News Shorts: October 20th 2008

“Several new TV spots for “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” have dropped the last three words from the title in certain markets. Also the trailer for “Fanboys” will be attached to that film…” (full details)

“With ‘The Soloist’ now pushed back to March, for economic reasons more than anything else it seems, Paramount will now back an Academy campaign for Robert Downey’s supporting role in “Tropic Thunder” instead…” (full details)

“Producer Charles Roven says there is “no momentum” on his Warner Bros adaptation of ‘The Flash’. He also confirms that Ron Perlman will co-star in the 14th century-set Nicolas Cage thriller “Season of the Witch” and that production on a ‘Robotech’ movie will kick off next year…” (full details)

“Will we ever see a ‘Lost’ movie? “There’s a chance, but my gut is it would never happen” says executive producer J.J. Abrams…” (full details)

“Malcolm Lee (“Soul Men”) is looking into potentially directing film adaptations of comics “Power Man” and “Iron Fist”…” (full details)

“AMPAS has published the list of 67 films submitted by their respective countries to try and compete for the 2008 Foreign Language Oscar. Notable titles include France’s Palme d’Or winner ‘The Class’, Israel’s ‘Waltz with Bashir’, Italy’s ‘Gomorra’, and Germany’s ‘The Baader Meinhof Complex’…” (full details)

“‘Star Trek’ director JJ Abrams and writers Roberto Orci and Alex Kurtzman have penned the story for ‘Star Trek: Countdown’, a four-issue comic prequel series to be released from January to April next year. The story deals with the origin of the film’s mysterious Romulan nemesis Nero and will bridge the events between the Next Generation era (from ‘Unification’ through to post-Nemesis) and the new film’s continuity…” (full details)

“Mr. Blackwell, the acerbic designer whose annual worst-dressed list skewered the fashion felonies of celebrities from Zsa Zsa Gabor to Britney Spears, has died. He was 86. Blackwell died Sunday of complications from an intestinal infection, publicist Harlan Boll said…” (full details)

“Robin Williams is suing Frank and Beans Prods. and Gold Circle Films over $6 million allegedly owed the actor on a pay-or-play deal to star in the detective comedy “A Couple of Dicks”…” (full details)

“Samuel L. Jackson confirms that he’ll have a much more prominent role in the next ‘Iron Man’ as S.H.I.E.L.D. director Nick Fury…” (full details)

“Emmy winner Zeljko Ivanek (“Damages”) will join the cast of “Heroes” later this season in a multi-episode part of “Volume Four: Fugitives” which begins with episode 14 in early February. He plays the character of Hunter…” (full details)

“Fox has given a full-season order to “Terminator: The Sarah Connor Chronicles.” Cast and crew were informed of the decision late Friday. The back nine order was far from certain; show has been struggling in its Monday night time slot…” (full details)