News briefs: Resident IV begins; Beowulf writer jailed

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Dec 14, 2012, 3:54 PM EST

Screen Gems and Constantin Film announced today that Resident Evil: Afterlife has begun production in Toronto and will be shot and released in 3-D.

Beowulf co-writer Roger Avary, who won an Oscar for Pulp Fiction, has been sentenced to a year in jail for causing a fatal traffic crash in Southern California, Variety reported; Avary was sentenced Tuesday in a Ventura court and also received five years of probation.

The two-hour premiere of Syfy's upcoming prequel series Caprica will screen at the Woodstock Film Festival on Friday and Sunday, and Caprica producer/director Jeffrey Reiner and star Esai Morales will attend the Austin Film Festival for a screening on Oct. 24; the show debuts on Jan. 22, 2010.

Fox Searchlight Pictures has released the full new trailer for Wes Anderson's upcoming stop-motion-animated Fantastic Mr. Fox, based on Roald Dahl's children's book, which opens Nov. 25.

The 13th Annual Hollywood Film Festival and Hollywood Awards, presented by Starz, have announced that Near Dark director Kathryn Bigelow will be honored with the "Hollywood Director Award"; Academy Award-nominated screenwriter Nora Ephron will be presented with the "Hollywood Screenwriter Award"; Disney/Pixar's Up, directed by Peter Docter, will get the "Hollywood Animation Award"; and Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen visual effects supervisor Scott Farrar will receive the "Hollywood Visual Effects Award" at the festival's Hollywood Awards Gala Ceremony on Oct. 26.

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