What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly column that combines movie news remainders and interesting links, but at the moment it’s a column that can’t remember what day it is. Is it Thursday? How about Saturday? It’s had a rough week, and that’s putting it lightly. Anyway, lets do the news.

After months of posturing, casting and even getting us all worked up over the prospect of Armie Hammer riding on ole’ Silver, Disney has put a bullet through The Lone Ranger. According to a Deadline report, the Mouse House didn’t like the $240 million dollar budget turned in by director Gore Verbinski, nor did they appreciate that 43% of it was to be used for Johnny Depp’s eyewear. With any luck, the project will get re-shopped, re-chopped and still happen. I did like the idea of that Winklevoss guy in the lead.

LucasFilm has released a trailer for the upcoming Star Wars Blu-ray set. It’s full of scenes from Star Wars and title cards about High Definition and 40 hours of special features. There is no escape:

Patrick Wilson, a man whose general presence has made a number of films better, has joined Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. There’s no information about what role he will play, but I hope it’s one of the aliens. I’ve always said that Wilson has range, so playing a 7-ft tall black alien should be in his wheelhouse.

For those who need a little more Renee Zellweger in their lives, another Bridget Jones film is on the way. According to reports, creator Helen Fielding has been working on a new book and a new film, the latter of which is officially moving forward after stalling out some time in 2009. Will she or won’t she? Who will she spend her life with? And will you go see it?

According to the freewheeling minds of the kids — Rick Jaffa and Amanda Silver — who wrote Rise of the Planet of the Apes (and did a damn fine job, if I might say so), they’ve always pictured it as a trilogy. Says Silver, “When we started this, we knew that this movie would stand on its own, and we designed it that way. But if it didn’t stand on its own, we pictured a trilogy that would start with this movie.”

Few fall releases have me waiting so excitedly as Drive, the Ryan Gosling-led crime thriller about a driver caught in a storm of bad things. From the great reviews to the killer trailers, everything about this film seems to run shivers up my spine. This latest poster, which debuted via Apple, certainly isn’t hurting the cause:

“Season two is what we’re calling ‘The Woman, The Hound and The Fall’ trilogy,” he explained, “so there’ll be a version of ‘A Scandal In Bohemia’, a version of ‘The Hound Of The Baskervilles’ and a version of ‘The Final Problem’.” That’s Sherlock creator/writer Mark Gatiss talking about the second season, which is close to finishing shooting. My heart beats for the next round.

Also in news about television, The Shield and Terriers (sad face) creator Shawn Ryan is working on a new cop show that will follow the story of a geneticist who discovers in himself the “psychopath gene,” a genetic pattern that links him to some of the world’s most famous killers, and works with the FBI to use the geneticism to solve crimes.

The folks at Time Out New York think they’ve compiled a definitive list of the 50 most special effects of all-time, which serves as a sort of “most impressive for when it was made” list. I will say this, they nailed #3 — it’s easily top three, no matter how you slice it.

We close tonight with something far too strange to pass up, which I picked up from the kids over at io9 (plenty strange in their own right). It’s Philadelphia’s Peekaboo Revue and their Lord of the Rings burlesque show. It’s nerddom gone oh so wrong, but oh so sexy…


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