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News Shorts: January 11th 2012

By Garth Franklin Tuesday January 10th 2012 11:20PM
News Shorts: January 11th 2012

Photos from The Hunger Games, Warm Bodies, The Words, Sinister and The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Set photos of Kevin Costner shooting Man of Steel and a bloody Gemma Arterton filming Byzantium, along with pics of a Space Jockey-esque mask from Prometheus.

"Paramount Pictures, Universal Pictures and Walt Disney Pictures have all purchased ad space during this year's Superbowl game, set to air on February 5th but Fox, Sony & Warners haven't. TV spots are likely to include G.I. Joe: Retaliation, John Carter and The Avengers…" (full details)

"Asked if he would be a part of any "X-Men: First Class" sequels, Michael Fassbender says '"I have no choice. They contracted me for two options. I gotta get down with it. We're at the ground level, but yeah I think there's going to be another one'…" (full details)

"Tickets for IMAX screenings of "The Dark Knight Rises" in July have already gone on sale at AMC IMAX cinemas in San Fransisco, Los Angeles and New York…" (full details)

"Producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura says that Bruce Willis is "probably going to" commit to his "Magnificent Seven"-esque ensemble western "Five Against the Bullet" at Sony Pictures. There's four other key roles and a fifth 'cameo' style part which are all expected to be filled by big names.…" (full details)

"Four 30-second unique "Act of Valor" commercials, featuring exclusive content, will run throughout NBC’s. nationally televised coverage of Super Bowl XLVI on February 5th 2012…" (full details)

"Faith No More frontman Mike Patton has signed on to score Derek Cianfrance's upcoming film "The Place Beyond the Pines" with Ryan Gosling, Bradley Cooper, Ray Liotta and Eva Mendes…" (full details)

"New Blu-ray dates announced including "Take Shelter" and "Tower Heist" on February 21st; J. Edgar" on February 21st; "Hugo" on February 28th; Immortals," "Footloose" (2011), "Jack and Jill," and "Like Crazy" on March 6th; "A Dangerous Method" on March 13th; "Carnage" and "Battle Royale: The Complete Collection" on March 20th; the classic "Chinatown" on April 3rd; and "Cinema Verite" on April 24th…" (full details)

""Breaking Bad" star Bryan Cranston will guest-star on this year's two-part season finale of animated spy comedy "Archer," Cranston will play Commander Drake, an "earnest, conscientious astronaut" fighting to quell a mutiny on the International Space Station…" (full details)

"Emma Stone, Andy Samberg and Nick Cannon are all set to guest star on "30 Rock" in the upcoming season. Each will appear in a faux trailer for a 'Valentine's Day' and 'New Year's Eve'-esque ensemble rom-com called "Martin Luther King Day" which Jenna (Jane Krakowski) has a part in…" (full details)

"'Resident Evil Retribution' has now been retitled "Re5ident Evil" and will follow Alice from Tokyo to New York, Washington D.C. and Moscow as she hunts those responsible for the outbreak…" (full details)

"British actor Joseph Gatt ("Thor") has scored an unspecified role in J.J. Abrams' upcoming "Star Trek" sequel at Paramount Pictures…" (full details)

"Paramount Pictures has acquired worldwide distribution rights to the James Cameron-produced "Cirque du Soleil" 3D feature film. Entitled "Cirque du Soleil Worlds Away", the Andrew Adamson-directed feature has yet to set a release date…" (full details)

"Paul Rudd is set to guest star as Leslie Knope's opponent in upcoming episodes of "Parks and Recreation"…" (full details)

"The Directors' Guild of America has released its nominations list - Woody Allen ("Midnight in Paris"), David Fincher ("The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo"), Michel Hazanavicius ("The Artist"), Alexander Payne ("The Descendants") and Martin Scorsese ("Hugo"), …" (full details)

"Universal Pictures celebrates its 100th anniversary this year and has announced a restoration of 13 of its iconic films: "All Quiet on the Western Front," "The Birds," "Abbott and Costello's Buck Privates," "Dracula (1931)," the Spanish-language "Dracula", "Frankenstein," "Jaws," "Schindler's List," "Out of Africa," "Pillow Talk," "Bride of Frankenstein," "The Sting" and "To Kill a Mockingbird"…" (full details)

Finally today we get a proper HD comparison clip of the upcoming "Star Trek: The Next Generation" Blu-ray release - the video effectively demonstrating the difference between the DVDs and the upcoming massively remastered Blus. The shock is the color, Picard's tunic now looks properly red for example.

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