Movie News After Dark: Abe Lincoln Slays, VHS Comes Back, Dark Knight Details and Kermit Gets Awkward with Johnny Depp

What is Movie News After Dark? It too slays vampires and zombies. Not in a top hat, mind you, but it slays them nonetheless. It also believes strongly that it will be assassinated (by /Film’s Page 2) while attending a revival of Our American Cousin at Ford’s Theatre in Washington D.C.

“There’s something in the American psyche, we want our presidents to be warriors. We’re giving that to Abraham Lincoln, sort of posthumously in this case.” That’s what Seth Grahame-Smith had to say A in an interview with The New York Times. It’s part of NYT giving the world its first look at Benjamin Walker as Abe Lincoln, the ax-wielding, vampire slaying 16th President of the United States. It’s a neat article that gives away a lot of details about the project, but nothing that you wouldn’t get having read the book.

Paramount has announced that Rango, one of the films of 2011 so far that I’ve sadly missed, will hit Blu-ray and DVD on July 15. The disc will include theatrical and extended versions, and enough Johnny Depp-centric special features to make your little heart go pitter-patter.

James Wan is moving up in the world. Sure, working with Cary Elwes on Saw was a big deal, but the Insidious director is eying Nicole Kidman for his next. Titled Spectre, the relatively low-budget supernatural thriller is being sold at the upcoming Cannes Film Festival.

After 40 years of acting and six Oscar nominations, Sissy Spacek is going to direct a movie. But here’s the kick: it’s a 1930s drama based on a series of supernatural short stories called “Goodbye to Buttermilk Sky” by Julia Oliver. It sounds interesting enough.

The Alamo Drafthouse and Mondo Tees just can’t let it die. They need VHS to survive so that one day in the future it can thrive. With that in mind, they’ve partnered with Intervision to bring 1983’s Sledgehammer to VHS. They will hold a special screening on Tuesday, May 10, then begin selling the VHS the next day on their website. I’m going to have to get one — especially now that my lovely girlfriend has given me a VCR:

Slashfilm has an interesting piece about minimalist king Olly Moss and his recent Los Angeles art exhibit. Moss has created some excellent one-sheets that have become their own internet meme, and has taken things to the next level with his show Paper Cuts, featuring a series of Victorian silhouettes of pop culture icons.

Sons of Anarchy star Charlie Hunnam is the first to be cast in Guillermo Del Toro’s upcoming monster flick Pacific Rim. The film is said to tell the story of a major alien invasion in the Pacific ocean, to which humanity responds by creating huge, advanced robots in order to fight back. Awesome.

Got a Thor itch that needs scratching now that you’ve seen Chris Hemsworth banging his hammer on the big screen? Now you can brush up on the God of Thunder’s background with a wicked 99-cent comic sale.

If they made Portal 2 into a movie, and that movie were a clear homage to killer 70s science fiction, this would be the poster. Please Hollywood, make this movie.

The Sam Worthington-led adaptation of Rick Remender’s The Last Days of American Crime has found its director just in time to be sold at Cannes. Worthington, who will produce and star, has signed up Law Abiding Citizen director F. Gary Gray.

Despite all logic, Brett Ratner continues to find work. He’s lining up The 39 Clues, a more kid-friendly version of National Treasure. Based on the synopsis offered up by Deadline, it sounds a bit like National Treasure meets Adventures in Babysitting… but with Brett Ratner.

George Clooney may be lining up to star in an Akiva Goldsman produced project called Human Nature, in which he might play “a man who is cryogenically frozen and wakes up years later to a world in which humans have become pets of another species.” His director? Darren Aronofsky. No, this does not appear to be a joke, nor is it viral marketing for Rise of the Planet of the Apes.

The world thinks it has some plot details for The Dark Knight Rises. Something about Bane emerging from a vat of venom. Shades of Batman & Robin are abound. Tell me again: how much do we trust Christopher Nolan?

We close with Kermit the Frog interviewing celebrities on the “black carpet” outside the premiere of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. It’s charming, as is anything Kermit does. But it’s also proof that even amphibians can’t avoid having awkward interactions with Johnny Depp. He’s impossible to talk to.

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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