Movie News After Dark: Sacha’s Dictator, Simon Pegg’s Writing, All Night Risk and Epic Voiceover Tweets

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news round-up that finds the darndest things. Like Sacha Baron Cohen’s beard, creepy Musketeer posters, Mark Wahlberg, Simon Pegg, Paul Walker and a way to make your tweets into epic cinematic adventures. You need this and you know it.

We begin tonight with Sacha Baron Cohen looking crazytown as The Dictator, his latest mockumentary prank film. Only this time, it’s got a more concise narrative. Cohen will play the dual roles of a ruthless dictator who heads to the U.S. for a meeting at the United Nations and finds that his number two has replaced him with an unsuspecting sheepherder lookalike. The big guy has sort of a Cosmo Kramer meets Mr. T vibe going on, with all the frills of the late Saddam Hussein. That feeling deep in your loins is unbridled excitement. That’s a good thing.

Our friends at would like to help you celebrate the 50th birthday of Michael J. Fox through the best of his cinematic roles. Everything from Doc Hollywood (a personal favorite and sexually revolutionary movie of mine) to Back to the Future are represented alongside some of his lesser known roles, like the one where he turns into the pubescent werewolf.

At this week’s Spike TV Guy’s Choice Awards, two crazy things happened. Mark Wahlberg received the award for “Guy Movie of the Year” on behalf of The Fighter, then proceeded to announce that he’s super-serious about The Fighter 2. They’ve got plenty of story, expressed the star, from the trilogy of fights Mickey Ward had with Arturro Gatti. Wait a minute… in a year when Sly Stallone assembled a team of badass dudes and The A-Team came back into the game, the wimpy, melodramatic boxing movie was “Guy Movie of the Year”? I’m calling shenanigans.

Summit Entertainment has released the first official poster for Paul W.S. Anderson’s The Three Musketeers. Despite everything working against it, there is some potential here. If the presence of Milla Jovovich can be balanced out by the likes of Christoph Waltz, Juno Temple and Ray Stevenson. Not likely, but there’s still hope.

Disney wants a large-scale sci-fi adventure franchise that will play well with the family audiences, a la Star Wars. And they are willing to give Lost and Star Trek producer Damon Lindelof a lot of money to make it happen. The project, currently with the working title 1952, is being shrouded in mystery. But don’t get too engrossed in that title or what it might mean. Lindelof is good buddies with mystery box man J.J. Abrams, after all.

A mysterious tweeter has been providing updates from the set of The Avengers, or so they claimed before their Twitter account vanished into another realm. The stream of details is rather revealing and if legit, provides details on the film’s villains and the lack of fear Joss Whedon strikes in the hearts of his crew. Spoilers are a possibility, so read at your own risk.

The good news is that there’s new information that suggests that Banksy’s documentary Exit Through the Gift Shop was not a hoax, but a true story. The bad news is that it’s taken a lawsuit against subject Thierry Guetta (aka Mr. Brainwash) to prove it.

“The next thing that we do will hopefully be… you know, in writing our new thing, Edgar and me have been very determined – that we’re going to start in earnest very, very soon – to not just do the same thing again, to do something very different. Not to the point of alienating people who want something, but just give people something new and something different. You can’t just stay where you are forever. You have to mutate to survive, and I think we’re going to make sure that we do that. I’d hate to become stale and predictable. People are already making films that are kind of like the sort of thing we might do. I want to stay a little bit ahead of the curve at least.” That’s Simon Pegg talking to Ain’t It Cool about working with Edgar Wright, with whom he’d like to be writing a script before he has to star shooting Star Trek 2. Here’s hoping they get some quality time.

In other news related to Simon Pegg, his new book “Nerd Do Well” is out and I personally can’t wait to read it. If I get time, I may even head over to Book People in Austin on Wednesday (June 15) where he will be signing copies. He’s also been pimping the imminent release of Paul on Blu-ray (August 9), as is evident in this video he recorded with Nick Frost:

Justin Lin and rich lady Megan Ellison are still working on that Terminator 5 project that’s been floating around. And while Arnold Schwarzenegger might be hiding from the cameras and spending time with his ever-growing brood, Paul Walker doesn’t have anything going on outside of Fast and Furious sequels. So why not follow Lin to another franchise that continues to overstay its welcome? Good game, guys.

The LA Times poses an interesting question: with his rumored involvement in Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained, is the world ready to see Leonardo DiCaprio as a bad guy?

A writer has been hired to pen the big screen adaptation of the board game Risk. If done right, the script will be written in a single 38-hour weekend session that involves gallons of Mountain Dew, tense rivalries between friends who earlier in the day traded precious comic books and ends with one combatant hurling the board from the table exclaiming “Fuck this, you guys aren’t playing right!” If done wrong, it will be written in the traditional format (i.e. with words on paper).

Get your tissues out, as a Big Fish musical is on the way. I’ve never cried like that at the end of a movie. I can’t believe I just admitted that to the 7 people who read this column.

Finally, something useful to do with Twitter aside from bitching about airline travel and picking fights with the neanderthal leagues of movie bloggerdom. Thanks to European telecom company Orange, you can write a tweet, append it with #thissummer, then go to their website and hear it read in a movie trailer voice-over style. This shit’s about to get real, as they say. (Thanks to Mashable for the tip.)

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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