Movie News After Dark: Remembering Jim Henson, Alcatraz, Tintin Posters and The Ambiguously Gay Duo

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly column chronicling all that is good and true(ish) in the world. But enough gay banter, its author caught the new trailer for The Muppets this evening — it’s attached to Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides — and it was adorable. Not Pirates, that wasn’t great, the Muppets trailer. Speaking of Muppets, here’s something sad…

21 years ago today, Jim Henson passed away. Our friends over at /Film are remembering him by posting a wonderful documentary called The World of Jim Henson. It’s worth your time, as you might imagine.

What would happen if Gaspar Noe directed a film from a script by Bret Easton Ellis? It would burst at the seams with pretense, but it also might be twisted as hell. I’m willing to let them have their shot.

Disney was all dressed up and ready to take Maleficent, their dark adaptation of Sleeping Beauty, to the ball with Tim Burton at the wheel and Angelina Jolie in the pumpkin (do I have the right princess? I don’t think I do. Oh well…), but now Burton is out and they’re looking for another fairy director mother. Word is that Harry Potter director David Yates might be in. Which would be fine, I suppose.

Movieline has a great list of 9 milestones in the evolution of Will Ferrell.

Check out the first trailer for J.J. Abrams’ Alcatraz. It’s another show about an island that includes Jorge Garcia — which means Hurley will undoubtedly see numbers. Only this time, it’s got Sam Neill. Holy crap, dudes!

Miramax has signed a multi-year agreement to have their films hosted on Netflix. Beginning in June 2011 (that’s coming up soon) films such as Pulp Fiction, Good Will Hunting, The English Patient, Bad Santa and Kill Bill will be streaming right to your television.

“After the internet posting of a nice review by someone who saw Transformers: Dark of the Moon, the writer had not been clear on one thing. He misstated that the Twins are in the film. They are not. So I am offering a $25,000 REWARD to anyone who can find them performing in Transformers 3, on July 1, when the movie opens.” Director Michael Bay, via his own website, on Skids and Mudflap, the “racist” robots from the previous Transformers film. Take that, not-awesome internet people.

As you know, Jason Statham kicks ass. To celebrate his ass-kicking skills, Cinema Blend has put together a list of his best hits.

Not long ago we gave you the news that Ubisoft was creating a film branch of their operation with the hope that they could create film adaptations of the own properties. They will start big with Assassin’s Creed, Ghost Recon and Splinter Cell. And they’ll be doing it in 3D.

Today has revealed not one, but two beautiful posters for Steven Spielberg’s The Adventures of Tintin: The Secret of the Unicorn. The first one down is the international poster, which debuted on Empire. The second is the domestic, which hit via AICN. Look at the names on that one. Spielberg, Peter Jackson, further down we’ve got Steven Moffat, Edgar Wright and Joe Cornish. If this movie doesn’t blow the roof off our winter movie season, I’ll be a monkey’s uncle.

We close tonight with something that’s probably been a long time in the making. When would a pair of actors come along who’d be perfect as a live-action Ambiguously Gay Duo? Now sounds about right, and Jon Hamm and Jimmy Fallon are those men. Also, there are more than a few other brilliant cameos:

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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