What is Movie News After Dark? It’s the movie blogosphere’s diversity action plan. Because too many movie blogs just regurgitate press releases, post POV videos of street luge or bring you the same 25 stories that everyone else already has. We take those 25 stories, smash them together, wipe away the blood and mix ‘em with the best links we can find in a nightly tradition known to its friends as Movie News After Dark…

For those Hobbit fans who aren’t completely sold on Peter Jackson doing the thing in 3D, see the above picture. If Gandalf approves, how can the world disagree?

USA Today breaks down the women of Bridesmaids and the bridesmaid archetypes they play in Paul Feig directed comedy, which hits theaters tomorrow. From Kristen Wiig to Rose Byrne, there’s plenty of rich wedding film history put into these characters.

In case you missed our nearly belligerent ravings during SXSW in March, we think you should see Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block. Our friends at /Film want to help you, and are sponsoring screenings in 25 markets around the country. Get the details, get your pass and go see Attack the Block. How many times do we have to tell you?

Michael Fassbender teaming up with Steve Coogan in a movie about Belfast’s godfather of punk. That sounds rad.

Square Enix and IO Interactive still have high hopes for the Hitman franchise. So much so that they’re planning a new game and a new movie, both of which are due in 2012. The producer says the new film would bring “the grit and texture and the character-driven context” of the game to the big-screen. Their first attempt, which starred Timothy Olyphant, didn’t exactly fail at that.

NPR has for you the entire audio of The Book of Mormon, the Broadway musical from the creators of South Park that is currently blowing up the world of the stage. It’s a great listen — filthy and hilarious.

Usually I’m a stickler about fan made trailers. They have to be really good to be worth sharing with the masses. This one doesn’t quite get to the really good level, but it’s scratching the surface. It’s a fan made trailer for The Dark Knight Rises (found via You Bent My Wookie), compiled using footage from the previous Nolan Batman films, Bronson, Watchmen, Inception and even Catwoman. That last one is a dangerous proposition, but it seems to work. Check it out below and let me know what you think:

NBC has renewed Chuck for a fifth season, according to reports. It’s not officially official yet for the nerd-herding spy show, but it’s said to be a done deal. This reminds me that I really enjoy watching Chuck, and should probably catch up on that latest season.

Christian Bale is a peach, but my childish heart will forever belong to the Batman I saw portrayed by Michael Keaton. You simply never forget your first, and he was all mine. Hero Complex has a great retrospective piece on Keaton. He says of the Batman production: “It was an extremely difficult undertaking and Tim is a shy guy, especially back then, and there was so much pressure.”

The Awl presents an interesting argument as to why The Little Mermaid is the Greatest Movie of Our Time. The make some solid points — who can resist a girl who hangs out with a crab with a Jamaican accent, anyway?

Tim Robbins and Mark Ruffalo will co-star in Thanks for Sharing, a comedy about sex addicts working through a 12-step program. It gives me an idea — lets skip this idea and move right on to the remake, in which we take some of Hollywood’s most attractive comedic ladies (I’m thinking Ellie Kemper and Anna Faris) and gender-reverse it. I’m thinking Hard-R. Who’s with me?

We close tonight with an uber-nerdy bit of real world Doctor Who fandom. Because I’m a real world Doctor Who kinda fan. The jokers at CalTech put an scale model TARDIS (with beautiful detail and working lights) on top of a building at rival school UC Berkley. This video shows how they did it:


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