Michael Clarke Duncan

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that begins on a sad note this evening, then explodes into an exploration of some of the best long-form writing on the entertainment blogosphere. Every single link is worth a click. We’re quite proud of this accomplishment. Good job, team.

We begin tonight with some sad news, that of Michael Clarke Duncan passing away at age 54. The Oscar-nominated actor was known best for his role in The Green Mile, but also stole scenes in everything from Armageddon to The Slammin’ Salmon. In person, he was described as a friendly, gentle man, quite the opposite of his intimidating stature. He died as a result of a heart attack, his fiancé confirmed today. Our thoughts go out to his friends and family. He will be missed.

1. Breaking Bad, yo – If you read one recap of this week’s mid-season finale of Breaking Bad, you might want to make it Vulture’s recap from Matt Zoller Seitz. As he points out, it’s Hank’s show now. Saying more would be spoiler territory, but know that he’s got a point. If you read/listen to a second recap, don’t forget The Ones Who Knock.

2. Breaking Bad, bitch – One more Breaking Bad link, then I promise to leave it alone for a bit. This great image shows some of the moments from this week’s episode, “Gliding All Over” that parallel other visual moments from earlier in the series. Great little nods were abound as Walt and crew go to break.

3. Film Festival with Truths to Tell – For those who couldn’t afford the gondola ride up the mountain for the Telluride Film Festival (read: most of us), A.O. Scott has an illuminating essay on the best of what transpired in the Colorado rockies. 9,000 feet above sea level doesn’t seem so high, after all.

4. Beyond the Matrix – The New Yorker’s Aleksandar Hemon gives us an intimate look at The Wachowskis, Lana and Andy, who have been rather reclusive in the years following their breakout with The Matrix franchise, talking about their upcoming film, their personal lives and well, mostly about their upcoming film. It’s a fascinating read.

5. Six Months, Three Days – Read the Hugo Award winning story by Charlie Jane Anders, who also writes for our friends over at io9. It’s an awesome piece and we’re extremely proud to say that we call her a colleague.

6. We Need to Reboot The MPAA – Over at Badass Digest, Devin Faraci unloads a massive piece about why the MPAA needs a serious clean-up job. It reminds me of our own Cole Abaius’ piece The MPAA Must Die from February of this year. To Faraci’s credit, he offers a number of reasonable solutions for the MPAA ratings system.

7. Explaining Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom – To complete this evening’s series of great long-reads on the subjects of entertainment, Grantland’s Bryan Curtis has a great piece about why the second Indiana Jones movie was so damn dark, among other things.

8. First they took his daughter – And somehow, they didn’t learn their lesson. So Liam Neeson is back for Taken 2: Electric Bugaloo.

Taken 2 UK Quad

9. Lebowski by Ghoulish Gary Pullin – Check out this awesome poster for The Big Lebowski that Ghoulish Gary Pullin did for Tucson’s The Loft Cinema and a special event their holding. Now that’s rad, Dude.

The Big Lebowski by Ghoulish Gary

10. Breaking Bad Remixed – Of course our Monday edition comes full-circle to Breaking Bad. After last night’s mid-season finale, what is there to talk about, really? Actually, there was quite a bit. But this remix of seasons one and two from DJplaceboing is pretty ridiculous, yo. I miss Badger…

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