Movie News After Dark: Robopocalypse, McFly’s Kicks, Expendables and 40-Year Old 3D Animation

What is Movie News After Dark? For tonight, it’s simply a movie news column working on a very, very slow news day. So it has opted for fun instead of informative. It’s betting you won’t mind.

We begin tonight with the thought of big, badass robots killing the whole of humanity in Robopocalypse, a film that director Steven Spielberg will now direct for July 3, 2013. Fox and Dreamworks were announced as the studios putting up the money today, which means that Daniel H. Wilson’s excellent book will finally get some big screen love. If done right, it could be massive.

In the category of fun is io9’s list of 10 reasons why Xavier’s School for Gifted Youngsters is a horrible place to be educated. It reminds me a bit of our own list of 7 reasons why Hogwarts is the worst cinematic school ever. In the end, this is why I recommend the Boyz ‘n the Hood method of schooling, in which all learning is done on the streets.

HBO is doing something very neat in promotion of the upcoming second season of Boardwalk Empire. They’re paying the Metropolitan Transportation Authority about $150k to run a vintage, prohibition-era style subway car in Manhattan. Now if only they could find a way to help bums get cable, they’d be winning.

Sean Hartter, a man whose art we’ve featured previously on this site, has a new set of alternate universe movie posters that depict a version of Stephen King’s Dark Tower series starring Clint Eastwood. Now there’s a notion. Here’s a look at the first in the series:

Yes, you heard right. Nike is launching the Back to the Future themed Air Mag shoes — the ones that lace themselves in the 2015 version of Hill Valley. From what I’ve read, they are going to cost a lot of money. Add this to the list of really neat things I won’t be buying, based on absurd cost.

Now that 50/50 is headed for theaters, director Jonathan Levine and Summit Entertainment are moving forward with Warm Bodies, the zombie romance adaptation from author Isaac Marion. I’ve read the book — it’s not surprising that it’s being called “Twilight with zombies,” except there’s a bit more cleverness and far less angst. That said, adding John Malkovich to the cast as a zombie killer ain’t such a bad idea.

Over at, David Ehrlich spends time chronicling 10 Criterion DVDs that need to be released on Blu-ray. He’s got a serious point with Salo, though I fear a Blu-ray release would prompt Cole Abaius and Rob Hunter to finally make me go through with a long-dead For Science idea that involves me, Salo, pudding and a diaper. Not sure what the diaper is for, though.

For your viewing pleasure, Movieline lists all the action stars who aren’t yet attached or rumored for Expendables 2. This list includes the likes of Kurt Russell, Jackie Chan and Steven Seagal, the last of which would actually make sense.

And finally, my good friend Peter Hall has uncovered this very cool original 3D animation created by Pixar founder Ed Catmull in 1972. It would later be used in the 1976 film Futureworld. This happened three years after the moon landing, people. Almost 40 years ago. Pretty impressive.

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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