What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly collection of things, movie related and otherwise, that will entertain you, astound you and most likely give you that much needed late-night push toward deep, restful sleep.
We begin tonight with the new logo Paramount Pictures has released for their 100th anniversary celebration. I caught it this evening on a massive IMAX screen in front of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, which was quite awesome. But more on that later. Up first, some trivia: Did you know that the original Paramount mountain was based on a doodle by W.W. Hodkinson and that the live-action logo is based on Peru’s Artesonraju? Wikipedia did.
Speaking of Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol, I was also hipped to this new music video, in which a stylish techno DJ person has remixed the iconic theme song and added some synths. Gotta have those synths. Though it’s worth noting that I’m already a big fan of Michael Giacchino’s version during M:I4‘s opening credits.
In a statement made via his website, Louis C.K. has said that his online experiment has succeeded, with his new comedy special turning a profit in about 12 hours. He also goes on to explain why this works as opposed to selling through a big company. Essentially he’s the Kevin Smith of comedy special distribution. Only far funnier and less whiney. If you haven’t yet, you should support his mission.
Over at Movies.com, critic Alonso Duralde has begun publishing a new column called DVD Obscura, in which he takes on relatively rare DVD and Blu-ray releases, mostly of the indie and/or international fare. His first entry, an exploration of The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo trilogy might not sound obscure, as we’re all aware of David Fincher’s remake, but there’s so much about this series you probably haven’t seen yet. Also, not everyone is as well-traveled as you, dear reader.
Below you will find a new IMAX poster for John Carter, the movie formerly known as John Carter of Mars. It’s about John Carter of Earth, and this giant monkey things:
The Avengers is getting a prequel comic. Because it’s based on comics. And because there’s so much story, they’ll need some connective tissue. We can only hope that it won’t be required reading to have a hold on the 2012 film’s story. That’s never a good sign.
In a new essay, film critic Armond White comments on David Denby and embargoes. The constantly controversial White really lays it all down in this one, but stops just short of reminding us how much he fucking loved Larry Crowne. I don’t know how he left that out of all that serious talk.
We close tonight with a video of Patton Oswalt being kicked out of the Alamo Drafthouse for texting during the movie. Jason Reitman comes right in and ejects him. He then leaves a voicemail. It leaves me in stitches.
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