Movie News After Dark: Tarantino’s Faves, Pixar’s Beauty and a Poster for ‘Paul’

The year 2010 may have ended, but the cycle of movie news keeps on a-cyclin’. Most of the news this time of year has something to do with a list — the best, the worst and the otherwise notable performances, directorial efforts and nude scenes, just to name a few. Everyone wants to have their say and we at FSR may be the worst among them with our Year in Review. So you’ll have to excuse me if my innagural edition of Movie News After Dark, the movie news column you can read while mostly asleep, is full of other people’s “best of” lists. There are also some worthy surprises, I assure you…

The world doesn’t need another list of favorite movies from celebrities, not after Stephen King put Takers in his own Top 10 list. But such a thought isn’t lost on Quentin Tarantino, who unleashed his 20 favorite films of 2010 upon The Tarantino Archives. It’s basically QT’s list of movies he saw in 2010. We know this because he put Knight and Day at #12. What’s the word you guys use for that? Oh right, FAIL!

Christina Ricci may have grown up, but Casper the Friendy Ghost will never age. He will also never go out of style, or so hopes Amblin and Universal. They are in talks to restart the kid-friendly ghost franchise, according to What’s Playing.

The Criterion Collection continued its yearly tradition of releasing a very cryptic Happy New Year’s Day card to the public (see above). The likes of The Criterion Cast saw fit to try to disseminate the card and predict the movies that will make Criterion’s release schedule. I was too busy trying to figure out why someone would let the damned cat drive the boat — that’s ludicrous!

Notably furry movie blogosphere pundit Devin Faraci has fired up the warp drive on his beloved Star Trek-themed column, Star Trekkin’ (and you know how I love me a good column). It can now be read over at Badass Digest.

NASA thinks that Roland Emmerich’s 2012 was ridiculous. And they are simply looking at it from a scientific point-of-view. Heaven forbid they ever get a grasp on what makes a great narrative. They may just turn to collecting copies of 2012 and jettisoning them into space. A waste of resources, yes. But it could be a worthwhile public service. (via The Australian)

Were you holding out for a movie extension to Jack Bauer and the world of 24? If so, the folks at Entertainment Weekly have some sad news for you: Fox has put the kibosh on the script from State of Play scribe Billy Ray. Needless to say, Kiefer Sutherland is still keeping his fingers crossed.

Pixar makes beautiful movies. People on the internet are often prone to making very charming mash-ups of their favorite cinematic moments. Those two notions collide, ripping apart our “adorable index” with The Beauty of Pixar. Found via Wired.

In an interview with Dread Central, Paul Reubens said that he’s very interested in working with Tim Burton again in the future. But that’s not all! Reubens also let slip that the thing holding back another Burton-directed Pee-Wee movie (aside from a lack of need) is Burton’s ever growing slate of projects. Including but not limited to a sequel to The Nightmare Before Christmas. Wait, what?

Lost was the most pirated television show of 2010. That’s no surprise. What surprised me was last week, when the list of most popular pirated movies of 2010 showed Kick-Ass at #2. Well done, internet. That’s something to be proud of right there.

Red Letter Media’s famed “critic” Mr. Plinkett has returned to round out his reviews of George Lucas’ second Star Wars trilogy, handily engaging in 90-minutes of vitriol slinging at Revenge of the Sith. Yes, I listened to the entire thing. And yeah, it’s funny.

Natalie Portman may be knocked up, engaged to be married and headed for Oscar’s stage for her performance in Black Swan, but she hasn’t heard anything about roles in the upcoming Superman reboot or Chris Nolan’s The Dark Knight Rises. This according to the crack reporting of Entertainment Weekly, confirmed by logic.

We end the night with a look at one of the cool posters of the week. It doesn’t feel like the world is talking enough about Universal’s upcoming nerd comedy Paul. But this one-sheet might help spur on some discussion:

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. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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