Movie News After Dark: Taylor Lautner’s Action, Dark Knight Posters and The Great Sequel Debate

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?

I will keep this brief, as it’s Martin Luther King day, and I’m currently observing. I was a big fan of the man. I celebrate his entire collection. Now on to some news…

In today’s header image: Taylor Lautner has gone from Twilight to big action with his next film, Abduction, from director John Singleton. It’s been called Bourne-like. My best guess is that it will include more abs.

Tonight’s top story is that about Bryan Singer may be looking to come back to the X-Men franchise. In a long and very interesting backwards-looking piece, Hero Complex explores Singer’s relationship with the franchise and producer Lauren Shuler Donner. Seeing Singer come back would probably delight some, but with the likes of Matthew Vaughn and Darren Aronofsky in the mix, why bother?

Both Bruce Willis and Jean-Claude Van Damme are in the running for some screen time in The Expendables 2, say various sources. JC would definitely complete the cycle, while Brucey just wants to get some actual action in the next one.

Willis will likely be busy though, as Summit has hired back scribes Jon and Erich Hoeber to write the sequel to the Golden Globe nominated action-comedy Red. Now there’s something to look forward to, as Red was one of the few refreshing actioners we saw last year.

The following is a graph that helps you visualize the debate of whether or not sequels are better than their originals. It gets bigger if you click it, I assure you.

The entire Black Swan score from Clint Mansell can be streamed over at Empire. You should probably just buy it because it’s that good. But if you’re a cheap-ass, you can listen there for free.

According to a very bright orange Emma Stone at the Globes, Andrew Garfield’s Spider-Man suit does include mechanical web-shooters. Nerddom can rejoice, at long last.

Ricky Gervais is not sorry about the jabs he made while hosting The Golden Globes. The President of the HFPA seemed decidedly unimpressed. He should ease up though, as Gervais was almost able to do something previously thought to be impossible: make the Golden Globes watchable.

Here is a fan-made poster for The Dark Knight Rises that I enjoy:

Even more impressive is this Tron: Legacy For Your Consideration ad (for Best Score) by the same artist. Click it, make it bigger and hang it up outside your favorite Academy member’s house.

The Art of the Title is focused on the first moments of Terrence Malick’s Days of Heaven. As always, it’s a lovely experience for those who love the craft.

The costume for Hugo Weaving’s Red Skull character in Captain America: The First Avenger may or may not be spoiled by this Halloween costume. Chances are that the real thing used in the movie will be of a higher quality than the plastic toy version.

Allegedly Sundance is coming up. This will be the first year in a half-decade that I won’t be there. I’m not bitter, or anything. Okay, maybe just a lot. Anyway, Monika Bartyzel at Cinematical has a must-read piece about The Women of Sundance 2011. That fest has always been good to the ladies.

Lee Byung-hun will be returning to the role of Storm Shadow in the upcoming G.I. Joe sequel. This is less news and more like logic, to me.

Shane Carruth has been spotted working on Rian Johnson’s Looper. Johnson has a point in his Tumblr post: you should see Carruth’s film Primer. You should see it now.

I am without a video to close tonight’s column. I’m sure this is devastating for you. As a substitute, please accept this behind the scenes image from The Shining, taken by Stanley Kubrick:

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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