Movie News After Dark: James Franco, Police Academy, Doctor Who Cupcakes and Over the Top 2

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 image is James Franco. Sitting at a desk. Doing some science in Rise of the Apes. He’s learning how to give intelligence and the gift of speech to a monkey that looks like Andy Serkis.

“It’s going to be a night of the most privileged people in the world being told how brilliant they are and thanking God for loving them more than ugly poor foreigners.” That’s part of the Oscar monologue Ricky Gervais wrote for James Franco and Anne Hathaway. It’s only the tip of the iceberg.

Today marked the last launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery. It’s a sad, nostalgia-filled day for those of us in the space nerd community. I know it’s not movie related, but it does make me want to watch Space Camp right now.

Ewan McGregor is in talks to join Brian Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer. The role is of the leader of the king’s guard in this dark retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. McGregor would go up against Stanley Tucci, who has already signed on to play the film’s villain.

Here’s an image from the upcoming Toy Story short “Hawaiian Vacation,” which will play in front of Cars 2 this summer. It’s basically all the characters from the previous films with Hawaiian gear on. Not exactly something that’s going to blow your mind:

Sweet Crispy Christ, why must we even go there? The LA Times, in all of its infinite wisdom, is talking about another reboot of a franchise that died a long time ago: Police Academy. I can’t write about this any longer… I just can’t.

Tron: Legacy, Inception and Let Me In are among the big leaders in Saturn Award nominees. Somehow Scott Pilgrim vs. the World only got one nomination here. That movie gets no love.

Of the 24 different sets of posters released for Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, I think I like these sexy retro versions the best of all:

This week, CBS called Charlie Sheen’s bluff and pulled the plug on Two and a Half Men for the rest of the season. The only good news here is that it’s prompted Pajiba to enlighten the world as to what might be on The 11 Point Charlie Sheen Life Manifesto. No Panic. No Judgement.

Stephen Root has joined the cast of Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar as a forensics expert who specializes in wood. I can’t make this up — this guy really existed. And he helped piece together the mystery of the Lindbergh kidnapping through an examination of the wood used by the abductor. Not bad for a guy who just wanted his stapler back.

Like FSR, Cinematical is a site with great taste. Such great taste that they too have a weekly Criterion-centric column. From David Ehrlich comes Criterion Corner. This week he takes on 10 Animated Films Criterion Should Covet. I want all of these on my Criterion shelf right now, especially numbers 7, 3 and 1.

My life will be complete once I’ve eaten a few Doctor Who cupcakes!

James Marsden and Patrick Wilson will star in the remake of a Belgian film called Loft, in which a group of men go in together on the purchase of a loft where they can bring their mistresses and have extramarital affairs. It gets dark quickly though, as one woman turns up dead. See, it’s all fun and games until your woman on the side gets killed…

A new report says that The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper was offered the job of directing Iron Man 3. Now there’s an interesting thought.

And finally… Trailer mash-ups can suck it. I want real people, out in the real world, making legit-ass sequels to classic testosterone-filled cinema. Like Over the Top: The Rise of Mike Hawk. Seriously, your trailer mash-ups are weaksauce compared to this hilarity:

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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