Trade Breaks: Punisher, Darko, Eastern

“Actor Paddy Considine (“The Bourne Ultimatum,” “Hot Fuzz”) has revealed that he was offered the role of villain Jigsaw in Lionsgate’s “Punisher: War Zone,” but the studio has withdrawn his offer and is going with their first choice (unknown at present) who previously dropped out…” (full details)

“Richard Kelly has joined producing partner Sean McKittrick and financier Ted Hamm to form Darko Entertainment which aims to back modestly budgeted, director-driven films. First up is “Dirty Girl,” scheduled to start in November under the direction of Abe Sylvia. Also under the Darko banner is “The Box,” a psychological thriller starring Cameron Diaz that is in pre-production…” (full details)

“David Cronenberg’s thriller “Eastern Promises,” starring Viggo Mortensen and Naomi Watts, nabbed the top prize audience award on Saturday at The Toronto International Film Festival. The first runner-up was Jason Reitman’s indie comedy “Juno,” the second Iraqi documentary “Body of War”…” (full details)