What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that is just trying to get through its humpday malaise, therefore it’s a nightly movie news column that will be keeping things short, sweet and surprisingly interesting this evening.

We begin tonight with Michael Bay and Jason Statham, both of whom are denying all those rumors about Transformers 4 and 5. It was just as safe to assume yesterday that nothing was actually in the works as it is to assume today that something really is in the works. Logically, the bean counters at Paramount and Hasbro want another one. And until the price becomes right, all parties involved will deny, deny, deny. In the mean time, rumors will resurface. Because as Statham told MTV News this week, “the internet is a dangerous place.” And that’s coming from a pretty dangerous guy.

Dutch director George Sluizer, who was the man behind the camera on the final film of River Phoenix, has unearthed footage of Phoenix in Dark Blood, a yet unfinished work that would mark the deceased actor’s final performance. And thanks to some updated post production techniques, he says he’ll be able to finish the film. Sluizer is hopefully for a release sometime in 2012.

The remake of The Thing is out in theaters. And whether you see it or not, you should know how to spot the titular bastard in the wild. Thankfully The Amperstand’s Andrew Barr has published the following how to spot The Thing instructional infographic:

Guy Ritchie is still working on that proposed Cannonball Run update, and GM might be footing the bill. It’s all part of a project that might involve Brad Pitt, George Clooney and a plethora of fancy GM cars. Also, there will be some subtle connection to the 1981 film Cannonball Run.

Over at Laughing Squid, you will find a graphic displaying fifteen people you’ll see at every video game/comic/nerd convention. George R. R. Martin jokes are funny.

In a world of endless sequels, there often comes a need for level-headed thought on the continuation of stories. And while we’re not sure there’s much level-headedness coming out of those crazy minds behind Pajiba, there is this finely tuned article about 11 movies that absolutely should not, cannot have sequels. I can’t help but agree on all accounts.

Over at The New Yorker, Nathan Heller writes a wonderful profile of Pauline Kael. To say the least, she’s one of the most referenced, most influential and easily misunderstood (at least by the generation to which I belong) film critics there ever was, or that ever will be.

We close tonight with the latest work of longtime FSR friend and killer creator Joe Nicolosi, who has unleashed this incredibly detailed video called CSI: LEGOland. Yes, it’s exactly as the title suggests, a parody of CSI set in a world made of LEGOs. It’s quite rich. My best guess is that you’ll watch it at least twice.


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