What is Movie News After Dark? It’s sights and sounds, vibe and verve, everything that you need to complete your April 20 high (or low depending on how your tax season went). It is movie news and thinky think pieces, infographics and golden posters. It is that for which you yearn: a window into the world of endless entertainment, man…
At the behest of Peter Sciretta from /Film, who has been lobbying for this since Sundance, Fox Searchlight has picked up the red-hot indie drama Sound of My Voice. It’s the story of a couple who infiltrate a Southern California cult whose leader claims to be not of this world. As I mentioned on episode #82 of Reject Radio, it’s one hell of a film.
Dark Horizons has put together a nifty little feature about the top 250 films that have yet to make it to Blu-ray. Which of these would you like to see go HD next? Besides Jurassic Park. That’s too obvious a first choice and I won’t allow it.
Catherine Zeta-Jones has emerged from wherever the hell she’s been these past few years to sign on as the villain in Rock of Ages, the Tom Cruise rock opera directed by Adam Shankman. At this point their just throwing more shine on the turd. Which, as I’ve found, does nothing to thwart the odor.
Erotic 3D adventure (and likely pick of Rob Hunter) 3D Sex and Zen of Hong Kong righteously defeated James Cameron’s Avatar at the box office on opening weekend. It’s not too ridiculous if you think about it. If an arty 3D sex movie came out in America, it would beat most of Hong Kong’s greatest box office triumphs here in America.
Happy 4/20 to all of our stoner friends. Personally, I don’t touch the stuff. It’s never been my thing. That said, one time I did and if forced me to contemplate the origin of time, and what came before. It was way out there, as is io9’s list of the best sci-fi movies to watch while stoned into orbit.
Did you know that you can get Film School Rejects on the Amazon Kindle? You totally can. It costs $1.99 a month, but otherwise it’s ad-free. And you can carry us around wherever you go. Fascinating.
Three more actors have joined The Hunger Games. I’m told that this film has about 1,000 characters, so we could be at this a while. It will become increasingly boring as they continue to cast unknowns, such as Willow Shields, whose been cast as Prim Everdeen, aka Jennifer Lawrence’s little sister.
Animal Kingdom‘s badass matriarch Jacki Weaver has joined the cast of Jason Segel and Nick Stoller’s Five Year Engagement. My hope is that she will use this power to kill several innocent people with her icy stares, but I guess this is a comedy.
Today in things too good to be made up: The guy who directed Takers is interested in making Leatherface 3D, a tale of one of horror’s more iconic killers, in 3D.
Yesterday we celebrated the birthday of SkyNet, the fictional computer system that will bring about the apocalypse. It’s just one date of many that sci-fi films have told us will spell our doom. Hero Complex has rounded up 13 dates that, according to movies, are very bad luck for humanity.
And now, some mixed media presentations…
/Film has led us to Very Small Array, where they have created an interesting graph displaying the median Rotten Tomatoes score of the ten highest grossing films per year. Man, Waterworld and Batman Forever really effed things up in 1995:
Ain’t It Cool has debuted the poster for Lionsgate’s The Devil’s Double, in which Dominic Cooper plays a golden man, or something. Isn’t this that film about Saddam Hussein’s son’s body double? And what’s with the way he’s sitting? Did they intend to make him look like he’s hiding a baby python in his gold pants? Very odd, indeed.
Linkin Park has returned to the right hand of Michael Bay, where they have contributed a theme song of sorts for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. This will be their third collaboration in as many films. Say what you will about their music, it certainly does fit Bay’s aesthetic. And once again, as we see in this featurette, everyone is talking about a more serious take on Transformers in the third movie. It sounds great to me.
Sometime just before I Am Legend hit theaters, I had the opportunity to visit the show where the models of the night-crawling vampire antagonists were created. They looked awesome. Some time later, the movie hit theaters. And delight turned to horror as CGI ruined the whole experience. Now there’s a video of effects artist Steve Johnson’s work that ultimately never was. Oh, how much more fun that film would have been:
We close with a third straight video. Yes, I agree, what fun. Here is an SNL digital short that made me giggle. It’s about British people, and the crime movies they create: