What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a delightful little sampler of all that is right in the world of movie blogging. Even on a rather slow news day, typical for the day after April Fool’s as sites try to weed out the weekend’s news that wasn’t fake, we can still find plenty of things worth your reading eyes.
We begin this evening with a look at Christoph Waltz on the set of Django Unchained, looking quite dapper and if I might say, rocking some wicked facial hair. There’s no way that this goes poorly, of that we can be assured.
In the wake of last night’s season two premiere, Hero Complex has a great interview in which David Benioff and D.B. Weiss discuss what’s to come with that show they produce, HBO’s Game of Thrones. How ’bout those Lannisters, eh?
Pajiba keeps it classy by running down The 25 FIlms That Most Frequently Used the Word “F–k.” I wonder how many of them used the word “Fuck,” as well.
Danny Boyle is directing a James Bond short film that will open the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. The rumor is that the Queen (the actual Queen) may star alongside Daniel Craig. I wonder who she had to sleep with to get that gig.
Our long-time friend Hector Pahaut, whose work we’ve featured numerous times, has created this charming new poster for (500) Days of Summer, a film that I desperately need to revisit soon.
BBC is reporting that Angry Birds will become an animated series, which may then be spun off into a movie. “I am happy to say we are going to roll out a weekly animation series this year of short format content. It’s a great way for us to connect with our existing fans, to give them more and keep them engaged” says Rovio’s head of animation Nick Dorra. He then added (in his mind), “We can’t wait to continue to print f–king money with this crazy little birds and that unbearable theme song.”
A few folks are in the running to direct the Captain America sequel. The likes of George Nolfi, F. Gary Gray and two guys who have directed a bunch of episodes of Community. Because if Joe Johnston can make a good Captain America movie, anyone can.
Vulture has a nice round up of What Mad Men Critics Are Saying About Fat Betty. Personally, I can’t see past the fact that she’s the same emotionally crippled, ceaselessly unhappy Betty. Fat or not, I’ve never liked that woman.
CriticWire has a solid piece about Eric D. Snider’s next project, called The Shame List, in which he confesses to 25 of his most egregious cinematic blind spots. It’s more than just admitting that you’ve never seen Empire Strikes Back (something I rectified last year), and an honest look at something all critics have, mostly because there are a lot of goddamn movies out there. You know whose blind spots I want to see? Roger Ebert. Or perhaps Manohla Dargis. That would be fascinating.
If you enjoy the work of Peter Dinklage — read: you have a pulse and have seen something he’s been in — you should read Dan Kois’ profile of Mr. Dinklage at the New York Times. It’s illuminating.
We close tonight on the Game of Thrones kick. Courtesy of the folks at JoBlo, here’s 10-minutes of then-prince, now King Joffrey getting slapped. It’s the same slap over and over again, but it’s so worth it.