Movie News After Dark: Dredd, Downton Abbey, A Batman Musical, Al Pacino, The FX of Boardwalk Empire

Movie News: Dredd

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly column about movie news. That is all.

We begin this evening with a look at Karl Urban and Olivia Thirlby in Dredd, the revival of the Judge Dredd franchise. First impressions: Karl Urban’s helmet is huge and Olivia Thirlby needs more leather. Or something along those lines. Either way, it’s a good conversation starter.

In a new report from The Onion, watching Downton Abbey totally counts as reading a book.

Fox and friends are finally getting started on The Wolverine with James Mangold directing and Hugh Jackman, fresh from shooting Les Miserables, back in the titular role. The film will release July 23, 2013.

In an effort to outdo the competition on singing the praise of everyone’s favorite movie maestro, Empire has published 80 reasons why John Williams is The Man in celebration of the composer’s 80th birthday.

Mashable presents a list of 5 social sites for film fans. I’m a big supporter of Letterboxd, even though I didn’t make their list of “online film critics” alongside /Film and First Showing. Those bastions of online film criticism.

In a somewhat brilliant but altogether silly experiment, Hero Complex has come up with a bunch of pitches (and posters to go with them) for future Batman movies beyond Christopher Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. Assuming Warner Bros. will want to continue exploring Gotham City — which they will — there are a number of ways they could go. The following (with art by Sean Hartter) is what Rob Marshall could do for Gotham!, a musical extravaganza:

Rob Marshall's Gotham

Hey economics nerds, here’s a very detailed assessment of Hollywood by the numbers. Also, did you guys get my homework done? If not, what they hell am I paying you for?!

For the next round of badness in Despicable Me, Al Pacino will voice a character named El Macho. He will undoubtedly be thwarted by adorable girl scouts and their awkward adoptive father. It gives new life to the line “It’s SO fluffy!”

The Atlantic explores the growing concern for independent cinemas as film is on the outs and digital swoops in to replace it. Because nobody ever thinks of those mom and pop movie theaters across the country who can’t afford a Sony 4K digital projector.

As we get ready to pack up our own Cole Abaius and ship him in a carefully sealed crate to Berlin for the 2012 film festival, THR’s Scott Roxborough explains Why The Berlin Film Festival Still Matters for Hollywood. We’re going for the schnitzel, but Hollywood seems to have a few good reasons, as well.

Over the past two weeks, I’ve been selecting, buying, overbuying, framing, buying and tracking down art for the walls of my new office here at Reject HQ. The furious quest for great contemporary film art has led me back to a July 2011 article about how film poster artists are reviving a dying craft. The Tyler Stouts and Tom Whalen’s of the world. The Tom Hodges and Eric Tans. And that Drew Struzan guy, who is still hanging around. Brilliant, all of them.

Is this one of the most inappropriate movie marketing campaigns ever? asks the question. My answer is no. Not so much inappropriate, just really on the nose.

We close tonight with a featurette about the visual effects from season two of Boardwalk Empire courtesy of the folks at Brainstorm Digital, whose incredible work includes removing half of a man’s face. Then making it look real and consistent throughout an entire season.

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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