Back in the Day

High school only takes up a few years, and yet to hear pop culture tell it, it’s one of the most defining periods of our lives. The movies are rife with characters either in high school and learning to understand themselves, or characters long out of high school but desperate to relive to the good old days for whatever reason.

The indie comedy Back in the Day falls into the latter category, following an insurance salesman who goes home for his twenty-year reunion. The cast is filled with familiar faces from all over: Michael Rosenbaum, best known as Lex Luthor on Smallville, wrote, directed, and stars; his former flame is played by Homeland‘s Morena Baccarin, and his old gang includes Nick Swardson, Stan from Mad Men, and the Old Spice Guy. Watch the trailer after the jump.

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Marvel Studios apparently has no qualms about getting into bed with former DC stars for Guardians of the Galaxy. Just yesterday, The Dark Knight Rises actor / rumored Justice League star Joseph Gordon-Levitt was added to the pool of contenders for the lead role of Peter Quill. Today, he’s being joined by Michael Rosenbaum, whom you may recall as Lex Luthor from The CW’s Smallville or as the voice of the Flash from Cartoon Network’s Justice League. More details after the jump.

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With projects like Derek Cianfrance’s The Place Beyond the Pines, David O. Russell’s The Silver Linings Playbook, and Susanne Bier’s Serena all coming up, The Hangover star Bradley Cooper looks poised to make the move into Serious Actor respectability. But he hasn’t left broad comedy behind completely, or at least not yet. Cooper’s next big-screen appearance will be as a dreadlocked ex-con in this summer’s Hit & Run, a film written, starring, and co-directed by Dax Shepard. As you might guess, it looks pretty silly.

Shepard plays Charlie Bronson (ha ha), a former getaway driver who’s now in the Witness Protection Program. A road trip with his girlfriend (Shepard’s real-life fiancee Kristen Bell) takes a sour turn when they’re chased by the feds as well as Charlie’s past criminal associates (including Cooper and Michael Rosenbaum). Kristin Chenoweth, Beau Bridges, and Tom Arnold also star. Watch the first trailer after the jump.

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What is Page 2? Page 2 is a compilation of stories and news tidbits, which for whatever reason, didn’t make the front page of /Film. After the jump we’ve included 31 different items, fun images, videos, casting tidbits, articles of interest and more. It’s like a mystery grab bag of movie web related goodness. If you have any interesting items that we might’ve missed that you think should go in /Film’s Page 2 – email us!

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Page 2 for May 4th

Here is a round up of stories that just didn’t make the /Film front page, or what we like to call…. Page 2!

Iron Man Concept Art

Hamlet 2 PosterComingSoon has the poster for Focus Features’ Hamlet 2.

The New York Times has a audio commentary slideshow with Aaron McBride, the visual effects art director for Iron Man, describing how the suit up machine was created for the film, featuring concept art like the photo seen above.

Big-time Southern California real estate developer is obsessed with Blade Runner. He recently unveiled plans to hang a 14-story LED billboard on the facades of two 33-story condos a la Blade Runner. [i09]

An animatronic mobile WALL-E has been spotted wandering the Disney parks. [pixarplanet]

The contract between CBS and Cedar Fair (current owners of Star Trek The Experience at the Las Vegas Hilton) ends December 31st, and a spokesperson for Cedar Fair tells TrekMovie “there are currently no plans to renew” it. [trekmovie]

Wizard counts down the 200 Greatest Comic Books of All Time.

Academy Award Winning screenwriter Diablo Cody interviews John Cusak on MySpace’s Artist on Artist.

Iron Man SideshowSideshow Collectables has announced their Comic-Con 2008 Exclusives which includes the Iron Man Archive Set Mark II (pictured right).

Lessons from Pixar’s Brad Bird on fostering innovation in the workplace: “In my experience, the thing that has the most significant impact on a movie’s budget — but never shows up in a budget — is morale. If you have low morale, for every $1 you spend, you get about 25 cents of value. If you have high morale, for every $1 you spend, you get about $3 of value. Companies should pay much more attention to morale.” [kottke]

The first rule of Twitter Fight Club is we don’t talk about Twitter Fight Club!

The Hollywood Reporter says The Descent 2 is going forward with Celador Films and Pathe. Budgeted at $10 million and scheduled for an eight-week shoot with no start date has been announced.

Picturehouse delays Amusement until fourth quarter 2008. [bloody-disgusting]

Paramount Home Entertainment’s Cloverfield topped both the national DVD sales and rental charts its first week in stores. [CS]

The Weinstein Company and Senator Entertainment are producing a big screen adaptation of Capcom’s Clock Tower, directed by Martin Weisz, of Grimm Love and The Hills Have Eyes 2, with a script by Eric Poppen of Borderland. [FirstShowing]

ToplessRobot counts down the 10 Crappiest Iron Man Villains Who Won’t (and Shouldn’t) Make the Movies.

High School Musical 3L Senior Year PosterDisney has released the poster for High School Musical 3: Senior Year.

Is Iron Man the first comic-book movie better than its source material? [spout]

SpikeTV
plays Press Junket Trivia with Son of Rambow writer/director Garth Jennings and producer Nick Goldsmith.

The Sisterhood of the Traveling Pants 2
now has a second movie trailer. I’m sure someone out there might care… maybe not. [cinemablend]

The Smallville producers, The CW, Warner Bros. Television, and Michael Rosenbaum announced Thursday that the actor will be leaving the show. [SHH]

James Gandolfini, Steve Coogan, David Rasche and former child actor Anna Chlumsky will star in the political satire “In the Loop” for BBC Films. [THR]

Iron Man has earned $96.7 million in 57 countries since it began opening Wednesday, putting its worldwide total at $201 million after just five days!  [shh]

Sylvester Stallone
Loved Son of Rambow. [wells]

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