What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly round-up of all things interesting and wonderful happening in the world of movies. At least, that’s what it was born as. Lately it’s been feeling as if it might be more of a Rachel Weisz News After Dark kind of column. A Rachel Weiszsexual, if you will. And yes, that’s the technical term. It’s a tough affliction to live with. Because their just isn’t enough Rachel Weisz in the world. Luckily Hollywood is hell-bent on changing that…
Guess what this week is… Rachel Weisz week. Based on a survey of our male 18-35 demographic, which represents a solid percentage of our readership, this is somehow preferable to all of my updates about Doctor Who. I don’t see why, as Doctor Who is excellent. But I can understand your affinity for Rachel Weisz news. Anyway, she’s not only in line to take a high profile role in Oz the Great and Powerful and The Bourne Legacy. According to a report from Cinema Blend, Weisz is high on the list to star opposite Johnny Depp in Rob Marshall’s remake of The Thin Man. Even though that film sound unnecessary, we just can’t say no to more Rachel Weisz… can we?
Thor actress Jaimie Alexander thinks she would make a good Lara Croft: “I can tell you what I’m interested in right now. I’ve obviously been hearing about a Tomb Raider reboot, which I think would be pretty awesome — Lara Croft. Anything that’s very physical. I’m reading a few scripts here and there, and we’ll see. It’s all sort of up in the air.”
The beach has not seen the last of David Hasselhoff. He has signed on to star alongside Celebrity Rehab‘s most wanted, the likes of Gary Busey and Christopher Lloyd, to star in Piranha 3DD. This officially cements Piranha 3DD as being just as anticipated as the first Piranha 3D film.
Mos Def is joining Dexter. This is Mos Def-initely… Nope, I can’t do it. I’m simply not funny enough to pull that one off.
One of the big deals of Cannes — beyond the movies, the Frenchness and the shenanigans of our own Simon Gallagher — is the advertisements. Every year Hollywood does its best to take the beautiful hotels of Cannes and adorn them with gaudy promotional banners. Alex Billington at First Showing has chronicled some of this year’s gaudiest. Because who doesn’t want to see a giant banner for The Smurfs while eating their $75 crepe breakfast?
First Obama kills Osama, now Darth Vader has announced that Obi-Wan Kenobi was killed in a fire fight. Also, the attention to detail on this site is incredible. Many laughs, I had.
Topless Robot presents you with the 15 worst things about the Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy movie. I don’t agree with all of them, as I dug that film, but they make some solid points. Get your nerd on and join the discussion.
Here’s a first look at David Tennant — former star of a little show called Doctor Who, you may have heard of it — in the remake of Fright Night. He’s looking pretty menacing:
Megan Ellison, who is very rich and has minimal experience producing movies, may be warring with Lionsgate over the rights to the potential relaunch of the Terminator franchise. This film is going to happen, even if internet money must be spent in order to make it so.
If you haven’t noticed, the kids who used to play in the Cinematical sandbox are migrating quickly over to Movies.com, where they continue to write articles worth reading. Alison Nastasi has one in particular that poses a unique, but fascinating question: Can Horror Help Save VHS?
Speaking of Movies.com, I found this little gem via Peter Hall’s Quick Hits article. Will Smith is annoying residents of SoHo with his 1,150 square foot titanic trailer while on set for Men in Black III. I don’t know why the people of SoHo have such a problem with it, as those hipsters were the ones who keep trying to bring the 90s back. Guess who was huge in the 90s? The Fresh Prince. Now deal with his 53-foot member mansion on wheels. Dun! Dun! Dunnnn!
Lake Bell and Kate Bosworth are heading to Black Rock, the next film from The Freebie director Katie Aselton. Unlike the superb relationship drama she delivered with her first film, Mrs. Mark Duplass (and best thing about The League) is working up a thriller about two childhood friends that embark on a weekend getaway, only to find out that they are not alone.
Super nerdy time: io9 presents their list of the 10 best Star Trek episodes. It’s an article I would never personally dare to write, as it’s such an expansive and mine-ridden topic, but they do pretty well with the task.
The TV guru people at EW have explored all the possible angles, emerging from the wreckage of plastic garments to bring you reasons why NBC should (and shouldn’t) pick up Wonder Woman.
Newly minted lesbian Amber Heard and Red Riding Hood‘s Shiloh Fernandez have been attached to Syrup, a dark indie comedy about twentysomethings who climb the corporate ladder in the world of making soda. From what I understand, it will not include a syrup-related wrestling match. It’s disappointing, I know (this is how I keep the classiness balance during Cannes week).
Profiles in History is auctioning off some junk from movies. Among their latest batch is an awesome prize: The Dude’s sweater from The Big Lebowski. If anyone’s looking for an early Christmas gift for me, this would do.
And finally, David Lynch is f*%king strange: