What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news compendium that, with the release of Transformers: Dark of the Moon, will now move on to being completely obsessed with The Dark Knight Rises. It will still carry plenty of Doctor Who news, check in regularly with Michael Bay, fill space with Monty Python clips and deliver the best editorial finds around. But for the most part, it’s all TDKR from here, so strap in.
With the production of The Dark Knight Rises well under way and the release of a first photo of Tom Hardy’s Bane already on the web, the next logical step is to have fans obsess over what Anne Hathaway’s Catwoman will look like. Will she be a bondage babe like Michelle Pfiefer, or turbo-swimsuit edition Halle Berry Catwoman? Neither looks like the answer. According to a tipster for Hollywood Life, the costume will look more like the original comic version made famous by the comics of artist Darwyn Cooke and Ed Brubaker. This goggled, 21st century Catwoman could fit the more practical world in which Christopher Nolan conducts his Batman stories. Anne Hathaway will also still look pretty hot, I imagine.
Fresh off several trips back to the well with Transformers, John Turturro is now convinced that anything is possible. Even a Big Lebowski spin-off for his character, Jesus Quintana. He tells The AV Club that his motivations include the fact that people are obsessed with that character, and it would be nice to do it so that people would stop asking him about it. He even has an outline that he hopes will win the approval of the Coen Brothers. The one thing missing is that he’s failed to remember the most important thing: you never fuck with de Jesus.
The folks at Badass Digest have unleashed upon the world the official Fantastic Fest 2011 poster. The festival, which takes place at the end of September in Austin, will once again feature all the rape-filled, mutant-loving, ass-kicking, mind-melting weirdness that can possibly be packed into one festival. As per usual, we can’t wait.
The Weinstein Company is showing supreme confidence in the Madonna directed film W.E., throwing it into a December release date. The story focuses on two characters made familiar by The King’s Speech, Britain’s King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson, the woman whose companionship he wanted more than the throne. The release move puts Madonna’s movie right in the middle of the road to Oscar, right where Weinstein wants her. He’s the only one.
If last night was dedicated to defending Michael Bay, tonight is about lobbing poo in his general direction. Taken to almost literal effect, Pajiba’s Dustin Rowles breaks down Transformers 3 from a psychological development angle. Bay is a big child, he says. Well, that’s actually a pretty fair assessment. The Playlist has also published their own Films of Michael Bay: A Retrospective. Kudos to them for recognizing the quality in Bad Boys. That’s when shit first got real.
Speaking of Michael Bay, new revelations about his future hit the web today. From this MTV interview we can glean the following: (a) his next film will be a $20 million dollar, Pulp Fiction-esque dark comedy thriller about extortion and abductions; (b) he will probably never work with Taylor Lautner; and (c) Bad Boys 3 is still on the table, schedule permitting. All of that sounds great.
A group of new character posters for Fright Night have been released, including this one featuring for Doctor Who David Tennant, complete with eye-liner and a shotgun. I’m not looking forward to the film so much as I anxiously await the performance of David Tennant.
Over at Hollywood.com, Peter Hall writes brilliantly about missing Steven Spielberg. Not like J.J. Abrams did when he directed Super 8, but not far off. He wants, as I think we all secretly want, to see the return of the man who jumped over the moon with Jaws, Jurassic Park and Indiana Jones. The return of The Great Steven Spielberg. Not the guy who is making Saving Private Seabiscuit.
Diablo Cody continues to work her way up the ranks of Hollywood, for better or worse. She very quickly went from stripper to Oscar-winning screenwriter to television mogul. Now she will move on to directing with Lamb of God, the story of a young conservative woman who loses her faith after a plane crash and decides to go to Vegas to live life as a sinner. Guess what she probably finds in Vegas. No, not herpes. Okay, maybe herpes. (Spoiler: it’s her faith).
Over at Screen Junkies, all around nerd lady Jenna Busch writes In Defense of the New Geek. What was brought on by a video game related discussion can also be applied to the ranks of film fandom: shouldn’t the goal be inclusion, not ridicule and exclusion. Here at Film School Rejects, we work with a strict agenda of inclusion.
Danger! Explosions! Slow motion spinning camera! Violence! Mayhem! Sean Connery’s beard! Sexy people walking slowly! Helicopters! Giant fucking robots! It’s Bayhem! The guys over at JoBlo are men after my own heart with this video entitled The Awesome: A Video Tribute to Michael Bay. I just couldn’t resist: