What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news and tidbit (that word makes it giggle) column that is back in full swing this week. A special thanks to Cole Abaius for picking up the reigns last week while usual author Neil Miller was locked away in a 3×3 ft. cell in preparation for Fantastic Fest. No, there was not a reason for it. And yes, he has emerged ready for a bare-knuckle boxing match (or two). But first, the news…

We begin tonight with a shot of Christian Bale and Terrence Malick walking through the crowds of the Austin City Limits music festival this past weekend here in Austin, TX. It caused quite a commotion with the crowds, many of whom were there to see acts like Bright Eyes, Stevie Wonder and Kanye West. As a surprise, they got T. Malick in that silly hat.

Over at Badass Digest, Devin Faraci chronicles one of the week’s most interesting back-and-forth discussions involving The Dark Knight Rises, critic Jim Emerson and filmmaker Joseph Kahn. It’s proof, as Faraci points out, that intelligent does happen on the internet. Clearly he doesn’t read our site.

After seeing both Drive and Crazy Stupid Love within the last two weeks, I’m convinced that Vulture has something with their article entitled Are We Living in the Golden Age of Male Objectification? That Ryan Gosling is being exploited. Even I’d do him.

The folks over at WhatCulture made an interesting list last week of 6 futuristic technologies from films that should exist. In the end though, I’d just settle for a knife that cuts and toasts bread simultaneously.

Vin Diesel released some surprisingly wicked Riddick concept art to his Facebook fans. In related news, Vin Diesel has a shit-load of Facebook fans.

Last week, Forces of Geek published a highly inflammatory article about Why Star Wars Geeks Are Wrong. And they have a point. There, I said it. Also, those Blu-ray releases are subpar at best.

Inside these 32 airbrushed masterpieces over at Web Urbanist are several beautiful representations from cinematic history, including Heath Ledger’s Joker, some Mia Wallace action and something that looks like a hellspawn version of Gremlins. I approve.

While I remain entirely convinced that Movies.com’s Peter Hall used to be some sort of super spy before becoming a journo, he denies it. That’s what his training has taught him. As example #30 in my case, here’s an article he wrote about the CIA and their strangely open relationship with Hollywood.

Over at All Things Fangirl, Loquacious Muse writes passionately in defense of Christina Hendricks’ breasts. Now there’s an argument I can get behind. Or on top of, whatever Ms. Hendricks prefers.

All this week I will be closing with trailer or video that relates to Fantastic Fest. Beginning tomorrow, our Fantastic Fest Death Squad will once again take action against the wide range of films being offered up by the world famous Alamo Drafthouse and the largest genre film festival in the United States. So it seems appropriate that we’d begin with the following video, in which the man behind it all — Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League — lays down a challenge to an Irish bare-knuckle boxer. This is Fantastic Fest, friends:


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