Quick News: Venom, Isle, Shel, Green, Oscars

A new behind-the-scenes picture of Tom Hardy on the set of the “Spider-Man” spin-off “Venom” has gone up and teases a glimpse of the character in costume on-set. Hardy is reportedly using motion capture to portray Venom in the movie so his on-set appearance will likely differ wildly from the final result. [Source: Instagram]

Isle of Dogs
Filmmaker Wes Anderson’s new stop-motion animated feature “Isle Of Dogs” has been set to world premiere in competition as the opening night film of the 68th Berlin Film Festival on February 15th, over a month ahead of the U.S. domestic release on March 23rd.

The story follows Atari Kobayashi, 12-year-old ward to corrupt Mayor Kobayashi. When, by Executive Decree, all the canine pets of Megasaki City are exiled to a vast garbage-dump, Atari sets off alone in a miniature Junior-Turbo Prop and flies to Trash Island in search of his bodyguard-dog, Spots. [Source: Berlinale]

A Boy Named Shel
James Franco is reportedly in talks to direct and star in a film about prolific children’s book author, cartoonist, and lyricist Shel Silverstein for MWM Studios and Wonderland Sound and Vision.

Chris Shafer and Paul Vicknair will pen the adaptation based on Lisa Rogak’s book “A Boy Named Shel”. Silverstein’s work has sold over 20 million copies and the film will follow his struggles professionally, personally and trace how he became the iconic author he is today. [Source: Variety]

Green Book
Linda Cardellini has joined Mahershala Ali and Viggo Mortensen in the Peter Farrelly-directed historical drama “Green Book” for Participant Media and Amblin Partners. Farrelly, Nick Vallelonga and Brian Currie co-wrote the script with filming to begin this week.

The story follows Tony Lip, an Italian-American bouncer with a seventh-grade education, who in 1962 was hired to drive Dr. Don Shirley, one of the world’s finest jazz pianists, on a concert tour from New York City through pre-Civil Rights era Deep South. The journey opened both men’s eyes to each other, and to the world they lived in. [Source: Variety]

2018 Oscars
ABC and AMPAS have announced that the 90th Oscars telecast on Sunday, March 4th will begin at 8pm US-PST, a half hour earlier than the prior Oscars broadcast. As previously announced, late-night talk show favorite Jimmy Kimmel will return to host. Check out the new promo for the telecast below: