Movie News After Dark: Skyfall, Wall-E, Brian K. Vaughn Under the Dome and Jonah Hill’s Modern Warfare

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that would like you to know that you should not be afraid, for there is far more news in tonight’s edition than the title above might suggest. The title is just a tease to whet your appetite for destruction.

Today marked the first official day of shooting on Skyfall, the new James Bond film. The photo above was tweeted out by @007, the official James Bond twitter account, revealing the board for the first shot. In related news: Roger Deakins is shooting this movie? Awesome.

Steven Spielberg is moving forward in the production of Stephen King’s Under the Dome for Showtime. That we already knew. But today the entire project just got so much juicier. Brian K. Vaughn has been hired to adapt Under the Dome for television. The man who has delivered great comics (“Y: The Last Man”) and contributed significantly to the best parts of Lost is on the scene. No need to worry.

Jessica Chastain will play Princess Diana, says Thompson on Hollywood. The Tree of Life and Take Shelter player, a breakout star of 2011, is said to be playing the late Princess Di in Caught in Flight, a film centered upon Di’s relationship with heart surgeon Dr. Hasnat Kahn.

If you live in Austin, TX and would like to feel like a good person, even for one night, you should head on down to Rocket Crab Films’ benefit screening of Dazed and Confused on Wednesday night at the Alamo Drafthouse. They’re raising money to make a short film that could very well end up on our Short Film of the Day feature in the future. It could also jumpstart some careers. For those interested, Slackerwood has all the details.

“I’m a great believer in filming the real thing if you can and so I did a lot of building the real thing.” That’s Ridley Scott talking to WSJ’s Speakeasy about Prometheus. He also hinted at the fact that its story would lay down the groundwork that eventually leads to the story told in Alien.

Tonight’s featured art is this Grace Kim designed Wall-E poster, courtesy of Fuck Yeah, Movie Posters! Because nothing says adorable like something found on a site called Fuck Yeah, Movie Posters!

io9’s Charlie Jane Anders takes some comments from Universal Pictures chief Ron Meyer and spins them into a web about why we can’t have great movies. And she’s got a point. With money having to be stretched on all levels in this broken economy, studios will be less likely to take chances. And if the guy whose studio put out Kick-Ass, Scott Pilgrim, Children of Men and Serenity is running scared toward Ben Stiller comedies, we’re all in trouble.

“She would look at us and the way we kill each other and the way we let people starve and the way the world is run and she’d just be like, None of this makes sense to me. I can’t cope with it, I can’t understand, people are insane.” In Joss Whedon’s mind, his Wonder Woman was a badass bleeding heart. Who was a lot like Angelina Jolie. Why can’t he make this movie, again?

After reading our own Kate Erbland’s review of Steven Soderbergh’s Haywire from AFI Fest, I was convinced that I must see this Gina Carano in action. After reading HitFix’s Roth Cornet on how Carano is the art house answer to Steven Seagal, I’m even more intrigued.

In a deeply insightful essay, HitFix’s Drew McWeeny ponders whether 43 years of MPAA ratings have really helped parents at all. In other words: Happy 43rd Birthday, MPAA. You are still completely worthless.

Did you know that there’s a place on the internet where you can see every episode of Full House reviewed in chronological order? It just goes to show that there’s a place on the internet for everything. Except, there’s no place where everybody knows your name. At least not until I write my chronological review blog of Cheers. It’s happening. (Hat tip to @davechensky on this one. Great catch.)

We close the night with my favorite commercial seen while watching football over the weekend. It’s perhaps the most manly thing with which Jonah Hill will ever be associated. A new trailer for Call of Duty: Modern Warfare 3, which I believe to be a video game about war. And somehow basketball player Dwight Howard is in the mix. At least it will give him something to do while there’s no basketball.

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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