Movie News After Dark: Tree of Life, Liz Taylor, Source Code and How Russians Meet Your Mother

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Our own contributor Simon Gallagher predicted it. He wasn’t the only one. Now Variety seems certain that Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life will debut at Cannes. We’re just excited that someone will get to see the damned thing, and we look forward to Simon’s review.

Aside from the content published on this site, I have not read an article out of SXSW 2011 that is more enjoyable than David Ehrlich’s 24 Hours at SXSW: A Personal Tour Through the World’s Most Fun Film Fest. He captures every sleepy-eyed, barbeque-filled minute of what it’s like to attend Austin’s big spring fling. Warning: this may cost you money, as you won’t want to miss out on such an experience next year.

Walden Media is not messing around. They are going forward with a fourth Narnia movie, even after the last two were hardly box office smashes. For their next round, they will jump ahead to the sixth book in the series, “The Magician’s Nephew,” which is a prequel of sorts. Even a trip to Narnia can’t get you away from prequels, my friends.

The passing of Elizabeth Taylor is sad, indeed. But instead of wallowing, lets celebrate the lady’s fabulous life — to do that, I’d urge you to read Vulture’s list of Taylor’s most notable film roles.

The sequel to Clash of the Titans is gaining steam this week, adding two solid new cast members in Bill Nighy and Toby Kebbell. The story is something about gods and titans clashing, or something along those lines.

The folks at Summit Entertainment are plugged in. I know this because they sent over an infographic about their upcoming release Source Code. Clearly they know how to get the internet’s attention. And while it doesn’t quite explain (and I don’t think it spoils, though I may be wrong) the film, it does look pretty. For better explanation, I’ve also included a new featurette entitled “What is the Source Code?”

What is the Source Code?

Over on the delightful site The Mary Sue, Zoe Chevat has written a somewhat shortsighted, but unavoidably divisive piece about why she won’t see Sucker Punch, and nor should you. She takes some bombastic leaps with logic, but in the end it’s a fine conversation starter.

Hero Complex has a great exposé on the plans of NBC Universal’s SyFy and game developers Trion, who are conspiring together to finally meld the worlds of televised entertainment and interactive games. The project sounds robust, and is something we’ll definitely be keeping an eye on.

Disneyland will hold exclusive 3D sneak peaks of Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides starting March 25. They’ll be showing, at regular intervals, an “extended 3D film sequence” — the entire thing will be similar to the Pirates of the Caribbean theme park ride, only with less water and more of Johnny Depp’s dreads. It’s amazing how this thing has come full circle and turned back into a theme park attraction.

Directors with big egos? No way. Thinking that they are more than filmmakers and (gasp) possibly actors as well? Never. Okay, so it does happen quite often. In a phenomenon chronicled by Pajiba’s list of 7 Directors Who Think They Can Act. (In fairness, Eli Roth killed in Piranha 3D.)

Get this: Jason Schwartzman to star in a Wes Anderson movie. No, really.

Slashfilm points us toward the answer to one of the great questions plaguing our generation: why aren’t Netflix envelopes square?

Easy A director Will Gluck, whose next film Friends with Benefits looks fun, may be on the hook to make Social Network book writer guy Ben Mezrich’s new book Sex on the Moon into a movie. Contrary to what would be awesome, the film does not chronicle the first ever adult film to be made on the surface of the moon. That script is still collecting dust on Jim Cameron’s desk. Damn you, Avatar!

We close tonight with something funny. Because in Russia, How I Met Your Mother laugh at you!

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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