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News Shorts: May 17th 2012

By Garth Franklin Thursday May 17th 2012 08:00AM
News Shorts: May 17th 2012

New posters for Anchorman: The Legend Continues, A Royal Affair, GI Joe Retaliation, The Good Doctor, The Babymakers, Prometheus, The Amazing Spider-Man and Mission: Blacklist.

New photos from Stolen, Passion, The Longest Week, Maladies, The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman, and Scarlett Johansson on the set of Hitchcock.

"Terrence Malick's romance drama starring Ben Affleck and Rachel McAdams has scored both an R-rating and a title - 'To the Wonder'…" (full details)

"The disc release of Kenneth Lonergan’s long-delayed "Margaret" on July 10th will sport a three-hour extended cut with 36 minutes of added footage…" (full details)

"Wes Anderson says that he plans to follow up 'Moonrise Kingdom' with a new script he's halfway through in which the story takes place in Europe…" (full details)

"Matthew Modine has gotten into a Twitter pissing match with Marvel fans, saying ''TDKR' is the best of the series, predicts it'll kick 'Avengers' butt at the box office. 'Batman' ala Nolan is dark and human. Relatable. 'Avengers' is cartoon fantasy - nice kid flick…" (full details)

"Cartoon Network's Adult Swim is planning an untitled animated series based on the 'Harold and Kumar' movie series…" (full details)

"Warner Bros. Pictures will release a series of toasters in September designed to burn images from famous movies into slices of bread. They include "Friday the 13th," "Gremlins," "Little Shop of Horrors," "A Nightmare on Elm Street," "Watchmen," "The Goonies," "A Christmas Story," "The Wizard of Oz" and "Where the Wild Things Are"…" (full details)

"Most of the cast of 'The Avengers' took home $2-3 million pay checks, Samuel L. Jackson and Scarlett Johansson scored around twice that, and Robert Downey Jr. is set to score up to $50 million due to his post-"Iron Man" deal which gives him a cut of the profits…" (full details)

"The old Spartacus is meeting the new as Kirk Douglas and Liam McIntyre will be on hand to discuss the cultural impact of the character and celebrating the release Douglas' new book "I Am Spartacus! Making a Film, Breaking the Blacklist". The event will take place at the Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Goldenson Theater on Thursday May 31st…" (full details)

Cannes acquisitions so far include Dimension Films scoring the psychological thriller 'Compulsion', Sony Pictures Classics getting Susanne Bier's rom-com 'Love is All You Need', CBS Films scoring the action thriller 'Ends of the Earth', IFC acquiring the Sundance comedy 'Save the Date', The Weinstein Company taking Aussie Dreamgirls-esque 'The Sapphires', Samuel Goldwyn taking Stephen Gyllenhaal's politically-themed 'Grassroots', and FilmDistrict has landed the horror film 'Oculus'.

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