What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly celebration of what’s happening in the world of entertainment. It also usually manages to get in a few zingers.
We begin tonight with an image of Wei Tang, an actress you may recognize as the gal who had a lot of sex with Tony Leung in that Ang Lee movie, Lust, Caution. She’s also a talented actress. Which is why she’s on the shortlist of actresses who could play the Asian Bond girl role in Bond 23, which is now rumored to be partially shooting in China.
David Fincher on some of the ladies who auditioned to play his Girl with the Dragon Tattoo: “Scarlett Johansson was great. It was a great audition, I’m telling you. But the thing with Scarlett is, you can’t wait for her to take her clothes off. I keep trying to explain this. Salander should be like E.T. If you put E.T. dolls out before anyone had seen the movie, they would say, ‘What is this little squishy thing?’ Well, you know what? When he hides under the table and he grabs the Reese’s Pieces, you love him! It has to be like that.” Yeah, Reese’s Pieces… That guy is out there, man. (But seriously, read the Vogue.com piece — it’s illuminating).
Aaron Eckhart has signed on to play Beach Boys drummer Dennis Wilson in an indie music biopic, The Drummer, which will chronicle the last six years of Wilson’s life leading up to his death in 1983.
“The project was with Warner Bros and what happened is that another King Arthur project was brought to them during that time. Basically, it was just more ready to go into production than ours was. That is why our version of ‘Excalibur‘ ended up being negated. ut, when that happened, it allowed me to go straight into developing ‘Battlestar Galactica‘ – which I think will be really exciting.” That’s Bryan Singer updating SFX magazine on his Excalibur project, which is now dead, and his Battlestar Galactica movie, which sounds very fraking alive.
Our friends at Screen Rant went to the New York Comic-Con this past weekend. And while we were there with our own coverage, they seem to have better captured the essence of the event with this Cosplay babe photo gallery article. Simple, effective.
Speaking of NYCC, io9 has wrapped up the greatest Avengers moments from NYCC, including hints about Avengers 2‘s potentially new line-up. Also making an appearance: the term “Ruffalize,” which is yet undefined. We’re looking at you, Urban Dictionary.
Even though Michael Bay has said he won’t direct any more Transformers movies, Hasbro is keen on making Transformers 4 and 5 back-to-back with Jason Statham in the starring role. It’s all conjecture at this point, but I wouldn’t count on Hasbro to let this one die. The franchise has grossed a few billion dollars to date. That said, here’s hoping Bay sticks to his guns (and his explosions) and moves on.
Here’s a good one. Some guy is saying that Hangover II was a rip-off of his own real life story. So much so that he’s suing Warner Bros. By that logic and the nature of said comedy, wouldn’t it also be safe to assume that The Hangover 1 is a rip-off of his life, as they’re basically the same movie? Where was this guy in 2009?
Over at Movies.com, Mike Bracken dives into the fascinating origins of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, keeping with the horror theme for October and adding a little something to the discussion. It’s a great little piece.
We close tonight with a video that will make you forget just how boring The Walking Dead is, a parody of sorts that features one viral outbreak we’ve all encountered at one time or another: Christopher Walken impressions. Here now is The Walken Dead, as sent to me by my good friend Ryan Marrero.