What is Movie News After Dark? It’s sorry that it didn’t send flowers. How was it supposed to know that it was your birthday? It’s only a nightly movie news column..

We being this evening with an image of Joss Whedon directing the shit out of The Avengers alongside Cobie Smulders and Samuel L. Jackson. It’s part of a group of images that hit the web this week. In moving images news, reports are now saying that a trailer for The Avengers will drop on Tuesday, October 11. They just had to beat the new iPhone to the punch, didn’t they?!

Mere weeks after it hits theaters, you will be able to watch Brett Ratner’s Tower Heist in the comfort of your own home for $60 via Video-on-Demand. Because you need Ben Stiller and Eddie Murphy stickin’ it to the rich white man that much. It’s such a plot that Cinemark is boycotting Universal’s movie, as they don’t agree with the timetable. Screw the timetable.. who are these people who will pay $60 to watch this movie?

Here’s a somewhat frightening but potentially brilliant thought: Joel Schumacher not only had another Batman film in the works, but he wanted Nicolas Cage as The Scarecrow. On Batman and Robin, the director admits that he may have made some bad choices. However, he tells The Playlist: “I did my job. It was more family friendly and it sold a lot of toys, and it supported the Warner Bros. stores. But I did disappoint a lot of fans.” Lets all raise a glass to hindsight!

The Pixar Blog has put up a brief, but heartfelt tribute to Steve Jobs and his contribution to the Pixar legacy. It was a major one, as was his contribution in so many areas of the world in which we live.

As promised, I’m still working through some of my favorite Fake Criterions this week. In tonight’s edition, we see the international cover for Harold and Kumar Go to White Castle. Love it.

Over at Pajiba, the ever-brilliant Joanna Robinson writes of 7 hidden talents that were waiting for the right role to shine, including two personal favorites of mine — Donal Logue and Bryan Cranston. The former is the sadder story, as Terriers was one bitchin’ show. In other news, Logue’s Terriers cohort Michael Raymond-James has joined One Shot as Werner Herzog’s villainous henchman. Awesome.

In honor of his passing, the folks at the AV Club have dug up this great piece on actor and all-around badass Charles Napier, celebrating some of his most memorable performances as a Hollywood tough guy.

So many very nice things have already been said about Jonathan Levine’s 50/50. If all the positive vibes I’ve been feeling from this movie are legit, it could be one of the better films of 2011. I’m told that even our own Rob Hunter loved it. Which makes it appropriate that folks like Cinema Blend’s Josh Tyler are pleading for you to see 50/50. Rightfully so, I say.

In an act of pure brilliance and a grasp at my very own heart strings, Movies.com’s Gaby Dunn has written a wonderful open letter to Hollywood regarding proper use of Peter Dinklage. Boom.

Badass David Morse has joined World War Z. In other words, they’re still making this World War Z movie, and that makes me happy.

We close tonight with the evolution of Zack Morris’ brick phone. Mostly because it’s important to remember.


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