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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news and editorial column that likes you. So much that it would get your named tattoo’d on its back, should you promise to read it every weeknight until the end of time. So lets make this happen, people. It’s got at least 200k names worth of back space. We begin tonight with a shot of Rooney Mara as The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo, as published by a French photography portfolio. It’s one of a group of images that show a black and white David Fincher, a snowy Daniel Craig and plenty of the tattoo’d girl herself. Are we still looking forward to this one? Oh yes, we are.

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This week, Fat Guy Kevin Carr decides he’s going to learn history from Hollywood. After all, why not when three out of the four major releases are based on or inspired by a true story. He learns about the true history of baseball with Moneyball (and was sorely disappointed it wasn’t called Monkeyball because a movie about monkeys playing baseball would have been awesome). Then he learns all he needs to know about marine mammals and depressed children in Dolphin Tale. Finally, he faces the cadres of screaming tweenage girls to see Taylor Lautner in ABduction. That’s based on a true story, right?

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According to John Singleton, Abduction was built specifically to show off Taylor Lautner as an action star, to groom him as the next generation’s Tom Cruise. That’s no easy task, and the trailer isn’t helping. While most directors might daydream about the financial opportunity to build a franchise, Singleton doesn’t seem so restricted. According to the LA Times, the director is assuring fans that he’ll be working on Abduction 2 no matter what the box office says. Granted, the way it’s asked and answered, it seems more like he can’t conceive of a bad box office showing for the film – he seems cocksure that audiences will award him a second film. No word yet on how Lionsgate feels about it, since he’ll probably need some money to make another movie.

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If, even by the smallest, dumbest chance that someone, somewhere in a position of power thought Taylor Lautner might make a great replacement in the Bourne movies, this trailer for Abduction should squash that theory completely. His acting is so non-existent and wooden that 1) he belongs in generic action and 2) he could actually learn a thing or two about emoting from Keanu Reeves. John Singleton has never been an outstanding director. He creates middling faux-drama, featuring laughably intense heroes, and there was no reason to break the streak with this one. Check out the trailer for yourself:

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John Singleton

For weeks, we have been waiting with bated breath to see which director in Hollywood would be chosen to turn Twilight star Taylor Lautner into the next Jason Bourne. Now it looks like a multiple Academy Award nominee may help him get there.

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No, that is not a joke, it is LITERALLY called Five Brothers.

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earlyedition-samjackson

It’s been a few days, sure, but you know that you can’t resist another wonderfully packed edition of the Early Edition…

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The A-Team

If you’re in desperate need of a para-military group, have a few hundred thousand dollars to burn and love it when a plan comes together, good news is on the way.

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FSR hopes Singleton gets his Woody.

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