Movie News After Dark: Real Tatooine, Clothed Zod, Unpopular Netflix, Wrapped ‘Hunger Games,’ and Nic Cage Loving Fudgesicles

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a movie news column set to the spectacle of a John Williams score.

We begin tonight with the latest in scientific discovery. NASA and SETI have discovered a planet that has two stars. Their first thought? Name it “Tatooine.” We approve, but we can’t help but think this is a giant marketing campaign for the new Star Wars Blu-ray release. We’ll know when nude pics of the planet show up online.

It’s unclear why, but The Telegraph got Gary Oldman to write a profile on Francis Ford Coppola. Why they did it doesn’t matter though, because the piece is a stirring discovery of the master’s work with a special spotlight shined on how his 70s films affected the actor. Why the byline on an article written by Gary Oldman is given to Marc Lee is also unclear, but what’s an editorial about Coppola without a little mystery?

Newsflash: John Hodgman is fucking with you.

In site news, we continue our ban on Ghostbusters news that doesn’t involve the beginning of filming.

In case you thought Michael Shannon might be unclothed or covered in CGI as Zod in Man of Steel, that’s probably still true, but new set photos show off a new suit that looks like it was sponsored by Under Armour.

Fantastic Fest’s big open arms are almost wrapped around us like a guy who’s so close to the family that we call him “Uncle” even though he’s not really an uncle by blood. We can’t wait, and you shouldn’t be able to either, but with the time we have left, let’s all study up on which beers to drink while bathing in movies down in Austin. Luckily, Slackerwood has us covered.

A little birdie (read: press release) flew into our inbox today to let us know that The Hunger Games has wrapped shooting. The event was so massive that they discovered a new planet for it.

The genius of this hand-painted Harry Potter chess set over at Cicci Designs is that Hagrid and Dobby are both to scale. Full disclosure? I know the artist. More disclosure? His work is genuinely cool. Especially with how bug-eyed Harry looks.

In case you were wondering whether Tyler Perry makes more money than you do (and everyone else does), you were right. He does.

The company that owns Deadline Denton is suing the company that owns The Hollywood Reporter because apparently they’ve been reporting on the same movie news this whole time. Plagiarism! If you’re a lawyer or have some common sense and enjoy laughter, here’s the best write-up of the whole brain cell-killing situation.

On the positive side of the movie website world, the fantastically insightful In Contention is joining with the young juggernaut that is HitFix. The fix just got a great asset in Kris Tapley as an analyst and passionate film fan.

Since Neil has trusted me with After Dark duties this week, I feel like it’s my responsibility to include something Dr. Who related, so let’s all join together in cursing the name of the man who owns the most Daleks in the world…and isn’t a fan of the show. If someone can explain why you’d dedicate your time and money to collecting an icon from something you don’t even care for, cool points will be awarded.

So, we’re all in agreement that this story about Nic Cage finding a naked man with a fudgesicle in his home is a pitch for the Bad Lieutenant sequel right? Are we sure the naked, fudge pop enthusiast wasn’t Harvey Keitel?

Netflix pushed some people past their boiling point when they announced a new pricing structure, and the chickens have come home to roost in the form of significant stock and subscriber losses. This, alongside losing the Starz contract, could signal the start of some very rough times for the company, or it could be the short term dip before their new direction pulls in different users. Either way they’ll have to deal with the influx of chickens now making their home in their office.

We close tonight with the only thing that seems fitting. Movie-related? No. Charlie Day from It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia yelling a lot? Hell yes:

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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