Movie News After Dark: Bruce Willis’ Gun, The Muppets’ Poster, Dark Tower’s New Life and Kids Sing Star Wars

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that enjoys having Saturdays off. But it’s not Saturday yet, is it? That means it’s time for another round of the best movie-related links from around the web. So lets get on with it.

We lead tonight with the first shot of Bruce Willis in Rian Johnson’s Looper, which includes a look at Willis likely eviscerating something or someone. This one comes to the world via Empire, who has promised that they will be bringing you some news from the set. I’ll read that.

To the right you will see a first look at a teaser poster for The Muppets, due out this Thanksgiving. It’s eerie, to say the least, to Jim Henson’s fuzzy friends walking like a group of aliens about to enslave mankind. But it hints at something new — maybe Kermit and friends are going to stand up and dance for us. I for one cannot wait to see.

The idea of a fifth Pirates of the Caribbean is not a completely illogical one to movie fans. Franchises that make money earn sequels. And with a week ’til the release of the fourth Pirates film, more booty looks like the only thing we’re guaranteed. We are not, however, guaranteed a sequel. Not with out Johnny Depp. At least that’s what Jerry Bruckheimer has to say. And he’s in charge.

The Ron Howard-led adaptation of Stephen King’s The Dark Tower was at risk of being thrown to the dogs recently. But according to new reports, Universal is keeping the project around and giving it a lower budget. That’s good news for fans. Sort of.

Here’s an idea I would support without the help of marketing: a Star Trek animated series. Apparently Roberto Orci, who along with writing partner Alex Kurtzman crafted J.J. Abrams’ reboot, has talked about it with Paramount and CBS. They do own Cartoon Network, after all.

New set photos for The Amazing Spider-Man have hit the web. And for those not familiar with Spider-Man’s origin story, they could spoil a major plot-point. For the rest of us, it’s old hat. But I will say this: it looks like someone finally took out President Jed Bartlet.

Screw The Fighter 2, Mark Wahlberg and David O. Russell might be getting back together on something far more interesting real soon. The Silver Linings Playbook is about a guy who gets out of a mental institution and begins working hard to get his estranged wife back. All he wants is one more round.

Matthew McConaughey, Tobey Maguire, Sofia Vergara and Zac Efron will star in a sexual thriller directed by Lee Daniels called Paperboy. It’s based on a book by Peter Dexter.

And now, some audio/visual stimuli for your Friday evening…

The Nazi space invasion film Iron Sky has been given a release date. One April 4, 2012 the Third Reich will be coming back from the moon to bring the Western world to its knees. Just check out this fancy trailer… creepy…

Last week I mentioned the Olly Moss art show in LA, which our friends at /Film attended and covered wonderfully. Now has put out a video about the event, including reactions from opening night. Quick, see if you can spot Peter Sciretta:

And finally, here’s an adorable Star Wars musical starring a bunch of kids. It’s here to bring you that week-ending smile you’ve been yearning for…

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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