Extras! IMDB Oscars infographic, Gorgeous Mondo John Carter poster, ILM's amazing VFX in Transformers, 10 Awesome people that have never won an Oscar and I finally find something to like about The Three Stooges! 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!

The upcoming Three Stooges film is one that I have absolutely zero interest in, as it looks to be insultingly unfunny. But now you can ratchet up that interest level by about 80% percent. The reason for the sudden and marked increase: Kate Upton in a bikini.

That is all.

Here’s something just for Darryn, our local grown-men-in-spandex fanboy: MTV has a list up of their favourite 5 films starring professional wrestlers. Because lets face it, professional wrestling is the closest thing we have to Kabuki theatre in the Western world. And they cover all genres from mystery to horror to slapstick – and that’s just a description of Vicky Guerrero – so it comes as no surprise when these roid-monkeys athletes make the transition to the silver screen. Sometimes, as in the case of Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson, the movies are actually even a better fit. In the case of ol’ leather-skinned Hulk Hogan, not so much.

Personally, I would have rated The Rundown far higher on that list, and their exclusion of Fast 5 is a bit mystifying, but still a pretty entertaining read.

IMDB has posted up this interesting infographic as part of their run-up to this weekend’s Oscars. It’s interesting to see how some of the IMDB numbers correlate with Oscar success/failure. Oh, and get ready to scroll:

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tl;dr version: IMDB and the Academy are like BFF’s when it comes to picking movies/actors.

JoBlo has a list of 10 Awesome People That Have Never Won An Oscar. I literally go cross-eyed with fury when trying to figure out how we can exist in a world that has not yet given the likes of Gary Oldman, Liam Neeson and Alfred Hitchcock an Oscar. Cross-eyed, I tell ya!

And now for some completely different: a Transformers engagement ring. True love has never been this geeky.

Speaking of Transformers… As much as I often hate on Michael Bay’s movies, there’s one thing I can’t deny: The visual effects have been right at the pinnacle of what the industry can achieve. And I’m not the only one to think so, judging by Transformers: Dark of the Moon‘s Oscar nomination for Visual Effects. Industrial Light & Magic – the tech wizards responsible for those effects – has now released a video clip showing just how they pulled off some of the visual trickery:

Ever since the nominations were made, Meryl Streep has been the frontrunner to take the Best Actress Oscar for her turn as Margaret Thatcher in Iron Lady. Even our own Noelle was blown away with her performance. According to IMDb, she was such a favourite that bookies were considering paying out early. (yes, people bet on the Oscars. yes, I also find that incredibly sad) Now, though, just a few days before the event itself, Viola Davis is suddenly emerging as a new favourite for her performance in The Help.

William Hill – one of the biggest bookmaking groups – are offering odds of 8/13 on Davis walking away with the coveted prize, while Streep’s now 6/5 odds have caused her to slump to second.

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And we end on a just plain beautiful note today… The guys over at Mondo are nothing short of artistic geniuses. Their film posters are deservedly regarded as some of the best in the business, and this one which they created for Disney to hand out at special IMAX midnight screenings of John Carter, is truly a thing of beauty. I would be willing to sacrifice a non-critical organ to have a lithograph of this adorn a wall in my fledgling man-cave.

Click the image for a really big version:

And so we come to the end of another day. This is usually the place where I make some kind of snarky remark or tell a self-effacing anecdote to elicit laughs from the audience, but a complete lack of sleep this week, has rendered my imagination mute. So instead I leave you with this link to the most badass thing I have come across in ages:

MEDIEVAL ARMOUR BATMAN COSPLAY!!

Last Updated: February 23, 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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