What is Movie News After Dark? It’s all the movie news that’s fit to print. So, please, print it out and read it on your morning commute. The videos are especially effective that way.
We begin this evening with four arms. This is just one of the ninety-seven images that Disney released in support of John Carter which means that if you make a flipbook of them, you’ve got a nice cheap version of the movie.
Plus, John Carter wants you to read!
Using a movie to display how reading can spark our imaginations. Interesting angle. Especially since now all the kids that pick up that book won’t be able to help envisioning those creatures and that world design while thumbing the pages.
Remember when Chris Dodd threatened politicians who didn’t support “Hollywood” during the SOPA fiasco? President Obama went ahead and raised a bunch of money from movie-types anyway.
Over at Movies.com, Mike Bracken does his homework by explaining the science behind spider webs as they apply to Peter Parker and to us non-bitten citizens. Apparently destroying 10% of the web actually makes it stronger, meaning we should be dominated by arachnids any day now. Or that they should build a web 10% broken to begin with.
Apparently credit is due to the internet for making The Vow a hit since Sony utilized Facebook and Twitter to get the word out. At first it seems a bit dated to think that using social media for advertising is anything special, but the article brings up good points about the brief history, the reluctance of studios to utilize these new tools, and the way marketing content has shifted. Now that it relies on more direct connection, we can expect more Facebook videos of Channing Tatum charming us directly through the monitor.
Good news! Michael Moore and Harvey Weinstein finally settled their legal differences over Fahrenheit 9/11! Terms are private, but it’s a safe bet that Moore is a few dollars richer.
Bad news…Brian Salisbury made a list of Nic Cage’s craziest performances for Movies.com and was blinded before losing his mind in the process. Brian now wanders the streets of Austin, asking trees that he thinks are people for spare squirrels and pineapple cores. If anyone has seen him, try to stop debating whether Con Air is crazier than The Wicker Man and help him out. Hang in there, buddy!
Like Michael Jackson, Whitney Houston has left behind an unfinished project. The movie Sparkle is her first film appearance in 15 years and will, of course, be her last. The period piece features Houston as the mother of soul singers and is still slated for an August release. The LA Times points out that it might be insensitively too soon considering that the movie features addiction, but the real danger would be if it’s a crappy flick. August? A lot of confidence there, Sony. At least they didn’t push it up to more directly capitalize on her death.
One of the more ingenious marketing campaigns comes, of course, from Drafthouse Films and Bullhead. They’ve utilized the popular website Fiverr.com where you can pay people a sawbuck to do things. Devin Faraci at Badass Digest is chronicling the ads during the time he saves not trimming his beard. The latest? A boy and his goats. If this thing wins an Oscar, it’ll be this campaign to credit.
Speaking of the challenging Best Foreign nominee, our very own Luke Mullen recently penned an exploration of the film’s themes alongside Kurosawa and Star Wars. What do they have to do with a Belgian story about manliness and the bovine steroid black market? Probably a lot.
We close tonight with a promo for the new sketch show Key & Peele which features two movie hecklers that…actually have some good points. Put some information up in the frame, bitch!
Key and Peele