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News Shorts: February 14th 2012

By Garth Franklin Tuesday February 14th 2012 10:39AM

Photos of Brad Pitt rockin' a mullet in Cogan's Trade, the first photo of Saoirse Ronan in Byzantium, and a new look at Johnny Depp and Eva Green in Dark Shadows.

There's also set photos from the Eli Roth-led Aftershock, and looks at Jet Li in the Asian fantasy tale Flying Swords Of Dragon Gate, and Mads Mikkelsen in the period romancer A Royal Affair.

Also heaps of new photos from the Robert Pattinson Parisian period piece Bel Ami; the Will Ferrell-led Spanish language comedy Casa de mi Padre; and one-sheets for The Croods, Rise of the Guardians, Darling Companion and Wanderlust.

"Mattel have announced they will be making the pink hoverboard made famous by Michael J. Fox as Marty McFly in "Back to the Future II". Problem is they won't hover…" (full details)

A viral site has been launched for the still quite top-secret sci-fi project The Europa Report starring Sharlto Copley ("District 9") about astronauts exploring the liquid water oceans on one of Jupiter's moons - Europa.

"Steven Spielberg confirms that Peter Jackson looks to be doing the month-long physical mo-cap shoot for a sequel to "The Adventures of Tintin" immediately after "The Hobbit" wraps filming in June/July…" (full details)

"Filmmaker Michael Mann says he's recently been doing research for a new project called "The Tam" which will be set in the South China Sea. Alex Sage is presently writing the script in Indonesia…" (full details)

"Essence Atkins ("Dance Flick") will star in the indie "Smart Ass" which Marlon Wayans and Mike Tiddes are directing. The film is a spoof of a various found-footage pics like "Paranormal Activity" and "The Devil Inside Me." Shooting is currently underway in Los Angeles…" (full details)

"AMC’s The Walking Dead" drew in 8.1 million viewers for the premiere of the second half of its second season on Sunday, with 5.4 million in the 18-49 demo - the biggest key demo rating for a cable drama series program ever…" (full details)

"Denzel Washington says that he is considering playing jazz legend Thelonious Monk and has a script for it, he's also "hovering" around a comedy as his potential next project…" (full details)

""Eurotrip" and "Curb Your Enthusiasm" scribes Alec Berg and Jeff Schaffer have been hired to develop a feature based on YouTube hit "Ultimate Dog Tease" for Paramount's Insurge label…" (full details)

"Sony Pictures Classics has signed a multi-territory deal for Vera Farmiga's directorial debut "Higher Ground" covering much of Asia, Latin America and Europe…" (full details)

""The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn - Part 1" sold an estimated 3.2 million DVD and Blu-ray copies in its first weekend of release - that's 18% up on the previous film 'Eclipse' but 20% behind the second film 'New Moon'…" (full details)

"DC will be continuing the now finished "Smallville" TV series as a digital comic. The book will pick up where the show left off with Clark as Superman…" (full details)

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