What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie and entertainment news column that brings you all the stuff you should be reading that hasn’t already been published on Film School Rejects. We admit that we’re honored to be an inspiration to every person, writer and sentient being mentioned in the links below, and would like to pay them back with a link. Also, it’s a column whose author is going on vacation for a week starting tomorrow, so you’ll be seeing some fresh faces pinch-hitting over the next week. It’s likely that they will do a much better job, but lets not tell them that. We’re already having problems with their egos, as it is.
We begin this evening with an image Tweeted by Chris Hardwick, king of the Nerdist empire. It’s a preview from his appearance on Late Night with Jimmy Fallon, in which he will assuredly be pimping his new book, hitting on Zooey Deschanel (because who wouldn’t) and talking about nerdy things with another nerdy famous person. If Questlove plays the drums with lightsabers, I’m in.
Fox has announced that the current and eighth season of House will be the show’s last. It’s a sad thing, sure. But eight seasons is a good run and as a statement from the studio shows, the timing is right: “The producers have always imagined House as an enigmatic creature; he should never be the last one to leave the party. How much better to disappear before the music stops, while there is still some promise and mystique in the air.”
We Love Cult has a great interview with Kevin Smith about his show Comic Book Men on AMC. The filmmaker turned multi-platform magnate does give good interview, I’ll tell you that, Steve Dave.
Speaking of places where both Chris Hardwick and Kevin Smith will be found, this year’s San Diego Comic-Con will open with a 136-mile Olympics-style lightsaber relay. This is a terrible idea, if only that it increases the Con’s population of large, sweaty, heaving bearded men. That’s a stereotype we should be moving away from. How about opening with a couch-sitting relay?
Vulture wants you to be prepared for the March 25th return of Mad Men. To aid you, they’ve published a step-by-step guide to catching up on Mad Men that can be completed between now and then. If you started yesterday, that is.
We focus our art-loving eyes this evening on the first poster for The Bourne Legacy, featuring Jeremy Renner about to do something very intense with a gun. It wasn’t until the recently released trailer that I realized that the cast for the Tony Gilroy directed franchise extension is incredible. Ed Norton and Rachel Weisz along with an ass-kicking Renner? Screw the traditional stigma that goes along with fourth films, this one is going to be awesome.
The folks at Popular Mechanics have published a brilliant list of 12 Ways the World Could (Really) End in 2012. Does this have anything to do with movies? Yes. It shows you how close, yet also how far off Hollywood’s interpretation of the apocalypse has been in recent years. Unless Roland Emmerich is working on a movie about Geomagnetic Reversal.
The ever-brilliant Grantland blog has an essay by Robery Mays about his Excellent Dumpuary Adventure, in which he sat in a theater for 48 hours watching everything that a Hollywood multiplex had to offer. From One for the Money to Chipwrecked to Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, it’s quite a fun read.
Rick Marshall at IFC provides us a list of five Hammer Films-produced horror movies everyone should see. Not just people who like horror movies. Not just the kind of people who like Hammer’s very distinct brand of horror movies. Not just chubby dudes in graphic tees and beards. Everyone. That includes you.
In a week, I will be talking to director Andrew Stanton about John Carter. My first question: Who’s decision was it to make 2012 the year of Taylor Kitsch? Not that it’s a bad thing. It’s just definitely a thing.
IFC’s Matt Singer — a guest on this past week’s episode of Reject Radio — writes about the rise of the film critic filmmaker. Those precious few who dare to write about film, then jump in and make films. Bless them, for they live hard lives on both sides of the tracks.
In today’s most deliciously nerdy article on the movie blogosphere, io9 gets composer Bear McCreary to reveal the physics behind your favorite science fiction theme tunes. It’s super engrossing. Dangerously so.
Marc Webb explains the work behind The Lizard in The Amazing Spider-Man: “We spent a lot of time thinking about the biology of a lizard, and how his muscles work, and there’s an entire staff of people dedicated to making him look lifelike. It is an extraordinary task, and very, very difficult. It takes a lot of time, which a lot of people in this room can attest to.”
Flavorwire presents a list of essential Tumblrs for film fans. Sadly, mine is not on there. How dare they!
Over at StarTrek.com, freelancer extraordinaire Jordan Hoffman has a wonderful essay about the doctors of Star Trek and their many idiosyncrasies. That Leonard McCoy will always be the greatest of them.
We close tonight with a trailer from the lineup of SXSW 2012. Our good friend Peter Hall at Movies.com has assembled what he believes to be the Ultimate 2012 South by Southwest Film Festival Trailers Page, bringing together every trailer currently available online. It’s quite the project, and one that I will reward with a link. Also, please indulge me in watching the trailer for Somebody Up There Likes Me, a SXSW premiere that features the acting talents of Nick Offerman, who isn’t quite Ron Swanson-esque, but he still appears to be bringing his bacon-infused A-game.