Extras! Indiana Jones may have had his last adventure, Independence Day sequel looking hopeful, Lady Gaga is smoking with Machete, Battle Royale on TV, Amazing movie origins, Gerard Butler surfs and Rambo is a killing machine! 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 this super cool fan-made banner. It’s pretty certain that Marvel’s Avengers will be crossing over with their recently announced Guardians of the Galaxy in the future, which prompted Reddit user kaijunexus to incorporate all the previously released banners for the two films into one amazing image. Click to expand fully.

Did you know that the classic Casablanca only got made because Japan bombed Pearl Harbour and somebody didn’t know the difference between a script for a play and one for a movie? You can read about that and some more in Film School Reject’s Amazing Origin Stories of 5 Great Films.

Staying with Film School Rejects, inspired Gangster Squad‘s recent decision to reshoot a scene in the wake of the Colorado cinema shooting, they’ve also put together a list of 7 Movies That Were Changed Because of Tragedy.

Remember the feisty little girl in Spy Kids? Well, turns out she’s not so little any more. Alexa Vega confirmed last night that yes, indeed, she is a fully grown woman now and that she has joined director Robert Rodriguez’ grindhouse sequel, Machete Kills. The confirmation came via her Instagram account where she posted a first look at her character in the film.

Director David Ayer’s “DEA agents become thieves” film, Ten, has been retitled to Breacher. Terence Howard and Dawn Olivieri are now also looking to join the cast that already consists of Arnold Schwarzenegger and Sam Worthington.

Following on from Alexa Vega’s earlier reveal, director Robert Rodriguez had another surprise for his fans on Twitter last night when he not only revealed that Lady Gaga has just done shooting scenes for Machete Kills, but that there’s even a poster for her character La Chameleon.

“I just finished working with @LadyGaga on @MacheteKills, she kicked SO MUCH ASS! Holy Smokes. Blown away!”

Here’s something that should sadden some fans but also make a lot of them happy at the same time. Long time George Lucas and Steven Spielberg producer Frank Marshall may just have driven the final nail into the coffin for another Indiana Jones movie. When Collider asked Marshall whether Kingdom of the Crystal Skull was it for the franchise or whether they were really working on a fifth, the producer had this to say:

“I say, for me, [Kingdom of the Crystal Skull is] the last hurrah.  I know that yes, we talk about it, but there’s no idea, there’s no MacGuffin.”

I’m one of the few die-hard Indy fans that didn’t KOTCS that bad. I mean, yes, nuking the fridge is retarded, but it had some great Indy moments as well, so I was actually holding out for another movie, so that they could hopefully correct the mistakes they made.

Before you click this next link, you may want to get some pen and paper, because you’ll probably be taking notes. Pajiba has put together this great list of 10 Actors Poised To Become Major Feature-Film Stars. So know there’s no reason why you won’t recognize that hot redhead in the new Evil Dead movie.

There’s a first trailer out for Gerard Butler’s Chasing Mavericks, which unfortunately is about dudes surfing and not a guy running after strippers.

While one producer just about sounded the death knell for one fan favourite franchise, another is getting rather optimistic about his. Independence Day producer, Dean Devlin spoke to Jenna Busch about all the pressure he and Roland Emmerich were under to make a sequel to the 1996 blockbuster and the likelihood of it happening now:

“We felt enormous pressureOver the years everyone has always asked us about it. We never wanted to do it unless it felt germane to the story. In fact, ten years ago I was hired to write a sequel to ‘Independence Day’ and they paid me a lot of money. After I finished the script, I gave the money back and I said, ‘Don’t even read the script. The script is okay, but we can’t make an okay sequel to ‘Independence Day.” This is what gave me a career. The fans deserve better than this. And I really decided then that I was never going to do a sequel. Until about a year and a half ago when Roland called me up and said, ‘Let’s try again.’ So we went out to Palm Springs and we cracked it. We said, ‘That’s a real sequel. That’s a sequel that makes sense to do. That’s a sequel that won’t disappoint the fans. That one feels like we always intended to do that in the first place.’ So I want it to happen. I don’t know if it will.”

“I hope so. I can’t say that it’s going to happen, but I can say for the first time in eleven years, Roland Emmerich [and I] are working together. There are a lot of moving pieces that are coming together. I don’t know if it will come together, but we want it to happen. This is the first time since we made the originals that Roland and I are excited about doing it and feeling like we have the right idea and we have our fingers crossed.”

Here’s something unexpected. The CW – you know, the network that specialize in sappy teeny romance dramas – is looking to adapt ultra violent and controversial Japanese movie Battle Royale into a TV series. If those kids try to murder each other with nerf guns and pool noodles, and one of them turns out to be a vampire who has fallen in love with two girls at the same time, I wouldn’t be surprised.

And just because we can, we’re going to end today something a bit educational, a little bit of movie trivia you can impress your friends with. Youtube user  has taken the time to sit through the first Rambo film, First Blood, and has created this supercut of every single kill in the film, and well… See for yourself.

Last Updated: July 27, 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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