Movie News After Dark: Everything Cusack, RIP Peter Falk, Gay Marriage, Ghost Protocols and The Rocketeer

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly round-up of movie news and informational links that will marry whomever it damn well pleases, male, female, alien or otherwise. Except /Film’s Page 2, that bitch never called it back. She thinks she’s so cool because she’s on a “legitimate” film site that “people actually read.” Bitches be trippin’.

Our most photogenic story tonight, a first official look at John Cusack in The Raven (working title) as the tormented Edgar Allen Poe. Lets face it, if that hair (facial and cranial) is real, we should be impressed. Also impressive is the expansive amount of Cusack-related news included in tonight’s edition of Movie News After Dark, so stick around.

Recently departed from the Special Victims Unit, actor Christopher Meloni appears to be heading to the big screen next. Heat Vision has a report saying that he’s joined Zack Snyder’s Man of Steel in an undisclosed role. Have we not cast Jimmy Olson yet? I’m thinking that he’s… not right at all.

Legendary actor of screens of all sizes, Peter Falk died Thursday in his Beverly Hills home. He was 83. There’s much to be said about the man best known as Columbo, but I will always remember him for his narration of The Princess Bride. He was like a grandfather to a generation of kids, all of whom rooted for stable boy Wesley in his quest to win the hand of Princess Buttercup. Scott Tobias at The AV Club has a wonderful obit.

Your mission, should you chose to accept it, is to read this report about a Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol trailer attached to Transformers 3. The logic is sound, as both films come from the house of Paramount, but no confirmation has been made as of yet. Also, I have a question: is Ving Rhames back for this one, or what?

The New York State Senate tonight voted to legalize same-sex marriage, making it the 6th and largest state to do so. Now everyone will have the same opportunities to be miserable, regardless of sexual orientation. In only somewhat related, completely fictional news that makes this applicable to this column, Joan Cusack’s character from In & Out is said to still be very angry about how things turned out between her and Kevin Kline. See, I told you there’d be more Cusack news tonight!

While most critics, pundits and otherwise noisy film people would tell you that there is no litmus test for what makes a good or bad movie, the folks at Den of Geek make an interesting case with their list of 8 warning signs that a movie will be terrible. Somewhere out there, one of you will curse them, as The Tooth Fairy, in your eyes, “wasn’t that bad.”

We may be a bit late on this, but Super 8 is a movie by J.J. Abrams. Now that we’ve broken that news, lets catch up with this well-curated look at all the Super 8 Easter Eggs by Peter over at /Film. It’s full of great stuff that I didn’t see the first time around.

And now, a Friday tradition, some audio-visual stimuli to send you off into your weekend…

That’s it, I take back everything bad I said earlier about a new Ghostbusters film. Quick, someone let Pixar make this. No, no, tell them we were kidding about all the sequel-based criticisms we made when writing about Cars 2. They need to take this Fabrizio Fioretti concept work and turn it into a new Ghostbusters movie. Yes, I know it’s the coolest thing you’ve seen in a long time. I feel the same way.

In news related to actual Pixar movies, the studio has released via Lee Unkrich’s Twitter account our first good look at the main character of Brave, Princess Merida. She looks tough and fiery, and will be voiced by Kelly MacDonald. Looks great, if you ask me.

Rob McElhenney, co-creator and star of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, gained some 50-pounds to play Mac on the upcoming season because well, he thought it would be funny if his character got fat. Courtesy of Warming Glow, we now have a first look at Big Mac alongside Charlie Day and a very happy young lady.

We close tonight with a celebration of The Rocketeer, a film that recently celebrated its 20th anniversary and was celebrated by our own Jack Giroux in this week’s edition of Summer Movies We Love. Found via Robot 6, this anniversary fan film was created by John Banana and dedicated to Dave Stevens, whose comics were the inspiration for the now two decades old film. It’s adorable and I’d like to see Banana make it into a Saturday morning cartoon. Can we get someone on that?

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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