What is Movie News After Dark? It’s like a nightly version of American Top 40, but with movies and no Casey Kasem. Actually, it’s nothing like American Top 40. It’s just about movies.
We begin tonight with a piece of Drew Struzan’s The Thing poster for Mondo, all part of the Alamo Drafthouse’s Summer of 1982 series. Even though it’s reminiscent of the original poster for the film, it’s still quite cool. Movies.com also has a pretty solid interview with the postering legend, which you should read. And now, the news…
1. Alamo Invades Kansas City: For those around the country who are clamoring to get an Alamo Drafthouse theater in their neck of the woods, consider Kansas City. It’s no New York or LA, but it’s getting one. The Austin-based theater chain is taking over the historic Mainstreet Theater in KC. Very cool.
2. The Raid: Redemption on Blu-ray August 14, 2012: Consider this your warning. Pre-order The Raid on Blu-ray now, or ye shall be among the disappointed, sad sack of subhumans who do not own it first. Or wait until August and buy it. In the end, all that matters is that you add this movie to your collection (and see it if you haven’t already).
3. Breaking Bad: The Lego Play Set: Easily the coolest mini meth lab that none of us will ever be able to own:
4. VFX Supervisor Richard Stammers on Prometheus: The man who supervised the stunning visual effects in Ridley Scott’s latest talks to StudioDaily, talking of all the things he learned while working with Sir Ridley, including the fact that “nothing is set in stone. The thing you think is most precious could go at any point. You have to be prepared to lose your favorite shot for the greatest good.”
5. Andrew Sarris, 1928-2012: In Memoriam: A legend in any right, memorialized by another legend, Roger Ebert. If you read any obit of Mr. Sarris, this is the one.
6. Entourage is just a modern Mad Men: The charming folks at GOOD (one of my favorite daily reads that doesn’t generally have much to do with film and television) have a fascinating theory about Entourage and Mad Men and the connections they have.
7. Alfred Hitchcock: The Masterpiece Collection on Blu-ray: Lets just say that I’ll be picking this one up. And look at the gorgeous cover art:
8. Lena Dunham’s favorite TV shows: Find out just what inspired the girl who behind Girls, a.k.a the Internet’s great fascination of 2012.
9. The Cult of Aaron Sorkin’s Sports Night: An organization in which I have a lifetime, auto-renewing membership. For those who don’t understand why some love Sports Night — a show that is not at all about sports — you’d be wise to read this New Yorker essay detailing all the most addictive elements of Sorkin’s classic work.
10. In honor of Brave, 5 Great Movie Redheads: Kansas City is really representing in tonight’s column. They get the nod here with an article from the Kansas City Star, one that mentions Emma Stone. Mentions of Emma Stone will usually get my attention. I’ve got Google Alerts.
11. The 30 Most Rewatchable Movies of the Modern Era: This is by no means a new article from our friends at Pajiba, but I’ve just stumbled upon it and it’s got me in love again. It has also queued up about 30 movies for me to watch soon that will provide zero productivity, as none of them are new or currently relevant. I see their plan, those Pajibans, to throw me off my game. Well, it’ll never work! Oh look, Can’t Hardly Wait…
12. Go to Film School with R.A. the Rugged Man: You just have to see this. No intro would do it justice.