Movie News After Dark: The Night Before Comic-Con and a Dan Harmon/Charlie Kaufman Collaboration

The Hobbit at Comic-Con

What is Movie News After Dark? Most nights, it’s an innocent bystander in the world of film and television. Reporting the news from around the industry. Tonight, it gets sucked into Comic-Con mayhem. Who knows, by tomorrow it may be wearing a mask…

We begin this evening with a shot of Hobbit trolls from the Comic-Con floor, as tweeted by the folks @Dolby. As preview night kicks off in San Diego, we’d like to wish all of our readers traveling toward Comic-Con safe travels and the best of luck. You’ll be needing it, as we’ve set both Brian Salisbury and Robert Fure loose on the city.

1. Why Comic-Con is So Important – The lovely and talented Melissa Molina at ScreenCrave has written a very personal essay on why Comic-Con is such a big deal. As we fight through crowds, hunt down WiFi, fight through more crowds, wait in lines and beat away publicists in the pursuit of bringing you the latest soundbites on next year’s movies, it’s often easy to forget the real reason why real fans go to Comic-Con. And many of your favorite bloggers are real fans, too.

2. Come crash /Film’s Meet-up with us – Dispatches from the ground have informed me that someone on the Film School Rejects team will be crashing the meet-up being hosted by our friends at /Film, First Showing and ScreenRant. It’s like the Occupy movement, but with more beards and less shame.

3. The 25 Best Exclusives You Need to Get at Comic-Con 2012 – ScreenCrush has put together a formidable list of the exclusives you may or may not be able to find at this year’s Comic-Con. This includes fancy film prints, a Star Wars Light Saber poster tube (want!) and a Bane USB drive from Mimoco. Seriously, if anyone gets me one of any of those, I’ll post your picture on Film School Rejects with the caption “This Person, (Insert Name Here), is Awesome.”

4. A Handy Comic-Con Flowchart – This will be the final Comic-Con related item in tonight’s rundown, I promise. It’s also one of the coolest, as io9 has put together a flowchart that explains just about everything that can and will happen at Comic-Con. For those of you who are lonely, which I can’t imagine includes anyone going to Comic-Con (I’m one of you), it also includes a part where you “get laid.” Comic-Con: The Gift that Keeps on Giving, for at least four days.

5. Kenneth Lonergan on why Margaret shouldn’t be perfect – It remains a mystery — at least to those of us who have not seen the long-gestated, almost unreleased, indie hipster cult phenomenon Margaret — as to why Kenneth Lonergan’s latest film has such a passionate following. But Guy Lodge over at HitFix makes a solid effort.

6. There will exist an Internet Cat Video Film Festival – There’s no joke here, just a film festival dedicated to cat videos. Maybe there is a joke. Something about the accuracy of the Mayans. I’ve become distracted by the cuteness.

7. 5 Reasons to Get Excited About The Man with the Iron Fist – WhatCulture provides a list of reasons why RZA’s directorial debut should get your jumbly bits all in a tingle. All of their reasoning is sound.

8. Dan Harmon and Charlie Kaufman need your help – Charlie Kaufman’s Anomalisa is a project that could probably get made within the studio system. He’s a brilliant writer and his movies have found a bit of success, to say the least. But the producers of the film — which includes Community creator Dan Harmon — have decided that the stop-motion feature should be done outside the system. Now in order to get this amazing project off the ground, all they need is you…

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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