Movie News After Dark: Django Will Smith, Community, Matt Damon Directs and Green Lantern vs. Thor

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s waiting to watch the latest episode of Community because it promised its girlfriend it would. And that’s really hard to do, because that show’s really good. Also, Josh Holloway from Lost guest stars in the two-part season finale. How can that be resisted by the world’s most interesting nightly movie news linkdump? Must… hold… on… Must… do… the news…

Quentin Tarantino went big when he cast Brad Pitt as his lead in Inglorious Basterds. So to see him considering Will Smith as the titular character, a freed slave trained by a German bounty hunter that sets out on a quest to save his wife from a head slave, is an act of pure bravado — he’ll just go get anyone he effing pleases to star in his movies, won’t he? And if that wasn’t enough to blow your mind, consider this: Christoph Waltz is said to be circling the role of the German trainer, with Samuel L. Jackson in consideration as the bad guy. That’s potentially a perfect storm of awesome, so we’ll see.

Lionsgate was not playing a poorly timed April Fool’s joke when they announced the What to Expect When You’re Expecting film adaptation. It’s really happening. Now it’s getting really real, as they’ve cast Cameron Diaz in one of the expectant roles. I. Can’t. Wait.

If you live in Los Angeles and like your cinema nerdy, you may want to check out the 2nd annual Hero Complex Film Festival. Curated by The LA Times’ Geoff Boucher, the fest will show the likes of Dick Tracy, Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan, a few Richard Donner Superman films, The Incredibles and a double feature of Iron Man 1 & 2, all with filmmakers and other notables in attendance for Q&As. Because this summer doesn’t have enough superhero cinema as it is…

The following title cards come from last night’s Community episode, the first of the two-part season finale “Fistfull of Paintballs.” The are all up in your face via the Twitter feed of show writer Megan Ganz. Best comedy on TV right here:

Get ready, because Christopher Lloyd, Paul Scheer and Ving Rhames are all reportedly returning to their roles for Piranha 3DD. No word yet on wither Jerry O’Connell’s penis will be regurgitated.

Remember Roberto Benigni? I know, you tried to forget, but I just put him back in your head. And now all you can think about is him jumping up on top of the seats at the Oscars, being his usual high-strung Italian self. Anyway, he’s going to be in Woody Allen’s Rome-based movie.

Catherine Hardwicke’s relentless pursuit of taking all the books that teen girls love and turning them into subpar cinematic adaptations continues. She’s now looking to adapt The Bitch Posse, a 2006 novel by Martha O’Connor. It’s about three close high school friends driven apart by a dramatic event. Then there’s some longing. I bet there’s even some staring out of windows.

The following video is silly and will be most relevant to fans of the FX animated spy show Archer (of which I am a proud member), but it comes from a much larger and deeply fascinating discussion over at The AV Club about One-line wonders. If only you could all understand the brilliance of The Wire‘s Isiah Whitlock, Jr. saying “Shiiiiit.”

Brendan Fraser just can’t leave well-enough (or 3D) alone. Producer Todd Moyer and Arclight Films have announced that Fraser will take the lead in William Tell: 3D, a historical family action adventure. Says the press release: “Brendan was the driving force behind the movie being shot in 3D.” Translation: “Dude loves paychecks, even if the work isn’t that good.”

Michael Fassbender is in talks to join Trance, Danny Boyle’s next project. He would play the nefarious leader of a gang of art thieves. There’s also amnesia, hypnosis, tomfoolery and trickery involved. Sounds like a ride.

Now that little girls who wield guns is back in fashion, Matt Damon may be looking to star in and possibly direct a spec script my Matthew Aldrich called Father Daughter Time: A Tale of Armed Robbery and Eskimo Kisses. Love the title, even if there’s no way WB wouldn’t shorten it. Damon is circling the project as his directorial debut. He’s just trying to catch up to that Affleck guy — perhaps this will be his child-in-danger and heist movie all in one shot.

Ricky Gervais has signed on to voice a spy dog in the next installment of Spy Kids. This is his penalty for all those unseemly jokes at last year’s Golden Globe awards.

io9’s awfully enthusiastic review has called Thor the best superhero movie since The Dark Knight. Do you agree?

We close tonight with the latest in the “Hi, I’m a Marvel.. and I’m a DC” series (found via ScreenRant), which is based on something having to do with Apple computers and Windows computers. These are just as charming, if not quite as expensively made. This one is the most relevant pairing possible: Thor and Green Lantern, two heroes that have movies coming out this summer. And yes, Thor sort of talks like that in the real movie, too.

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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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