Movie News After Dark: Looper, Sex with Blake Lively, Pam Grier and James Franco is Everyone

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?

Don’t worry world, I’ve got a few things for you tonight…

Tonight’s lead image comes from the Tumblr account of director Rian Johnson (Brick, The Brothers Bloom) on the set of his next film, Looper. It’s just one striking example of some of the snaps allowing folks like you and me to see what’s going on during the opening weeks of the shoot.

Orphan and Unknown director Jaume Collet-Serra is currently at work on a Dracula film for Leonardo DiCaprio’s company Appian Way. From the details — found via Badass Digest and Deadline — we can see that it’s an action/detective story that “focuses on Jonathan Harker as the Scotland Yard detective who is tracking Dracula, and the script sets up the sleuth as a potential new franchise character.”

The first of two How to Train Your Dragon sequels has a script. This according to writer/co-director Dean DeBlois. As he explains, part two will be “quite epic. We are treating How To Train Your Dragon as the first act in a much larger story. As we head into this one, the world expands. Everything is much bigger with still the heartfelt qualities that made the first one resonate so much with audiences. There are no longer restrictions to this tiny island in the North Sea. They have the entire Northern hemisphere within their grasp.”

Jodie Foster’s The Beaver, otherwise known as “that Mel Gibson movie with the puppet” has been moved from a March release to May 6. This shows that Summit Entertainment is gaining confidence in the pic’s marketability, despite the headlining of notorious drunken slurmaster Gibson. We of course, will be checking it out in March anyway, defiant of the standards of releasing! Also, it will be playing at SXSW.

55 new images have emerged from the Universal comedy Paul, starring Simon Pegg and Nick Frost. That feels like overkill to me, but we can always hope that they are all from the first act. If you’re so inclined, Dark Horizons has them all. Oh look, here comes one now:

Are you ready for more Sex and the City? No. Alright, lets try this: are you ready for something related to “sex” that includes Blake Lively? Much better. According to ominous “inside sources,” SatC mastermind Michael Patrick King is working on an adaptation of Candace Bushnell’s bestselling book, The Carrie Diaries, a prequel of sorts to the Sex and the City we already know. And he’d like for Blake Lively to play a teen version of Carrie Bradshaw.

Few things are certain in this life. You will pay taxes, you will die and Pam Grier will definitely kick your ass if you cross her. She will be seen doing a bit of ass-kicking in the upcoming RZA/Eli Roth kung-fu epic The Man With The Iron Fists. Word.

From boxing robots to a big sci-fi adventure: James Cameron has signed Real Steel director Shawn Levy for Fantastic Voyage. Leave it to Fox to stick with a company man, as Levy has already earned them big takes on both Night at the Museum flicks.

I’m usually a strong opponent to movie blogs who screencap every second of a 30-second teaser, but I have to hand it to Cinema Blend: their 30 Captain America Trailer Screencaps article is not only interesting, it also captures some things that can’t be noticed in real-time. We’ve shown you the look at Red Skull, which is awesome, I will agree. But how about the CGI work on making Chris Evans look like a pipsqueak:

In the glow of his post-Super Bowl dominance, Jon Favreau celebrated Cowboys and Aliens’ big commercial splash by chatting with the folks at EW. “We’re just trying to get people’s feet wet,” explains the director, proving once again that he’s not just a guy who can direct awesome action — he knows how to tease, as well. And that’s always appreciated.

In the future, James Franco will be everything for everyone at every moment. For now, he’s just writing, directing and starring in every project imaginable. He’s the new Guillermo Del Toro, but with fewer calories. The latest is a story from TV Guide that has Franco ready and willing to put together both a film and off-Broadway adaptation of the 70s sitcom Three’s Company. Excuse me while I go work out the rest of the casting for said project… Brooklyn Decker and Erica Durance, anyone?

And finally, the video that should solidify The Brocial Network‘s chances of winning Best Picture on Oscar night. Oh wait, wrong movie. Anyway, see if you can spot FSR friend and Austin Film Critics Association leader Cole Dabney in one of the party scenes.

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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