With this entry, we will have made it an entire week with my new-fangled column, known to you as Movie News After Dark. Congratulations to the seven (or so) of you who have been following along. It’s been a blast. It seems fitting that on a day when I spent more than the necessary amount of time on Twitter bemoaning the fact that most movie blogs don’t care about real movie discussions (they only — I argued — want to republish the top ten lists of filmmakers who saw 11 movies in 2010), that I bring you several news stories that are rather silly. It may be hypocritical in your minds, but what makes it okay is the fact that I really love you, dear readers. And those other sites don’t love you. Trust me, I heard them say it.
If you don’t follow the Behind the Scenes “Pic of the Day” column that Quint over at Ain’t It Cool is running, you are missing out on something special. So special that it actually has me visiting Ain’t It Cool News on a daily basis. 1999 me would be proud. Today’s pic (seen above) is a shot from Star Wars Episode IV: A New Hope. It is in honor of the announcement that Star Wars will be hitting Blu-ray in September, as announced yesterday at CES. The “original” trilogy and complete saga are already available for pre-order. Beware though, as they appear to include only the “special editions” of episodes four, five and six. You all know the story there. If not, here’s a healthy dose of reminder from Cinematical’s Scott Weinberg.
The day began with rumors, but reps quickly confirmed this afternoon that Elijah Wood will star in The Hobbit, which is now the beneficiary of Warner Bros. worldwide distribution money (a fact that will likely see it get made). He will also star in the 4-hour SkyTV miniseries Treasure Island alongside Eddie Izzard.
Eminem is returning to Hollywood to commit Random Acts of Violence. Though unrelated, this also happens on a day when the LAPD is promising that they are going to catch the person who shot the Notorious BIG. Better late than never, I suppose.
Paul Haggis hasn’t written a great movie in a while, and now we know who to blame: Scientology. And while I don’t have any evidence to back that up, there might be some in his upcoming expose taking on the Church of Scientology.
“I know we’ve been saying this for awhile, but I’d be really surprised if we didn’t have an Arrested Development movie sooner rather than later.” Ron Howard actually said this while promoting his latest film The Dilemma this week in Chicago. ‘Sooner rather than later’ is about the best we can hope for, at this point.
Total Film has released the list of nominees for their 2011 Movie Blog Awards, an honor that has been bestowed upon us a few times in the past. This year, however, they have chosen to go under the radar. No /Film, no Screen Rant, no Ain’t It Cool News or us pesky Rejects. It’s all blogs that you may never have heard of before. And kudos to them for doing it. I know that my RSS feed reader just got a lot of great new additions.
Now that their collaboration on The Social Network has gone well, Trent Reznor will be getting back together with David Fincher to score The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo. It seems like a more appropriate fit for Reznor, even if his Network score was excellent.
The obsession that most of the movie blogosphere has with Armond White is absurd, to say the very least. That said, this exploration of Armond White’s Better-Than list is quite entertaining. And they even missed the part where White says that just about anything is better than The Social Network. I’d go with him on that…
Ever wonder what a date with Wonder Woman would be like? No, I haven’t either. But someone out there has dreamt it up — hilariously. See how below in the final video strike of the week:
Movie News After Dark is off on Saturdays (that’s The Lord’s day, people, respect it), but I will be back tomorrow with my usual shenanigans in The Week That Was, the only weekly column that cares about you enough to call you on Saturday nights.
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