Movie News After Dark: Sacha the Slave Trader, General Jimmy Stewart, Luke Mullen’s Beard and All the Dials Go to Eleven

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that would like to lend apologies to those who despise brevity. Tonight’s just not a quantity kind of night. It is, however, a quality kind of night.

Quentin Tarantino is now officially on a casting binge for Django Unchained, reportedly signing up Sacha Baron Cohen to play a gambler who buys Kerry Washington as his companion, thus angering the titular slave played by Jamie Foxx. I love it when he plays the villain.

Josh Armstrong over at Know The Artist sent us a link to this very interesting interview with Coke Sams, a long time collaborator of Jim Varney on the medium-bending properties of Ernest P. Worrell. Did you know that there was a great list of Ernest movies that just never made it? And that such a list included titles like Ernest the PirateErnest & the Water BabyErnest Spaced Out and Ernest & the Voodoo Curse. I would watch all of those right now.

Luke Mullen's BeardOver at Culture Map, a local Austin culture blog, there’s a profile of a film editor named Luke Mullen. Hey wait, we know that guy. That’s the same Luke Mullen who writes for Film School Rejects. What a small world it is. Anyway, the article, penned by Brian Salisbury (who we also know, as it turns out) talks about Luke’s work on the short film No Way Out, starring A Horrible Way to Die star A.J. Bowen and directed by someday famous director and past Reject Radio guest Aaron Morgan. It’s a really good article. I say that without bias. Alright, maybe a little bias. But as you can see in the image to the right (a Mullen illustration by John Gholson), that beard is irresistible.

In honor of Veterans Day, our own Cole Abaius’ wife — a Veteran herself — sent over a link to this fascinating story about Brid. Gen. Jimmy Stewart and a 13-hour bombing mission during Vietnam. Yes, Jimmy Stewart the actor.

Tarsem Singh would like to make a live-action Samurai Jack film. This would follow his mainstream efforts Immortals and Mirror, Mirror. Because hey, once you go mainstream, you really shouldn’t ever go back. Right? Guys? Right? That said, Samurai Jack is awesome and could make a cool, hyper-stylized film.

One of our very talented long-time readers, Hector Pahaut, whose work we’ve featured on this site before, sent over this new poster he’s designed for Into the Wild. Even though I wasn’t personally impressed with the movie — that Sean Penn is so goddamn self-indulgent, he makes Lars von Trier look like a wannabe — I do like this poster a great deal:

Into the Wild by Hector Pahaut

So Billy Crystal is back to hosting the Oscars. Who cares, right? You should, that’s who, as Crystal has long been the big kahuna of Oscar hosts. He’s a master of mastering that ceremony. And while he’s not going to drive stakes into the bleeding hearts of Hollywood’s egos like a Ricky Gervais, he’s not afraid to give some jabs, as evidence by this list of 5 great Billy Crystal Oscar moments.

As you may have heard, today was 11/11/11. Some are celebrating the numerical anomaly, others are celebrating it as corduroy day, as it’s a set of numbers that looks like corduroy pants. Still others, those of us who know how to rock, celebrated it as Nigel Tufnel Day, a day in which all of our dials can be cranked up to 11. If you didn’t watch This is Spinal Tap today, you were doing it wrong. Allow me to close this evening by offering you some redemption:

Nigel Tufnel Goes to 11

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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