News update: June 8, 2011

AMC released the first photo from the second season of “The Walking Dead.” Any thoughts?

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Deadline reported today that director Shane Acker (“9”) will helm a big-screen version of HIT Entertainment’s popular “Thomas the Tank Engine” franchise.

Weta Digital and Mattel’s design team have joined the film’s creative team. The movie, written by Chris Viscardi, Will McRobb and Josh Klausner (“Shrek the Third”), will take place on Sodor, the island of talking trains.

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Open Road Films has announced that it will release its first movie, “Killer Elite,” in theaters Sept. 23.

The movie, based on a true story, stars Jason Statham as an ex-special ops agent who comes out of retirement to rescue his mentor (Robert De Niro) by killing three assassins led by Clive Owen.

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Possibly the best news of the day is that Magnet has acquired the distribution rights to “Tucker & Dale vs. Evil,” directed by Eli Craig, starring Alan Tudyk (“Serenity”) and Tyler Labine.

Check out the trailer below.

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