Movie News After Dark: Attack the Block, Monty Python, Michael Bay and Green Lantern vs. Critics

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a powerful nightly look at the highs and lows of the seedy underbelly of the film industry. Usually stuff that involves references to Michael Bay, videos starring plastic figurines and swooning over Monty Python. All of these things are represented in tonight’s very special entry…

Believe. That’s what the audiences at the Los Angeles Film Festival did this weekend, as they elected Attack the Block as their Audience Award Winner. The aliens v. hoodlums flick continues to gain steam, even outside the more comfortable genre audiences it’s faced thus far. Winning at SXSW, where the fan base is there in force, is one thing. Winning at LAFF is another big step toward finding mainstream success.

Tonight in news that is strange but oh-so-wonderful, the Monty Python gang will be getting back together. All of them, even Graham Chapman, who died of cancer in 1989. According to the New York Times, Chapman recorded an audiobook before he died, chronicling his life and times with the Python gang. Now Terry Jones, Terry Gilliam, Michael Palin, John Cleese and (if he signs) Eric Idle will use those recordings for an animated film about Chapman’s life. My heart swells at the very notion.

Following in the footsteps of fellow auteur Terrence Malick, Michael Bay wrote a letter to projectionists this week telling them how to project Transformers 3. You giggle, but lets face it: there may not be two men on this planet more serious about the experience they want you to have with their movies than Malick and Bay. It’s all they have in common, but it’s a big one. Bay also wrote a letter to fans urging them to seek out a theater that knows how to project his movies properly. He also graciously thanked fans for allowing him to make three Transformers movies. There really is no joke here. I’m feeling the sincerity, and I would echo Bay’s sentiments about your choice of venue. I haven’t seen the movie, but if you’re going to pay money to see it, you might as well get your money’s worth.

Once Transformers: Dark of the Moon hits this week, focused eyes will move on to Captain America. There’s a lot of chatter around America’s hero, as set visit pieces were unleashed late last week. The best of them is from Dan Fienberg over at HitFix, who weaves a narrative of what it was like to visit with Captain America in London.

Artist Francesco Francavilla has illustrated these super cool posters representing each of the episodes in the current season of Doctor Who. I love the contrasts, the Silence, the metaphors. Well done. I want this one on my wall:

For their next project, the Coen Brothers will get folksy.

Cinemax continues to ramp up its Transporter TV series. They’ve added Stephen Williams, who directed several episodes of Lost, to the team to direct the pilot.

Did you know that your cable box is one of the most power-draining appliances in your home? This is why I don’t have one. That’s actually not why I don’t have one — that has more to do with (a) not seeing value in it and (b) having Netflix — but it’s another thing that makes me glad I don’t have one. Yeah, take that, Time Warner Cable.

In case you missed it, the movie blogosphere ran out of things to say this weekend as a movie it had little interest in (Cars 2) tore up the box office. So we’re still talking about Green Lantern, and its sequel that Warner Bros. just won’t let die. There are now several theories about why WB is still pushing Green Lantern 2, as well as other thoughts on what’s wrong with the superhero movie genre. To the latter, I’d say that yes, it’s a genre that continues to struggle to find ways to spend all the money it makes.

In a slightly more interesting turn of events, the guys behind the “I’m a Marvel, I’m a DC” videos have unleashed two new ones poking fun at the critical reaction to Green Lantern. First, Hal Jordan finds that Marvel’s best and brightest are being nice to him:

Then Deadpool lets him have it. This one actually has some solid insight. I think this it’s a good way to end the night:

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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