What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly column just trying to keep it real, man.

We begin this evening with a few new shots from The Muppets, my now most anticipated remaining 2011 film. Quite a title to bestow, I know. Anyway, the folks at Rope of Silicon have updated their gallery. This includes a few movie stills, some behind the scenes stuff and that fresh poster I showed you last night.

Jordan Hoffman over at UGO has written an interesting piece, positing that The Smurfs may be the most pro-gay movie of the year. He makes a few interesting points, but I would attribute any Gay-friendly sentiments in The Smurfs to an overall friendliness. It’s actually refreshing, as you’ll see when I finally finish my review, to see a family film that doesn’t feel the need to use gross-out humor. It’s tame, but it’s also sweet.

Antoine Fuqua is gearing up to bring down Las Vegas. He’s signed on to the adaptation of the book “Storming Las Vegas: How a Cuban-Born, Soviet-Trained Commando Took Down The Strip to the Tune of Five World Class Hotels, Three Armoured Cars, and Millions of Dollars.” That seems pretty self-explanatory.

Over at /Film, David Chen takes us inside Weta and behind the scenes of The Adventures of Tintin. He tells a great story, has included a number of very cool photos and provides some perspective on the tech being used by Peter Jackson and Steven Spielberg. It’s definitely worth a read.

Optimum Releasing has put out their UK quad poster for Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, with an eerie silohuette of Gary Oldman, who plays a retired spy who gets sucked back into the world of espionage to play his most dangerous game yet. Even though there’s plenty of cool in the “coded” look of the poster, I can’t help but think “Wow, what a fucking cast.”

Kevin Bacon seems to be getting used to being a bad guy. After sinister turns in Super and X-Men: First Class, Bacon will play the villain in R.I.P.D, the story of two cops from different eras — Ryan Reynolds and Jeff Bridges — tasked with policing the afterlife.

Sony has copied its own brilliant marketing from District 9, in which they warned humanity against aliens in their communities, to market The Smurfs. Or as critics who have given it a 19% Rotten Tomatoes rating would tell you, they’re actively trying to keep you away from The Smurfs.

Over at Ain’t It Cool, Eric Vespe has launched a brand new column called This Should Happen. In his first entry, he suggests that Frank Darabont should be the showrunner for an HBO Dark Tower series. Darabont has long been passionate about the Stephen King franchise, and has done well with The Walking Dead. So it makes a fair amount of sense.

With any luck, something wild and interesting will come out of the upcoming Justin Lin-led sequel to the Terminator franchise. For now, there’s nothing but speculation. In the realm of hilarious speculation, Wired got Terminator 5 pitches from Paul W.S. Anderson and Damon Lindelof. They are equally ridiculous and fun to read. And yes, I’d watch both movies.

According to an interview with a guy who owns a production company in Bulgaria, where Expendables 2 might shoot, here’s a list of people who will be starring in Simon West’s sequel to Sly Stallone’s macho-fest: John Travolta, Arnold Schwarzenegger, Chuck Norris and Jean-Claude Van Damme are all in. Sounds more like a wet dream list than something solid, but for now, at least there’s hope.

Confused by this whole “raise the debt ceiling” thing happening in Washington? Let Aaron Sorkin’s West Wing explain it to you, complete with Kristen Chenoweth. Kudos to Badass Digest for the find.


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