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Movie News After Dark: Save Community, Revive Firefly and Welcome Back Jaleel White

What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s newest late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box. It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this stuff late at night, what do you expect?

Vulture has an interesting essay about Community and it’s potential problems with Chevy Chase’s Pierce character. Seeing as I will watch, read, listen to and likely have sex with anything related to Community, I read this one. I’ve discovered that you should too. (Read on down the page to see why “Save Community” is in tonight’s title. It will all make sense soon, sweet baby birds.)

Remember that zombie video game trailer that we — along with everyone else on the internet — played for you earlier this week? That’s being made into a movie. By the guy who produced The Mummy. Maybe instead of the game, they can base the movie on the game’s trailer.

Mashable explores the effects of social media on Toy Story 3‘s box office. Also related to the success of Toy Story 3 at the box office: it’s a sequel and a Pixar movie. You can’t buy that kind of pedigree on Friendster.

Wired has published a strange, rudimentary and mostly entertaining series of fantasy casting posters that reimagine classic sci-fi films. You know, like that barn-burning classic The Avengers:

Keifer Sutherland isn’t done with TV yet. In the spare time he has away from lobbying for that 24 movie, he is also eying a pilot called Touch with Heroes creator Tim Kring. It’s about a man whose mute, autistic son can see the future. If Sutherland is a smart TV actor, he’ll do the show for one season then quit. Because it’s likely that’s all Kring has in the tank, as he proved so powerfully with Heroes.

Think McFly Think has pulled an Entertainment Weekly excerpt from an interview with producer Avi Arad, who says that The Amazing Spider-Man will fit within the framework of Sam Raimi’s films. It’s unclear as to what that means exactly — but he did say that “this movie is going to tell you all the stories that you didn’t see in 1, 2, and 3.” In the case of 3, it will be telling the good ones.

Right here is the red band trailer for Hall Pass. It’s Farrelly hilarious (get it?)…

IGN has published a list of TV shows in danger of being over after this season. Included are a few of your (my) favorites: Chuck, Fringe, Human Target, Parks and Recreation and the most blasphemous of them all, Community. I will campaign for Community. I would probably kill several lesser men for Community. Are you listening, NBC?

Speaking of TV shows that died well before their time, there is now an internet movement to unite Browncoats and help Nathan Fillion raise $300 million to buy the rights to Firefly. I’m surprised that the internet is already on the job for this one — last I checked, they were still petitioning to get Jericho back on the air.

Along with Robocop and Red Dawn, the newly funded MGM is reportedly looking to set up remakes of 80s smash hits Mr. Mom (I can’t make this up) and Poltergeist. I know what you’re thinking and yes, the situation is spinning out of control. Wildly.

With his days on The Office numbered, Steve Carell will have to find something to do. How about a drama starring opposite Meryl Streep?

We close tonight with the return of Steve Urkel, or Jaleel White as he’s known on the streets. In this Funny or Die Original, Urkel brings it hard enough to remind us how far Martin Lawrence has fallen since those days when he was eating burger’s in Will Smith’s Porsche.

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.

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