Movie News After Dark: Sub-Zero, Pixar Pulp, The Dark Knight Winklevosses and The Beastie Boys

What is Movie News After Dark? If you have to ask, then you can’t afford to miss it.

I’ll admit it, I’m excited about Mortal Kombat Legacy, the web series from Kevin Tancharoen, who put together that excellent Mortal Kombat: Rebirth short film not too long ago. It looks like a solid take on a franchise that is always towing the line between badass and sillidiculous. And the first look at Sub-Zero, as played by Kevan Ohtsji, leans toward the former. The web series premieres April 12 on Machinima’s YouTube Channel.

Tough young gal Hailee Steinfeld, who jump-started her career towering alongside Jeff Bridges in True Grit, is in talks for an indie rebirth of Shakespeare’s Romeo and Juliet. She would play the titular lady in the $15 million dollar production. If this works out, she could end up starring as Juliet and Sleeping Beauty in the same year. No pressure.

The Dark Knight Rises has cast Josh Pence, the guy who played one of the Winklvoss Twins in The Social Network only to have his face replaced by Armie Hammer. Even more interesting is the fact that he will play a young Ra’s Al Ghul, the character played in Batman Begins by Liam Neeson. This means one thing: flashbacks to 30 years prior to the present story. At least this time Pence won’t have his face removed for another actor.

The pulp-art blog Planet Pulp (found via /Film) has launched a new feature celebrating 25 years of Pixar with a series of excellent works of art. It captures a spirit of Pixar while delivering it in wildly vivid forms. It’s a must see, especially if you dig art like the piece below. Yes, that’s Violet from The Incredibles. We’re just going to assume that she’s legal now, so you can feel a little better about what’s about to happen in your mind.

Jessica Biel is circling one of the female leads in Total Recall. Not the old one, the reboot. With this news, the project all but let the goodwill of casting Bryan Cranston slip away. Then there was this from Variety: “The film follows Douglas Quaid, a man who believes he is a secret agent and ends up on a Martian colony where he fights to overthrow a ruler controlling the production of air.” Still going to Mars, eh? Interesting.

“It’s breathtaking. All the various panels and screens and it’s just dealing with a top-notch art department and carpenters and the riggers and everything that goes into putting that together. It’s just, well, breathtaking, all of it.” That’s Michael Fassbender talking about shooting Ridley Scott’s Prometheus, a project that is three weeks into shooting. Yes Mr. Fassbender, that does make us tingle just a little bit.

Jake Scott, the guy behind Welcome to the Rileys (the Kristen Stewart homeless stripper movie), is all set to helm a biopic of singer Jeff Buckley. I will defer to Cole Abaius for knowledge of exactly who the hell Jeff Buckley is and why he is important. Didn’t he just swim away, or something?

Willem Dafoe appears to be ready to star alongside Anton Yelchin in Odd Thomas, a film based on a Dean Koontz character who could see (but not hear) the dead. If he signs, he will play Sheriff Wyatt Porter and likely have one of those ridiculous Willem Dafoe accents. I approve.

In celebration of the 25th anniversary of its release, AMC is re-releasing Top Gun into theaters. Do you still have a need?

We close tonight with the Beastie Boys, a ridiculous amount of people who are funny most of the time, and a revisit to “Fight for Your Right.” Stanley Tucci, yes. More to come soon, it would appear.

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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