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?

Artist Banksy has already come out and said that while he doesn’t support the ideals behind awards shows, he will support the ones that want to give him awards. In that light, he’s already begun advertising for his real (or was it?) documentary by painting the wall seen in tonight’s lead image (or did he?) Either way, it’s funny.

Hey kids, it’s a Hula Hoop movie. No really, Wham-O is currently looking to develop television, film, music and online products for the likes of Hula Hoops, Frisbee and Super Ball. I’d say something snide here about hoping that the Mayans were right, or hoping that McG gets a crack at Frisbee, starring Matthew McConaughey. But I think you’ve already made those jokes in your head.

Sometimes we do something new, sometimes we do something old. And sometimes we show you the way to Star Trek creator Gene Rodenberry’s original show pitch. Either way, you’ll have a good time.

Now you can see the first look at the logo for The Muppets! It’s basically a picture of said Jim Henson creations with some text that reads “The Muppets.” Feels a little obvious to me.

Add to your list of reading this New Yorker piece about Guillermo Del Toro’s monsters. It’s phenomenal. For the abridges, easy-to-understand-for-the-internet list version, io9’s Meredith Woerner has 10 things you don’t know about Guillermo Del Toro’s monsters.

Kevin Smith may recut Red State prior to its release in October. Which leads me to the following conclusion: we’re still talking about Red State? That was so last week.

Rumors have been widespread (at least, this is what we’re told) about whether or not Mark Ruffalo will do the motion-capture for The Hulk in Marvel’s The Avengers. THR had the foresight to ask him while he was celebrating on Golden Globes night. And from the sound of it, he’s going to revolutionize the Hulk’s performance — with humor and charm — and do the mo-cap himself, because that’s never been done before. Unless you count the last Hulk movie, in which Edward Norton did all of that facial motion capture work. I guess that doesn’t count to for the man who wakes up next to Sunrise Ruffalo everyday:

Someone kill this rumor right now. And by rumor, I’m speaking of Tara Reid, of course. What does the world really need her for, anyway? To make up wild stories about a sequel to The Big Lebowski? It’s not happening, man.

Some jackass on Facebook created a Scary Movie 5 fan page, a horrid fake poster and subsequent internet buzz today when it posted the following: “Scary Movie 5 is announced by The Weinstein Company.” Nice try, but I don’t think that’s how the development process works.

John Woo has already threatened to remake his own film The Killer for American audiences. And now he’s doing it, setting up pre-production and everything. It begs the question: is there anything that excites you more than the prospect of doves flying at you in 3D?

Speaking of awesome shots — gosh damn do I love art that includes little Lego Stormtroopers. And this is about the best I’ve seen in a while:

Tyler Perry has been tagged as the man who will play Alex Cross, the main character in a series of James Patterson books. The first film adaptation being I, Alex Cross. I’ve never read any of Patterson’s work, so maybe you all can help me here: does Patterson’s text include his main character going undercover as a sassy black grandmother? Perhaps even going to jail, or busting up a big family reunion? Because if so, this casting is brilliant.

Val Kilmer will work the “Jesus-like figure” angle Deep in the Heart of Texas, reuniting him with fellow Real Genius star Jon Gries. It’s a story of redemption, alcoholism, hitting rock bottom and having to reconnect with one’s family while building a multi-million dollar business. Or the narrative from just about any country music mix tape.

We end tonight with something so inexplicably side-splitting, I can’t find the words to describe it. But lets say this: it includes John Waters (bonus), the Lonely Island gang and some sweet creeper mustaches. I think it’s a winner. I think you’ll agree.


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