Movie News After Dark: Avengers are Go, Elvis is Fired, Wonder Woman is Tougher and Little Thor is Cute

What is Movie News After Dark? Starting tomorrow, it will continue to be your best source of news from around the world of film. Or rather, all the best news that isn’t picked up during the day by the FSR news team. For tonight, it’s going to be avenging, traveling through time and space, and of course, checking in on the lack of development on Ghostbusters 3. Hooray!

“Tomorrow we start shooting (I THINK I’m legally permitted to say that). Day one. That’s right. We’ll be shooting the pivotal death/betrayal/product placement/setting up the sequel/coming out scene, at the following address:” That’s Joss Whedon updating fans with a letter to Whedonesque. The Avengers is go, and one of them is gay. I knew it would be you, man with the mighty hammer.

SyFy has purchased a script for a show written by Heroes star Masi Oka. The Fringe-esque show follows agents sent to a parallel universe to correct things and prevent disasters. It’s called The Correctors. Get it?

If there’s anything the long run of Doctor Who has been good for, it’s the successful rebooting of villains. This year has begun with an auspicious new villain, The Silence, but might also include some favorites from back in the day. Caught in the haze of new Whoness, Garth Franklin at Dark Horizons has put forward a well-reasoned list of 12 rebootable Doctor Who villains. Are you listening, Steven Moffat? A contemporary shot at The Great Vampires could be cool, and it would play well with all these silly American kids.

While we here in the bowels of the movie news industry love our rumor mongering, it’s only recently that the upper crust has broken into the game. Today, The Hollywood Reporter had words with Ernie Hudson about Ghostbusters 3. He’s heard the rumors, but hasn’t “seen anybody with any money” just yet. This made me giggle. More than a little bit.

Lest ye now be aware that Mike Newell (Prince of Persia) is putting together a cast for his adaptation of Charles Dickens’ Great Expectations. According to the almost-never-right Daily Mail, that cast will include Ralph Feinnes. We’ll wait for the official announcement, then continue to be uninterested.

Behold this stunning poster for Another Earth, a Sundance favorite being released by Fox Searchlight. It features Brit Marling, with whom you will soon become very familiar.

Elvis Mitchell was let go as chief film critic at Movieline this week. Some have painted it as being about an inconsistency in his Source Code review, while others are saying that the guy is just full of himself and difficult to work with. The latter sounds more like a terminable offense. Either way, anyone who takes time to look at Mitchell’s history in the business knows that he’s sort of a diva. Which is sad, because he’s a fantastic interviewer.

Sam Raimi and Walt Disney are about to have a big fight in Oz. According to Vulture, the director wants Hilary Swank to play the Wicked Witch of the East, while the studio wants Michelle Williams. As we know from Raimi’s past, he usually wins these things. Look at what happened with Tobey Maguire in Spider-Man.

The word on the street is that David E. Kelley’s script for Wonder Woman, the upcoming TV pilot starring Adrianne Palicki, has been rewritten to give it some toughness. This will all likely turn out to be a big mess, but here’s hoping they don’t embarrass Ms. Palicki. She’s not without talent and does deserve better than what we’re expecting.

The folks at Marvel certainly have a sense of humor. They did pick Joss Whedon for The Avengers, after all. It’s all on display with a new TV spot parodying the Star Wars Volkswagen Super Bowl commercial. This time it’s little Thor trying to do something spectacular with his hammer. And oh, does it pay off. That looks like a Bentley, to me.

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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