Movie News After Dark: Brad Pitt’s Trade, Dr. Curt Connors’ Hand and Star Trek’s 1971 Fan Film

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s out of options — it must do the news.

We lead tonight with the first image of Brad Pitt in the crime-drama Cogan’s Trade. He plays Jackie Cogan, a pro enforcer hired to investigate the robbery of a mob-protected poker game. He will star alongside the likes of Scoot McNairy (Monsters) and Ben Mendelsohn (Animal Kingdom), as well as Ray Liotta, James Gandolfini and Richard Jenkins. That’s a hell of a cast, folks.

“I’m 49. I’ve made my peace with almost getting killed. What I didn’t realize, and what I’ve now experienced, is losing someone close to me.” The words of Sebastian Junger, the co-director of Restrepo during a Q&A at the HotDocs film festival, responding to questions about whether or not he’d ever return to a war zone after seeing his filmmaking partner Tim Hetherington killed in late April.

I love any movie nerd who thinks way to hard and tries to reason his or her way through a movie’s less thought-out points. Which is why these Perfectly Reasonable and Logical Solutions to 6 ‘Alleged’ Movie Plot-Holes cracks me up. Also, I’m stealing the phrase “Anal-Retentive Snobby Exasperating Spoilsports (ARSES)” Yes, some of you are. Don’t try to deny it now.

The comic book industry had its Free Comic Book Day over the weekend, an annual holiday meant to drive people back into their local comic shops to give the entire industry a bit of a boost. This year more than ever, it’s become evident that it’s an industry in trouble. The little shops, that is. The comic creation industry, according to NPR, has grown significantly over the last decade. So what’s killing your local comic shop? The iPad and The Internet. At least that’s what TUAW had to say about it.

More Hunger Games cast members have been added. Their characters are from ‘District 9,’ a fact that continues to cause me to do double-takes while reading through my RSS feeds. I think I should just go watch District 9 and get it over with.

Twitter user J. Anthony Hall has published a slew of photos from the set of The Amazing Spider-Man this weekend, including the below image depicting Peter Parker (Andrew Garfield) talking with Dr. Curt Connors (Rhys Ifans). The big question of the week: what’s that CGI-green hand going to be replaced with?

This AMC Search for Stubs contest, in which a few bloggers from various sites saw a bunch of movies at different AMC theaters, seems like a pointless exercise in excess to me. I’ve failed to divine the point of the exercise, other than AMC getting a bunch of free advertising and popcorn getting a bunch of negative press. That said, ScreenRant’s Mike Eisenberg saw 36 movies in 3 weeks, including seeing Water for Elephants three times. Give that guy a gold star.

Jerry Seinfeld has launched a new website that will archive everything he has ever said or done that has been recorded. It’s a fascinating project, one simultaneously rooted in vanity and completism. I’m going to call it a good thing. Seinfeld has been, and continues to be very funny.

If you caught the season three finale of Fringe this past weekend, you were treated to one of the most sci-ed and fi-ed thing seen on television since all of the episodes of The X-Files combined. Some real nerdery was in order with all of that paradox-spewing, time-traveling, multi-dimensional chicanery. Also, when did Olivia Dunham’s niece grow up to be a totally cute Fringe agent? Anyway… As supplement to the superb finale, I would suggest reading Noel Murray’s recap over at The AV Club. As has been the case all year, his analysis is spot-on.

The Independent has a great profile piece on Doctor Who companion Karen Gillan. One of the best companions in a long while, if you ask many a Doctor Who fan.

The oncoming Dusty Springfield biopic has signed on a writer, Ray Connelly, who was responsible for the David Essex-led 1973 rock film That’ll Be the Day. He hasn’t worked on a film since 1986. I can’t wait to see where this ends up.

Time to feed your need for infographicy stuff. This one is simple: The Morgan Freeman Chain of Command. From God all the way down to Miss Daisy’s man-servant:

And finally… here’s a sweet little fan-made Star Trek film from 1971. Kids were doing this stuff back then, too. For the record, this no-budget wonder would have been huge on YouTube, if it had come into existence 30 years early. It was also made at The Ohio State University. Word.

Neil Miller is the Founder and Publisher of Film School Rejects. For almost a decade, he has been talking movies on television, the radio, and the Internet. As of yet, no one has stopped him.

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