Movie News After Dark: Saul Bass, Thor, Douglas Adams and Captain America, F*%k Yeah

What is Movie News After Dark? First, it is hoping that you had a great weekend. Because it did. It went to the drive-in, had great movie discussions and watched a Michael Bay film about ‘splosions. It looks forward to spending the week sharing with you the hottest tids and bits of the movie news world. Second, it’s not a person. It knows this. This makes it sort of sad.

Christian Annyas has curated a very interesting gallery of prints by Saul Bass (a personal favorite of mine), and the DVD covers that have come from his work. It’s sad to see so many companies ditch the poster designs and opt for simpler DVD cover designs, is it not?

Mila Kunis has officially signed on to Oz, The Great and Powerful for Sam Raimi, in the role of Thedora, who would eventually go on to become the Wicked Witch of the West. We saw a bit of that wickedness in Black Swan. She’s got a wicked side. And a hot one.

Antoine Fuqua is making perhaps one of the more interesting directorial moves we’ve seen all year, choosing next a project that will be a $30 million Chinese-language film about Yang Guifei, the legendary concubine to the Tang Dynasty and one of China’s famed four beauties. From a Tupac biopic to famous Chinese concubines. This dude’s got range.

CinemaCon kicks off this week. It’s not a new event, but new in name. It used to be called ShoWest, but has been changed to make it sound more hip. No matter the name, they still hold it in Vegas and it will be attended by hundreds of theater chain executives who will decide what to program in the upcoming year. Press will be there, too. We won’t, but other press will. For the best coverage, I usually defer to our network partners at Coming Soon, who have already begun their coverage.

“I’ve tried on portions of the catsuit, [and] I’ve seen conceptual drawings of what they want it to be. It’s fascinating to me. I feel like wardrobe becomes very creative on these types of movies because they literally spend weeks designing just the pants or the emblem. It’s such an all-consuming process, so I’m excited to see how it all turns out.” That’s Cobie Smulders on playing Maria Hill in The Avengers, in which she will wear a catsuit. Well done, Mr. Whedon.

Topless Robot has assembled a list of the 10 most watchable MST3K movies. I love MST3K. Also, how can I pass up the opportunity to link you to a story that involves Viking Women and the Sea Serpent?

A series of new Thor posters has debuted, all keeping with the “text over your face” style made popular by The Social Network. My favorite is the unintentionally chuckle-worthy Natalie “Woman of Science” Portman poster. Sort of hyper-serious, don’t you think?

Image Comics’ “Chew,” a series about a detective who gets psychic visions from the things he eats, has been picked up by Showtime, who hopes to make it into a TV series. I’ve never read the comic, but I’ve heard that it’s dark and wicked, with plenty of originality. Feels right for Showtime.

“What I like so much about the Alien movies is that they’re out there in space and it’s weird, but [the characters] are very human and very down to earth. That’s what [Ridley] created and that’s who he is, and I think we’ll probably see that again on this one.” Noomi Rapace on Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, courtesy of Empire.

According to Gary Oldman, his Commissioner Gordon character and Tom Hardy’s Bane will have a lot to do with each other in The Dark Knight Rises. Also cool: Chris Nolan won’t even print the ending of the film, but will tell his actors in person on set. That’s dedication.

“The thing that’s so interesting is that Godzilla has evolved since the original one in the ‘50s. So there is the opportunity to bring it up to date. But we want to stay true to the fanbase as well and I’m a fan of the Toho films.” Gareth Edwards on Godzilla, also courtesy of Empire.

Don’t panic! BBC will soon publish a novelization of Shada, a Doctor Who serial written by the late Douglas Adams. I cannot wait to read it, as anyone who has ever read a Douglas Adams text would.

We close tonight with Captain America, F*%k Yeah. This made me laugh.

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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