What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly collection of movie news and editorial links that will certainly be living long and prospering. Both because it is what our super hip Commander-in-Chief commands of us and because of you, the faithful reader.
We begin this evening with a shot of President Obama and Star Trek‘s Nichelle Nichols in the Oval Office, giving up the “live long and prosper” salute that originated in the first episode of Star Trek: The Original Series’ second season. The two racial barrier-breakers met recently, with the photo following from Ms. Nichols’ Twitter feed. It’s room for hope, you know, that the Star Trek future will eventually come true. Also, Obama’s a nerd.
Usually training for a role means long days of exercise, fight choreography and if you’re Christian Bale, not eating anything for about 6 months. For the kids who will star in Ender’s Game, it means a trip to Space Camp. Lucky kids.
Over at Rope of Silicon, Brad Brevet presents a brief history of Movie Theater Etiquette from 1910 to Present Day. This includes some love for the folks at the Alamo Drafthouse, whose “Don’t Talk” PSAs have become famous the world over.
Devin Faraci has filed his latest Devin’s Advocate column, Chris Klein Is The Worst Actor Of His Generation, And I Love Him For It. It’s a love letter to the man who would be Oz, just in time for American Reunion.
The following coffee table was made by a woodworker named Barry Shields. It’s the USS Enterprise as a coffee table. I will have this in my living room, even if it means giving up a kidney. And because it sold originally for about $3,100, it appears as if I’ll have to give up several vital organs.
Movieline’s Maria Aspan writes very convincingly about How Postmodern Fairytales Fail at Diversity. She also offers up some practical ways Hollywood can fix such an issue, should they be listening. Sadly, they aren’t. Too much money to count.
As any long-time reader will note, we can’t help but play a good drinking game. Which is why we’re quite jazzed about The Hunger Games Drinking Game from The Hot Nerd Girl. Everything about that previous sentence is good. Wouldn’t you agree?
Film.com’s Eric D. Snider — a regular target of this column — has published a very entertaining list of Things The Avengers Theoretically Would Not Assemble For. Among them, Comic-Con. It makes sense. Speaking of Cons, Film.com also published this great rundown of nerd gatherings by the lovely LoquaciousMuse entitled, So You Want to Attend A Comic Book Convention. What do you mean you just want to watch movie previews? Get out of here…
According to a report from Express in the UK, Doctor Who could be getting a sex change. Which oddly doesn’t seem like such a terrible idea. Why not shake up sixty years of male-dominated Time Lording. It’s especially interesting if the rumor that Lara Pulver (Sherlock) is a strong candidate for the role. Did you see her as Irene Adler in Sherlock? Almost too good. In other Doctor related news, io9 has a bit of fun with 10 Times the Doctor Acted Like a Total Bastard on Doctor Who. He really has been kind of a shit to River Song, hasn’t he?
The AV Club has a lovely interview with the even lovelier Greta Gerwig, who stars in Damsels in Distress. Despite the fact that I’m not always a fan of the movies she’s in, I’m a hopeless fan of her work. She’s real in a way that Lena Dunham could only hope to be. Also, she’s goddamn adorable. Speaking of which, here’s a poster for Lola Versus, her new film due out later this summer. In it she stars alongside Joel Kinnaman, whom you’ll recognize as the new Robocop.
Apparently that Robocop statue in Detroit is going to be a real thing. I approve.
Cinema Blend’s Katey Rich hands over a list of 20 Amazing Things You May Have Forgotten About American Pie. #3: “Mochaccino” was a valid punchline. It gets me every time.
The distance between a sane world and an Avatar sequel has never been very close, and now it’s getting even further. According to producer Jon Landau, Avatar 2 and 3 may not happen until after 2014. He also wanted us to remind you that Titanic is back in theaters and to go see it, because this delay is really putting a damper on his plans to buy three private islands.
Over at The Huffington Post, Mike Ryan presents Titanic: Confessions Of An Adult Male Fan. There really isn’t any joke here. He’s a fan of Titanic, who am I to say that he should make sure not to miss his gynecologist appointment next week? I kid, I kid. Plenty of men like Titanic. Especially the end where that one guy dies.
Community creator Dan Harmon is a man of many talents, one of which is putting on the most wonderfully crafted comedy on television. The other is apparently pissing of Chevy Chase. But I’ve read Saturday Night by Doug Hill, so I know Chevy isn’t exactly a saint. Anyway, Harmon wrote an apology for the inciting incident of the Harmon/Chase kerfuffle on his personal blog. Sometimes you have to eat shit to stay ahead in this world.
Here’s How TV is Better Than Movies, a new article from Alison Willmore at IndieWire, was written in response to a Vanity Fair article by James Wolcott entitled Prime Time’s Graduation. It’s all about how TV has become — in the eyes of some — to be a more compelling storytelling medium than film. With shows like Game of Thrones and Mad Men out there, it’s hard to argue.
Speaking of Mad Men, Pajiba has rounded up a list of the 10 Best Tweets from Fat Betty Francis’ Twitter Account, a project from a dedicated (and hilarious) fan. My personal favorite: “Just ate some lobster mac and cheese. Haven’t had an orgasm this intense since the washing machine incident!” I know how that goes, Fat Betty.
We close tonight with a video essay. It’s called “And Introducing…” and it comes from the folks at Flavorwire. It chronicles some of the cinematic introductions of history’s most famous faces. Want to go back to the first time Whoopi Goldberg appeared on film? Here’s your chance…
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