News briefs: New XXX director; behind Jennifer's Body

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Ericson Core has signed to direct XXX: The Return of Xander Cage, Columbia's third installment in the action franchise, according to The Hollywood Reporter; Vin Diesel is reprising the role of the extreme sports athlete-turned-government operative he originated in the 2002 movie directed by Rob Cohen.

HBO's True Blood surged more than 20 percent in its ratings week to week to set series records (2.8/8 in 18-49, 5.33 million viewers overall), Variety reported; in the demographic, the vampire series ranked third among all prime-time programs for the week.

Ain't It Cool News reports a rumor that Christopher Nolan's third Batman movie could be shot entirely in the big-screen IMAX format (not IMAX Digital), as were several major set pieces in the previous movie, The Dark Knight.

Yahoo! Movies has posted a behind-the-scenes look at Megan Fox's upcoming satirical horror movie Jennifer's Body, which opens Sept. 18.