Movie News After Dark: Tucker and Dale, Drew Struzan, Green Lantern Philosophy and Magneto Goes Gaga

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news round-up that digs and digs and keeps on diggin’ until it finds the most interesting things from around the web. Tonight it’s pretty proud of its ability to find things that it thinks you’ll like. Do enjoy.

Long after it was one of the most buzzed-about movies of the 2010 Sundance Film Festival, even after packing promotional screenings at SXSW months later, Eli Craig’s horror comedy Tucker & Dale vs. Evil had no distributor. Whatever the reason, no one wanted to bring these two bumbling hillbillies to the dance. Well now that’s all history, as Magnolia Pictures has acquired it. According to their press release, they will release it into theaters on September 30, with a VOD release on August 26. Personally, I can’t wait to see it again.

One of the things we rarely ever talk about on this site, despite our chosen name, is actual film school. To that effect, here’s an interesting essay by Tahir Jetter called To Film School, or Not to Film School? That should fill our quota for a while.

Hero Complex has an interesting interview with Mark D. White and Jane Dryden, contributors to the new book “Green Lantern and Philosophy: No Evil Shall Escape This Book,” an analysis of the philosophy behind the guy with the all-powerful green jewelry. In related news, here’s a pretty slick new clip from the Green Lantern film hitting theaters next week. One thought: these are the best weapons the mind of Hal Jordan (Ryan Reynolds) can come up with? So human:

Having seen X-Men: First Class with the understanding that the production was very rushed, there were some very clear problems. Some of the effects were less than impressive. All-in-all, I liked it. But seeing some of the early concept art by Jerad S. Marantz, it could have been a little bit cooler. It could have done with a bit of darkness, as this suggests.

Speaking of First Class, here’s a great piece by’s John Gholson exploring the continuity of X-Men: First Class and whether or not it all makes sense.

A new poster for J.J. Abrams’ Super 8 was released into the wild today, and for a moment everyone thought that Drew Struzan, the man behind much of the great art of Steven Spielberg’s movies, had put together a last minute bit of marketing brilliance. It turned out to be fan-made, but it’s still pretty rad. Check it out for yourself:

The folks over at Slate have used the power of RottenTomatoes to create what they call the Hollywood Career-o-Matic. It tracks the career Tomato Meter ratings for any actor or filmmaker. It’s fun to play with.

To celebrate all the action their promising for the final Harry Potter movie, Warner Bros. has released a series of “action posters” featuring a bunch of kids and wands. Get excited, Muggles.

9 director Shane Acker has signed on to make a feature film adaptation of Thomas the Tank Engine. Considering the nature of the popular kids’ toy, this could either be a very adorable thing or an incredibly creepy one. Or both. I’m okay with both.

In the vein of the production photos released by Edgar Wright while shooting Scott Pilgrim vs. the World, actor Logan Lerman released the following picture of Harry Potter star Emma Watson from the set of The Perks of Being a Wallflower.

Ed Zwick has chosen to bring American Assassin, a book by Vince Flynn, to the big screen. It’s a Jason Bourne-esque spy story about a guy named Mitch Rapp who is a CIA terrorist hunter. It should be alright.

Yesterday we explored the Alamo Drafthouse’s new anti-texting PSA after it was featured by CNN’s Anderson Cooper. Today Gizmodo has delivered a Guide to Texting in Movies without Being a Dick. While at first this sounds like a terrible angle, as you should never text during movies, they make some good points.

And because this column never feels complete without something related to The Dark Knight Rises, here’s an update from our friends at Screenrant: Christopher Nolan and friends have chosen a new Wayne Manor. Get this, it’s a big, ridiculous castle structure in the English countryside.

Community fans will be delighted with Abed’s analysis of this year’s Emmy nominations over at Variety, even if it does mean reading something at Variety.

Also Community related: The AV Club gets a season two walk-through courtesy of showrunner Dan Harmon. It’s like a commentary track that you read.

Even the X-Men are going the way of Gaga. Magneto just wants you to know that he was “Born this Way.” I’ll just leave this here and wish you a good night. I said good night!

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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