Movie News After Dark: James Cameron Tweets, VHS Lives and The Mechanic ‘Splodes

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?

Tonight’s entry will undoubtedly be the week’s silliest. I’m shirking my news reporting responsibilities for other things that I find more interesting. I may also sprinkle in some news, but it’s not guaranteed…

James Cameron is producing his own tweets on the Twitter. It’s official. Insert joke about Twitter being in 3D here. Now that we’re past that, lets talk about the real story: how James Cameron (@JimCameron) in one tweet (this one, to be exact: “I never tweeted before because I’m a long winded blowhard, and they don’t allow enough characters.”) instantly became more likable on Twitter than Kevin Smith, who is still going on and on about how he’s revolutionizing the world of cinema. Says Cameron (in my mind): “Hey tubby, revolutionize this (insert lewd gesture made with a hand full of $1m dollar bills.)”

Hero Complex has an interesting piece about Shawn Levy and his robot boxing movie Real Steel. Interesting in a way, mostly because it claims that Levy might have made a movie with heart. Which is funny, because we’re talking about the guy who directed Night at the Museum and its sloppy second. Seems like a stretch. I don’t know, I could be wrong.

The casting of lovely ladies Minka Kelly (Friday Night Lights) and Rachael Taylor (Transformers — the Australian one) in the upcoming reboot of Charlie’s Angels on ABC has me thinking one thing: wait, there’s a new Charlie’s Angels television series coming? How did I miss this? As Wayne Campbell might say, I need to get the net.

You should go to the YouTube and watch this short film from students of the Gobelins l’écike de l’image. It’s a favorite of a lady that I’m fond of, and now it’s a favorite of mine. Not because of the fondness, but because it’s well-crafted, charming and subversive. Ok, it’s also because of the fondness. You won’t care about that once you’ve watched it, though.

Below you will find video evidence that children today are way better off than I was as a kid. First, they get to play Angry Birds on the iPad. Second, they get to ride around in motherf**king Daleks. I hate you, children of today.

This giant VHS copy of 2001: A Space Odyssey is awesome (thanks to our own Nathan Adams for the link):

Supporting people who want to make a documentary about the legacy of VHS, the format to destroy all other formats, is also awesome. Especially if you live in Austin, TX and you know how to get to E. 6th Street. Spoiler: All Austinites know how to get to 6th Street. Read all about this awesome pile of awesome over at GATW.

You know what else is awesome? This great Seven Samurai poster by artist Eric Bonhomme. See the entire set over at the very awesome, curated by friend of the site Roger E. Tinch.

File under potentially awesome, but also potentially very dumb: Mean Girls director Mark Waters wants to make a movie called Get Back, in which two intrepid Beatles fans discover a time machine, then decide to use it to go back in time and stop John Lennon from ever meeting Yoko Ono, thus preventing her from breaking up the band.” If it ever gets made — see Slashfilm’s excellent point about the likeness rights for Lennon belonging to Ono — it could be a trip. Or a bust. If it’s a hit, I may finally get to make that Rocky Raccoon movie I’ve been developing for years.

Here’s some news that will make your nether-regions tingle: Ridley Scott’s upcoming sci-fi opus Prometheus will include the designs of alien life as seen through the imagination of HR Giger, whose original designs were so powerful in Alien. It’s exciting, but its also not surprising. What part of Ridley Scott saying “they exist in the same universe” don’t we understand, people?

Last up for the night is a video, as you might expect. This one is in honor of The Mechanic, which I will be paying my own hard-earned money to see this weekend. This recut trailer has a little bit of Grindhouse jive to it, a little bit of Bronson-era style to it, and plenty of ‘splosions. I walk away from it, as if it were an explosion and I the badass hero, saying “lets do this, baby.”

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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