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!
What better way to kick off Extras today than with a little bit of Superman. The first TV spot for Man of Steel is out and while there’s very little in the way of new footage in it, it should be enough to keep your geek cravings at bay until June 14.
From men of steel to hands of stone, or rather Hands of Stone. That’s the title of a new biographical boxing movie starring Edgar Ramirez and Robert De Niro. Yes, De Niro is making another boxing movie. Can somebody please tell him that there other sports in the world? Like jukskei and kennetjie.
This time around, luckily, De Niro won’t be strapping on the gloves himself, as he’ll play Ray Arcel, trainer to Ramirez’s Roberto Duran, a hugely successful Panamian boxer who famously and mysteriously quit in the middle of a high stakes boxing match with Sugar Ray Leonard. The movie will be looking at the events around his sudden
public application for French citizenship withdrawal from the fight and why he did it.
Igor, it’s delayed! Stuart Beattie’s I, Frankenstein, which will see jawline with an attached body, Aaron Eckhart, as the titular mad scientist’s monster, Adam, battling gargoyles and demons or something in the modern day, has been pushed back for a second time. Originally slated to be released back in February, it was then delayed to September. Now word comes out that Lionsgate have pushed it back to January 24, 2014. The reason? What else? 3D.
We already saw two new posters for The Hangover III yesterday, now we’re getting a third and it certainly doesn’t skimp on the drama, revealing Stu (Ed Helms) carrying an unconscious/dead/very sleepy Mr. Chow (Ken Jeong).
So in the world’s most least surprising news, Evil Dead is not for folks with weak stomachs. Fede Alvarez’s uber-gory remake has decided to ditch CGI and go for old school physical effects, the stomach churning results of which has apparently sent not just normal audience members but a number of film press running from press screenings before they introduced everybody else to the contents of their stomachs.
There’s only one thing I can say to that: CHALLENGE ACCEPTED!
Staying with Mr Alvarez, it would seem that the Uruguyan filmmaker may be trying to head in quite the opposite, definitely not gory undead direction for a future project. Latino Review are hearing that Alvarez and screenwriter Rodo Sayagues are apparently having meetings with Marvel Studios. Now this part of the story has been confirmed by a few other publications, but LR goes on with a few more rumours, specifically that the duo are busy pitching their vision for a certain character, much like Edgar Wright did with Ant-Man. Which character? None other than the Sorcerer Supreme, Dr. Strange.
As the only movie in Marvel’s Phase 3 that doesn’t have anybody attached to it, this makes a sort of logical sense. Sort of.
Speaking of rumoured Marvel movies, there’s a chance we may just have found our Black Panther. Either that or Morris Chestnut just wants the world to know that he’s catching up on some comics. The actor enigmatically tweeted the following message last night, along with a pic of himself and a pic of the masked comic book character.
@Morris_Chestnut: “It’s time to get familiar with the Black Panther character!”
Then in totally non-suspicious behaviour (totally), he deleted the tweet without an explanation. Because that makes it all go away and nobody on the internet ever notices anything, right?
Personally, Chiwetel Ejiofor is still my first pick to play the role of Prince T’Challa and his masked heroic alter-ego. And while I have nothing against Chestnut, he’s just never really grasped me as more than a supporting actor, even when he was in the leading role.
Luke Evans has been quietly making a name for himself and will soon be seen in probably his biggest role as he goes head to bald heads with Dwayne Johnson and Vin Diesel in Fast & Furious 6. In his next role though, he’s going to suck…
…the necks of some hapless victims. Evans has been cast in the titular role of Dracula, Universal’s new take on the famed vampire. As the film’s former title of Dracula Year Zero implies, this will be an origin story of sorts, mixing popular mythology with the real history of Prince Vlad the Impaler, the real life inspiration for Bram Stoker’s literary creation. The movie is said to “depict Dracula as a flawed hero in a tragic love story set in a dark age of magic and war”, so in other words, the first 15 minutes of Francis Ford Coppola’s version, just longer?
Earlier today, we showed you the first poster and a couple of new pics for Neil Blomkamp’s highly anticipated second film, Elysium. This sudden ramp up in promo presence is of course in anticipation for the first trailer which releases tomorrow. But apparently, some lucky kids got to open their gifts early as Blomkamp held a special presentation for select Hollywood press where he showed them not only the trailer, but also 10 minutes of footage from the film. /Film were there and did this videoblog after the event to give their thoughts on what they’d seen. Spoiler: It was awesome. “Holy shit wow” awesome, to be exact.
As Jurassic Park 3D roars into cinemas again around the world, you’re going to see a lot of articles popping up on the net talking about the film. I’ll save you all the trouble and clicking. This article from EW, Welcome to Jurassic Park: An Oral History, is the only one you need. Trust me.
Ok, maybe you shouldn’t trust me, because Vulture’s list of 5 Things Modern Blockbusters Could Learn from Jurassic Park is definitely also worth a click. But that’s the last one. Promise.
Normally, I like to end off Extras with an interesting short film that caught my eye. This is most definitely not a short film. So I hope you’ve cleared your schedule and already done your 1’s and 2’s before clicking play, because ladies and gentlemen, I give you a ridiculously massive 7-hour long documentary on the original Star Wars trilogy. I apologize in advance for your destroyed butt cheeks.