Movie News After Dark: Star Wars Revelations, Avengers Shut Downs and Christoph Waltz Unleashed

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly round-up of all that is interesting. Being based in Austin, TX, it’s also obligated to include something that will give off the vibe that it’s “keepin’ it weird.”

The folks at LucasFilm ominously dropped the above image in my email inbox this evening. No press release, no notes. Not even a response to my “WTF is this? Also, tell George I said what’s up!” follow-up. On May 4, all will be revealed. My best guess is that we’ll be given a look (via at what will be included on the upcoming Blu-ray release. If it’s the original theatrical cuts, expect internet mayhem rivaling the Osama Bin Laden is dead news. This is important stuff, people.

Did you know that Fast and Furious is the most progressive force in American cinema? I didn’t realize it either, but the diverse collection of characters is like Oceans 11 meets the floor of the United Nations. Except that they don’t let Paul Walker dictate international policy. He’s to busy being spaced out.

Today has been a whirlwind day for anyone who thinks they know, but really doesn’t know anything about the production of The Avengers. First there was a script leak, which was allegedly being offered to various blogs for money (we didn’t get an offer, but we totally would have given them $5 and a ham sandwich for it). Then there was a deadly rumor about production being halted because of the leak, with scenes being cut left and right for various reasons. All the while, the cast and crew seem to have gone about the business of making the movie. According to a Disney rep’s comment to Badass Digest, it’s news to Marvel. Lets be real here, people, do you have any idea how much it would cost to shut down The Avengers production, even for a day? The internet doesn’t have that kind of power…

For his 23rd movie, James Bond will be sleeping around a lot more. Only in this instance, it isn’t buxom dames he’ll be dropping trou for, it’s big corporate money. According to a new report, Bond 23 will set new records in product placement spending. Around $45 million, one-third of the film’s production budget, will come from electronics brands, watch companies, someone who makes suits, and whomever puts together Judi Dench’s pant-suits. It will be a stylish, gaudy reminder that we’re constantly being sold. It will also be another awesome Bond film, so I don’t think we’ll mind.

New set photos from The Amazing Spider-Man have revealed Oscorp — the company run by Norman Osborn, as played by Willem Dafoe in Sam Raimi’s Spider-Man — will appear in the film. The extent of the company’s role in the plot remains unclear, so we’ll wait and see.

Paul W.S. Anderson — no, the other Anderson — has picked up a film that will rival the high tragedy of his previous films, including Death Race and Resident Evil. Not only will he continue his streak of making films considered to be monstrous disasters, he will now do so by telling the story of a very famous, quite monstrous disaster. He is taking on the story of Pompeii, the Roman city eviscerated by Mt. Vesuvius in 79 AD. Somehow I think Milla Jovovich will make it out as Pompeii’s sole survivor.

More details have been unearthed about Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unleashed. Most interesting is this plot synopsis: “Django is a freed slave, who, under the tutelage of a German bounty hunter (Christopher Waltz) becomes a bad-ass bounty hunter himself, and after assisting Waltz in taking down some bad guys for profit, is helped by Waltz in tracking down his slave wife and liberating her from an evil plantation owner.” Yes, just fucking yes.

After seeing the departure of Nick Cassavetes, the mob family drama Gotti: Three Generations will turn to Barry Levinson to bring the tale to life. Still along for the ride are John Travolta, Joe Pesci and Lindsay Lohan.

Anchorman 2, you really have to assert some sort of email hate campaign to Paramount Pictures. They’ve told us, ‘We’ve run the numbers and it’s not a good fit.’ We were going to do almost a reverse… almost like how the Marx brothers used to do – we were going to do a Broadway musical and then have a film come out after the stage show. Everyone we tell the idea loves it, except for the studio that owns the rights. Ball’s in their courts, but they’re being idiots.” That’s Will Ferrell’s statement about Anchorman 2, and he’s sticking to it. Don’t act like you’re not impressed.

Like any good itch that we can’t help but scratch, Hulu Plus is spreading. This week it has moved to XBox Live. That means you can now pause your Portal 2 game and watch some Criterion Collection films. Not a bad deal.

Aaron Sorkin is working on a new TV show that will take him back into the news room. Maybe you’ve heard of this project, starring Jeff Daniels as a Kieth Olbermann-esque news man who is irritable. The damned thing’s getting quite a cast, as well. Because it takes more than a pretty face to rattle off some Sorkinese. The latest catch is Emily Mortimer, who is in negotiations to play that foxy producer in charge of wrangling Daniels’ larger-than-life cable news dude.

The inimitable Katey Rich offers us 5 Things Thor Does Better Than Iron Man 2. It’s a fun read, but it’s sort of like watching one mentally challenged kid get pummeled by a much larger, but equally mentally challenged kid. I’m referring to the two movies in question, of course, not Katey Rich. She’s one smart cookie.

Are you ready for this? Hollywood is working on movies about Osama Bin Laden. Everyone, including Kathryn Bigelow, has been thinking about it. But Bigelow’s project, another collaboration with The Hurt Locker scribe Mark Boal, was called Kill Bin Laden. It was supposed to be about a Black Ops mission to kill the Al-Qaeda leader. It will now have to be rewritten as a historical retelling, or something. Either way, things will explode because that’s how Kathryn Bigelow rolls.

Focus Features has picked up the rights to distribute Wes Anderson’s Moonrise Kingdom, which he’s currently shooting in Rhode Island with Bruce Willis, Edward Norton, Frances McDormand, Tilda Swinton, Bill Murray and Jason Schwartzman. After having my interest in Anderson’s work renewed by Fantastic Mr. Fox, I’m interested to see where he goes with this one. In other news, tonight’s video is a delightful montage of [the films of] Wes Anderson that was found via /Film. Do enjoy.

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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