What is Movie News After Dark? It is a nightly film industry news column dedicated to hacking away with the precision of a drunkenly wielded axe at the world of entertainment news. It has lopped off a few heads in its day, so keep your eye on it.
We begin tonight with an image from the special Fright Night event held at the Alamo Drafthouse in Austin last night. In attendance were McLovin (Christopher Mintz-Plasse), Anton Yelchin and Dave Franco, who looks just a little bit less stoned than his brother James. They made people drink other people’s blood and whatnot. Photo by Jack Plunkett
Because casting Tom Cruise as Jack Reacher wasn’t enough, Rosamund Pike has also been cast in One Shot. Alright, so this isn’t controversial in the slightest, but do we really need this movie dolled up with gorgeous women in addition to Cruise playing a character intended to be about 3x his size? I don’t think so.
Warner Bros. has released the full plot synopsis for Man of Steel, that movie where Superman is British (or something). Here it is for you to read:
“In the pantheon of superheroes, Superman is the most recognized and revered character of all time. Clark Kent/Kal-El (Cavill) is a young twentysomething journalist who feels alienated by powers beyond anyone’s imagination. Transported to Earth years ago from Krypton, an advanced alien planet, Clark struggles with the ultimate question – Why am I here? Shaped by the values of his adoptive parents Martha (Lane) and Jonathan Kent (Costner), Clark soon discovers that having super abilities means making very difficult decisions. But when the world needs stability the most, it comes under attack. Will his abilities be used to maintain peace or ultimately used to divide and conquer? Clark must become the hero known as “Superman,” not only to shine as the world’s last beacon of hope but to protect the ones he loves.”
Ah yes, that’s what the world needs… another superhero who is in the midst of finding himself.
MTV has unveiled the new poster for the George Lucas produced WWII fighter film Red Tails, which chronicles the triumph of the Tuskegee Airmen. It’s flat-out awesome:
Tom Hanks felt really bad about disappointing his fans with Larry Crowne, so much so that he personally refunded the money for a couple of fans whom he met at a gas station in Los Angeles. During a casual star-struck moment, the fans chatted up the fueling megastar. And when he asked what they thought of his movie, they did the bold thing by telling him that it “wasn’t that good,” and apparently reaped the reward. Now if we could only put Hanks in a room with our own Luke Mullen…
According to executives at Disney, story doesn’t matter. Considering their non-Pixar films of the last few years — mostly Johnny Depp/Tim Burton 3D wankfests — this should come as a surprise to no one. This has made Joanna Robinson at Pajiba quite angry at the mouse house. And she’s so much fun to read when she’s angry.
Over on one of my favorite film-related niche sites, Art of the Title, they’ve got a profile of the Mike Owens, Victor Courtright and Shad Petosky-designed opening titles for James Gunn’s Super. It’s not as fun when you realize that the film is mostly down hill from here, but it’s still a lovely bit of work.
Proving once and for all that the two are completely interchangeable, Dakota Fanning has replaced Saoirse Ronan in a movie role.
We close tonight with absolute insanity. Fitting with the copious amounts of Top Gear UK I’ve been watching over the last few weeks is this ridiculous DC shoes commercial — which I found via Kottke — featuring a driver named Ken Block, a style called Gymkhana and some great Hollywood backlot cameos. It’s called The Hollywood Megamercial. That makes it movie related, right?