Movie News After Dark: Djimon Hounsou Brings Death, Zod in CG, Robot Boxing and Movie Line Rhymes

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column, sure. But at its core, it is a hunter. A hunter of the most interesting film-related tidbits of the day. Can you feel the heat?

It’s not enough for director Alex Proyas will make Paradise Lost, the story of the break between Heaven and Hell. But he’s also bringing Djimon Hounsou as the Angel of Death. If there is one actor that I look at on a consistent basis and think, “that man would bring death to me,” it’s Hounsou. It sure beats Bradley Cooper as Lucifer, so we’ll see how it shakes out.

Did you see Terrence Malick’s Tree of Life and leave confused as to why Sean Penn was in that movie? If you did, don’t worry so much, because Sean Penn doesn’t seem to know either. As he explains, his storyline should have been more defined — that’s where all the emotion was in the script.

According to people who sit in lawn chairs outside film sets, Michael Shannon has been spotted in a motion-capture suit on the set of Man of Steel. This means that Warner Bros., the studio that gave Green Lantern a full CGI wardrobe, could be doing the same for General Zod. Okay, I’m interested in seeing how that comes out.

Speaking of film sets and things I don’t understand — apparently this is news. The Dark Knight Rises is done shooting in Pittsburgh. The only people who are sad about this are the guys who run a Suburu WRX fan blog who were getting mad traffic by posting videos they took on set. Beyond that, does anyone really care? Must this news appear on every film site? I won’t stand for it! … next time.

In the following featurette, Hugh Jackman shows you why robot boxing will be awesome in Real Steel:

Now that he’s about wrapped on The Avengers — my, that went fast — Robert Downey Jr. is ready for Iron Man 3 and a tour of duty with director Shane Black. Based on Black’s involvement, this is easily the most interesting post-Avengers project from Marvel, as it may represent a bit of a tonal shift. Hopefully toward darkness.

On that same track, Disney held its D23 expo this past weekend, with previews from the likes of The Muppets, The Avengers and Pixar’s upcoming slate. The most interesting — at least to me — is Pixar’s Brave, the lady-led hero flick. Over at /Film, Germain Lussier counts 11 things we’ve learned about Pixar’s Brave, about 9 of which have me very excited.

At, Peter Hall writes exceptionally about why Fright Night is a refreshing vampire movie worth your time. It seems later in the game now that Fright Night has already stumbled on opening weekend, but he makes a strong argument. This sentiment seems to echo that of Rob Hunter, who reviewed the film for us last week.

Bill Cody at Rope of Silicon makes an interesting case of his list of 10 lessons Hollywood can learn from this summer’s movies. Chief among them is the fact that Comic-Con is a giant waste of marketing money. This point is proven more emphatic by the success — at least in the press — of Disney’s D23 expo. They didn’t need no stinkin’ Comic-Con, after all.

With its win at this weekend’s Hugo Awards at the 69th World Science Fiction Convention in Reno, NV., Doctor Who has now eclipsed Star Trek as the winningest TV show of all-time. That, as you can imagine, is no small accomplishment.

And finally, this video — a supercut called ‘Movie Line Rhymes’ by Jordan Laws — made me giggle. Yes, I still giggle. I live a joyous life. It should do the same 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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