What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that just got back from a little vacation. No, it didn’t go to Comic-Con in San Diego. It feels it necessary to leave stuff like that to the professionals, namely Misters Abaius, Fure and Giroux. They did a wonderful job, did they not? And rumor is that they’re not done yet. That said, it shouldn’t come to you as a surprise if tonight’s entry is a little Con-tilted, or nerd-obsessed. It is part of the Comic-Con hangover treatment, after all.
The above image, tweeted out by Community creator Dan Harmon, shows a sign erected at the studio where the show has begun shooting its third season celebrating the show’s zero Emmy nominations. “I want to win an Emmy for this show,” said Harmon as he and cast led a rousing panel during Comic-Con. They’ll get one. If not, we’ll make one and send it to them.
Now that Comic-Con has come to a close, plenty of pundits are out there talking about the good, the bad, the relevant and the irrelevant. One of the more interesting takes is that of Badass Digest’s Devin Faraci, who writes about The Death (and Coming Rebirth?) of Comic Con. He posits that Comic-Con’s most recent failings, and the failings of the geek culture that fuel it, could be the beginning of the end that will lead to a new, richer era. Or Comic-Con could be dead in the water.
Another great piece on Comic-Con is that of David Ehrlich at Movies.com, who is becoming well-known for his diary pieces. In 36 Hours at SDCC: A Survivor’s Diary, he battles crowded hotel rooms, Superman’s Starbucks order, absurd lines, the charm of Andrew Garfield and publicists who have no idea who he is. Sounds like he had a great Con.
While spending time abusing the StumbleUpon app on my iPad I came across a site called Smosh Pit, where they’ve assembled posters for 20 Harry Potter movie sequels and/or spin-offs. Because there’s no reason why a cultural phenomenon like Harry Potter should ever really end. This one has some serious cross-over potential:
Some financial group analyst feels that studios should prepare for the death of superhero movies. And by death, he means that we won’t give them any more money if they go deep into the catalog looking for big hits. We’ll see, but studios like Marvel don’t seem to be struggling financially, and they’ve got a lot of good stuff ahead of them.
Richard Brody at The New Yorker points us to a great piece on Geraldine Chaplin, who is preparing a complete retrospective of her father Charlie Chaplin’s films in Berlin. It’s worth a look.
Speaking of superhero movies, Drew McWeeney has a fantastic timeline piece about Marvel’s long road to The Avengers, in which he recalls all the history behind the upcoming hero team-up.
With Captain America tearing up theaters and Comic-Con still on our minds, you’d be a silly human if you didn’t read this AV Club interview with Ed Brubaker. Legend.
Time to check in with the folks over at Fake Criterions. Their best of the last week (I can’t believe I’m not featuring the Spaceballs cover — maybe tomorrow) reminds us of last year’s Comic-Con. Remember when everyone thought this would be the breakout hit of the summer?
Over at Film.com, the ever-astute William Goss puts tongue and cheek (in equal measure) into his piece about how to “improve” Winnie the Pooh. It’s an excellent commentary on a far reaching and incredibly depressing cultural shift that has developed in Hollywood.
Time’s James Poniewozik writes with depth about the elements of style in Breaking Bad, talking extensively about the show’s inherent cinematic qualities, as well as the long goals that center around its meth-cooking main man, Walter White.
According to The AV Club’s Todd VanDerWerff, Community and Glee are pretty much the same show. Except for the fact that one is for people like me and the other is for people like the people who like Glee. Does that make any sense? Don’t worry, even if I can’t make sense of it, his article does.
We close tonight with Comic-Con’s big premiere film, Cowboys & Aliens, but not in the way you’d think. All-medium DJ Mike Relm has been remixing trailers for a while now. I remember meeting him at Sundance two years ago. He’s good people. And his latest is a remix of the Cowboys & Aliens trailer. DJ Jon Favreau would be proud.