Movie News After Dark: ‘Star Wars’ Goes Blu, More ‘Mad Men’ and You Date Wonder Woman

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.

Even with Season of the Witch getting smoked out of the forrest with some of the most scathing reviews seen in a long time (see them all in Movieline’s list of the most scathing responses, which includes our own Robert Levin and Roger Ebert), there is something to the notion that not all January movies suck. Cinematical walks us through a few of month one’s best. Then again, if all else fails you could take into consideration our list of 8 Things for Movie Fans to Do in January.

Soon to be new Spider-Man Andrew Garfield doesn’t watch his own movies. However, David Fincher and company made him watch The Social Network. No word on how many times Fincher made him repeat, but my guess is 98.

Today in television, we found out from this week’s TCA press tour that Starz will be setting up a second season for Spartacus: Blood and Sand despite the loss of star Andy Whitfield to cancer treatment. AMC has also confirmed that Mad Men will get a fifth season. It may not happen until as late as 2012, though.

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.

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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