What is Movie News After Dark? First of all, POP POP! And now a few words about this column: it’s about movie news, but sometimes it serves as its author’s treasure trove of addictions. Such as his addiction to hanging on the words of Dan Harmon, or his need to regale you with his ability to find the best content on other websites. It’s a unique talent, he’s told. And now, something completely different…
This week saw the season finale of Community. I will miss it until it comes back. For now, I would urge you to read this fantastic interview with creator Dan Harmon published by Vulture. There’s a reason the show is so delightfully nerdy, and it might just be the man in charge.
James Vanderbilt, writer of The Amazing Spider-Man and Zodiac, has been hired to write a script for Red Riding, an adaptation of the popular British TV movies for director Ridley Scott. The gritty crime drama will involve police corruption and the murder of several young girls. I bet they get avenged.
Even though Gareth Edwards has moved on to bigger things, the world of Monsters won’t end with the love story he created. The producers of the film are looking to go back into the contaminated zone and follow a pair of brothers as they try to avoid being killed by giant squid-things.
Joel Edgerton and Luke Evans are said to be on the list of contenders to star opposite Leonardo DiCaprio in Baz Luhrmann’s The Great Gatsby. The role of Tom Buchanan, which was said to be all Ben Affleck’s if he wanted it, is still up for grabs, as is the chance to play house with Carey Mulligan. Well done, chaps.
Ryan Gosling is falling in with not one, but two trends. First, he will be the next in the long line of stars who think they can direct. Second, he will remake something. Taylor Hackford’s The Idolmaker, the story of a music producer who takes a small-time sax player and makes them a rock sensation, to be exact.
Have you seen the new poster for Fright Night, featuring Colin Farrell’s dreamy red eyes? You can’t run from it (because I’ve included it below, in all its Anton Yelchin axe-wielding glory):
Australian actress and all-around babe Yvonne Strahovski is looking beyond the recently renewed show Chuck and into a big screen role alongside Seth Rogen and Barbra Streisand in My Mother’s Curse. She would play — get this — Seth Rogen’s high school sweetheart. Sure, sure, I’m not buying it. Then again, she did date a nerd herder.
Did you know that Christian Bale is in a Chinese period drama called The Heroes of Nanking? It’s okay, I didn’t either. It’s directed by Zhang Yimou and is currently eying distribution in Cannes. From the sound of it, it’s a period epic that may carry with it more than just a piece of Chinese history.
BlackFilm has a really insightful interview with Cuba Gooding Jr., who talks about where he’s been, where he’s at and where he plans to go now that his direct-to-DVD action hero career is taking off.
Thor star Chris Hemsworth has been confirmed to star alongside Kristen Stewart in Snow White and the Huntsman. He will play the burly Huntsman that disobeys the evil queen (Charlize Theron) and refuses to kill Snow White. Instead he takes her into the woods and teaches her survival skills. He will also be “totally cut.”
Saoirse Ronan and Gemma Arterton will play a mother-daughter team of vampires in Neil Jordan’s Byzantium. That’s really all you need to know about it.
Robert De Niro may play Bernie Madoff in a film. Please make out your checks to Bobby D, he’s got an investment strategy that’s going to make you rich!
The folks over at Art of the Title continue their reign of niché excellence with a look at the title sequence for HBO’s Game of Thrones. They have a very interesting interview with Angus Wall, Creative Director of Elastic, the company that designed the titles. It’s a must read. The title sequence, which I’ve included below, is a must watch. Lots of musts.
Roger Ebert is getting up there in years. And while we all still love the guy, he’s written some curious things over the past few years. Not to say that he hasn’t had other things on his mind, but when we read a review from Ebert we don’t expect him to miss plot details or even worse, get them completely wrong. It’s happened. With that in mind, I find it interesting to see Ebert going back through his thoughts on Thor in a new editorial. It’s not a revision, but a look into the mind of a critic. Of one of the critics. Fascinating, indeed.
Drafthouse films recently announced their intentions to make a horror anthology with 25 well-known directors. To celebrate, the continually improving Movies.com staff offers up five horror anthologies that set the mood.
Badass Digest has launched its own podcast, Badasscast. It’s okay.
I’ve never watched a minute of Smallville, but this confessions of a Smallville apologist article rant at io9 made me giggle, laugh, then perhaps snort, causing water to come out my nose. I can only imagine the effect it might have on you if you’ve ever watched Smallville.
The King’s Speech may have won the Oscar battle, but Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan is winning the financial war. The pic debuted in Japan this week and took in $6.1 million, bumping its international box office take up over $300m. Not bad for a movie with a budget of $12m. (Alright fine, upon researching I’ve found that The King’s Speech has actually made over $400m worldwide — but I really wanted to include that first sentence. Just let me think that I’m clever and move on. Thanks.)
We close tonight with Pop Pilgrims, the AV Club’s take on a travel show. In their first of 12 episodes, the venture to the site of the Nakatomi Plaza from Die Hard, aka Fox Plaza in Los Angeles. This video also includes James Rocchi and a background weed whacker, which makes it a must watch. Seriously:
Tonight’s question: If you were to take a cinematic road trip, where would you go?