What is Movie News After Dark? It’s just a nightly movie news column that wants its rug back, man.

We open tonight with a first look at Charlize Theron playing what we can only expect to be an emotionally stunted character in Jason Reitman’s Young Adult, his second collaboration with writer Diablo Cody. Please excuse whatever sarcasm came out of that first sentence — I have liked every bit of Reitman’s previous work and this one includes Patton Oswalt, so I see no reason why it won’t be excellent.

Personally, I hate updates like the one to which I’m about to link. “____ person says that nothing is happening with (insert long-gestating, long-shelved project name here).” In this case though, it’s Jonathan Levine talking All the Boys Love Mandy Lane, a film that appears to need some sort of petition. Can we get that started?

In a stunt clearly aimed at becoming an illustrious member of the “film school rejects” entourage, Shaquille O’Neal is attending film school via the New York Film Academy’s Filmmaking Conservatory program at Universal Studios in LA. Now Shaq, you just have to get kicked out. Try stepping on one of your instructors.

Universal has released the first teaser poster for American Reunion, the latest in the American Pie series. Although according to this poster’s tag, this could be that one last slice of pie. Please let it be the last.

One of the most interesting little international film nerd gatherings that I’ve got on my list to attend someday is Empire’s Big Screen event in the UK. Not just because I’m an avid reader of the mag, but because I hear they put on a good show. Which leads me to this essay about the festival from a volunteer’s perspective. It’s just another example of how much fun these things can be, no matter what side of the velvet rope you’re on.

Having spent more than 21 years of my life there, I can tell you that the city of Cleveland, Ohio could do with some positive publicity — such as the filming of The Avengers, one of 2012’s most anticipated films. Now if they could just get Marvel to stop blowing up downtown Cleveland, it could actually help the city.

According to a new study, watching too much television is bad for you. According to me, the AV Club wins today’s funniest title with Watching TV takes years off your life, according to scientists nobody asked.

We close tonight with an homage to The Dude. Because the Coen Brothers’ classic The Big Lebowski is on Blu-ray shelves today (my review coming very soon), our friend, the very talented Jeff Yorkes, has assembled this supercut honoring His Dudeness. It’s all you’ll need on a lonely night (if you didn’t go buy the Blu-ray):


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