President Obama and Bill Murray

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a silly little thing. Just a thing that some people read. Nothing special, really, just the world’s foremost late-night independent movie news and editorial round-up. You know, the usual.

We begin tonight with a picture of President Obama and Bill Murray meeting at the Towson v. Oregon State basketball game this past weekend. I wonder if the Prez got a chance to grill him about all the recent Ghostbusters 3 rumors. We’ve already submitted a formal inquiry to the White House, with no response as of time of our publishing deadline.

Over at Movieline, the always inventive staff of the ‘line have delivered another of their Interactive Movie Maps, just as they did earlier in the year for Nicolas Winding Refn’s Drive in LA. This time they’ve picked Steve McQueen’s brain and made an interactive Shame map of NYC, including all of the places where Michael Fassbender’s penis made an appearance.

He’s said it before and he’ll say it again (probably at least three more times). After The Dark Knight Rises, Christian Bale is done with Batman professionally. On his character’s future in the upcoming third film: “It’s time for Bruce Wayne to face the pain, that has always stirred his life.” Oh, that sweet sweet pain.

Yes, the world is moving forward, technologically. So much so that the Star Trek door technology now exists in some guy’s kitchen. There’s even a wicked video:

Austin, TX based artist Xero (who we’d love to meet, as we’re also in Austin) has put together a wicked set of art featuring Gotham’s Most Wanted in stylish form. We picked this up via Geeks of Doom. Here’s one great selection:

Gotham's Most Wanted

Litreactor has published a very well constructed essay about The Unfilmable: The Literary Adapations of David Cronenberg in honor of the master director’s latest film, A Dangerous Method. We agree, Cronenberg is all kinds of crazy. But it works so goddamn well.

Movies.com’s John Gholson chronicles the Muppets who were MIA from The Muppets. I too noticed that Rizzo the Rat was reduced to a lame one-off scene. Does anyone remember A Muppet Christmas Carol? Rizzo is a star!

Over at Awards Daily, Sasha Stone gives us The State of the Race: The Wide Open Landscape of the Best Picture Race. Personally, I am holding out hope that this year will mark the first year in which an NC-17 film with copious amounts of nudity (Shame) and a ‘kids’ movie (Hugo) will compete for Hollywood’s top prize. They’ll still give it to one of the Weinsteins’ movies, but it will be fun to write about ahead of time. Also… did she really put Bridesmaids in there? Awesome.

Monika Bartyzel’s latest Girls on Film entry deals with The Gender Equality Study and Why Discourse Matters. I have no appropriate pun here, lest I be branded a sexist. And I love sex. And women. And I hope to continue having one with the other. So I’m not going to do it.

Our own Brian Salisbury has another great piece over at CultureMap Austin about the recent Aliens on Ice show put on by some local figure skaters/movie nerds/productive hipsters (oxymoron?). It’s a ridiculous concept (a reenactment of Aliens, but on ice), but it is somehow pulled off with a lot of love.

We close tonight with a classy bit from The New York Times, the Anatomy of a Scene featuring opening moments from The Artist as narrated by director Michel Hazanavicius. He talks about silent films, playful Hollywood moments and gams. Plenty of gams.


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