What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that will soon be shot almost exclusively in IMAX. What this means for you is that you’ll need to get a bigger monitor, as this column will only appear to those whose monitors are at least 70 feet tall. We feel that’s the only way to read it. We promise to make it worth your while.
According to a handy press release from Warner Bros., we can now confirm that production has begun on Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. For those who have not heard of this project, it’s the third in Nolan’s somewhat popular series of Batman movies. But wait, there’s more: “Christopher Nolan is utilizing IMAX® cameras even more extensively than he did on The Dark Knight, which had marked the first time ever that a major feature film was partially shot with IMAX® cameras.” Oh yes!
Here’s another remake that could go either way. MGM and Screen Gems are moving forward on a new version of Stephen King’s Carrie, the timeless story of a teen girl whose menstrual cycle brings telekinetic powers, which she uses to exact her revenge on her less than savory classmates. A writer is on and they are re-adapting the original book, not remaking Brian De Palma’s 1976 film. That’s how they get away with it these days.
“There’s a whole generation that’s never seen Titanic as it was meant to be seen, on the big screen. And this will be Titanic as you’ve never seen it before, digitally re-mastered at 4K and painstakingly converted to 3D. With the emotional power intact and the images more powerful than ever, this will be an epic experience for fans and newcomers alike.” James Cameron on the upcoming re-release of Titanic in theaters, which will include a completely converted 3D version of the film. A release date of April 6, 2012 has been set, just six days before the 100th anniversary of the Titanic setting off on its doomed maiden voyage. It will likely gross another truck load of cash.
Another image of Jennifer Lawrence as Katniss Everdeen in The Hunger Games was scanned in by the folks at The Film Stage. As I’ve mentioned, I’m not familiar with the books, but she looks like she’s about to have a televised death match with other young people.
Are you a wicked hawt lady type? If so, thanks for reading. Also, you may be the next star of the American Pie series. A nationwide casting call has gone out via AmericanReunionCasting.com for the role of Kara, an 18-20 year old female who is (a) gorgeous and (b) willing to show it all on the big screen. I’d bet the pay isn’t bad, either. It beats working at Victoria’s Secret, am I right, ladies?
Steven Soderbergh is making that movie about male strippers, Magic Mike. Remember that? Anyway, he’s not just on the prowl for guys like Channing Tatum to show their g-strings, he’s looking for a hot older lady to seduce the titular character. Word on the street is that he’s been taking meetings with Demi Moore to play his cougar.
Curtis “50 Cent” Jackson has joined the production of Odd Thomas. He will star alongside Anton Yelchin, Willam Dafoe and Patton Oswalt in the role of a blind DJ named Shamus Cocobolo. You just can’t make this stuff up.
A second clip for Transformers: Dark of the Moon has been released via Twitter by Paramount Pictures. Yesterday it was a clip of all-human action, in which Rosie Huntington-Whitely proved that she wasn’t a mute. It was boring. We didn’t cover it. Tonight, however, we get a little peek at the “wing suit” sequence. My only hope is that the military really actively uses this technology, because it looks awesome.
“Board of Directors firmly condemns these comments and declares Lars Von Trier a persona non grata at the Festival de Cannes, with effect immediately.” That’s what the Antichrist and Melancholia director has gotten from the Board of Directors at the Cannes Film Festival for his comments about being a Nazi. It’s funny, because we’re almost positive that Lars was f–king with everyone. Based on the algebra of celebrity developed by Charlie Sheen, Von Trier is currently winning.
Monumentally sad is the news that New York City plans to shut down the Tribeca firehouse once used as the iconic home of the Ghostbusters. The Hook & Ladder Co. 8 house, which has been a working firehouse all the while, including being a first responder to the September 11th attacks, is said to be a part of some 20 fire companies being cut as the city trims its budget. There’s still a city council vote to go, but it’s sad to think what might happen to the building if the city lets it go.
Splice director Vincenzo Natali is moving forward with his adaptation of William Gibson’s Neuromancer. Word out of Cannes is that financing has been secured and the project will begin shooting in 2012.
And now, more audio/visual goodness:
Empire has released a series of new posters for Horrible Bosses, a new comedy from King of Kong director Seth Gordon. My favorite of the four, all of which can be found here, is the Jennifer Aniston/Charlie Day centric one-sheet below.
First Showing has debuted the Japanese poster for J.J. Abrams’ Super 8. While we’d usually ignore something small like this, the poster is gorgeous. See for yourself:
In the world of cinema, there have been great men, great women, great fights, great chases and great dictators, among other things. But there have also been great sandwiches. The latter of which is the subject of tonight’s closing video. Straight to the point, Greatest Movie Sandwiches is an Oscar-esque montage of cinema’s great odes to the Earl of Sandwich. Try watching it and not getting hungry: