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?
Tonight’s festivities begin on a hyper-serious note. George Lucas believes we’re all going to die in 2012. This according to Seth Rogen. [Note to my interns: Please add this to my list of things I never thought I’d ever write. Also, more tea!]
If the thought of Mad Men‘s Jon Hamm playing Superman has been keeping you warm at night lately, you may want to run out and buy an electric blanket. The king of on-screen handsome says it isn’t happening. He says that Superman is a “young man’s game.” I disagree, Mr. Draper.
The producers behind The Social Network — namely Scott Rudin, Michael De Luca and Dana Brunetti — soon to be seen on stage at the end of Oscar night, have decided to roll the dice again on author Ben Mezrich. His next book, Sex on the Moon, will tackle the story of a NASA employee who steals moon rocks to impress his girlfriend. It’s no Zuckerberg story, but it could work.
If Christina Hendricks walked up to you and pulled $850,000 worth of jewels out of her cleavage, what would you do? Looks like a Golden Globes security guard made the right choice. For reference, here’s Ms. Hendricks:
Arnold Schwarzenegger is no longer the governor of California. So now what? How about playing an aging soldier who rebels against an order to kill a bunch of school children. It could be called With Wings as Eagles. How’s that for education reform?
Josh Lucas, otherwise known to me as not-but-sort-of-Matthew McConaughey, has been plucked by Clint Eastwood to play Charles Lindbergh in J. Edgar, the Leonardo DiCaprio cross-dressing movie.
Vera Farmiga and Mia Wasikowska will be starring together with Anthony LaPaglia in A View to a Bridge. Stop the presses: Anthony LaPaglia? Awesome.
Mark Ruffalo insists that the Academy should “grow a pair” and nominate Lisa Cholodenko for Best Director for The Kids Are All Right. Said the Academy as a whole: “Only one lezzie movie gets in, and Aronofsky made us tingle.”
An illustrator named Goran Patlejch has put together a delightful series of minimalist posters wrapping famous movie characters up in their most famous quotes. That black helmeted dude from Star Wars is in there, as you’d expect. But this is my personal favorite:
Kevin Smith loves those Red State kids. He has already cast Nicholas Braun in his next film, the highly anticipated (according to me) hockey comedy Hit Somebody. And now he adds Kyle Gallner, according to a recent episode of his Red State of the Union Podcast. Gallner will play a dude akin to The Great One, Wayne Gretzky. For you non-puck-lovers out there, Gretzky was the baddest motherfucker that ever wore skates.
Speaking of Kevin Smith. That dude did not have a good time working with Bruce Willis on Cop Out. You can see the hows and whys in this detailed report from /FilmsByKevinSmith. It mirrors the way the rest of us felt having to sit through Cop Out.
At Cinematical, the ever-hilarious Eric D. Snider chronicles the 5 best and worst Sundance acquisitions decisions of all-time.
A dude named Neil Richards designed ten incredible posters for the Dharma Initiative stations on the Lost island. Here’s one of them:
The King’s Speech dominated the recently announced BAFTA nominations, getting the full push of the home-field advantage. We’re surprised it wasn’t also nominated for Best Film Not Made By America, Our Bastard Child.
We close tonight with some insanity from Drive Angry, that wicked 3D movie in which Nicolas Cage comes back from hell and picks up Amber Heard on the side of the road. The early buzz: HOLY SHIT! (This early buzz has been toned down a bit, considering it came from a Harry Knowles-led event.) For quality T, A and BAness, check out this very NSFW clip:
Upon editing, I’ve decided that this evening’s column was sponsored by the word “dude.”