Fantastic Fest

What is Movie News After Dark? After a few days of not posting, who even knows anymore.

As many of you have seen, this week began Fantastic Fest. And as I’ve done every year without learning any important lessons or growing as a person, I made the mistake of thinking I could take on the first few days of Fantastic Fest and publish a few entries into the Movie News After Dark series. Several alcoholic beverages, seven films and a half-bottle of ibuprofen later and I’m once again in a position to learn a powerful lesson about overcommitment (I won’t). Fear not though, good friends and beloved readers, as Movie News After Dark has a hero. He just doesn’t start until Monday.

That’s right, Monday begins guest author week on MNAD. In the past, I’ve invited the other staffers here at Film School Rejects to rotate in and deliver excellent editions of your favorite night time read. This time around we’re doing something a bit different. I’ve coerced Ryan Gallagher, co-founder and editor-in-chief at, into stepping in and taking over all next week. Ryan is a must-follow on Twitter, an excellent curator of links and an expert podcaster. In fact — and don’t tell him I said this — I often find a lot of MNAD content via his Twitter feed. So I’m more than confident that he’ll deliver some great content for readers of this column.

With those programming notes out of the way, here are a few fun links to keep you occupied. You may also want to check out our Fantastic Fest coverage, as it’s already in full swing.

1. Vimeo wants you to have money – The exceptional online video company Vimeo, which has become a stable amongst online filmmakers who want to display their work in a high quality way without having to deal with the clutter and restrictive nature of YouTube, is adding monetization to their videos. This is great, as short filmmakers and time-lapse photographers deserve to earn a living just like the rest of us.

2. A documentary about hockey’s enforcers – Acclaimed documentarian Alex Gibney has a new doc in the pipes that chronicles the world of the National Hockey League’s tough guys. Think Goon, but even more real. As a hockey fan and a Gibney fan, this one has my name written all over it.

3. What Batgirl would have looked like in the 1880s – In case you were wondering.

4. Siri becomes a film geek in iOS 6 – In addition to being my favorite new research assistant (sorry Todd), Apple’s Siri has learned some movie knowledge, courtesy of a direct line to the Rotten Tomatoes database. Peter at /Film took her for a ride and even though he was gentle, he found some fun things that she can do.

5. How to see all the films of Fantastic Fest 2011 – Peter Hall breaks down how you can see last year’s Fantastic selection while you read FSR’s industry-leading coverage of this year’s Fantastic selection. It’s win-win-win.

6. Awesome Iron Man 3 concept art alert – War Machine got a patriotic make-over.

Iron Man 3 concept art

7. Frankenweenie’s IMAX poster – Attendees of the October 5 IMAX opening of Tim Burton’s Frankenweenie, which I reviewed quite positively last night, may walk away with this pretty one-sheet featuring an original sketch by Tim Burton. Yeah, I’d hang that on my wall.

Frankenweenie hand drawn poster

8. Dirty the Block – The folks at DirtyGreatPixels have created this very slick poster for Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block. Because you can never have too many posters for Attack the Block, believe.

Dirty Great Pixels Attack the Block poster

9. Fantastic SloMo – In the spirit of Fantastic Fest, we’ll close with this goodness. If you follow me on Instagram, you may have seen this setup from the other night. Opening night brought Frankenweenie, but it also brought Dredd 3D. To celebrate, RealD setup a booth outside the Alamo Drafthouse in which attendees could be recorded in the film’s signature high-speed slow-motion doing whatever came to mind. Below you’ll see Fantastic Fest publicist Brandy Fons (my favorite Fons, for the record) smacking the white off of Drafthouse CEO and Fantastic Fest founder Tim League. Glorious.

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