News Shorts: September 13th 2012

The first photo of Elijah Wood in the suspense thriller Grand Piano, and numerous shots from Clint Eastwood’s Trouble with the Curve, the Zac Efron-led At Any Price, Pierce Brosnan in Love is All You Need, and finally Eric Bana and Charlie Hunnam in Deadfall.

New set photos of Alan Rickman, Jane Fonda and Oprah Winfrey in The Butler; Chris Pine and Kenneth Branagh shooting Jack Ryan; Vin Diesel, Paul Walker and Dwayne Johnson shooting Fast Six

Posters for Universal Soldier: Day of Reckoning, Smashed, A Late Quartet, The Impossible, Cloud Atlas, Sinister, Trouble with the Curve.

Numerous online rumours have been shot down today. There is NO extended director’s cut of “The Dark Knight Rises” coming to disc. “Pirates of the Caribbean 5” is still in development and will NOT be filming in Puerto Rico later this year. Finally Viggo Mortensen will NOT be playing Doctor Strange in ‘Thor: The Dark World’.

Now with a half year to sit and reflect, “John Carter” director Andrew Stanton recently spoke with The L.A. Times about where things went wrong with the big-budget sci-fi flop.

“Production is set to begin on Saturday, September 15th in Toronto on MGM and Sony’s ‘RoboCop’ remake being directed by Jose Padilha. Joel Kinnaman, Gary Oldman, Michael Keaton, Samuel L. Jackson, Abbie Cornish, Jackie Earle Haley, Michael K. Williams, Jay Baruchel, Jennifer Ehle, and Marianne Jean-Baptiste star…” ()

“Marvel’s EVP of post-production says due to popular demand from fans, Edgar Wright’s test footage reel for ‘Ant-Man’ is being cleaned up for release online shortly. Said clip was played in July at the San Diego Comic Con…” (full details)

“Showtime and the BBC have announced a third season, nine episode renewal for their TV industry satire ‘Episodes’ starring Matt LeBlanc…” (full details)

“The Prince Charles Cinema in London’s Leicester Square has found the ultimate solution to inconsiderate filmgoers – cinema ninjas. Volunteers get to watch the movie for free in exchange for donning a black body suit and pouncing on misbehaving moviegoers…” (full details)

“Nintendo’s anticipated new console, the Wii U, is set to hit U.S. stores on November 18th and European stores on November 20th. US suggested retail price is $300-350…” (full details)

“New release dates include ‘Sinister’ delayed a week to October 12th, ‘The Sessions’ moved up a week to October 19th, ‘Killing Them Softly’ pushed back a month to November 30th, ‘Starbuck’ delayed six months to March 29th 2013, and a March 21st 2014 release date announced for Summit’s action sci-fi tale ‘Divergent’…” (full details)

“With filming on “Iron Man 3″ finishing up in Wilmington, North Carolina; the production will move Fort Lauderdale, Florida for shooting to commence at the start of October…” (full details)

“Fandango and will start selling advanced tickets for ‘The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn – Part 2’ from October 1st at midnight…” (full details)

“James Cameron says he came close to adapting Michael Crichton’s ‘Jurassic Park’ before Spielberg beat him to the rights. He says Spielberg’s sensibility was right for the film as if he’d done it, his take would’ve been ‘Nastier, much nastier… mine would have been ‘Aliens’ with dinosaurs’…” (full details)

“Digital Domain, the digital production company founded by director James Cameron has filed for Chapter 11 bankruptcy protection and agreed to sell the core of its business to a private investment firm for $15 million…” (full details)

“Two locations in Kathryn Bigelow’s ‘Zero Dark Thirty’ feature will be available as multiplayer maps in Electronic Arts’ upcoming ‘Medal of Honor Warfighter’ game starting mid-December – the same week that the movie hits theaters…” (full details)