News Shorts: March 30th 2010

New stills from Salt, the first photo from Mark Gatiss’ BBC TV movie adaptation of HG Wells’ “The First Men in the Moon”, posters for Iron Man 2 and The Losers, character one-sheets for Shrek Forever After, and artwork for the four-part comic prequel to The Expendables.

“”Straight up medieval future tech looking… Very Walt Simonson” says one talkbacker about the costumes in Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming comic adaptation “Thor” for Marvel Studios…” (full details)

“The Frouds, the set and puppet designers on the original “The Dark Crystal”, revealed this weekend that the proposed sequel is still on and they’ve both talked to the director and been involved on the script…” (full details)

“Tom Hiddleston, who stars as Loki in the upcoming “Thor”, has joined the cast of the next Woody Allen feature which begins shooting this Summer. He joins a rumoured cast that includes Marion Cotillard, Owen Wilson and Rachel McAdams…” (full details)

“”I would imagine it’ll be toward the end of the year, but I can’t guarantee it” says Simon Pegg about shooting the “Star Trek” sequel. He also added that when work on “Paul” and “Scott Pilgrim is done, he and Edgar Wright will get to work on their third film together…” (full details)

“Sony Pictures Animation president Hannah Minghella says that while there were discussions between them and Tarantino about voicing Brainy in the upcoming “The Smurfs” film, in the end “it didn’t work out”…” (full details)

“J.D. Shapiro has apologised for the horrendous 2000 film adaptation of the L. Ron Hubbard work “Battlefield Earth” which he adapted the script for, a very amusing apology…” (full details)

“”A Prophet” star Tahar Rahim is in negotiations to join Emir Kusturica’s “Cool Water”. Rahim would play one of two Palestinian brothers who try to smuggle the body of their recently deceased father from Jerusalem to Ramallah while trying to avoid Israeli police and Russian mobsters…” (full details)

“While he didn’t shoot any in IMAX, director Chris Nolan confirmed that he shot certain sequences of his upcoming mindfuck thriller “Inception” both on 65mm and in VistaVision format…” (full details)

“Rosamund Pike is to star in a new version of D.H Lawrence’s erotic classic “Women In Love” which scribe Bill Ivory has adapted from both the novel and its prequel “The Rainbow”. Shooting begins in mid-April on locations in South Africa…” (full details)

“Scribe Jack Thorne is working on a feature film version of British series “Skins” that will unite the two different sets of cast members and could include rising star Nicholas Hoult…” (full details)

“Terrence Malick’s “Tree of Life”, Woody Allen’s “You Will Meet a Tall Dark Stranger” and Oliver Stone’s “Wall Street: Money Never Sleeps” are the hot favourites right now expected to premiere at the Cannes Film Festival in May…” (full details)

“Kristin Scott Thomas will be playing the British Prime Minister’s press secretary in BBC Films “Salmon Fishing in the Yemen”. Bill Condon (“Dreamgirls”) is set to direct…” (full details)

“”Smallville” creators Miles Millar and Alfred Gough claim the CW and WBTV licensed the show to its affiliates and to foreign markets for well-below market value, so they’ve taken them to court…” (full details)