What is Movie News After Dark? Whatever it was last night has been shed, and tonight it is back to its old self: a movie news round-up that appears nightly, pulls no punches and always delivers the goods. For those who were disappointed in last night’s non-entry — especially that guy who called me “LAZY” — please accept my apology in the form of tonight’s exquisite assortment of entertaining goodies.
Tonight’s lead image comes from Pixar’s new short, Luna. It’s the coming-of-age story of a young boy who is taught the strange details of his family’s business. As with everything Pixar-related, it looks beautiful. And we can only imagine that it will have some sort of heart-warming human elements. Nothing plucks heart strings like a little lineage and a father with a massive mustache.
Recently, AICN’s Eric Vespe chatted with Steven Spielberg about Jaws and everything else that any geek might want to discuss with the director who shaped so many childhoods with his films. The result is the nerdiest, most astute, brilliantest thing I’ve read on the internet since small-time nerds first began getting access to big time talents. If you don’t read it, unfriend yourself on Facebook, because you are not who you think you are.
Not long ago, all-around badass Idris Elba tweeted cryptically about going to meet a “controversial director” about a “controversial project.” Everyone thought it was Quentin Tarantino, who is casting his next film, Django Unchained. It wasn’t. As it turns out, Elba was meeting Guillermo Del Toro about a possible role in Pacific Rim, the big giant hellacious monster movie being put together by the decidedly uncontroversial director. Close enough, and still encouraging.
By now I’m sure that you’ve seen the latest anti-texting PSA from the world famous Alamo Drafthouse. Long story short, this is what happens when you text in a screening at this fine establishment. You get kicked out. Then you leave hilarious voicemails because you’re a moron and you become an internet meme (NSFW stands for awesome):
If that wasn’t enough, here’s CNN’s Anderson Cooper calling Alamo Drafthouse CEO Tim League a “great American hero.” Take that, whatever guy owns AMC theaters. You are definitely not as cool as the most wicked awesome theater owner in these Magnited States of America:
Jonathan Applebaum and Andre Nemec, the guys behind the upcoming Mission Impossible – Ghost Protocol, have been tapped to write the rebirth of The Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles for Paramount. It’s hard to know if this is encouraging, discouraging or pure cowabunga. So I’m going with pure COWABUNGA!
Another rebooting franchise is getting a writer, as well. Brad Caleb Kane has been signed for Daredevil, the project currently under the watchful eye of director David Slade. His resume includes Fringe and Brooklyn’s Finest and he’s mining the story from Frank Miller and David Mazzucchelli’s “Born Again” series. That’s good enough for me.
Fans of The IT Crowd (me, me, me!) were treated to the adorable mug of Chris O’Dowd wooing audiences this year in Bridesmaids, and apparently he’s earned his keep. Paul Feig and Judd Apatow have decided to bring him back into their world, along with Lena Dunham, Wyatt Russell, Charlene Yi, Paul Rudd and Leslie Mann, for the temporarily titled This is Forty, a Knocked Up spin-off about Rudd and Mann’s characters.
20th Century Fox wants to make another King Kong movie. Only this time — wait for it — they’re doing it from Kong’s perspective. It’s about time that we are sympathetic to the plight of the Gorilla Kong! Those previous films did nothing to that effect. Sarcarsm!
Behold, The Wire as a Hanna-Barbera cartoon. Shiiiiiiiiiiit…
Best news of the year: Jurassic Park is coming to Blu-ray this year. All three movies, in a box set that will probably rock your world. Thank you, benevolent gods of home entertainment! You will give us peace before the world ends in 2012! Oh wait, this is still just a rumor. Damn.
According to sources, the completely attractive Naomie Harris might be the newest Bond girl. With pre-production heating up on the Sam Mendes-helmed twenty third James Bondventure, it’s likely that these rumors and hearsays will continue to ramp up. For now, I approve of any and all hot women being cast in Bond 23.
A good many years later, Richard Donner explains why he cast Christopher Reeve as Superman. He needed an unknown. Between him and Bryan Singer, that was the best way to go about it. Reeve and Brandon Routh were two great Supermen in two different eras. That British guy, what’s his name Cavill, has a lot to live up to.
He’s been the kid in The Road, the vampire lover in Let Me In and almost little Wolverine. But now Kodi Smit-McPhee is working on something else that’s got some history to it: he will star alongside Hailee Steinfeld in Romeo and Juliet. He will play Romeo. Really? Is this going to be the kids version? In only slightly related news, I watched Gnomeo and Juliet this evening and it was adorable. Top that, Romeo and Gossip Girl.
We close tonight with an example of comedy by juxtaposition: