What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly entertainment news column that doesn’t usually participate in such overt misogyny. However, in a week that has inundated us with more Michael Bayhem than the world was built to handle, it would like to take out its man card, flop it down on the table like a wet fish and display it to the world. Yes, this is about to get sexual. And no, it will not last long. That’s just how any good late-nite movie news linkdump rolls.
It’s a slow news night. Allow me to illustrate right off the bat: Tonight’s lead story is about Brooklyn Decker, model-turned-actress and all-around attractive human being who has been cast in What to Expect When You’re Expecting alongside Cameron Diaz and Jennifer Lopez. Chris Rock will also star. The only thing about this story that I find interesting is the image above, which has less to do with a movie based on a pregnancy self-help book and more to do with reasons why anyone would want to make Brooklyn Decker pregnant in the first place. I think we all still win.
Reeling it back a bit, here’s a brilliant little piece by Movies.com’s Monica Bartyzel on how Bridesmaids became Judd Apatow’s most successful film to date. There’s some serious girl power going on, I do believe.
Ben Foster has joined Prometheus, the upcoming Ridley Scott joint. The guys at JoBlo have also unveiled a new plot synopsis, but I wouldn’t recommend you read it. Why? Because you should just let these things come to you, don’t force yourself to absorb every ounce of information about a movie before it’s even done shooting. Lets let Sir Ridley and writer Damon Lindelof do their thing, then we’ll have plenty of time to talk about it. Also, Ben Foster is a good get.
I’m aware that we’re all tired of talking about Transformers: Dark of the Moon. Or all of you are, at least. But I did find some humor in Topless Robot’s Transformers 3 FAQ. No one does hardcore nerdery like that site, if you ask me.
If this latest report is to be believed, Paramount’s big budget adaptation of Max Brooks’ World War Z has lost both Matthew Fox and Ed Harris. Lost boy Fox is said to be giving it up to star in Tyler Perry’s I, Alex Cross while Ed Harris’ absence is still sort of a mystery, reports Vulture. Both smaller roles will be recast, as you might imagine.
Behold, a new international poster for Captain America: The First Avenger. You’ll notice that it’s still being called Captain America, despite the fact that it’s the international poster. I guess we got over the whole “don’t be too patriotic” thing.
Guess what. Ben Stiller and Vince Vaughn will be working together. Gasp. Vaughn is in negotiations to star alongside Stiller in Neighborhood Watch as suburban dads who use the guise of a neighborhood watch group for some male bonding time away from their families. The best part of this situation is that it will be directed by Lonely Island kid Akiva Schaffer, and he ain’t half bad.
Instead of making an adaptation of Y: The Last Man — which is probably for the best, considering I Am Number Four — D.J. Caruso is now interested in adapting Lawrence Block’s A Walk Among the Tombstones, the story of an drunk ex-cop who does detective work for any friends who still talk to him. The originality oozes from this project.
Perhaps inspired by our own walk through The Twilight Zone (but probably not), a biopic of Zone creator Rod Serling is in the works. One of the great visionaries in television history, Serling also fought in World War II and co-wrote 1968’s Planet of the Apes. In related news, Movieline has an interesting list of the 5 best choices to play Serling. Patrick Fischler, this is your chance, man.
Even though Whip It wasn’t a grand success, Drew Barrymore isn’t giving up directing just yet. Well, maybe not. She has signed on to produce a caper film called The Heist Society, about a young girl who must balance the wild and crazy world of high school with the wild and crazy world of her family’s criminal activity. She is considering taking the director’s chair, and has brought Whip It scribe Shauna Cross along for the ride.
Here’s something I didn’t know until tonight: Francis Ford Coppola has been to Comic-Con. And not to collect limited edition buttons, either. He actually showed scenes from Bram Stoker’s Dracula 20 years ago to what I can only assume was about 35 people, many of whom had lost their way coming back from the bathroom. This year, he’s coming back to show footage from his new movie, Twixt, to the crowds of Hall H. If that doesn’t make up for Marvel not bringing The Avengers, I don’t know what would (read: nothing).
We close tonight with a supercut from Harry Hanrahan, who is becoming well known on the internet for combining things with other things. This time he’s combined one minute and thirty-eight seconds of the greatest exploding bridges in the history of cinema. Kaboom!