What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly collection of things that serious movie lovers will find interesting, useful, or both.
We begin this evening with an image from the website of the LA Times, who are featuring great reader photos chronicling Southern California moments. This one, by a gentleman named Chris Jackson, is of a street performer dressed as Spock on Hollywood Boulevard. Awesome costume. No, I don’t want a photo. No, I will not tip you. No, stop touching my girlfriend’s thigh. Live long and prosper, now get away from me.
Peter Jackson has added one last famous face to the cast of The Hobbit. Billy Connolly will play Dain Ironfoot, a Dwarf warrior. He will undoubtedly be a total badass leather-wearing dwarf who has no less than 35 guns on his person at one time. He will also have two sons, one of which will grow up to be a chubby version of Sean Patrick Flannery.
Ridley Scott is all over the place about the Blade Runner revival: “We’re still in discussions about whether it should be a prequel or sequel. It’s an interesting conversation. I’m meeting with writers and I’ve also gone back to [original Blade Runner screenwriter] Hampton Fancher and he still speaks the speak. He’s right there. I spoke with him this week. But we don’t even have a script yet.”
Users of Windows who have a great deal of movies on their harddrives — all of which were downloaded legally, I’m sure — can download this nifty free application called Movie Explorer, which allows you to put together all the details about the movies you’ve archived. It’s like entering all the information by hand, except that you can have a cookie and let this app do the work for you. And who doesn’t love cookie time?
Paste has published a list of The 100 Best Movie Posters of the Past 100 Years. Among the list is the following gem for Dr. Strangelove, a personal favorite of yours truly:
Flavorwire presents an odd grouping of Movies Banned in Foreign Countries for Weird Reasons. In fairness, the Chinese have a point about time travel movies and Sex and the City 2 should have been banned everywhere, not just the UAE.
You guys have heard of ActionFest, right? It’s the annual celebration of the action genre held in Asheville, N.C. every year. If you’re not intimately familiar just yet, ActionFest.com Editor-in-Chief Ed Travis has taken to Movies.com to explain what the heck ActionFest is and why you should buy your plane ticket right now.
Another fine interview with Gary Oldman, another reason why I’ll be sad if he doesn’t walk away with gold on Oscar night. That man is a living legend, people.
Jon Favreau has signed on to direct the pilot for Revolution, a project set up at NBC by J.J. Abrams and Supernatural creator Eric Kripke. That’s basically a talent stew, there. Hopefully the adventure drama turns out to be a winner.
We close tonight with claymation animationator Lee Hardcastle’s Robo with a Shotgun, which is exactly what you hope it is: