Movie News After Dark: Bad Teacher, Cars 2, Expendables 2, Bellflower and Dropping Daddy’s Oscar

What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s newest late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box. It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this stuff late at night, what do you expect?

Today’s lead is a hungover, disenchanted Cameron Diaz on the poster for Bad Teacher. I have to think that this isn’t the right kind of teacher-related message the country needs as our education system appears to be crumbling, with politicians casting out countless educators to make up for financial woes. That said, this may be the Diaz role I’ve most looked forward to in years.

As you know, Universal balked at throwing big money at an At the Mountains of Madness adaptation by Guillermo Del Toro. As you may also know, the vast majority of film bloggers and pundits were quick to lash out against the studio. The truth is that Uni has been backed into a corner, and we (the audience) have blame to take. This is all explained quite well in Drew McWeeny’s well-reasoned piece about why it’s unfair to blame Universal.

Marvel may be resisting the urge to “jump the shark” with their upcoming slate, playing it relatively safe with their next two films. That said, this new development may have them jumping into an acid bender: according to reports, they may be looking to The Inhumans as a future film property. If you know anything about the comic, you’ll note that it’s out there.

The following Cars 2 trailer, released this week via MSN, does not make me want to see another Cars movie any more than I already do. But damn, that animation is gorgeous. Damn you Pixar, for making even your dullest property (and a sequel, no-less) interesting. Ka-cha!

A battle is currently being waged by money-holders in Hollywood over who will hold the rights to and eventually make a live-action Voltron movie. This could work, just as Transformers has worked, but the most interesting decision yet to be made is to what director will the yet unfound rights holders hand the franchise. That will make the difference, for sure.

Good news: Sly Stallone and company are gearing up for another go at The Expendables. Questionable news: Stallone won’t direct. If there’s anything to be said about this, it’s that Sly doesn’t have to direct the second film. His hands will be all over it, no matter who steps behind the camera. That said, you just never know — round two could get a director with a better eye for action and/or a better commitment to character and plot, and Expendables 2 could be the movie we hoped Expendables 1 would have been.

Steampunk Boba Fett is awesome.

The new character posters for X-Men: First Class are two things: (a) full of strange crotch-related photo placement and (b) awful. So awful, in fact, that I refuse to put the actual posters in this article. You will have to click over to another site to see them. You’ve been warned.

The Alamo Drafthouse has officially partnered up with Fandango, allowing you to buy tickets on the go with the Fandango mobile app suite. It’s all part of the world domination plan, which includes (as CEO Tim League explained on a recent /FilmCast episode) expansion into LA, New York and other markets around the country. The Alamo Drafthouse is based in Austin, Texas and is awesome.

Bellflower may be one of my three to five most anticipated movies of SXSW 2011. Here’s the poster, which only moves it up the list:

The King’s Speech co-producer Simon Egan had a little incident with his 15-month old daughter — the little brat dropped his Best Picture Oscar and scratched it all to hell. I kid. She’s a kid. Oh kids, they do the darnedest things. Luckily for Egan, the Academy has an “Oscar Hospital” where statuettes can be taken for repair. It’s right next to the secret Harvey Weinstein sex-train suite. Somewhere on the seventh floor. Eww… Anyway, we close tonight with a momentary video of the adorable little troublemaker Lara dropping daddy’s Oscar.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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