What is Movie News After Dark? It is a nightly movie news column that ain’t afraid of sharks. Just don’t tell any sharks that it said that, because they just don’t need to know about it. It’s also a movie news column that continues to unapologetically report on all things Michael Bay and Doctor Who. If you can’t handle that, there’s other stuff in here, too.

Shark Night 3D is a real thing. So real with its bikini-clad Sarah Paxton almost within the grasp of a big ass angry fish. So real with Snakes on a Plane director David R. Ellis at the controls. Oh, who are we kidding? This is going to be ridiculous, bloody and one-step above porn. If we’re lucky.

Several outlets around the web were harangued into sitting down and watching a selection of scenes from Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon this week. And while we wouldn’t expect such a studio-controlled field trip to yield any critical words (when you’re in it for the goodies, you don’t bite the asses of the studios handing out the goodies), we sure didn’t expect it to be this positive. Peter Sciretta at /Film was more than enthused, as were the science-conscious folks at Wired. Their reactions only prove what I’ve been saying all along: Bayhem shall soon rule supreme.

Last night the cinema-obsessed masses of Austin, TX were treated to a surprise screening of Akira, courtesy of the folks at Mondo Tees (that place where you used to be able to buy cool posters, but now you aren’t fast enough). Those in attendance had the opportunity to buy limited edition Tyler Stout designed Akira posters, which might represent some of the best work the artist has ever done. If you act fast, you still might be able to snag one for $950 on eBay.

Less interesting but also poster-related, Warner Bros. has unleashed a series of The Hangover Part II character posters. They’ve got some funny in them. Below you will see my personal highlight. Oh, Stu, poor Stu.

I know that you can’t get it out of your mind, this eternal question: Who will play The Lone Ranger to Johnny Depp’s Tonto? The answer may lie with Ryan Gosling, who is apparently in talks for the role. It would be an inspired choice, but Gosling is a busy guy. He has to go make that Logan’s Run remake before he can dig up this old character.

Total Film is exploring the evolution of Michelle Williams this week, including roles that date all the way back to 1993. I had no idea that Michelle Williams was on Baywatch. Then again, it was 1993. I was 10. I wasn’t paying attention to the names.

The supernerds over at StarTrek.com have a very in-depth exploration of money in Star Trek. Gene Roddenberry had that rule about their being no currency in The Federation. But there are hints that such rules weren’t always followed. We’re looking at you, Star Trek: TNG writer Ronald D. Moore.

Remember The Roommate, the ill-fated horror flick from last year (or was it earlier this year)? Well, they’re taking that concept and mixing it with The Cable Guy over at Paramount. Only this time, Anna Faris will play the Matthew Broderick role. I was excited about this until I found out that Faris would be playing the straight-man and not the crazy person. Just when there was hope.

A few new images were released from the upcoming moviepocalypse event Harry Potter and the Deathly Hallows – Part 2, including this lovely one of that little shitbird Draco Malfoy.

LA Times’ Hero Complex is doing their usual stumping for studio films that is only marginally different from advertising, putting together a month’s worth of Thor coverage to solidify their blood-bond with flacks at Paramount. But I’ll give them this: they have put together some interesting almost-advertising. Today’s article was all about Foo Fighters and their late addition to the soundtrack. Come to think of it, Dave Grohl looks like he could be from Asgard.

The kids over at IGN have an interesting take on what Zack Snyder’s Superman: Man of Steel needs.

Nestor Carbonell, the ageless wonder from Lost and Gotham City’s mayor from The Dark Knight, appears to be returning for The Dark Knight Rises. Even after he almost let his city get overrun by corrupt cops and gangsters played by Michael Jai White, he still gets reelected. That Christopher Nolan, he really is into realism.

For some time now, I’ve been a big fan of both Doctor Who and remixologist Mike Relm. With that in mind, I’ll just leave this here and say goodnight…


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