News Shorts: October 2nd 2009

Posters and banners for New Moon, The Crazies, Antichrist, Dare, The Messenger, Capitalism: A Love Story, Planet 51.

Several bits of set video are up including Tom Cruise and Cameron Diaz shooting Wichita, an explosion on the set of The Green Hornet, and some user-generated videos of second unit shooting on Christopher Nolan’s Inception.

“James Franco (“Spider-Man,” “Pineapple Express”) will play the recurring role of a mobster on the long-running ABC daytime series “General Hospital” for two months staring November 20th…” (full details)

“On an Italian talk show, Quentin Tarantino flatly denied any chance of a ‘Pulp Fiction’ sequel, said ‘maybe’ to an ‘Inglourious Basterds’ prequel, and volunteered that he’d be very much up for a third volume of ‘Kill Bill’…” (full details)

“If all goes according to plan, an Arnold Schwarzenegger cameo could be seen in the upcoming Robert Rodriguez remake Predators…” (full details)

“IMAX Corporation and Warner Bros. Pictures have announced that Christopher Nolan’s “Inception” will be released to IMAX theatres simultaneously with the film’s wide release in conventional theatres on July 16th 2010. Unlike his previous film “The Dark Knight”, “Inception” has no footage shot natively on IMAX…” (full details)

“Guillermo del Toro says he’s “VERY HAPPY!” about the in-progress Director’s Cut that’s being finished up right now of his 1998 feature “Mimic”. A Criterion release of his first Spanish-language feature “Cronos” is also headed for release…” (full details)

“Disney has denied reports of writing out the Jack Sparrow character from the upcoming fourth “Pirates of the Caribbean” movie…” (full details)

“‘Silent Hill 2’ screenwriter Roger Avary has been sentenced to a year in jail, stemming from a drunk-driving accident that took the life of a passenger. It isn’t quite clear yet how Avary’s sentencing will affect production…” (full details)

“NBC and DreamWorks Animation SKG, Inc. will air two all-new, family-friendly half-hour animated holiday television specials based on ‘Monsters vs. Aliens’ and ‘Madagascar’. The specials will air October 28th and November 17th respectively…” (full details)

“Relativity Media has picked up the screenplay Rubicon from writers Ric Roman Waugh (Felon) and Michael Alan Lerner. Atlas Entertainment will be making this film. Waugh is going to direct this project. Rubicon is a revenge piece that is set in a Mexican border town…” (full details)

“Legendary Japanese animation director Hayao Miyazaki (‘Spirited Away,’ ‘Ponyo’) is in discussions to helm two more feature-length films over the next three years. The next Studio Ghibli project is “Tale of the Bamboo Cutter” opening next year and directed by Isao Takahata (“My Neigbours The Yamadas”)…” (full details)

“Though none have signed, the likes of Shia LaBeouf, Scarlett Johansson, Ryan Gosling, Paul Dano and Michael Shannon have had their names associated with the Depression-era bootleggers indie drama “The Wettest County in the World” that John Hillcoat (“The Road,” “The Proposition”) is directing…” (full details)

“Stephen King has signed on to turn his novella “The Colorado Kid” into an hourlong series entitled “Haven” for indie studio E1 Entertainment with 13 episodes committed. The story centers on a spooky town in Maine where cursed folk live normal lives in exile…” (full details)

“The Digital 3D re-release of animated classic “Beauty and the Beast” has been delayed from February 12th 2010 to an undisclosed date in 2011 to coincide with the twentieth anniversary of the film.”