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 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 stuff late at night, what do you expect?

Editor’s Note: Neil’s knee deep in the goo of SXSW, so Nathan Adams has dutifully stepped up to deliver the news and insight you demand. He also delivers a few things you didn’t ask for, but that’s pretty standard for this site.

To those who already saw The Smurfs trailer, we’re sorry your eyeballs are broken now. To everyone else, enjoy reading this with your functioning peepers.

Tonight’s header image comes from HBO’s upcoming series Game of Thrones. It stands to be as cinematic as anything else we might see this year even it’s only on those tiny 72” TVs you have at home. Behold, Eddard Stark in all of his badass glory

New promo art for the Green Lantern movie has showed up online, and speculation abounds that it may contain the first glimpse of the grandest Green Lantern of them all, the sentient planet Mogo. I mean, the pic looks pretty planety to me. I don’t know what else it would be.

IGN has a gallery of production art for the upcoming Pirates of the Caribbean movie. It’s packed full of designs for the film’s zombie characters. The art seems to be full of enough personality to project that certain Disney touch, which is one thing these films have done really well despite their increasingly confusing plots.

Also, there’s this awesome new poster for 13 Assassins :

Deadline Leroy has dug up some info about the impending sale of Blockbuster. It seems that a new ruling will probably allow the company to be auctioned off whole after all. There was some danger that it might be forced to liquidate. That’s unfortunate, there’s a pretty huge cut out of Schwarzenegger at my local store that I’ve had my eye on.

The Weinsteins have successfully taken on the ratings board once again and got the film Miral bumped from an R down to a PG-13. While being violent, the film is violent in a sort of arty, super dramatic, Middle Eastern violence way. Recently they successfully campaigned to keep Oscar nominee Blue Valentine from getting a death kiss NC-17. Fight the power Harvey!

The recent cool news that Trent Reznor would be both scoring and acting in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter turns out to be not so cool, because it isn’t happening at all. Reznor told fans on the NIN forum that while he was thinking about doing the movie, he’s decided not to. Kind of like when I decided to stop buying NIN albums back in ’97. I’m sorry, that was bitchy. Love you Trent!

B-movie throwback Hobo With a Shotgun is running a contest asking for people to submit their own original grindhouse trailers. Submissions need to be in by March 31st and winning entries will be featured on the Hobo DVD. Losers have to buy Rutger Hauer dinner. Decide if you want to enter very wisely.

Most movies want to get the word out about what they’re all about. JJ Abrams movies tend to want to play all coy about what their plots are, even though they usually tend to turn out to be exactly what you pictured. Paramount has released the first official synopsis of what exactly happens in the upcoming Super 8, and it’s pretty vague. Pretty, pretty, vague.

The Chronicles of Rick Roll is going to be a feature length film about popular YouTube videos. The film is about a character named Rick Rolland who travels through the Internet and meets up with a bunch of the people responsible for the Internet memes of the last few years. If anybody goes to see this, I will hunt you down.

Variety reports that the Farrelly brothers are trying their damndest to get Johnny Knoxville to sign on as Moe Howard in their upcoming Three Stooges movie. If he signs on they will then fill out the rest of the cast according to chemistry with Johnny. In that case, might I suggest Steve O for Larry, and Sidney Poitier as Curly. It just makes sense.

Seriously, you have to see this damned Smurfs trailer. You will not be the same person you were before seeing it:

There’s no way we can let that be the final word, so we end tonight with this clever retelling of Inception in 60 seconds using stop-motion and paper cut outs and old mustaches that were lying around:


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