Movie News After Dark: Benicio Del Star Trek Villain, Rise of the Oscar Campaign, John McClane Jr. and Gaming, Michael Bay Style

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that has just discovered its lack of Photoshop talent. Don’t worry, you’ll see it. It’s not hard to spot. Otherwise, it’s all news, baby…

Benicio Del Toro could be the next Star Trek villain, if J.J. Abrams gets his way. And we all know that J.J. Abrams gets his way. Of course, the character he’s in line to play is still being kept under wraps. Will he be a Klingon? Khan? Some nobody like Eric Bana’s Nero? I do know this: he will be creepy, even if he plays himself.

Relativity Media has finally given a title to the Snow White film starring Julia Roberts, Sean Bean and Lily Collins. It will be called Mirror, Mirror. And that’s pretty much all there is to say about it.

It’s awards season, which means that lists will be narrows, hardware will be exchanged and egos will be bruised. The Academy’s animation department has cut the contenders for Best Animated Feature down to 18, including Cars 2, Hoodwinked Too! Hood vs. Evil, Mars Needs Moms, Alvin and the Chipmunks: Chipwrecked and 14 other titles, all of which have a better chance of winning than those I’ve listed.

Speaking of Oscar talk, Fox is promoting the performance of Andy Serkis in Rise of the Planet of the Apes for Best Supporting Actor. Now there’s a campaign I can get behind. Mostly because Serkis is incredible. But also because I want him to fulfill Banksy’s prophecy from last year and accept his award in a monkey costume.

“Composer Hans Zimmer invites you to take part in the Dark Knight legend,” Say no more. You had me at Hans Zimmer. That’s part of a promo at UJAM in which you can be a part of The Dark Knight Rises score. All you need to do is record yourself chanting “Bah-Sah-Rah.” Whoa, spoiler!

In case you’ve been dying to know, here’s how to apply to Werner Herzog’s L.A. Film School. Spoiler: it involves breaking and entering.

Dimension films has acquired Penthouse North, which is not exactly what you might think. Instead of a slick, penetrating drama about the world of still photography porn, it’s a crime thriller starring Michelle Monaghan and Michael Keaton, in which Keaton probably plays a psycho. Alright, that’ll do.

According to Deadline, the search for A Good Day to Die Hard‘s John McClane Jr. is down to four men: Aaron Paul (winner), James Badge Dale (who?), DJ Cotrona (again, who?) and Liam Hemsworth, the Hemsworth who didn’t play Thor. My vote is clear.

We close tonight with a video game trailer. But not just any video game trailer. This one is for Need for Speed: The Run, and it was directed by house favorite Michael Bay. And guess what… It’s awesome.

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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