Movie News After Dark: Angry Birds, Critics v. People, Shatnerpalooza and Batman: Arkham City

What is Movie News After Dark? Hold on, it needs to finish this level of Angry Birds, then it will be ready. Alright fine, one more level. Seriously, just give it a second. God*^*% stupid pigs! Alright, anyway, time to do the news.

Tonight’s top story: former Marvel Studios chairman David Maisel has been hired by Rovio to develop a film about the addicting mobile game Angry Birds. Apparently a game that has been downloaded over 250 million times has some sort of commercial appeal. Personally, I hate this idea. I thought Rovio made a great move partnering up with Fox on Rio and doing cross-promotion. It’s not a cinematic franchise, but I will buy a game with some Samba background music.

The discussion of the night over on Twitter seemed to revolve around two things, Google+ and the divide between audiences and film critics. Since I don’t understand the former, we’ll focus on the latter. The “divide,” which seems like a situational fabrication that is used to point at an establishment that barely exists and label them tight-asses, is said to be a chasm between taste and mindless enjoyment. I begrudge no one their enjoyment of any film. The real problem is “film critics” who do, and the ones who would tell you that if you like Transformers 3, you, like the film, are a piece of trash. Those guys are assholes.

Anyone worried about Marvel or Warner Bros. skipping Comic-Con can rest easy now, as the film you truly can’t wait to see has announced that it will be present. I’m speaking, of course, of Screen Gems’ Underworld 4 and its Hall H destiny. Woo!

The winners of the 12th annual Golden Trailer awards were announced this week, with The Social Network taking home a few big awards, including Best in Show. Also notable is the win for Hobo with a Shotgun in the Trashiest Trailer category. He sleeps in trash. Of course he wins!

There’s something endearing about the quest of William Shatner to interview other Captains from the Star Trek franchise. I can only imagine there’s some great moments in there, like the time he arm-wrestled Chris Pine. That said, I have trouble taking anything seriously when it proudly claims to be part of Shatner-Palooza! Oy.

Peter over at /Film has uncovered something that won’t surprise any attentive Michael Bay fan: that footage from The Island was reused for Transformers 3. This has happened before, as Bay keeps (what we can only assume is) a library of awesome for use as he so pleases, and it shouldn’t bother anyone. Both scenes were pretty wicked.

Do you like film festivals? If you travel the world in search of the most interesting little fests where movies are played and sleep is disregarded, then you may want to check out this new Film Festivals iPhone app found by the tots over at Gordon and the Whale. If anything, it’s got more info on Fantastic Fest. Because that’s all you need, anyway.

Just before he wowed the world with his epic takedown of Larry Crowne this week, our own beloved, bearded Luke Mullen joined the guys at The Golden Briefcase for a chat about all things Bayhem. That’s a topic of discussion that I can get behind.

Sometimes I wonder what a Pajiba is, or what the hell that site is about. Through all of that confusion, I’m constantly drawn back in. Like that time Joanna Robinson assembled a list of The Eleven Sexiest Canadians in Film and Television. It’s completely nonsensical, but it includes Cobie Smulders, so it can stay.

I’m not one for video games. I was at one point in my life, sometime around Halo 2, but I haven’t been into them for a while. Hell, I don’t think I’ve purchased a video game for my Playstation 3 yet. I came close earlier this year with Portal 2, but didn’t. Now I’m seriously considering picking up Batman: Arkham City after watching this 12-minute long gameplay trailer. It is smooth, meticulously crafted and killer cool. Also, lets hope Chris Nolan likes that design for his Catwoman:

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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