What is Movie News After Dark? It’s usually a rather tame and family friendly nightly column that rounds up all the best and most interesting news and views from the world of film. It’s worth noting, as it doesn’t always lead with headlines about Anne Hathaway’s rear end. It’s usually something Doctor Who or Michael Bay related. Pick your poison, I suppose.
This will likely go down as the dumbest lead story I’ve ever run in MNAD, but the Sunday edition works on the conceit that movie news happens over the weekend. Spoiler: movie news doesn’t usually happen over the weekend, so we’re doing our best. Also, do you really have a problem talking about Anne Hathaway’s ass? Apparently the tightness of her costume and aggressiveness of her stunt work on the set of The Dark Knight Rises has given other cast and crew a unique view of her hind-quarters. There’s something news-worthy in that, I’m sure of it.
In all his years creating comic book characters, Stan Lee has to have made at least one he regrets, right? Not really. Alright, there was one. Lee spoke about that one he didn’t like at this weekend’s Hero Complex Film Festival.
An early review of Transformers: Dark of the Moon from The Guardian, which saw the same 20-minute reel that other journalists have been writing about for weeks, further praises Michael Bay’s use of 3D. They make the somewhat expected jump to slagging on the plot, however. Speaking of Transformers 3, Think Hero is distributing a few awesome new character banners. They’re undersized and featuring characters I’ve never seen before, but they look like they’ll be neat when the hi-res versions hit.
Speaking of 3D, Dreamworks Animation chief Jeffrey Katzenberg, one of the most prolific supporters of the recent 3D revitilization, is heartbroken over the public’s recent shunning of the format. He cites the public’s distrust in the format and the continued existence of options. He’d rather you didn’t have a choice between 3D and 2D. The problem, as he admits, is that Hollywood isn’t providing the value. And he’s right.
Bill Caswell bought a $500 1991 BMW on Craiglist. He then spent some additional money getting it back into racing shape — mostly in an improvised manner — and proceeded to compete with it in the World Rally Championship in Mexico, defeating cars worth hundreds of times more than his own. Jeremy Renner is now attached to play Caswell in a film adaptation. I think that’s cool.
Linda West over at The Stranger has an interesting discussion starter about Paul Feig’s latest entitled Bridesmaids: Death to the Chick Flick. Aggressive, but certainly interesting.
Artist Paolo Rivera has created a beautiful vintage poster for Captain America: The First Avenger that was given to the cast and crew and will be used as the cover to a movie tie-in comic. Even Stan Lee got one. All you get is the opportunity to drool over it and set it as your iPhone background. Thanks to Rope of Silicon for the hat tip.
The long-gestating Major Matt Mason toy-to-film adaptation is still going strong. The script, from Tom Hanks and Graham Yost, has found a director in Robert Zemeckis. With big Z on the project, the $100 million dollar production is speeding up at Universal. Hooray, toy movies!
You know what I miss? Film Threat Magazine. They were one of the great pillar’s of independent film commentary long before any of the rest of us saw fit to stake our claim here on the internet. And while the Film Threat website is alive and well, the magazine hasn’t been around for a while. But they’re trying to bring it back. You can participate as well by heading over to IndieGoGo and donating to The Return of Film Threat Magazine. Trust me, there are worse ways to spend your money.
Artist Yehudi Mercado has put together a series of posters combining two awesome things: Game of Thrones and The Muppets. His series, Game of Thrones of Muppets: You Wink or You Die is available on his website. Here’s an example:
Using a series of interviews conducted with cast and creators on the red carpet, 24 Frames explores just how much of Super 8 was influenced by 1980s films. For the young stars of the film, it sounds like it was a fairly educational experience. Because you know, none of them were alive in the 80s.
Every time I need a good laugh, I head over to Film Drunk. It’s a juvenile laugh, but it works. In one of their more focused bits, they’ve begun putting together ideas for Movie-Themed Food Trucks. This week’s theme: romantic comedies.
Perhaps it’s the fact that it played during the Spike Guy’s Choice Awards, but there’s something even more badass about this Cowboys & Aliens sneak peek trailer than we’ve seen in previous trailers. It’s a nice reminder that this movie is still left to come in an already exciting summer of movies: