Movie News After Dark: Lars von Trier is Crazy, ILM is Awesome, Sequelmania and the Legacy of Ira Levin

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a little early this evening, but it’s still the same badass nightly movie news column that you’ve come to love and mostly ignore. Tonight it spends time around the globe, traveling to the south of France, the Hindu Kush, the future, the 18th century, the end of the Cold War, Asgard and Sequelville (it’s right between West L.A. and Century City). But it always comes back to you, dear reader, to bring you the goods. And the bads. And well, you know.

The most interesting thing at Cannes yesterday might not have been Lars von Trier’s movie, Melancholia (which we reviewed and, as it stands, liked very much), it was von Trier’s comments during the press conference. From sympathizing with Hitler to extremely young naked women, he let it all out. To their credit, Vulture has captured all the best of it and delivered a list of the 10 most controversial things Lars von Trier said at the Melancholia press conference. “Should I talk about Spider-Man now?”

Now that he’s paying the price with Battleship, Peter Berg seems primed to get Lone Survivor, a passion project, off the ground at Universal. And he’s got Taylor Kitsch, also a Battleship victim, along with him on the redemption train. It’s about Navy SEALs who do battle with the Taliban in the Hindu Kush in 2005. It will be better than Battleship.

Proving once and for all that our government isn’t completely populated by robots, the CDC has shown its sense of humor by publishing a Survival 101 guide to staying alive during a zombie apocalypse. It’s no Max Brooks text, but it’s a nice companion piece. The report cites research that includes everything from ancient rituals to George Romero movies. Good one, germ nerds.

Speaking of zombies — Ian McKellen, Judi Dench and Gillian Anderson have all come to be attached to Matthew Butler’s 18th century zombie comedy The Curse Of The Buxom Strumpet. The project is based on a short film project by Butler called E’gad Zombies. It’s brilliant trailer is included below. I’m instantly in love with this project.

Now that they’re new partnership is coming into focus, MGM and Sony seem to be sharing everything. From the James Bond films to 21 Jump Street, and now to the David Fincher thriller The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. MGM will handle international television licensing for the film. They will also be given stickers. Side note: where’s our Dragon Tattoo trailer? Isn’t that film coming out soon?

Mel Gibson’s return to the big screen kicks into high gear this week as The Beaver opens in wide release. But that won’t stop him from celebrating in Cannes and talking up a new project. He’s said to be in talks for Sleight of Hand, a heist comedy that would cast him alongside Gerard Depardieu and Thomas Jane. It’s the story of “a bunch of bungling burglars in Paris who inadvertently steal a rare gold coin belonging to a gangster.” Hilarity ensues.

Anything but Robin Hood 2. That’s all we ask from director Ridley Scott these days. He’s already about to give the world a sort-of-prequel-reboot-reterrestrializing of Alien with Prometheus. That’s more than enough. Now he can go along and make Reykjavik, a political biopic about the 1986 summit that brought American President Ronald Reagan and Russian president Mikhail Gorbachev together, initiating the end of the Cold War. As long as Russell Crowe isn’t playing Reagan, we’ll be fine. Though he is getting up toward Gorbachev years…

ILM has published a very cool behind the scenes look at how they successfully crashed Megatron and Optimus Prime through a building in Transformers: Revenge of the Fallen. It’s not lost on me, the fact that many of you despise that movie, but this video is evidence that some real craftsmanship did go into the production of that film. Also, ILM is awesome. And we like things to be awesome around here.

Another poster for Green Lantern has been released (this movie needs to come out already, otherwise we’re going to get Poster Traumatic Stress Syndrome), featuring a very Kelsey Grammar-esque Abin Sur. So, prior to all-American boy Hal Jordan, our part of the universe was protected by a purple alien? How progressive…

Think you caught all the Easter Eggs in Marvel’s Thor? Guess again, because staying after the credits is not enough any more. Screen Rant shows us that there was plenty of interesting stuff hiding away in Asgard with their exploration of Odin’s Vault & Thor’s Connections to the Marvel Universe.

“Obviously we always envisioned it as a trilogy. The third would be very much a finale and an ending… I haven’t discussed it with these actors yet. [The film] not follow the same template, but is very much a new idea.” Todd Phillips’ mostly anticipated sequel The Hangover Part 2 is almost upon us. As is customary in this day and age, the director is already talking about a third film. I’d be surprised if a script wasn’t already in the works.

Speaking of sequels fresh off their release, there are reports that a Bridesmaids sequel could be on the way soon enough. “When you get a group that’s this deep and this good, it’s a crime to not use them again,” director Paul Feig told Vulture. It’s not hard to get behind such a notion, as Bridesmaids was quite enjoyable.

And just one more, for good measure. Cinema Blend has it on high, despite having been wrong about a few Marvel rumors in the past, that Thor 2 is already in the early stages and villains are being planned. The first part fits into logic — the film has made $357 million worldwide, about twice its weight in gold — and the second part feels like speculation. Fun speculation, but speculation nonetheless.

“Ira Levin makes the fact that we’re going to die okay. That’s one of the things that horror novels in general do,” says author Chuck Palahniuk in a new video about Ira Levin, the mind behind such stories as Rosemary’s Baby, The Stepford Wives and The Boys from Brazil. It was released in celebration of Levin, whose works have now been published via e-book format. It’s how we shall close tonight, as Levin would want it, with you being completely terrified right before you go to bed.

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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