Movie News After Dark: Kermit In Jail, Finding Cliff Robertson Over The Rim, Highlander, Books of Mormon, and Boatloads of Shame

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s the movie website equivalent of stuffing a turkey with three chickens and an eel. News of all shapes and sizes finds itself among some strange bedfellows here even if you can’t sleep.

We get things started with a metric ton of images and information about The Muppets. If you’re willing to brave the spoilers, /film has everything from character descriptions to photos to trivia. Or, you can let the burning questions wash over you. Why is Kermit behind bars? Does it have anything to do with inter-species sex laws? Why wouldn’t it?

And now, a bit of sad, resonant news: Oscar winner and beloved actor Cliff Robertson has passed away Saturday – a day after turning 88 years old. To cover his entire filmography would be exhaustive (although we’ve recently highlighted his role on an episode of Twilight Zone), so it’s applause-worthy to see The AV Club pay such fitting tribute to the titan who most young fans probably know as Uncle Ben in the soon-to-not-be-the-newest Spider-Man movies.

On the lighter side of things, Heat Vision is reporting that Juan Carlos Fresnadillo will be chopping off heads as the director of the Highlander reboot moving forward at Summit. Cue references to their being only one.

God (and everyone else in existence) should be glad that Matt Stone and Trey Parker are saying a Book of Mormon movie is all but inevitable.

If you dig hockey players, the violence and the beer, you might enjoy checking out the trailer and synopsis for Goon – the forthcoming flick featuring Seann William Scott, Jay Baruchel, Liev Schreiber and Alison Pill. It’s directed by Michael Dowse whose career includes the odd combination of Fubar: Balls to the Wall and Take Me Home Tonight. Fair warning though. This trailer makes it clear that the movie is not about baseball.

If you’re like me, you wonder what Whitney Houston has been up to this past decade and what she’s doing on a minute-to-minute basis. Why aren’t she and Kevin Costner working on a Grumpy Old Men-style reunion project? As it turns out, partial blame goes to a remake of Sparkle that the singer/actress might be signing on for. Jordin Sparks is involved. But which Sparkle are they remaking? I’ll leave that up to you to guess.

Drew over at HitFix loved Shame – the new film from Steve McQueen starring Michael Fassbender, Carey Mulligan, and sexual escapades. That’s not to be confused with Sexual Escalades – a brand of car that copulates. On a serious note, this movie cannot be released wide to the public fast enough.

This is an older post (that proves that the internet overlords don’t just erase stuff that’s over a week old), but it’s still relevant. Yahoo ticks off some ways to watch movies online for free without breaking any laws. We know you’re dying to download that grainy, handheld bootleg of Zookeeper, but there is a ton of great content out there for those trying to avoid spending dollar one.

DP and producer Buz Wallick has launched a movie podcast that should interest more than a few filmmakers and film fans. Same Shit, Different Show has an irreverent feel to it, and it looks like the aim is to shine an honest, unglamorous light on the industry. There’s not a damned thing wrong with that.

James Franco talking about poetry.

There’s something magically ghostlike about movie titles. Some are iconic, some are forgotten with ease, but they (for better or for worse) often set the stage for what we’re about to see. Designer Christian Annyas realizes this power and has collected many, many screenshots of film titles. Perusing all of them in alphabetical order (instead of chronological) is a master class in and of itself.

We close tonight with something that needs no reasoning. The Wiz meets “Dark Side of the Moon.” Thank you, Jeff Yorkes. Thank you for making this wonderful thing:

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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