Extras! Carrey will be Kick-Ass Colonel, Udo Kier is a Nympho, iDie Hard, Bob Odenkirk heads to Nebraska, Zac Efron is confused about his relationship status, Temple of Gloom and This is based on a True Story! 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!

SHARK WEEK! Well, at least it was. I can’t believe I missed the annual celebration of all things Selachii last month, but in honour of it, here’s a clip compilation of The Best Shark Attacks In Movies. And yes, that is indeed Jersey Shore Shark Attack that kicks off the clip. If you haven’t seen it, consider yourself lucky.

We brought you news earlier of the untimely passing away of Michael Clarke Duncan, and now Frank Darabont, who directed Duncan for his Oscar nominated performance in The Green Mile has issued a statement about the passing of his colleague and friend:

“I’m devastated at the loss of Michael Clarke Duncan, one of the finest people I’ve ever had the privilege to work with or know. Michael was the gentlest of souls—an exemplar of decency, integrity, and kindness. The sadness I feel is inexpressible.

Our experience making THE GREEN MILE together was immersive and incredible, a once-in-a-lifetime journey. What sticks most in my mind was his devotion to his craft and the strides he made as an artist during that time, which was beyond inspiring to those of us who took the journey with him. Never has an actor more richly deserved the recognition of an Academy Award nomination than Michael did for his performance as John Coffey.

Michael has left us far, far too soon. We lost a great man and a great spirit today. My thoughts and condolences go out to his fiancée Omarosa and to his family.”

Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master is still busy wowing folks in Film Fests everywhere and hasn’t even received general release yet, but the talented director has already set his sights on his next project: Thomas Pynchons’ 2009 drug-fueled private eye misadventure Inherent Vice.

One of the highlights at this year’s Sundance Festival was The House I Live In. Eugene Jarecki’s hard hitting documentary about America’s war on crime ended up taking the Grand Jury Prize at the film festival. The trailer has just dropped so you can now get a taste for what all the fuss is about.

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So back in May, James Cameron was quoted as saying that he was just going to be in the “Avatar business” from here on out, specifically that he was planning Avatar 2-3, and possibly even 4. Then in June, Sigourney Weaver (whose character has apparently made a speedy recovery after suffering from a bout of being dead), confirmed that there were indeed going to be making 3 sequels in total.

Turns out that Weaver may not have been all that clued up on what was happening. Producer Jon Landau has now made a statement to clear up the confusion:

“We [are] doing two back-to-back, but not a third.”

So it’s going to be a trilogy, not a quadrology. Considering that Avatar’s biggest problem was a severely lacking story, I’m certainly hoping that Cameron and co have knuckled down to produce a decent enough narrative that actually stretches across 3 films.

Lars Von Trier has found himself one more Nymphomaniac in the form of Iron Sky actor Udo Kier. Let’s hope that the 67-year old German thesp is not one of the actors who are going to be making the beast with two backs for real on screen.

Writer Mark Millar and director Jeff Wadlow have pretty much all but officially confirmed that Jim Carrey will be playing the role of the Colonel in the Kick-Ass sequel, Kick-Ass 2: Balls To The Wall. The pair tweeted out some not-so-difficult clues as to the casting last night:

Alrighty then? Raccoons and Parrots? Mask of Loki? There’s only one rubber-faced comedian that fits that bill!

Earlier today I mentioned how I hate generic, assembly line Romantic Comedies. You know, just like this new effort from ex-High School Musical star Zac Efron. Are We Officially Dating? will see Efron as one of three friends who make a pact to stay single and then… wait for it… FALL IN LOVE! Sigh.

The Descendants director Alexander Payne’s next film, Nebraska, is coming along nicely. The film about an alcoholic father (Bruce Dern) who takes his youngest son (Will Forte) with him on a cross-country road trip to claim his money from a sweepstakes competition, has got a new casting in the form of Breaking Bad star Bob Odenkirk. He will be playing the role of Forte’s older brother.

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The New Yorker has an fascinating article up, serving as the first proper expose of the Matrix siblings, Andy and Lana Wachowski, after they disappeared from the public scene a few years ago when Lana (previously Larry) underwent a sex change operation. Besides for the personal stuff, it also highlights the amazing journey the Wachowski’s have been on in getting Cloud Atlas – easily their most complex and ambitious work to date – to the screen.

Bryan Curtis over at Grantland has a pretty cool article up on why it is that Indiana Jones and the Temple of Doom is such a dark film. It probably won’t surprise you to find that the answer to that question, just like the answer to so many others, is “women”.

Collider has a couple of new on-set pics for The Wolverine showing off star Hugh Jackman fraternizing with the rest of the cast on the Japanese set, as well as the first look at Rila Fukushima as assassin Yukio.

It’s Tuesday today. You know what comes after Tuesday? That’s right: WTF. So here’s some to help you along: Bruce Willis is suing Apple. No, he’s not showing solidarity with Samsung or anything. Rather, he’s concerned about the fact that apparently once he dies, all the music and apps that he’s downloaded via iTunes becomes the property of Apple, instead of him being allowed to leave it to his daughter in his will. Seriously.

Did you notice the “Based on a True Story” tagline on the trailers and posters for new horror film, The Possession? I mean how true could a story about a demon crawling up a girl’s esophagus be? Well, Cord Jefferson over at Gawker is asking the exact same question.

And what better way to end today’s post than with the End of the World?! Youtube user  has put together this great supercut video of movie apocalypses. See how many of them you can identify.

Last Updated: September 4, 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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