News Shorts: September 24th 2012

Heaps of stills from Seven Psychopaths, Matt Damon and Michael Douglas filming Behind the Candelabra, and a first picture of Benicio Del Toro and Mathieu Amalric in Arnaud Desplechin’s Jimmy Picard.

There’s also set photos of Jim Carrey in mask and Aaron Johnson not wearing any underwear on the set of Kick Ass 2, Ryan Gosling and Rooney Mara arriving in Austin to film Terrence Malick’s next, and the ‘Naughties’ CG smurfs in The Smurfs 2.

Posters for Liz and Dick, Frankenweenie, Stand Up Guys, Gambit, Room 237, Rise of the Guardians, Promised Land and Beautiful Creatures.

“The Weinstein Company have acquired U.S. rights from Butler Films to distribute Lee Daniels’ ‘The Butler’ which is currently in production in New Orleans. The all-star film will likely get an awards run release next Fall…” (full details)

“Robert Rodriguez says the upcoming ‘Sin City: A Dame to Kill For’ will be closer to the source material than the stories adapted in the previous film…” (full details)

“The Wachowski siblings and Tom Tykwer’s epic ‘Cloud Atlas’ will score a run in IMAX theatres along with regular screens when it opens October 26th…” (full details)

“John Travolta has confirmed he’s ‘entertaining the possibility of doing’ two upcoming films – a remake of John Woo’s iconic ‘The Killer’ and a biopic of American football coach Vince Lombardi…” (full details)

“Filmmaker Michael Cimino won Oscar glory with ‘The Deer Hunter’, then followed it up with one of the most costly flops of all time – the western ‘Heaven’s Gate’. Decades on, he now says he has a new film project in mind which he hopes to shoot in digital soon…” (full details)

“‘Treme’ executive producer David Simon has announced that HBO had officially greenlit a shortened fourth and final season of the show which will run between 6-8 episodes and events wise will likely lead up to the start of the global financial crisis in 2008…” (full details)

“A crew member on the sets of Johnny Depp-starrer forthcoming film ‘The Lone Ranger’ has died of apparent drowning. The unnamed 48-year-old diver is thought to have suffered a heart attack while cleaning out a pool that was going to be used in the film…” (full details)

“Magnet has picked up US rights to Adrian Garcia Bogliano’s horror feature ‘Here Comes the Devil’ about a Mexican family whose children become possessed after they explore a cursed cave…” (full details)

“Tribeca Film has acquired North American rights to Enrique Urbizu’s Goya Award-winner ‘No Rest For The Wicked’, a Spanish thriller about a corrupt police officer caught up in a web of conspiracy…” (full details)

“IFC Films has acquired North American rights to Ruba Nadda’s ‘Inescapable’ about a Syrian expatriate returning home to find his missing daughter. They’ve also scored Noah Baumbach’s comedic fable ‘Frances Ha’ starring Greta Gerwig…” (full details)

“FilmEngine has acquired the young-skewing buddy caper movie ‘Blacklisted’…” (full details)

“Music Box Films has acquired all US and Canadian rights to Travis Fine’s “Any Day Now” for a release this December. The story follows a gay couple in the 1970s that takes in an abandoned mentally handicapped teenager and becomes the family he’s never had…” (full details)

“Peter Jackson’s ‘The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey’ will be getting a royal premiere in London on December 12th. Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln will have its official world premiere at the closing night gala of AFI Fest 2012 on November 8th…” (full details)

“Open Road Films, in partnership with Endgame Entertainment, has acquired all U.S. distribution rights to ‘A Haunted House’, co-written by and starring Marlon Wayans…” (full details)