Movie News After Dark: The Nielsen Family, Drive Art, The Wire, Typography and The Wrath of Vertigo

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that is celebrating Monday Funday with what amounts to a bunch of shenanigans. Don’t worry though, we’ve slipped in at least one legitimate piece of news. We’ll get to that shortly.

We begin tonight with something found a few weeks ago via Warming Glow, where an image from the Twitter account of Charley Koontz, best known as Fat Neil on Community, shows that Executive Producer Dan Harmon is just as bitter about Community‘s ratings as the rest of us. Seriously, who is the Nielsen Family? In other news, I hope Dan Harmon never changes.

Tonight in actual news, Bryan Cranston and Anna Kendrick have joined Get a Job, the next project from Roger Dodger director Dylan Kidd, who has spent 8 years not directing anything since the great, great Roger Dodger. They join Christopher Mintz-Plasse, Jay Pharoah and possibly Jesse Eisenberg.

One of the more fascinating site’s I’ve come across this week is Doctor Nerdlove, a site that provides dating advice for nerds. The advice is hit or miss, but it does feature an article called Dating While Nerdy, adorned with a picture of Kayla Kromer’s Millennium Falcon bed, with which I am personally familiar. Also, make sure your life-sized standees are either badass or adorable. A man with a life-sized Sailor Moon standee in his room is not going to seal the deal. Of this, I am sure.

“I think it should be considered acting, because it is. My part in it, what I do, as say the authorship of the role, the creation, the emotional content of the role, the physicality up until the point of delivering that for the director, it is acting.” That’s Andy Serkis explaining how performance capture is acting. No one that saw his performance in Rise of the Planet of the Apes is going to argue with that.

We feature art tonight from Massimo Carnevale, who has created this eerie, brilliant concept poster for Drive. It has been found via the great site Reelizer:

Drive by Massimo Carnevale

Fans of The Wire, prepare to cringe. According to an expose by Gawker, people say really stupid things about The Wire on OKCupid. There’s something wrong with the world.

Typographer Matthew Butterick was just minding his own business, out to see one of the winter’s big action films, when he happened upon the awful on-screen typography in Mission: Impossible – Ghost Protocol. This Verdana bomb of IMAX-sized lettering got him so worked up that he wrote a mostly hilarious letter to director Brad Bird.

If you have $35 and some extra time tomorrow night, you can ask NY Times critic A.O. Scott all about the Academy Awards and why Drive won’t win best picture via an exclusive webcast called Beyond the Red Carpet: Oscar Talk with A.O. Scott. In other news, I will do the same thing for free. Just post your questions in the comment section below and I’ll answer you back. There, I saved you all $35. Film School Rejects: We’re here for you, man.

According to this LucasFilm Fan Club magazine from 1992 dug up by The Mary Sue, George Lucas has been working on Red Tails forever. Not literally, but figuratively.

One trend we’ve seen during the rise of the Internet and services like Tumblr is the notion of keeping track of every movie you watch. Is this something you do? If you’re anything like HTML Giant’s AD Jameson, you may have tallied some 1925 feature films in 15 years. Which, interestingly enough, is only .7% of all movies released (according to IMDB). Some of you may have more, which would be impressive. For those who have kept track, what is your total?

We close tonight with a video from a contest held over at IndieWire’s Press Play. It’s called the Vertigoed contest, in which video mix-masters were tasked with setting scenes from other movies to Bernard Hermann’s “Scene D’Amour” from Vertigo. The winner of the contest was Jake Isgar’s take on Star Trek II: The Wrath of Khan:

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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