What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie collection of links, posters, videos, and other newsworthy mediums that mostly have to do with movies. Sometimes we mix in a bit of television. Other times we’re talking about something completely different. Call us unfocused if you must, but don’t you ever call us boring.
Leading with a photo of Katy Perry, not my finest moment. Rest assured, though, as there is some actual movie news associated with the buxom pop singer picture above. Paramount Pictures — the studio that brought you the box office cow Justin Bieber: Never Say Never — is planning a Katy Perry 3D movie documentary concert film thing. Squee!
Tonight in news that may actually appear to our audience, John Hawkes and Mos Def may star in a Jackie Brown prequel. Switch is based on an Elmore Leonard novel, charting the rise of a young Louis Gara and Ordell Robbie, or the characters of Robert De Niro and Samuel L. Jackson, respectively. It will be written and directed by Dan Schechter, who wrote the adaptation on spec and sent it blindly to Elmore Leonard’s agent. Luckily, the author loved it.
X-Men: First Class 2 is a go, officially. And Matthew Vaughn, Michael Fassbender and Jennifer Lawrence all coming back for more mutant action and whatnot.
Last night, Mondo held a screening of Drive at the Alamo Drafthouse. It was a nice evening, if I do say so myself, to enjoy 2011’s best film with friends, beer and oh, there was this ridiculously cool poster by Ken Taylor to take home when it was all over. It has already begun selling for upwards of $300 on eBay. And it has already debuted on my office wall. Take that, eBay.
Action comedy The Necessary Death of Charlie Countryman will star Shia LaBeouf. Alright, so that part is old news. The new news is that the project, based on a Black List script by Matt Drake, is back on track at Voltage Pictures after being put in turnaround by Mandate, who wanted Zac Efron to star in place of LaBeouf.
In a daring move, DC Comics is pressing on with a series of Watchmen prequel comics without the participation of author Alan Moore. In a response to The New York Times, Moore had the following to say: “I tend to take this latest development as a kind of eager confirmation that they are still apparently dependent on ideas that I had 25 years ago.” Someone get that man his own talk show, please.
Topless Robot offers up 6 Deleted Scenes from Star Trek Movies that Would’ve Made Them a Little Less Confusing. The Klingon scenes from J.J. Abrams’ 2009 film are in there, though I’m not sure if they would have helped the film if left in the final cut. It simply would have been longer.
Our friends at Pajiba do their best to predict the 10 highest grossing movies of 2012. They even go as far as to lay down domestic figures for each film. Like $212 million for Men in Black III, which feels about $100 million short of what America will actually hand over to Sony for their crime. Also, that Dark Knight Rises figure may look bonkers, but it’s going to be dead on. You watch.
The Alamo Drafthouse has unveiled its own Signature Wine line, beginning with two Bottle of Wits titles for their upcoming feast for The Princess Bride. I’ve heard from drunkards and friends alike who have sampled these fine libations. And like everything else Drafthouse puts out, they say it (a) tastes great when it hits your lips and (b) will, in fact, get you drunk.
Christopher Campbell at Movies.com wants to have this conversation: What are the Buzz Films of SXSW 2012? That’s easy. The Raid, Gareth Evans’ The Raid and a little Sundance sleeper called The Raid.
We close tonight with the frightening accuracy and spoilery goodness of College Humor’s Breaking Bad as an RPG: