The Art of Ralph McQuarrie

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly collection of links, movie news, happy things and sad things. Tonight we begin with something sad, because it’s easily the biggest story of the night.

We begin this evening on a sad note. Over the weekend, Ralph McQuarrie passed away. Some of you may not know the name, but you’ve seen his work. In fact, his work may have defined a lot of what you consider to be the iconography of your childhood. He’s the man who helped George Lucas craft the look of a little project called Star Wars, among other things. Better men than I have written excellent obituaries. I found Drew McWeeney on Ralph McQuarrie and AICN’s Eric Vespe on Ralph McQuarrie to be the best of them. Also, Geek Tyrant has a great gallery of Ralph McQuarrie art.

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io9 presents a list of 24 weird and wonderful movies that you’ll never get to see, a gathering of strange and wonderful films from yesteryear that have been for one reason or another lost to the ethos. It’s proof that some movies aren’t forever. So cherish them, friends. Cherish every day you have with them.

Total Film presents a list of the 50 most hated movies ever made. It’s the culmination of something I can no longer stand: constant, unfiltered fanboy hate. Come on, people… aren’t we here because we love — and at the very least like — movies? That said, The Last Airbender was a real piece of shit.

The ever-expanding world of IndieWire has birthed a new blog. Matt Singer will write CriticWire for the site, a blog focused on the best of film criticism around the web. I’ve long enjoyed Singer’s work, especially his guest appearance on Reject Radio. Singer’s first most intriguing piece: Do Critics Owe Original Movies Good Reviews? The answer is no, as critics or bloggers or pundits or whatever don’t owe any movie anything, but it’s an interesting discussion on whether or not we’re more lenient when a filmmaker sticks their neck out with an original idea. On the flip side, are we too hard on sequels and remakes?

Previously we’ve featured the work of Matt Hermann, a man who has unleashed the Original Movie Ideas project. He’s trying to come up with completely original movie ideas, because as is the case with many a movie fan, he’s convinced that Hollywood’s well is running dry. And he’s right about that part. His latest idea is Pilot, Pirate, Ninja, Son, a film in which “a young boy must become a pilot, a pirate and a ninja to find his father and emerge from a coma.” I’ll let you decide how new it is. Personally, I wish more folks would try to make such meaningful contributions to the discussion about sequels and remakes. I approve of the proactive approach. That said, I dig this poster:

Pilot Pirate Ninja Son

If Dr. Suess wrote Star Wars:

If Dr. Suess wrote Star Wars

Harry Knowles has finally fulfilled his rightful destiny and become a literal puppet. It’s all part of AICN joining The Nerdist Channel, a YouTube conglomerate of nerd-friendly shows. Should be an interesting little project.

Animal House is coming to Broadway. And The Barenaked Ladies are doing the music. Just sit there for a moment and let that sink in. This could really go either way.

Not long ago, we reported that the guys from Portishead are going to release Cliff Martinez’s Drive soundtrack on vinyl. Now Mondo has announced that they will release the 2-LP set sometime in June. And it’s going to be awesome, as expected.

Over at IndieWire, Alison Wilmore asks, Will Luck Go Down Easier When You Can Watch a Whole Season at Once? The answer is yes, according to yours truly, who got to watch the entire first season of Luck altogether. It’s just one of those shows that works better as run-through on DVD. I find that to be true with many an HBO show.

Movieline explores Harvey Weinstein’s Bully problem, one that might be manufactured for additional publicity.

Tonight’s closing video is the real life manifestation of “These are a few of my favorite things.” Yes, friends and neighbors, it’s a mash-up of Doctor Who‘s 11th Doctor, Matt Smith, and Sherlock, as played by the incredible Benedict Cumberbatch. It’s a duet mash-up version of  “I Can Do Anything Better Than You.” Oh, you’re already watching it? Okay, I’ll stop talking about it now…

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