News Shorts: September 22nd 2009

New behind-the-scenes images from New Moon, photos of Jackie Chan and Jaden Smith shooting The Kung Fu Kid, the van to be used by The A-Team, and some publicity stills from Takers.

Posters for The Tooth Fairy, The Kung Fu Kid, The Princess and the Frog, Get Low, Blind Date, Saw VI, The Men Who Stare at Goats, The Imaginarium of Doctor Parnassus, A Christmas Carol, From Mexico with Love, The Blind Side, Did You Hear About the Morgans, Takers, Creation, Red Cliff.

A video clip on Youtube features an alleged glimpse of a costume test photo of Nic Cage in the Superman costume for Tim Burton’s defunct “Superman Lives” project that was in active development in the late 90’s.

“Patrick Wilson (“Watchmen,” “Little Children”) will also be featured as a CIA operative in the upcoming ‘The A-Team’ film…” (full details)

“Nigerian Information Minister Dora Akunyili has requested that all Nigerian cinemas stop showing “District 9″, confiscate all copies and potentially remove offending scenes, and has written to Sony asking for an ‘unconditional apology’. D9 portrays all its Nigerian characters as cannibalistic gangsters…” (full details)

“Asked about helming a potential ‘Magneto’ movie, ‘Wolverine’ director Gavin Hood says “Absolutely, if I was asked I’d take an interest. But the truth is I haven’t been asked and I think that the studio right now is waiting to see how we do with the DVDs, and who knows where we’ll all be if and when a ‘Wolverine 2’ script is ready”…” (full details)

“Michael Sheen claims he’s heard the rumors but hasn’t been approached to star in the fourth “Underworld” – “I’m not sure. I’ve heard rumor of it, but nobody has actually spoken to me about it, so I don’t know. Maybe it is going to take place without me. I’m not sure”…” (full details)

“Sundance Selects label has acquired North American rights to Don Argott’s documentary “The Art of the Steal,” 10 days after the film premiered at the Toronto Film Festival. IFC, which handles theatrical in the U.S., has committed to a 15-city theatrical rollout next year. …” (full details)

“Walden Media and Kerner Entertainment have picked up “Mrs. Doubtfire” co-writer Randi Mayem Singer’s contemporary genie story “Gene”. Plot details of the live action family film are being kept under wraps. Jordan Kerner is producing…” (full details)

“Coca-Cola Zero has set up a brand new viral website for James Cameron’s “Avatar” and reveals a lot of detail about the planet Pandora and what the humans are up to there. Stephen Lang delivers a video blog as his Colonel Quaritch character while there’s some impressive artwork as well…” (full details)

“Quentin Tarantino’s “Inglourious Basterds” has surpassed “Pulp Fiction” at the box office and is now the filmmaker’s highest grossing film ever. The film has grossed over $108 million in North American box office receipts since its initial release on August 21st…” (full details)

“”Iron Man 2″ actress Scarlett Johansson will be auctioning off two tickets to the film’s premiere, along with a meet-and-greet with Johansson herself. The auction kicked off yesterday at and will run through September 24th. The winning bidder and a guest will receive tickets to the Los Angeles premiere and will also receive a complementary session at Cristophe Salon in Beverly Hills to get ready for the big night…” (full details)

“John Glenn (“Eagle Eye”) will executive produce the new Fox drama “Fallen”. The story revolves around a group of vigilante “fallen” angels who take down the criminal and the corrupt in New York while falling in love, battling demons and seeking their own personal revenge…” (full details)

“‘Zombieland’ co-writer Rhett Reese has revealed that the late Patrick Swayze was going to have a cameo role in the horror-comedy before he was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer. Swayze unfortunately had to bow out at the time…” (full details)

“Summit Home Entertainment has acquired Jason Brown’s documentary feature “Twilight in Forks: The Saga of the Real Town,” a look at the town of Forks, Wash., where the “Twilight” books and films are set. It will hit stores early next year, timed to the DVD release of “The Twilight Saga: New Moon.”…” (full details)

“3D Entertainment has acquired distribution rights to “Air Racers 3D: Forces of Flight,” the story of rookie pilot Steve Hinton Jr. as he prepares for the Reno National Championship Air Races. Pretend Entertainment and Stereoscope are producing the film which will be released in Imax 3D and 2D theaters in the U.S. next fall…” (full details)

“Sony Pictures Worldwide Acquisitions Group is in final negotiations to acquire the Woody Harrelson comedy “Defendor”. Peter Stebbings’ movie stars Harrelson as a man who is under the delusion that he is a superhero and sets out on a series of adventures to protect a crime-beset city. Kat Dennings and Sandra Oh also star…” (full details)