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Movie News After Dark: Sherlock’s Irene, Peter Weller, Sons of Anarchy, Rango and Drive Animated

Sherlock Season 2 Preview

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that had one hell of an extended weekend this week. For starters, its author had a birthday. He’s old. Moving on. And then it had a “reaction” to “ice cream cake” that is too embarrassing to describe in detail. It’s also now very well acquainted with Rooney Mara’s body. All of it. But that’s another story for another time. Lets get back to doing what this column does best: things that are almost news.

We begin tonight with a first look at Lara Pulver as Irene Adler in Sherlock, the second series of which will hit BBC screens early next year. The much-anticipated second frame of the Steven Moffat produced series will build on the events of the last series, including showing us what the hell happened in the pool house! 

Linda Holmes over at NPR’s Monkey See blog writes about one of my personal favorite shows, How I Met Your Mother, and the optimism of inevitability as it relates to us finding Ted’s future baby mama. It’s going to happen at some point. Then what?

Over at HitFix, Drew McWeeny has written a well-constructed thought entitled Muppets, Avengers and Life in the Age of Fanfiction. You see, this is what happens when nerds grow up and get development deals. They bring back everything their little nerdy hearts loved back in the day.

This may seem like old news at this point, but somehow we missed the fact that Peter Weller has joined the cast of Star Trek 2, making said project even more awesome than previously expected. In other news, I was not aware that Peter Weller had directed episodes of Sons of Anarchy.

Sons of Anarchy Season 4 Finale

Speaking of Sons of Anarchy, did you catch that season finale? Sure, it turned an entire season of tension on its head, but it left us with great hope for an even more interesting next season. All-in-all, if Kurt Sutter and team don’t win some hardware for this season, he will really have more than just cause to start offing awards voting members.

In a new song that allows them to give thanks for things and tell us what should be said to George Lucas, comedy act Paul and Storm lay down “Thanksgiving.” You know, for the kids.

The LA Times has a great interview with Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy director Tomas Alfredson, who says that his film isn’t really a spy movie, but “a story about friendship, loyalty and the personal costs for soldiers in the Cold War.” It also has some pretty wicked spy stuff in it, too.

In a year when the animated Oscar race is as wide as its ever been thanks to Pixar’s less than impressive showing with yet another sequel, it could be Industrial Light & Magic who run off with a golden guy for Rango, the western lizard story from Gore Verbinski.

In an interview with Wired, David Fincher shows us what his Dragon Tattoo redo has to do with ABBA and explains what the popularity of the Dragon Tattoo franchise says about your mom.

Sure, Drive was a great movie. One of the better films of 2011, hands down. But what of this animated tribute version of Drive by Tom & Bruno? Yeah, it’s really good, too.

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.

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