News Shorts: October 5th 2011

New stills from Hugo, Wuthering Heights, The Barrens, My Week with Marilyn, The Thing and The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo.

New posters for Wuthering Heights, A Very Harold & Kumar 3D Christmas, The Muppets and Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol.

Set photos of a bloodied James McAvoy shooting Trance, a wet Kristen Stewart filming scenes on a beach for Snow White and the Huntsman, Ryan Gosling and Josh Brolin at work on The Gangster Squad, and Ryan Reynolds waving a gun around on the set of R.I.P.D..

“Fox Searchlight has confirmed they’re releasing Steve McQueen’s “Shame”, the sex addict drama starring Michael Fassbender, in limited U.S. theatrical release on December 2nd. As Magneto’s other ‘red helmet’ makes numerous appearances alongside some graphic sex, it’s expected the rating will be NC-17…” (full details)

“Joel Schumacher has revealed that his aborted third “Batman” film, “Batman Triumphant”, would’ve had Nicolas Cage starring as The Scarecrow. Schumacher says at the time, which was before ‘Batman & Robin’ was released, he “begged the studio for ‘The Dark Knight Returns’ but they wanted [another] family friendly, toyetic thing”…” (full details)

“A brand protection company working for Sony Pictures registered a dozen URLS two days ago suggesting they are planning something around the term “Skyfall” and James Bond. Could this be the title of the next 007 film?…” (full details)

“Blake Lively has passed on the role of Elizabeth Bennet in the upcoming “Pride and Prejudice and Zombies”, making her at least the fifth high profile actress to opt-out of the production…” (full details)

“”Footloose” remake star Kenny Wormald is being suggested as a potential star for another 80’s remake – “Dirty Dancing”…” (full details)

“Lime Orchard Productions has scored film and TV rights to Meredith Goldstein’s debut novel “The Singles”. The rom-com follows the intertwining stories of five single friends who attend a Maryland wedding weekend and face head on the disillusionment of adulthood…” (full details)

“New Line Cinema is in early talks to acquire an untitled comedy pitch, described as “Trading Places” meets “Grumpy Old Men”, which re-teams Steve Martin, Alec Baldwin and director/producer Adam Shankman. The trio previously worked together on the 2010 Oscars ceremony…” (full details)

“Pinewood Shepperton, Future Film and the BFI Film Fund are set to finance Omid Nooshin’s $2.5 million thriller “Last Passenger”. The story follows a doctor who finds himself on a runaway commuter train. Dougray Scott and Kara Tointon star…” (full details)

“Gold Circle Films has bought Sall Grover and Emma Jensen’s original screenplay “Sex on the First Date” which explores the longstanding question of whether a solid relationship can result from sex on the first date…” (full details)

“Hunting Lane Films has optioned the film rights to Tony D’souza’s third novel “Mule”. The contemporary story follows one couple’s unlikely foray into “muling” marijuana as a way to survive the recession…” (full details)

“”The Help” and “Cowboys and Aliens” are set to get DVD and Blu-ray releases on December 6th, while “Kung Fu Panda 2″ will hit December 13th…” (full details)

“Sony Pictures Classics has acquired the period comedy “Hysteria” for release. Maggie Gyllenhaal and Hugh Dancy star in the film about the invention of the first electro-mechanical vibrator…” (full details)

“Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: the Secret of the Unicorn will have an all-star premiere at the Rome International Film Festival…” (full details)