Movie News After Dark: Maurice Sendak’s Hobbit, Zack Snyder’s Substance and Community’s Pulp Fiction

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s tired, sleepy and acutely aware of the fact that it is Friday, Friday, Friday. It also hates Rebecca Black, except for the censored version. That made it laugh. A very self-aware, singularity style laugh. Chuckle on, meat suits, your day will come.

Tonight’s lead story is an interest piece about two legends: that Tolkien guy, who wrote a movie about little people that’s about to become the world’s biggest goddamn movie production, and Maurice Sendak, who once dreamed of wild things. What if Sendak had illustrated The Hobbit? The above image is the answer. It also makes for a very interesting essay by Tom DiTerlizzi.

The world can brace itself for another round of Chucky, as another Child’s Play film is allegedly in the works. I don’t know why we even get surprised about this kind of thing. The need to make properties that make money outweighs the need to put an end to this trend. Maybe we should just focus our time and effort on films that are original… … … nah.

Brian Singer assesses why people hated Superman Returns. Aside from the obvious reasons, of course: “I think that Superman Returns was a bit nostalgic and romantic, and I don’t think that was what people were expecting, especially in the summer.” That actually makes a bit of sense.

Tom Hanks will guest star on 30 Rock. That sort of thing is so over. Why not guest star on a really great show, like Community? Or.. okay, 30 Rock works.

Of all the interviews and attack pieces written around Sucker Punch, you have to give big kudos to Speakeasy’s Todd Gilchrist for coming out with it in his interview with Zack Snyder. It makes for one hell of a must-read interview.

As per our discussion yesterday, Will Sasso has been asked to come aboard the Farrelly Brothers’ Three Stooges film. He will play Curly, fittingly. Beyond that, there are now strong indications that he may be joined by James Marsden (as Larry) and Hank Azaria (as Moe). If you’re thinking to yourself, “hey, that’s interesting casting; I might actually want to watch that movie,” then you’re on the right track.

The following is from an astounding /Film find that reimagines The Wire as a Victorian novel. I love The Wire. I love Victorian novels. My brain might soon explode from the combination of the two:

The found footage style outer space horror film known as Apollo 18 has been shifted again in its release date by The Weinstein Company. Remember when it was supposed to come out this weekend? It’s now been bumped to the dreaded hallows of January 2012. That’s confidence for ya.

Well after Oscars have been handed out, controversy is striking at Best Actress winner Natalie Portman. According to her dancing double, Sarah Lane, Natalie only did about “5 percent” of the full-body dance shots in the movie. You might think, “who cares?” And you’d be right again. That is, unless you consider quotes from Portman’s baby-daddy, choreographer Benjamin Millepied, who said during the Oscar campaign that Natalie had done more than 85% of the dance work. Then again, it wouldn’t be the first time that a double did most of the work while an actor got all of the credit. That’s sort of the nature of the job, is it not?

The FX animated spy series Archer, ridiculous in its every single frame, is about to be renewed for at least a third season, possibly more. In this volatile TV market, with a network like FX that likes to cancel great shows before their narrative prime is over (Terriers anyone?), it would be nice to see them exercise the “possibly more” option here.

The guy who directed Nanny McPhee and the gal who wrote Freaky Friday are going to work together on a film adaptation of the book “What to Expect When You’re Expecting.” The end result of which will likely be just as savory as mixing curry powder with gasoline and serving it cold. I like mine with a little ginger on top.

We close tonight (and this week) with a clip from this week’s Community. I’ve finally watched it and I can confirm that it is good. You can almost guarantee that any Abed-centric episode will be of a certain quality, but this was special. Mostly because of this very scene in which Jeff Winger bears his soul, telling stories of his youth:

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.

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