What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box.

It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this stuff late at night, what do you expect?

Editor’s Note: Neil’s knee deep in the goo of SXSW, so Nathan Adams has dutifully stepped up to deliver the news and insight you demand.

Tonight’s header image is sponsored by The Association for Fighting on Beaches. Zimbio has a rather hefty gallery of photos from the penultimate Steven Soderbergh film Haywire. The photos are of MMA fighter Gina Carano handing Ewan McGregor a beating on the beach. It’s kind of rough that McGregor had to get beat up by a girl, but hey, he got to see Gina Carano in a wetsuit. C’est la sexy.

We’ve already shown you the Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides production art for the film’s zombies, and now Entertainment Weekly has some art that shows off the look of the film’s mermaids (that was helpfully scanned by Worst Previews). I remember Ariel as being way hotter than this when I was a kid. Disney is getting scary.

Bloody Disgusting has news of an Arizona filmmaker who has taken his love of Hitchcock a little too far. Yep, that’s right, he was living in his house with his dead mother. Fanboys take note, this is how you show love for Hitchcock, your Geocities site is weak.

EOnline has reported on a strange incident at SXSW where actor Jake Gyllenhaal reportedly accosted a fan for snapping his picture while in the bathroom. FSR would officially like to take this opportunity to apologize to Gyllenhaal for Neil Miller’s actions. He says that he had never peed next to someone so dreamy before and he let his enthusiasm get the better of him. We’re really sorry.

Michelle Rodriguez has said that she is signed on to be in Aaron Morgan’s upcoming horror film The Home. The movie is apparently about a haunted nursing home. All jokes about nursing homes being scary enough aside, where is there going to be a role for a tough, tank top wearing tomboy in a movie about old people? I guess she must be some sort of combat trained scrub nurse. Hmm, doesn’t sound bad.

PopWatch has a first hand account of the goings on at Paleyfest’s Freaks and Geeks/Undeclared reunion. It sounds like a dorktastic event that I would have loved to be a part of. Jason Segel even did an impression of the OMC song “How Bizarre.” Damn, I’ve got to start traveling more.

Variety has an article about how the catastrophic earthquakes in Japan have affected their movie industry. As rolling blackouts take place to compensate for the shut down nuclear power plants the box office receipts will only shrink further. Really, this isn’t so much news, as it is a movie related way to acknowledge that the stuff happening over there right now makes writing movie news seem dumb. Our thoughts are with the survivors. Maybe go here and donate them some money.

College Humor turns its snark towards Wes Anderson by mashing up his Fantastic Mr. Fox characters with those of the video game franchise Star Fox. It’s funny for a minute, but their one note riff on Anderson’s introspective characters loses its sting once you realize The Fantastic Mr. Star Fox would actually be awesome.

Finally tonight, a ten-minute short film called TRON: The Next Day has hit the Internet. It’s a little diddy that bridges the gap between the original TRON and TRON: Legacy. Reportedly it is going to show up as an extra on the TRON: Legacy Blu-Ray, which might not be a good idea because it’s actually a more interesting story than that full length feature:

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