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 shit late at night, what do you expect?
Today’s header image is your best latest look at Chris Evans in his full Captain America get-up, complete with headgear and awesome Hydra soldiers in the background. All parties appear ready to rumble and the entire affair continues to remind me more of The Rocketeer than the rest of Joe Johnston’s filmography. Make us believers, Joe! [Update: Entertainment Weekly has released a better version of the above Captain America photo. I’ve included it below.]
Timothy Olyphant and Adrien Brody are among the candidates to play young Abe Lincoln in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter. Eric Bana is also on the rumor-mill hotseat for the role. All have done well killing things on screen in the past.
Aaron Sorkin has released his full Social Network script online and has participated in a Q&A with verbose whore Pete Hammond over at Deadline. According to the writer, Eduardo Saverin got a private screening of the film. The next night, Lady Gaga got a private screening. (In all seriousness, the Q&A is a great read, but only because Sorkin is freakishly interesting).
There is a real blog called Beards of Hollywood. This is why the internet was invented by Al Gore, folks. Hat tip to Chase Whale.
The injury plagued and highly priced Broadway show Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark, from Bono and Julie Taymor, has been socked with another delay. All this after receiving an epic rave from Glenn Beck. Who is apparently a guy people listen to. Honestly, I’m not familiar with his work. Is he a theater critic?
In related news, The New Yorker 1, Spider-Man: Turn Off the Dark 0.
Of the best articles I’ve read today, I shall submit io9’s Forgotten History of The Green Hornet exposé. It takes us way back through the ups and downs of the character, who used to pal around with Bruce Lee. Here’s one of the more badass excerpts:
Speaking of The Green Hornet. Have you imagined what it would be like to remove Cameron Diaz from the movie? You are clearly not alone.
For Robert Fure and those among you who concern yourselves with Creatine and power-lifting (those are real things, right?), you can now read as Chris Hemsworth talks about packing on 20-pounds of muscle for Thor. He also traveled to a distant universe and beat its inhabitants with a large hammer until they named him the heir to their throne. Dude is so method.
In the last Transformers film, Tom Kenny (best known as the voice of Spongebob Squarepants) voiced Skids (one of the beloved “racist” bots) and Wheelie, the also completely not stereotypically voiced turncoat bot who could very well have spent seasons on The Jersey Shore. Now we know that Kenny is coming back for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Could this spell the return of either, or perhaps both characters? The world will be forced to sit idly by and wait.
Frances McDormand has joined the Noah Baumbach-scripted animated flick Madagascar 3. Read that a second time to experience the full effect of said news.
Actress and model (or is it model and actress) Brooklyn Decker has declared that reshoots will happen on Peter Berg’s Battleship. Why? “Depending on the storyline and where they want to take it…” because they have no idea what to make from a movie about a board game. In other news, here’s a large picture of Brooklyn Decker:
The fourth Pirates of the Caribbean movie is barely in the can and Disney is already making moves on its next installment. Terry Rossio, screenwriter to Mr. Bruckheimer, has been commissioned to piece together the further adventures of Jack Sparrow (Johnny Depp) and his merry men.
Things I learned from this Hero Complex piece about Sherlock Holmes 2: (a) the second film will be wicked brutal, (b) Noomi Rapace plays a gypsy named Sim, and most importantly (c) Stephen Fry plays Mycroft Holmes. I no longer care who plays Moriarty or what the story for Guy Ritchie’s round two will be, that is enough.
Six Feet Under star Lauren Ambrose will join the US edition of Torchwood. Think that’s not exciting enough? Check out the plot directly from the mouth of producer Russell T. Davies: “One day, on Earth, no one dies. The next day, no one dies. The day after that, no one dies. The [people who are] dying, keep dying … but don’t actually die. The possibility of death ceases to exist. Which is great for some people. But it’s an instant overnight population boom. The earth relies on people dying.” It’s the reverse version of Children of Men. Awesome.
A fan of the original Star Wars prequels has written a 108-page diatribe rebutting the now famous Red Letter Media review of The Phantom Menace. One of our own favorite readers here at FSR, Kangaroo Be Stoned, tipped off /Film on the item, else it would have been lost in message board obscurity. Well done, guy who also reads /Film (for shame…)
Space nerds, assemble: there are only two more Space Shuttle launches left for NASA. The final mission will be commanded by Mark Kelly, husband to Arizona congresswoman Gabrielle Giffords, one of the victims of last week’s tragic shooting in Tucson. What does this have to do with movies? It makes me want to wrap myself in an American flag and watch Space Camp (starring a pre-rap career Lief Phoenix), that’s what.
Because spoofing Inception is 2010’s most popular internet meme (not that I’m complaining, because most of these are funny), the guys from Jack-Ass did their own version. This should be a perfectly fitting end to your evening, dear readers: