Movie News After Dark: The Avengers, The Hunger Games is For Girls, Mad Men and Doctor Who Returns

What is Movie News After Dark? Like Abe Vigoda, it’s still very much alive.

We open tonight with a rather stunning shot of Captain America in The Avengers. Not that everyone would know that The Avengers is set in New York, but there’s something in me that stirs a little 9/11 vibe from this photo. It might be me projecting a bit — and no, the film has nothing to do with that very real, very horrible tragedy — but it’s a striking image, nonetheless. Also, that movie is going to be awesome, dudes.

Hunger Games, Hunger Games, Hunger Games. It’s the talk of the blogosphere this weekend with its massive opening. And finally, I say. We get a decent bit of YA fiction turned into a quite compelling sci-fi film with a strong female hero. But not quite a hero to be worshipped, as Monika Bartyzel explains in her wonderfully eloquent Girls on Film entry, Katniss Everdeen and the Problem with Hero Worship. I’m going to worship Katniss anyway. I have my reasons.

For a bit of inside baseball, Gawker has an interesting essay from Rich Juzwiak about Why I’ll Never Recap a TV Show Again. This segues perfectly to a little announcement I have about the upcoming second season of Game of Thrones. In my attempt to capture its fanbase and make them devoted readers of Film School Rejects, I will be hosting a Monday morning ‘Blog of Thrones’ in which I will dissect my own feelings about each week’s episodes, review style. Not recap style. So stay tuned for that.

The Daily Blam has uncovered some casting information about Iron Man 3 that reveals some of the returning characters, including Scarlett Johansson as Black Widow, Don Cheadle as James Rhodes and the obvious duo of Robert Downey Jr. and Gwyneth Paltrow. All of whom were in the previous Iron Man movie. Also, thanks, casting information, for spoiling The Avengers for us. Now we know who doesn’t die.

Back to The Hunger Games, Matt Singer uses an entry in his CriticWire blog to chastise Jeffrey Wells for being a sexist dickburger. Wells warned his readers to be weary of Hunger Games reviews from female critics, as their estrogen infused mini-brains would be easily swayed to enjoy a movie about a kick-ass chick. Singer uses simple math to prove a conclusion the rest of us need no help getting to: Jeff Wells is a dickburger.

Summer Movie Season is almost upon us. Get excited. As a guide, the folks at Hollywonk (via /Film) have created a lovely chart that will guide you. They had me at “Have a 401k? See The Pirates! Band of Misfits.”

The folks at MTV Movies Blog took time away from covering Twilight (is that still a thing, or have they moved on?) to cover something worth seeing, giving the world Five Reasons to See The Raid: Redemption. If you need five, that is. Any intelligent apes among you will need but one reason. And that reason is my incredibly hyperbolic review. I stand by every drool-soaked word of that review.

And again with The Hunger Games. The ever-talented Meredith Woerner over at io9 provides a guide to Everything The Hunger Games Movie Left Out. It’s a tribute to anal retentive detail mongers everywhere. It’s also fascinating in its commitment to the concept of everything. In another corner of the internet, Racist Hunger Games Fans Are Very Disappointed about “all of the good characters being played by black actors,” yet they failed to read the words “dark skinned” in Suzanne Collins’ book. Apparently racism and illiteracy go hand-in-hand.

Over at the How About We dating blog, they’ve got some Mad Men Inspired Pickup Lines for you to try this week. “Hey girl, show me your Joans” has not worked yet, but that won’t stop me from trying.

We move toward our end this evening, not with more about The Hunger Games, but a splash of Mondo goodness. What happens when Edgar Wright needs a weekend in Austin to collect his very British thoughts? An Edgar Wright marathon weekend at the Alamo Drafthouse. To celebrate, Kevin Tong made this wicked triple-bill poster:

And finally, the first trailer for the seventh series of Doctor Who. Oh Amy Pond, you’ll always be my favorite companion. The Doctor in the old west? I love 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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