Movie News After Dark: ‘Dark Knight’ Ladies, ‘Judge Dredd’ Villains and Tarantino’s Earliest Work

What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s newest late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box. It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this shit late at night, what do you expect?

– The world now knows that an actress, most likely one who you’ve seen before, will appear alongside Christian Bale and company in The Dark Knight Rises. This falls under the logical conclusions category of news reporting. The other non-surprise is the list, populated by names such as Keira Knightley, Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Kate Mara, Gemma Arterton, Eva Green, Naomi Watts and Charlotte Riley. We’re not exactly sure who that last one is, but a quick Google images search has taught us that we’d like to know her better. Now on to the real speculation: will Michelle Pfeiffer return as Catwoman? Not likely…

– On a related note, Michelle Pfeiffer has been cast in Welcome to People, in which she will play Chris Pine’s mother. Is she really that old? She doesn’t seem that old.

– Speaking of people named Michelle, Green Hornet director Michel Gondry will be directing Thursday’s episode of Jimmy Kimmel Live as a way to promote the Seth Rogen-led action flick. It’s sure to be worth a watch the next day on the internet (once all of the highlights are assembled into a simple 1-minute version).

– Film critic Armond White is a giant dick-bag. Are we still acting surprised about this, or have we moved on with our lives?

– This new French poster for Marvel’s Thor looks broody:

– Queen guitarist Brian May has blogged to fans about all of the Queen-related happenings coming this year, including forward movement on a Freddie Mercury biopic penned by Peter Morgan and starring Sacha Baron Cohen. The first draft of the script is in and everyone sounds excited. (Spoiler alert: we’re excited, too).

– According to new reports, the biggest roadblock that stands between Ghostbusters 3 and the silver screen is Bill Murray. According to old reports, everything we read about Ghostbusters 3 on the internet is probably wrong. Cats and dogs, living together!

– The real life Winklevoss Twins, who can be seen being very villainy in David Fincher’s The Social Network (as portrayed by Armie Hammer), are continuing their settlement suit against Mark Zuckerberg in California. The big question: will the judge and jury have seen The Social Network?

– Director Bong Joon-Ho will serve on the jury at Sundance, which is rapidly approaching.

– DC Entertainment is planning on heavily promoting their new massively multiplayer online game DC Universe Online with tie-ins to the upcoming Green Lantern feature film. On the whole, it all sounds very nifty.

– Watch Chrisopher Coppola, brother of Nicolas Cage, give a tour of Cage’s absurd mansion in 1992:

– Lena Headey may be the sultry villain in the upcoming Judge Dredd reboot starring Karl Urban. Though it’s questionable, as the script describes her character “Ma-Ma” as a 50-60 year old tough as nails gal who is scarred heavily in the facial region. That doesn’t sound like Lena Headey’s bag, but you just never know.

– HBO has decided not to move forward with the half-hour comedy series Documental, from the Tropic Thunder crew of Ben Stiller, Steve Coogan and Justin Theroux. It was said to feel unsatisfactorily like an off-shoot of Thunder and it’s extra doc Rain of Madness. It probably would have been fun. Thanks though HBO, for making the decision for us.

– The following Green Hornet quad poster is awesome. And yes, I’m actively stumping for this movie now. It was a lot of fun:

– The list of finalists for the Best Make-Up Effects Oscar have been released. Among the notable could-be nominees: Jonah Hex, The Wolfman, Alice and Wonderland and True Grit. Now lets play a game of which of these three things do not belong. Care to join me?

– Cartoon Networks Justice League toon Young Justice got an awesome guest star this week — Conan O’Brien. He will be seen, as drawn by Bruce Timm, as The Flaming C.

– Only 36-minutes of Quentin Tarantino’s first (and nearly destroyed) feature film My Best Friend’s Birthday remain after an alleged fire burned almost half of the flick. But thanks to the wonders of the internet, you can watch it below:

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet.

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