What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news round-up that’s a little tired, a little wired and it thinks it deserves a little appreciation around here! Alright, so that’s the insomnia talking. For now, lets just do the news like we always do, shall we?

The headline photo of the night is a shot of two morons Russell Brand and Alec Baldwin in Adam Shankman’s Rock of Ages, a film that will combine major Hollywood names with an infamously terrible director and a slew of over-the-top musical numbers. It’s so ridiculous that it just might work. But probably not.

“I think the third movie ends with Doug (Justin Bartha) staring at a row of crosses in a graveyard. It’s everyone – his wife, his family is dead, everybody from the first movie is dead. Somebody shows up and tells him his dog is dead.” Writer Craig Mazin might have been messing with Badass Digest when he said that, but now he’ll be pressed to make it so, as Warner Bros. has apparently hired him to write The Hangover III. Why not make it a trilogy? And why not dive off the deep end?

Dania RamirezEntourage and Heroes side-babe Dania Ramirez has been cast in American Reunion as the girlfriend of Eddie Kay Thomas’ Finch. Thomas, who was one of the last original cast members to sign for the fourth film, probably had a clause in his contract that his character must be dating a smoking hot Latina. Otherwise it doesn’t make sense, because that character has always been sort of a tool.

Josh Radnor is busy casting his sophomore directorial effort following last year’s Sundance splash HappyThankYouMorePlease. He has cast Alison Janney in Liberal Arts, a film that will star new ‘it’ girl Elizabeth Olsen, Richard Jenkins and Elizabeth Reaser.

Hugo Weaving has been cast in Cloud Atlas as not one, not two, not four, or even five, but six characters. He said in a Herald Sun interview that he and the other actors will be playing more than one role in the film, playing different characters in six different stories.

Jessica Alba, Joel McHale, Jeremy Piven and a host of others clearly owed someone a favor. That someone is Robert Rodriguez, who has recruited them to star in Spy Kids: All the Time in the World. A new trailer is out and yes, this movie will go down in history as the one that most aptly combined Ricky Gervais and Danny Trejo. Don’t be surprised if it’s somewhat, but not overly enjoyable. If you’re 9 and live under the delusion that some day you’ll have rocket-propelled snow boots (which I do! And I will!)

In a radical move that some are calling one of the most important decisions in its storied history, DC Comics is moving to completely restart all of its titles in September of this year. They will also, more importantly, be going day-and-date with the digital and print editions of their comics. That last part is being hailed as the doomsday alert for comic shops. That would be quite sad.

Oh, Twitter. That’s two Django Unchained rumors for you in almost as many days. Today it’s Jeff Goldsmith at Creative Screenwriting, who tweeted the following: “Casting Rumor: Leonardo DiCaprio WILL play villian Calvin Candie in Tarantino’s Django Unchained! QT wanted him for I.B. & now has him!” We’ll wait for confirmation. That rumor has too many exclamation points to be legit.

Super 8Paramount has released a boat-load of spoiler free images for Super 8. In related news, my full review will be live fairly soon.

We Own the Night director James Gray’s next will include Marion Cotillard selling her body at the behest of Joaquin Phoenix. She will then (most likely) fall in love with a magician played by Jeremy Renner. It will be called Low Life. I can’t wait to see it.

In a very revealing interview with io9, X-Men: First Class producer and X3 writer Simon Kinberg explains what X-Men: First Class leanred from X-Men: The Last Stand‘s mistakes.

In a slightly daring but not all that surprising move, Summit Entertainment is taking the lead on advance VOD releases by putting out Duncan Jones’ Source Code On Demand a full two weeks before it arrives on Blu-ray. The question becomes: will you pay to watch it once on your TV screen, or wait for the Blu-ray?

We close tonight with the folks at Pajiba, who have put together this strongly worded, highly NSFW tribute to the 100 greatest movie threats of all-time. Mad Dog Tannen, you had one of the greats, for sure. Bonus points for anyone who can count who gets more, Eastwood or Pesci.

“I’ll burn you so bad you’ll wish you died as a child.” I love you, Good Morning Vietnam.

“I’m gonna hit you so hard, when you wake up your clothes will be out of style!” I just can’t help myself. Goonies never say die.


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