Movie News After Dark: The King’s BAFTAs, Star Trek, Lars Von Trier and IMDB

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?

One might expect that in the Queen’s land, the best of the Brits will always rise to the top. That’s not always the case, but in a year that saw such a quality British story as The King’s Speech hit theaters, you’d better believe there wasn’t going to be an American invasion. Not by David Fincher or anyone else for that matter. While Fincher did take the best director honor at this weekend’s BAFTA Awards, his Social Network was dominated by The King’s Speech, the latter taking home 7 awards.

Girl, you know it’s true. The notion of a Milli Vanilli biopic has not died. It has been revived by German director Florian Gallenberger (who?) and is currently back on track to be made. It’s a story that should be told — and as The AV Club’s Sean O’Neal points out, it isn’t one that needs much fictionalization. The true story is wild enough.

Simon Pegg has hinted at the fact that he will be shooting Star Trek in August, meaning that he will be shooting the ever-anticipated Star Trek sequel, a production that has been pushed a bit to accomodate the schedule of Chris Pine, an actor who no one had ever heard of before he was cast as Capt. Kirk. How dare he delay such a thing!

Magnolia Pictures has picked up the rights to Lars Von Trier’s Melancholia, a film about some planets colliding with Earth. As the Antichrist director explains, it’s “maybe not a happy ending, but [it is] an ending.” Well put, crazy man.

This Doctor Who infographic is perfect for beginners and fans alike. Now you can look cool at a cocktail party when someone mentions their “sonic screwdriver.” Then again, if you’re at the right kind of party this term means something completely different and altogether sexual.

David Slade appears to be looking to finish a trilogy of sorts — those of the vamping variety. He began on a very high note with 30 Days of Night, then took a diversion into the Twilight franchise, and now he will take on the Dracula-associated tale, The Last Voyage of the Demeter. It’s the story of the boat that brought Dracula to England. It didn’t end well.

Director Gore Verbinski has an explanation for why BioShock is not in production right now. Chances are that this will not satisfy fans, but it does make sense.

Yes, there is another Snow White film in the works. Only this time it’s not exactly what you might expect. Director Jacco Groen has cast Dutch star Johanna Ter Steeg (I really don’t know who these people are) in Snow White, a look at the dark underbelly of child prostitution in the Philippine capital Manila. This one, oddly enough, will include dwarfs. I can’t tell if that’s inappropriate or nonsensical. Maybe it’s both.

Have you ever wondered what goes on behind-the-scenes at IMDB? According to Todd Phillips, it is run by 12-year olds in Kansas. Not so fast, Mr. Director of The Hangover. Apparently it was some British guy who started it, and still runs it today. We close tonight with a brief look into his world:

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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