Movie News After Dark: Captain America, Communism, Scientology, Smell-O-Vision and a Real Muppets Trailer

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news round-up that takes place after the sun has set, as the title suggests. On Sunday’s it is a relaxed, refreshed look at what happened over the weekend. Which usually isn’t much, but we do our best.

We open tonight with a new photo from Captain America: The First Avenger, a surprisingly detailed look at Red Skull released this weekend by Paramount Pictures. Surprisingly detailed in the make-up effects, which I believe to be some of the best we’ve seen this year. We’ll see how sinister Hugo Weaving plays it, but he looks good thus far. And because I love you, I’ve set up a full Captain America photo gallery here. has been down all evening. That’s a bummer, because I need to adjust my queue and I can’t wait because I’m part of a generation that needs to have everything at their grimy fingertips at all times.

Pixar is responsible for everything that’s great. If you subscribe to this theory, it will come as no surprise that CNN has a breakdown of How Steve Jobs’ Pixar experience helped lead to Apple’s iCloud.

In case you’d always been wondering, Mental Floss has a nice little piece about Why Senator Joe McCarthy Hated It’s a Wonderful Life. Spoiler: It involves a few pinko sons of bitches.

It’s hard for me to post things like this, as they’re ridiculous product tie-ins disguised as some “behind the scenes” featurette, but there is some neat footage and insight in this Norton Anti-Virus “Behind the Shield” look at Captain America.

Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master is no longer being called by its Christian name, Untitled Paul Thomas Anderson Religious Film, and will now once again (and hopefully permanently) be known as The Master. It’s about a cult-like religious leader played by Phillip Seymour Hoffman, based loosely on L. Ron Hubbard. It’s going to be a party of men with three names.

“Evangeline Lilly will be playing a new character—the Woodland Elf, Tauriel. Her name means ‘daughter of Mirkwood’ and, beyond that, we must leave you guessing! (No, there is no romantic connection to Legolas.) What is not a secret is how talented and compelling an actress Evangeline is; we are thrilled and excited she will be the one to bring our first true Sylvan Elf to life.” Peter Jackson revealed via Facebook the casting of Evangeline Lilly, as well as the fact that Barry Humpries will play the Goblin King using the same tech Andy Serkis used to create Gollum. This is about The Hobbit, if you haven’t figured it out yet.

Today in stupid technology that we’ll all spend money on: Scientists are close to getting Smell-O-Vision up and running. Seriously? There are people working on this and we haven’t cured AIDS yet?

We close tonight’s abridged edition of News After Dark with The Muppets. Because, why not? After several parody trailers, a real look at what might actually happen in The Muppets has arrived. Kermit and the gang are getting back together, they’ve still got the charm and Amy Adams sings. I’m okay with all of that.

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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