Quick News – Feb 18, 2012


“John Carter” director Andrew Stanton is refuting claims that his expensive science-fiction blockbuster went over-budget (but isn’t denying it’s tracking pretty terribly). (THR)

Saad Siddiqui and Oded Fehr (“Sleeper Cell”) have boarded the Marisa Tomei/Joshua Jackson thriller “Inescapable”, about a Syrian expatriate’s search for his missing daughter. (THR)

“Rock of Ages” helmer Adam Shankman is in talks to helm the Warner Bros’ comedy “This is Where I Leave You”, about “four grown children who return to the house they grew up in and sit shiva with their mother after their father dies.” (THR)

Former “Friends” star Matthew Perry will play a charming Chicago attorney on several episodes of TV’s “The Good Wife” (THR)

Kevin Durand (“Robin Hood”) and Lukas Haas (“Contraband”) will star in ”Dark Was the Night”, which is set “in an isolated town where a logging company has disrupted the balance of life in the woods, causing an evil force to emerge.” Durand and Haas play a sheriff and his deputy, respectively. Jack Keller directs. (Heat Vision)

John Turturro may reunite with his “Transformers” director Michael Bay on “Pain and Gain”, about two bodybuilders (Dwayne Johnson, Mark Wahlberg) who kidnaps, tortures and leaves for a dead a businessman (Turturro). (Latino Review)

Dwight Yoakam has pulled out of Disney’s “The Lone Ranger”, citing a scheduling conflict (Deadline).

Mark Feuerstein (“What Women Want”) is joining Joss Whedon’s supernatural romance “In Your Eyes” (Variety)

A new still from “The Avengers” is online; this one features Agent Coulson and Thor.

Robert Pattinson says, despite Summit’s interest in continuing the “Twilight” franchise beyond “Breaking Dawn”, he won’t be returning to reprise the character of Edward Cullen. In short, the actor simply feels he’s probably “too old” to play a teenage-looking vampire. (Reuters)

Naomi Watts in a bikini? Yes please, the “Fair Game” actress is currently filming “The Grandmothers”, a controversial film which tells the story of two childhood friends and neighbours who end up falling for each others sons, in NSW.

Chris Pine, out plugging “This Mean’s War”, says of playing the Jack Ryan role in the upcoming Jack Bender-directed reboot of the Tom Clancy series that’s filmish beginnings lay with 1990’s “The Hunt for Red October” : “Not to take anything away from Harrison Ford or Alec Baldwin or Ben Affleck, but I don’t think Jack Ryan is as iconic as Captain Kirk – who was William Shatner. Jack Ryan has been inhabited now by many different guys – so I am not too nervous. The task ahead of us now is to make an international spy movie in the post-9/11 era. It’s not going to be a Cold War Jack Ryan.” (Adelaide Now)

John Leguizamo (“Moulin Rouge”) will star in the ABC comedy pilot “Only Falls And Horses”, which “chronicles the misadventures of two streetwise brothers, Del (Leguizamo) and Rodney, and their aging grandfather as they concoct outrageous, morally questionable get-rich-quick schemes in their quest to become millionaires. Del, the older brother, is the leader of the team. He is an overly confident bon vivant and con artist who trades crap out of the back of his car, cheerful and oblivious to the fact that he is a lowlife scamster”. (Deadline)

Former “Felicity” star Scott Speedman is headed back to TV; he’ll co-star on Don Cheadle’s new outing “Last Resort” (Deadline).

Nonso Anozie (”The Grey”) will play Sergeant Dap in the film version of Orson Scott Card’s best-selling novel ”Ender’s Game” (Deadline)