What future movie stars are unbeknownst to us making their debuts in this year’s best films? That’s what I wondered while perusing David’s list of 13 Famous Actors Who Debuted in Iconic Movies, including Alan Rickman in Die Hard. In addition to kicking off his film career, the action classic spawned numerous rip-offs. Brian playfully listed, with Seussian rhyme, 8 of these copycats.

Cole and Landon discussed Yasujiro Ozu’s classic film The Tokyo Story, Cole having just seen it for the first time and coming away hoping the filmmaker gets more mainstream notice at some point. One of the most important points of the conversation is how the childless Ozu made possibly the greatest movie ever about disconnecting from your parents. On the subject of Japanese films about family, we showcased a trailer for Yong-hi Yang’s Our Homeland, which has been submitted for the foreign language Academy Award.

Four Academy Award winners were announced, as Hal Needham, D.A. Pennebaker, George Stevens, Jr., and Jeffrey Katzenberg were named as this year’s Honorary Oscar recipients.

 

Shorts

Neil shared Jacob Wyatt’s animated film Metro, which follows the examples of Subway, Kontroll, Dark Days and Ghostbusters II by showing us something amazing beyond the public areas of underground transit. Watch it.

How can you not love documentary shorts about real craftsmen? The Cigar Shop shows us the fine art of making cigars and the communal experience of enjoying them with fellow enthusiasts. Watch it. And how can you not love ambitious life-size stop-motion? Dream Music Part 2 may just be the one of the most impressive movies of the year. Watch it. Curious what the opening to a Russian Wes Anderson movie might be like? Watch the minute-long Hol vs Rus.

 

News

Peter Jackson is slipping the newly confirmed third installment of The Hobbit between the previously known films for a December 2013 release date, and the title has been announced as The Desolation of Smaug. Cole believes a downer ending to this middle entry of the trilogy could make it the series’ Empire Strikes Back. Another big sequel got a title as well: Star Trek Into Darkness. Also sounds like a downer.

The miraculous new episodes of Arrested Development are meant to actually lead to a feature film.

Great news for Kill List fans and hard-action history buffs came with announcement that director Ben Wheatley and co-writer Amy Jump are re-teaming for a film set during the English Civil War. Not only does Eli Roth have a new directorial project in the pipeline (The Green Inferno), but even bigger news is the announcement that he’s producing Ti West‘s next effort, The Sacrament. Horror fans alsonote that director Scott Derrickson‘s next will be a supernatural detective flick titled Beware the Night.

Will Smith will tackle vampires of Biblical proportion, while his Pursuit of Happyness director, Gabriele Mucchino, could cast Keanu Reeves in a new sci-fi project.

Zac Efron will be in the next rom-com proving the difficulty of “friends with benefits” status; Lars von Trier regular Udo Kier will also be in the filmmaker’s real-sex-filled Nymphomaniac, possibly giving him special “actor with benefits” status.

Bob Odenkirk and Stacy Keach joined Alexander Payne’s NebraskaJim Carrey joined Kick-Ass 2: Balls to the Wall.

Michael Fassbender will play an Irish rocker in the indie Frank. Daniel Craig signed on for at least five James Bond movies, including the two already released and one out this fall. Anton Corbijn’s adaptation of John le Carré’s A Most Wanted Man has added Rachel McAdamsWillem Dafoe and Robin Wright as costars alongside Philip Seymour Hoffman. And Nicolas Cage will star in David Gordon Green’s potential return to greatness, the Southern drama Joe.

Finally, be sure to feast on all the links in the past five Movie News After Dark posts.


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