What is Movie News After Dark? It doesn’t even know anymore…
Megan Fox and John C. Reilly are tonight’s lead story. The choice of lead image was bound to be a sexy one. And as you can see, I believe I’ve made the right choice. He’s almost too sexy. Anyway, he’ll be starring alongside the outcast Transformers actress in Sacha Baron Cohen’s The Dictator. No word on what role either will play in the story of a Middle Eastern dictator who ends up in the U.S., where no one cares who he is.
Warren Beatty has signed on to write, direct, produce and star in an untitled comedy for Paramount. That’s all we know. Well, we do also know that it’s not a sequel to Dick Tracy. Sorry.
Sly Stallone will play a New Orleans hitman in the adaptation of the graphic novel Bullet to the Head. Joining him will be Fairly Legal and Life star Sarah Shahi, who will star as his daughter. I bring this up because Shahi is both talented and attractive, a rare combination these days. Also, I miss watching Life.
Director Martin Campbell, whose Green Lantern was kind of a mess, told our friends at Crave Online that he thought Marc Forster’s Quantum of Solace was “quite lousy” and that “overall it was a bit of a mess.” It’s interesting to see a filmmaker publicly spewing such honesty, even if he is completely wrong.
That old drunk driving thing is making news again with the death of boozer, speed racer and probably not entirely bad guy Ryan Dunn, a member of the Jackass crew. Film critic Roger Ebert has been at the center of it all, cited for the following ill-advised Tweet following the incident: “Friends don’t let jackasses drink and drive.” Needing to feel outrage and ignore what probably really happened, Jackass fans lashed out at Ebert, who explained his position thoroughly today on his website. It’s sad, seeing someone make a mistake that costs them (and another person) their life. At this point though, shouldn’t we be less focused on Roger Ebert and more focused on teaching kids that drinking and driving can get people hurt. Where’s the outcry for that?
I really dig this new Cowboys and Aliens international poster, courtesy of The Daily Blam!
Screenwriter Stephen McFeely on a Captain America sequel: “Well, our hope is that there is room [to return to W.W. II in ‘Captain America 2’] and we’re negotiating how to do that now. The story will likely be in the present day. We’re experimenting with flashback elements for more period World War II stuff. I can’t say much more than that but we made [the first ‘Captain America’ movie] baggy enough to refer to more stories in the past.”
It’s a little spoilery, but ScreenRant’s Ben Moore has written a very in-depth dissection of Green Lantern: The Comic Books vs. The Movie. They really should have worked harder on the costume, but again, I appreciate their ambition.
Some kid named Douglas Booth will play Romeo in the Romeo and Juliet adaptation being assembled around True Grit star Hailee Steinfeld. Apparently he’s in Pillars of the Earth. Beyond that, I can’t even be bothered to look him up on the internet. Why are we doing another Romeo and Juliet story that doesn’t involve gnomes, again?
Don Draper is done negotiating his contract. According to Deadline, Jon Hamm has signed an eight-figure, three-year Mad Men contract with Lionsgate and AMC. That makes him one of the highest paid actors on cable and provides Mad Men fans with great news: three more years of Mad Men sounds good to me.
The oncoming meme that mashes up My Little Pony with everything in the world of pop culture — don’t worry, it’s coming — is one that makes me giggle, just a little bit. My favorite thus far, from the kids at BronyVids, is the following mash-up of Little Pony and Watchmen. This is the kind of stuff that might make Alan Moore smile, if that were physically possible.