What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s newest late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box. It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this stuff late at night, what do you expect?

Tonight’s entry is brought to you by the concept of brevity…

It’s Groundhog Day, and the most delightful Groundhog Day related thing I’ve seen today is the header image, a creation of a /Film reader named David Tress. Well done, I say.

Speaking of /Film, here’s another great image they picked up this afternoon. An extremely artful and well-crafted poster concept for The Social Network by an artist named Matt Merenda. Says the artist, he “took a cue from the great Citizen Kane still of Orson Welles in front of a giant picture of his own face.” An excellent summation of the film and it’s core themes.

Ever wonder who the richest, most successful people in Hollywood are from year-to-year (besides James Cameron, of course)? Coming in at #2 was Johnny Depp, a mere $157 million dollars less than the Avatar director. This makes my “James Cameron grabs his crotch with million-dollar bills” joke from the other day far funnier. See the full list of H’wood’s top 40 earners at Vanity Fair.

Monsters director Gareth Edwards is doing the press rounds with his freshman effort reaching DVD and Blu-ray this week. The hot topic on everyone’s mind: his work on the upcoming Godzilla reboot. For a young filmmaker, he’s smart in the words he chooses: “I guess I will say I’m highly aware – and everyone involved is incredibly aware – of everyone’s opinions on what this film has to do and what it has to be.” That has to mean “no Mathew Broderick,” right?

Tom Hanks is animals. I don’t know why this is funny, but it makes me giggle. It appears to be made out of love, or something far more twisted.

Early today a bunch of grainy pictures were released from Captain America: The First Avenger showing off Sebastian Stan as James “Bucky” Barnes for the first time. It was underwhelming, so Marvel gave Hero Complex this far more interesting, hi-resolution image. It came complete with an article full of pandering, but we’ll take it:

Can Julia Roberts pull of the evil queen in a Snow White story? With Tarsem Singh directing the 3D reckoning of The Brothers Grimm: Snow White (one of three Snow White flicks currently in the works) and her rumored to play that baddest one of them all, it looks likely.

A Ferris Bueller’s Day Off board game exists to thrill you, delight you, and force you to spend your sick day hanging out with it. I approve.

This one goes out to all of my good friends who collect VHS. They all live here in Austin, and can most often be found at Brian Salisbury’s house. io9 presents some of the most sensationalist and befuddling VHS covers of the 1980s. Satan’s Dog has always been a winner in my book.

Dreamworks Animation is planning to drop some acid and hang out in Sid and Marty Krofft’s Lidsville. As opposed to the very unbalanced and not-all-that-funny Land of the Lost movie, this actually sounds like a great idea.

Megan Fox’s baby pictures are uneventful, not to mention insulting to Steve Buscemi.

Tonight’s closer works with the power of The Force. To be exact, it’s all about the strength of The Dark Side. And cuteness. Plenty of cuteness.

That kid just had a magical experience. Just like you, dear reader.


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