What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that isn’t holding out hope that it will be chosen to host the 84th Academy Awards. It has never had a good working relationship with Brian Grazer.

Earlier today the entire film world was talking about Brett Ratner’s departure as producer of the Oscars because of a whole bunch of controversy over some comments he made that offended fans of rehearsals. Everyone wanted him out, and they got it. The also got the bonus of Eddie Murphy jumping ship as host, two-for-one discount style. And now they’re getting something else, which might be seen as a bonus. The Academy confirmed this evening via a press release that Brian Grazer will produce the 84th Academy Awards telecast. The odds on Tom Hanks hosting just went through the roof.

Speaking of Oscar hosting. I will say one thing about Movies.com’s Scott Weinberg: he is persistent. And very good with the ladies. Okay, that’s two things, but I owed him that second one. Back on task we go, as Weinberg began tweeting up a storm in support of The Muppets hosting The Oscars just after the door hit Eddie Murphy in the hind quarters. He has now gone so far as to find the Top Ten Reasons The Muppets Should Host the Oscars! The one he missed: The Muppets have worked with Orson Welles. Eddie Murphy never did that!

The following will be known as my Eric D. Snider section. Fans of Snider should also note that I’ve learned the correct spelling of his last name since the last time I linked to his work. My progression deserves the round of applause you are undoubtedly giving it at this very moment. Anyway, Snider wonders through keystrokes if Shame could be the first NC-17 Best Picture nominee. I will say this: I’d have sex with Michael Fassbender. In a slightly less silly manner, Snider also takes on the logical problems with a horse that goes to war, pointing out the most important issue, in that “Very few horses would be able to pass the written exam.” I always assumed that horses were dumb. Now I know.

This generation is obsessed with set pictures, as evidence by the inundation of images we’ve seen from the various locations of The Dark Knight Rises. We’re so obsessed, mind you, that some folks have even gone back in time to pull some never-before-seen photos from around the set of Return of the Jedi.

Over at Moviefone, Mike Ryan talks to Alexander Skarsgard about True Blood, having sex on True Blood, what it’s like to be famous because of True Blood and just a bit about that Lars von Trier movie he was in. Actually, it might be the other way around.

If you have a few moments, this interview with Tarsem Singh by Movieline’s Jen Yamato is fantastic. Everything from his “media training” to him being the “Honey Badger of directors” to that stylish Snow White film he’s making are discussed. He even takes his shoes off.

For those who are fans of zombie lit — such as anything delivered by the brilliant Max Brooks — it might be worth checking out “Zone One,” by Colson Whitehead. A review by Ellen Wernecke over at AV Club has me interested in checking it out. Because you know, it’ll probably be a movie soon enough and I sometimes enjoy being the “it wasn’t as good as the book” guy.

Wired has a fun gallery of movie posters that may never turn into actual movies, including titles like Abraham Lincoln vs. Zombies (seen below), Attack of the 50 ft Cheerleader 3D, Battleships and Hellbeast, starring Corbin Bernsen. Basically someone stole the buy sheet from the Asylum Films rep at this year’s American Film Market. If those guys have anything to say about it, all of these posters will eventually grow up to be direct-to-DVD movies.

Abraham Lincoln v. Zombies

We close this evening with Donald Glover interviewing Childish Gambino, as played by Donald Glover. That’s his rapping alter-ego. What, is this not movie related enough for you? Go rent Mystery Team. I know you haven’t and you know you should.


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