Movie News After Dark: Doctor Who, James Franco, Super 8 and More Bayhem!

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?

The upcoming season of Doctor Who (which can’t come soon enough, by the way) will include a bit of swashbuckling action for Amy Pond (Karen Gillan), as seen in the image below. This is something of which I approve.

The Writers Guild of America has handed out a bunch of awards, handing its two big ones (best original screenplay and best adapted screenplay) to Inception and The Social Network, respectively. No surprises there.

Comic-Con tickets went on sale this weekend. The process frustrated fans, took much more pain and agony than was necessary and ultimately resulted in an expected result: Comic-Con four-day badges are sold out.

A few weeks ago, Robert Downey Jr. said goodbye to starring in Oz, the Great and Powerful for director Sam Raimi thanks to scheduling conflicts. Not long after, Disney contract boy Johnny Depp was in the mix. The word on the streets today is that Depp has passed and Oscar host and nominee James Franco is the new leader of the pack.

There will be plenty of coverage of the commercials and trailers from tonight’s Super Bowl. I know that we are working up our own round-up of all the movie-related goodies. But lets not forget what really drew us all to the broadcast this evening: watching Christina Aguilera forget the words to the National Anthem. Priceless.

A nasty rumor has emerged online (thanks to Ain’t It Cool) about Robin possibly appearing in The Dark Knight Rises. Since then, cooler heads appear to have prevailed and diced up the rumor — because leave it to the internet to find every possible way to resist the notion that Chris Nolan may include the Dick Grayson character. Although in fairness, this is one time when the whole of the web has the right idea. And it’s highly unlikely that Nolan would do anything like that. If it did happen, it would have to be done in a way that works. What I’m really getting at is this: we know nothing new, save for the fact that the production is scouting locations in Michigan.

J.J. Abrams and Steven Spielberg went on a tear, divulging all kinds of secrets about their Amblin-like supernatural thriller Super 8. I love this part of the piece:

While contemporary peers such as “Iron Man” director Jon Favreau reach out to fans, bloggers and journalists throughout the filmmaking process for a thoroughly transparent view, Abrams longs for the muscle-car days of 1979 when movies had far more mystique.

“‘I’ve never done Twitter,” said Abrams, a man who has a tape cassette player in his car and is releasing a movie called “Super 8? in the age of iPhones. All of that and the summer of blockbuster competition add up to worries about time and timing.

”We have such a challenge on this movie,” Abrams said. ”Yes we’ve got Steven’s name on it and my name on it — for what that’s worth — but we’ve got no famous super-hero, we’ve got no pre-existing franchise or sequel, it’s not starring anyone you’ve heard of  before. There’s no book, there’s no toy, there’s no comic book. There’s nothing. I don’t have anything; I don’t even have a board game, that’s how bad it is. But I think we have a very good movie.”

Leave it to the beautiful folks at Cinematical to compile such an interesting list of fake b-movie trailers. A lovely diversion, to say the least.

Details are emerging around Darren Aronofsky’s Noah’s Ark project. There’s a comic book, some concept art and plenty of story details. Sounds like an interesting ride, a dark portrayal of what the Biblical character of Noah was like when the flood was over. Hint: he’s got a nasty case of survivor’s guilt.

MORE SUPERMAN RUMORS! The guys at Latino Review have clarified that a trio of actresses, including Alice Eve and Diane Kruger, are not vying for the role of Lois Lane. They are trying to get into character as URSA, one of the three Kryptonioan villains banished by Jor-El to the Phantom Zone (based on the character’s history in previous films and some comics). Could Superman’s nemesis in this reboot be a tough lady? If so, that could be fun.

As I mentioned, we are studiously putting together our own recap of the Super Bowl trailers and previews, and will bring that to you soon enough. But for now, I’d like to close this evening with my own favorite. Ah yes, a little bit of Bayhem. Say what you will about that second Transformers film, but it had its moments — big, big action and plenty of ‘splosions. Bay has promised that Transformers: Dark of the Moon will bring all of that as well as a tighter story, and less Megan Fox. Sounds good to me. Also, this Super Bowl spot kicks all kinds of ass:

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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