Quick News – 8/7/11

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Dreamworks has released several new pics from the looming “Fright Night” remake (I’m curious but still frightened; is Colin Farrell really any substitute for Chris Sarandon!?) starring Colin Farrell, Toni Collette, Christopher Mintz-Plasse and Anton Yelcin (in the Charley Brewster role).

Here’s a couple, courtesy Coming Soon :

Ashley Miller and Zack Stentz, writers of the upcoming “Fall Guy” movie (Maaan, I loved that show as a kid! Lee Majors is the man!), say “The movie that we wanted to write—and it feels like it’s the movie everybody wants to make—is very much a throwback to Lethal Weapon, Beverly Hills Cop, Die Hard. Your favorite 80’s action movies. Not Commando, which is like silly. Which I love, but it’s silly…It’s something with weight. The ones where you’re playing the dramatic stakes straight, the characters have real problems in their lives, but you’re also having fun without going over the top. It’s very Elmore Leonard meets Shane Black in tone.” The duo say that the characters in the film won’t have the same names as those in the series but there will be nods to the classic series.

Gwendoline Christie will play Brienne, the Blue Knight in “Game of Thrones” Season 2.

TNT has ordered a second season of “Falling Skies”. The series premiered in the U.S. on TNT Sunday, June 19, drawing an extraordinary Live + 7 audience of 8 million viewers and ranking it as cable’s top series launch of 2011. The premiere also garnered an impressive 3.8 million adults 18-49 and 4.5 million adults 25-54. Through its first three installments, Falling Skies has averaged more than 6.4 million viewers through a blend of live and time-shifted viewing.

Relativity has acquired the rights to Gerard Butler starrer “Machine Gun Preacher”, the true story of Sam Childers, a former drug-dealing criminal who finds faith leading him on a path to East Africa. The film will be released in New York and Los Angeles on September 23.

Michael Susco will direct “Rosaline”, an updated version of “Romeo & Juliet” from Fox2000 that goes like this : “Romeo’s jilted ex-girlfriend Rosaline tells her side of the classic Romeo and Juliet story in this comedy set in 16th century Verona.”

The first pic of Dori, Nori and Ori in Peter Jackson’s “The Hobbit” has been released :

The teaser trailer for “The Iron Lady”, starring Meryl Streep as Margaret Thatcher, is online :

An image from the final episode in the “Mortal Kombat Legacy” webseries is online.

John Francis Daly and Jonathan Goldstein have been hired to write the sequel to Sony Animation’s “Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs”

There’s new pics of Alicia Silverstone and Sigourney Weaver in Amy Heckerling’s “Vamps” here

Is that top-secret project Paul Feig told me he’s involved in a couple of weeks back, “Bridget Jones 3″?

There’s a dubious rumour online suggesting Mel Gibson is now involved in the on-again off-again on-again “Mad Max Fury Road”

 

Classic Trailer of the Day

One of the biggest hits of the year, and not surprisingly so (considering how terrific the first two films were), was Mel Gibson’s third foray as futurisitc road warrior, Max.