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What is Movie News After Dark? It is a nightly movie news recap column that would like to make it all the way to the end of this thing without getting controversial, political or mentioning how much skinny Jonah Hill looks like President Obama. It’s just not likely. We begin tonight with the story that’s on everyone’s mind — no, not the Obama speech — the fact that Mel Gibson is developing a movie about Jewish hero Judah Maccabee, who led a second-century revolt against Hellenistic overloards in the name of the Jewish people. He’s brought Basic Instinct writer Joe Eszterhas on for the script work. There will be nothing controversial about this project.

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Jay Baruchel isn’t exactly a household name, but he’s starting to compile a diverse enough resume of past work that audiences have got to be taking notice of him, at least enough to start thinking of him as a “that guy.” Some may know him as the fidgety dude in a lot of Judd Apatow stuff, some may recognize him as being the voice of the lead character in How to Train Your Dragon, others might think of him as the kid who co-starred next to Nic Cage’s hair extensions in The Sorcerer’s Apprentice, or maybe your memory even goes as far back as to recognize him as the stalker fanboy from Almost Famous. Well now Baruchel is going to be adding one more point of reference in his scheme to get recognition: he’s going to be the guy that writes those movies. Already the actor has a writing credit for co-adapting the screenplay for his upcoming hockey comedy Goon, and now Baruchel is said to have a couple more projects on the way as well. He has already signed on to adapt Jimmy Palmiotti and Justin Gray’s comic book “Random Acts of Violence” for the big screen. It’s a meta sort of story about two comic creators having success with a murderous character named Slasherman, but then having their good times derailed when it starts looking like their character has come to life and began killing in the real world.

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With Jay Baruchel’s upcoming project Goon, he and fellow writer Evan Goldberg are looking to incorporate the grittiness of Raging Bull into a comedy about hockey. Which is basically his way of saying he wants to remake D3: The Mighty Ducks without pissing off the Emilio Estevez fanbase.

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