What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that has a bit of a fashion sense, a sometimes sexy side and perhaps even a creepy streak. It will use and abuse all of these facets of its game in tonight’s edition. This one, as they say, is a must-read.
We begin tonight with an image of custom Attack the Block themed shoes made by Toni Taylor-Salisbury, whom you may know as Mrs. Junkfood Cinema. The lovely Kayla Kromer tweeted them earlier this evening, as yet another example of Mrs. Salisbury’s amazing work in the realm of geek footwear. You can check out her other work over on her Etsy store. Do it now. Then come back, because there’s more news.
Celebrations will undoubtedly spill into the streets now that Sherlock has been renewed for a third season. Stephen Moffat spilled the beans on Twitter, leaving many of us weeping with joy. Literally weeping.
Tomorrow, many businesses on the Internet will be going black to protest SOPA, the upcoming legislation that would not only fight piracy, but threaten the way of life of many bloggers, publishers and domain owners. We’re with them in spirit, even though we won’t be going black — we can’t afford to lose a day’s ad revenue, as SOPA passing could very well put a site like FSR out of business if we inadvertently happen upon something that doesn’t belong to us and post it as news. That said, the MPAA is really mad at Google, Wikipedia, Reddit and the like.
J.J. Abrams has begun shooting Star Trek 2, that is, if a press release from Paramount Pictures is to believe. It is. In slightly more interesting Star Trek 2 news, MTV’s Josh Horowitz got Benedict Cumberbatch to comment on his character: “I don’t think we do know that, actually. I think that’s just supposition. That’s all I’m going to say about it.” I don’t care who he plays. He’s in it, and that works. For Star Trek fans, there’s also this red alert door chime thingy.
Movieline asks if the sexy GQ spread Michelle Williams has done will win her an Oscar. Because it’s about hearts and minds, people. Hearts and minds and things that exist a few feet below hearts and minds. Michelle Williams 2012!
“On the Internet, all those same guys that are complaining I made a change are completely changing the movie. I’m saying: ‘Fine. But my movie, with my name on it, that says I did it, needs to be the way I want it.’ ” That’s the money quote from a NYT piece on George Lucas, which otherwise finds an interesting story behind the making of Red Tails, but will be remembered for quoting Lucas on his fanboy butthurtedness. In short: he’s sorry you feel that way, but he still doesn’t care what you think.
Patrick Goldstein at The Big Picture asks What Do Mitt Romney and ‘The Artist’ have in common? They both work better without dialogue? They both have shiny teeth? They both come from a more innocent time with outdated ideals? They’re both going to not win Best Picture? So many questions…
The AV Club’s Jason Heller has published a new novel called If You Like Monty Python… that will help Python fans find other great things to love — once they are done watching the entire Flying Circus box set for the 12th time. I bought a copy. You should, too.
The folks at The Guardian will debut Terry Gilliam’s short The Wholly Family online on January 23rd for £1.99. Insert joke about currency exchange rates here. Just pay the $17 and watch the damn film.
Even though the momentum of its narrative quality seems to suggest that the good days are over, Dexter isn’t going anywhere according to Exec. Producer Manny Coto. Also, there may be a Dexter movie sometime in the future. Because all shows have been thought of for a movie. It’s just the way of life.
We close tonight with the folks at Funny or Die delivering what can only be described as the most disturbing possible version of Rugrats that science can create. It’s live action, it stars Alia Shawkat, Mae Whitman and Michael Angarano, and it’s effing terrifying.