News Shorts: November 7th 2008

– Posters for The Pink Panther 2, The Reader, Outlander, Australia, Valkyrie, Coraline, Not Easily Broken, Twilight.

– A first look at Gerald Okamura in costume as The Hard Master in “GI Joe: Rise of Cobra”.

“Samuel Goldwyn Films acquired domestic distribution rights to the Uncommon Prods. project “American Violet” as well as actor Michael Keaton’s directorial debut, “The Merry Gentleman”. Goldwyn plans to release both films in the U.S. market in March 2009…” (full details)

“Roadside Attractions has picked up domestic rights to Ramin Bahrani’s drama “Goodbye Solo”. Set in the director’s hometown of Winston-Salem, N.C., “Solo” tracks the unlikely, life-changing friendship between a taciturn Southern good ol’ boy (Red West) and an extroverted Senegalese taxi driver (Souleymane Sy Savane)…” (full details)

“Anchor Bay Entertainment has picked up the Kim Basinger suspense thriller “While She Was Out”. Basinger stars as a suburban housewife mercilessly stalked by a group of young thugs led by a manipulative psychopath (Lukas Haas). She fights for her life armed with only a toolbox. A December 12th limited theatrical release is planned…” (full details)

“Marc Forster has revealed that “Quantum of Solace” scribe Paul Haggis almost created a child subplot for the film. The setup was that Vesper Lynd had a child that was now orphaned and Bond would feel empathy with that…” (full details)

“Magnolia Pictures has picked up domestic theatrical and DVD distribution rights to “Food, Inc.,” produced by Participant Media and River Road Entertainment.

An in-depth look at the American food industry from producer-director Robert Kenner and investigative authors Eric Schlosser, Magnolia plans the U.S. release for the first half of 2009…” (full details)

“Strand Releasing has acquired U.S. rights to “Lion’s Den,” a drama directed by Pablo Trapero. The multinational film, which premiered in Cannes, charts the emotional journey of a college student incarcerated for murder who finds out that she’s pregnant. The film is released in 2009…” (full details)

“A sequel to 2007’s Arctic vampire flick “30 Days of Night” was just confirmed at the American Film Market taking place in Los Angeles this week with original film scribe Steve Niles returning to write the sequel alongside Ben Katei. The new film has Stella seeking revenge on the blood-thirsty vampires that destroyed her sleepy Alaskan town…” (full details)

“The British press is repeating the rumors that Russell Brand has been offered $8 million to play Jonathan Sparrow, brother of Johnny Depp’s Captain Jack Sparrow, in the next “Pirates of the Caribbean”. Brand remains embroiled in controversy recently due to a prank call made by both him and Jonathan Ross…” (full details)

“Reiko Aylesworth (“24,” “ER”) is in negotiations for a recurring role in at least four episodes of ABC’s “Lost.” Aylesworth will play Amy, a smart and successful professional woman with a love for the outdoors who is looking for the right man…” (full details)

“Amy Price-Francis (“The Cleaner,” “Californication”) has landed a recurring role on Fox’s “24.” In a six-episode arc, Price-Francis will plays a ruthless attorney working for Jonas Hodges (Jon Voight)…” (full details)

“Strand Releasing has acquired all domestic rights to Sundance ’08 competition pic “Downloading Nancy”. Swedish helmer Johan Renck’s controversial drama, starring Maria Bello, Jason Patric, Rufus Sewell and Amy Brenneman, concerns a damaged, despairing housewife who turns to the Internet to find a partner to fulfill her darkest desires. A Spring 2009 platform release is planned…” (full details)

“James Van Der Beek and David Denman will co-star on Fox’s hourlong drama “Eva Adams”. Set at a sports agency, the story centers on an egotistic sexist agent who, under a witch’s spell, turns into a beautiful woman so he can endure the harassment he’s been dishing out. Van Der Beek will play Connor, a former frat boy who is a good friend of the agents who works at the firm. Denman will play another agent, Paul, a single dad reeling from a devastating divorce…” (full details)

“Image Entertainment has bought North American rights to Bertrand Tavernier’s serial killer thriller “In the Electric Mist” starring Tommy Lee Jones. Based on James Lee Burke’s novel, Jones plays detective Dave Robicheau. Ned Beatty, John Goodman, Mary Steenburgen, and Peter Sarsgaard co-star. Image will release it spring 2009…” (full details)

“NeoClassics Films has nabbed North American, U.K., Australian and South African rights to “Captain Abu Raed,” Jordan’s first-ever entry in the best foreign-language film Oscar race. The film centers on an airport janitor (Nadim Sawalha) mistaken for a pilot by children in his poor Jordanian neighborhood. His fictional tales of adventures around the world inspire them. An early 2009 release is planned…” (full details)