Movie News After Dark: James Bond, Donald Glover, Mad Max and The Muppets Rock Out

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s excited about James Bond! And Muppets! And Angry Birds! And a bunch of other things that could be classified as movie-related news and notes. Why? Because this is your nightly dose of all that is good and readable in the movie blogosphere.

MGM and Sony have brokered a deal in which they will split the cost of the next James Bond film, the Sam Mendes directed 23rd film in the Bond franchise. But wait, there’s more! Included in the deal is a very juicy option for Bond 24, which would be in the works shortly after 23 is released, should all go as planned. The first milestone will come on November 9, 2012, when Bond 23 is due to be released. I say cheers to that.

The folks at /Film received an interesting Super 8 themed package this week. Viral marketing is fun, unless it’s boring. This could go either way.

Apple has unveiled Final Cut Pro X, it’s latest pro-grade video editing software. Now you too can make your own feature-length films on your Macbook for only $300 worth of software. It’s not far off from the way Rian Johnson made Brick. All you need is talent. And a Macbook.

Ford Australia has unveiled what they are calling the new Mad Max Interceptor in celebration of the upcoming sequel Mad Max: Fury Road. Replacing the old coupe-based desolate futuremobile is this sleek, wicked black monstrosity that appears to run on pure lightning. Have a looksee for yourself below.

A Serious Man and Boardwalk Empire star Michael Stuhlbarg has joined the cast of Men in Black 3 (which is apparently shooting, by the way) as “Griffin,” a character District 9 star Sharlto Copley was once circling. Back then, the role was described as “a fast-talking Yoda type alien.” That could be it. Or not, who knows.

Stuntmaster Simon Crane, bet known for working the chases in numerous James Bond films, X-Men films, Braveheart and Cliffhanger (among many others) is now locked to make his directorial debut with High Wire. This comes after passing on Kane & Lynch, starring Bruce Willis, and with Echelon, starring Jason Statham still in active development. The independent actioner will be set in New York and will likely have some stuntwork.

Michael Mann and Paul Haggis will soon team up on Gold, a thriller allegedly in the vein of the Humphrey Bogart classic The Treasure of the Sierra Madre. Quick: I’ll give you two guesses as to what kind of precious metal the film will be about. Go.

RedBubble has put together a series of Angry Birds Star Wars mashup T-shirts, all of which are as adorable as they are enraged. Consider this the better of the Angry Birds Hollywood mashups, even though I really enjoyed the Angry Birds Rio game. The shirts can be picked up over at Shirtoid, at least until someone sends over at Cease and Desist letter.

Seeing as Donald Glover is one of our favorite nerd things, it’s only fair that we read and enjoy Donald Glover’s 10 favorite nerd things.

Confirming all of the things you’ve heard this week, there is actually a website raising money to help send M. Night Shyamalan back to film school. It won’t help, but it could make for a fun reality show. Just wait ’til his Will/Jaden Smith collaboration fails miserably.

Sally Field has been confirmed for the role of Mary Todd Lincoln in Steven Spielberg’s upcoming film Lincoln, about the assassination of the nation’s 16th President. She will share the screen with Daniel Day-Lewis, who has been cast as the gloriously bearded emancipator. A release is targeted for sometime near the end of 2012.

Total Film has caught Bryan Singer and Matthew Vaughn getting ahead of themselves, talking about potential sequels. The best part (and most face-palm worthy) is when Matthew Vaughn calls upon the great franchise comparison of our generation, Chris Nolan’s Batman Begins: “First Class is similar to Batman Begins, where you have the fun of introducing the characters and getting to know them, but that takes time. But with the second one you can just get on with it and have a rollicking good time. That’s the main difference between Begins and The Dark Knight.” Oh Matthew Vaughn, you do know how to wet a few geek chairs, don’t you?

I don’t have anything else for you on this lovely, sweltery Wednesday night. So here’s a video from across The Pond, in which The Muppets rock out to LCD Soundsystem’s “Dance Yrself Clean.” Not bad.

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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