What is Movie News After Dark? It’s the hero you need right now; a way to get all the most interesting movie news without having to read through a bunch of padded articles. It’s quick, to the point and personable. An efficient killer of your will to waste time reading a thousand movie blogs before you go to bed. It’s also way into girl power, whatever that means.

Hanna director Joe Wright, whose latest film is filled with the legitimate girl-power of a teen assassin played by Saoirse Ronan, has called out director Zack Snyder’s Sucker Punch, saying that the girl-power angle of the film was all “marketing bullshit.”

Paul Greengrass’ Memphis, a story about Martin Luther King, has been dropped by Universal. Some say it’s a timing thing, others say the script wasn’t strong enough. Either way it’s out on the street and looking for money again.

Writer Roberto Orci on Star Trek 2: “The first one had to be an origin story – or we felt it had to be an origin story; it was kind of Star Trek Zero – how did it all start? So to do that organically, you had to get each character in his or her place. Now, they’re all together from the beginning, and so now they’re all going to face I think a theme that is different and potentially more challenging than just they met and they’re kind of facing this force of nature in Nero. So the theme of their family is going to be something great to explore that you don’t get in the first movie.”

Adrian Pasdar and Milo Ventimiglia, best known as the brothers Petrelli from NBC’s Heroes, have signed on to voice Tony Stark and Wolverine, respectively in Marvel’s upcoming anime series featuring the two iconic characters. Both shows will take on Japan-centric tales in which each character will have their wits tested. Here now are two teaser videos, sans voice-over work:

Twilight author Stephenie Meyer and Breaking Dawn director Bill Condon took to the blogosphere this week, pleading with fans of the teen vampire phenomenon to stop sharing leaked screenshots of the much-anticipated sex scene between Edward and Bella. The theories are now out that the leak could have been on purpose, but having seen the shots, I’m not convinced. I also still remain unconvinced that anything genuinely “sexy” will ever come of the repressed saga known as Twilight.

The Darkest Hour, a 3D alien invasion flick starring Emile Hirsch and Olivia Thirlby, has been moved to a December 23 release date. It was originally scheduled to release August 5. Like Rise of the Apes, it was clearly scared off by The Smurfs.

Five new character posters were released this week for Tarsem Singh’s Immortals, a story that looks a lot like 300 meets Clash of the Titans. Should be interesting, as Tarsem is a pretty cool director. The recap of the footage shown at this past weekend’s WonderCon from Dan at HitFix has me even more interested.

Arnold Schwarzenegger commented this week on the True Lies 2 rumors that have been circulating for a while: “The idea of a ‘True Lies’ sequel has been around since the early 2000s, but then 9/11 happened and we didn’t do it because it had to do with a terrorist attack. A lot of terrorist-type scripts were cancelled back then, but now they are emerging again because there hasn’t been a terrorist attack in the last 10 years. Then, of course, there’s dialogue about me getting back into the Terminator thing. But you know, I’ve been out of office only two months now. I couldn’t be thinking about doing ‘Terminator 16′ while I was still governor.”

Marvel maestro Stan Lee is hilariously, and I suspect quite genuinely lobbying for a cameo in Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. It’s nonsensical and sort of self-congratulatory, but when an old guy like Lee does it, it’s sort of cute.

Speaking of lobbying that isn’t cute: Patrick Dempsey wants to be Doctor Strange for Marvel. Reps from Marvel couldn’t be reached for comment, but we assume that they would say “Um… Mc. No.”

“We will have high-definition, wide-screen television sets and a push-button dialing system to order the movie you want at the time you want it. You’ll not go to a video store but instead order a movie on demand and then pay for it.” That’s Roger Ebert accurately predicting the future of film consumption to Omni Magazine in 1987. It seems obvious to us now, but it was radical then. Then again, Ebert has always been a pretty rad(ical) dude.

In his first one man show in Detroit, Charlie Sheen successfully earned himself a heavy booing from his adoring (?) fans and curious onlookers. From the sound of it, he’s just no Kevin Smith.

We close tonight with perhaps one of the most ridiculous things you’ll see all week, if you’re like me and you have a strange interest in the Rebecca Black single “Friday.” That, or I’ve just got a thing for Stephen Colbert and the New York Knicks’ dance team:


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