Movie News After Dark: Skinny Jonah Hill, Ghostbusters, Kurosawa Remakes, Bad Accents, OK Go and The Muppets

What is Movie News After Dark? Sometimes it likes to think that it is a carefully constructed Rube Goldberg machine constructed by a popular rock band that quickly became on online sensation. It also sometimes thinks that it’s a world famous traveling circus of puppets. Sadly, it’s just a nightly column of movie news and interesting links. Sorry.

Have any of you seen a recent picture of actor Jonah Hill? He looks odd, to say the least, having lost a great deal of weight. Is it me, or does he look like a nerdy white version of President Obama? Slightly unrelated is his being cast in Neighborhood Watch alongside Vince Vaughn and Ben Stiller.

Perhaps Universal Studios is becoming wise right before our eyes. Or they are running out of money. Either way, they seem to be canceling movies left and right these days. First they axed The Dark Tower, which didn’t sit well with most people. They also killed Gore Verbinski’s planned Clue remake and his proposed Bioshock adaptation. Now they’re making the right choice and killing the McG directed Ouija movie because, well, who the hell wants to see that, anyway?

NBC has purchased the rights to a television drama set in the “golden age” of the 1980s professional wrestling boom — you know, when the likes of Hulk Hogan and Andre the Giant were making it big. It will be exec. produced by Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson and Jerry Bruckheimer. The only question that remains is whether the show will pay homage to the real wrestlers, like Roddy Piper, or whether it will be set in that universe with new and unique characters. Either way, it should be interesting.

Man of many unique talents Clifton Collins Jr. has joined Pacific Rim, joining Charlie Hunnam, Idris Elba, Charlie Day and others in Guillermo Del Toro’s allegedly massive robots vs. aliens flick.

Below you will find the latest teaser poster for Underworld: Awakening, which looks a lot like posters from all the previous Underworld films. Except for the date, of course. And the fact that it was created by a Deviant Art user (thanks to Brad Brevet for the heads up).

And because that was completely and utterly underwhelming, have a gander at this totally rad Ghostbusters poster courtesy of FuckYeahMoviePosters:

It would be terrible of us to completely overlook the great Twitter meme of the day, as encouraged by Toy Story 3 director Lee Unkrich — who, as it stands, is one of the few filmmakers who utilizes social media to connect with fans even when he doesn’t have a film to promote (I’m looking at you, Jason Reitman). Today’s big ordeal was #RejectedToyStoryTitles, including my personal favorite, Bring Me the Arm of Buzz Lightyear. Awesome. Please share your own favorites in the comments below.

According to new reports, there could be more changes on the way for the Star Wars trilogies when they hit Blu-ray next month. However, many of the new changes should be far less controversial than those George Lucas made in the 90s — color timing is being corrected, cleaning is being done to eliminate ghosting and the arms of puppeteers are being removed from certain original trilogy scenes. Not all bad. Then again, digital Yoda is coming back, so there’s that.

L.A. based Splendent Media has signed a deal to represent the worldwide rights to 69 projects from legendary Japanese filmmaker Akira Kurosawa, meaning that a bunch of remakes of his greatest works could be on their way soon enough. At, the ever-astute David Ehrlich lists 3 Kurosawa films that could be remade and 3 that shouldn’t be touched. It’s hard to argue with his logic.

Legendary East, the Asia-focused spin-off of Legendary Pictures, is busy lining up its first film: an epic called The Great Wall with director Ed Zwick (The Last Samurai) attached. Most interesting about this project is that it comes from an original story from Legendary exec. Thomas Tull and World War Z author Max Brooks. Okay, you have my attention, even though this is a story about how a giant wall was built.

In honor of Anne Hathaway’s critically panned British accent in One Day, Life has compiled a list of the worst accents in movie history. To say the least, they have a killer lead with Kevin Costner. That’s where every “bad accents” list should start.

For those just itching to get a fix on The Hunger Games, a first look clip will debut at the MTV VMA’s on Sunday, August 28. Which brings up an interesting question: they still play music videos on MTV?

We end tonight with the most charming thing you’ll see all week, OK Go covering the theme song from The Muppets Show alongside a few special guests. Based on this, I promptly downloaded Muppets: The Green Album, a collective of modern talents and timeless Muppet songs, and my life was improved. Yours will be too, should you decide to buy it.

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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