Movie News After Dark: Transformers, Jack Donaghy, Cowboys & Aliens, Comic-Con and The Tony Awards

What is Movie News After Dark? Well, it ain’t afraid of no ghosts. That’s for sure.

Tonight’s top story is that Paramount Pictures (via Yahoo) has released a gallery of new images from Transformers: Dark of the Moon. The above image shows Optimus Prime kneeling before his mentor, Sentinel Prime (to be voiced by Leonard Nimoy). The entire gallery can be found at /Film. Just know that most of the other images focus on the humans, and that’s boring.

The AV Club has found (via 12 pages of a script for an unwanted Ferris Bueller sequel by a relative unknown, writer Rick Rapier. Ferris Bueller 2: Another Day off, as it’s being called, would be awful. There’s no denying that, right?

The talk of Twitter last night among movie geeks — at least those of us who were not metaphorically dancing on the corpse of Lebron James’ championship hopes — was a New York Times article about movie studios and their plans to skip Comic-Con in San Diego. Over at today, Erik Davis takes a look at which movies we should expect to show up.

Speaking of the San Diego Comic-Con. Jon Favreau let slip to Hero Complex that Cowboys & Aliens will debut at the geek-centric event, making its world premiere as part of the Con a week before it hits theaters. That’s at least one film that will be there.

A hearty congratulations is due to our friends at First Showing, who are celebrating 5 years of publishing movie news, trailers and whatever else it is they publish over there. Alex has been a friend of mine for a long time and it’s great to see he and his team continue to learn and grow.

Jack Donaghy for Mayor is something I can get behind. But mostly because he’s a fictional character and I don’t live in New York City.

According to producer Rick McCallum, we may not see a Star Wars live-action TV show anytime soon because it’s episodes are too ambitious. He failed to mention the part where George Lucas is involved, and the massive sigh heard from Star Wars fans ’round the world when a TV show was first rumored.

The Weinstein Co. is still working on a big screen adaptation of Fraggle Rock. You know, down at Fraggle Rock. This is why we don’t hear much about this project, because it’s being worked on in a mythical valley of Fraggles. Anyway, the most interesting news to yet emerge from the project is the rumor that members of the Scissor Sisters have been hired to write Fraggle music.

Parts of World War Z will be shot in Glasgow, Scotland, in August. This is hardly newsworthy, but I can’t help but celebrate the fact that this film is actually going to be made.

Madonna continues to insist that she is a filmmaker. Her latest film, W.E., has been picked up for distribution by The Weinstein Company. It “cuts between a relatively contemporary lonely woman in New York named Wally (Abbie Cornish) and the early 20th century romance with which she’s obsessed, that of Britain’s King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson (Andrea Riseborough).” Did you guys get all of that, because I may have blacked out while writing it?

According to a New York Times report, the production and marketing of Green Lantern has cost Warner Bros. north of $300 million. And to think, they made all that effort to save money by digitally creating that suit.

Over at Vulture, the NY-centric entertainment blog has a brief, interesting piece about How the Tonys Were the Anti-Oscars in the Best Way Possible. Lesson to be learned by the Academy: hire Neil Patrick Harris to host your next show. And/or Ricky Gervais. Preferably and.

Speaking of the Tony Awards. I’m aware that this is not movie related, but if you missed the awards last night, then you missed South Park creators Matt Stone and Trey Parker cleaning house. For a more in-depth and rhythmic recap, I leave you tonight with NPH’s recap rap. I feel like I was there, set to a beat:

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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