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Movies News Roundup! (Week of September 26th, 2011)

There’s been a jumbo popcorn bucket’s worth of movie news coming down the pipeline this week, with new movie pics, posters, trailers, and release dates. Whew! Here’s your rundown of news for the week:

We’ve seen quite a few photos of Christian Bale in his Batsuit on-set for ‘The Dark Knight Rises’, due in theatres next summer. But until now, we’ve had limited glimpses of Anne Hathaway in full Catwoman gear, with only a quick snap of her riding the Batpod in some futuristic-looking glasses and some sort of black suit. New pics of Hathaway on-set in Los Angeles show the full catsuit, super-high heels, and what appear to be the ears and kitty-cat mask from a little girl’s Halloween costume. Hopefully, the costume will look much cooler when the movie hits the big screen.

Sony has released a new three-and-a-half minute trailer for ‘The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo’, set to hit theatres on December 21. Why the new, extended trailer? Well, Sony doesn’t want to risk anything, knowing that even the most popular book doesn’t always guarantee box office success. So they’re making sure audiences have a good feel for the set-up of the movie, the mood, the style, the whole nine yards. Just in case you’re one of the handful of people who haven’t heard of the book or the movie, the plot follows a magazine man named Bomqvist (Daniel Craig) who finds a partner in the goth hacker Lisbeth Salander (Rooney Mara) as he attempts to unravel a decades-old mystery on a creepy island inhabited by a rather unpleasant family.

The first poster is out for ‘War Horse’, Steven Spielberg’s World War I drama about a boy separated from his horse during the battle. ‘War Horse’ arrives in theatres on December 28. Spielberg also has the 3D CGI motion-capture marvel ‘The Adventures of Tintin’ to promote; that hits theatres on December 23, just in time for Christmas, and is the first installment in a planned trilogy. Meanwhile, Spielberg has said that his other major upcoming project, the biopic ‘Lincoln’, won’t hit theaters until the end of 2012. Speaking to the Orlando Sentinel, the director said that he was afraid an earlier release (before the U.S. elections) would turn the movie into political fodder.

Studio Lionsgate has acquired the movie rights to the hit video game ‘Dead Island’, in which players battle zombies in a tropical paradise. There’s no news yet on potential stars or a director, but original game producer Sean Daniel is on board to produce the movie. Meanwhile, Universal is rolling around options for a ‘Scarface’ remake, and FilmDistrict has finally picked up the remake of ‘Red Dawn‘. The new version is slated for a 2012 release and will star Chris Hemsworth, Adrianne Palicki, Josh Hutcherson, and Jeffrey Dean Morgan. And those Soviets? They’re North Koreans now, apparently.

Finally, newcomer Jessica Chastain, who has had a helluva year with roles in big flicks like ‘The Debt’, ‘The Help’, and ‘The Tree of Life’, has snagged a role in an untitled sci-fi project opposite Tom Cruise. The movie has already gone through two titles–‘Oblivion’ and ‘Horizons’–and is set in the future on a destroyed Earth where a soldier (Cruise) meets a mysterious woman who changes his life.

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