News After Dark: The Dragon Tattoo Trailer, Daredevil, The IT Crowd and The Old Spice Guy as Luke Cage

What is Movie News After Dark? It’s a nightly movie news round-up that comes from the land of the ice and snow, from the midnight sun where the hot springs blow. A-ah-ahh-ah!

When it first hit the web, the consensus was that this red-band trailer for David Fincher’s The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo was nothing more than an illegal leak of someone video taping in a European theater. But since then, after some inspection, speculation and hearsay, it’s now believed to be a strategic leak in accordance with the styles of Lisbeth Salander. That could be the case. Lending credence to that theory is the fact that the audio is pretty clean, there’s an MPAA warning on the trailer (which was supposedly recorded in Europe) and days later, Sony has not taken it down. Either way, it’s a wicked trailer. If it’s a plant by Sony, it’s a brilliant maneuver.

Over at, the ever-astute David Ehrlich gives us Five Keys to Understanding The Tree of Life. That is to assume that The Tree of Life wants to be understood. Perhaps its just shy like that.

“Daredevil is ongoing, official news will break next week.. Can’t say more.” So said director David Slade via Twitter this weekend, throwing fuel on the fire that is the upcoming Daredevil reboot. What we can glean from this is that he’s still attached and that we will find out more next week.

Here’s one for all the ladies, I guess. Hero Complex (of all places) has a piece on the Muscle Men of Summer, including a look at the iron-pumped stars of Thor, Captain America and the Conan the Barbarian. Not explored: the link between steroid use and actors who get ripped in a 3-month pre-production period.

Graham Linehan, a man who writes very funny things for Chris O’Dowd and Richard Ayoade to say and do, has revealed that the upcoming fifth season of The IT Crowd will be its last. The bittersweetness of it all is that the show — the first four seasons of which are available on Netflix Instant — is delightful. It’s nerdy, devious fun that had me laughing harder than I have since Arrested Development was on the air. But all shows come to an end, and five seasons is a good run. You will be missed, Roy and Moss.

It took Terrence Malick years to get Tree of Life finished and ready for theaters. And as it hits theaters this weekend, there is talk that Malick’s next could be done shortly, with another film in the works this fall. That’s too much Malick, if you ask me. But then again, at least we’ll have something to talk about.

District 9 director Neill Blomkamp is still setting up shop on his next film, Elysium. It’s not due in theaters until March 1, 2013, but he has already cast Sharlto Copley, Matt Damon, Jodie Foster and has now added Alice Braga (Predators, I Am Legend) to the mix. The best part of this story is that Nikki Finke at Deadline originally reported that Sonia Braga had earned the role, only to come back and blame a nameless “idiot publicist” for the gaffe. Silly Finke.

We close tonight with one trend that I’m okay seeing continue: talented people “auditioning” for roles with public, often viral-spreading demo reels. The latest comes from Isaiah Mustafa, best known as the guy from the Old Spice commercials. He has been vocal about his desire to play Luke Cage for Marvel, and now he’s on to showing his chops. What do you think, comic nerds, is Mustafa the guy for Luke Cage? Should we be picking up the red phone and calling Kevin Feige on this one?

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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