What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a movie news column that is content with entertaining you on a nightly basis with the best links and tidbits the web has to offer. But in reality, it wishes that it could be out there fighting for the side of humanity in the great world war against the zombie invasion. It has big dreams, this nightly feature.
As you know, there are three things I can’t avoid writing about in this here column: Michael Bay movies, Doctor Who and World War Z. The third is perhaps one of the greatest texts ever written about the zombie apocalypse. What I did not know is that it was almost turned into an awesome video game, as this Kotaku investigative report suggests. As you can see from tonight’s headline image, it would have been very cool.
Mike Tyson’s tattoo artist, one S. Victor Whitmill, is suing Warner Bros. over the use of Tyson’s famous face tattoo, which he designed, in The Hangover Part II. As seen on the face of Ed Helms, the tattoo is clearly in reference to Tyson, who appeared in the first film as a sage guide for the wayward partiers. It’s a work of parody though, so it’s unlikely that much will come of it. If anything, Whitmill will get a nice check from Warner Bros.
“The Doctor receives a distress signal from an old friend. Could there really be another living Time Lord out there? Hopes raised, he follows the signal to a junkyard planet sitting upon a mysterious asteroid in a Bubble universe, populated by a very strange family, as the time-travelling drama continues.” That’s the log-line for the Neil Gaiman scripted episode of Doctor Who. I know what you’re thinking, and I’m not sure I know, either.
Pajiba poses the question of the day: which of these five actors are at the highest risk of overexposure? James Franco already feels overexposed. Sam Worthington is yesterday’s news. Tom Hardy is smart. But those other two, they are at risk.
The first Cannes poster has been released for Julia Leigh’s Sleeping Beauty, featuring a quite nude Emily Browning. That’s the little girl from Lemony Snicket, for those keeping tabs on their own creepy thoughts:
Did you watch the Royal Wedding? Willy and Kate? The big day? Nope, I didn’t either. I have better things to do with my 3a hour, like sleep. That said, I find it interesting to see such pictures over at The LA Times, mostly because those little Royal children are weird looking. Oh shit he kissed her twice!
Today’s rumor of the day is that Guy Pearce has been spotted on the set of Ridley Scott’s Prometheus. If his recent roles are any indication, he will likely be in the movie, but be killed in the first scene.
Disney is opening up the vault and bringing out Dumbo for a 70th anniversary Blu-ray release. Completely restored and looking colorful, this September 20 release sounds like yet another win for Team Mouse House.
According to John Lasseter, who is somewhat connected with the decision-making at Pixar, the animation studio will not be teaming up with Marvel anytime soon. He said snootily: “No, not at Pixar. We have The Incredibles, so we’ve done superheroes here ourselves.” Superheroes… boooring!
Madman minimalist artist Dave Williams has unleashed the first of three superhero-themed posters he’s designed for this, the summer of superheroes. He will take on three different Marvel characters, the first being Thor. I dig it. I also think I know what one of the other two will be. Does he have a shield and massive man-boobs?
I’m not exactly sure how Arnold Schwarzenegger fits into the latest of his rumored projects, but it sounds like something you might see on Lifetime: “He will play a damaged-goods horse trainer who’s just been ignominiously put out to pasture by his feckless boss. In exchange for some retirement money, the broken — and broke — horseman agrees to kidnap the boss’s 11-year-old son from his rich Mexican ex-wife. Things take an unexpected turn, however, when the ex-wife is all too glad to be rid of her juvenile delinquent.”
AV Club’s Nathan Rabin has a fascinating piece on Rodney Dangerfield’s memoir, It’s Not Easy Bein’ Me: A Lifetime Of No Respect But Plenty Of Sex And Drugs. I shall go and read that book now.
Intent on becoming the Michael Jordan of making films instead of baskets, Steven Soderbergh is not retiring from filmmaking as promised. Instead he will work with Channing Tatum on a movie about male strippers. See, that’s much better than never making another movie. Right?
How about another poster? This one involved naked mermaids, which will be seen almost in their glory in Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.
And how about another poster, just for good measure. This is the first one-sheet for Transformers: Dark of the Moon. It features Optimus Prime, his jetpack and a few puny humans. Who cares about them, anyway. Did you see the carnage in that wicked trailer?
Speaking of the Transformers: Dark of the Moon trailer, tonight we close with one of the strangest videos I’ve ever posted in this column. I’m no fan of “reaction videos” — Two Girls, One Cup ruined that entire fad for me — but there’s something oddly charming and offbeat about Ragin’ Ron and his crazy reaction to the Transformers 3 trailer. There must be some sort of kinship between he and I, as I too thought that shot of Bumblebee scaling the side of a building was fucking insanity.