What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that brings together all the most interesting stories and articles from around the web. It’s also fully immersed in Comic-Con week. Thus, another night of leading with an image of cosplay brilliance and advice from Comic-Con veterans.
In our continued effort to get you ready to attack Comic-Con this week right alongside our own hit squad, here is another guide full of useful tips. Movies.com has put together a list of 10 Things Everyone Should Do at Least Once During Comic-Con, including one of my personal favorite things, “buy something new in Artist Alley.” Just remember that Twilight isn’t the only thing happening at SDCC, support those artists.
Also Comic-Con related is an exclusive over at io9, in which the most accurate Sonic Screwdriver models ever created have been revealed. Quantum Mechanix has brought on actual Doctor Who propmaster Nick Robatto to design them and he’ll be there at his booth in San Diego showing off his wares. I don’t care if they will cost me three of my kidneys, I want ‘em.
Finally, Shia LaBeouf and Robert Redford will share the screen. What? You mean you weren’t waiting on the edge of your seat for this moment. Neither was I. I was simply pretending because I thought you would be excited and I didn’t want to offend. Anyway, the project is called The Company You Keep and it will be a fast-talking political thriller.
Artist Dave Williams, whose Marvel movies summer poster series has been delighting us throughout the summer movie season, has released the third and final entry with his Captain America print. It can be seen below or over at dave will design, his personal site. Sadly for those of us who really dig this one, it’s already sold out. But stay tuned, as Mr. Williams is one artist to watch.
A new Marvel Comics movie is in the works! But it’s not from Marvel Studios, but rather the house that brought us Alvin and the Chipmunks. But it’s a wicked cool property, Strikeforce Morituri. It’s complete with some big ideas and a gift-wrapped Hollywood arc. As soon as they change that name, the mainstream will be in love with it.
Just in time for the Star Wars nerds to be gearing up for Comic-Con (they show every year, like clockwork), LucasFilm will release an iPad app showing off the features of the upcoming Star Wars Trilogy Blu-ray set. By all approximations, this will not include the original trilogy in its theatrical form. But there will be other neat things, I’m sure.
In today’s most shocking revelation that lacks any unexpected information, it’s now being reported that upwards of 47-52% of Transformers: Dark of the Moon was post-converted 3D. In other news, who cares? What matters is how it looks, and Transformers 3 looked good. The problem with post-conversion isn’t the nature of the process, it’s the way it has been used in the past (see Alice in Wonderland or Clash of the Titans).
On this day in 1961, Trans World Airlines showed the first in-flight movie. That’s 50 years of flying and watching movies at the same time. The first film shown was By Love Possessed starring Lana Turner.
Over at Lounge Geeks, the inimitable Kayla Kromer has unveiled her latest edition of “Geek Techniques,” showing you how to create a sweet “Bear/Wolf/Gorilla Motherf@#*&r’ hat in honor of Attack the Block. She even got the approval of director Joe Cornish and star John Boyega at an Alamo Drafthouse screening last night. Believe.
You don’t get into 500 Million Circles Without Assuming People Give a Crap. That’s the tag that would be on the poster for The Google+ Network, a parody of The Social Network shot by a bored office full of 20-somethings with a flip cam. It gets in a few good one-liners though, so it earns its spot as tonight’s closing video. Also, I’m told that putting Google+ in the title of this article will help our SEO. As soon as I figure out what ‘SEO’ stands for, I’ll report back.
Tonight’s lead image courtesy of Rachel Lea Fox on Flickr