- Daniel Radcliffe is looking sharp in the first of two images from Hammer Films' period-piece horror film 'The Woman in Black' about a lawyer (Radcliffe) and his quest to discover the identity of a woman a small town refuses to acknowledge exists.

- Speaking of Hammer Films, 'The Resident,' a horror movie about a mysterious apartment building, has been picked up by Image Entertainment for US distribution. Hillary Swank, Christopher Lee and Jeffrey Dean Morgan star.

- 'Silent Hill 2' director Michael J. Bassett has opened up a little bit about the film on his blog. Plot details are still hazy, but it is cool that Bassett makes it clear he's bringing back as much as the creative team and crew members behind Christophe Gans' film as he can.

- 'Kung Fu Panda' co-director John Stevenson has signed a production deal with Vanguard Films. The first film he'll be directing as part of this deal is 'Alien Rock Band,' a family film about a garage band of Earthlings who travel the universe to compete in the Intergalactic Battle of the Bands. And while that sounds like a perfect match for straight animation, this will actually be a live-action film.

- Michael Haneke is once again working on 'These Two,' a film about the "humiliation of the physical breakdown in the elderly." At last, the 'Funny Games' director decides to make a cheerful movie.

- If Neil Marshall's Roman soldiers versus Scottish tribes film 'Centurion' did nothing for you, then perhaps the less-violent-looking 'The Eagle' -- boasting a nearly identical plot but starring Channing Tatum and Jamie Bell -- is more for you. Here's the first trailer:



- Ever wonder why so many bad, straight-to-video movies these days have a title starting with a number? It's so that they'll be listed at the top of VOD services and, as Quiet Earth observes, some companies are starting to rename older movies just for this top-of-the-list real estate.


- Anyone who is interested in CGI should head over to CGSociety for a pretty insightful look as to how the visual effects for the very cool Norwegian film 'The Troll Hunter,' which will be releasing in the US next year, were accomplished.

- Why does Japan always get all the cool commercials? Why can't Darth Vader sell cell phones in the US? [via The Daily What]