What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that often sits around in its best lingerie a little too much. Like Emma Frost in the new X-Men film, it loves walking around in its skivvies. However, unlike Ms. Frost and her lovely attire, it does not receive a positive response. It’s okay, because this movie news column is not a real thing. It’s just an object.

We begin tonight with a scantly glad, hollow-gazing January Jones lounging around in Matthew Vaughn’s uber-stylish X-Men: First Class. What I find interesting about Jones is that whether she’s about to turn into a woman with diamond-coated skin or she’s waiting for Don Draper to come home from a night of whoring around, it’s the same facial expression. That’s consistency.

Speaking of X-Men: First Class, along with the ample sustenance in photo form released by Fox above, we also have this interesting 4-minute featurette that talks about the “family tree” that forms as Charles Xavier and Erik Lensherr bring the mutants of the world together.

The Avengers might no just have one villain, it could be getting two. It’s a slippery slope, as you know, but it’s also building up to be one of the biggest superhero movie events in the history of nerd expectations. So they have to either go big, or go home. The second villain is being suggested in a report by Latino Review. I’ll let you read all about it over there, as I wouldn’t want to soil the experience for anyone looking to keep clear of it. At the very least, I will say that the rumor does fit, logically.

J.J. Abrams loves a good mystery. And it shows in his work, as he strives to further keep us in the dark on his films. It’s something we, as an audience, should appreciate about him. There may be a motive to use mystery to build buzz, and thus turn buzz into money. But in reading this NYT profile on the Super 8 director, it’s hard to think of him of anything other than a guy who loves the fun in the mystery. In a day-and-age when everything is online three minutes before it goes before cameras, a little mystery is something to be cherished.

The Hangover II star Bradley Cooper might be getting a writing credit soon, as he and a friend wrote a spec treatment adaptation for the long-gestating project based on Dan Simmons’ Hyperion. It’s a project that has been around forever and if producer Graham King digs the scribe-skills on Cooper, it could reignite the project. Or it will continue to go nowhere. We’ll see.

The following is a first look at Merida, the Kelly Macdonald voiced main character from Brave, Pixar’s next film after Cars 2. The project has been wrought with trouble, including the dismissal of director Brenda Chapman, but it will ultimately set milestones as the first Pixar film to be (co-)directed by a woman and the first to feature a female protagonist. A fiery ginger female protagonist, at that.

The wait is over. With the signing of Shannon Elizabeth this week, American Reunion will live up to its name and reunite the complete cast of the American Pie series. You can rest easy tonight, my bakery-lusting friends.

The future of the Superman franchise could be in jeopardy. That’s the gist of the legal mumbo-jumbo over at The Hollywood Reporter today, which explains in excruciating detail how the creators of the character are continuing their two decade-old fight to terminate copyright grants. This would leave Warner Bros., who is currently pumping millions of dollars into a new Superman reboot, up the proverbial shit creek.

What’s interesting about this tidbit isn’t that Thomas Jane is being pushed out of Walter Hill’s Headshot, it’s why Thomas Jane is being pushed out of Walter Hill’s Headshot. According to the sources of AICN, he’s not “ethnic” enough. The best part of this story is Jane, on Twitter, searching for jokes about racism against white people. It’s funny because there aren’t any.

If you’ve got time this weekend, you should read Peter Hall’s interview with makeup master Howard Berger. He talks aliens in I Am Number Four and all the things he plans to do with Sam Raimi’s trip to Oz.

Summer movie season is about to be in full-swing, especially next week when X-Men: First Class enters the ring. But while it doesn’t feel like it, the summer is already delivering wonders of entertainment. One of which is Bridesmaids, the all-girl comedic romp that is not afraid to take a dump in the street. Which, as you might imagine, is quite funny. The only thing funnier would be the following outtakes reel. Make monkey noises!


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