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?

The production has begun on Battlestar Galactica: Blood and Chrome, the highly anticipated BSG spinoff pilot. This is the most exciting thing to happen to me since my lady friend informed me that she would be watching Battlestar Galactica for the first time. That happens to me — most of the big news includes either my lady or Battlestar. But when it’s both, I’m reminded that my life is awesome.

First it was Scorsese, now it could be Christopher Nolan. What is the obsession with making movies about a reclusive billionaire who stored his urine in jars around the house? Yes, a Howard Hughes biopic may be the director’s follow-up to The Dark Knight Rises. The best news: Scorsese’s film focused on the early years. Nolan’s would bring the crazy of Hughes’ OCD-years.

Kevin Smith was right. According to reports, it was Bruce Willis who was calling shots when Fox decided to hand the keys to Die Hard 5 to commercial director Noam Murro. This is the same guy who also directed the fine dramedy Smart People. He’s an interesting, offbeat choice. Who knows what’s in that Skip Woods script — it could be the right kind of movie for Murro. As long as he follows ole’ Bruce’s instructions.

Following along with what the Alamo Drafthouse has done with their Drafthouse Films label, Regal Cinemas and AMC are banding together to launch an initiative to buy and distribute independent films. Aside from the obvious stickiness to a situation like this (the likes of which the Alamo brand gets away with because of their moderately sized operation and ability to choose films of uncontestable quality), this could turn out to be a good thing. Then again, it was AMC that thought putting Hatchet II through an unrated theatrical run was a good idea. And we all know how that worked out.

Guy Ritchie may direct the remake of Cannonball Run. No comment.

James Franco might take the lead role in Albert Hughes’ Akira remake. I still think that Hughes is a cool filmmaker, so attaching an equally cool lead in Franco could be a win. But it’s just a rumor, so no need to get too invested in the idea.

Bryan Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer has found its Jack in Nicholas Hoult, whom you may remember as that kid who blew you away in A Single Man alongside Colin Firth.

Finally! The worlds of Harry Potter and Twilight will collide viciously as Emma Watson and Taylor Lautner will star together in Incarceron. Oh em gee.

Finally! Someone who has made their name creating something fictional is using their skills to do something good for the real world. We haven’t seen work like this since Kevin Costner fixed that oil crisis in the Gulf.

Tonight goes out with something slightly elevated from the usual whimper — a piece of marketing for the upcoming film Take Me Home Tonight that drives home enough nostalgia to spin your flux capacitor, dance you dirty and hold your boombox above your head. And whatnot.

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