Movie News After Dark: Jeff, Avengers, Battleship, Lebowski, Star Trek 2 and Rapping Muppets

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a thing that happens nightly, only on Film School Rejects. Well, unless you count the spam sites that scrape our content and post it as their own. We know you’re out there, and we’re going to get you. In the mean time, here’s some news for all you readers, no matter where you’re seeing it.

We open tonight with the new image from Jeff, Who Lives At Home, another TIFF ’11 premiere. It’s the latest from the Duplass brothers, about a man who lives at home with his mother, until the day when the universe begins showing him signs about his future. It has Ed Helms, I’ll watch that.

Remember The Avengers? That movie we probably won’t stop talking about until it comes out next year. It’s like The Dark Knight Rises, but with a bunch of heroes. Anyway, io9 caught up with director Joss Whedon and chatted about said Avengers, including all the reasons why he almost didn’t do it.

Also in Comic-Con news, actress, model and curiously famous person Adrianne Curry (I think she’s famous because she plays video games topless on Twitter, or something) was kicked out of Comic-Con for wearing a racy, albeit accurate Aeon Flux costume. It doesn’t surprise me. I was almost deported for trying to wear the same thing in ’07.

Earlier today I was presented with a copy of The Big Lebowski on Blu-ray. I will be reviewing it for its release on August 16. In related news, The Dude’s bachelor pad is currently up for sale. For a mere $2.3 million dollar price tag, you can have the opportunity to own it and 5 other one-bedroom homes around it. If you should buy it, I’ve got a perfect rug for you.

Below you will find the art of Frank Frazetta, which will inform a new project by Robert Rodriguez called Fire and Ice. This one is Princess Teegra. I’m guessing Rose McGowan, right?

Tonight in not so shocking news you didn’t realize was news, J.J. Abrams has officially signed on for Star Trek 2. He will now work alongside Alex Kurtzman, Roberto Orci and Damon Lindelof on getting the whole thing ready for a release date either at the end of 2012 or summer 2013, not the previously promised but completely unrealistic July 29, 2012 date.

Topless Robot has uncovered the secret origin of the Battleship movie. It’s hilarious, not unlike the trailer. But let me be clear: I cannot wait for that crazy-ass movie. Go, Peter Berg. You can be my Michael Bay, baby.

In the world of good news about sequels, Ron Howard will not make The Lost Symbol, the third adaptation in the Da Vinci Code series. Is it me, or does Ron Howard drop out of more projects than Guillermo Del Toro joins? Someone should keep a running tally.

The Walking Dead has its new showrunner. Glen Mazzara will take over for Frank Darabont, who wrote for the show during season one and was hired on to be Darabont’s right-hand man for season two. A former producer on The Shield, Mazzara will likely not skip a beat. See, I told you it would be fine.

I don’t have a serious closer this evening. Plenty of contenders, but nothing feels quite as right as Muppets rapping. They can’t, they won’t and they don’t stop. And neither will Movie News After Dark, beyotches.

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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