What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly column about entertainment news and points of view that, for the time being, is keeping it brief. It’s author has not yet seen the season four premiere of Breaking Bad and he’s worried that continued exposure to the internet will lead to spoilers. He’s a big, bearded pansy like that.
We begin tonight with a first look at Karl Urban as Judge Dredd in the simply titled Dredd, the redoing of the character created by John Wagner, Carlos Ezquerra and Pat Mills in the late 1970s. It comes courtesy of Bleeding Cool and for all intents and purposes, looks pretty slick. Though Urban is a considerably smaller man in that helmet than Sly Stallone, his actual acting ability could prove to his advantage. But we’ll see.
Noam Murro will direct the 300 sequel, 300: Battle of Artemisia. Noam Murro, for those without an encyclopedia-esque knowledge of film projects, is the guy who made those very popular Halo: Reach ads and a very good indie dramedy called Smart People. It will follow Xerxes on his quest to become a god. No comment yet as to Murro’s leanings in the area of slomosexuality, but I’m sure he’ll come along just fine.
To the best of my knowledge — which doesn’t actually include reading the books — the character of Jack Reacher in the book series by Lee Child is a large, burly man to whom other burly men bow down. So I’m with all you when you gasp at the casting of Tom Cruise in the film adaptation being led by Christopher McQuarrie (Valkyrie, The Usual Suspects). Is it too late to replace him with Angelina Jolie?
Super Punch has pointed us in the direction of a very cool project by artist Andrew Le. He has taken the concept of vintage travel posters and implanted Doctor Who’s TARDIS. Because, why not? Here’s a great example:
Inglorious Basterds star Daniel Brühl is in line to play Formula 1 racer Niki Lauda in Ron Howard’s upcoming film Rush, the story of the racer’s storied rivalry with James Hunt, who will be played by Thor star Chris Hemsworth. As it shapes, this project continues to form into something very solid.
Tonight was the season four premiere of Breaking Bad. If you haven’t watched the episode, you can head over to The AV Club and read this excellent interview with Bryan Cranston. If you have watched the episode, I would suggest also reading Donna Bowman’s review of “Box Cutter,” the episode in question. I haven’t read it but I know Bowman’s work and excellence from her would not surprise me in the least.
Tonight in the “good for a laugh” category, we have the Captain America post credits sequence. We all know that there will be one, even if Marvel isn’t showing it to press. Word today is that it’s actually going to be a teaser trailer (of sorts) for The Avengers. It is, after all, the final Marvel film before The Avengers drops next year. Over at Coming Soon, a “scooper” named ‘KapoMonkey’ seems confused as to what exactly he or she saw. It was late, after all. And at The Film Stage, we can see a blurry bootleg version of the teaser, which I personally wouldn’t suggest watching. Things like this are usually worth waiting for. It’s time we learned, dear internet, to wait for dessert.
According to a source at The Telegraph, the villain in The Amazing Spider-Man is circling a role in Bond 23, the yet untitled actioner from director Sam Mendes. Rhys Ifans could appear next to Daniel Craig, Javier Bardem and some others.
We close tonight with a group of kids reacting to the Captain America trailer. It’s Sunday, which makes this a perfect light and silly way to send you off into the world. You are welcome.