Movie News After Dark: The Hobbit Cast, Transformers 3, Superman and The Black Keys Go Grindhouse

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?

Tonight’s lead image should bring about warm feelings for Hobbit fans. Even though director Peter Jackson is resting up before the shoot, his cast is moving down to New Zealand in preparation for making two movies. After all its been through, its nice to see this movie actually getting into “about to be made” territory.

By now, Paramount has its script for a GI Joe sequel from Zombieland scribes Rhett Reese and Paul Wernick (and if I had to guess, it’s better than the first one). Now they are looking to directors to replace Stephen Sommers. The names on the list: Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra, Law Abiding Citizen director F. Gary Gray and Step-Up 3D director Jon Chu.

Clint Mansell is bringing his innumerable talents to scoring video games, taking on Mass Effect 3 this year. That is something that belongs in Badass Digest.

Arnold Swarzenegger has announced via Twitter that after 7 years, the former Governator is ready to get back into the acting game. He’s told his people at CAA to begin taking offers seriously. I’ve already sent over my script for Last Action Hero 2. I swear that I channeled Shane Black with that one.

Star Trek vs. Doctor Who can haz cheeseburger, indeed.

Captain America: The First Avenger is months away from its release, but as is customary Marvel Studios has already commissioned scribes Stephen McFeely and Christopher Markus to write a sequel. No green light for the project, just a script. It’s not surprising, as they’ve got to use Chris Evans’ 9-picture contract up before the guy goes old and gray.

Fresh off her Oscar nomination for Winter’s Bone, Jennifer Lawrence is making plenty of moves. She’s been spotted briefly in that X-Men: First Class trailer as Mystique. Now she’s about to sign on to Oliver Stone’s next, the crime thriller Savage.

The Daily wants you to think that this is a first look at Hollywood blogger and all-around roach Nikki Finke. Anne Thompson, someone who has met the Deadline Hollywood founder, says its not her. As a fellow blogger in the industry, I could give two shits. Finke is a wretched person and a slightly less savory “journalistic” entity. I don’t need a picture of her to know that much:

As we prep our own Cannes coverage for the first time ever (shh… don’t tell anyone), we are looking to some more experiences folks for guidance as to what may or may not be playing in the main competition. iOnCinema has a few ideas.

Wayne Wang, director of The Joy Luck Club, is working on Einstein, a biopic of scientist and static hair stylist Albert Einstein. This makes for the second Einstein biopic in the works. No stars attached — that will be interesting.

Anthony Mackie and Dominic Cooper have joined Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Both will also be killing vampires alongside Benjamin Walker.

Every time Michael Bay speaks about Transformers: Dark of the Moon, I feel like I’m gaining insight into something that everyone simply won’t admit: it’s going to be his best of the trilogy. When he says things like “it’s kind of like Black Hawk Down,” and proceeds to give appropriate reasons why (tight urban environment, big fight, better story), it makes me tingle. I’m okay being the only one tingling for now.

I could link to once a day. It would be easier for all of you to just go read it every day, but I’m going to throw down the links anyway. Today’s beautiful entry: 2011: Ferris Bueller’s Odyssey by Kevin Tong:

In an interview with SFX Magazine, soon to be Superman director Zack Snyder talked about making the character “more physical.” As in, he may actually fight some bad guys in this movie. It’s better than moping about outside of windows, looking in on Lois Lane’s family. A little bit of fight would be refreshing.

We close tonight with a bit of exploitation mixed with my favorite hometown musical ensemble, The Black Keys. In the video for “Howlin for You,” they use the likes of Diora Baird, Tricia Helfer, Sean Patrick Flannery, Shawn White and some grindhouse roots to make it work. And it works. Northeast Ohio, represent.

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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