Movie News After Dark: Hook, Letterboxd, Ferris Bueller, Chris Hardwick, Patton Oswalt and Bane’s Plan


What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly collection of links and stories that you won’t know about unless you continue reading. Then come back tomorrow night and read more. Then the night after that. And the… You get the point. The power of Christ compels you.

We begin this evening with a promo image from the 1991 Steven Spielberg fantasy epic Hook, featuring Dustin Hoffman as the titular captain and Robin Williams has his pudgy, crowing nemesis. There’s no news here, though I’m sure you were all thinking remake or sequel for a moment, just that I saw Hook on the big screen last night while eating a giant turkey leg courtesy of the Alamo Drafthouse’s Hook mini-feast. It was delightful. But more on that later.

Earlier this week I was introduced to a new website that allows you to save a list of movies you’ve watched, rate them, review them, and even subscribe to your friends’ lists. I know what you’re thinking — there are 25 of those sites out there. But Letterboxd seems great for movie fans who like to keep a tally of the films they’ve seen. You can now even follow people like me, who also watch several movies. And the layout is gorgeous. You may want to check it out.

Pajiba presents a list of 10 Shows that Would Be Much Better If They Killed Off a Major Character. They’ve got a point with Mad Men, as Betty Draper is probably worth more (dramatically) dead than alive. Also, why not kill off Ted Mosby? Isn’t that the inevitable end that How I Met Your Mother has always been building toward?

According to the following video and this note from Vulture, Ferris Bueller is coming back for a Super Bowl ad. Yes, Matthew Broderick is bringing a 40-something Ferris back to avoid work and schlep for some sort of soft drink company. This can only end badly.

According to those within Marvel Studios, Thomas Dean Donnelly and Joshua Oppenheimer have finished a script for Doctor Strange, a movie the world is clamoring for, even though it doesn’t realize it.

Somehow McG got his romantic comedy This Means War an R-rating. The Chris Pine, Tom Hardy, Reese Witherspoon led comedy about two spies who enter into a duel of wits over a blonde who looks smashing in a little black dress apparently has “some sexual content.” For now, the Puritanical society known as the MPAA has spoken. We think they were just responding to that time we said they didn’t like sex.

We Love Cult has published an interesting piece about The Scientific Method of Nerdom, piecing together the work of Nerdist host Chris Hardwick and a Q&A he held alongside Wil Wheaton at Meltown Comics to celebrate the release of Hardwick’s book, The Nerdist Way: How to Reach the Next Level (In Real Life).

Roth Cornet at HitFix asks, Would The Grey have been in the Oscar hunt if it had a qualifying run? Considering the fact that it was barely screened for the country’s critics, I don’t think Oscar was ever quite in the equation for the latest Joe Carnahan joint. However, it does involve Liam Neeson fighting a pack of angry wolves, so I’ll see it this weekend.

No one takes an Oscar snub and turns it to comedy like Patton Oswalt. No one has really ever tried, but lets just assume for a moment that others have tried and failed. That makes Oswalt’s Twitter rampage about Ryan Gosling’s keg stands that much more impressive.

Someone sent this over to me the other day and I’m sure some of you may find it interesting. Lauren Bagby writes about the trials and tribulations of “Screener Season,” that magical time of year when everyone who knows someone who gets screeners as a voting member of the Academy or a critics group goes into hyper “I need a favor” mode. I know this first hand, as I just so happen to be one of those screener-having losers who loves the attention.

We close tonight with a fan-made opening credits sequence for The Dark Knight Rises that is fun and inventive and nothing at all like what we can expect from Christopher Nolan and team. People seem pretty excited about this movie, yeah?

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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