What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly column dedicated to things happening in the world of entertainment. It’s also deathly afraid of Kevin Bacon. It would like to reassess it’s number of degrees and somehow increase from its usual 2 to at least 8. That way Mr. Bacon and his X-Men character can’t clamp its nether regions in the contraption above. At least we think that’s what that thing is.

We begin our night with X-Men: First Class and a massive dump of images over at Gamma Squad. From high-res shots of the meticulously crafted costumes to high-res shots of cool CGI mutants to a high-res shot of whatever the hell Kevin Bacon is doing in the photo above. I almost don’t want to know. But I do, because this movie continues to look better and better with every little marketing bit.

“I’m sure [director Wes Craven is] going to do a sequel … Foreign [sales] are so strong that we’ll do over $100 million worldwide … It’s at $90 now, with about five or six major countries to go and a lot of small ones. We’ll probably do $110 million … I wish it would have been better domestically, but it’s not the worst thing in the world that’s ever happened.” That’s what Harvey Weinstein had to say about Scream 5.

Now that Mila Kunis and Rachel Weisz have been locked in as the wicked witches of Sam Raimi’s Oz the Great and Powerful, the search for a Glinda, the Good Witch is heating up. Blue Valentine star Michelle Williams is now in talks to take on the role, which would be an interesting direction. Williams isn’t exactly known for being chipper, but she’s got no problem being graceful. If it goes down, it would round out an excellent cast for the story, which will tell the origin of the Wizard of Oz.

There will likely be a lot of things missing from the upcoming Star Wars Blu-ray box set. Some fans just won’t be satisfied, no matter what ole George does with them. It surprises me that Topless Robot could only find 8 things missing from the set. The Star Wars Holiday Special might be asking too much, but the others make sense.

Vulture has a list of nine actors most likely to be anointed big stars in 2011. The only thing they get wrong is a lack of understanding that Michael Fassbender is already a mega star, at least in my heart. Also, that third Olsen sister has a shot.

Salt director Phillip Noyce may be the next filmmaker to pick up the ever-growing trend of nostalgia action cinema, as he’s now being rumored as attached to a remake of Bloodsport, a film that originally starred Jean Claude Van Damme. Instead of going to Hong Kong though, this would follow “an American who goes to Brazil to recover from the violence he has experienced in Afghanistan [and] gets involved in a martial arts contest.”

The Today Show recently reunited the cast of Willy Wonka and the Chocolate Factory to celebrate the 40th anniversary of the film’s release. It’s more than a little adorable.

Fandango has officially debuted the poster for The Muppets that we showed you a few days ago. Only this time, it’s much bigger and is seen in better light. It’s still a little off-putting, right?

Even though House is moving on to an eighth season, Dr. Cuddy does not appear to be going with it. It was announced today the Lisa Edelstein is leaving the show.

Baz Luhrmann has found his man to play Tom Buchanan, the man who goes toe-to-toe with the titular character in The Great Gatsby. Animal Kingdom and Warrior star Joel Edgerton has accepted the role. He will play house with Carey Muligan, beat up women and generally be an old timey douche. It’s gonna be great.

Will Ferrell and Mark Wahlberg are teaming up again, only this time they’re putting together a project that sounds a lot like a film that already exists. Turkey Bowl will tell the story of two rival football fans who go head-to-head in a neighborhood vs. neighborhood football game. Yes, that’s exactly like the movie Turkey Bowl that played SXSW. Is it a remake? Will it be inferior to a film that was probably shot for the cost of Mark Wahlberg’s hair cuts? Time will tell on both counts.

Joel McHale and Danny Pudi would love to see Community take it on the road next season… to Juarez, Mexico. If I had a minute to give them a call, I’d tell them that’s not a good idea. I’ve driven by Juarez. There is nothing funny about that place. That said, I do like Danny Pudi’s little plot analysis: “It would be paintball vs. real guns … Chevy [Chase] would be the only one to survive that, somehow. He would negotiate with them and come out alive.”

Take a breath, Akira fans, Keanu Reeves has officially passed on the project. Now if only we can put those Robert Pattinson rumors to bed, we’ll be in good shape.

Architectural Digest has a very cool piece on some of the architecture to be seen in Matthew Vaughn’s X-Men: First Class. It does look like the production design is top notch, that’s for sure.

Ed Whitworth’s day job is to read scripts and then give them to Oprah, or her production company, whatever. But now Warner Bros. is giving him a big upgrade, putting him on the script for The Lost Years of Merlin, a big-budget adaptation of the fantasy series by T.A. Barron. As they say, the search for another Harry Potter franchise continues.

Prepare yourself to finish strong with the Greatest Marriage Proposal of All-Time! Or at least the best one I’ve seen on the internet this week. It’s no Jim and Pam, but the union of Matt and Ginny will forever be remembered with big screen scope. It’s worth noting, as well, that Ginny is sitting down to see Fast Five. I wonder if all the man-meat in that movie made her change her mind. Let’s hope not. [via You Bent My Wookie]


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