Extras! First buzz for Cloud Atlas, Billy Ray takes on Blue Eyes, Keanu Reeves talks Bill and Ted 3's story, Eric Bana wants to be a Lone Survivor, Jodie Foster is all over Angie's Body and Movie popcorn is worse for you than you thought! 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 kick off today with a little bit of classic bloodshed. Toshiya Fujita’s 1973 film Lady Snowblood was probably one of the biggest influences for Quentin Tarantino’s Kill Bill but it’s not exactly a film that too many people have seen. Now thanks to Arrow Films though, that is soon about to change as they will be releasing the film and its sequel on Blu Ray and VOD on September 24th. And in honour of that release, here’s a new trailer for classic Samurai film:

Academy Award winning actress Jodie Foster is looking to direct and produce Angie’s Body, a new mob drama series for US cable network Showtime. The series will follow the life of a female version of Tony Soprano, though hopefully she looks much better in a bikini than he does.

Back when George Miller was still attached to make a Justice League film, he cast Megan Gale as the Amazonian warrior princess, Wonder Woman. When that project fell apart, the statuesque brunette went on to… well, not do much of anything really. But now it looks like she’ll be joining Miller once more, this time for his Tom Hardy starring Mad Max remake, Mad Max: Fury Road.

If you’ve never seen Disney’s Aladdin and happened to find yourself in New York City, then you may just be in luck. The classic Disney animated film is heading to the Broadway stage. Here’s a promo for the adaptation:

Just yesterday we told you about how Bill and Ted 3 got some much needed forward momentum in the form of Galaxy Quest director Dean Parisot. Previously, Keanu Reeves has indicated that they had a script that was ready to go, and now he’s spilled some details on what that script would be about, and if that $2.95 I spent on the How To Understand Keanu Reeves lessons wasn’t a total waste, then it seems like involves some alternate future timelines.

 “One of the plot points is that these two people have been crushed by the responsibility of having to write the greatest song ever written and to change the world. And they haven’t done it. So everybody is kind of like: ‘Where is the song?’ The guys have just drifted off into esoterica and lost their rock.”

We go on this expedition, go into the future to find out if we wrote the song, and one future ‘us’ refuses to tell us, and another future ‘us’ blames us for their lives because we didn’t write the song, so they’re living this terrible life. In one version we’re in jail; in another we’re at some kind of highway motel and they hate us.”

i09 has very interesting article up on Fred M. Wilcox, and how the Hollywood director’s career was enigmatically ended with a single indie film, after he had created a huge splash in the 50’s with the Lassie films, Secret Garden and most importantly the instant classic sci-fi film, Forbidden Planet.

So there have been a couple of test screenings for Tom Tykwer and the Wachowski sibling’s highly ambitious Cloud Atlas, and the early buzz from those lucky enough to be in attendance has been pretty good. A few do indicate that the film might not appeal to everybody, but for the most part it seems like the filmmakers may actually have pulled off the near impossible and not just delivered but exceeded their lofty promises.

“It’s wild and ambitious and very funny (Broadbent is amazing), and for a movie that switches genre every few minutes, it’s smooth, swift, and always entertaining… It’s a wild ride. Mixes different genres together like some crazy magic potion.”

If a movie is called Lone Surivor, and your name is not in the biggest font size on the poster, then I have some pretty bad news for your character. But that hasn’t stopped Eric Bana from joining director Peter Berg’s adaptation of the story of SEAL Team 10, who were all wiped out – except for a single soldier in the form of Mark Walbergh – during a botched mission. For the record, the other smaller-fonted actors are Taylor Kitsch, Ben Foster and Emile Hirsch. Despite what I may have thought about Battleship, I’m really excited for this one as Berg’s last militaristic outing, The Kingdom, was pretty great.

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I need you to shift the gear in your brain to “awestruck” as you’re about to witness 1:47 of pure unbridled history! When the great inventor Thomas Edison visited his friend Samuel Clemens aka Mark Twain at his family farm in 1909, he proceeded to capture some “moving images” for his film project The Prince and the Pauper. And in so doing, captured the only known footage of one the of world’s greatest authors.

A new study claims that consumption of movie popcorn may be linked to Alzheimers. Damn, with the regular press screenings I probably have a box a week. Guess I better stop before it’s too late.

A new study claims that consumption of movie popcorn may be linked to Alzheimers. Damn, with the regular press screenings I probably have a box a week. Guess I better stop before it’s too late.

Here’s a new graffiti-styled poster for Dredd 3d:

The Hunger Games screenwriter Billy Ray (no, not the the mulleted creator of that stupid dance that all our moms and grannies loved to do at weddings) is the latest writer to take a crack at Martin Scorcese’s proposed Frank Sinatra biopic.

Did you know that LEGO, those wonderful little bricks that enriched the mind of many a kid and busted up the feet of many a barefooted parent, are 80 years old this year? In celebration of this, LEGO have released this amazing 17 minute long, Pixar styled CGI animation short giving a history lesson on the toy block’s legacy.

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Last Updated: August 14, 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.

  • I see what you did there, with the double posting about Alzheimer’s.

  • Lady Snowblood was not hard to get at all around the period of the Kill Bill releases. There was this cheap boxset that contained three of the films said to have been influences. It’s good, but not fantastic.

    • Ah, I must have missed that. I only went looking for the influence films way later and at the time all the local guys were out of stock.

      • I picked it up on a random buy. To be honest, I only watched the other two films once and Snowblood twice. They are okay, but not exactly mind-blowing or genre-shifting. So this re-release is cool, but other than being an inspiration for Kill Bill, it’s not really worth the attention imo.

        Also, it’s Tarantino. The man uses lots of influences – Snowblood was just a small portion of that. Now if you want something really special:

        http://www.amazon.com/Bruce-Legendary-Collection-Blu-ray-Region/dp/B0049SB3ZU

        • Oof. That hit me square in the credit card!

          • It is awesome, though, since it has the Mandarin tracks and Asian cuts. It’s all the Bruce Lee you need! Hope you like subtitles…

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