Movie News After Dark: Paramount is Old, More Synths, John Carter, Walt Disney and Patton Oswalt Gets Booted from the Alamo Drafthouse


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.

In a new interview with Hero Complex, Doctor Who star Karen Gillan talks about Amy Pond’s future, keeping secrets on set and the strange family tree that Amy and Rory have created.

Dominic Monaghan gives Criterion his list of Dominic Monaghan’s favorite Criterion movies. And what a list it is. You can’t disrespect a man that includes Monty Python’s Life of Brian.

Over at, 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:

John Carter IMAX Poster

In a guest essay at Hero Complex, Jon Favreau writes lovingly about Walt Disney. Fun fact: Did you know that Walt Disney and I share a birthday? Coincidence? I think not.

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.

Cracked has a frightening list of the 5 most horrifyingly wasteful film shoots, including one horse-related shoot that will make your stomach turn. You’ll never look at Charlton Heston the same way again.

It’s awards season, which gives way to end of the year lists season. Don’t worry, we’re already working on our slew of year end lists for the Year in Review. And in order to prepare, we’re taking a close look at Linda Holmes’ list of the 20 unhappiest people you meed in the comments section of year-end lists. This includes some of you. Yes, you.

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.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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