Movie News After Dark: Hunger Warm-Ups, Avatar 2, John Carter, Bryan Cranston and Wall-Etheus

Hunger Games Track Suits

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s the King of all nightly movie-related link dumps. You get twice the intelligence, half the idiocy, one quarter the amount of snark and exactly the same amount of actual news as other sites will give you. Plus, we always end with something fun. So stick around and read a while.

We begin this evening with a shot from The Hunger Games featuring Josh Hutcherson as Peeta and Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss. Wait. Is there a reason why these characters have such stupid names? Or is it just to do with the future? I need to get around to reading these books, but I don’t know if I can deal with these names. Anyway, I like their tracksuits. I didn’t know this story was set in communist Russia. In a move that will either bring you great sadness or nothing at all, Fox has moved Avatar 2 back to 2016, with the third coming a year later in 2017. It begs the question: who cares anyway? We all know the world is going to be gone by 2013. Or will it?

Over in the land of HitFix, Kris Tapley delivers a solid list of 10 bubble contenders to consider for Oscar. For those who don’t understand “bubbles,” this means films that could turn up on Oscar night for a little surprise. The surprise involves soap and water and a little ring thingy. His picks include the like of Tree of Life, The Ides of March, the costume designer for Immortals and a few other hopefuls. 7 to be exact.

“I think that we have an opportunity with the third Iron Man to make the best of the three, and maybe one of the better superhero movies that’s ever been made. But I think we have to remember what made the first one good. It was very character-driven. It was very odd. It was kind of outrageous. And so I think we have to have the courage to trust that the audience is really kind of cool, and smart” That’s Robert Downey Jr. on Iron Man 3, which will apparently be pretty damn good.

Über producer Lorenzo di Bonaventura (who, for the record, happens to be one of the nicest guys in the business) is saying that Bruce Willis is all but locked up for the Magnificent Seven-esque action thriller Five Against the Bullet. The film would follow five heroes, all played by big name stars, who must go up against some sort of projectile. Coming from the guy who produced RED, I’m sold.

Here is a new poster for Disney’s John Carter. I’ll be damned if the visuals aren’t ambitious:

John Carter de Espana

Bryan Cranston will guest star on Archer. All is right in the world.

The National Board of Review, a board of people who review things and send out press releases about it, have delivered their list of 2011 awards, including a Best Film and Best Director win for Martin Scorsese and Hugo. The Descendents was the big winner in the acting categories, with George “Dreamboat” Clooney taking Best Actor.

At Badass Digest, film historian, maker and programmer Zack Carlson talks about How Computers Killed the Movies, and other things that have to do with the world of special effects. Also, there’s a very disturbing photo of your cousin Ted.

Disney has confirmed today that Frozen, a film formerly known as The Snow Queen will be computer animated rather than hand-drawn. It was to follow The Princess and the Frog in Disney’s new era of hand-drawn animation, but then someone probably got the bill and thought, “yeah, we can do that cheaper.”

We close tonight with a video mash-up from the folks over at Crave Online. It combines the coolest sci-fi trailer of last year with one of the coolest sci-fi movies in the history of little animated robots. It’s called Wall-Etheus. Silly name, brilliant execution.

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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