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?
In celebration of today being the 5th birthday of Film School Rejects, and in honor of me being the founder of this site, I am beginning my own column with a picture of Michael Bay. It’s nothing more than an image from the set of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, but it’s special to me. It combines two of my favorite things: Bayhem and the Space Nerdery, seen here in the form of the Space Shuttle (RIP). Boom! Now, on with the rest of tonight’s news…
Win a Razzie, eventually become a stage production. That’s the new legacy of Alan Menken’s Newsies.
Pajiba revisits sex, lies and videotapes, a film that began a revolution in independent film and a revolt against the use of capital letters.
Werner Herzog doesn’t yet have funding for his film Queen of the Desert, but he will do a documentary called Death Row for Investigation Discovery. In related news, I will watch anything and everything that Werner Herzog gets within 10-feet of.
Is this the first image from the set of The Dark Knight Rises, as a user on the Joblo Forums has suggested? Or is it something from the six year old production of Batman Begins? We may never know…
This really is an image from Twilight: Breaking Dawn, revealing a first look at Isle Esme, where Bella and Edward will spend their honeymoon tearing apart pillows. It’s far less exciting than the likely fake Batman image:
Comedy Central has announced its first annual Comedy Awards, rewarding all of those really funny movies that don’t stand a snowball’s chance in hell of winning an Oscar. Hey, maybe Scott Pilgrim vs. the World will win something this year — it’s nominated for one award, three less than Cyrus.
Nick Cassavetes will be taking everything he learned while making The Notebook and apply it to making a biopic about drug dealer Rick Ross. It will be a cross between Blow and Traffic, but with more smuggling of arms to Iran and less kissing in the rain.
Speaking of kissing, the first poster for One Day, from An Eduction director Lone Scherfig has been released. I can’t tell if it is brilliance in simplicity, or tired in its tagline. Either way, I can’t wait to check out the flick. I love that sobby crap.
Warner Premiere has secured all the right names for their live-action web series Mortal Kombat. Jeri Ryan, Michael Jai White and Darren Shahlavi will all return to the roles they played in the short that started it all. It’s always nice to see a studio making decisions that will make fans tingle, even if it is just for a web-series that will be used to promote the release of a new video game.
Criterion lovers will now be able to watch their favorite important films on Hulu Plus, rather than Netflix. If you ask me, there’s no substitute for buying a Criterion DVD or Blu-ray, but not everyone is made out of money. $8 per month is well worth it to watch some of what Criterion has revived in its collection.
Go to this tweet from Community showrunner Dan Harmon and read the page of script page that he’s posted. It involves government conspiracies, flatulence and werewolfs.. all in 10 lines of dialogue. There’s a reason why this show is the best there is to be seen on television.
Deadline has listed Four Lions director Chris Morris among a small group of filmmakers it believes to be the next hot British directors. I can do nothing but agree.
Speaking of things that are very British and hilarious, I was completely out of ideas for a video to close this evening’s festivities, so I’ve decided to return to the theme of “things Neil likes” in honor of FSR’s fifth birthday. With that in mind, here is some Monty Python: