What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that sometimes diverges off the path of cinema and into other forms of entertainment, such as Broadway musicals, art, politics, television or even Werner Herzog doing a reading of a filthy children’s book. Yes, that’s happening. Stay tuned.

Who should step in and direct The Expendables 2 if Sly Stallone isn’t up for the job? How about Con Air director Simon West? Ruminate on that a bit, dear friends.

If you enjoy reading intelligent people writing insightful things about the film business, there are plenty of sites on the web that offer it. I can’t speak for our own little corner of the web, but I know that we try really hard. That said, if you are that kind of person, you should take a moment and read Chuck Klosterman’s essay Are Spoilers Flipping the Script? It’s very good.

Josh Hutcherson and Dane Cook were both in a movie. The same movie, as it stands. It’s called Detention, a film by Joseph Kahn, and it received lukewarm reviews when it played SXSW earlier this year. That seems good enough for Sony Pictures, as they’ve picked it up for distribution.

With the release of Green Lantern this week, the discussion about comic book movies kicks back into high gear after we’ve taken a week off to oogle J.J. Abrams’ mystery box. Garth at Dark Horizons lends some perspective to the whole thing, providing this graph of the most acclaimed comic book adaptations of all-time. It’s really disappointing to see Steel so low on the list. That movie was… okay, it was awful.

One of my favorite cinematic art collectors, Roger Tinch of Reelizer, has found a great piece of fan art for Cowboys and Aliens by Janée Meadows. I want this on my wall:

“We’re doing 3D versions of all six films, one a year, starting in February of next year. We start with [episode] one and go all the way through six, totally chronological. One a year, if they work. If they don’t, then there will be just one [episode converted to 3D].” A quote from producer Rick McCallum, talking about the upcoming Star Wars 3D rereleases. This puts the power in your hands, Star Wars fans. Don’t want the sacred trilogy (and those other three movies) to be converted to 3D in an obvious cash grab? Don’t go see the first one. I don’t see how this will be difficult, as that movie wasn’t very good to begin with.

Last night I became enamored with Samuel L. Jackson’s audiobook version of Adam Mansbach’s filthy kids’ story, Go the F**k to Sleep. But nothing could have prepared me to sit through a reading by Werner Herzog. You must watch this video, as found by MovieLine.

We close tonight with a very charming blooper reel from The IT Crowd, a favorite around these parts. In related movie news, Richard Ayoade’s Submarine continues to roll out in its limited release. Go see it. But first, watch this.

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