What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that doesn’t want to hurt anyone, but it will if it doesn’t get exactly what it wants. All it wants, however, is to bring you the news every weeknight and to consume a few cheeseburgers here and there. Nothing much, just links and beef and cheddar. Mmm… cheddar.
“Sure, we said that we weren’t going to do any more parody trailers. But we didn’t say anything about parody posters!” Oh Disney, you scoundrels. We begin tonight with a shot of WereRowlf, a character from The Muppet Saga, a parody play from Disney’s The Muppets that came in a package of three posters. If it wasn’t so silly, it would be completely stupid. But it’s the Muppets, so I can’t help but giggle.
Straight out of 2008 and in honor of the release of Twilight: Breaking Dawn, Eric D. Snider republished a link today via Twitter to a Rejected Twilight Screenplay he wrote back in the day. And guess what, it’s even funnier now.
If you’d like to listen to a brilliant TV writer talk about the singularity, Minecraft and other video game related storytelling things, you should listen to Dan Harmon’s guest appearance on The Indoor Kids over at Nerdist. I am as “into” that man as any one bearded man could be into another bearded man. Which is saying a lot.
According to reports and rumor-mongering, Warner Brothers is already looking for writers to pen a sequel for Man of Steel, even though the film itself doesn’t come out until 2013. This in no way goes along with Warners’ MO, which includes setting up a minimum of two sequels for lukewarm properties Green Lantern and Clash of the Titans. So, my official response to such rumors (in the most mature way possible): “Well, duh!”
The following Police Academy 3: Back in Training poster, a work of the great Drew Struzan, is available as an original print on the artist’s website. For $100,000. Yes, sans decimal point. I found this out via the kids over at Geeks of Doom. Needless to say, if I had $100 grand laying around, I’d totally buy it.
“Announcing my personal moonshot, starting from scratch. No money, no plan, no help from NASA. But I know where the moon is – I’ve seen it.” That’s a semi-cryptic tweet from Steven Moffat, the man currently behind Doctor Who, after hearing the news that David Yates would be directing a Doctor Who movie for Warner Bros. I’d like to say “oooh, snap!” but I’m not exactly sure I catch the entirety of his meaning.
Over at Cracked, Chris Bucholz submits 6 reasons cross-dressing comedies should be retired. His reasoning is sound, his depth unnecessarily strong and his point well taken. Also, seriously Adam Sandler, give it up.
Julia Marchese, one of the talented folks at the New Beverly Cinema in Los Angeles, has begun a petition to save 35mm and prove to studios that they should continue to cut prints for their movies, as theaters like the New Bev (and Austin’s Alamo Drafthouse) would like to continue to delight audiences with brilliant 35mm projection. It’s worth a few moments of your time. Seriously, what else do you have to do this evening?
In the continuation of one of my favorite new movie blogosphere columns, Movies.com’s Joe Piccirillo pits Fiction vs. Reality: What if Mrs. Doubtfire Happened in Real Life? Someone would end up dead, that’s what would happen.
Over at Grantland, Matthew Weiner talks about how Mad Men will end. He’s not specific, but he is smart: “Do I know everything that’s gonna happen? No, I don’t. But I just want it to be entertaining, and I want people to remember it fondly and not think it ended in a fart.”
We close tonight with a video from CBS News, which would usually be appallingly boring, however, it’s all about The Artist, a delightful silent film that is making a lot of news around the world of film. Best Picture kind of news. I also love the way the CBS News reporter makes it seem like the most miraculous thing ever conceived: a silent movie!