Movie News After Dark: Avengers Brings Out the Worst in Fans, Fringe Presses On, Chuck Norris, Texting in Theaters and How to Build a Web-Shooter

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly column that assembles the heroes of movie and entertainment news every night. Marvel has only assembled its team once. Take that, Marvel.

We begin tonight with several items on The Avengers. First — embargo be damned — it’s so much fun. There is also a new image of the team completely assembled amidst the rubble of the film’s massive third act war scene. And then there’s the disappointing news of the day. Matt Singer reports on CriticWire about angry nerds attacking a female critic over a negative review of The Avengers. Not only did the lash out at the otherwise lovely Amy Nicholson of Boxoffice Magazine, they did so in a terrible, misogynistic way. If this was you, be very ashamed of yourself. Every critic gets their say, and just because she didn’t like the movie, that doesn’t mean you get to be a shit about it. It’s truly sad. Please grow up.

Great news for fans of great sci-fi television: Fox has renewed Fringe for a 5th and final season. One can only hope that they storyline brought to light in “Letters of Transit” will come back for more. It was full of potential.

The folks at JoBlo have a new (to me) column on their site called Ink & Pixel, which explores the world of animated film — a world that is a constant source of joy for film fans the world over. This week, author Steve Seigh takes an in-depth look at Pixar’s Finding Nemo, a film that I was sadly reminded is yet to be released on Blu-ray. Come on, Disney. Lets get on that.

Remember the Steve Jobs movie that will star Ashton Kutcher as the visionary entrepreneur and mock turtle neck enthusiast who founded Apple? That’s still very much happening. And now like the real life Jobs, Ashton may have his Woz. Book of Mormon star Josh Gad is in talks to play Steve Wozniak in Jobs. The real Woz could not be reached for comment, as he’s currently waiting outside the Valley Fair Apple Store for the next iPhone’s indefinite launch. (Haha… nerd inside joke.)

Eric Eisenberg at CinemaBlend writes that you should help Save This Show: NBC’s Community Needs to Stick Around. Aside from the Captain Obvious-ness going on with this article, the man has a point. The world would indeed be a sad place without Community.

Now that the 23rd James Bond film is almost wrapped up and ready for theaters, MGM and Sony are looking to minimize the gap between this one and the next. Assuming MGM doesn’t go belly-up again, Bond 24 will hit theaters in 2014. As I’ve always said, the more Bond we get, the safer I feel.

One of the hot topics of debate this week amongst movie people came of Theater Owners Considering Letting People Text During Movies. This, in my opinion, is only one step below the berating of a female critic because she didn’t like a movie based on your favorite comic heroes. As it turns out, theater owners are bigger morons than some of the people who comment on Rotten Tomatoes. I’m spoiled living near an Alamo Drafthouse, where this sort of thing is punishable by death. That said, we all know that it’s wrong to be holding a shiny, backlight anything in a dark room where people are trying to enjoy a performance, right?… Right?…

And now for some things that you can hang on your wall. Or think about hanging on your wall, if you don’t have a large printer. First is one of twelve Expendables 2 character posters. This one’s got a little Chuck Norris in it. Because Chuck Norris allows it:

The folks at Movielicious have a list of 10 Faux Posters for 10 Non-Existent Movies, including this one for a movie called Dad of the Dead starring Robert Englund as George A. Romero. Why that hasn’t been made yet is beyond me…

And finally, we’ve got some viral marketing for The Amazing Spider-Man in the form of a video called “How to Build a Web-Shooter.” Those Spider-loving nerds are going to love this mechanical web-shooter thing.

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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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