A swift kick in the pants is all you need to get your midnight juices flowing, that’s an ideal that I’ve always held to be true. If you don’t have anyone to kick you, you can always simply read Movie News After Dark. It will either get you pumped up and ready for that late-night fast food run or put you to sleep, or both simultaneously. How did he do it, you may wonder after wrapping your car around a telephone poll while stuffing your face with an extra large gordita. Run for the border my friends, it’s time for movie news…

Rutger Hauer is looking menacing in the new Hobo with a Shotgun photos that are coming out of the Sundance press kit this week. Along with Red State, Troll Hunter and about a dozen other flicks playing in Park City this year, Hobo is one of those titles that makes me deeply sad to not be going. Damn you real world responsibilities!

Thanks to the harrowing tale of the 2008 documentary Dear Zachary — we’re talking about one of the most devastating tear-jerkers in recent memory — a new law has been passed in Canada that “adds a clause to section 515(10) (b) of the criminal code giving courts the power to deny bail to someone accused of a serious crime who is deemed a potential danger to children under the age of 18.” Well done, America’s hat.

James Franco is taking over, now rumored to be in the process of writing and directing adaptations of Faulkner’s As I Lay Dying and/or Cormac McCarthy’s Blood Meridian. He’s an ambitious dude, to say the least. And to think he’s going to do it all with only one arm after he went all method for 127 Hours.

Disney will release The Lion King and Beauty and the Beast in 3D, but not into theaters. They will be heading to the Blu-ray format in three dimensions as part of the Mouse House’s aggressive 3D home video strategy in 2011. Among the other releases: Tron: Legacy, Tangled, Bolt and (wait for it…) G-Force! I may have just peed myself with excitement. Luckily I’m laying on a bed of wood chips.

Like scores with previously conceived music, screenwriters with over-anxious Blackberry fingers are also subject to disqualification by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences. The rule: you can’t contact Academy members directly to solicit votes for your film. The culprit: Buried screenwriter Chris Sparling, whose letter was not only illegal, but mostly douchey. Lucky for him that a bunch of other, better movies came out in 2010, so no one will even remember this after tomorrow.

Allison Willmore over at IFC has a deliciously in-depth chat with Blue Valentine’s core group, Ryan Gosling, Michelle Williams and director Derek Cianfrance. The highlight: Ryan Gosling thinks The Notebook causes couples to break up. My question is: What does he think Blue Valentine will do to couples?

Earlier today, we featured Cameron Crowe’s upcoming flick We Bought a Zoo in our list of The 30 Most Anticipated Movies of 2011 (shameless plug — give it a read, you’ll thank me later). And that has clearly spawned comedian J.B. Smoove to join the cast (we hear that he’s a regular reader). You will know him as that very funny guy from Curb Your Enthusiasm (who isn’t Larry David).

For my money — and in the awards show I host in my head every year — the titles of Scott Pilgrim vs. the World were among the best of the year, from the 8-bit Universal logo to the scratchy frames introducing us to the cast. It’s so slick that Art of the Title has profiled it, complete with a chat with Edgar Wright. As it turns out, he intended for it to be awesome.

Speaking of awesomeness of the 8-bit variety. Those of you who thought TRON: Legacy was far too long (everyone who saw it) will appreciate the brevity of the following video, which delivers an 8-Bit version of the film’s best scene in 24 blistering seconds.


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