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?
Today’s lead image is James Franco. Sitting at a desk. Doing some science in Rise of the Apes. He’s learning how to give intelligence and the gift of speech to a monkey that looks like Andy Serkis.
“It’s going to be a night of the most privileged people in the world being told how brilliant they are and thanking God for loving them more than ugly poor foreigners.” That’s part of the Oscar monologue Ricky Gervais wrote for James Franco and Anne Hathaway. It’s only the tip of the iceberg.
Today marked the last launch of the Space Shuttle Discovery. It’s a sad, nostalgia-filled day for those of us in the space nerd community. I know it’s not movie related, but it does make me want to watch Space Camp right now.
Ewan McGregor is in talks to join Brian Singer’s Jack the Giant Killer. The role is of the leader of the king’s guard in this dark retelling of Jack and the Beanstalk. McGregor would go up against Stanley Tucci, who has already signed on to play the film’s villain.
This week, CBS called Charlie Sheen’s bluff and pulled the plug on Two and a Half Men for the rest of the season. The only good news here is that it’s prompted Pajiba to enlighten the world as to what might be on The 11 Point Charlie Sheen Life Manifesto. No Panic. No Judgement.
Stephen Root has joined the cast of Clint Eastwood’s J. Edgar as a forensics expert who specializes in wood. I can’t make this up — this guy really existed. And he helped piece together the mystery of the Lindbergh kidnapping through an examination of the wood used by the abductor. Not bad for a guy who just wanted his stapler back.
Like FSR, Cinematical is a site with great taste. Such great taste that they too have a weekly Criterion-centric column. From David Ehrlich comes Criterion Corner. This week he takes on 10 Animated Films Criterion Should Covet. I want all of these on my Criterion shelf right now, especially numbers 7, 3 and 1.
James Marsden and Patrick Wilson will star in the remake of a Belgian film called Loft, in which a group of men go in together on the purchase of a loft where they can bring their mistresses and have extramarital affairs. It gets dark quickly though, as one woman turns up dead. See, it’s all fun and games until your woman on the side gets killed…
And finally… Trailer mash-ups can suck it. I want real people, out in the real world, making legit-ass sequels to classic testosterone-filled cinema. Like Over the Top: The Rise of Mike Hawk. Seriously, your trailer mash-ups are weaksauce compared to this hilarity:
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