Movie News After Dark: Malcontent Muppeteers, Spielberg Zombies, Doctor Who and Ed Zwick Uncharted

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s all about movies, and television, and comics, and literature, and photos of hot women. Such as Miss Piggy, yo.

We begin tonight with perhaps the most interesting twist of the fall movie season. In recent interviews, the likes of Frank Oz and other original puppeteers and writers from the Jim Henson school are speaking out about how The Muppets might not respect the characters they helped create. “I wasn’t happy with the script,” Oz told Metro. “I don’t think they respected the characters. But I don’t want to go on about it like a sourpuss and hurt the movie.”

With the action-loving world waiting with baited breath, Universal is taking their recent win with Fast Five and moving swiftly toward the next chapter(s) of the franchise. According to new information, a fifth and sixth Fast and Furious film are in the works and will likely be tied together by one large story arc. Sort of like that last Harry Potter movie, but with more cars, tattoos, manly stares and ass-cheeks.

Matthew Vaughn and Mark Millar are re-teaming, but not in the way you’d think. Sure, you’re holding out hope — as we all are — for a follow-up to Kick-Ass, but it’s not. At least not yet. In fact, at this point it’s not even for a movie. First, they are going to produce two comic series — The Secret Service (alongside legend Dave Gibbons) and Superior. Vaughn is holding on to the movie rights for both, just in case they go over well.

Vulture has a nice interview with the man behind Elmo, Kevin Clash, about the absolutely wonderful documentary Being Elmo: A Puppeteer’s Journey. It’s a movie that is still making the festival rounds, and if you can, you should see it.

The folks at Neatorama hipped us to this Zombie Steven Spielberg art project happening over at It’s exactly as the title suggests, portraying iconic Spielberg moments with zombies. The following, from artist Andy Hunter, is my personal favorite:

In talking with MTV, Rhys Ifans unleashed his Lizard voice for The Amazing Spider-Man, showing off what can only be described as Gollum after smoking about 3,000 packs of cigarettes.

Fans of the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade and the derivative works of Tim Burton can get excited about Burton’s very familiar, yet fun float that he’s designed for this year’s parade. He’s a charming little dude. Frankenstein’s little boy, to say the least.

While it does make me sad to hear that Matt Smith may be done with Doctor Who after 2012, there’s this to consider: (a) at this point, nothing is set in stone and (b) it has to happen eventually. That’s what makes Doctor Who such a wonderful, seemingly timeless show. Every so often, the character is reborn. That said, the killing off of one incarnation is always one hell of a show.

In his latest edition of The Last Horror blog, our good friend Peter Hall posits — almost in agreement with our own Robert Fure’s sentiments earlier in the month — that this October could be one of the weakest horror Octobers in recent years. It’s safe to say that Paranormal Activity won’t be a replacement for Saw, let alone a savior for the genre.

We close tonight with a short film from director Ed Zwick, built through the lens of marketing the video game Uncharted 3: Drake’s Deception. It’s part of a massive marketing campaign that includes a Subway commercial I saw while watching football last week. This game is everywhere. And it’s got a lot of celebrities in its corner. See for yourself:

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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