News After Dark: The Best of April Fools’ Day 2011

What is Movie News After Dark? Most of the time it’s a nightly dose of movie news from around the world. Sometimes it feels like a sentient being hell-bent on enslaving humanity. Tonight it’s taking the night off from both quests to celebrate a most favorite holiday in the land of the Reject, April Fools’ Day. There were a great many pranks on the web this year, and we’d like to point out our favorites, movie-related or otherwise. Then we’ll be back to our regularly scheduled shenanigans Sunday night.

We begin tonight with a story from our own home town, Austin, TX, featuring a good friend of the site, critic Scott Weinberg. As you can see in the image above, The Austin Chronicle‘s front page story (and most of the article, for that matter) was about “The Dome,” a city planning solution to completely contain the riff-raff during SXSW. Excellent.

Perhaps the best gag, as usual, was from the scoundrels over at Funny or Die, who rebranded their site Friday or Die after being “acquired” by internet sensation and odd pop star Rebecca Black. The best of the Rebecca Black-centric videos on the site is this one, Betwixt The Music: Rebecca Black. It all began on a Tuesday… Tuesday is to blame!

Along with the rest of geekdom, I laughed mightily at’s story about Star Wars: The Holiday Special – Enhanced Edition coming to Blu-ray on November 17, 2011. You can laugh too, but you have to admit that you’d probably buy that if it were real.

The guys at ScreenRant debuted a video revealing the monster in J.J. Abrams’ Super 8. Here’s a hint: he relives the same day over and over, and he isn’t a very good driver:

An Indiana Jones reboot directed by J.J. Abrams? Say it ain’t so, JoBlo

The folks at IGN conjured up a Harry Potter TV series, and a video game tie-in to go with it. For extra credit, they even put together a little trailer:

Geeks of Doom took a walk off the deep end with their gag, claiming that Alfred Hitchcock had been brought back as a zombie to direct a film adaptation of The Walking Dead. Silly geeks, zombies can’t direct. Not when cast and crew look more like craft services than coworkers.

As you can see in the image below, HULU took a trip back to April 1, 1996. Going back to the past as an April Fool’s joke, eh? That is so last year (because we did that last year, get it?)

In the tech world, my personal favorite gag was Gmail Motion, this year’s prank from the Gmail team. Of all the factions of the Google team, those Gmail kids have the best sense of humor. And Gmail Motion is absurd, complete with video evidence.

ThinkGeek was on point this year, as well. Their PlayMobil Apple Store Playset cut right to the heart of one of my non movie-related favorite spots to be, The Apple Store. Yes, I would buy the playset. And yes, I would make up mini-Steve Jobs speeches in the Keynote Theater. And one more thing…

And finally, what did you think of our April Fool’s gag, Aprilgeddon!? Just in case you missed it, you can see (and click to enlarge) the screenshot below. All of the articles will be archived for posterity on our April Fool’s 2011 homepage.

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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