News After Dark: Leslie Nielsen’s Eternal Humor, Blake Lively, Richard Ayoade and Miike’s Ninja Kids

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly thing about movie stuff. Tonight’s edition features mini-ninjas, talk about naked pictures of Blake Lively, Sly Stallone set to music, an explanation of who Jane Lynch is, a joke about Michael Bay, an even less funny joke about Blake Lively and a profile of Richard Ayoade. That and more, we assure you.

Above you will see something I never thought we’d lead with in a Movie News After Dark entry: someone’s grave stone. But there it is, the resting place of actor Leslie Nielsen. Modest, simple and complete with one last fart joke for the road. Nielsen may not have lasted forever, but his penchant for the fart joke will forever stay in our hearts.

Jane Lynch will host the Emmy awards. Don’t worry, this doesn’t mean you have to watch them. I’m sure there will be a clip round-up of her best stuff online shortly thereafter. Also entertaining is the fact that The LA Times doesn’t appear to think anyone knows who Jane Lynch is without referencing Glee.

It appears as if Ben Affleck’s The Town has inspired a group of bandits in Chicago to rob a bank dressed as nuns. Or perhaps that was Ben Affleck and Jeremy Renner doing viral marketing work for The Town 2: Wicked Windy City. We may never know.

The New York Times is reporting that a Rocky musical is in the works. It may hit the streets of Broadway sometime in 2013. But for now, just think of all the ways they can make Sly Stallone’s dumb cadence into humorous verse. I’ve come up with one. Anyone have any more?

Feeling like you’re getting flooded with marketing about Super 8? Paramount is pushing hard for next week’s release, and Devin Faraci at Badass Digest explains why Paramount opened the mystery box early.

HitFix has a great profile of Richard Ayoade in celebration of the release of his film, Submarine. Things I learned: Richard Ayoade directed last season’s “Critical Film Studies” episode of Community. As Moss would say, “I came here to drink milk and kick ass… and I’ve just finished my milk.” Or something like that.

Tom Hanks is still moving on that Somali pirates movie to which he’s been attached, and now he may have Paul Greengrass along to direct. It could be the shakiest of shaky-cam pictures Greengrass has made yet. You know, because boats already move around a lot. I’m getting sea-sick just thinking about it.

Steven Spielberg has told Hero Complex that Super 8 is the first true J.J. Abrams film. Funny, after seeing it I couldn’t help but think, “wow, J.J. Abrams finally made a true Steven Spielberg film.” They really need to get their stories straight.

Lets be honest, the marketing for Horrible Bosses is coming on a little strong. Today’s release of six character posters follows last week’s release of six character posters, which we can only assume will no precede the release of 32 clips. Then again, if Warner Bros. is trying to draw together a consistent theme, this poster pretty much sums it up:

MGM has officially set a release date for the still untitled next James Bond movie, still being called Bond 23. Viewers in the UK will be able to see the film on October 26, 2012, while those of us here in the United States will have to wait until November 9, 2012. No big deal.

Empire has a very fiery, red-haired interview with X-Men: First Class writer Jane Goldman. Beware though, as it is potentially full of both spoilers and no-no words.

Speaking of potential spoilers, io9 has uncovered the storyboards of artist Martin Asbury, who may have published some of the climactic scenes from Captain America: The First Avenger on his personal blog. Beware, they are both spoilery and awesome.

One thing is for sure in this world: after passing the $200 million mark in just under a week, The Hangover Part II will be spawning some sequels.’s William Goss imagines it to be six Hangover films, a Star Wars-like franchise of epic douchebagery. One of them needs to end with Doug standing in a cemetery, mourning his recently lost friends. Please, please.

If you’ve been following the story of Blake Lively’s nude photo leak — which, if my girlfriend asks, I have not — then you may already know that there’s something very fishy going on. Oh, that came out wrong. Anyway, Pajiba has a very entertaining open letter to Blake Lively’s publicist. That’s all I’m trying to say here.

Speaking of the Blake Lively nude pictures thing, did you guys catch my hilarious Twitter joke earlier today? Here it is again: “Blake Lively’s nude pictures leak. Actual leak, or tactical viral marketing move by WB for Green Lantern? We may never know the truth…” Ah, lord, I crack myself up.

According to Business Insider, 3D movies are a bust. We doubt Hollywood will get the memo for a few years.

According to Shia LaBeouf, the absence of Megan Fox on Transformers 3 really changed the vibe. For one, things around Michael Bay’s trailer were much quieter. But only because Rosie Huntington-Whiteley is British and proper, so when she is in the throes of passion, she’s much harder to detect.

Takashi Miike has shown the world a lot of things. Some of these things, the world was not ready for. And now, after two blood-soaked samurai films (13 Assassins and Hara-Kiri: Death of a Samurai), he is ready to show us something we didn’t see coming: little kid ninjas. In this trailer for Ninja Kids!!!, Miike mixes 3 Ninjas with Spy Kids and delivers what we can only assume will be buckets of blood. I can think of no better way to end our night:

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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