Popcorn News – July 5

The Dark Knight Rises has an official running time of 164 minutes.  That is 24 minutes longer than Batman Begins and 12 minutes longer than The Dark Knight. (Superherohype)

A new teaser poster for Sam Raimi’s Oz, The Great and Powerful has appeared online.  The film stars James Franco, Mila Kunis, Michelle Williams, Abigail Spencer and Rachel Weisz.  The movie, a prequel to The Wizard of Oz, will be released on March 8, 2013. (Ain’t It Cool News)

The feature film adaptation of Chuck Palahniuk’s novel Snuff is moving forward.  The film will be directed by Fabien Martorell (Tromatized: Meet Lloyd Kaufman) from a script that he and Golan Ramras wrote. (Comingsoon.net)

Justin Long is in talks for the lead role in The Ten O’Clock People.  Tom Holland (Child’s Play) wrote the script and will direct the adaptation of the Stephen King short story. (Deadline)

Marvel Studios continues their tradition of “One Shots” with a new 12-minute short film entitled Item 47 on the upcoming blu-ray release of The Avengers.  The story follows a couple, played by Lizzy Caplan (Party Down) and Jesse Bradford (Flags of Our Fathers), after they discover one of the alien guns from the finale of The Avengers. (Entertainment Weekly)

A&E, the cable network, has bypassed creating a pilot and has ordered Bates Motel straight to series.  The TV series, acting as a prequel to Alfred Hitchcock’s Psycho, will show Norman Bates in his formative years, his relationship with his mother and how he came to be an infamous serial killer.  Carlton Cuse (Lost) and Kerry Ehrin (Friday Night Lights) will executive produce. (Hollywood Reporter)

Blu-ray release news:  Cabin In The Woods and Judge Dredd on Sept. 18, The Raid: Redemption on Aug. 14, The Princess Bride: 25th Anniversary Edition on Oct. 2 and both Hocus Pocus and  Fringe: The Complete Fourth Season on Sept. 4.  (The Digital Bits)

A first look photo of Charlie Hunnam (Sons of Anarchy) and actress Rinko Kikuchi in Guillermo del Toro’s upcoming Pacific Rim.  The giant-monster battle film will open in theaters on July 12, 2013. (ShockTillYouDrop)

From producer Bryan Singer, a new apocalyptic web series H+ The Digital Series will premiere online on August 8 on YouTube.  The episodic tale about technology going horribly wrong will feature a cast that includes Alexis Denisof (Buffy the Vampire Slayer, Angel), Hannah Herzsprung, Amir Arison (Law & Order: SVU), David Clayton Rogers (Jane By Design), and Sean Gunn (Super). (Comingsoon.net)

Raging Bull II, which is currently filming, looks to be facing some trouble.  MGM, the studio that produced Scorsese’s original film, has filed a complaint and is suing the production company behind the sequel and Jake LaMotta for not honoring contractual obligations and marketplace confusion.  If successful, MGM will have the film shut down and the independently produced sequel will not see the light of day.  Scorsese and DeNiro have no affiliation with this new film. (Deadline)

The new episode of Ain’t It Cool with Harry Knowles is now online.  This week Harry talks to filmmaker Patrick Read Johnson and his experience being the first person not involved in production to see the original Star Wars before it was ever test screened. (Ain’t It Cool News)

by Ben McBride

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