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 and Cole have dutifully stepped up to deliver the news and insight you demand.
Robert Zemeckis’s next, Beatles-inspired motion-capture film has had the kibosh put on it by Disney. It seems that Mars Needs Moms kinda tanked at the box office and they don’t need to be putting their money behind any questionable animation at the moment. Especially Zemeckis’ stupid looking motion-capture animation.
Robin McLeavy was once said to be playing Abraham Lincoln’s wife in Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter, but now she is apparently playing his mom. I’m glad we got the situation sorted out, but that’s gotta be confusing for Abe.
The Conan O’Brien documentary Conan O’Brien Can’t Stop that recently played at SXSW has scored a distribution deal. It will be put out by AT&T, Abramorama and Magnolia Home Entertainment. Wait, say what? Three companies? Apparently these guys are all tag teaming the theatrical and VOD duties rather than one company handling everything. And movie distribution somehow manages to get even more complicated.
Speaking of which, have you checked out our SXSW coverage yet? It’s smothered in barbecue sauce.
American: The Bill Hicks Story comes out in theaters April 8th, but there’s a trailer of it that you can watch now. It seems to be a strange mix of Hicks performance footage, documentary stuff, and dramatized animation. Somehow it all comes together and actually looks pretty cool, or at least for the trailer. And Bill Hicks is funny, so check it out whydontcha?
Hey did anybody know that there is a new Pirates of the Caribbean movie coming out? I did, because they keep releasing new images from it every single day. Today our visual treat is a new poster featuring Johnny Depp… looking at something. Yeah, I’m gonna be sick of this movie long before it comes out.
Steven Spielberg recently claimed that doing Tintin made him feel more like a painter than ever. No word yet on whether he feels pretty or witty or bright. Fortunately, you can read this great interview while we wait on that.
There. Won’t. Be. A. Sandman. Television. Show. This. Season. Damn it.
The often-astute column Girls on Film over at Cinematical believes that Jane Eyre has finally been done the right way, confirming the old saying that to Eyre is human, but to tell a terrible pun based on the title of a Bronte novel is Reject-like.
It’s not even in theaters yet, but Wes Craven sounded the Great Horn of Sequels for the Scream franchise. Another trilogy? Why not? Now the search is on for writers who can write about a fake horror film set in the universe of a horror film while filming another horror film. Who else gets the feeling that we’re going to be the ones who get stabbed in the next one?
Because you demanded it, you can now see Elijah Wood talking to a man in a dog suit.
Finally tonight, somebody has mashed up the audio from the Sucker Punch trailer with corresponding images from Disney Princess movies. It works out well and is kind of funny, but somebody mashed up the audio from the Sucker Punch trailer with corresponding images from Disney Princess movies. I don’t know about you, but I can’t even conceive of having that sort of free time. Figuring out the lifestyle that affords you time to do this is where the real talent lies.