News Shorts: October 22nd 2009

Photos of Julia Roberts and Javier Bardem on the set of Eat Pray Love, Catherine Zeta-Jones with an 80’s rocker hairdo in The Rebound, an explosion on the set of the remake ofRed Dawn.

There’s also photos showing a blurry glimpse of the new look TARDIS interior for the Matt Smith-era of Doctor Who, Keely Hawes showing off a quite startling new hairdo filming scenes for the third & final season of Ashes to Ashes (article contains Season 2 ending spoilers), and several high-resolution shots from James Cameron’s Avatar.

A report at Cinema Blend about the “Scary Movie” franchise being rebooted emerged the other day. I contacted a Weinstein Company spokesperson who called the whole article “erroneous”.

“Most fanboy friendly unconfirmed rumor of the year? If “Avatar” does extremely well, Lucasfilm will consider a new “Star Wars” film trilogy in 3D and only produced (not directed) by George Lucas…” (full details)

“A new script draft of Stephen Norrington’s remake of 1994 cult classic “The Crow” has been, “very well-received” by Relativity Media and casting is expected to get underway soon…” (full details)

“Dave McKean (“MirrorMask”) has begun meetings about a film adaptation of his ambitious serialized 90’s comic “Cages”…” (full details)

“Rob Hardy is set to direct “Stomp the Yard 2: Homecoming”. Columbus Short is now in negotiations to reprise his role as master street dancer DJ and shooting aims to kick off early next month in Atlanta…” (full details)

“Dominic Cooper accidentally revealed in a recent interview that he’s considering a role in Kenneth Branagh’s upcoming “Thor” movie…” (full details)

“Sebastian Roche will replace Thomas Kretschmann as an alternate dimension soldier villain in this season of “Fringe” on Fox. Kretschmann appeared as the character in the fourth episode of the current second season but had to bow out due to scheduling conflicts…” (full details)

“Having ditched plans for Sydney, the “Green Lantern” production offices are already staking out New Orleans and could be settled in by the end of the month…” (full details)

“Paramount Pictures is currently seeking a new writer for “Beverly Hills Cop 4” and is looking to start the sequel over from scratch. The studio had previously planned to adapt Derek Haas and Michael Brandt’s spec script “Dying Day” into the film’s story…” (full details)

“Wilmer Valderrama (TV’s “That ’70s Show”) will star in a half-hour comedy series for Fox based on the work of “Dog Whisperer” Cesar Millan. Valderrama’s character has built a lucrative empire based on his skills as a professional dog trainer. “Hung” co-executive producer Emily Kapnek will write and executive produce…” (full details)

“Fox21 and Platinum Studios are teaming to develop a TV series based on the comic “Indestructible Man”. The series tells the story of Nick Rabel, an elite secret agent who can’t be killed and discovers the hard way the difference between “indestructible” and “unbreakable”…” (full details)

“DreamWorks has picked up Michelle McGrath and actor Hayes MacArthur’s high-concept comedy pitch “Substitute Husband”. Story details are being kept quiet and no producers/cast are yet attached…” (full details)