Movie News After Dark: Kevin Smith Buys His Own Film, ‘Kick-Ass 2’ and More ‘Matrix’ Movies

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?

This week we kick off what will most likely be 7 straight days of Sundance buzz captured from around the web via this fancy new subsection:

Sundance Blotter:

Kevin Smith don’t need no distributor. On the stage at the Eccles Theater, master puppeteer and sometimes director Kevin Smith auctioned off his film Red State to himself for $20, then announced a plan to self-distribute and roll out a roadshow for the film. It hits theaters on October 19, but you can see it via the USA Tour that begins March 5. He also announced that after his next film, Hit Somebody, he will retire. It’ll be interesting to see if he makes it that far.

Sundance 2011 already has one breakout star — and would you believe that it’s a third Olsen sister. Elizabeth Olsen, star of Silent House and Martha Marcy May Marlene is on the rise. It’s been captured well by Jenni Miller over at Cinematical. Olsen is so hot that she’s already landed a role in Buried director Rodrigo Cortes’ next film, Red Lights.

Behold the strange and wondrous world of Sundance Q&As in this excellent recollection of a very strange post-screening session following the premiere of My Idiot Brother. It didn’t bother The Weinstein Co. though, as they quickly snatched the pic up on day one for distribution.

I’ve been following along with the career of actress (and now filmmaker) Lake Bell for some time. She’s always a show-stopper. You can see why in this chat she had with Cinematical’s Erik Davis about her Sundance ’11 short, Worst Enemy.

And now, the rest of the story:

Kick-Ass 2 won’t likely be the next film for Matthew Vaughn post-X-Men: First Class. This according to the Twitter account of his right-hand gal, writer Jane Goldman. She swooped in to help with First Class, and will then jump to Vaughn’s next thing — which isn’t Kick-Ass 2.

Today’s Quote of the Day comes from the adorable Carey Mulligan, Oscar-nominated actress and not entirely smug British dame, in which she tells the world why they should watch To Catch a Predator. It goes something like: “Oh, it’s so good. That’s what I want to do. I want to play the fake child on To Catch A Predator. No, wait! I want to play the Leaf Man!”

A spiffy new website has been launched for Ebert Presents: At the Movies.

As Marvel expected — although they never told us — the name of Captain America: The First Avenger will be changed in three countries (South Korea, Russia and the Ukraine) to The First Avenger. Because, as director Joe Johnston explained, they don’t want the world to think he’s a “jingoistic American flag-waver.” No telling what the Russians might do if they got offended. Quick, everyone! Get to your bunkers!

127 Hours could have been a movie directed by Luke Perry, starring Brian Austin Green as Aron Ralston. I’m sure the music would have been done by A.R. Rahman, either way.

Matt Damon has no idea what’s going on with the next Bourne movie. However, he does sound pissed at Universal: “I’d do it with Paul [Greengrass]. Universal don’t actually own the Bourne character – the estate [of Robert Ludlum] does – so technically I could go to Warner Bros…and Universal could read about it online.”

The King’s Speech scored a big Best Picture win at the Producer’s Guild Awards this weekend. It’s been called a major upset victory, as The Social Network was expected to win. The significance: the PGA has a lot of Academy members among their ranks, so it’s usually a good place to gauge what is to come. Or not, as Fincher’s Facebook movie looks primed to complete a very boring sweep of awards season.

AMC wants it, but showrunner Matthew Weiner hasn’t even started writing a fifth season of Mad Men. He says it’s AMC’s fault, anyway: “I’m dying to go back to work, but the truth is I don’t know what their plans are…They are fighting over a very lucrative property, and who is going to pay for it to get made; it’s one of the biggest perils of success — everyone wants a piece of it now and they are fighting over who is gonna get the biggest chunk. Then they will come to me because talent is last. It would be heartbreaking for me if they don’t work it out. Horrifying, really.” Horrifying, indeed.

George Lucas does not think the world will end in 2012. However, he does have a spaceship and he is taking Chris Rock with him when the world does end next year. This story is officially weirding me out.

Keanu Reeves went to performing arts school in London, where he gave a speech. During the speech he allegedly dropped the following bits of information: he will be doing a hard-R samurai movie (47 Ronin), a third Bill & Ted movie, and two more Matrix films. Wait, what? Talk about something out of left field… People still care about The Matrix?

There will be three, yes three movies chronicling the rise of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange. The latest will come from the BBC, and will compete with an Alex Gibney directed documentary and a dramatized version based on an upcoming biography by Andrew Flowers. This guy had better be that interesting, otherwise I’m watching the Gibney version and skipping the other two.

If you scroll down beyond the updates about Harry Knowles’ motor-functions (get well soon, big red), you will find a very interesting set of details that talk about a teaser for Tron 3, a follow-up to Tron: Legacy. It could very well turn out to be an extra on the Legacy Blu-ray release, which drops in April. I wouldn’t put it past Disney and director Joe Kosinski — they were showing footage at Comic-Con for the 2011 release way back in 2008, if memory serves.

Thomas Edison had some interesting ideas as to what 2011 would be like. I want my golden taxi cab ride.

Here’s a very interesting interview with Fred Armisen about Portlandia, a show I’ve been told more than once that I need to see. Alright, fine. As soon as I’m done watching the other 35 shows I’ve been told I need to see.

Two small, important roles in David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo have been cast, including Yorick van Wageningen as Nils Bjurman, the sleazy probation officer that gives Lisbeth (Rooney Mara) all sorts of trouble.

Behold a wicked cool high speed chase across your desktop, which I was tipped off to by Dan Trachtenberg (@DannyTRS) of Totally Rad Show fame. Best to view this one in full-screen mode:

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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