Movie News After Dark: The Stand, Ape Evolution, Spoilers Approved and Every Final Destination Death

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column and link collector that is tired of explaining itself to you, quite frankly.

Drew McWeeney at HitFix got the scoop this evening on a big story, in which Harry Potter director David Yates and screenwriter Steve Kloves will be re-teaming to do a multi-film version of Stephen King’s epic The Stand. The hope here is that Yates can give it that Deathly Hallows scope, something the work of Stephen King has long deserved, but never really received. With The Dark Tower on the ropes, this could become a new fixation for King fans.

Ben Stiller wants to make fake trailers, and he’s not going to take no for an answer. After the success of the fake trailers withing Tropic Thunder, Stiller and his Red Hour Productions team are looking to start The Fake Trailer Project, a digital project that will be exactly what the title suggests: a bunch of fake trailers. If you’re thinking to yourself, “that’s a dumb idea, who would watch that?” Please take a moment to look in the mirror. You know you’d watch that.

“Why Cookie Rocket?” It’s the latest meme to come out of summer movie season. In fact, if memory serves, it’s one of the only decent internet memes to come out of this summer’s movie selection. Has it really been that boring? Why is there no F*ck Yeah Red Skull Quotes! Tumblr blog? Instead, and perhaps appropriately, there is a Why Cookie Rocket tumblr. And it’s glorious.

I’m not sure where this Rise of the Planet of the Apes poster came from, but I found it at IMPAwards, and I’d like to share it with you. It’s Banksy-esque and would have made for brilliant viral marketing, had Fox done any marketing at all on that film.

Over at, Christopher Campbell explores one of modern cinema’s great epidemics, sequelitis, and how it might be spreading to documentaries. All I’m saying is that if Morgan Spurlock does another Super Size Me, he needs to go big or go home. I’m talking 30 days of nothing but Texas BBQ. We will finally know whether or not it can actually kill a man (it totally can).

Keanu Reeves, still inspired by his own work in The Matrix trilogy, is looking to direct a film called Man of Tai Chi. He’s working on financing for the Mandarin and English language film, which would also star Tiger Chen, a member of the Matrix kung fu team. It’s said to have — and I must ask that you imagine Reeves saying this — some “serious fighting scenes,” dude.

Anyone who has met me would tell you that I clearly don’t read fashion blogs. Unless said fashion blogs specialize in XXL-sized graphic t-shirts and plaid shorts. That said, there is a fascinating article over at LAT’s All the Rage about Sharen Davis, costume designer for The Help, a film that benefited greatly from the authenticity in its characters’ garments. It also benefited from a few great — and I mean great — performances.

Anytime John C. McGinley joins a movie, it’s reason to pay attention. Except for Wild Hogs, that was a misstep. Anyway, McGinley has joined the Rob Cohen-directed I, Alex Cross as Cross’ boss, a chief of police who will likely insult everyone, just like his character on Scrubs.

A new study from psychology researchers at UC San Diego shows that knowing spoilers doesn’t ruin a story. Great, now what are we going to do with Twitter? Without having to bitch about spoilers, it’s no longer of any use to anyone ever. Ugh.

Quick, someone tell Rep. Peter King of New York that we already got Bin Laden. So his letter to the CIA and Department of Defense about how he’s worried that sensitive information may be leaked via Kathryn Bigelow’s upcoming movie about the event might be moments too late. Beyond that, the Republican congressman also might have ulterior motives — the film is scheduled to come out in October 2012, just before the election. I’ll let you ruminate on that one for yourselves.

According to this list of the 30 harshest filmmaker on filmmaker insults in history, Jean-Luc Godard and Orson Welles didn’t like each other. Also, Werner Herzog for life.

Tonight we end with death, lots of death. The following video, from the folks at Screened and found via /Film, will show you every single death from the first four films in the Final Destination franchise. Which means that, with the exception of the above-average first film, you no longer need to see any of these movies. Because from 2-4, they’re basically hollow stories that get us from one kill to the next. So before you marathon them all in anticipation of number five, just watch this very NSFW, super spoilery video and move on with your life:

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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