What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that rounds up junk and stuff. It also likes J.J. Abrams’ movies, but not so much that it can’t laugh at them, as well. It is also currently being written by an author who is distracted with Diary of a Wimpy Kid 2: Rodrick Rules. It’s surprisingly charming.

Geek icon Simon Pegg released a book recently, “Nerd Do Well,” chronicling his life as a now-famous nerd. Personally, I can’t wait to read it. In the mean time, one passage about George Lucas and the Star Wars prequels has become a topic of discussion. Did Lucas apologize for the prequels? That’s the question of the day.

Sooner than later, more viral stuff for The Dark Knight Rises will emerge here on the internet. Warner Bros. will be looking to recapture the magic it had with The Dark Knight. According to Mike Sampson at JoBlo, the word on the street is that the next phase of the ‘Dark Knight Rises’ viral campaign will launch soon and reveal the first look at Catwoman.”

In his next documentary, Werner Herzog will go Gazing Into the Abyss with a Tale of Death, a Tale of Life about death row inmates. If Werner Herzog narration can make cave paintings interesting, I’d say he can probably do something with death row.

Our own Brian Salisbury has started a new column over at Movies.com, and it celebrates his favorite thing: men. Well, that’s his second favorite thing, I’m told. In his latest edition of Reel Men, he celebrates Quint. And no, sadly not the guy who writes for Ain’t It Cool News.

This is as inside baseball as it gets in the film blogging business, but I laughed heartily at Pajiba’s expose Does Nikki Finke Make Up Quotes? I laugh because Nikki Finke is a joke. Get it?

Remember when minimalist posters were all the rage? They are coming back in a big way with artist Brickhut, who has put together a number of very cool ones. Here’s a personal favorite of mine. You can find the rest, including looks at Close Encounters, Ghostbusters, Star Wars, over at Brickhut’s site. I like Big:

Apparently the Batman: Arkham City game has a version of Robin that is far more interesting than the one played by Chris O’Donnell in those movies we just don’t talk about anymore. It has Erik Davis thinking naughty thoughts about Joseph Gordon-Levitt.

Ian McShane has signed on to Snow White and the Huntsman. He will play a — what’s the most appropriate way to say this — a dwarf. A little person. That’s about right.

If you had Gossip Girl star Penn Badgley in your “who will play Jeff Buckley” office pool, you just won.

There are few men in this world that I adore like Terry Gilliam. In this new interview, he in unafraid to talk about Green Lantern, Woody Allen, Don Quixote and much more.

Danny Elfman has signed on to two major projects, Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful and The Hunger Games.

/Film has pieced together a very interesting look at a Green Lantern starring Jack Black, as penned by Robert Smigel. There’s something so sinister and desirable about that. Then, after a moment of thought, there’s nothing desirable about that.

Japan has a Jurassic Park sex hotel. I’m told that Cole Abaius is planning a second honeymoon there with his wife. Life will find a way at a rate of $30 for 90 minutes.

According to Michael Bay, it was Steven Spielberg who fired Megan Fox from the Transformers franchise. She said something about Hitler. He directed Schindler’s List. It’s a touchy subject.

Someone who didn’t get enough of the lens flares in Super 8 (and everything else J.J. Abrams has done) has put together a trailer for Abrams’ next film, Lens Flare. It’ll make you laugh:


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