News Shorts: September 27th 2008

Tim Burton’s Alice in Wonderland has already been filming its live-action portions for more than a week in the county of Cornwall and a photo of Alice herself (Mia Wasikowska) along with Tim Burton on set has gone online.

“Shia LaBeouf thriller “Eagle Eye” took in $9.8 million on Friday and will easily win the weekend, more than double second place “Nights in Rodanthe with $4.8 million. Spike Lee’s “Miracle at St. Anna” has bombed with a mere $985,000 on opening day putting it in ninth place…” (full details)

“DreamWorks Animation will keep up its distribution with Paramount through 2012. This would include a “Kung Fu Panda” sequel which would see a release in 2011…” (full details)

“Warner Bros. has sent out a mailer to Oscar voters indicating they will now have the option to receive their Academy Award screener discs on either DVD or Blu-ray. The reason for the push is “The Dark Knight” director Christopher Nolan who’s a big supporter of the Blu-ray format…” (full details)

“George Clooney has shown a lot of interest in the role of the Lone Ranger, and the studio’s been talking to him about it” says a scooper about Disney’s upcoming ‘Lone Ranger’ movie in which Johnny Depp has already been cast as Tonto…” (full details)

“Although the deal with MGM was set to expire December 31st, the Weinstein Company is taking back seven titles that it will release itself before the end of the year – wide releases “Zack and Miri Make a Porno” and “The Road” along with platform releases “Killshot,” “Fanboys,” “Crossing Over,” “Extreme Movie” and “Shanghai.” MGM will remain distributors on “Soul Men” and “Hurricane Season”…” (full details)

“Tim Robbins vows that he’ll never make sequels – “I wouldn’t want to do it. I don’t like sequels, so I don’t want to do sequels…” (full details)

“Mark Fergus and Hawk Ostby (“Children of Men,” “Iron Man”) has confirmed that “There are some really juicy [movies] that we are very much talking intensely with Marvel about” and have already been vying heavily for a certain project (they won’t say which)”…” (full details)

“Keira Knightley admits that she’s done with the “Pirates of the Caribbean” series for now – “I think it’s [time to do] different things”…” (full details)

“Anne Hathaway says that she asked Fox about their plans for a ‘Devil Wears Prada’ sequel to which they replied “we can’t make a story, and it’s not worth it to damage the original film”. Hathaway says that she would be up for returning to her role though if they ever do it…” (full details)