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We unfortunately start off today on a bit of a downer. This may be some Star Wars related news, but unfortunately it’s not the good kind as news has broken that special fx genius, and the man who created Yoda and Chewbacca as well as developed many more of the Star Wars characters, Stuart Freeborn, has passed away at the ripe age of 98. Freeborn also famously created the ape men costumes in 2001: A Space Odyssey, and then was snubbed at the Oscars in the Make-Up and Costume category as the film reviewers thought the apes were real.
We often hear the rather vocal complaints that trailers nowadays tend to give away the entire movie. Well, apparently celebrity photographer turned first time director Tyler Shields never got your creatively expletive laden memo, as he hasn’t produced a trailer for Final Girl, his debut effort starring Abigail Breslin, he’s actually released a 60-second long version of the entire film. Intentionally.
Loner Veronica is new to school, shy and vulnerable, the perfect target for a group of teenage boys who lure girls into the woods to hunt and kill them for sport. It’s only after they get her alone that she turns the tables on them, escaping and revealing she’s armed and knows how to defend herself. Little do they know, Veronica is an assassin-in-training, and she’s chosen killing these boys as her final test. When the dust clears, Veronica will find out if she can be the final girl these boys ever have a chance to hurt.
Funny man Jason Bateman… Arrested Development is back! Hell yeah!…. I apologize for that interruption, but it was completely necessary. Now where were we? Oh yes. Funny man Jason Bateman has joined the cast for Game Night, an ensemble comedy from New Line Cnema that follows “a group of couples that meet every week to play board games. One evening, however, something goes wrong and the night becomes an all-too-real murder mystery.”
Whoo hoo! Or more accurately, Doctor Who-hoo! Matt Smith, the ridiculously talented and versatile “Eleventh Doctor” in BBC’s long running sci-fi show and the greatest TV series of all time, “Doctor Who”, will finally be making his first major US on-screen appearance as he has landed one of the lead roles in real life action figure turned director Ryan Gosling’s neo-noir fantasy thriller, How To Catch a Monster. The film is described as being “set against the surreal dreamscape of a vanishing city and centered on a single mother of two being swept into a macabre and dark fantasy underworld while her teenage son discovers a secret road leading to an underwater town.”
Now we already know that Christina Hendricks will be playing the mom, and Smith may have a youthful face, but I doubt that he could pull off being the fruit of Hendricks’ loins. So I’m guessing that he would be playing the villainous lead.
Here’s the first look at Rebecca Hall as Maya Hansen in Iron Man 3, looking a tiny bit banged up but surprisingly happy about the blood running down her forehead. In the comics (and presumably in the film), Hansen was the scientist who invents the Extremis nanotechnology that allows Tony Stark to upgrade his abilities like never before.
With a soon to be released fifth film, if you’re wondering whether there’s still more life left in the Die Hard franchise and specifically in Det. John McClane’s by now broken body, then Bruce Willis has one simple answer for you:
That was the monosyllabic affirmation that Willis gave, coupled with his trademark half smile, when asked by the BBC if there was going to be a sixth Die Hard film.
Biggest news story around the office today easily has to be “Ah, so that’s why Darryn smells like cheese!”. Following closely behind that though would be the news that Lucasfilm might be making Han Solo and Boba Fett standalone origin movies. This will actually not be the first time that Lucasfilm is thinking of showing a young Han Solo on screen though. In one of the early script drafts for Episode III- Revenge of the Sith, a pre-adolescent Han Solo would have popped up just delivering a message that helps lead to the capture of General Grievous. It was the most forced of forced cameos, so it’s a good thing that the plans were scrapped. But now these pieces of concept art for the then proposed young Han Solo has popped up online, so you can see what could have been.
Interestingly, this early draft indicates that Han is living with Chewbacca on Kashyyk at the time, which goes completely against all other canon describing how the pair met. Yes, George Lucas was going to retcon himself.
And keeping things Star Warsy around here, here’s a new rumour to chew on. And this is one that I really want to see happen, despite the fact that the only source we have is the word of an Australian radio DJ. Oh, that bastion of journalistic integrity and reliability. Said jock alludes that he has heard talk that Fringe star John Noble is being considered for the lead villain role in JJ Abrams’ Episode VII. Abrams was a producer on Fringe, so its definitely not outside the realm of possibility. And come on, who wouldn’t want to see Walternate kicking ass and taking names in Star Wars?
Gabriel Range (Death of a President) has signed on to helm a new biopic titled Lust For Life, that examines the creative partnership and relationship between rock legends David Bowie and Iggy Pop. The film’s script by Robin French is said to be an amalgamation of various official biographies about the musos. This same relationship was already examined on-screen once before in the unofficial biopic Velvet Goldmine that saw Jonathan Rhys Meyers as Bowie and Ewan McGregor as Pop.
Marc Webb has tweeted a few new on-set images for The Amazing Spider-Man 2, and while most of them are really nothing to write home about (unless of course you’re the fresh off the farm stage hand who erected that set, in which case write your Ma an Pa about it all the time), there’s one that’s caught the eye of a few fervent fans.
If you’re wondering what the deal is, well the locker in that pic has a strong resemblance to the ones used by Oscorp in the Ultimate Spider-Man comic book.
What was in the comic book locker? Oh this and that, a couple of knick knacks and oh yeah, the Venom symbiote. And all the fanboys go wild.
Mark Millar has never shied away from controversy in his comic book writing, and there’s no way he’s about to hold his tongue now that he’s been made Creative Consultant for Twentieth Century Fox on all their comic book properties. Fox hopes that by building up their own shared comic universe starring the X-Men, Fantastic Four, Deadpool and a few others, that they can grab themselves a piece of that Avengers money. DC/Warner Bros, have similar plans with their Justice League, but Millar doesn’t think tjat it’s going to go so well for them.
““I actually think the big problem for them is the characters are just too out of date. The characters were created 75 years ago, even the newest major character was created 68 years ago, so they’re in a really weird time.”
“Now the stuff I grew up with… I adored the DC stuff growing up but really, how do you do a movie about Green Lantern? His power is that he manifests green plasma from his imagination and uses them as weapons against someone? Even that in itself if you just imagine then watching a fight scene with a guy who’s like a hundred feet away making plasma manifestations fight someone – it’s not exactly raucous, getting up close and personal.”
“The Flash has door handles on the side of his mask and if he doesn’t wear that mask, I’ll be pissed off, you know what I mean? They’re in a weird, weird situation – if you’ve got a guy who moves at the speed of light up against the Weather Wizard and Captain Cold or whatever, then your movie’s over in two seconds.”
“You can get away with stuff in comics that in live action’s just a bit sucky – the best one is definitely Aquaman. Aquaman can’t even talk under water. If you think about it in comics it’s fine, you just have a speech balloon, but how do you have Atlantis and people talking under water? Are they gonna talking telepathically? Is it going to be body forms? The actual logistics of each member of the Justice League is disastrous, and you put them all together and I think you get an excellent way of losing $200 million.”
While Millar has points about the archaic elements of some of DC’s characters, he forgets that Fox faced similar problems with the X-Men (the blue and yellow spandex costumes was always going to be a problem) and overcame them pretty easily (by dressing them like a motorcycle gang/fetish club). For me, the characters’ powers and appearances are pretty easy hurdles to get over, it’s DC’s insistence in not looking like they’re copying Marvel’s approach of introducing the individual characters in separate movies first – despite it undoubtedly being the best way to handle things – that could be their downfall.
I’ll never forget the very first time I saw the trailer for Meet Joe Black. We were in a packed cinema and there appears Brad Pitt making puppy dog eyes at Claire Forlani as he kisses her goodbye and walks across the street, and with a single flash of pearly whites, has every female in the audience melting like estrogen flavoured ice cream on a hot day. If it wasn’t for the chorus of Awwwww’s all around me, I’m sure I would have been able to hear hymens spontaneously breaking. And just as they are all on the cusp of girly movie nirvana, BLAM! Van out of nowhere knocks the pretty right out of him. For just about every guy in that cinema, who had just watched their lady friends being virtually impregnated by Brad Pitt’s smile, it was the funniest thing the world had ever seen.
And ever since then, I have always loved me a good, unexpected vehicular knockdown in a movie. Luckily, there are other individuals out there, just as twisted as I am, which is why this “Hit By a Bus” supercut video exists.