Extras! 450 Classic films for free, Django goes to Deadwood,The Expendables flex it up, Star Wars Underworld time travel rumour and Bane gets cute?! Plus much more!

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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!

We start off with an amazing find by one of our readers, Justin Hess. OpenCulture has put together a simply staggering list of 450 classic, noir, indie and western movies that can all be viewed online for free. There are a number of titles in the list that I would consider compulsory viewing for any aspiring cinephile, and now there’s no excuse for not having seen them.

There’s a rumour floating around the net that began over at AICN. According to them a new and “untested” source has revealed some interesting info about the proposed Star Wars – Underworld TV series. Take this with a metric ton of salt though:

One of the series’ first episodes will involve a group of  bandits acquiring the capability of time travel, and using it to travel back in time to stop Darth Vader from ever existing.

Already the cries have begun for the time travelling bandits to go back and kill Jar Jar Binks.

The Expendables 2 Facebook page was updated with some cartoonish “flexing” character art. I think it actually looks pretty cool:

Following up on their previous hilarious Star Wars themed ads, Volkswagen has produced another brilliant ad for Superbowl. Make sure you watch it to the end.

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Actor Garret Dillahunt has tweeted the first set pics from Quentin Tarantino’s Django Unchained. If these pictures are stirring up a sense of deja vu, it’s because this is actually the same set used for HBO’s critically acclaimed western drama series, Deadwood. You can find all the pics over at Collider.

For their upcoming awards ceremony, the BAFTA’s have commissioned some pretty amazing artwork inspired by the 5 Best Film nominations, to be used as brochure covers. The 5 films are Drive, The Artist, The Descendants, The Help and Tinker, Tailor, Soldier, Spy.

And finally, in what is clearly an effort to prove Yoghurt from Spaceballs correct, the new Dark Knight Rises merchandise has been revealed, and it is certainly unexpected to say the least. If there is one thing that Chris Nolan’s Batman trilogy can certainly never be accused of, it’s being cartoonish in any way. Which makes the new toy tie-ins all the more puzzling:

Seriously, that Bane figure is probably the cutest little drug-fueled sociopathic crime lord with homicidal tendencies that I have ever seen!

And on that cute note, I am out of here for today. I need to go dust off my shelf of Hellraiser plush toys.

Last Updated: February 2, 2012

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.

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