What is Movie News After Dark? Usually it’s a pretty straightforward look at what’s happening in the world of film. But sometimes, mostly on Friday nights when we’ve run out of actual news, it becomes an eclectic mix of notes and links that will tickle your cinema-loving fancy. It’s full of things you might want to read after heading out to see this week’s new releases. So read it, before you fall asleep and dream of what’s in Super 8‘s mystery box…

Roger Ebert has extended the reach of his ever-growing empire. He will now be on your iPad, should you choose to download him. Ebert’s Greatest Movies app has hit iOS devices, recommending to you all the greatest that cinema has to offer. Think of it as a Cliff’s Notes version of his books, and a great cheat-sheet for filling up your Netflix queue.

Great news: Marvel Studios is casting extras for The Avengers in Cleveland, Ohio. Now just about anyone in my extended family can be in the movie. Except for me and Lebron James, we both took our talents elsewhere. I’m told that Cleveland is still upset with one of us.

“That’s just one of those stories that floated around. I was on their list, I received the script months ago. It didn’t seem like my kind of thing,” said director Mark Romanek on his involvement in the still-developing Wolverine sequel. When asked about the script by Christopher McQuarrie, he said that the “script was a terrific version of that kind of thing, but not something I felt really passionate about.”

Anthony Mackie has been recruited to join The Gangster Squad. He will play an ex-cop, the first black lieutenant in the LAPD, who works as a part of the gangster squad alongside Sean Penn, Josh Brolin, Ryan Gosling and Michael Pena. That’s a swell cast, indeed.

The Wire creator David Simon (badass) has issued a response to U.S. Attorney General Eric Holder, who last week demanded that he and co-creator Ed Burns make another season. Simon said they’d do it, but first the Department of Justice must “reconsider and address its continuing prosecution of our misguided, destructive and dehumanising drug prohibition.” Well played, Mr. Simon. No also, can we get some more of The Wire? I don’t have any power in this country, but I’d like more of The Wire.

Here is 30-seconds of adorable footage from Pixar’s upcoming short, La Luna, from director Enrico Casarosa:

The folks at Ript Apparel have a new Doctor Who themed t-shirt (found via /Film) that I desperately want to own and put on my body. It features the lovely Tardis and this season’s new villain, The Silence. They’ve been here all along.

If you don’t watch Parks and Recreation, then you’re like me. I’ve only been as deep into the world of Leslie Knope as the eighth episode of season one. That said, I will get to the rest of it eventually. Also, I’ve seen enough to know that The Many Faces of Ron Swanson is absolutely hilarious:

Heading out to see Super 8 tonight? Good, because we need you to come back here and check out our “Open Forum Topic” below. We want to know what you thought. Before you go (or after, whatever) you should check out Movies.com’s Five Movies that Inspired Super 8. One of the ones that rings most true to me is The Goonies.

Speaking of The Goonies, Cyndi Lauper has a new film project. She has joined a musician journey flick called The Last Beat, which will film later this year in Paris.

Speaking of Cyndi Lauper and The Goonies, I’m going to leave this right here (see how I brought this all back full circle?):

Open Forum Topic of the Week

What did you think of Super 8, dear readers? Let us know down there in the comment section.


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