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?

I saw Daniel Johnston on a street corner here in Austin once during South by Southwest. I was there with Cole Abaius, who very nearly had a heart-attack once he realized it was happening. Being not an obsessive of Johnston, I didn’t know what he big deal is. He looked like a pretty normal schlub to me. I still don’t get it. But Johnston has launched a Kickstarter campaign to finance an interactive comic book project that he’s cooked up. It all sounds very interesting, if you’re into that sort of thing.

Director Simon West is out of ideas. Now that he’s brought The Mechanic back with Jason Statham, he’s going back to the well that dare not speaketh its own name, a sequel to Con Air. Just imagine the possibilities, mostly of the Nic Cage’s hair is insane variety. No? Not interested? Oh well, it was worth a try.

According to a recent interview, Moon director Duncan Jones said no to the upcoming Superman reboot, citing the fact that it might have been on a scale that he isn’t yet ready for. That may disappoint some fans, but he’s probably right. Let Zack Snyder handle the big slow-mo superhero, Jones is doing just fine right where he is.

Check out this absolutely badass (and highly detailed) map of Battlestar Galactica’s 12 colonies of Kobol. Oh nostalgia, you get me every time:

A movie involving Al Pacino, Katie Holmes and Channing Tatum apparently cleared a room during a press and industry screening at Sundance. That’s never a good sign. The flick, crime drama The Son of No One from director Dito Montiel (A Guide to Recognizing Your Saints) will close the festival on Friday night. It’s been hailed at Sundance 2011’s first big bomb.

Naomi Watts will replace Charlize Theron in Clint Eastwood’s J Edgar, and will play Helen Gandy, the dedicated secretary of J. Edgar Hoover (Leonardo DiCaprio).

“Then don’t watch it.” Director Lucky McKee responds to the Sundance attendee whose post-screening rant I showed you last night. Sure, the material in The Woman caused walkouts, injuries and irate moviegoers — but McKee contends that it’s his art. It’s a fascinating interview.

McG may be in line to direct the pilot of David E. Kelley’s Wonder Woman series. And here, we thought that it getting picked up by NBC might turn into good news down the line. Guess not.

We end tonight’s (unexpectedly brief) column with a short that was sent over by the guys at Short of the Week, a site I visit quite often (at least once a week, get it?) It’s a rotoscope animated short by Jason Sondhi and Andrew Allen, the founders of that very site. Naming their own work Short of the Week might be something you’d usually scoff at, but in this case they’ve got two things going for them: (1) their site operates at the height of integrity, always focused on quality shorts, and (2) the short is really, really good. See for yourself below:


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