Movie News After Dark: X-Men: First Reaction, Sherlock Series 2, The Amazing Spider-Man and a 3-Way

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news round-up article that would like you to know that it’s glad you weren’t Raptured. It loves having you around so that it can share links with you, bring you the latest news and provide you with a few laughs along the way. It didn’t want to see you vanish into thin air and leave the rest of us to fend off apocalyptic chaos. It’s also confused, as all the toilet paper in the Reject HQ bathrooms seems to have disappeared. How does toilet paper get Raptured?

I’m always skeptical when small groups of journalists get a very early look at a major studio picture and come out of it with mostly positive things to say. I don’t question their enjoyment of what they saw, but it’s clear that someone is massaging the timing of the message. So when we see reviews starting to pop up for X-Men: First Class, I can’t help but look at them through cynical eyes. That said, I respect the hell out of Drew McWeeney at HitFix and his piece on Matthew Vaughn’s latest calls it ambitious, claiming that the story is tight and focused. That’s worth some consideration. Also, the above art depicts Muppets as X-Men. Brilliant, found via Geekologie.

According to a report by Den of Geek, the second series of Steven Moffat and Mark Gatiss’ Sherlock — one of the great depictions of the famed detective, in my humble opinion — has begun shooting. Martin Freeman and Benedict Cumberbatch are back and they’ll be taking on three of Sherlock’s most famed stories: “A Scandal In Belgravia,” “The Hounds Of the Baskervilles” and “The Reichenbach Fall.” The excitement within me is overwhelming.

Now that The Avengers has begun production, little parts will need to be filled in. And with that, IMDB and Geek Tyrant may have uncovered one of those bit-parts, but they’ve also perhaps stumbled upon some wishful thinking. I’ll let you decide. According to their report, Felicia Day is now listed as playing S.W.O.R.D Agent Abigail Brand. There’s a bit of logic to it, as the villain is said to be the Skrulls, and S.W.O.R.D deals primarily with defense against extra-terrestrial attack. And Felicia Day is tight with Joss Whedon. But we’re not exactly holding our breath on this one.

The following poster for The Amazing Spider-Man is likely fake. Neither Marvel Studios or Columbia Pictures are that lazy. And the logo does not appear on the official site. That’s about as far as I felt like digging on this one. But I’m posting it anyway, as it’s been a slow news weekend. What say you: real or fake?

Chris Vance has been tapped to star in Cinemax’s small-screen version of The Transporter. Best known for his work on Prison Break, Dexter and Burn Notice, Vance will be joined by the relatively unknown (but not entirely unattractive) Andrea Osvart. Fun fact: the stunt team from the Transporter film franchise will also be working on the series.

In 1962, legendary directors François Truffaut and Alfred Hitchcock came together for what would go on to be known as one of the great series of chats in 20th century film, featuring two of the great minds to ever deliver stories on celluloid. The talks would later be edited down for Truffaut’s book “Hitchcock: A Definitive Study of Alfred Hitchcock.” The audio from the Truffaut/Hitchcock tapes is now available online via SoundCloud. Let this epically nerdy triumph of cinematic insight ruin what’s left of you weekend. Do it now.

A new behind the scenes featurette/preview for Person of Interest, a new TV show from the minds of J.J. Abrams and The Dark Knight co-writer Jonah Nolan, has been published online. The show stars Lost‘s Michael Emerson and The Prisoner‘s Jim Caviezel. It looks fascinating and moody. I’ll check out a few episodes:

Emma Roberts, Ari Graynor and Chris Messina have joined Celeste and Jesse Forever, a dramedy featuring Andy Samberg and Rashida Jones as a couple going through a divorce that choose to continue to live together. Dangerous waters, those.

Isabel Lucas has joined the remake of Loft, the story of a group of men who find a dead woman in an apartment they share and use to commit infidelity in a discrete manner. Torn apart by the discovery, the men begin to investigate and subsequently begin blaming each other. Lucas will play a friend of the men, not the dead girl.

Speaking of Andy Samberg. We close tonight with another SNL Digital Short featuring Samberg and Justin Timberlake, bringing back their best characters of all-time: the D*ck in a Box guys. They’ve teamed with Lady Gaga to explain the golden rule of 3-ways. It’s funny. You’ll be doing “the helicopter” soon enough.

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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