacal TV talk show host, confined to working on an afternoon show in Rochester, New York, and seeking redemption both personally and professionally…” (full details)