Movie News After Dark: X-Men’s First Class Trailer, Puppets of The Abyss and Superman Classic

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?

Up first, a Public Service Announcement: The first trailer for Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class will be online tomorrow via the X-Men Movies Facebook page. As a prelude, the studio handed Entertainment Weekly the image you see in the header. Michael Fassbender as Magneto, from behind.

Baz Luhrmann is still on The Great Gatsby, and he’s still bringing Leonardo DiCaprio and Carey Mulligan along for the ride. He also may be getting Warner Bros., who is reportedly closing in on a deal to acquire the project. Money will make a director grow closer to a project.

Glee creator Ryan Murphy is being courted into directing the remake of Annie that will star Will Smith’s daughter Willow. It’s an interesting choice, as Murphy does know how to spin a tune into something flashy and make it stick with today’s audience, youth or otherwise. That said, I’m still against this Will Smith giving movies to his kids thing. I can only imagine what Christmas looks like.

Craig Gillespie, the man currently behind the Fright Night remake, is the latest in line to direct Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. We anxiously await the announcement that he has moved on to other things.

Screenrant has spotted a few really cool fan-made posters for Spider-Man and The Dark Knight Rises. Eventually we will become tired of these, but I think this one gets it:

There is a remake of Highlander happening. That’s the bad news, I think. The other bad news (fooled you, there isn’t really any good news here) is that Twilight scribe Melissa Rosenberg will be writing it. As much as I’ve loved her work on Dexter, she lost me somewhere along the way.

Watch this never-before-seen footage of the puppet work in James Cameron’s The Abyss, from the documentary Back Into The Abyss, which is currently available for pre-order.

Need to slip back into Christopher Nolan’s dream world? How about a great behind-the-scenes featurette exploring the world of Inception:

As it turns out, MGM and Sony aren’t just getting into bed with Bond 23, their newfound partnership may also give legs to Joss Whedon’s Cabin in the Woods and the 80s reboot of Red Dawn. In this situation, fans appear to be winning.

Lindsay Lohan is now being rumored (by TMZ, who continues to be the pinnacle of quality journalism) for a role in Zack Snyder’s Superman. It would be interesting, if there was any weight to it. It won’t be the most ridiculous rumor we’ll here, unless they announce casting soon.

John Torturro has joined Cars 2 as the rival car of Lightning McQueen. He will voice a smooth-talking Italian racer named Franceso Bernoulli. Meet him in the following video:

We’ve got the first clip from Kevin Smith’s Red State, in which Melissa Leo seduces several young men the old-fashioned white trash way.

We close tonight with the video of the week, in my opinion. Superman Classic from animator Robb Pratt. Lets hope Zack Snyder has an eye on this as he preps his own Superman movie. At the very least, lets hope Warner Bros. gives Pratt a deal to make a feature out of this:

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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