Movie News After Dark: It’s All About Girls and Car Chases, In the Most Respectful Way Possible

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a fast and furious chase through the world of entertainment news. Film, television, song and dance, it’s all covered here. Alright, so there isn’t much dancing tonight. But there is mention of the greatest movies of all-time, Lena Dunham’s bite, the girls of Bond, The Avengers, Mad Men and my personal favorite, the craziness of Top Gear.

We begin this evening with the first shot from Brian De Palma’s Passion, a film that is apparently about Rachel McAdams and Noomi Rapace making out in the back of a car. Or it’s the tale of “a deadly power struggle between two women in the dog-eat-dog world of international business.” I’m guessing its the later. Either way, this first photo has left its mark.

Grantland’s Mark Lisanti explores What the Prometheus R rating means for Michael Fassbender’s penis. According to known trickster, producer Damon Lindelof, it’s nothing. This coming from the guy who wouldn’t tell us what the Smoke Monster was in LOST, I’d say there’s still hope for some Fasswang.

As many will note, earlier today we published a list of the Ten Greatest Movies of All-Time taken from an extensive survey of online and new media critics, many of whom weren’t asked to participate in the upcoming Sight & Sound Magazine poll. What’s interesting to me isn’t just the list, but the methodology behind each person’s choices. Pajiba critic Dan Carlson explains his choices on his personal blog, while Drew McWeeney walks us through his process over at HitFix, and Going the Distance scribe Geoff LaTulippe wrote of his method on his own blog. Ultimately, the list is great. Fill your Netflix queues with its splendor. What I love, is the ‘whys’ behind it all and the discussion it has bred.

Over at Pajiba, Dustin Rowles prepares for the Grief Raging that will come if Community is cancelled, especially now that 30 Rock is said to be nearing one more renewal for a shortened final season. The same formula could be applied to Community and Parks and Recreation, marking the end of NBC as anything worth watching unless you’re still really into Betty White.

In an interview with NPR, Lena Dunham takes on critics of Girls. It’s an interesting read/listen that further supports my theory that Ms. Dunham has us all right where she wants us. Also Girls related is the new Girls Talk feature at ScreenCrush, which features contributions from our own Kate Erbland and Allison Loring.

Speaking of “girls,” the folks at sent over this infographic of sorts dedicated to The Girls of Bond, better known as all the beautiful women James Bond has bedded over the years. They sent it along with a compliment about my Blog of Thrones column. And like any dame in the face 007, flattery will get you everywhere with me. Click the thumbnail below to see the entire thing.

Cinema Blend’s ladies have put together some speculation about what The Avengers may tell us about Iron Man 3. And while I enjoy their back and forth, I think they missed my own speculation that comes from who gets in the car with Tony Stark at the end of the movie. That’s all I’m saying.

AV Club is presenting a week of Police Academy love, which is a feature after my own heart. Among their coverage is an interview in which Bobcat Goldthwait talks about being okay if not everybody likes his movies. I like his movies. A lot.

In celebration of Fox’s hard marketing line around Prometheus and their refusal to keep anything about it secret, Movieline presents a list of 9 Spoiler-Filled Trailers That Gave It All Away. That Speed trailer is a classic spoiler bomb, if there ever was one.

The online presence known as Film Crit Hulk has gone mainstream, taking his thoughts on The Avengers to The New Yorker. Good for him. Also, if you have trouble with the all-caps approach, our good friend Peter Hall recommends this site for de-capping.

Hero Complex talks to Cobie Smulders about stunts and an Avengers sequel. And that kids, is how your aunt Robin became Nick Fury’s right hand soldier.

Tim Burton is now joking about putting Johnny Depp in a Beetlejuice sequel. Remind me why we need a Beetlejuice sequel, again…

Do you know how much it cost Mad Men to play that Beetles song on this past week’s episode? $250,000. We always knew that the new Mrs. Draper had expensive taste, but even that’s over the line.

I am of the opinion that there is no greater non-fiction joy on television than that of watching Top Gear, the BBC show that takes the three stooges of automobile journalism and allows them to become proprietors of absolute insanity. In the latest episode aired here in the US, they get onto the set of The Sweeney, an action film starring Ray Winstone and set out to direct a car chase scene. Shenanigans ensue, naturally. Check out a clip below and go forth into the night with a smile.

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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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