Movie News After Dark: Bald Zach Galifianakis, James Franco and Transformers: NASCARpocalypse

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?

Tonight’s top story: A new image from The Hangover 2 has emerged. Zach Galifianakis still has no hair — and what’s on Stu’s face?

The guild of editors, or ACE (American Cinema Editors), delivered their 61st annual Golden Eddie Awards this weekend, with The Social Network and Exit Through the Gift Shop taking the top prizes in narrative and doc categories. Also awesomely winning an award: Kate Sanford and Alexander Hall for the “Do You Know What it Means” episode of Treme. Excellent show.

James Franco has joined Twitter. Normally, this would qualify as news here in my After Dark column. But on The Hollywood Reporter? I mean really.

This Vader from Vulcan t-shirt (seen below) is neat and all, but it appears to be very confused in its mixed references. A little Back to the Future here, some Star Wars there and oh damn!, some Star Trek as well. I don’t know whether to buy it and wear it or buy it and burn it for its blasphemous thematic mixology.

Also from THR — and much more interesting — is this story about the Movieguide Faith and Value Awards, an annual awards show that honors movies that promote Judeo-Christian ethics. Hosted by Kevin Sorbo (perfect), the awards honored the likes of The Chronicles of Narnia: Voyage of the Dawn Treader, Toy Story 3 and Secretariat.

GQ’s Mark Harris has an interesting take on The Day Movies Died. Spoiler: it was a day that involved Tom Cruise.

Nerve wants you to relive the Ten Greatest Oscar Acceptance Speeches of All-Time. You’re still so crazy, Roberto Benigni.

True Grit may not have won at the editors awards or the Jesus awards (as mentioned earlier), but it did win big at the 47th Cinema Audio Society Awards. Which is one step up from a win at the Craft Services Union Awards (best known as The Crafties), though I’m really pulling for the team that worked on Red for that one — I’ve never had better steak served out of a tent. (I kid, Cinema Audio Society.)

Nerds! Please decipher this Fantastic Four family tree and explain it to me in the comments section. I clearly do not read enough comics (or I don’t read enough of the ones that involve the Fantastic Four):

Screenrant has pieced together an interesting article on Kenneth Branagh’s quest to make Thor accessible to mainstream audiences. It comes from an article at Entertainment Weekly, but I like SR’s take.

Robert Downey Jr. may be adding Inherent Vice, the next film from Paul Thomas Anderson, to his already crowded schedule. Here’s the description of this potentially juicy project: “Vice is a comparatively accessible Pynchon work that tells the story of a stoner detective who gets wrapped up in a number of mysteries in 1969 L.A. while the Manson Family trial growls in the background.”

Our friends at First Showing finally do something interesting beyond news and trailers, with newbie Cate Hahneman taking an in-depth look at Aaron Sorkin’s Social Network script.

DJ Caruso talks about how making I Am Number Four was made possible with iPads. That’s cool and all, but don’t you think that such a magical, revolutionary device should be put to use making far better movies? Like The Muppets or something.

We close tonight with giant effing robots. To answer your question: yes, I will be including plenty of updates for Michael Bay’s Transformers: Dark of the Moon in this column. If I had more time, they’d be covered in full articles on the site, and you know it. I may be (mostly) alone here, but everything I’ve seen and heard from this production lead me to believe that the final product will be the best of the Transformers series — by far. Mark my words.

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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