Movie News After Dark: Amazing Spidey, Harry Potter Cats, Sarah Palin and a Slave Leia PSA

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly collector of film and television news and links that is currently working for the weekend. It certainly wants a little romance. You won’t catch it goin’ off the deep end. Da nanana na na…

We begin tonight with more photos from The Amazing Spider-Man. Sony is hoping that its Comic-Con presence next week helps the webbed wonder get back into the public eye, as they’re counting on this franchise reboot to be a big earner. In the mean time, we get a few looks at a slick new costume, practical web-shooters and an intimate moment between our bloodied hero and his blond dame. All this and more in the gallery found over at /Film.

Yesterday we all had a good cry watching Sean Bean die about 20 times thanks to a very well-edited viral video. Today we can celebrate his ongoing life as news has come down the pipe that he will star as The King in Tarsem Singh’s Snow White. That’s the one with Julia Roberts and Armie Hammer, for those keeping score.

John McTiernan is still trying to make very manly movies. With Shrapnel, which he hopes to shoot this fall, he may deliver a “mano-a-mano duel between an American soldier and his former Bosnian adversary in the wilds of the Rockies.” That sounds fun. I say let the guy do it.

Because this wouldn’t be a proper column for Friday if it didn’t include something about the weekend’s biggest release, here are some original Harry Potter screen tests, courtesy of io9. Spoiler: those little kids grow up to be very wealthy and successful.

Speaking of Harry Potter, there is also this. All of Harry Potter re-enacted by cats in a span of one minute:

Our fellow Breaking Bad lovers over at Vulture have a brief, but fascinating chat with creator Vince Gilligan, who talks about the pressure their under with season four, the end game for Walter White and what they’ve done with all that time since season three ended.

The Academy is celebrating Forbidden Planet. Hero Complex has a great retrospective piece on Forbidden Planet. We should all just go watch Forbidden Planet.

One more Captain America poster. It has to be the last one, right? The film releases in a week and this is the 35th poster released by Paramount, fans and artists around the web. It has to be the end. Or is it only the beginning? Either way, it’s good stuff:

Robert Smigel and Annie Mumolo, two writers who have worked on Saturday Night Live and Bridesmaids respectively, have signed on to act in Judd Apatow’s next project, the Knocked Up spin-off starring Paul Rudd, Leslie Mann and Melissa McCarthy. No word yet on whether Robert Smigel actually sounds like Triumph the Insult Comic Dog in regular conversation.

Lars von Trier may still be in the doghouse following his Hitler comments at Cannes, but that won’t stop his psychological disaster movie Melancholia from hitting theaters on November 11. It has been set for a date right in the midst of awards season. We can only assume that von Trier will be coming up with more absurd chicanery by then.

To some, there will be something deeply satisfying about seeing the Sarah Palin documentary The Undefeated enter theaters with a 0% Rotten Tomatoes score. Others will bask in the fact that almost no one went to see it. Still another group will be asleep, completely oblivious to its existence and enjoying a final round of Harry Potter. Who are the lucky ones? You tell me.

We close this evening with a PSA directed at the ladies. With Comic-Con coming up and geek parties coming into fashion, it is important that you choose your cosplay outfits carefully. Even though every video game-obsessed, lightsaber battling man you’ve ever met has told you that you’d look “totally hot” in a Slave Leia costume, you should consider the advice of The Big Bang star Kelly Cuoco:

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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