Movie News After Dark: The Last Stand, Popeye, Battlestar Stationery, Treme, The Death of Film and Transformers in 1-D

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that’s a little tired, a little wired, and it thinks it deserves a little bit of appreciation around here!

We begin this evening with a shot of Luis Guzman, Johnny Knoxville, some old burly man and Thor’s Jamie Alexander on the set of The Last Stand. It’s good to see that The Governator hasn’t lost that charming expression.

Sony Pictures has announced that the team behind The Smurfs (2010) are writing a Popeye film that will be produced through Sony Pictures Animation in “glorious stereoscopic 3D.” Which sounds a lot like a 3D animated Popeye movie is coming. If it’s all animated, that sounds like fun. And I won’t be the last to admit that The Smurfs wasn’t bad.

Gary Oldman is being sought for the role of Merlin in Warner Bros. upcoming film, Arthur & Lancelot. There’s some nerd fibers inside me that want this to happen very badly. No matter how many times they retell that Arthur story and no matter the degree of success — I’m looking at you Camelot — it does not get old.

Over at, Scott Neumyer continues his great Raising a Cinephile series with A Love Letter to the Year 2010. When taken as a whole, 2010 was a great year for kids movies. It was SO FLUFFY! (I had to.)

HBO is still developing a series based on Lisa Cholodenko’s The Kids Are All Right, in which “the five characters return, and it doesn’t just pick up where the film left off, it shows their lives before and after. Right now, we’re figuring out if we show what happens with the meeting in the movie. We don’t quite know yet.” That’s according to producer Celine Rattray.

You can now buy Battlestar Galactica notebooks with the cut-off corners. Check that. You can now buy me Battlestar Galactica notebooks with the cut-off corners. My birthday is coming up.

Sadly, David Simon has said that his latest great show Treme will end after four seasons. Which actually isn’t so bad, as four seasons is about the right length for just about any show these days. I’m looking at you, Dexter.

Roger Ebert writes about the sudden death of film. It’s part of his analysis of the financial troubles of Eastman Kodak and the movement of the industry as a whole toward the cheaper digital alternatives. Thankfully, there are still those out there who continue to hold on to the art of projecting a 35mm or 70mm print. I’m looking at you, Alamo Drafthouse.

Badass Digest has given a job to the anonymous tweeter known as Film Crit Hulk. It’s a bold move, seeing as the guy (or girl, or whatever) types in all caps and speaks as the Hulk might. But hey, if Ain’t It Cool can pull off comic sans, I don’t see why this shouldn’t work as well.

FilmBuffOnline chronicles 15 zombie movies currently in production, proving that zombies are the new pink.

We close tonight with College Humor’s animated parody Transformers in 1-D. Because why the hell not…

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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