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News Shorts: December 18th 2012

By Garth Franklin Tuesday December 18th 2012 07:40AM
News Shorts: December 18th 2012

Photos for Gangster Squad, Kill Your Darlings, The Hangover Part III and RED 2.

Posters for Parker, A Haunted House, and Escape from Planet Earth.

20th Century Fox has revealed the worldwide release dates for The Wolverine. There's also a trailer for the upcoming Blu-ray release of Willow, and a new viral website for Star Trek Into Darkness.

"'Draft Day', the football-themed drama script with Kevin Costner attached, topped the annual Black List of Hollywood's best unproduced screenplays…" (full details)

"Criterion have announced their March Blu-ray titles which include Terrence Malick’s 'Badlands,' Fritz Lang's 'Ministry of Fear,' Robert Bresson's 'A Man Escaped,' the Charlie Chaplin title 'Monsieur Verdoux,' the 50's version of 'The Blob,' and Powell and Pressburger's 'The Life and Death of Colonel Blimp'…" (full details)

"The Weinstein Company has scrapped the L.A. premiere of Quentin Tarantino's 'Django Unchained' following the Connecticut massacre. The film will still be shown, but there will be no red carpet and only cast members and their families who haven’t seen the film yet are invited…" (full details)

"Michael Finch ("Predators") is set to pen the supernatural action flick "Hellified" at Paramount and Di Bonaventura Pictures. The story follows a strike force, comprised of criminals, that goes to Hell in order to stop the End of Days…" (full details)

"Freestyle Releasing and Digital Media have picked up all theatrical, DVD and VOD rights to Julia Dyer’s 'The Playroom' and have set a February 8th day-and-date release…" (full details)

"Production has started on "Ghost Ghirls," a Web comedy series from Shine America and Jack Black’s Electric Dynamite Prods., which is set to debut in Spring 2013 on Yahoo! Screen…" (full details)

"The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences have the seven films remain in competition for the Makeup and Hairstyling category at the 85th Academy Awards. They include: Hitchcock, The Hobbit: An Unexpected Journey, Les Misérables, Lincoln, Looper, Men in Black 3, Snow White and the Huntsman…" (full details)

"A 58-key upright piano, which actor and singer Dooley Wilson performed 'As Time Goes By' on in the film classic 'Casablanca,' sold at Sotheby’s for $602,500 including commission…" (full details)

"FilmDistrict has moved 'Olympus Has Fallen' to March 22nd to create more space between it and rival 'White House Down' which opens June 28th…" (full details)

"A recent casting call for 'The Amazing Spider-Man 2' seems to give away the fate of one of the key characters…" (full details)

"Hans Zimmer will replace musician Jack White as composer on Gore Verbinski's upcoming 'The Lone Ranger' at Disney Pictures. Scheduling conflicts have forced White to pull out…" (full details)

Finally, A&E has unveiled a combination feature and trailer for the upcoming television series "Bates Motel," a contemporary-set prequel to "Psycho" exploring the life of a young Norman Bates.

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