Movie News After Dark: Damned Dirty Apes, Attacking the Block, Nerdy T-Shirts and Weta Brilliance

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly collection of movie news and interesting links hell-bent on staying up with the times. Therefore, tonight it will feature a slew of Planet of the Apes-related content…

Even though everyone is doing one, I’m going to point you in the direction of the Planet of the Apes primer over at IFC, written by the very talented Matt Singer. Why? Because it’s good, it’s mostly words and I found it insightful. Sorry it’s not an infographic.

Dave Chen at /Film continues his trek through the world of Middle Earth, following a visit to WETA and some shots from around New Zealand, with a piece that shows us what it’s like to take a Lord of the Rings tour. Let me guess, it’s 12 hours long and full of Orcs.

For $0.99 on your Amazon Kindle (or Amazon app on another device), you can own what io9 calls “the best analysis of Comic-Con you’ll read this year.” That was enough for me, so I purchased Douglas Wolk’s “Comic-Con Strikes Again!” I shall report back with thoughts once I’ve read it.

The following fan-made poster, from artist James Stayte and found via Edgar Wright and Badass Digest, is all kinds of awesome. I want this for my wall. Now.

My favorite purveyor of nerd t-shirts, Glennz Tees, is having a big summer sale. They’ve got a number of favorites, including Missing (a shirt I’ve now purchased twice due to a pizza sauce incident), Too Many Donuts and the all-too-funny Stuck in the Past. Also, they’re discontinuing a few designs, including this wicked E.T. shirt.

Over at The AV Club, Sam Adams reveals what the changes at Netflix reveal about an insidious trend, shining a light on our culture of convenience and how we’re all going to die sad, alone and sitting in a chair like that Idiocracy guy. Or something like that, I haven’t had a chance to read the whole article yet (it’s long).

A film adaptation of the popular comic Emily the Strange is still in the works, with Melisa Wallack, the writer behind Relativity’s upcoming Snow White film (I’m not sure which one that is — perhaps the Kristen Stewart one — I’ve lost track). Chloe Moretz is still attached to star and with the internet’s continued love for cats, I’m sure this is bound to be a hit.

This excellent piece of Doctor Who/Ducktales mashup art, which I found via Hey, It’s April (NSFW), is one of the most adorable things I’ve seen all week. And I’ve had a rather adorable week.

Over at Badass Digest, Sam Strange remembers Reindeer Games hilariously. Do you remember Reindeer Games? Ben Affleck sure hopes you don’t.

This week in ‘photo slideshow articles I hate linking to, but sometimes do because they are well done,’ presents the good and bad of ‘body switcheroo’ movies in honor of The Change-Up, a film that comes out this week. Early buzz says that it’s wicked funny. According to my Twitter feed, it was the best thing ever for a day and a half, or at least until the screening of Rise of the Planet of the Apes let out.

T-Bone Burnett and Danny Elfman, two rather talented individuals, will team up to score The Hunter Games.

Speaking of monkeys, Rise of the Planet of the Apes is a big hit with PETA. I guess they didn’t get to the part where the apes basically take over the world and enslave humanity. If it comes down to ‘us’ or ‘them,’ it appears as if PETA would choose ‘them.’ Luckily, if an ape uprising were to occur, they’d be the first to go.

We close tonight with a look at Rise of the Planet of the Apes, a film that, in case you’ve not yet heard, comes out this week. Our review is in the works — we’ve got Rob Hunter all over it — but for now, lets all simply marvel at the work WETA did with the motion-capture. If anything, it should be impressive:

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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