Movie News After Dark: Immortals, The Iron Giant, Avengers via iPhone and The Final Days of Harry Potter

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that melts in your mouth, not in your hand. It also delivers a taste that doesn’t linger. Because we know you need to sleep soon, and we don’t want to disrupt such an important ritual.

Lets be honest with ourselves for a moment. Even though we know that it will be a kindred spirit of Zack Snyder’s 300, we still can’t escape from the fact that Tarsem Singh’s The Immortals looks pretty badass. The evidence of this is all over the place, most notably in a new gallery of Immortals images over at Screen Rant. Tonight’s lead image features Theseus, the hero, vs. a Minotaur. I’ll watch that.

Over at the LA Times, Patton Oswalt talks about The Breakfast Club and his role in the much anticipated celebrity script reading that happened this evening. As are all the things involving Mr. Oswalt, it’s quite entertaining.

Martha Marcy May Marlene, a film that was met with roaring applause tonight at the Austin Film Festival (my review forthcoming), is among the big leaders in the 21st annual Gotham Independent Film Awards nominations, alongside George Clooney and his Descendants. It’s a fine reminder that the season of awards has officially begun.

This Kevin Tong designed Iron Giant poster is so beautiful, it might make me weep. It was part of the big Mondo mystery extravaganza held in LA earlier this month, and it’s become a source of jealous rage for yours truly. If you got one of these, I hate you. Seriously.

As you know, video game movies are a hit-or-miss kind of investment, with a high probability of miss. That said, sometimes they succeed and make a lot of money from adoring, somewhat satisfied yet still sort of bitchy fans. And that’s what Sony is after with Assassins Creed, your money — and if they do it right, enough of your love to warrant at least two sequels and some merchandising sales.

In a recent interview, cinematographer Seamus McGarvey admits that he shot some of The Avengers on an iPhone 4s, including a few shots that appeared in the first trailer. While shooting 1080p HD video is nothing new, nor is the use of an iPhone on the set of a movie, what comes to mind is this: so that’s how you get an iPhone early. You have to be making the biggest movie of next year. It makes sense, I guess.

Jerry Bruckheimer talks about the delays of The Lone Ranger, the film’s newly retooled budget and the excitement we should all feel for the project, which has gained a new lease on life. In other news, Jerry Bruckheimer is a master salesman.

We close tonight with a behind the scenes featurette that chronicles the final days of Harry Potter:

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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