What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box.
It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this stuff late at night, what do you expect?
Editor’s Note: Neil’s knee deep in the goo of SXSW, so Nathan Adams has dutifully stepped up to deliver the news and insight you demand. Shower him with gifts in the form of Katherine Heigl DVDs.
Our header tonight is one of a new batch of stills released from the upcoming Tom Hanks and Julia Roberts rom-com Larry Crowne. If you ever needed a high res image of two grown people looking ridiculous riding around on a scooter then this is your lucky day. Okay, who am I kidding? They look adorable.
John Hawkes is set to play Mark O’Brien in the upcoming movie Surrogate. O’Brien was a poet and activist who lived his entire life inside an iron lung after contracting Polio as a little kid. Give the performance of your career in a really interesting role and still don’t win an Oscar? Well then doing a period piece about somebody with an affliction ought to do it. Good luck at the Awards next year Mr. Hawkes, I’d say you’re a shoe-in for that “whoops, we messed up last year, here’s an Oscar to make up for it” thing they do all the time.
Drew Barrymore is directing another movie. This one is called How to be Single and it’s about the love lives and break-ups of a group of New Yorkers over the span of ten years. Boring! Here’s a question about Drew Barrymore: Why did I think she was so sexy as Bjergen Kjergen in Wayne’s World 2 and then she’s completely annoyed me in everything else she’s ever done?
The guy who directed Jackass is making his first scripted movie and it’s going to be a sort of reversal on Revenge of the Nerds called Revenge of the Jocks. It’s about the guys who were popular in high school who are now losers that get pushed around by their nerd bosses. I guess they take some revenge. But is it really revenge when what’s being done to you is revenge for things that you started? You know who’s going to be into this movie? High school jocks.
The sci-fi movie Joseph Kosinski is making for Disney has a new name and a new writer. It used to be called Oblivion, but now it’s called Horizons. It used to be written by William Monahan, but now it will be rewritten by Karl Gajdusek. Don’t worry, Gajdusek also wrote an upcoming Nic Cage movie, so you know he’s got to be good.
I always figured that Dennis Hopper probably saw a lot of crazy stuff back in the 60s. Well turns out he did, and he photographed most of it. Rumor has it that Hopper was on so many drugs he didn’t even know that Apocalypse Now was a movie. He thought he was hanging out in Brando’s back yard the whole time. Thankfully, Hopper’s memories are being put together in a photo book. Want to see Jane Fonda shoot a boy and arrow in a bikini? Then this is the book for you.
Zack Snyder is talking a bit about his upcoming Superman. Unlike Bryan Singer’s approach, he says that he isn’t going to tie this to any other past Superman movies. That’s probably good, seeing as Singer’s movie was a snore. But really, I don’t care what he does as long as I don’t have to see another movie about Lex Luthor coming up with some new ridiculous real estate scheme. Please Zack, I beg.
Before the screening of her new movie The Beaver at SXSW, Jodie Foster asked the audience to appreciate Mel Gibson’s performance as art separate from their feelings about him as a person. Foster says that anyone who does so, “can’t go away untouched by his humanity.” She then added that anybody who refuses to give the movie a chance should eat her out before she buries them behind the fucking theater. Okay, not really. But watch out, because the piece has spoilers.
We leave you tonight with some recovered video that almost became a lost part of film history. Not many people are aware of the fact that Todd Barry had a pretty big role in Black Swan before the final edit. As a matter of fact, the movie originally was designed as a spin off film for Barry’s deli manager character in The Wrestler. Luckily, Funny or Die was able to dig up some footage of Barry and Natalie Portman working together from off of the cutting room floor. How Barry ever got cut out is beyond me. This guy was getting 5s in test screenings. 5s!
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