What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that brings life to the otherwise gray twilight of your day. It brings color where boredom once lived. Because what the hell else are you going to do before bed, read a book? Ballderdash!

We begin tonight with something not exactly news, but equally as important. Above you will see a new product that ThinkGeek will release in 2012 called the IRIS 9000 voice control module for iPhone and Siri. It’s exactly what you might think, an iPhone dock that allows you to interact with Siri as if she were HAL 9000. It is perhaps the new holy grail of nerd things. And if you’re a member of the FSR staff still looking for a gift for your favorite boss, I will accept a pre-order of this item as an acceptable gift. Seriously, get on that. There’s even a video, which I’ve included after the jump.

Here’s this fancy thingamajig in action:

Moving on to actual film news, the folks at Stone Angel productions are putting together Grace of Monaco, a film about actress Grace Kelly and her life as the wife of Prince Rainer of Monaco. Apparently she was part of an effort that saved Monaco from a coup. Let the casting rumors commence… now.

Universal isn’t done with the Robert Ludlum business yet, setting their sights on an adaptation of “The Janson Directive,” a Ludlum-penned book about an ex-Navy SEAL whose commanding officer in Vietnam turned him over to the enemy. He later escaped and exacted his revenge by… taking his CO to court. Riveting.

The South by Southwest (SXSW) Film Festival and Conference has announced the first wave of their panels for the 2012 event, including conversations with the likes of Drive composer Cliff Martinez and another actor’s workshop with Jeffrey Tambor. While I have not yet been asked to moderate or sit on a panel, I’m sure that’s coming soon. Don’t fret, fans of me.

Vulture has a great interview with Book of Mormon writer Robert Lopez, who joined Matt and Trey in the South Park writers room this week to pen “Broadway Bro-Down,” in which Randy Marsh discovers his love for Broadway. He’s a sharp dude who co-wrote one hell of a musical, so you should check out the interview.

I’m going to kick myself later when I remember who tweeted this, because for some hellish reason I can’t find it at the moment, but I must share. The website of Sam Ashby is all about poster design and it’s great. There are gems like the following, for a little movie called A Prophet that knocked the teeth from the mouths of anyone who saw it in theaters:

Joseph Kosinski is gearing up for his sci-fi thriller Horizons, inviting the likes of Captain America‘s Hayley Atwell, Inglourious Basterds‘s Diane Kruger and Len Wiseman’s wife Kate Beckinsale to read for one of the two lead female roles. Also reading: Olga Kurylenko, Brit Marling, Noomi Rapace and Olivia Wilde. So basically everyone who’s hot and hot in Hollywood at the moment.

The folks over at JoBlo have put together a multi-page list of Star Wars figures that were never made.. but should have. There’s plenty of comedy in here.

Over at The Daily Beast, Sharon Begley explores why our brains love horror movies. I’ve seen some of this before — something similar was written about torture porn and 9/11. Only the science appears to be a little more sound this time.

Across the sea, UltraCulture raves about the failings of the American ratings system in an appropriately titled editorial, America is f*&ked, and other thoughts on Shame‘s NC-17 rating. I hate it when someone beats us to a good title!

Movies.com’s Peter Hall has a great interview with effects wizard Phil Tippett and his uncensored thoughts on the film industry, including the Steven Spielberg / George Lucas Mafia. Apparently that’s a thing.

According to this Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol featurette, Ben Stiller no longer does stunts for Tom Cruise:

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