Movie News After Dark: The Avengers, Honest Oscar Posters, Hating Movies and The Ecstasy of Breaking Bad

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What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news column that frankly doesn’t have much to say this evening. So it’s all good stuff. Quality over Quantity and whatnot.

We begin tonight with a new image from The Avengers, as published by in a new batch of images from the highly anticipated film. In this one, Nick Fury, as played by Samuel L. Jackson, has some gnarly eye scarring going on. As if that guy needed to look more like a badass.

Paramount and Fox Searchlight will put Rango and Margaret back in theaters, respectively. One will try to boost it’s profile as it makes a run at the Best Animated Oscar, while the other will attempt to capitalize on a groundswell of support from critics after being shelved due to legal problems for years.

Seth Freilich has written an interesting expose on why Pajiba was banned from Sundance this year. In a turn that you might not expect, he is very fair to the Sundance Press Office, who seemed to be very fair in calling and explaining why. The reason behind it all, however, is quite interesting, raising a number of questions about whether or not filmmakers need protection from press. Either way, we hope that our friends at Pajiba will be able to get back to Sundance soon. They’re some of the smartest, decentest folks online.

Also in Sundance news, Brian Kelley has been writing Sundance Diaries over at Culture Map that you should read, especially if you’re looking for more talk about how amazing The Raid is. Personally I didn’t read that part, as I’m boycotting all things written about The Raid until I see it, which likely won’t happen until March. This is the shroud of sadness under which I live.

The Shiznit has produced a number of posters for a feature called If 2012’s Oscar-nominated posters told the truth that are worth a look. Including, but not limited to, these posters for The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo and The Help, the latter being particularly humorous.

The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo Honest Poster

The Help Honest Oscar Poster

According to a conversation that cinematographer Matthew Libatique had with Hollywood Elsewhere’s Jeff Wells, Darren Aronofsky will shoot Noah in July. At least that’s the rumor.

Film historian and all-around fine chap Zack Carlson has written an essay at Badass Digest about Why You Hate Movies. He’s attempting to start a conversation about all the Hollywood trends we, the Internet, hate with every fiber of our being. I’m not taking the bait — I’m too engrossed in watching a Donnie Yen movie at the moment, so all I have it love in my heart. You guys can head over there and join the hate-fest though, if that’s what interests you.

We close tonight’s decidedly short edition of News After Dark with a music video from Breaking Bad that will make it all worth it. You long work week, the commute home, having to read my senseless drivel. All of it will be worth watching The Ecstasy of Gold tribute video. That is, unless you are sensitive to Breaking Bad spoilers. Then you should not watch it.

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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