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?
Terrence Malick’s latest film, Tree of Life, is yet to scream into theaters at what will surely be a gargantuan running time, but we’re already fixated on his next film. The internet really does move fast on these things. The untitled romance stars Ben Affleck, Rachel McAdams, Javier Bardem and Olga Kurylenko. The first image is above.
I wonder how the Queen of England feels about this one: it has been revealed that parts of The King’s Speech were filmed on a location that, sometime earlier, was the site of a gay porn set. It was also the site where the Amy Whinehouse video “Rehab” was shot. The correlation between these three things is hilarious. Someday this will be used on that movie trivia game: “Okay, what location do the following have in common: gay porn, an Oscar Best Picture winner and Amy Winehouse?” “33 Portland Place” “Correct, for 200 points!”
The ideas really are running out — Paramount is tapping the excruciating cult favorite Soapdish for a remake. I will say it again: they’ve decided that remaking Soapdish is a good idea. They’ve even hired Robot Chicken alum Ben Schwartz to write it. I’m so confuzzled by this.
If you need more proof about the idea cookie jar running on crumbs, there’s also the news that Warner Bros. is bringing back The Bodyguard and giving it a modern update. Why not just call it TMZ: The Movie? Oh right, known properties (sometimes) sell tickets.
And Chris Columbus is going to Americanize the Korean hit Hello Ghost, a dramedy about a man who tries to kill himself only to find out that he will be a helper to ghosts who need to pass on to the afterlife.
Time for something that will cheer you up! This Predator: The Musical video deserves every ounce of viral success that it gets. I will now lead you all in a rousing rendition of “If It Bleeds We Can Kill It.” You be Carl Weathers.
James McAvoy calls X-Men: First Class a Butch and Sundance-esque lovestory. A mutant bromance, if you will.
The world will have to soon brace itself for a movie from Tim & Eric, the comedy duo behind the Cartoon Network show Tim and Eric’s Awesome Show Great Job. This full-length joint will likely be called Tim and Eric’s Billion Dollar Movie and will include John C. Reilly. Just when you thought originality was dead in Hollywood (as per the remake news above), there is this.
Unstoppable has been tearing up the DVD and Blu-ray charts this week. I watched it this evening for a second time and found it to be “a relentless mix of the unbearably terrible and the extremely awesome. It’s terriblawesome.” I’m coining that one.
The Farrelly Brothers want you to know that Hall Pass is a “chick flick.” A very dirty, unflinchingly strange and inappropriate chick flick. Something in the vain of Mystic Pizza.
Paul Greengrass’ Martin Luther King pic Memphis has been acquired by Universal and will get underway in June. Now begins the casting of the iconic Dr. King. Got any ideas?
We close tonight with something wonderful that you didn’t even know you’ve always been waiting for. House M.D. spoofs Pulp Fiction. Kudos to Vulture for the find.