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?
Zach Braff tried to do it. Kevin Smith tried to do it. Steve Pink tried to do it. Now Warner Bros. is trying to start again with Fletch… again. That is, reboot the story of Irwin “Fletch” Fletcher, a character made iconic by one of Chevy Chase’s best performances (in 1985’s Fletch and its 1989 sequel Fletch Lives). The project is without a writer, a director or a timetable, but WB is definitely looking to reimagine the character. Which is supposed to be like remaking or rebooting, but better.
When Edgar Wright blogs, we listen. Check out his big, beautiful recap of his roadshow The Wright Stuff II.
Cameron Diaz will star in a movie written by the Coen Brothers. The likelihood of it making her more endurable on-screen is yet to be seen, but we’ve got our doubts.
I love this strip from Joel Watson’s Hijinks Ensue about Ronald D. Moore’s Battlestar Galactica bible. I generally adore everything that happens on Hijinks Ensue, but this one brought about an even more hearty chuckle.
“15 years, 11 movies, and $6 billion later, and I can tell you with full confidence that I’ve got you stupid fucking sons of bitches exactly where I want you.” This from The Onion’s hilarious guest editorial by Pixar CCO John Lasseter. Long live The Onion.
Things are getting interesting and nasty in Egypt, or so I’m told (I only follow entertainment news, so I’m waiting for my update from Bono or Tom Hanks). Thankfully someone has interpreted the events for me, in this delightful series called Indiana Jones Explains the Crisis in Egypt. Now I’m up on current affairs.
A fresh batch of images from Dylan Dog: Dead of Night, the latest flick from TMNT director Kevin Munroe, have hit the web in stylish fashion (read: released by an Italian site). There’s one of Brandon Routh with his shirt off, one of an awesome monster, and this one, in which some confusion appears to have ensued (at least I think that’s Routh’s confused face — or is it blue steel?):
Do you miss Dolph Lundgren as The Punisher? Do you remember not just one, but two other times when Captain America hit the big screen? How about David Hasselhoff as Nick Fury? All of these happened, as detailed in Topless Robot’s list of 10 Mostly (and Deservedly) Forgotten Comic Book Movies. “I’ll get that vampire’s blood if I have to suck it out myself!” Now I know why the Germans love that guy.
Not many people get a quite as strong a nerd-boner as yours truly when it comes to hanging movie posters on the walls of their domicile. So when I caught wind of TC Candler’s list of the 100 Best Movie Posters of All-Time, my interest was piqued. It has subsequently reminded me that I need to score a print of that Rocketeer poster (#24 on the list).
Artist Tim Doyle has released a set of posters for Apocalypse Now to celebrate… does it matter what it’s celebrating? Check out these sweet prints. I love the smell of poster stock in the morning (or late evening, in this case). (via /Film)
James Cameron, who seems hell-bent on being far accessible to press for Sanctum than he did Avatar, chatted with Rotten Tomatoes about his 5 favorite films of all-time. Wizard of Oz, Dr. Strangelove, 2001… Not hard to see why this guy is so high on innovation.
Muppet-themed cupcakes are the reason I read The Daily What. It makes my tummy sing. If anyone needs ideas for my birthday, it’s in December. It’s time to start the music, it’s time to light the lights…
Our good friend Jason Zingale at Bullz-Eye has listed his 11 movies to look forward to in 2011. The guy’s got taste, you should check out his stuff.
This whole hip-to-be-geek thing has taken some strange, twisted turns over the past decade or so, but this one might be going to a whole new galaxy. Star Trek girl feels like the logical next step in the geek-as-pop phenomenon. A young girl singing a pop song about wanting to mind-meld with you tonight. Patton Oswalt was right. We’re all going to die in 2012: