Movie News After Dark: Fantastic Times, Dan Harmon is Crazy, James Franco’s Death and A Kid Reacts to Empire Strikes Back

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that hopes you didn’t forget about it. It was busy getting drunk with other movie news columns at Fantastic Fest. It loves to watch Koreans stab each other.

We begin tonight with something simple: a character shot from Toy Story 3. There’s no news here, just beautifully detailed Pixar animation. Since this is my first day back after taking a week off for Fantastic Fest, I thought I’d kick us off with something offbeat. Also, it sets the tone for a week that includes articles collected over the last 10 days. Some old, some new, mostly non-news and all interesting.

Speaking of Fantastic Fest, one of the must-read articles from this year’s fest is IndieWire’s Eric Kohn on why Fantastic Fest is theater of the absurd for movie nerds. It’s bombastic, bloody and fun beyond what you might imagine — if you’re into that sort of thing. Which we are.

This fantastic article in Wired explains how Dan Harmon drives himself crazy making Community. It takes all sorts of crazy to make a show that goddamn brilliant.

Just in time for October of Horror, What Culture lists off 12 of the most overused horror movie clichés. You’ll know most of these, no doubt, but that doesn’t make them any less of clichés. Wait, is writing articles about horror movie clichés becoming a cliché itself? Am I only writing the word cliché to prove that I know how to put an accent above an ‘e’ with my keyboard? All signs point to yés.

“I think the goal with those movies and the thing that Chris is doing and just kicking ass with is making a movie so big that you couldn’t possibly fit all of it. Even in tiny little pieces, you still wouldn’t get a sense of the scale of it. I saw a little bit the other day, and the scale is just vast.” That’s The Dark Knight Rises screenwriter Jonathan Nolan on why Christopher Nolan’s movies can’t be summed up in set photos and bootleg trailers. He’s right.

This week, for no good reason in particular, I’m thinking of featuring a different Fake Criterion cover every day. This one, a Fake Criterion for Mel Brooks’ Spaceballs, is both a DVD cover and a movie poster I’d very much like to own. Get on that, movie gods.

This month, the UK’s Pinewood Studios celebrates 75 years in investment in film. The Guardian has a delightful piece that talks about its history. Sidenote: Does anyone else have “visit Pinewood Studios” on their bucket list? I do.

Scott Tobias at The AV Club has inducted Black Dynamite into The New Cult Canon. It’s exactly where that brilliant ode to blacksploitation belongs.

At a Visual Effects Summit in Beverly Hills this weekend, Fox’s head of post-production talked about rushing to get a new ending of Rise of the Planet of the Apes done in a pinch after the original ending — which included a pretty gruesome end for James Franco’s character — was scrapped. It’s an interesting thought, having him get eaten by Caesar…

Over at Cracked, John Cheese presents 5 bad ideas for dealing with bullies you learned in movies. Moral of the story: fighting back is probably a bad choice. Unless you have a hatchet.

Did you torrent The Hurt Locker and end up on a list of 20,000+ people being sued for it? Well, here’s some good news — you’re off the hook for your act of piracy. That is, of course, unless you’re one of the 2,300 people who weren’t dismissed. Those people are probably screwed. Seriously people — that movie was worth paying to see in the theater. Didn’t we tell you that?

We close tonight with a video that is burning up the interwebs with absolute cuteness. Some, including Badass Digest’s Devin Faraci, have suggested that this clip of a young kid seeing the end of The Empire Strikes Back (the big Vader daddy reveal scene) is contrived or perhaps even fake. But I choose to believe that for some out there, life is still very magical. And for this little guy, the face says it all:

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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