News Shorts: January 6th 2013

Photos from Man of Steel, Epic and Oblivion.

Posters for To the Wonder, Jack the Giant Slayer, Sightseers, Welcome to the Punch, Parker, The Host, Emanuel and the Truth about Fishes, and concept art from Pixar’s cancelled Newt.

“The National Society of Film Critics selected ‘Amour’ as the Best Picture of 2012 during its annual meeting Saturday. The film also took Best Actress & Director nods. ‘The Gatekeepers’ won Best Documentary, ‘Lincoln’ won Best Actor & Screenplay, and ‘The Master’ took Best Supporting Actress & Cinematography…” (full details)

“HBO has renewed exclusive pay-TV rights to movies from Universal Pictures through the next decade, in a deal aimed at defending HBO’s status as a premiere cable channel…” (full details)

“Codeblack Films has acquired Kevin Hart’s latest stand-up special, ‘Kevin Hart: Let Me Explain,’ and will release it in theaters on July 4th 2013…” (full details)

“‘The Deep’ Oscar hopeful Baltasar Kormakur will produce ‘Rocketman,’ fellow Icelandic director Dagur Kari’s next film. The story is described as an intense character study of a man in his 40s still rooted in childhood…” (full details)

“Suresh John and Stephanie Pitsiladis have joined the cast of writer/director Craig Goodwill’s fantasy drama ‘Patch Town’. The story follows an abandoned toy whose dream is to be reunited with his long lost adoptive mother…” (full details)

“Joseph Gordon-Levitt will host the 2013 Sundance Film Festival Awards Ceremony. The event takes place on January 26th in Park City, Utah…” (full details)

“James McAvoy’s next two films have acquired composers – Rick Smith From Underworld will do the score for Danny Boyle’s ‘Trance’, while Clint Mansell is set to score the McAvoy-led adaptation Of Irvine Welsh’s ‘Filth’…” (full details)

“Anna Faris has joined the cast of the CBS half-hour, multi-camera comedy “Mom” from executive producer Chuck Lorre. Faris will play a newly sober single mom who attempts to pull her life together in California’s Napa Valley…” (full details)