What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that is very sad this evening. Yesterday it was very exciting about the possibilities of asking out Siri, but today sadness has overwhelmed. What’s a near-sentient nightly news column to do? Well, lets do the news, as they said in the old days.

As you likely know by now, Steve Jobs, founder of Apple Inc. and the innovator of a generation, has passed away at age 56. It’s always tough to quantify how one person has impacted society, but in this particular case, it’s hard to imagine what things would have been like without Steve. Film School Rejects, like many a website, was originally designed on a Mac. He laid groundwork for much of the technology we use today. He truly changed lives. For more, I’d encourage you to read Cole’s excellent piece on Steve Jobs’ Movie Legacy: Pixar and the Technology that Freed Indie Filmmakers. Rest in Peace, Mr. Jobs. You’ve done well.

Here’s to the craziest one of all…

And now, on with our regularly scheduled news programming…

In a wholly unrelated item, director Lars von Trier will no longer be doing interviews. Ever. If you remember back to Cannes, he made comments about understanding Hitler. He has since been contacted by French authorities about his violation of a French law against justification of war crimes. So now he’s not talking to the press ever again. So that happened.

Via /Film’s new Managing Editor Russ Fischer, we have an infographic of the many time lines in Shane Carruth’s Primer, perhaps one of the more brilliant films about time travel ever constructed. It’s a great little graphic, which will get bigger if you click it:

Here’s a juicy project: Bob Orci (Star Trek), Seth Green (Robot Chicken) and Jon Favreau (Iron Man) are planning a show for ABC that is sci-fi, with a bit of humor. It’s being described as The X-Files meets The West Wing. I could dig on that. Oh yeah, and Michael Dougherty, of Trick ‘r Treat fame, is also involved. I could really dig on that.

The futures of several major television shows are currently on the rocks because of money issues. First, Showtime is considering putting the breaks on Dexter due to contract problems with Michael C. Hall, who has asked for more money. On another front, Fox is looking to The Simpsons to tighten its belt, else it may be gone. At Pajiba, Rob Payne writes about why we no longer need The Simpsons. Personally, I’d be sad to see either show go. That said, both feel as though they’ve run much, if not all of their course.

That’s enough news on this somber evening. We close with Apple’s 1984 commercial, one of the great projects led by Steve Jobs. It’s perfect, as it is completely movie related and beautifully constructed by Ridley Scott.


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