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?

Laughing is fun. Much laughing is done while anyone watches episodes from the three lonely seasons of Arrested Development. So while we wait for the movie (that may never happen), lets all have a good laugh as Mitch Hurwitz provides us with his guide to getting a sitcom canceled.

Today in obviously fake but nonetheless interesting rumors (wait… did you guys hear the one about The Dark Knight Rises?), Olivia Wilde is being rumored as the next Lara Croft. To which I have the following response: I was not aware that the world needed another Lara Croft. Perhaps I’m just out of the loop. Or reasonable. Or both.

This week in obviously doomed productions, a new director may be lining up for The Crow, a project that has successfully turned away both Mark Wahlberg and the guy who directed The League of Extraordinary Gentlemen (now that’s pedigree!) Juan Carlos Fresnadillo, filmmaker behind 28 Weeks Later (aka no slouch) is now the (possible, likely) man in the hotseat.

This whole Terminator thing has gotten out of hand, and it’s only been around for an afternoon. First it was the notion that Arnold Schwarzenegger might come back to the franchise. And then there’s this rumor that Fast Five director Justin Lin might be Universal’s choice to direct a fifth installment. It all seems very silly.

2011 will have more sequels than any year in history. This should come as a surprise to absolutely no one. All I have to say is that if you’re reading this, it’s probably partly your fault — if you didn’t buy tickets to known properties, Hollywood wouldn’t be mining its catalog of known properties to death. We’re all to blame here, assuming this turns out to be a bad thing.

According to the following infographic (found via Slashfilm), Blockbuster should have bought Netflix when they had the chance…

How Netflix is Destroying Blockbuster

For the next act in his quest to underwhelm everyone who once thought he was a cool filmmaker, Richard Kelly has chosen to take on a traditional narrative. With Corpus Christi, he will tell the tale of a mentally unstable Iraq war veteran who strikes up a friendship with the wealthy owner of a supermarket chain. I’m already bored.

What is your favorite appearance of The Numbers on Lost? Personally, I’m a fan of the time they showed up in Hurley’s car. I’m a fan of anything related to Hurley. We share that whole “large man” bond.

The word on the street has been that Taylor Lautner is looking to make himself into an action star in his post-Twilight career. It’s not a bad plan, as the kid’s got the scowl for it. Well, now we know that he’s serious. Following in the footsteps of Will Smith, Ben Affleck and Shia LaBeouf, Lautner will team up with Michael Bay. For a movie described as “Mr & Mrs. Smith meets Wanted.” Feel free to translate that while I imagine all of the ‘splosions. Mmm mmm good.

Below you will find a great video walk-through of the “King of Kong” arcade in the Orlando International Airport owned by none other than Billy Mitchell, the epic villain of the 2007 doc King of Kong: A Fistful of Quarters. All this from the guy who still claims that he’s never seen the movie:

While Detroit continues to struggle with homelessness, crime and the collapse of the auto industry, we can all rest easy now that they’ve settled the RoboCop statue debacle.

Bleeding Cool has a very badass look at the design of the Kilowog from the upcoming Green Lantern film. The chances of this guy stealing scenes are pretty high, as he’s a beautiful beast.

Tired of sitting down to watch a great movie on Netflix Watch Instant only to find that it’s run has expired? Now you can follow Queuenoodle on Twitter and it will warn you when films are dangerously close to expiring.

We close this evening’s festivities with this serious piece of fan art — a trailer for the next Wolverine film, complete with some beautiful slow ninja action, a subtly delicious score and a tone that will make comic nerds stand at attention. After giving this a watch (or three), I don’t understand why we even need Darren Aronofsky — why not just let Gary Shore direct X-Men Origins: Wolverine 2?


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