What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that wishes it could recreate the world using Legos. It would begin with the cast of Community and Rachel Weisz. It would then have them play one of the most epic games of paintball ever! Sal Mineo can come, too.
Rachel Weisz may be doing more than taking a trip to Oz with James Franco and Sam Raimi. Word on the street is that she may also land a leading role alongside Jeremy Renner in The Bourne Legacy. In other news, I enjoy leading off my nightly columns with pictures of Rachel Weisz.
Speaking of James Franco, he may have found an actor to portray Sal Mineo, the Rebel Without a Cause co-star to the man Franco once portrayed so well, James Dean. Val Lauren, a guy who hasn’t done much of anything beyond a short film and a few little roles on the small-screen, is said to be taking the lead role.
First Showing has stumbled upon a pretty neat iPhone/iPad app that allows you to take Super 8 style photos (whatever that means) and send them to your friends. Just be not to take photos inside the theater, otherwise J.J. Abrams will send someone to kill you.
The gang is all set. With the addition of Thomas Ian Nicholas as Kevin, American Reunion now has the entire core group of American Pie regulars on for round four. The plot will see them return to their home town for their 10-year high school reunion. What’s interesting is that I will do the same next year… Does that mean American Pie is one of the defining comedies of my particular generation? Is that such a bad thing?
Mondo Tees has released their latest gem of a poster via JoBlo. It’s a wicked little number from Kevin Tong celebrating Kim Ji-Woon’s blood-soaked revenge thriller I Saw the Devil. It’s a tough watch, but an effective flick. This poster fits right in with its brilliant ability to murder the innocence of its audience. It goes on sale Thursday for $45 via the Mondo website. You can follow @MondoNews if you’d like to play the game and try to order one.
Cowboys vs. Aliens, Abraham Lincoln vs. Vampires, Plants vs. Zombies, everything seems to be squaring off against everything else lately as pop culture begins its inevitable implosion. But before everything finally folds in on itself, an unlikely project will emerge from Men in Black director Barry Sonnenfeld, of all people: Dinosaurs vs. Aliens. It’s got comic legend Grant Morrison on board, so how bad could it possibly be?
Greg Ellwood at HitFix makes a strong argument for Thor in 2D, and presents his case on why Hollywood should resist the urge to pull us into the third dimension when it isn’t necessary.
Even though Saw is behind them, Lionsgate is still intent on cutting people into bits and pieces. They plan to do so in 3D with Texas Chainsaw Massacre 3D, and they’ve handed the keys to the Leatherface bus to Takers director John Luessenhop. It’s said to be another reimagining. Maybe one of these days someone will reimagine Leatherface in a good movie.
Today in strange Marvel news, the studio may be looking at Tom Welling — best known for playing Superman on Smallville — in a yet unnamed role in one of their upcoming adaptations. Who knows what it could be — anything from Ant Man to a member of The Runaways. He’d be an interesting choice for any major film though, as Welling hasn’t done so well away from the small screen DC universe. That is, unless you consider his heart-wrenching performance in Cheaper by the Dozen 2.
Even though Fox probably cancelled a few of your favorite new shows this week — including The Chicago Code, which a lot of people seemed to dig — they did do something right. Another season of House has been picked up.
We close tonight with Lego Pirates of the Caribbean, as created by the folks at MTV. It has some charm. I promise that I’ve run out of Pirates of the Caribbean related videos to run, at least until next week. At least this one comes with a probably drunken, charmingly awkward intro from Ian McShane:
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