Extras! 12 September 2014

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Welcome to The Extras! A daily dose of all the smaller movie related news, clips and just plain cool stuff that you might have missed!

  • Star Trek Into Darkness? More like Star Trek Into Lightheartedness thanks to this newly released full gag reel.

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“I love to do things I hadn’t done before. I didn’t understand how you could do something which is so much fun and be so miserable doing it. I probably won’t do a romantic comedy again, do you know what I mean?”

  • Multi-hyphenate James Franco has a new book coming out later in the year, but Variety has managed to sneak a peek at the 174-page collection of poetry, prose and ramblings on his life. And as expected, it’s totally freaking bonkers. As Exhibit A, allow me to present this extract from one of many poems that Franco wrote about Sean Penn for some reason.

“Sean II”
In “Milk,” you were such”
A fine homo. And when
You and I kissed
On Castro Street, it was for a full minute.
Your beard was like my father’s.

  • Are you not too impressed with new Doctor Who star Peter Capaldi? Still pining away for previous stars Matt Smith or David Tennant, and just want this grumpy old man to go away? Well, count your blessings that you actually have Capaldi. It could have been somebody else, like Michael Jackson or Bill Cosby, both of whom – along with a bunch of other ridiculous choices – were unbelievably once considered for or passed up the role.
  • Need another reason to watch Star Wars Rebels? How about the fact that, according to producer Simon Kinberg, the upcoming Disney XD animated series may actually introducing stuff to be seen in the movies, way before the movies ever get released?

“It’s a very integrated process, there’s real communication between all the filmmakers because we’re all part of a larger timeline. There is absolutely communication and integration between the different stories. We are very aware of what they’re doing in VII, and we also have to click into place with Episode IV.”

“There are characters, vehicles, imagery that are introduced in the show before we’ve ever seen them in the movies, possibly including VII.”

  • Giles gets knocked down, but he gets up ag- Oh, wait. No. He just gets knocked down again. A lot. Enough to make a supercut video of all the times he’s been dropped on his English keister. I guess that’s what happens when you’re going on adventures with the Slayer, and you only have the powers of reading lots of book and drinking tea.
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  • My very embarrasing penchant for Dan Brown novels is well documented on this site. And while Brown’s Robert Langdon novels (eg. Da Vinci Code, Angels & Demons, etc) are the ones that tend to hog the spotlight, I’ve actually enjoyed his other books more. One suce book was Digital Fortress, which I’m happy to report has now been picked up by ABC for a TV series adaptation, with a pilot commitment. The adaptation is described as “an international thriller set in the world of the NSA during a global threat”, and a “a sexy cat-and-mouse game between a Snowden-esque character who is threatening to release all of the government’s secrets to the highest bidder and a female cryptographer and her elite team who are tasked to stop him. Teeming with double-crosses in matters of both national security and the heart, ultimately Digital Fortress begs the very real question: Who guards the guards?”

Oh be still, my trashy novel loving heart..

  • Timur Bekmambetov’s Ben-Hur is sitll lacking a, well, Ben-Hur, but it has now added its first cast member in Morgan Freeman. The screen veteran will be playing Ildarin, the man who teaches our hero the fine art of chariot racing (which, if you’ve seen the original film, is like the ancient form of Indy 500, only with less horsepower but more deaths via wheel-blades. This new version is said to not be remaking the 1959 Charlton Heston classic (which jointly holds the record for the most Oscar wins with 11 golden statues), but going back to Lew Wallace’s 1880 novel which explored more of the younger days of Jewish prince Judah Ben-Hur and his Roman fried Messala before the two get caught up in events that turn them on each other.
  • Did you know that the Jurassic Park theme song has lyrics? Neither did we. Jeff Goldblum knew though and he would like to sing them to you.
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Last Updated: September 12, 2014

Kervyn Cloete

A man of many passions – but very little sleep – I’ve been geeking out over movies, video games, comics, books, anime, TV series and lemon meringues as far back as I can remember. So show up for the geeky insight, stay for the delicious pastries.

  • Skyblue

    Jeff Goldblum is looking amazing for 61 years old. I wanna see him do another Jurassic Park.

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