What is Movie News After Dark? It’s the only nightly movie news column to be cast in both The Dark Knight Rises and The Hunger Games. It will play the same character in both: a movie news column that, after delivering the news unto the people, rides off into the sunset on a badass motorcycle. It will make sense in context in both films, we promise.

We begin tonight with an image of Jack Black in Richard Linklater’s black comedy Bernie, about a small-town mortician who makes friends with an elderly woman (played by Shirley MacLaine). The mustache looks creepy, but the last time Black and Linklater teamed up (School of Rock), Black was at his best. Here’s hoping that happens again when the film opens next month’s LA Film Festival.

Like many members of the press, I caught The Hangover Part II. And while our full review is coming (soon, I’m told) I will say this. Few movies earn their ‘Part II’ status like The Hangover. It’s like the first film, but it feels a little dirtier. That said, here’s a great, quick interview with Ken Jeong, who again steals the show.

The folks behind the upcoming Romeo and Juliet film, which will star Hailee Steinfeld as Juliet, have shown their hands a bit by casting Gossip Girl star Ed Westwick as Tybalt. They’re clearly trying to keep things aimed at that younger, teenier demographic. And who can fault them for chasing that Twilight money.

A great teaser poster for Real Steel was released today. I’m thinking surprise hit of the fall. Anybody want to grab my hand and take that leap with me? Come on, lets do it. It’s robot boxing! Anyway, here’s the poster. Special note for the confused: ComingSoon.net doesn’t have anything to do with the film, even though their logo is on the poster. They are just the kind who need to mark their territory with their ugly logo.

Our own Matt Patches has put his skills to use over at UGO with an exposé on the legacy of The Spielberg Face. Ellie Sadler did it best, you know.

Movies.com’s Peter Hall is always a great source of cool things that might otherwise go unnoticed. This week he’s delivered a piece about sculptor Jordu Schell, a name you probably don’t know, but someone whose work you’ve undoubtedly seen. It takes a village to make films, you know.

Chris Hardwick’s Nerdist podcast is headed up to the next level, heading to BBC America as a TV show. Awesome. Now if only we could get NPR to pick up Reject Radio…

While his film was winning awards at Cannes last week, director Terrence Malick was off somewhere sitting in a dark room contemplating the origin of the universe. Brad Pitt said that he likes “building houses, but not selling real estate.” He’s that pretentious guy that everyone likes, because his films are interesting, even if he doesn’t give a f**k what you think of them. That said, Kim Voynar has some interesting thoughts on Malick and the artist’s right to privacy.

The first teaser poster for Shark Night 3D has been unleashed unto the web this week. And if you look close, you can feel the death and destruction that’s about to happen all up in that water. Aside from the ‘From the Director of The Final Destination’ part, that’s one of the coolest teaser posters we may see all year.

Lenny Kravitz has been cast in The Hunger Games as Cinna. You Hunger Gamesites Hunger Gamers (what do you call yourselves, anyway?) can let me know if that works for you or not. Kravitz is no acting slouch. He’s also quite dreamy.

The Dark Knight Rises has added two more names to its roster. Chris Ellis, best known for his work in Apollo 13, will play a priest. Brett Cullen, whose face you’ll recognize from just about every TV show ever (including Lost, The West Wing and Make It or Break It), will play a judge. Put that in the great story predict-o-matic and we know that TDKR will meditate on law and order, as well as religion. That Chris Nolan and his layers.

Vulture explores The New Summer Blockbuster Economy: Reboots, Prequels, and the End of the Superstar Cash Grab. In the jump to criticize studios for simply reusing ideas, we missed the part where bankable stars were relied upon for box office success. Gone is Will Smith, in is concept (The Hangover 2) and brand properties (X-Men, Transformers).

Disney’s space epic John Carter of Mars will known simply as John Carter from now on. That’s stupid.

“We envision it as Lord of The Rings, but set in a world of candy… We don’t see it as a movie based on a board game, although it has characters from that world and takes the idea of people finding themselves in a world that happens to be made entirely of candy where there are huge battles going on… We are going for real comedy, real action, and real emotions at stake.” That’s writer Jonathan Abel, describing the vision her and Glenn Berger have for their Candyland adaptation. Yes, Candyland, based on the game with pink candy canes.

Today was the year anniversary of Lost ending. Remember that one? It was kind of a big deal. If you’re still wondering, we did publish an insightful and definitive guide to WTF just happened on Lost. For those who just want to remember the journey, here’s a well-made tribute narrated by Sam from Lord of the Rings:


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