Movie News After Dark: Tom Cruise Rocks, Think Pieces, Numbered Lists, Green Lanterns and Apes

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly entertainment news compendium that rounds up all the best links from here, there and everywhere in between. It usually isn’t quite so obsessed with lists ordered numerically, but today is Friday and Friday is fun day. We so excited for the weekend, so lets read some lists!

We open tonight with Tom Cruise looking ridiculous in the first image from Rock of Ages. The Adam Shankman directed film will see Cruise play Stacee Jaxx, a famous rocker who falls for a fresh-off-the-bus country bumpkin. It’s another one of those 80s nostalgia trips, star filled and ready to remind us that anyone whose name is Stacee with two e’s is not to be trusted.

AMC and host John Campea have announced the participants of the Masters of the Web panel at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. The annual event puts together some of the film blogosphere’s most prominent voices and gets them chatting, often fiercely about the topics that plague our fair industry. This year, they’re slumming it and letting for the first time a representative from Film School Rejects. It’s very confusing, though. I’m not sure who this “Scott” person is. Does he work here?

The AV Club’s weekly entry into Inventory, their ongoing weekly list feature, is 15 films that use colorful city festivals as backdrops. One recent example is Rio, one of the more delightful animated films of the year. Secondary thought: with films like Rio and Kung Fu Panda 2, is this the year that Pixar loses its Oscar crown?

I’ll be honest: as much as I adore my friend Katey Rich over at Cinema Blend, this week was the first time I’ve ever listened to her podcast, Kino Katey. And boy did I pick the right week to start. In an explosion of emotion, our own Matt Patches dispatches some anger about a recent moviegoing experience. It was delightful. The podcast, not Patches’ experience.

Unlike from my own review on this very site, there have been a number of great think pieces about Green Lantern this week. And as you’re about to see if you click through, few do these kinds of pieces like James Rocchi. Over on his personal site, James has Seven Notes on the Current Super-Hero Cinema and its Discontents, as Viewed through Green Lantern. It’s a must read for anyone who can read.

This weekend is Father’s Day. Well, one of the days this weekend is anyway. And you’ll probably be calling you dad, good or bad, to thank him for stickin’ it to your mom all those many years ago. It seems appropriate that Green Lantern, a movie with serious daddy issues, hits theaters this week. For more on-screen daddy issues, here are compilations of movie and television’s best and worst fathers, courtesy of High Definite and Film Drunk, respectively.

Hero Complex blogger Geoff Boucher’s inside track information is usually pretty reliable. He’s got connections like that. He must give great ZJs. Anyway, he’s got a list of five things he knows will happen in Hall H at this year’s San Diego Comic-Con. Some of it feels like logical jumps, including the fact that The Amazing Spider-Man will be the belle of the ball. That’s mostly because everyone else appears to be sitting this one out. Don’t be surprised though, if Marvel does something special with its Avengers.

In keeping with tonight’s list theme, here’s a relatively oldie (because three months old is an “oldie” in internet time) from Topless Robot: 9 Films Nerds Love to Hate (That Aren’t Really That Bad). I liked Batman Forever, too. But I was like 15 at the time.

If you’re one of those people who simply cannot be bothered to wait patiently for good things (which is probably true, lets face it) then you’ll be happy to hear that Paramount is releasing Transformers: Dark of the Moon 3 whole hours earlier. At 9pm on Tuesday, June 28, the Michael Bay-directed robostraveganza will launch in 3D. Hours later, you’ll be able to see it in all dimensions. Hooray…

Over at Screen Rant, Kofi Outlaw, still the best name in the blogging business, has written a great piece questioning whether or not Hollywood should listen to fanboys about comic book movies. He makes some excellent points.

In celebration of Green Lantern hitting theaters, io9 has dug deep into the rich history of this comic character to find ten crazy uses of the Green Lantern ring. Fighting a Nazi while wooing a girl is the one that makes the most sense. At least to me.

In an interview with, Mark Strong explains the name change of Disney’s John Carter, which used to be called John Carter of Mars: “I think the reason is brilliant. The reason is that he has to earn that title. Again, it’s a franchise or a number of books; a series of books that people may or may not know, but if you call him John Carter of Mars, I think at the very beginning, all the work’s been done and what Andrew wants to do, I think, is introduce people to this first film, and by the end of it, he becomes John Carter of Mars, but not at the beginning. In the beginning he’s John Carter, but by the end of the first film, he’s John Carter of Mars; so he’s earned that title to take it off should it want to go to further storytelling.” Um, spoilers, don’t ya think, Mr. Strong?

We close tonight with Apes, the Rise of the Planet of the Apes, to be exact. This new 1-minute TV trailer has some irresistibly cool footage, mostly of Andy Serkis and Weta breathing life into Caesar. And yes, I’m aware that we already covered this trailer. I had it pre-planned for News After Dark and I like it that much, so we’re doing it twice. You’ll survive.

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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