The Chaperone

Daniel Day-Lewis as Abraham Lincoln

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly collective of links and thoughts breaking down all the news and great essays from around the movie blogosphere. A celebration of quality programming, if you will. Thus, it becomes quality programming in and of itself. In short, it’s worth however long it takes you to read to the end (where we’ve strategically placed a Christopher Nolan-themed video as your reward). We begin this evening with the internet’s story of the night, Daniel Day-Lewis’ awesome Abe Lincoln beard, as shot by Virginia local Michael Phillips. He snapped a shot of the highly method actor in a Richmond restaurant (not far from where Steven Spielberg’s film is currently in production). Basically it looks like Abraham Lincoln with jeans on. So yes, that works. Also worth noting: It’s being reported that Day-Lewis has not dropped his Lincoln accent since March. That’s one hardcore mother-effing emancipator, right there.

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The Reject Report

Liam Neeson throwing elbows, Martin Lawrence throwing his weight, and Alex Pettyfer throwing just about everything in the room with his mind are what’s on the docket this weekend. It’s an eclectic mix of comedy, sci-fi, and mystery/thriller that should prove successful for the overall numbers, but what will come out on top? Let’s see how each of these films breaks down going into the box office.

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There’s a joke here about Paul Levesque (aka Triple H, aka Hunter Hearst Helmsley) stealing Dwayne Johnson’s (aka The Rock) career from, say, 2000, but it’s not accurate. The Tooth Fairy came out last year. Last year! The Rock is still rocking some family friendly films, but it’s no joke that his affiliation with babysitting and trekking up to Witch Mountain helped make him a bona fide acting presence along the action flicks he was doing. Then, there’s Triple H. He’s starring in a new movie called The Chaperone – the story of a former bank robber trying to reconnect with his daughter on a field trip when, guess what, his life of crime suddenly comes back to kidnap him and his daughter. It would seem like something for Dolph Lundgren to tackle, but the tone of the trailer is way more lighthearted and faux charm-filled. Check it out for yourself:

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