What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a movie news column that brings down the Hammer of Thor upon you with a spectacle of lightning, news and think pieces from around the web. And not just once in a while, but every single night (except for Saturdays). Time to kick your week off right with news, news and Doctor Who

There is something curious about the timing of the first round of Thor reviews to hit the web. Knowing Paramount, their publicity team was very calculated in lifting the embargo on a select number of reviewers. They are good at massaging the buzz like that. That said, I trust Drew McWeeney at HitFix, and he seems rather positive on the film. That’s promising. There are also some balanced takes found via this Cinema Blend round-up, as well as an equally impressive and balanced reaction from Peter Sciretta at /Film. Take it one of two ways: the expectations bar is being set low for a big surprise, or it’s being set low to lessen the blow of the film being a lame duck. It could still go either way. We’ll let you know for sure when we review it.

Nicolas Cage might be taking his character from Bad Lieutenant: Port of Call New Orleans a bit too far. He was arrested, had altercations, and was bailed out by Dog the Bounty Hunter. Sounds like an average weekend in New Orleans, I don’t see what all the fuss is about.

Russell Brand has moved on from the fall of Arthur and is ready for his next job, in which he will star alongside Tom Cruise in Adam Shankman’s Rock of Ages. I’m sure he will continue to be funny, British and loud.

According to GigaOM, Kevin Smith has already made back the $4 million dollars needed to recoup the cost of Red State with his nationwide tour. Smith said as much this past week at his National Association of Broadcasters keynote. It’s a big win for Smith, who has taken a lot of heat for the way he’s handled the film. It’s not surprising though, as Smith has truly rallied his core fans to the cause and they’ve paid 5-6x the average movie ticket price to see his event tour (plus a movie). It will still be interesting to see how the film does in October.

The folks at JoBlo have the new poster and trailer for The People vs. George Lucas, a film that Film School Rejects is in. Several times. Besides that fact, it’s a very fun little fan-driven doc and a wonderful filmmaking story. And did I mention that members of our writing team (and my special lady friend) are in the movie?!

“It’s really a movie that wants to be a miniseries. But if you did it as a miniseries, then you’d have to do it for the small screen, and the story demands to be told on a big screen. So we’re still working on it.” Brad Bird on the challenges that face his other project, San Francisco earthquake pic 1906.

A massive new piece of concept art has been unleashed by Paramount, featuring Transformers: Dark of the Moon‘s new character Sentinel Prime, who will be voiced by Leonard Nimoy. You have to love the detail:

Chris Evans recently explained to USA Weekend that the Captain America song is very real: “There is a Captain America song, but I don’t sing it. Initially in the film, when he becomes Captain America, long story short the serum is destroyed and they can’t reproduce the experiment so I’m the only super soldier there is. The U.S. government won’t allow me to go to war because it’s too risky and they can’t afford to lose me, but they use me as a propaganda tool and they send me on a USO Tour. So there’s a whole Captain America song, and they try to make him a little bit of a celebrity to try and sell bonds. There is a Captain America song, and there was a week of shooting, and I had that song in my head. I couldn’t stop humming it! It was so annoying. But it’s a funny sequence actually.”

Carla Fran of the site Millicent and Carla Fran has published an interesting essay in which she overthinks David Gordon Green’s Your Highness. It’s a fascinating read.

In an effort (we can only assume) to curry favor from the legions of comic nerds upon which the fate of X-Men: First Class depends, Bryan Singer is now accepting that he made “some mistakes” with Superman Returns. Just a few, as we all know.

/Film has put together a pretty interesting little feature about Sundance invading Summer 2011, exploring some of the hot indie films from America’s coldest film festival that have made their way onto a burning summer schedule. If that sentence made you pee your pants based on temperature references, my plan is working.

That reminds me of this programming note: Our Summer 2011 preview begins tomorrow, so stay tuned.

The Fine Brothers, best known for talking swiftly and thoroughly about pop culture subjects, plots and otherwise interesting things… and spoilers, have taken it upon themselves to break down every season of Doctor Who dating back some 47 years. And as you know, I must post everything Doctor Who ever. So I’ll just leave this here. You are welcome.


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