Movie News After Dark: Superman, Cinematic Snack, Hans Zimmer’s Lips and a Zombie Tear-Jerker

What is Movie News After Dark? This is a question that I am almost never asked, but I will answer it for you anyway. Movie News After Dark is FSR’s newest late-night secretion, a column dedicated to all of the news stories that slip past our daytime editorial staff and make it into my curiously chubby RSS ‘flagged’ box. It will (but is not guaranteed to) include relevant movie news, links to insightful commentary and other film-related shenanigans. I may also throw in a link to something TV-related here or there. It will also serve as my place of record for being both charming and sharp-witted, but most likely I will be neither of the two. I write this stuff late at night, what do you expect?

“All I could think was: Oh, god. They’re going to look at me and go ‘He’s not Superman. Not a chance.’ The actor inside me was going: You’re not ready! You’re not ready!” Henry Cavill, describing his feelings right before screen testing for Superman, a task he did while wearing a replica of Christopher Reeve’s original costume.

Paramount Pictures has announced a release date for Hansel & Gretel: Witch Hunters. It will now bow on March 2, 2012 with its cast of Jeremy Renner, Gemma Arterton and Famke Janssen. Tommy Wirkola, the man behind the Nazi zombie flick Dead Snow, is still directing.

Nothing about a Madame Tussaud biopic interests me, but they are making one anyway. Alright fine, there is the part about her experiences in the French Revolution creating death masks that has piqued my interest, but only a little.

Crippled by the inherent laziness of the movieloving public, Redbox is taking it to your living room with their own digital streaming service to rival the one from Netflix. The problem, from a consumer standpoint, is that they are still looking to charge per movie and there will be an additional monthly fee for those who would like to stream to devices. Not exactly a threat to Netflix, a service that already exists on just about every single digital device known to man.

There’s something about Phillip Noyce’s alleged next project, Hunter Killer, that feels very 80s: “Hunter Killer finds an American submarine captain on his first command voyage that must team up with the Navy SEALS to rescue the Russian president who has been kidnapped by a rogue general.” Quick, someone get my patriotic swim trunks!

This week in wonderful movie-related diversions, we bring you a Tumblr blog known as Snack to the Future. It takes movies that you know and love and makes punny food references with them. For extra credit, they’ve created posters to illustrate the crafty tales. This one really brings the point home:

District 9 scribe Terri Tatchell has picked up a series of young adult novels by Amanda Hocking, known as the Trylle Trilogy, for adaptation. It’s about a girl who finds herself to be (potentially) a monster. The good news: it’s not about vampires. That’s a bingo!

Speaking of vampires, Scott Pilgrim vs. the World starlet Mary Elizabeth Winstead has joined the cast of Abraham Lincoln: Vampire Hunter as Mary Todd. She joins an already sparkling cast for Timur Bekmambetov’s adaptation of the historical farce, one that includes Anthony Mackie, Benjamin Walker, Dominic Cooper and (reportedly) Scoot McNairy.

Her drug-addled character in The Town must not have been enough, because Gossip Girl Blake Lively is going to play a meth-addicted country momma in the indie drama Hick. She will play mother to Kick-Ass star Chloe Moretz.

A beautiful series of posters created by artist Adam Simpson adorned the program for the 64th annual BAFTA awards, showing off the five best picture nominees: Black Swan, Inception, The King’s Speech, The Social Network and True Grit. Can you guess which film is being illustrated with the following image?

Despite the fact that the production has been reportedly delayed, Men in Black III continues to add cast members. This time it’s Alice Eve, best known for her work in the dreams of men and She’s Out of My League. She will play the young version of Emma Thompson’s character, who is the head of the modern MIB agency. Am I the only one who has any interest in seeing a MIB story told through the lens of the space race era ’60s? I feel like I might be…

“You want the character to be the icon, but if you reduce him to a red, white and blue outfit it makes him shallow.” Chris Evans, talking about Captain America with Total Film. The vibes from this movie are strong and positive. Even though I didn’t connect with that Super Bowl spot, I’ve got optimism for it — Joe Johnston just needs to bring it, Rocketeer style.

“The one thing I can tell you is that it’s going to be a lot more epic. Extraordinarily epic. I don’t know, it’s like, ‘What’s epic these days?’ I think there’s something in the core of the story that allows you to get the music much bigger and much more sort of, iconic.” All the right words coming from the lips of composer Hans Zimmer, talking about the upcoming score for The Dark Knight Rises with MTV. That quote alone should send chills up your spine, superfriends.

And finally, here’s that video that everyone on the web has seen but you. It’s nothing more than a simple announcement trailer for a video game called Dead Island. It’s brilliantly cinematic, expertly cut and all in slow motion. Take that, internet. Try watching this and not getting a little misty over something you’ll eventually be playing with (and being handily beaten by) a 12-year old from Japan.

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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