Movie News After Dark: Green Lantern, Green Muppets, Hobbit Voices, Ouija and More Green Lantern

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s an obsessively curated column that collects the most interesting links from around the movie blogosphere. It includes a bit of commentary, but only when the mood strikes. Which, for the purposes of this column’s author, is all the time. Gird your loins and put on your power rings, because it’s about to get wild in here.

Getting ready to see Green Lantern this weekend? Our review will be live tomorrow. But if you need a primer before then, I would defer you to io9’s very thorough beginner’s guide to Green Lantern. It should bring you up to speed just in time to become angry about whether or not the film is faithful.

Mark Ruffalo and Zoe Saldana are getting into the J.J. Abrams-produced project Infintely Polar Bear, a drama from writer and debut director Maya Forbes (Monsters vs. Aliens, The Larry Sanders Show. Ruffalo will play a bipolar husband who goes off his meds, while Saldana will play the wife that suffers as he loses his grip on reality.

Over at, Monika Bartyzel has resurrected the Girls on Film column that we’re pretty sure she used to write on another site, we just can’t remember which site. It’s right there on the tip of my tongue. Anyway, this week’s topic is why supporting female characters matter. She gives reasoning beyond my personal favorite, “because I said so.”

In what will become one of the year’s most interesting marketing strategies, good or bad, Disney continues to make trailers for The Muppets that parody other films. In this case, it’s an obvious tack-on to one of the summer’s most heavily marketed blockbusters, Green Lantern. I get the joke, both movies involve a green guy. But I’m not sure I see where they are going with this. Eventually they are going to cut a trailer for The Muppets, right?

There’s also a poster:

Jason Reitman has snagged Kate Winslet and Josh Brolin for his next movie, an adaptation of Joyce Maynard’s Labor Day. Winslet will play ““a lost, lonesome mother and an escaped convicted murderer who takes refuge with her and her young son.” Brolin will play the escaped con.

You may not know the name Simon Kinberg, but you’ve undoubtedly hated some of his work. He has been credited as a writer of fine films such as Mr. and Mrs. Smith, X-Men: The Last Stand and Sherlock Holmes. Now he’s been tapped to take over McG’s Ouija adaptation from the guys who wrote Tron: Legacy. Everything about this news is terrible. Everything.

Today in news from The Shire, Luke Evans has joined The Hobbit as The Bowman. Also, and perhaps even more exciting, is the fact that Benedict Cumberbatch will voice Smaug. Sweet Christ, that is the best possible role for the Sherlock star.

Of all the stars of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia, it’s not a complete surprise that Charlie Day is the one getting the most non-Sunny work. He’s the wild card, after all. And now he may just follow the upcoming comedy Horrible Bosses with a role in Guillermo Del Toro’s Pacific Rim. He’s said to play some sort of (predictably goofy) science person.

Hey, how about something else about Green Lantern? This one is funny, I promise. In which The Onion reviews the movie, which stars some famous people and has some sort of story. Or not. Maybe. It’s hard to say for sure.

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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