Movie News After Dark: Doctor Who, Bilbo Baggins, Super 8, Mel Gibson and The Asylum Does Thor

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly round-up of entertainment news and tidbits written by a Doctor Who obsessive. But you already knew that. If you didn’t, you’re about to.

The sixth season of Doctor Who debuts this weekend on BBC and BBC America (at the same time!!) So of course I’m writing something about it. I just found out that season passes for ‘Part I’ of the Matt Smith-led sixth frame are available on iTunes, for those (like me) who eschew the bonds of cable providers. Also, if you’re looking to throw a Doctor Who premiere party — and invite your favorite film blog publisher — the BBC America page has Doctor Who recipes, including Ginger Companion cookies and Radioactive-Spuds with Cool Avocado Cream. Don’t put these in front of me, because I would easily EXTERMINATE! them. Get it? I’m like the Daleks of food.

After a fascinating Twitter exchange between myself, Scott Weinberg (Fearnet) and Eric D. Snider (eFilmCritic), a link was posted to a Snide Remarks entry from 2007, in which Mr. Snider puts forth his idea of what Seinfeld would have been like if it had stayed on the air. This Sein of the Times article is perhaps one of the funnier things I’ve linked to all week.

Ian Holm will reprise his role as Bilbo Baggins in The Hobbit. This comes directly from Peter Jackson, so I guess it’s not a spoiler. At least that’s the estimation posited by Drew McWeeney, who makes an interesting statement about secrets in the Age of Internetus — I feel the same way. At some point, they’ll stop surprising us if we keep trying to spoil ourselves. And then we get no ice cream after dinner.

The following new Transformers: Dark of the Moon banner shows off Shockwave. Well done, I say.

Never to be outdone in their listing skills (except perhaps by our own Matt Patches, in my completely biased opinion), Topless Robot has for your 9 actors you never knew voiced 80s cartoons. Like that time Ray Romano’s weird cop brother voiced a Transformer.

Hero Complex has a fascinating look at the creators of Tron and their thoughts on the road thus far, including a major focus on the evolution of special effects from 1982 to 2010.

The LA Times’ geek-centric site also has a brisk, but interesting list of the 7 films that inspired J.J. Abrams’ Super 8. Guess what era they all came from and who produced them… (In fairness, there are a few delightful surprises.)

Here’s a look at two new 30 Minutes or Less posters. I like the one on the right best:

Deadline has published the first interview in a long time with controversial star Mel Gibson. As the release of The Beaver (5.6.2011) creeps closer, Gibson is now ready to talk about a wide range of topics — including that which has earned him the biggest headlines. The most interesting thing though, is is potential reunion with Randall Wallace, that guy who wrote a little film called Braveheart.

The details of Bryan Singer’s never-to-have-been Star Trek: Federation TV series have been released to the world. The details came from TrekMovie, the site of record for all things Star Trek, but /Film has a really solid recap. After reading this, I’m convinced that it should happen someday.

CinemaBlend is convinced that their source has it right: Shane Black is writing Iron Man 3. As long as he’s still directing, the point feels a little moot.

And finally, your week-ending Good Friday video closer comes from The Asylum. They’ve gone and brought together their most epic epic yet, Almighty Thor. Here’s their trademarked quality visuals and staggering dialogue in the film’s official trailer. Site note: if Marvel’s Thor doesn’t wield an Uzi at some point, I’m calling bullshit.

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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