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Movie News After Dark: Walking Dead, Mad Men on Netflix, Ant-Man and a History of Titles

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news and link collection column that is running late, but it’s not sorry about it. Tonight it went to see Cowboys & Aliens, which was a lot of fun. So deal with it. As you know, it is always worth the wait, baby.

We begin tonight with the first look at Blake Lively and Chloe Moretz in Hick, which was released as part of the Toronto International Film Festival laying down its Gala and Special Presentation line-up. Lively is a drifter, Moretz is a runaway and in this scene, they’re moving quickly away from something. Perhaps its Lively’s cinematic career thus far. Someone should tell her there’s no escaping that wooden performance in Green Lantern.

Yesterday the folks at Gordon and the Whale said goodbye, with site owner Chase Whale announcing that the site will shut down effective August 31. While it’s sad to see one of our beloved brethren go, we know just as well how tough it is to keep a site like this independent and afloat. It’s not easy, and we wish everyone from the GATW family the best in their future endeavors. Like Kate Erbland, who joined our team today. We’re beyond excited to have her and we hope you’ll join us in making her feel at home here on the pages of FSR.

Speaking of departures. Frank Darabont has walked away from The Walking Dead, stepping down as showrunner. He appeared last weekend at Comic-Con, but waited a few days before making the announcement. It’s believed that he could stay involved with the show, but he won’t be in the daddy chair as the show finishes production on season two. It’s a big deal anytime a showrunner leaves, especially one so talented as Darabont, but my guess is that The Walking Dead will be just fine.

Empire has revealed its latest cover, featuring “The Heroes of 2012.” The list includes The Dark Knight Rises and The Amazing Spider-Man, but Judge Dredd is the one who gets top billing. Check out Karl Urban’s grimace:

Ruben Fleischer’s Gangster Squad might have its leading lady. According to reports, he’s looking to Zombieland star Emma Stone for the role of “Jean, a sharp-tongued siren caught in a love triangle with [Ryan] Gosling’s character and Sean Penn, who portrays famed mobster Mickey Cohen.” Including Crazy, Stupid, Love, that would make for two films in which she gets intimate with Ryan Gosling. Then again, if given the chance, we’d do the same.

If you’re like me, you’re probably anxiously awaiting the release of Jason Reitman’s next, Young Adult. No matter the premise, that guy consistently brings it. So count me in for December 9, when Young Adult will begin its limited release. Or even December 16, when it will expand and play against the likes of Madonna’s W.E. and Garry Marshall’s New Year’s Eve.

Tomorrow — as in Wednesday — Mad Men will begin streaming on Netflix. That is all.

Recently it’s been reported that Edgar Wright and Attack the Block writer/director Joe Cornish have turned in another draft of their Ant-Man script to Marvel Studios. When they talked to MTV News they said things like “stand alone genre film,” which should help engage some excitement.

Having just seen Cowboys & Aliens and all of its problems, many of which come right from the script work by 5 different writers, it has me once again appreciating the work of Christopher Markus and Stephen McFeeley, the pair behind Captain America: The First Avenger. Over at MovieLine, they deliver their 8 pro tips for writing a comic book movie.

We close tonight with a brief history of the film title sequence, by Dutch designer and animator Jurjen Versteeg, found via Brain Pickings. It’s a little something-something for those title design nerds, like myself.

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.

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