Quick News – January 11, 2011

Starz and FX have passed on “The Kennedys” mini-series. “Most of the cable nets are part of huge media companies, so they’re all subject to the same pressures,” says media buyer Brad Adgate, TV analyst for the advertising-buying firm Horizon Media. “This might go straight to video.” (Source : THR)

Corey Feldman, William B.Davis (“The X-Files”) and Chris Mulkey (“Twin Peaks”) will star in the ensemble thriller, “Motel de Gracia”. A ”Rashomon”-style thriller, Juan Pablo Reinoso’s film tells of a group of seemingly interconnected people who all share one thing in common : murder. (Source : What’s Playing)

“Winter’s Bone” director Debras Granik is working on a treatment for a “Pippi Longstocking” feature film with producing partner Anne Rosselini (Source : The LA Times)

Tina Fey (“30 Rock”) looks set to star in a new Paul Weitz (“Little Fockers”) picture called “Admission”. The pic fixes on a Princeton admissions official who develops a relationship with someone who is far from a fit at Princeton (Source : The Wrap)

John Michael Higgins (“Best in Show, “Kath & Kim”) has joined the cast of “We Bought a Zoo”, the new Cameron Crowe film starring Matt Damon as a man who packs up his family and moves everyone to London where he opens up a Zoo. Higgins will play a state zoo inspector cursed with an active and loud stomach who’s got it in for Damon’s character (Source : THR)

The poster for “Margin Call” starring Kevin Spacey and Zachary Quinto, a thriller entangling the key players at an investment firm during one perilous 24-hour period in the early stages of the 2008 financial crisis, is online (Source : /Film)

“Pineapple Express” scribe Evan Goldberg says he’s warming up to the idea of doing a sequel to his 2008 stoner comedy. “I’m even hesitant to make Pineapple 2, but I’m loosening up to it as of like the last few weeks. Recently we were at Danny Mcbride’s wedding, and we were all there, well David couldn’t make it (David Gordon Green, the director of Pineapple Express); but me, (James) Franco, Seth and Danny were all there and I thought; ‘this is fun, I have fun with these guys.’ … Everyone has always wanted to do it, me and Seth were very hesitant, but frankly I was the driving force behind that hesitancy. I just kept thinking, you know not to say we’re the Coen Brothers, because we’re super not – they’re my idols in a lot of ways – but those guys never make a sequel. Like, great, great films don’t have sequels. … hopefully, there will be a sequel.” (Source : Screen Rant)

Philip Seymour Hoffman, Catherine Keener and Christopher Walken have joined the cast of “A Late Quartet”, the story of a quartet whose members have performed together for 25 years and have to adjust to one of them retiring due to Parkinson’s disease. Hoffman replaces Ethan Hawke in the lead role. (Source : The Playlist)

Actress Lucy Hale has the ‘Drew Barrymore role’ in the upcoming “Scream 4″. “It’s a small role, which I was very happy to play,” Hale said. “I’m at the beginning of the movie. They literally made me sign stuff that I couldn’t say much about it but it’s very exciting. It was very exciting for me to be a part of it and meet Wes Craven who’s an absolute sweetheart. I didn’t know what to expect but it was fun.” (Source : Screen Junkies)

Rumour has it that Detroit will fill in for Chicago on Warner’s “Dark Knight Rises”. Filming is also said to be taking place in Los Angeles and the UK. There was a rumour floating around for a while that the movie would be shooting in New Orleans – not so. (Source : Reel Chicago)