Movie News After Dark: Pixar’s Luna, Highlander, Ayn Rand, Thor, Hunger Games and Killer Zoe Saldana

What is Movie News After Dark? It is (d) all of the above.

“La Luna is the timeless fable of a young boy who is coming of age in the most peculiar of circumstances.” That’s the opening of the synopsis to Pixar’s La Luna, the short that will play the Annecy International Animation Festival next month in France. It’s our adorable headlining image. (Courtesy of Walt Disney Pictures)

This Tomb Raider reboot is happening. Writers have been hired. Hawk Ostby and Mark Fergus, whose credits include Iron Man and Cowboys and Aliens, to be exact. And the whole thing will be another origin story. Because you know, whatever.

Alex Proyas wants to tell you the story of the great battle between heaven and hell. And he’d like Bradley Cooper to play his Lucifer. He was an angel once, but now he’s a total dick. I like the idea of Proyas, but have no idea how Bradley Cooper fits into anything where he must be taken seriously.

Because he needs to be the only guy who thinks things, Fast Five director Justin Lin thinks that the proposed Highlander remake/reboot/reuse/recycle would be a good idea. But clearly he doesn’t know what he’s talking about. We all know there can only be one. Or… the two that already exist.

Of course having Nathan Lane as the servant to the evil Queen in Tarsem Singh’s Snow White is a good idea. Nathan Lane in just about anything is a good idea.

The folks at Aardman Animation (Chicken Run, Wallace and Gromit) are hard at work on their next film, The Pirates! In an Adventure with Scientists. It will utilize their iconic stop-motion style and, according to The BBC, it will have a voice cast that includes David Tennant, Hugh Grant, Salma Hayek, Martin Freeman, Brian Blessed and Imelda Staunton. Awesome., which is quickly becoming Cinematical 2.0 with the addition of Peter Hall to a staff that already includes Erik Davis (inside baseball!), believes that 2011 will be The Summer of the Villain. That Loki guy has it all off to a pretty good start.

Not only has Malin Akerman joined Adam Shankman’s doomed project Rock of Ages, she will also have a sex scene with Tom Cruise. Oooh, scandalous.

Clearly DirecTV is ready to follow our lead. Here at FSR, we have launched Short Film of the Day, a daily feature that delivers the best in short filmmaking. Now the satellite provider is launching ShortsHD, an entire channel dedicated to playing short films in High Definition. Thanks for catching up, major corporation. We look forward to you someday admitting that we inspired this.

Stephen Colbert has offered up his own thoughts as to why the Ayn Rand adaptation Atlas Shrugged Part I didn’t do so well at the box office. My thought is that our own Cole Abaius killed it when he decimated it with words. But I could be wrong.

Care to buy the home once occupied by a character played by Macaulay Culkin? Yes, for onle $2.4 million dollars you can own the home used in Home Alone. So if you’re rich and looking for a home in Chicago, here’s your chance.

And now I shall dazzle you with audio/visual stimuli!

Mondo Tees has released a new Thor poster by Ken Taylor. It went on sale, and undoubtedly sold out today. But here it is — here’s the poster you probably didn’t get a chance to buy. It’s so… red.

NextMovie has released a series of Lego-themed posters for this summer’s biggest movies. They are adorable:

Can’t get enough of all this casting news for The Hunger Games? I sure can. If you’re unlike me, you’ll love this handy tracker cooked up by the folks on the MySpace fanpage. Now you can play along from home!

Usually I close with a funny video. Since I’m too tired to find one of those, here’s the trailer for Colombiana, an action thriller starring Zoe Saldana, directed by Olivier Megaton. She’s got the moves and he’s got the name. What could possibly go wrong? Seriously, this looks like a lot of fun.

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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