Elizabeth Olsen

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly collection of things you’ll enjoy. We promise.

We begin tonight with the story of the evening. Or more to the point, the casting story of the evening. Elizabeth Olsen has been offered the lead role in Oldboy, the Spike Lee directed remake of the incredibly popular Korean revenge film. Heralded for her performance in Martha Marcy May Marlene, Olsen has burst onto the scene with her ability to act, something she has over her elder sisters, Mary Kate and Ashley. She’s a good choice for just about everything, even a movie that probably shouldn’t be attempted in the first place. Like this one.

Apparently Hollywood — and the BBC — are catching up to my campaign for “Benedict Cumberbatch in Everything.” He’s in the next Star Trek film, and now Cumberbatch is rumored to be joining Doctor Who as The Master, a legendary Time Lord villain who may appear opposite Matt Smith next year. This is big, nerds.

Cumberbatch is best known for his work as Sherlock Holmes in the BBC’s Sherlock. In somewhat related news, Lucy Liu will play Watson in Elementary, the modern day Sherlock Holmes pilot being put together at CBS. Okay, so that’s a thing now. And not a very good thing, either.

Recording Live From Somewhere presents The 2011 Movie Soundtrack: The Best Songs From This Year’s Films. And it’s exactly that, Drive soundtrack included.

Much talked about indie gem Miss Bala now streams on Amazon Instant. A great deal of noise has been made on my Twitter feed by a number of film bloggers whose opinions I hold in high esteem. It’s about a beauty queen who gets caught up in a dangerous drug war. The poster includes said beauty queen near-topless being strapped with cash. I’m for it.

Movies.com’s David Ehrlich presents David’s Film School Diary explaining exactly What Going to Film School is Really Like. We find this interesting, as, well, you know, we’ve got a sort of distanced relationship with film school. You know, our name…

Gawker has a round-up of The Best and Worst Netflix Reviews of Best Picture Nominees. In reading them, I’ve decided that in order to fully realize our potential as the Captain Obvious of Movie Blogs, we must hire this person who reviewed War Horse: “This is a horse movie with horses about horses, starring horses. If that sounds appealing, you already knew you will love this movie, so go watch it. If it doesn’t… well, the horse-wife will, so watch it anyways, because you will probably be getting some tonight. Almost every scene in this movie has a horse in it, or a drawing of a horse, or they are talking about horses.”

Have you guys seen this new poster for The Avengers? If so, would you agree that it’s terrible? To quote myself from earlier on Twitter, “It looks like Marvel is letting its interns from the University of Phoenix Online School of Art and Design handle international marketing.” I crack myself up.

Avengers Poster

For your consideration, a comprehensive breakdown of Mad Men relationships. Somehow it all comes back to Don Draper, that scamp.

Mad Men Relationships

Dan Trachtenberg’s One Cool Thing a Day usually features something cool every day. Recently he featured something extremely cool, a video called Inception Park. Oh yeah, it’s cool:

Speaking of Christopher Nolany Nolanness, here’s a great fan-made trailer for The Dark Knight Rises. This feels like a great place to end tonight’s brief but informative edition of Movie News After Dark:


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