Movie News After Dark: Bardem for Bond, SAG Loves Firth, Angry Birds and Mark Zuckerberg

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?

Seeing as I’m sure you are busy watching the analysis of the SAG Awards red carpet show, I will keep tonight’s entry brief. Up first is well, the SAG awards. The big winners turned out to be The King’s Speech star Colin Firth, Black Swan‘s Natalie Portman, The FIghter’s Christian Bale and Melissa Leo. Those are the big ones, but the full listing does exist, for those who are so inclined.

But that’s not tonight’s big story. The big one might be the fact that Javier Bardem is now in play for Bond 23. He’s been offered a big role alongside (or maybe opposite) Daniel Craig as MGM tries to get a co-financing deal with another studio. As it turns out, they still need money. At least that’s the word on the street.

But even that’s not the big story of the day. We reported the big story earlier today, in which Henry Cavill will be Zack Snyder’s Superman. And that’s not all — wait until you see the list of people he beat out for the role. It’s got some solid talent on it.

Star Trek Potato Head dolls are really going where no marketing has gone before. I’ll let you decide in which galaxy they’ve landed.

In the world of movie/video game tie-ins, this one will probably take the cake. It doesn’t even matter whether or not the film Rio is any good. I will support a cross-over with Angry Birds. Peep the adorable trailer below.

Earlier this weekend a rumor was started, sort of, by Batmon-on-Film about a potential third villain for The Dark Knight Rises. But it was all bunk. Why we’re talking about it, I’m not sure. But I guess we are.

Back to awards for a second: the winners of the 2011 Sundance Festival Awards are out. As my friend Peter from /Film would say, a lot of these aren’t exactly the best films that screened, but the ones that needed the most help. The best will come when our team checks in with their best of the fest later this week.

Check out this awesome motion poster for Drive Angry 3D:

Bob Orici tweeted this weekend that he and partner Alex Kurtzman will be producing and (maybe) writing Ender’s Game, the video game adaptation being directed by Gavin Hood. I’ve never played the game, but I’m told that it’s quite popular.

And… back to awards. The Director’s Guild Awards were handed out this weekend, with The King’s Speech director Tom Hooper winning the top prize. Combine that with the SAG award win for Firth, and the PGA win for the film, and we’ve got ourselves an Oscar front-runner. So much for The Social Network

And finally, tonight’s closer comes from Saturday Night Live. All there is to say is that I’d like you all to watch and enjoy as Jesse Eisenberg and Mark Zuckerberg have an awkward-off during the opening monologue:

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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