What is Movie News After Dark? It’s the thing your girlfriend is mumbling about during sex. It’s the thing that every nerd, intellectual and dweeboid demands before they slink off to sleep. It’s everything to everyone at every moment, every where. But really, it’s a list of the day’s movie news items. And some other fun stuff, thrown in for good measure.

First The Muppets, now The Hobbit. Bret McKenzie, most famous for being 1/2 of the awesome duo behind Flight of the Conchords, appears to be making all the right moves. He’s been confirmed for a smaller role in Peter Jackson’s Hobbit films. That’s all that matters.

Netflix has signed a deal to exclusively stream Mad Men. All four seasons will be there sometime in July, with the fifth season being added just after the final episode airs.

io9 explores the upcoming two-part season opener of Doctor Who, due to air on Easter. Set in the United States, the Doctor’s newest adventure is expected to be his biggest.

Last night I mentioned the FDA’s decision to not require movie theaters to disclose calorie counts on concession items. Today we get news from AMC, who is planning a line of healthier moviegoing snacks. The best part is that these “Smart MovieSnacks” packs are only seven dollars, which is just shy of what it costs to get a large popcorn.

Screen Junkies has put together a second, and in my opinion vastly better, ode to the movie moments of Bean Town. Yes, the world loves characters from Boston, Mass. Must be those silly accents:

Angry Birds Rio, the game tie-in with the upcoming Fox animated film Rio, has been downloaded over 10 million times. Here’s the question: will this help Fox drive consumers to the box office?

David Gordon Green has opened up about Ice Station Zebra, an arctic set actioner that he’s working on with Warner Bros. He also wants to make a movie about the rival musical families of Branson, Missouri. As someone who’s been to Branson, I’d pay to watch that.

For a moment I was tempted to write a separate article with the following headline: “Lindsay Lohan to Be Murdered By Charles Manson.” It’s close enough, as Lohan is reportedly in talks to play Sharon Tate, the wife of Roman Polanski who was killed in her home by Manson family members. But there isn’t much more to this story.

We close tonight with a movie mashup from 1993. More interesting is the fact that it was cut together by a young Edgar Wright. It’s called Gun Fetish, and was described by the Scott Pilgim director as follows:

“The following clip I edited together while at Bournemouth Art College. Way before I’d ever seen an Avid suite, this was done over some long weekends locked in a VHS tape to tape editing suite. Yes, VHS!

So if you are wondering about the low quality of the sound and visuals in the following montage, there’s a simple answer. All of the clips were sourced from either films I’ve recorded off the TV, sell thru VHS tapes I had bought and also films that happened to be in the college library. I literally had piles of VHS tapes in the edit suite. So that explains some of the glitchy clips.

As for the audio edits, hey it was VHS and I was 19. This is the first time I used a ‘real’ editing suite.”

Check it out for yourself:


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