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 newest 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?
Tonight’s column is sponsored by the letters O-S-C-A-R, and I’m not talkin’ about wieners. No, we’re talking about Oscar Best Picture nominees. Above you will see Inception recreated with Legos. All ten nominees got this treatment, which you can see in a delightful gallery over at Gawker.
Earlier today the script for Marvel’s Thor was leaked onto the web. Seemingly within moments, the brass over at Paramount had it taken down. The entire situation was recounted over at Cinema Blend, where Josh Tyler paints a portrait of a gestapo-like Hollywood machine robbing the fans of what they need — the spoilers. Because yes, a company protecting their intellectual property is a bad thing. Seriously internet, lets move past this “all your information belongs to us” mentality. It makes my stomach turn.
Need a little less fiction in your science fiction? Chances are that you don’t. However, if you like reminiscing about the time George Lucas ignored the fact that there’s no sound in space (among other things, like quality narrative) in Attack of the Clones, here’s a list of the 5 Biggest Astronomical Goofs from Great Sci-Fi Movies, a list that seems to instantly discredit itself with the inclusion of a Star Wars prequel.
First it was Walter Murch telling Ebert why 3D is no good. Then it was Todd Gilchrist telling Murch to take his old ways back to the old days. And now it’s Daniel Carlson at Pajiba, who contends that 3D needs to go away. The debate around 3D has never been hotter, I think.
This one should ignite a little fire in Dr. Abaius. Dr. Ian Malcolm’s “life finds a way” motto permeates the fiber of that man’s very existence. This time, life is finding a way to tell us how Jurassic Park got velociraptors wrong. Still being questioned is whether or not they really were “clever girls.”
This visual effects reel for Darren Aronofsky’s Black Swan is amazing, and littered with spoilers. How did this not get nominated for Best Visual Effects, again? Hereafter, really?
Judi Dench has confirmed that she’s back in as M for the next Bond film, which is back on track and steaming toward production. And like any good agent, she’s keeping secrets. When asked about plot details, Dench gave the world ““Nothing… my lips are sealed. I can’t tell you anything at all!”
Scream 4 is getting some re-shoots. Said a representative for the Norville, Michigan (where the reshoots will take place) city manager, they are coming back to “do some additional suspense and terror for opening sequence.” While she’s clearly not in a position to know exactly what the reshoots are for, you just never know. Make that opening a good one, Mr. Craven.
Say whatever you like about Jerry Bruckheimer, but the man does have standards — for natural breasts, that is. He explained that breast augmentation didn’t exist in the 1700s, therefore big fake boobs don’t belong in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides. You have to appreciate the PoTC series’ continued commitment to realism. For example, there was this guy:
Still speaking of Oscar nominees — here are a few examples of what life would be like if Best Picture Movie Posters Told the Truth. My favorite? 127 Hours, of course:
After the departures of David O. Russell and Mike White from the project, Lionsgate may be turning its attention to Triangle and Black Death director Christopher Smith for Pride and Prejudice and Zombies. At this point, all we really know is that it’s likely the zombies will move at the same speed as the production: slow.
Battlestar Galactica fans — including yours truly — can now bask in the glory of Ron Moore’s BSG show bible, the guiding document that would ultimately churn out one of the great shows to ever grace your television screen. It’s pretty rad and more than worth checking out.
But wait, there’s more Oscar stuff! Enjoy this 16-second promo reel for the Oscar telecast, featuring hosts James Franco and Anne Hathaway, plenty of references to nominated flicks and (almost) Anne Hathaway’s nipple. That James Franco, he’s a quick one. I wonder if they planned that:
Sony has confirmed that powerhouse duo Will Smith and Jay-Z are working on a remake of Annie, which will star Willow Smith. I look forward to hair whipping back and forth, rousing renditions of “Hard Knock Life” and the eventual battle between Jay-Z, Trent Reznor and Daft Punk for an original score nod. It doesn’t make sense now, but it will soon.
The Jackass guys are not done yet. Last year that took 3D to the next level (that’s right Walter Murch, I said it) and this year they’ll bring the extra footage with Jackass 3.5, a digital release that will run through all of the various channels of Paramount, MTV and home video distribution. It’s going to be delightful, I’m sure. Here’s the trailer as your nightly send-off: