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?
Tonight’s entry will likely be representative of my current state of being: a little out of it, viciously ill and short-sighted based on its need to get back to watching season three of The Wire. My apologies, of course.
First item of the night is the official poster release for Captain America: The First Avenger. Chris Evans is looking pretty rugged as Steve Rogers. He also appears to be thinking long and hard about all of the German’s he will likely be messing up in the near future. Bring on that first trailer, Marvel.
Work is being done on an adaptation of the 90s SNES game Zombies Ate My Neighbors. From the sound of it, the film will be a cross between Zombieland and Home Alone. That could really go either way.
Summit Entertainment wants Blockbuster to stop screwing around and pay its bills already. They have threatened to take back all of the standees of Robert Pattinson if their demands are not met, which would leave Blockbuster in a very tough spot.
Mitch Hurwitz expects that his Arrested Development movie will be out this year. Le sigh.
James Cameron isn’t buying the guff that Roger Ebert and Walter Murch have given to 3D. If anything, Cameron is one hell of a pusher, man:
“Here’s an interesting fact that Walter Murch should be aware of. Early childhood researchers have found through brain scans that babies who are reacting to social scenarios, if they can have a social scenario play out, like somebody talks to the baby’s mother, the baby will become very interested in the new person talking to the mother as opposed to if the new person enters the room alone, the baby won’t be interested. Right? Now, you take that same social scenario and you video it, you put it on a screen in front of the baby at the same distance so that the subjects are the same size. Is the baby interested in the new person? Not at all. It’s the same image, it’s the same interaction. What’s going on? Scientists put it in the following terms: The baby knows that the flat picture is symbolic and can be ignored, but the true scenario cannot be ignored—it is important. Now, what if the same thing is happening in a movie theater? What if we are being triggered at a deeply subconscious or preconscious level that what is happening cannot be ignored? It’s not symbolic, it’s not like a painting, but it is something real. Now we know it’s not real, we know it’s a movie. We paid for a ticket and we’re sitting in a movie theater wearing dorky glasses. But what if our brain is being fooled at a deep neurological level that what’s happening is real, even a little bit? Does that account for the heightened experience of 3D, and the resurgence of cinema and the fact that all exhibitors are resoundingly saying ‘3D is saving our business when we’re being eroded and randomized by downloading and piracy and streaming and other media sources?’ I would say the answer is pretty freaking resoundingly yes.”
The kids at The AV Club have a very interesting discussion about Gaspar Noe’s Enter the Void and the dying art of opening credits. More importantly, they caught it all on video. You can watch it for yourself below:
Werner Herzog has written a new movie, called it Queen of the Desert, and wants Naomi Watts to star. In regard to all of this, I approve.
The Queen of England, whose father was the subject of the Oscar nominated film The King’s Speech, has given her seal of approval to Tom Hooper’s film, calling it a “moving” portrayal. If anyone would like to be creeped out this evening, please click that link and look at the image used by The Daily Mail. Queen Liz has a better headshot somewhere. She has to.
Ben Affleck is in talks to direct a film centered on the Tehran hostage situation of 1979. This is the best part: “Based on a 2007 Wired magazine article by Joshuah Bearman titled “How the CIA Used a Fake Sci-Fi Flick to Rescue Americans from Tehran.” … In order to rescue the six, the CIA and the Canadian government concocted a story that the six were a group of film producers scouting a film titled Argo. Comic artist Jack Kirby actually created the designs used by the CIA in order to prove the existence of the film.”
We close tonight with what the Super Bowl might look like if they let the likes of Tarantino, Godard, Wes Anderson and Werner Herzog direct it. I know that I’ve seen this before, but it popped up again today (might have something to do with Sunday’s big game), so it’s high time for a revisit: