I’m going to try and make Rushes more do-able by posting two a day. That should help me keep on top of the ever expanding pile of good things that aren’t necessarily hundred-words-and-a-headline material. Here’s my first burst under this new regime.
Megan Mullally updated on the progress of the promised Party Down movie. In short: John Enblom is writing it now, they could be shooting in the summer, most of the cast will appear… though maybe not Jane Lynch. [THR]
Nic Roeg is to receive the Dilys Powell Award from the London Film Critics Circle. Read: Nic Roeg is getting old, but we remember his films fondly. Especially the earlier, crazier ones. [Telegraph]
Reddit user notg3orge noticed an X-Box 720 gag in Real Steel.
Back in 2007, Japanese actress Erika Sawajiri was having a bad day doing PR for her movie Closed Note. She “was visibly upset about something and spoke only three brief sentences during the event” which was enough to get her into a lot of people’s black books. But she’s back! She’s going to star in an adaptation of the manga Helter Skelter. Happy endings do happen! [Tokyograph]
Here are a couple of new action shots from The Avengers. [Marvel]
Thomas Newman will be writing the score for Skyfall. It’s official. David Arnold is apparently too busy with the Olympics. 
This is amusing. Out now on US DVD and Blu-ray, The Scorpion King 3: Battle for Redemption is the sequel to a prequel to a prequel to a sequel to a remake. [IMDB]
There’s another sequel to Bruce Almighty in the works, and the plan is to get Jim Carrey back – sorry Steve. Yes Man screenwriters Jarrad Paul and Andrew Mogel have been hired to hit the keys.[Variety]
With just four days left before nominations for the Oscars have to be submitted, Fox gets around to sending out screeners for We Bought a Zoo. [Deadline]
The Facebook page for Psych has unveiled, through a completely non-interactive pineapple puzzle, that the show has been recommissioned for a seventh season. [FB]
Paul Bettany was to play the, for want of a better term, sex theorist William Masters in Showtime’s bioseries, Masters of Sex – see what they did there? But now… he’s not. He’s walked away. [Deadline]
Jennifer Lopez fancies a turn as “drug cartel Godmother Griselda Blanco” in the fiction adaptation of the documentary, Cocaine Cowboys. Mark Wahlberg is producing and attached to star. [MTV]
Joey King, the widdle girl in The Dark Knight Rises, also has a role in Oz: The Great and Powerful. Speaking to Teen Spot she commented that Sam Raimi’s Wizard prequel will open up in black and white, just like the MGM classic did. These comments have shot across the film blogosphere pretty rapidly – though I already told you this was the case, back in August. What’s more, I reported then that the sepia scenes (because I believe they will be, and not strictly B&W) have been shot in the 4:3 Academy Ratio. [Teen Spot via CBM]
While you’re waiting for the Bond 50 Blu-ray box set, here’s… well, it is what it is, which in part, is NSFW for language. [Vulture]
And here’s what it isn’t – a deep-fried classic from Joe Cornish, writer-director of Attack the Block.
Lee Inglesby has sold his spec script The All-Nighter to Warners. It sounds a bit like The Road to Perdition without the fancy hats or so much, you know, time passing:
In a single night, an aging mob hitman is forced to take on his former boss. The guy has to protect his son and family, and winds up on the run from the mob and the authorities with his estranged son.[Deadline]
Israel Spinner, the violinist who played the “stabs” in the Psycho score has passed away.He leaves a legacy of other musical work, including many more contributions to film scores but, man, those Psycho stings aren’t going to go away in a hurry. Good work, sir. [LA Times]
Here’s the official blurb for Les Miserables:
Set against the backdrop of 19th-century France, Les Misérables tells an enthralling story of broken dreams and unrequited love, passion, sacrifice and redemption–a timeless testament to the survival of the human spirit. Hugh Jackman plays ex-prisoner Jean Valjean, hunted for decades by the ruthless policeman Javert (Russell Crowe) after he breaks parole. When Valjean agrees to care for factory worker Fantine’s (Anne Hathaway) young daughter, Cosette, their lives change forever. [Collider]
Note that there’s no mention of Amanda Seyfried, Sacha Baron Cohen or Taylor Swift, all of whom were recently, or repeatedly, linked to roles.
And on that singalonga tip, there’s news of Rob Marshall taking on Stephen Sondheim’s Into the Woods, a musical portmanteau of some of the best fairy tales. It’s a heck of a show. [THR]
Gemma Arterton has stepped out to smoke a cigarette during the shooting of Neil Jordan’s new vampire picture, Byzantium. I think we can guess what’s been going on inside. [Coming Soon]
David Copperfield received a visit in Vegas from several of the cast of Burt Wonderstone, the latest comedy to revolve around rival stage magicians. Here’s his picture of the guests. [Copperfield]
The dense and sometimes delirious Detention will be reaching US cinemas this April. It’s a time-travel slasher film set in high school, and that’s not telling you the half of it. Go see it. [BOM via AITH]
There’s a rumour that Gina Carano’s voice was altered during the post-production of Haywire. Really? I’ve seen the film and didn’t suspect anything. I don’t think it’s an all-over ADR job. Maybe she was pitch shifted a little? But why? Has somebody tried to create a different performance using ProTools? [TMZ]
AMC will be the home of the Goodfellas TV series, should it all come together. Nicholas Pileggi who wrote the original book and film is going to co-script with Jorge Zamacone, alumnus of Homicide: Life on the Street. [Deadline]
Here’s a rather disturbing vision of how Finding Nemo 3D could turn out. [Stitch Kingdom]
These “first look” pictures from the English language remake of Pusher have been around ages – since November, in fact. But here they are again, in case you missed them. The film is a remake of Nicholas Winding Refn’s debut and has been directed by Luis Prieto. [Daily Mail]