Extras! Batman visits shooting victims, Bourne's future, Why video game movies fail, All 3D movies are the same, Hellooooo Nurse, Michael Shannon is cool as ice, Jon Favreau joins the wolf pack and Man of Steel goes vintage! 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!

Len Wiseman has let me down far too many times, so going into Total Recall, my demands are simple: A three-breasted prostitute, pretty looking action and Colin Farrell continuing his recent run of awesomeness. While I have faith in the latter, the former has already been confirmed (much to geeky delight) and thanks to this new featurette, I can now wipe that second demand off the list as well.

Rupert Sanders’ Snow White and the Hunstman will have an Extended Edition released on Blu Ray and DVD on September 11. Now if only they could extend Kristen Stewart’s acting range.

When asked why movie adaptations of video games fail to connect with audience, Silent Hill: Revelation director Michael J. Basset had this rather insightful answer:

“Story, story, story, character, character, story, character. I mean, it’s the only reason you go to watch a movie. You don’t remember how big the explosion is later, but you remember the moment Bruce Willis said “Yippie ki-yay mother—er,” because you remember the context of the character doing that thing — or, Rutger Hauer’s incredible speech at the top of the building at the end of Blade Runner. Those are the things you remember. The visual wraparound is amazing, but your takeaway from a movie is always how you resonate with the characters. And nobody’s seen Silent Hill yet so it may be to the contrary, but what I wanted to do was give you the story of a girl that you relate to and understand within the environment of the computer game mythology and the landscape that’s been created for it.

I suspect as video games are getting better, and they’re getting better written and better directed, the synthesis of the two is going to be so sort of flawless that you won’t be able to tell where one begins and the other one ends. I mean, if you place Dead Space, which is a fantastic game and you have these animated movies that go with it as well, the movies let the game down. So it’s the other way around. Or like God of War; if I, please, got a chance to make a God of War movie, how the hell do you better the graphics there? I mean, even the performance of the character is pretty good. But it’s hard for the film business and Hollywood in general to take a game and make something better than the game – because they’re an incredible, immersive way to experience adventure.”

That charred smell you’re getting is the friction burns of Uwe Boll frantically taking notes.

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Here’s a first look at a rather mean looking, goateed Michael Shannon in the title role of The Iceman, as real-life mob hit-man Richard ‘The Iceman’ Kuklinski, who was reportedly responsible for over 200 murders.

Warner Bros will be making a “substantial” donation to a fund that will be used to support the families of the victims in last week’s Colorado cinema shooting during a screening of The Dark Knight Rises which left 12 people dead, and 50 injured. Good on ya, WB.

Christian Bale also did his part for the shooting victims when he showed up at a Colorado hospital out of his own accord to visit with victims and their families. The Aurora Medical Centre’s Bill Voloch said that Bale was there for two and a half hours meeting and greeting and posing for photos with fans.

“The patients were really happy to meet Bale,. They are obviously big fans of his movies. They wanted to see Batman and were really pleased to see Bale. It was good for the patients.  We hope it was therapeutic for them, and all the staff really appreciated him coming.”

That’s a great show of compassion from Bale, and the fact that he did it out of his own volition and not on the part of the studios speaks volumes about the man, DP rants notwithstanding. He had this to say earlier about the shooting:

“Words cannot express the horror that I feel. I cannot begin to truly understand the pain and grief of the victims and their loved ones, but my heart goes out to them.”

While the new Bourne film is not even released yet, in typical Hollywood fashion, they are already looking to the next installments in the franchise. At a press conference for the film held today, producer Frank Marshall had this to say about the series’ future:

“We’re gonna follow Jeremy’s character. Everything else is wide open. That’s the great thing about this now. The table is set to go any direction we want to. But we will, I’m sure, follow Jeremy and see what happens. Jeremy and Rachel [Weisz].”

Well that certainly scuttles all that slash-fic about a Jeremy Renner/Matt Damon meetup.

Liev Schrieber has joined Lee Daniels’ The Butler as US President Lyndon B. Johnson, which has always struck me as sounding like the name of a porn star.

While my love for Hans Zimmer borders on the absurd, I have to admit that the uber talented composer is in for probably the toughest test of his illustrious career as he attempts to create a new score for Man of Steel. This is simply because John William’s original classic theme is easily one of the greatest of all time, and went a long to way to setting that mythic tone of Richard Donner’s first film. Don’t believe me? Well then just check out this amazing fan recut version of the MoS trailer overlaid with Williams’ score and the voice of Marlon Brando as Jor-El.

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I don’t know about you guys, but that gave me chills.

If a couple of movie journalist get burnt out on too much awesomeness soon, just blame Canada. The Toronto International Film Festival is kicking off in September and has just made its line-up of films and events available, and it looks amazing. Now I need to add kickass film fests after free medical care and maple syrup on my list of reasons why I want to visit Canada.

There’s a new poster out for Paz De La Huerta (Boardwalk Empire) and Katrina Bowden’s (Piranha 3DD) new thriller, Nurse. I’m linking to it rather than showing it here, as it’s pretty NSFW.

I mentioned yesterday that after last week’s shooting in Colorado, Warner Bros was sending Gangster Squad back into production to replace a potentially controversial scene involving a mobster shootout in a packed cinema. Now THR is reporting that due to this reshoot the film’s September 11th release date has been pushed back to January 11th, 2013.

Did you know that every 3D movie is the same? No, I don’t mean that they’re all overpriced, dark and muddy affairs that remind Gavin of his genetic defects by giving him a headache in all 3 dimensions. I mean that they always feature the same stuff, as this new video from Funny or Die shows us:

And the cast of Martin Scorsese’s Wolf of Wall Street just keeps getting more impressive. Deadline reports that Jon Favreau will now be joining the production which already boasts the talents of Leonardo DiCaprio, Jonah Hill, Kyle Chandler, Jean Dujardin and Jon Bernthal among others. With The Sopranos and Boardwalk Empire‘s Terence Winter producing the screenplay, this is certainly going to be a film to watch

We end today on a charitable note. That also happens to be pretty funny. Funny or Die have decided to do an awareness campaign for One.org, the charity campaign that intends to eradicate AIDS by 2015. To this end they’ve rounded up a number of actors and comedians in the form of Chloe Moretz, Sarah Silverman, Isiah Mustapha, Tracey Morgan and Zack Galifi-however-the-hell-his-name-is-spelled, to do a PSA. From the future!

Last Updated: July 25, 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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