Movie News After Dark: Katniss Goes Carolina, Django Poster Unchained, Alfonso Cuaron is a Madman and Push to Add Drama

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly collection of trinkets for the weary-eyed, movie-loving masses. A testament to man’s quest for knowledge, the internet’s infinite wealth of silliness and cat videos, and a totem for the lost souls of movie fandom. Come here, my children, come here and bask in the glory of the best links of the day.

We begin tonight’s sermon with a shot of Bradley Cooper and Jennifer Lawrence looking very 1929 in Serena, the upcoming film from In a Better World director Susanne Bier. It’s about a pair of newlyweds who move from Boston to the wild mountains of North Carolina and produce off-spring. Shenanigans ensue.

My good friend Peter Hall over at has a bit of a problem. He’s really got a thing for Starship Troopers. And with a fourth, animated installment to the series started by Paul Veerhoven’s, uh… classic on the way, it’s simply feeding into his addiction. It’s unhealthy, to say the last. Also, I really want these Starship Troopers 4 power suits to be a real thing.

If you follow critic Eric D. Snider on Twitter, you may have already seen this brilliant little ditty. Also, if you were around back in 1998, you may have also read his Clash of the Titanic script treatment in The Daily Universe. Yes, I know that was before some of you were born. But that doesn’t mean it isn’t hilarious.

Over at The AV Club, Paul Feig is walking through Freaks and Geeks episode-by-episode. He even tells an adorable story about an 11-year old Samm Levine doing an impromptu William Shatner impression to beat out 11-year old Shia LaBeouf for the role of Neal. That happened.

Earlier today an international poster for Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained (via /Film) was let free on the internet. Several hours later, Yahoo debuted the same poster, but with English text. It’s still quite fun, even in our native language:

The big discussion in the critical world this week is crotchety old film critic-types and their distaste for Joss Whedon and Drew Goddard’s Cabin in the Woods. So much distaste that they’ve decided to spoil the twist of the movie in their reviews, often blatantly. As Matt Singer writes, Critics Who Hate The Cabin in the Woods Love to Spoil The Cabin in the Woods. Hands in the air, Devin Faraci explores Why Negative Reviews Are Spoiling Cabin in the Woods. All I know is that I’m still going to see the movie. I don’t, nor do I care, who Rex Reed is. Isn’t he one of the Fantastic Four? Or does he coach the Jets?

Gravity opens with a continuous 17-minute shot that sets the stage for the protagonist’s (Bullock) desperate attempt to stay alive and return to Earth after the aforementioned asteroid shower wipes out her fellow astronauts – save for a co-pilot (George Clooney), who was away at the time.” Alfonso Cuaron is a madman. The world is better because of this fact.

Pajiba counts down the 15 Biggest Revelations from Joss Whedon’s Reddit AMA session, in which the commenters of Reddit got to ask him anything. On the subject of ice cream, Whedon’s down for salted caramel.’s Matt Patches presents Five Women Who Should Take Over The Hunger Games now that Gary Ross is done with the franchise. By the end of the list he’s one Kathryn Bigelow away from answering the time-honored question: Quick, name all the female directors currently working in Hollywood. Go.

In sad honor of HBO hanging up the horse shoes on Luck, The AV Club presents 21 Films and TV Shows that Killed or Hurt Animals, including the shocking tale of that one scene from Ben-Hur. And to think we earmarked it in our latest installment of Scenes We Love. For shame.

Did you watch last night’s season finale of Justified? If not, leave. If so, you should read Joanna Robinson’s write-up, “He Just Saw A Man In a Hat.” Goddamnit, that was a brilliant way for one of the best shows on TV to end its year.

We close tonight with what has to be the greatest piece of live-action marketing I’ve ever seen. I don’t want to reveal anything further, as it ruins it, just know that you want to see what happens when you “Push to Add Drama.” (Hat tip to my good friend @JCDeleon1)

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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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