What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a movie news round-up column that comes to you from deep space. It comes as a protector of all that is good and interesting in the movie news world. It also totally swoons over Michael Fassbender. Seriously, have you seen this guy act? He’s the man… man.

As my good friend Rusty Gordon pointed out to me this evening, “this summer is already better than last summer,” and it’s just now June. With two-thirds of its movie releasing to go, Summer 2011 is already coming along great. With that, there’s plenty to still be excited about. Like Green Lantern, which continues to look cool as WB dumps a giant batch of photos on the web. So much detail, so much cool.

At a recent Producers Guild of America conference, Kevin Smith told producers to lower their expectations. He also commented on the state of his new self-distribution model. It works for him, but would it work for anyone else? That is the big question.

I’m not exactly sure how, but I stumbled onto this fine article about Michael Fassbender’s performance in Hunger by critic Sheila O’Malley. It’s a must read for anyone who saw Fassbender in X-Men: First Class and said, “hey, that guy is a pretty good actor.”

Last week, I made that really funny joke about Blake Lively’s nude pics and how they might be viral marketing for Green Lantern. I wasn’t serious. You can imagine then, how surprised I was to see Movies.com’s Erik Davis write a semi-serious article about Blake Lively’s nude pics being Green Lantern marketing. Oh, boy.

Watch Aziz Ansari explain the Louisiana Purchase in 30 Minutes or Less. Nice laser, indeed:

This weekend saw me engrossed in Superman stories as I’ve been combing through the upcoming Superman: The Motion Picture Anthology Blu-ray release. It’s been a great reminder that Christopher Reeve was a fantastic Supes, Superman III was incredibly stupid and Bryan Singer’s take was the prettiest of the gang. That said, the Hero Complex film festival will display a Christopher Reeve Superman statue at this year’s fest. That’s cool.

With all this recent talk about projection issues, 3D lenses and movie theaters trying to make a quick buck, it’s interesting to see a filmmaker taking an interest in how their film is displayed to the paying customers. Then again, Terrence Malick is the right kind of crazy. So much so that he sent a letter to projectionists with explicit instructions on how Tree of Life should be projected.

For the record, all of this #Super8Secret stuff you’re seeing on the web is being fed by the studios. No one is “discovering” some sort of viral marketing. That said, I’m interested to see what #Super8Secret is and whether or not it completely spoils the damn movie. Because I know how delicate the balance is between J.J. Abrams’ love of secrets and Paramount’s need to get people to see his movie.

This made me laugh. But only because I imagine Nikki Finke as a 12-year old boy throwing a temper-tantrum and bashing her keyboard when her website doesn’t work. Inside Baseball, for the win.

Behold, the list of Twilight stars who won buckets of gold popcorn for no apparent reason. Or it’s the 2011 MTV Movie Award winners. One of the two.

Artist Adam Sidwell has delivered a very badass group of posters in a series he calls 52 bad dudes. It features prints of the men of Fight Club, Samuel L. Jackson, Mr. Blonde from Reservoir Dogs and of course, these guys:

Joe Wright has added Saoirse Ronan, Kelly Macdonald, Olivia Williams and Matthew Macfayden to his Anna Karenina cast, among others.

Steven Spielberg is once again a purist. Something leads me to believe that Indiana Jones 4 had something to do with it, but in an interview with AICN’s Quint, he said that any of his films that will be released on Blu-ray — including a Jaws Blu-ray that’s in the works — he will not make digital corrections. No adjustments. He’d even leave all the wires in 1941. I’m okay with that.

“We’re talking about maybe returning to some old characters that everyone has been asking about …There’s Bruce Almighty and we’re talking about maybe another Dumb and Dumber.” Jim Carrey is reaching, bracing himself for the ferocious failure of Mr. Popper’s Penguins.

Still holding out on X-Men: First Class? Why? It’s a very solid flick. Perhaps — *gasp* – the best of the X-Men films. If you are holding out, here’s a handy guide to the new (and old) mutants in Matthew Vaughn’s period actioner.

We close tonight with something truly nerdy. It’s Sunday night, the night I use to catch up on the most recent Doctor Who. I haven’t watched it yet, so don’t spoil it. In the mean time, check out this wicked fun Doctor Who anime by Paul “OtaKing” Johnson:


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