Movie News After Dark: John Carter, Drew Struzan, Muppets and The Cult of Harry Potter

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s interstellar, acrobatic, monochromatic, hyperbolic, hypothetical and at some point during the evening, yours to take and ravage before you drift off into a wistful dreamland. It is also an excellent source of movie news, entertaining links, witty banter and Vitamin B. All others be wary, this column be scary, and it will not rest until it convinces you to watch Breaking Bad. But that’s not all….

Walt Disney Pictures has released some new concept art from their 2012 summer tentpole, John Carter. You can see one particular piece in tonight’s lead image above. The art comes in conjunction with a bunch of set visit reports from a number of sites who were invited out to spend time with director Andrew Stanton and crew. The guys at Screen Rant have an awesome recap of all the most interesting bits, saving you the pain of having to read through 35 boring set visit reports (most of which say the same thing) just to find the 3-5 money quotes.

In perhaps one of the coolest moves in their history, the Alamo Drafthouse and its boutique art (you know, tee shirts and posters) sales arm Mondo are partnering with the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (the ones we only pay attention to during the months of January and February) to archive Mondo’s rich library of film art prints. And now here’s the best part: Mondo is also releasing a Drew Struzan print for James Whale’s Frankenstein. You can see it below, but only if you promise not to drool on our carpet.

“There’s a few different avenues [the film can take]. I’ve done some work on ‘Modern Family’ and ‘The Office’ and have worked in this doc style, and so that inspired me to say, instead of doing a traditional narrative feature script, what if we did the remake in the doc style? What doors what that open? What opportunities? What additional story could we tell? And that’s essentially the approach we took.” That’s Seth Gordon’s vision for a “remake” of his incredible documentary King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. It’s going to be like Spinal Tap, but with Billy Mitchell. Now to the greater task: how in the world will they make it more absurd than the real life version? Is that even possible?

Today was 7/11/11. This is only significant to math nerds and dudes who spike Slurpees. Weren’t they giving them away for free or something? Anyway, MovieLine has a bit of fun with the date by presenting a brief history of convenience stores in movies. That one directed by Kevin Smith is in there, for sure, but is handily upstaged by the scene from Bad Boys. “Now gimme my mothafuckin’ Tropical Fruit Bubblicious!”

If you’re like me, then you thought that first domestic poster for The Muppets was creepy. Kermit and friends looked like aliens coming to stun us with their cuteness and enslave us. This new international poster, found via IMP Awards, is more like what you’d expect for the franchise. No parody. No weird frog legs. Just the faces of familiar friends:

Before he gets around to starring in 12 more Marvel movies (or whatever those absurd contracts state), Chris Hemsworth might be jumping in a race car for Ron Howard to play British racing legend James Hunt. Previously, the project had I Am Number Four star Alex Pettyfer in the lead, then Hollywood realized that Pettyfer isn’t much of an action star. Hemsworth, on the other hand, has a distinct presence. And a furrowed brow.

The folks at AMC have launched a new interactive flash game in which you lead Breaking Bad‘s Jesse Pinkman on a quest to get some dolla bills back from some two-timing creep who has relieved you of said payolla. It’s called “The Cost of Doing Business,” it’s quite addictive and its existence has allowed me to go 2 for 2 so far this week in Breaking Bad mentions. This is happening, people. So get used to it.

If there was a nightly award for ‘The Coolest Thing I Found on Twitter Today,’ tonight’s trophy would easily go home with this Criterion Harry Potter box set. Now if only I could remember which of my intrepid friends Tweeted about it. If it was you, I apologize. You are awesome, both you and I know that. Anyway, this thing needs to come into existence. It gives the Potter franchise an air of class that it has earned.

We close tonight with a second Harry Potter related item and another night in which I find video brilliant via the folks at The AV Club. In this video, the opening song of the hit Broadway show “The Book of Mormon” is parodied to explain the cult of Harry Potter. Like the song upon which it’s based, it is pure brilliance. Gotta love a good anti-Twilight joke, too. See if you can catch it:

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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