Extras! Jon Turtletaub gets Beached, Kurtzman and Orci study Dragonology, George Nolfi wishes you XOXO, Meet the real Dude, Hammer introduces the Quiet Ones and Morgan Freeman and Elizabeth Banks play with LEGO? 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!

This is it. The final trailer for Paul Thomas Anderson’s The Master, and it’s a beaut. I love how it just builds and builds in tension. My love of There Will Be Blood coupled with this film’s amazing cast and crazy impressive early buzz, means that – and this might draw a couple of funny looks from the crowd – I’m seriously looking forward to this more than anything else coming out this year. Yes, even The Hobbit. Ok, maybe not Looper.

Speaking of trailers, ever wonder where the name “trailer” comes from? Movies.com will be more than happy to enlighten you. How nice of them.

Over on Interview Magazine Emma Stone gave an in-depth interview (what else?) to none other than Cameron Crowe, the writer-director in whose next film she will be starring. During the interview about The Amazing Spider-Man actress’ life, the topic of Gwen Stacy was brought up, and specifically the character’s [SPOILER ALERT – although I think the statute of spoiler limitations no longer applies to a story that is nearly 30 years old] deadly fate in the comics, and whether they would follow that story in the new Spider-Man movies.

“[Fans ask] about whether or not the films are going to stay true to her story. Which I’m hoping they are… Essentially the argument is that Spider-Man kills her by accident. So the person she loves is the person who kills her, which is the most horrifying thing. Apparently people unsubscribed to the comic book when that happened because they were just so flipped-out over it. But, of course, I want to stay true to that.”

Keeping things comicky (totally a real word), check out this concept art for a failed 80’s Silver Surfer movie that producer Lee Kramer wanted to make. Here’s Kramer’s pitch at the time for his “cosmic rock opera” (LOLWUT?):

“We’re going to make an epic picture on the scope of 2001: A Space Odyssey with the kind of soundtrack that that film had, only using contemporary rock and roll. It’s even conceivable that the Surfer might have a chant or a fanfare made up of one thousand electric guitars.”

Jon Turtletaub is getting Beached for his next project. The National Treasure director will direct and rewrite the script for the long in development (since 1997!) Fox 2000 family adventure which follows an overweight four year old who, after falling off a boat on a family outing, is raised by whales and eventually becomes an Olympic swimmer.

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Coincidentally, that is exactly the same as our own Darryn’s life story, except instead of becoming an Olympic swimmer he sits around in his pyjamas and pretends to be Batman. Also, he’s still fat.

Ashley Bell (The Last Exorcism) and Dominic Monaghan (Lost, Lord of the Rings) are over on Collider chatting about their new very intriguing sounding post-apocalyptic thriller, The DayAny film where a cute redhead girl wields a battle-axe and a shotgun gets my attention.

Did you know that one of the most iconic movie characters of this generation, The Dude from the Coen Bros’ The Big Lebowski, was actually based on a real guy? Check out Sundance Award winning director Jeff Feuerzeig’s documentary short, The Dude, to meet the real, well, Dude.

Screenwriter superstars Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci will be taking a break from writing every movie in Hollywood that involves special FX to produce an adaptation of Dugald A. Steer’s “non-fiction” Dragonology books. While the original books doesn’t have a narrative, but rather read like like an anthropology textbook for a world where dragons really exist, this film will revolve “around a group of dragonologists who go on a globetrotting quest to keep a corrupt man from taking control of the world’s dragons and using them to wipe out humanity.”

David Fincher would just like to let you know that he is still working on The Girl Who Played With Fire, he’s just trying to figure out how.

“Well, [I’m] trying to figure out a sequel toDragon Tattoo. We’ve got to be able to make it our own thing.”

What the director is referring to, of course, is the fact that the original Swedish film deviated extensively from Stieg Larsson’s original book. The reason for that was that Lisbeth Salander, the main character of the first story, takes a complete backseat in books 2 and 3. Fincher will have to now come up with his own take on things.

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Adjustment Bureau and Bourne Ultimatum writer George Nolfi is attached to direct XOXO, which is being billed as a modern day Facebook version of Fatal Attraction. For real.

You guys can finally rest easy. The burning question that has been keeping you up at night has finally been answered: Apparently, Daniel Craig is also Roger Moore’s favourite James Bond.

I really loved The Woman in Black and Hammer are back with another vintage styled ghost story in The Quiet Ones, the inspired by true events story that stars Jared Harris as an unconventional college professor who compels his students to take part in a weird experiment: To create a poltergeist from negative human energy. Now, thanks to Hammer’s own recently launched Youtube channel, we can have our first look at the creepy tale:

The Lego: Piece of Resistance movie just got some major star cred as they’ve added the voice of God himself, Morgan Freeman to the cast of the animated feature. Elizabeth Banks will also be also be joining the film which follows a regular LEGO figure who has to stop a villain from gluing the entire LEGO world together.

If you’re hoping to get a pony for Xmas next year (since this year’s chances of making on the Nice list are probably already blown) then I got some bad news for you: You’ll have to happy with some Jack Ryan instead, as Paramount has announced the film’s release date as 25 December 2013. (And cue dirty jokes about how some would say that riding Chris Pine is better than a pony.)

How’s for a little bit of cool: Ever wonder where Sylvester Stallone got his inspiration from for his Expendables films? No, it’s not Chuck Norris’ beard. Instead, it actually comes from this bit of dialogue found in Rambo II:

Even more trivia for you: The original draft of the Rambo II script was written by none other than James Cameron. He took a much more human drama approach to the character, similar to the first film, but the studios eventually cut most of his character moments to make place for more explosive action. However, you can read his original script over here.

Last Updated: August 28, 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.

  • Darryn_Bonthuys

    I’m swearing at you in whale-talk. But at sub-sonic frequencies. I hope the barking dogs around your home cause you to have a totally annoying headache.

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