-- We have some new release dates for ya (and they all look to be potential awards contenders):
Alfonso Cuaron's solo space thriller starring Sandra Bullock, Gravity, will hit on November 21st, 2012.
Clint Eastwood's J. Edgar (pictured), starring Leonardo DiCaprio and Armie Hammer, will arrive in theaters on November 9th, 2011.
The adaptation of Extremely Loud and Incredible Close, starring Sandra Bullock and Tom Hanks, among others, is now slated for a December 25th, 2011 release.
-- Yes, they're rebooting Short Circuit, the lovable 80s robot flick that starrred Steve Guttenberg and inspired Pixar to make an even better lovable robot flick with WALL-E. Tim Hill (Hop) has been chosen to direct, and we expect this to definitely lean toward the family-friendly than the dark, adult comedy you know we all would prefer. [Deadline]
-- In what might sound like an odd addition, Steven Soderbergh will be traveling to the set of The Hunger Games to help shoot some second unit work. Soderbergh is friends with director Gary Ross and others on the production, and since he's the kind of guy that works fast and knows his stuff, Soderbergh may help add some terrific credibility to a project that could potentially help Lionsgate launch their own Twilight-like franchise. [The Playlist]
-- Another really slick trailer for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy has dropped online, expanding upon a story that follows an MI6 agent (Gary Oldman) who takes a break from retirement in order to track down a mole who has risen to the top of the spy organization. Sounds deliciously devious, and how about that cast -- Colin Firth, Tom Hardy, Mark Strong, John Hurt, Kathy Burke, Toby Jones ... man this looks good.
-- Benjamin Walker has been cast as the Archangel Michael in Alex Proyas' ambitious adaptation of Milton's Paradise Lost, a film in which none other than Bradley Cooper is set to play Lucifer. [Deadline]
-- Bruce Campbell will have a part in Oz: The Great and Powerful. Let the guessing games as to who he will be playing begin ... now. [Slashfilm]
-- J.J. Abrams talks Star Trek 2 to Collider: "I just want to make sure that we’re putting the story and the characters, the cast and the crew, and most importantly the audience, first before we start talking about exactly which locations we’re going to be shooting at and what the wardrobe and visual effects budgets are. It just seems important that we get the important stuff right first. "
-- Well, at least PETA has no problem with Rise of the Planet of the Apes (probably because the film uses all digitally-created animals), rewarding director Rupert Wyatt with a Proggy Award, noting, "Rise of the Planet of the Apes' reminds viewers that animals are feeling beings who deserve compassion, and its stunning use of CGI shows that there's no need to subject apes to the stress of filmmaking. Rupert Wyatt's methods back up PETA's message that apes should be protected and respected." [NextMovie]
-- Tickets are now on sale for The Big Lebowski cast reunion in New York City on August 16th to celebrate the film's Blu-ray release. Join Jeff Bridges, John Goodman, Steve Buscemi, Julianne Moore and T Bone Burnett, who will be on hand for a special Q&A and screening. We're there!
-- 80's Film Iconography -- can you decipher the films from these images? [via @DerrickDeane]