Movie News After Dark: Annie Leibovitz, Batman’s Rides, Banksy Revealed and Snarky Hipster Star Wars

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?

We lead today with the most entertaining of the recent batch of Annie Leibovitz “famous people as famous Disney characters” photos. It’s no Scarlett Johansson as Cinderella or Tina Fey as Tinkerbell, but Queen Latifah as Ursula from The Little Mermaid really does make me giggle.

George Miller promises that unlike his Justice League movie, this Mad Max: Fury Road film is actually happening. He’s really super serious this time, and it will likely go into production in 2012. Right after Tom Hardy is done being awesome in that Batman movie.

Hey iPad users. Ready for that new one? Yeah, me too. Anyway, here’s something of interest: the Netflix iPad app has been updated with a better user interface, but it limits your ability to control your queue. Nice, sort of.

Here’s a great article written by one of the assistants on Black Swan. It is accompanied by some stunning, never before seen behind the scenes photos.

Some speculation has arisen as to what kinds of vehicles might be in The Dark Knight Rises. Personally, I don’t want to know just yet. But guessing is fun.

Star Wars 3D is coming. It begins February 10, 2012 with The Phantom Menace. Perhaps the 3D will add something to the famed dud known as Episode 1. Or not.

Could we be on the verge of inventing tractor beams? Dear lord, I hope so.

I would have embedded this Conan the Barbarian motion poster, but it doesn’t have a setting to turn off the sound. It’s not annoying, just sort of insistent upon being more a part of your life than is really necessary. Sort of like this remake.

The Daily Mail believes that they have shot a picture of street artist Banksy. If it turns out to be true, it will prove that he’s just some guy. Which should come as no surprise. As everyone is basically just no one. Until somebody loves them, that is.

The new Blade Runner producers are talking about what we can expect from the sci-fi reboot. I’m sure it’s all going to be very interesting, but are we really going to overlook the notion that it’s all just a big cash grab? Prove me wrong, producer guys.

Aubrey Plaza plays a Star Wars parody deadpan. As if she knows any other mode:

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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