Movie News After Dark: Contagion Infects, The Wire Inspires, Lars von Trier Wears a Kilt and Doc Brown Returns

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly thing that you read. You know it, I know it, and little Baby Jesus knows it.

We begin tonight with one of 70 new images from Contagion, Steven Soderbergh’s upcoming viral thriller. Early buzz insists that it’s not only good, but that it will make you want to wash your hands. As if you needed another reason — germs are everywhere, I tell you. Everywhere!

Paul Solet, the man who disturbed audiences with the killer pregnancy film Grace, has picked his next project. FilmNation announced via press release today that Solet will direct The Faces, a terrifying story of two newlyweds who, a year after narrowly escaping a brutal kidnapping, discover an underground world in which terror is used for entertainment.

A good number of the inspirational posters on the new Tumblr Wire Inspire, which celebrate the motivational nature of David Simon’s The Wire, are quite silly. Especially the one with the drunken duck. But this one can have a space on my wall any time it wants:

If you subscribe to the theory that James Hong makes just about anything worth watching — aside from Balls of Fury, I suppose — then you’re in luck. Hong has signed on to play the living doppleganger of Ryan Reynolds in R.I.P.D. No really, that’s his role. You see, Reynolds will play a dead cop who must use Grandpa Chen to communicate with the world of the living. Jeff Bridges got Marisa Miller, Ryan Reynolds gets James Hong. See what they’re doing there?

Over at, Scott Neumyer offers up a list of five climatic disaster movies to prepare you for Hurricane Irene. According to Texas Governor and Presidential candidate Rick Perry (and his hair), this is what New York gets for letting the gays marry.

Over at the very cool site Grantland — cool because Chuck Klosterman writes on that site, damnit — Shane Ryan pinpoints wrestler Rick Flair as the real world embodiment of Mickey Rourke’s character in The Wrestler. To those who just asked: yes, Rick Flair is still alive and wrastlin’. I think that’s the point of the article.

The following is a picture of director Lars von Trier in a kilt, found via Ultra Culture. There’s no reason why I’ve chosen to include it, other than the fact that it’s Lars von Trier in a kilt. I wonder what Hitler would think.

Someone out there really loves the look of Bane as played by Tom Hardy in The Dark Knight Rises, a costume we’ve seen officially in one photo. I know this because this someone got Hardy’s Bane tattooed on their arm. Talk about jumping the venomous steroid gun…

Universal and Dark Knight writer David Goyer still seem hell-bent on remaking the H.G. Wells classic The Invisible Man. Leading those who subscribe to logic to ask: really, Universal didn’t learn anything from The Wolfman or David Goyer’s other attempts to go it alone without Christopher Nolan?

What the shit is Doc Brown doing in Argentina doing commercials in the DeLorean? None of it makes sense, no matter how you try to rationalize this one. I look forward to reporting on Back to the Future 4 rumors for the next few months. For now, we’ll just close with this:

Speaking of stupid rumors. No, I’m not talking about that Ghostbusters 3 crap. Sorry, Dan Aykroyd, I’m not selling any more of your Vodka for you.

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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