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Movie News After Dark: Viggo Mortensen, Drive Angry Criterion, Oscar Fever, Nick Frost and A Foley Artist

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 rumor of the day — wait for it — is about the upcoming Superman reboot in the hands of director Zack Snyder and producer Christopher Nolan. According to the generally reliable Hollywood Reporter, the filmmakers want to make Viggo Mortensen the villain known as Zod, the man who will go toe-to-toe with Henry Cavill. Kneel before Viggo! Side note: Terrence Stamp needs a cameo in this movie.

Tonight is going to be very Oscar-heavy, as we’re now two days away from Hollywood’s big night. So lets get it out of the way early. Up first, Oscar picks from Mike Tyson.

If that wasn’t enough to get your blood flowing, how about some Oscar picks from a group of Hooters girls. More like Winter’s Boner, am I right? (Neil’s Internal Monologue Note: Dear Neil, your eighth grade self called and it wants its joke back. Also, what the fuck man? Did you have to eat all of those cheeseburgers? What happened to being fit and awesome?)

Most importantly, because we’re on the internet and words aren’t enough, there is always this handy infographic (via /Filmographic) that will tell you who’s going to win Best Picture. Because thinking for ourselves and/or reading have become outdated.

For some alternative takes on Oscar night, we turn to our friend David Medsker at Bullz-Eye.com, who has put together a very entertaining list of Ten Movies the 2011 Academy Award Nominees Don’t Want You to See. Oh Amy Adams, I adore you despite Psycho Beach Party.

Feel like reading every script for every film that will be competing for a screenwriting Oscar on Sunday night? Here’s your chance.

Check out Nick Frost in Joe Cornish’s Attack the Block in one of the new pics released via Facebook. This movie is playing SXSW in a few weeks. I’m excited.

Paramount has almost sort of officially named Justin Bieber: Never Say Never director Jon M. Chu as the man who will helm G.I. Joe 2. As someone who enjoyed the Stephen Sommers directed first film, I’m not exactly worried. Especially when I heard Chu say in the press that he’d like to give Joe back some of the punch missing from the first film. I say let him have at it.

HBO has pulled the plug on its Nikki Finke centric show, Tilda, which was in the process of getting its pilot made. The Bill Condon-produced show would have told the story of a tough-as-nails industry blogger who hid in her own basement, slinging mud at anyone who didn’t give her exactly what she wanted. Now we can all move on to thinking about the show we’d really like to see — which will be about anything but movie blogging. Because trust me, the nitty gritty of this job is insanely boring.

The following Fake Criterion poster for Drive Angry is my favorite thing of the day, right next to the tacos I had for lunch. It’s high praise, I assure you:

The following poster for James Gunn’s Super (also playing SXSW! Yay!) is my favorite poster of the day for a movie that was actually made for the movie, rather than a rendering of a Criterion release that (sadly) will never happen.

And finally, we close tonight’s brief News After Dark entry with a video about the Foley Man. No, not full-frontal Dave Foley (see Postal for that), but the man who makes (by hand, in most cases) the sound effects that we all take for granted. It just goes to show the depth of craftsmanship that goes into the magic of cinema. Even if it’s the less magical cinema of Robin Hood or 2012

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.

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