Movie News After Dark: Captain America, Mad Men, Akira, Wiley E. Coyote and the One Man Disney Movie

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly column with a bunch of movie news in it. What, are you new here?

Care to watch one minute of the likely two minute long trailer for Captain America: The First Avenger, as narrated by the folks at Entertainment Tonight? Of course you would. This makes me sad… But wait, shield throw!

Paramount Pictures has allowed the option to expire on their proposed re-adaptation of Frank Herbert’s novel Dune. This could be considered a victory for common sense. Then again, the right director and vision for Dune could make for a cool contemporary flick. There are worse remake/boot/imagining projects out there.

AMC and Lionsgate are finally close to a deal with Matt Weiner that would allow him to begin work on season five of Mad Men. For a while there, it appeared as if both the money-wielders and Weiner were willing to let season four be the end of Don Draper’s story. Luckily for fans, womanizing will be back in style soon enough.

Tonight in potentially super sad news, the development of the Brad Pitt led, Marc Forster directed adaptation of Max Brooks’ superb zombie apocalypse book World War Z may once again be stalled. According to a Vulture report, Paramount needs to find a partner in the venture, otherwise the project may wither away. Quick, someone start one of those IndieGoGo campaigns!

The sixth season of Doctor Who, in unprecedented fashion, will air on the same days in the US and UK. Previously those of us on this side of the pond would have to wait several weeks before BBC America would air episodes. It will be nice not to have to force one’s self to avoid spoilers. I will be able to once again read Doctor Who fan sites. What can I say, it’s one of my great guilty pleasures. Side note! Check out this season six trailer:

Speaking of SXSW, the folks over at Pajiba have put together a gallery of posters from the films of South by 2011 and presented us with a question: “Based on the movie posters alone, which of these SXSW movies would you want to see most?” The answer is yes, I’d still want to see Bellflower. Because Lord Humungus wills me to.

There is a short list of actors who may or may not end up with key roles in Akira. This bores me.

In relevant and slightly more interesting news, the short list has spawned the nutjobs at to start a petition against Paramount Pictures, pleading with them to not “whitewash” Akira as they did with M. Night Shyamalan’s The Last Airbender. At this point, the worst part about this is that I just had to write Akira and The Last Airbender in the same sentence. I need to go wash my hands now.

Moving on, we’ve also got Wiley E. Coyote and his adorable reenactment of James Franco’s brilliant performance in 127 Hours (found via The AV Club). So expertly is that Danny Boyle spirit has been infused into the world of the Tunes. That, and that damned Road Runner always has to be smug at the end, doesn’t he?

You may not know all about Brit Marling yet, but you will soon enough. Aside from being Britta’s confused “lesbian” friend on Community, Marling is also currently tearing up festival screens in Sound of my Voice and Another Earth, both of which received acclaim at Sundance and SXSW. To ensure that she will be a household name soon enough, Marling is lining up three hot new projects, as detailed by Angie at /Film. Trust me when I say that this is a good thing.

William Shatner, star of those commercials, turned 80 years old today.

And finally, the fortunes of tonight bring us perhaps the greatest closer in the history of this fair column, the One Man Disney Movie. Pixar animator Nick Pitera doesn’t just have one of the world’s greatest jobs (effing Pixar animator), he’s also got some vocal talent. And a disproportionate love, it would seem, for Disney movies. Then again, such a love fits right in at Pixar. His latest side project isn’t as much animated as it is animated, a rousing medley of Disney music in which he sings every last part. In just under 9 minutes, this guy manages to be twice as entertaining as a 30 minute episode of Glee.

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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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