What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that is currently incensed with its own author, as it has determined that he is a giant wuss. Seriously? You almost let a little stomach bug get in the way of doing the news?! Pansy. Now, on with the good stuff.
The shortlist for the Best Foreign Language Oscar has been released. Among the contenders listed in notes from Jeff Wells is Bullhead, a recent pickup of Drafthouse Films and standout film of this year’s Fantastic Fest line-up. Our own Luke Mullen called it “damn near a masterpiece.” That’s high praise, if I’ve ever seen it.
Another week brings a killer article from Movies.com’s Scott Neumyer in his ‘Raising a Cinephile’ series. This week he talks about why Super Why! is so super. I’ll be honest, I wasn’t previously aware of Super Why!, but it looks kind of awesome and it makes me want to read.
How was I not aware of the fact that there’s a show called Ridley Scott’s Prophets of Science Fiction? It’s on the Science Channel, it’s all about the likes of Mary Shelley, Phillip K. Dick and H.G. Wells, and I discovered it while reading this review of the Philip K. Dick episode over at We Love Cult. I must watch this. I’d recommend you do likewise.
Marvel today released a series of new banners for The Avengers. The following two feature the things that entice me most about the project: Captain America and Scarlett Johansson’s outfit. Screenrant has the full gallery:
Over at HitFix, the ladies of Bellflower pick their favorite post-apocalyptic films. In other slightly related news, you should really check out Bellflower, which is finally on DVD and Blu-ray.
Todd Brown over at Twitch takes a break from writing about films with subtitles and drops some 30-ton bombs of knowledge on the world of geekdom. You think you’re important, don’t you, community of online movie geeks? Well guess what, this article — On the Fan Community and Cold, Hard Economics — says otherwise. So take Todd’s advice and find Jesus. Or optimism. If we can get to optimism, that will be good enough.
Over at Grantland, Mark Harris handicaps some of Oscar 2011’s leading men, including an astute explanation of why the 1%-ers like Clooney, Pitt and DiCaprio really don’t need to win this year. My vote: Fassbender. Or as he’s known around the FSR offices: Fasswang.
Total Film plays to your striped skirt fantasies with a list of the 20 coolest movie cheerleaders. They make some boring choices, sure, but they get points for leading with a bikini-clad Eliza Dushku.
Brian Salisbury, best known for his tooth-rotting Junkfood Cinema column on this very site, occasionally moonlights for sites like Movies.com, where he has written this stellar piece on a Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory cast reunion. The kids were there, and they still appear to be creeped out by Slugworth.
Tonight ends with the single most adorable interview you may ever see. Drew McWeeny, of HitFix fame, has published an interview with Miss Piggy and Kermit The Frog conducted by his son Toshi. Not only is the kid named after one of the most badass dudes to ever walk the Earth, but he gets to interview Kermit The Frog and be unfathomably cute in doing so? Ugh.. It’s not fair! (Stomps away to find and hug his stuffed Kermit doll)…