What is Movie News After Dark? It hasn’t been around for an entire week, so to be honest it’s not really sure. It knows that its primary function is to collect movie news links, but then what? Is there some sort of witty commentary that must be placed before and after said links, or can it just dump the links below? In the haze following its ruckus celebration of America and the death of colonialism, it seems to have forgotten how to do this. Maybe its like riding a bike… with no hands… while holding sprinklers and drinking from a beer helmet… Lets hope so, because that’s all it knows how to do at the moment.
Perhaps one of the most overlooked and delightful animated films of the last decade, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs has earned its place atop my Netflix Instant watch queue. I watch it what feels like weekly. And rightly so, as it’s a vibrant display of Sony Pictures Animation’s ability to carve out own unique place inside the shadows of Pixar and Dreamworks. So the fact that Cloudy is getting a sequel makes me happy. Time to go watch it again.
According to sources over at SuperHeroHype, a trailer for The Dark Knight Rises will be attached to Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2 this week. The alleged tease will run at a minute and 33 seconds, will play in 3D and 2D theaters and will likely be the talk of the internet. It will also likely be leaked. I currently have Wednesday in the office pool. Alongside TDKR‘s first flirt with audiences, a first look at Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows and Happy Feet Two will be lurking. Until just now, I had forgotten that Happy Feet Two was a thing.
A week from tonight, Breaking Bad will return. Trust in the fact that I will find a way to mention this every single night this week. Sunday, July 17 at 10/9c on AMC is where you need to be glued. If you need more of a pitch, here’s the money quote from the following promo video, in which Bryan Cranston explains that it’s all about “Walt owning this new man, accepting that he is capable of doing these heinous things that come up throughout season 4 for him to survive. There’s nothing boring about Walter White’s life now.”
In one of my favorite recurring columns that doesn’t make its home on this site, Peter Hall uses his latest For Your Consideration article at Hollywood.com to explain why film fans should read ‘Robopocalypse.’ Needless to say, I bought a copy based on his recommendation.
If Marvel is going to dominate the world of heroes, DC should dominate the world of villains. That’s the thesis of this excellent article over at io9, which explains why a supervillain team-up could be DC’s best answer to The Avengers. I’m still down for that Super Max movie, which could be all sorts of fun.
This past weekend brought the fifth edition of Crazy 4 Cult, a pop culture art extravaganza held by Gallery 1988 in Melrose. Some of the art is insanely cool, leaving us all jealous of those of you who got a chance to go out and pick up some wickedness. For my money, this Mulholland Drive poster by Veronica Fish (as presented by Roger Tinch at Reelizer) is one of the best out there:
A few more bad dudes have been added to the roster of Walter Hill’s upcoming Sly Stallone cop movie, the project formerly known as Headshot. Lost badass Adewale Akinnuoye-Agbaje, Lights Out star Holt McCallany and former dude who was cool Christian Slater have all signed on to star alongside Sly and Sung Kang, who was ethnic enough to replace Tom Jane.
G.I. Joe 2: Cobra Strikes has its villain, or at least one of them. Ray Stevenson has signed on to play Firefly, a villain linked deeply to Cobra Commander, Storm Shadow and Snake Eyes. He’s got some background as a ninja master, something you wouldn’t think to associate with Ray Stevenson. Then again, you wouldn’t associate acting with Channing Tatum, and yet they’ve kept him in the series. So who knows, maybe they know something we don’t.
Two posters for Sherlock Holmes: A Game of Shadows have been released. One includes a first look at Jared Harris glaring as Moriarty. The other includes Dragon Tattoo gal Noomi Rapace stalking an ever-mustachioed Watson. She looks far more menacing.
Harry Lennix, best known for being that one guy in The Matrix Reloaded and that other guy in Ray, will soon be known as a guy who also starred in Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel. In fairness, he was also quite good in Dollhouse.
This week in potentially bad ideas, Jonah Hill is working on becoming an action star. In addition to bringing back 21 Jump Street, Hill is also going to star alongside “cop guy” Mark Wahlberg in The Good Time Gang, a buddy cop comedy that is “a new spin on Lethal Weapon.” Did anyone else just pass out with excitement? I know I did.
And finally, everything we’ve covered up to this point brings us to this moment. It’s the reason why you clicked the title, admit it. Because anyone who has seen one episode of Parks and Recreation knows that Ron Swanson is a special creature. And this 6-minute video, found via The AV Club, is the ultimate example of why Ron Swanson is a man’s man. When Swanson takes on food, Swanson always wins: