News Briefs – February 6, 2014

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“The Wolf of Wall Street” has smashed box office records to become the highest grossing R18+ film in Australian history after just two weeks.”We’re absolutely thrilled that Australian audiences are loving The Wolf of Wall Street. Becoming the biggest R-rated movie of all time and achieving that record in just the first two weeks goes to show that Australian audiences love a great movie when it comes along, whatever it’s rated,” Roadshow Films director of marketing Phil Oneile said.

A new featurette for the soon-to-be-released “Winter’s Tale” has been released.

Mockingbird Pictures and Division Films announce today that Ewan McGregor and Tye Sheridan have signed on to star in their co-production of “Last Days in the Dessert”, which is written and directed by Rodrigo Garcia (Albert Nobbs). Ciarán Hinds (”There Will Be Blood”) and Ayelet Zurer (”Angels and Demons”) round out the film’s cast as Sheridan’s Father and Mother. “Last Days in the Desert” follows a holy man and a demon—both roles played by McGregor—on a journey through the desert. An encounter with a family struggling to survive in this harsh environment forces the holy man to confront his own fate.

A funny Funny-or-Die video, featuring a faux Jesse Eisenberg auditioning for Lex Luthor in “Batman vs. Superman” is online.

Larenz Tate (“Rescue Me”) will star in and produce “Sylvie’s Love”, ”which is set in NYC’s late-’50s/early-’60s jazz scene. He will play a prodigious Harlem saxophonist in the story of a young woman who struggles to balance her loyalty to her fiancé fighting in Korea against her love for the sax man.” (Deadline)

NBC has pulled “The Michael J.Fox Show”. Seven episodes are still left to air.

Paramount are post-converting “Noah” into 3D for international audiences. The 2D Version will only be shown in U.S, the U.K., Australia and France (The Hollywood Reporter)

CBS has greenlit a new Wall Street-set pilot that John Cusack serves as an executive producer on (Deadline).

The Michael Bay produced “Welcome to Yesterday” has been pushed back from Feb 28 to either the Summer or Fall (The Hollywood Reporter)

Tyler Ross, Sterling Beaumon and Levi Meaden have joined the cast of “The Killing”, which is about to enter it’s final season (Deadline).

Nick Cannon will co-star and produce a “Drumline” sequel for VH1 (The Hollywood Reporter)

Michael B. Jordan, Aaron Paul, Teresa Palmer, Gal Gadot and Michael Pena look to join Chiwetel Ejiofor, Casey Affleck and Kate Winslet in John Hillcoat’s “Triple Nine”. ”In the drama, a crew of dirty cops is blackmailed by the Russian mob to execute a virtually impossible heist. The only way to pull it off is to manufacture a 999, police code for “officer down”. Their plan is turned upside down when the unsuspecting rookie they set up to die foils the attack, triggering a breakneck, action-packed finale filled with double-crosses, greed and revenge”. The movie begins production this Summer.(Deadline)

In addition to Hank Azaria, “Twin Peaks” sexpot Sherilyn Fenn has also boarded the next season of Showtime’s “Ray Donovan” (Deadline)

Frank Dillane, Jeremy Allen White, Zoe Kravitz and Caleb Landry Jones are joining Dakota Fanning in the upcoming Punk pic from Gerardo Naranjo. “Fanning stars in the film as Viena, a roadie on a journey of self-discovery while on tour with a punk band in the 1980s.” (Deadline)

“Captain America : The Winter Soldier” will directly lead into the “Avengers” sequel (Coming Soon)

“Mad Men” executive producers Andre and Maria Jacquemetton have teamed with David Heyman, the “Harry Potter” producer, to bring the comic book “DMZ” to TV. The show, “set in the near future and centers on a young man trapped in Manhattan, which has been turned into a demilitarized zone (DMZ)”, has landed at SyFy. (Deadline)

Seth Gordon (“Horrible Bosses”) will helm “Queen of Hearts”, based on the Black List script about “how a passionate affair that leaves author Lewis Carroll brokenhearted prompts him to craft Alice In Wonderland.” (Deadline)

Sissy Spaceck is joining Kyle Chandler, Ben Mendelsohn and Linda Cardellini in Netflix’s 13-episode psychological thriller from ”Damages” creators Todd A. Kessler, Daniel Zelman and Glenn Kessler and Sony Pictures TV. (Deadline)

The USA Network has announced that the current season of “Psych” – the eighth – will be it’s last.

The first clip from Paul W.S Anderson’s “Pompeii” has been released :

Hannah Ware (“Betrayal”) has joined the cast of ‘Hitman’ reboot “Agent 47″. Ware joins Zachary Quinto and Rupert Friend in a movie that Paul Walker was attached to before his tragic death. (Deadline)

Isabelle Fuhrmann (“The Hunger Games”) will play the female lead in “The Cell” opposite John Cusack and Samuel L.Jackson. ”The film is an adaptation of the Stephen King thriller novel about an apocalyptic event that amounts to a pitch heard by anyone on a cell phone at a certain moment in time, which turns them into zombified beings with a herd mentality. Fuhrman will play the lead role of Alice.” (Deadline)

Marc Forster (“World War Z”) will direct the feature film version of “Red Rising”, the just-released Pierce Brown novel. (Deadline)

Emma Watson will star in “Regression” for director Alejandro Amenabar and Dimension (Deadline)