What is Movie News After Dark? It is a nightly movie news recap column that would like to make it all the way to the end of this thing without getting controversial, political or mentioning how much skinny Jonah Hill looks like President Obama. It’s just not likely.

We begin tonight with the story that’s on everyone’s mind — no, not the Obama speech — the fact that Mel Gibson is developing a movie about Jewish hero Judah Maccabee, who led a second-century revolt against Hellenistic overloards in the name of the Jewish people. He’s brought Basic Instinct writer Joe Eszterhas on for the script work. There will be nothing controversial about this project.

HBO has picked up Aaron Sorkin’s new show, the Jeff Daniels led show about a cable news anchor a la Keith Olbermann. It was previously optioned as only a pilot, but now Deadline speculates that it will be picked up for 10 episodes. No word yet on whether it will last past two seasons, a la everything else Sorkin has done.

A Prophet, the last film from director Jacques Audiard, was one of the most gut-wrenching dramas of the past few years. A truly excellent display of poise and control from a filmmaker. So it’s great to know that he’s making another movie, and he’s being joined by the lovely Marion Cotillard.

Tonight’s art department moment stands in tribute to an awesome poster for a movie I did not know anything about. And it’s about hockey! I know, I was ashamed. Anyway, Sean William Scott and Liev Schreiber will star in Goon, the story of a meaty hockey team that loves to fight. I will watch it twice based on the following poster alone.

“The story follows a successful graphic designer whose fame, money and charm have made him irresistible to women only to have his life to spiral downwards when his girlfriend breaks up with him.” Nope, it’s not a meta-version of The Charlie Sheen Story, it’s Charlie Sheen’s next movie. It’s good to see that he’s found his comfort zone.

Laika animation, the team behind brilliant films like Coraline, are working on an adaptation of a book by The Decemberists’ Colin Meloy. It’s a Portland, Oregon based fantasy tale about a little girl who finds a strange fantasy land just outside her town as she pursues a group of crows who have kidnapped her little brother. As someone who will watch anything from Laika, I’m in for this.

Just in case it was something you’d been wanting to do for some time, you may be able to call Jonah Hill. In promotion of his new film, The Sitter, Hill is “taking calls” from fans who dial (917) 409-7838. Most people will get a voicemail from Hill, but every once in a while he may answer. If anyone gets a hold of him, ask him how he lost all that weight. And does he look forward to working as a Barack Obama double?

As a transplanted Texan, I’ve not felt the whole of the torture of the never-ending Rick Perry administration. However, I can tell you with conviction that he has carefully managed hair and is a giant d-bag. Beyond that, he’s running for President and showing the nation that G.W. Bush isn’t the worst thing to ever come out of Texas. To balance this sad equation, the lovely and brilliant Joanna Robinson at Pajiba has for us 16 good ole’ boys to wash the taste of Rick Perry out of your mouth.

We close tonight with not one, but two videos. In fairness, it’s two parts of one man doing 10 minutes of Star Wars impressions (found via /Film). This is what happens on a slow news week. Send me those great videos, people. Neil[at]filmschoolrejects.com. Seriously.


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