Javier Bardem in Skyfall

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that usually has more to say. But it’s a little hung over from SXSW and a little out of practice, as it took most of last week off. That said, it’s keepin’ it weird.

We begin this evening with a first look at Javier Bardem as a Bond villain. He’s looking pretty skeevy. Also sinister, very sinister.

Movies.com talks to scientists to see if Star Trek‘s warp drive could really exist. Sadly, it does not look good for fi. Thanks, Sci.

In anticipation of the Alamo Drafthouse’s Summer of 1982 series, Jordan Hoffman has jumped over to /Film to write an excellent list of the best movies from 1982 you probably haven’t seen. Fitzcarraldo, man.

Veteran film critic Carrie Rickey takes a bird’s eye view of the evolution of film criticism in a new essay for Variety. My only question: when will film criticism finally go 3D?

By now this is relatively old news, but it’s interesting all the same. Christopher Nolan’s long-time cinematographer Wally Pfister will direct a movie. It’s currently untitled, written by Jack Paglen and is most likely an intimate character drama that will be shot in big, sweeping IMAX shots.

BitRebels has a new gallery of Star Wars posters for a series called Star Wars: Identities, an exibition that will be held in Montreal, Canada on April 19. They are very cool.

Star Wars Identities

Marvel is now offering free digital downloads with physical comic purchases. That’s actually not a bad idea. Except for those of you who like digital comics because your mom is too terrified to throw away your iPad.

Can Game of Thrones season two live up to season one? Charlie Jane Anders at io9 explores. But with things like “potentially dragons” “dangerous ice people things” and “more death and destruction” being promised by season two, I’ve got a good feeling about it.

Julie Miller has a great piece about Why Mad Men Almost Didn’t Return for a New Season, an exploration of what could have been the end for Don Draper and company. Who else is glad that didn’t happen, amiright?

It’s not quite one of Jeremy Kirk’s “431 Things I Learned from the ______ Commentary,” but Brad Brevet at Rope of Silicon does make good use of a rare David Fincher commentary track on the upcoming Girl with the Dragon Tattoo DVD and Blu. He lists a number of things to be learned from Fincher.

We close tonight with the “entertainment event of the year.” On 3/15/12, a mere three days away, Community returns to NBC’s Thursday night line-up and all will be right with the world. At least until it gets cancelled in an untimely manner and fans begin to storm 30 Rockefeller. Until then, lets enjoy it while it lasts:

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