What is Movie News After Dark? It is a nightly movie news column dedicated to featuring painfully overtread characters from the part of the Marvel universe owned (cinematically, at least) by the 20th Century Fox corporation. It might as well be called X-Men After Dark. Hmm… maybe Fox will buy some sponsorship rights. They need all the help they can get after X-Men Origins: Wolverine.

“A good Wolverine film could be an amazing thing.” Duncan Jones said this mere days before he confirmed that he will take a meeting with 20th Century Fox about the possibility of directing The Wolverine, taking a director’s chair left empty by the departure of Darren Aronofsky. As geek cred goes, Jones has perhaps as much as anyone working right now following Moon and Source Code, and he’s smart enough to pull it off. Here’s hoping the project is a good fit and that Fox makes the right call.

Blake Lively is top choice for Oliver Stone’s next film, Savages. She could very well play the very hot girlfriend of two beach bum drug dealers who is kidnapped and held for ransom.

Reports are coming in saying that Alyson Hannigan has officially signed on to American Reunion, the upcoming sequel to the American Pie series. It’s a big get for the production, as Hannigan is easily the most successful of the cast with How I Met Your Mother. Lets just say that things haven’t worked out so well for the likes of Tara Reid and Chris Klein, unless you count pop culture infamy as success.

“I think the idea is very cool. Imagine going downstairs and you can’t remember if there was something upstairs.” That’s Doctor Who showrunner Steven Moffat explaining the idea behind The Silence, the new big bad in season six of the Doctor’s chronicles. The aliens will be the primary villains and will possess the ability to wipe the memory of humans the moment the humans look away from them. Pretty slick. There’s more spoilery goodness available, but I’ll let you click over for that.

The folks over at ScreenRant have put together a sweet little video montage they are calling The Ultimate 2011 Summer Movie Trailer. For those who remain unimpressed with this summer’s line-up (including yours truly), this could help get those juices flowing:

“She’s cluttered and just … off,” says Natalie Portman of her Thor character Dr. Jane Foster. “She’s emotional and passionate and kind of a mess. To be able to see that kind of woman in this type of movie, I thought that would be something exciting. Any time you read about those special scientists and their lives, it’s that they’re poets and artists as much as they are like other scientists.”

Composer John Swihart has been hired to do work on David O. Russell’s embattled film Nailed. Wait… isn’t that project dead? Guess not. With rumors of test screenings and now this hiring, it would appear as if efforts are still being made to get this movie released. That said, I can’t wait to see this mess.

Alec Baldwin and Jesse Eisenberg are among the latest names being added to Woody Allen’s upcoming Rome-set film. Allen will once again rely on a laundry list of famous people to sell his film, rather than making a smart movie as he’s shown himself to be perfectly capable of.

With Robert Redford’s The Conspirator making its release, the world of American History is about to get a jolt in project development. First up, the story of Paul Revere and William Dawes, and the famous ride that took place between the battles of Lexington and Concord. The British are coming! This revolution will be tweeted!

Peter Jackson is talking endlessly about how he’s shooting The Hobbit at 48 frames per second, twice as fast as the usual rate. This means nothing to you now, but it will make The Hobbit look fancy. The longer explanation can be found in Jackson’s love letter to the higher frame rate. But remember: fancy.

This is a great way to end tonight’s relatively brief entry, with a 35-second closing video. In this slice of real life, young Sariah Gallego is faced with an eternal question: battle Darth Vader or give herself over to The Dark Side. Her choice is representative of the times in which we live and the eternal darkness we face as a species. She’s also an adorable kid who just doesn’t want to get her ass kicked by a dude in a Darth Vader costume.


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