What is Movie News After Dark? On most nights, it’s average. Tonight, it is slightly above average.
We begin tonight with an image from a movie you’re not looking forward to, but only because you probably don’t know about it yet. I know about it and am very much looking forward to it. And based on the transitive property of fandom, that means you’ll want to see it, too. It’s a first image from No Way Out, a short film by Aaron Morgan that was announced as part of the Fantastic Fest 2011 Shorts Program. I was in an Aaron Morgan joint once, and I can tell you that he’s a true professional, especially when it comes to the casting couch. Though I doubt AJ Bowen had to go through the same “rigorous” “casting process.” He’s legit and I was a newcomer.
In his excellent weekly MindFood column, Peter Hall asks the big question plaguing us as Apollo 18 gets set to hit theaters: why can’t Hollywood quit the Moon? The simple answer: because the Moon is awesome. Now, if only the U.S. government shared Hollywood’s passion.
Also in an inquisitive manner today was Devin Faraci at Badass Digest, who has been overwhelming crabby lately. On this, however, we can agree. When considering whether or not nerds need dating advice, we’re on the same page: nerds is a big term, and not all of them are socially retarded. So writing a nerd dating advice column seems silly. Just talk to other nerds, with non-matching genitalia (or matching, whatever works for you). It’s not that hard, people.
Below you will see one of several very funny infographic ads for the New York International Latino Film Festival, as found via the fine folks at Mental Floss. They use common movie clichés. I got a laugh out of them.
One of the most frustrating bits of confusion about movies is when a big name produces something, the title says “Big Name Person presents…” and people instantly think they directed it. Like “Tim Burton’s” The Nightmare Before Christmas, which was actually directed by the brilliant Henry Selick. To combat this problem, Jordan Hoffman at UGO has written an article entitled What Does a Movie Producer Do? This should hopefully remind us all that Guillermo Del Toro didn’t direct Don’t Be Afraid of the Dark, Troy Nixey did. It won’t help, but it should.
Would you like to read an article about a film that is “the bastard son of Sergio Leone and John Carpenter?” Well then, read Jacob Hall’s Terror Tuesday Report about The Hitcher over at Horror’s Not Dead. You won’t be sad that you did.
Over at Screen Rant, Kofi Outlaw piggybacks on the lack of success found by Conan the Barbarian and Fright Night to ask whether or not audiences are tired of remakes and 3D movies. I can tell you one thing: I’m tired of talking about whether or not audiences are tired of remakes and 3D movies. Can’t we just go back to taking movies one by one, and judging them on their own merits? No? Ok, well, at least we tried.
Journalist of many talents Todd Gilchrist has published a great interview with Community star Donald Glover, in which the multimedia star talks about television, but mostly his hip-hop alter ego, Childish Gambino. I’ve seen this hip-hop show live and in-person. It’s great. The interview is equally interesting, but without all the cursing — it’s in the Wall Street Journal, after all.
For those who have always wondered whether or not there was a little something extra between George Costanza and Jerry Seinfeld, there is this new trailer for Brokeback about Nothing, a tale of forbidden love: