Movie News After Dark: Burt Reynolds, Fraggles, Primer, Pitch Meetings and Bollywood Superheroes

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a thing that happens every night, bub. And it will deliver unto you the best of the entertainment-related things that happened today. Also, there will be mustaches.

We begin tonight’s late late edition of News After Dark with an epic mustache. No, not this column’s author’s epic mustache. It’s an image of what Burt Reynolds looks like in his cameo on Archer, one of the better shows about animated spies to hit cable television since… okay, I ran that into the ground. It’s really good. Burt Reynolds makes it even better.

Brett Ratner, the auteur behind such theatrical explosions as Rush Hour, Rush Hour 2 and the unavoidable Tower Heist, has come clean with his love of Broadway. Apparently an adaptation of Wicked is Ratner’s dream project. There’s irony here — it has something to do with nightmares for everyone else. You get the idea.

The notion of a Fraggle Rock movie is not dead. New Regency has picked up the rights, making this the next wave for the company that brought us Alvin and the Chipmunks. For the record, New Regency: CGI Fraggles will not be okay.

Over at ForkParty, they’ve got a slick gallery of minimalist movie posters. I know, I know, minimalist is so last year. However, I can’t help but be transfixed on this minimal design for Primer. It’s not just that it’s a great movie, it’s that this poster totally gets it:

The Linda Lovelace biopic, appropriately titled Lovelace, has gone through a number of odd casting changes. The titular character was once to be played by Lindsay Lohan, then Malin Ackerman and quite possibly Kate Hudson. Now Lovelace may star Amanda Seyfried and Peter Sarsgaard as porn star and husband/pimp. Who knows if this movie will ever actually go into production.

For all his hard work in the world of animation and making Disney bajillions of dollars, Pixar co-conspirator John Lasseter has received a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame. It’s a well-deserved honor, as Lasseter’s efforts have helped usher in an era of computer generated animation that relies just as much on human emotion as it does ones and zeros, something we could have lost along the way.

My favorite article of the day is that of Eric D. Snider over at, a bit of fiction (or is it?) about a Pitch Meeting for Gary Marshall’s New Year’s Eve. Oh, Hollywood, you rascals.

Another great find is an almost year old essay by Jeff Bays about Creating a Hitchcockian Opening. He breaks down the way Hitch invited us into his films with some astute analysis and insight. Because who says we need a reason to talk about Hitchcock? And furthermore, who says we can’t use words like astute?

We close tonight with the trailer for the Bollywood superhero movie Ra.One, which io9 has recently said is “like Tron with dance numbers and crotch punches.” All of that makes me want to see it. This ridiculous trailer helped a bit, too:

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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