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!
We start off today with a bit of sombre news. As most of you would undoubtedly have heard by now, on Thursday evening during a screening for The Dark Knight Rises in Colorado, America, 24-year old James Holmes walked into the movie theatre armed with a shotgun and pistol and opened fire on the unsuspecting crowd. He killed 12 people and wounded 50 others before he was eventually captured. The shooting has shocked the world, resulting in a police presence at all subsequent screenings of the film, as well AMC theatres banning any moviegoers from dressing up in costume. While authorities are still trying to piece together the motive, Christopher Nolan, director of the Dark Knight trilogy has issued a statement about the entire horrific affair.
“Speaking on behalf of the cast and crew of The Dark Knight Rises, I would like to express our profound sorrow at the senseless tragedy that has befallen the entire Aurora community.
I would not presume to know anything about the victims of the shooting but that they were there last night to watch a movie. I believe movies are one of the great American art forms and the shared experience of watching a story unfold on screen is an important and joyful pastime.
The movie theatre is my home, and the idea that someone would violate that innocent and hopeful place in such an unbearably savage way is devastating to me.
Nothing any of us can say could ever adequately express our feelings for the innocent victims of this appalling crime, but our thoughts are with them and their families.”
And because we now need to take our mind off all things bleak and depressing, lets now jump to a completely different shooting in an American theatre. Well known TV actor Fred Willard was arrested for lewd conduct in an LA porno theatre. Willard, Willy-Hard… Nah, too easy.
Studio Ghibli, the famed Japanese animation house’s next animated feature film will be about Japan’s most famous fighter plane and its creator. Expect Ghibli to find some way to evoke buckets of charm from that scenario.
What’s significant about the fact I just recently came across it, is that while I was under the impression that development is was still in a very early stage, especially since there has been no other promo material except that logo, is that according to reports principle photography on the film has already completed! Wait, what? When did they even start?
Sony Exec Doug Belgrad has revealed to THR that they’ll be fast tracking the 21 Jump Street sequel as well looking at Men In Black 4 real soon. Their reason? Big bankable lead actors!
“There are very few actors … who can do romance, action and comedy. We’re in business with two of them, Channing Tatum and Will Smith.”
While I think MIB4 is about as unnecessary as MIB3 (very), I say bring on more 21 Jump Street. It was hilarious and educational: I never knew I had the right to be an attorney.
James Marsden has replaced Matthew McConnaughey as JFK in Lee Daniels’ The Butler. Variety reports scheduling conflicts as the cause of the cast change, but I just think that the American public is not comfortable with a womanizing stripper for a president. They could learn a lot from us. Ol’ JZ’s already got the dance moves down.
Despite what some may think, Chris Nolan has done way more than just make movies about a guy with a sore throat and a thing for leather, who punches people as a coping mechanism. As evidence of this, Film School Rejects has listed 4 Scenes They Love from Non-Batman Christopher Nolan Films.
Since I know you’ll be kept up all night wondering, I’ll put you out of your misery. This one is my favourite.
Longtime Spielberg producer Frank Marshall has given an update on Jurassic Park 4, saying that the dinos will hopefully be returning in 2 years, and that they’re going to be looking extra amazing now thanks to recent CGI advances. I wonder if they’ll also incorporate recent paleontology findings about the thunder lizards’ feathers. Because nothing is as terrifying as having your jeep be chased by a giant carnivorous chicken.
This Dark Knight Rises street art in Madrid, Spain is simply beyond cool.
Remember that hideous new Iron Man armour? The one that makes me spontaneously vom- Oh crap. Just give me a second while I wipe this rice and carrots off my shoes. Where was I? Oh yeah, fugly armour. Apparently, from those who were lucky enough to see the Comic-Con footage, the armour looks far better in action than it does when static. And as evidence, they’ve offered up this action pose concept art.
And while that pic does indeed look way better, how about they also show us geaographically challenged folks the footage, and then we’ll decide for ourselves?
Apparently, Guillermo Del Toro’s claims that his monsters vs mech flick Pacific Rim will be doing things differently to other big budget disaster movies, holds true both on on and behind the screen. Actor Charlie Day reveals to Collider the unique approach Del Toro has taken when filming the effects heavy movie.
“He’s found a different way to shoot CGI. Every set I walked into was built to a T, to the nines. I saw almost no actual green screen; I would be running from a monster and cars would be flipping over behind me—real cars—over my head like, ‘Oh that almost killed me,’ and I knew that at some point they were gonna paint a monster in there but it’s very real for me in this moment. So it was awesome and I think it’s gonna be a really great movie.”
“Well I think I’m just waiting for a phone call. I know they have a script, and I’m being told they’re gonna call me any day and say, ‘Hey we want you to read this and we wanna offer it to you.’ I’ve talked with Bateman and I haven’t talked to Sudeikis yet but ideally we can do it, ‘cause I love those guys and Seth Gordon was great and Jaime Foxx was great, so if we can all come back and do it that’d be fantastic.”
Am I the only one disappointment by his complete non-mention of the possible return of half-naked, sex crazed Jennifer Aniston?
You guys have obviously seen that Thomas Jane Punisher short film, right? Of course you have! Well, getting geeks foaming at the mouth with that film is actually not why Jane was at Comic-Con. He was actually there to shop around a new western idea that he had, as well as to start the promo for the new videogame that he’s hoping to develop based on Bad Planet, the comic he created with Punisher comic book artist Tim Bradstreet. And now, thanks to altruistic powers of Kickstarter, you can help make that goal a reality. The videogame part, I mean. Jane’s on his own for the western.